Daniel has officially started working. His schedule is actually more hours than we thought, which is both good and bad. Bad because of the 5AM to 2PM shifts on Saturday and Sunday. It makes me feel extremely lonely on my only days off, and he can't go to church with us any more. Good because, well, you know, more money. Which is what I prayed and cried over for months.
He is also working Wednesdays, even though I thought he was just working Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. They even want him to come in on Monday and Wednesday nights as well, which is again, completely opposite of our schedules. He's going to see if there's anything he can do to work with the hours, but there may not be. It would really help reset our savings with all the hours, though....
I'm definitely a glass-half-empty sort of person, aren't I?
Anyway, this weekend, in the midst of the loneliness and difficult adjustment period: cooking! See more after the jump.
I made this winter lentil vegetable soup per my "slow cooker" challenge.
I didn't make any adjustments to the recipe except using turkey broth instead of chicken broth, since I had some homemade (from our Thanksgiving turkey bones!) that I needed to use up. Obviously this recipe could easily be made vegetarian just by using vegetable broth. I was really looking forward to it because I've had such good luck with lentils recently.
I also purchased a cabbage for the first time in my life. I didn't eat cabbage growing up (I didn't eat a lot of things growing up, but I'm always willing to try new things and new variations of things I thought I once hated) and I had no idea how to cook it.
But I hated it. I hated the flavors. It was missing... something. It needed.... something. Donovan wasn't a fan either.
But, it might just be me. Maybe I don't like cabbage except stuffed in fried Asian appetizers. Oh well - I have half of a cabbage left and I'm making a cabbage casserole on Thursday. Hah. The ratings on this recipe were all good too. It could really just be me. Still, thought I'd document the process... for those who might find this recipe delicious.
Next, I made this Southwestern Chicken and White Bean Soup.
And while I'm sure it defeats the purpose of the Campbell-sponsored recipe, I used homemade chicken stock and homemade salsa in place of Swanson and Pace products. Oh well - I just used what I had on hand. I actually love Pace salsa, much better than the other store brands, in my opinion.