Double Crockpot Weekend

I spent a lot of time at home this weekend. In an effort to spend less money, and cook more, I made dinner at home on both evenings — using the crockpot. Next weekend I plan to finally try out sous vide cooking with my immersion heater.

On Saturday afternoon/evening I made Mongolian Beef. The recipe, to which I linked, was good if not a little too sweet for my liking.

On Sunday afternoon/evening I made Honey Orange Chicken. The recipe, to which I linked, was a little less successful because the sauce never thickened the way that is shown in their photos.

Both meals provided me with more than enough leftovers to eat for lunches this week. All I need to do is crank up the rice maker that I have at work in order to provide a rice bed for my leftovers.

Stupid me, I should have taken photos of my meals to post to the blog!

Shopping At The “District”
The only time I went out on Saturday or Sunday was to head to Edgewood Retail District. I had to stop into Lowe’s to pick up the rug backer that I had ordered online, and while in ERD I also did a little shopping at Target as well as picking up all of the food from Kroger that I needed for the above recipes. All I needed to do wast to stop into Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Office Depot, or Bed, Bath & Beyond to pull off the maximum usage of my one trip.

While I certainly have a lot of issues with ERD I cannot complain about doing some one-stop shopping for many of my differing needs.

ITP Flickr Pic
“Hotlanta On A Cold Morning” – Atlanta, GA, USA
Hotlanta On A Cold Morning
Since you know that only time I left home this weekend was to go to ERD you certainly must know that this shot is from the previous weekend’s journey downtown.

They Scream “I Am A Single Man Who Has Been Alone For Too Long!”
At Target on Saturday I decided to revamp my bedding. For months I have known that I wanted to replace the flannel sheet set that I’ve had for years, mainly because the elastic in the fitted sheet is shot. While in the store I fell for the “spend $50 on bedding and receive $10 off” deal and bought another, non-flannel, bedding set for when the weather warms again. I’ll wholly admit that the sheet sets I bought satisfy a man’s concept of decor, and if I am so lucky to have a women in my life to hate them I will gladly replace them with something else.

Two More Days On The Trainer!
In addition to cooking both days I managed to mount the trainer on each day as well.

On Saturday morning I hopped on for an hour, watching 1.5 episodes of the first season of “The Amazing Race” while riding; I watched the remainder of that second episode while “cooling down” on the couch.

On Sunday morning I hopped on for ninety minutes! I was able to entertain myself by watching two complete episodes of the first season of “The Amazing Race”.

I have finally figured out why I am so transfixed every time I see (a then twenty-one-year-old) Emily on screen as she reminds me of a younger version of Molly Ringwald.

I am about a week’s worth of riding away from finding out who won the very first season of “The Amazing Race” way back in 2001. It’s funny because I am not seeking information about the contestants on the internet because I am trying to avoid learning who won. LOL. All I know at this point wasn’t Emily and her mother Nancy because of the constant wonderment in later seasons about who would become the first all-female team to win “The Amazing Race”.

Once I’ve completed Season 1 I plan to move onto Season 2. And while doing so I am going to try and figure out how to watch “The Great British Bake Off” which was shown on PBS last Fall and finished up early this Winter. At this rate I may never ride outdoors again! 😀

Big Week Ahead
With out-of-town coworkers in our office my week has been turned on its head slightly. I’ll ensure that I can leave the office early enough to go to German class tomorrow night, especially since I finally got around to doing my German homework at about 8:30pm last night, but the rest of the week is in limbo. I even rescheduled my Thursday night haircut appointment because I don’t know how much time I’ll be forced to spend at the office in order to work out some project details. Poop.

Hope your weekend was fantastic.

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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13 Responses to Double Crockpot Weekend

  1. Steve says:

    Let’s see… 1 hour of work on Saturday turned into 2 and a half,with Debbie and the puppy killing time and not very warm. A bit of poor planning had them on foot at the park, while I parked at the office. They then tried to warm up at Henry’s, but the outdoor heaters were occupied. About the time they were ready to storm the fed, I was able to break free.

    We then stopped at me niece’s and her husbands house in Decatur to pick up a piece of furniture. The Tv cabinet fills the bed of the truck and isn’t the lightest thing I ever moved.

    Dinner with friend Meg at our favorite Mexican in Tucker. Oh. So. Good.

    Yesterday was more land clearing. Somehow, I tourqued my neck, and am on the heating pad as I type.

    Today is more of the same, after we unload the furniture.

    What’s the status of hockey Saturday?


  2. I’ve not heard about hockey since seeing Laura at Cheddarhead.

    My day at work has started out on a down note, the big boss in the office came by to show me that my app had frozen his phone completely. Of course I have no answer as to why this is happening. Happy Happy, Joy Joy!

  3. Feeling run down and incredibly defeated now. This is a shitty way to start a week.

  4. Steve says:

    Operator error.

  5. Barb says:

    We had a average weekend
    Friday Sue (massage therapist) slipped & fell & bruised her wrist – so our planned massages didn’t happen. But – she did come to dinner & even brought her fiance’ – so fun evening, just no massages.

    Saturday we got a chair delivered from Macy’s – so annoying that there is no way to do a customer pickup & you have to pay a delivery charge. It took the guys barely 10 minutes to get it off the truck, unboxed & into the house.
    Then I was playing Suzie homemaker – I decided to make some meals for the week, mostly with some chicken leftovers. Made a chicken noodle cheesy casserole, a chicken, rice & broccoli casserole, and meatloaf. Did managed a good walk to the grocery store, since I wanted to add water chestnuts to the broccoli casserole.

    I decided we need new cookware – so I went pots & pans shopping on Sunday afternoon. There are way too many choices out there – I’m so confused. So, I’ll figure it out someday………. At least I found a knowledgeable guy at Bed Bath & Beyond – I was thinking ceramic finish, but now I’m a maybe on that – you can crack the edges if you tap/knock your utensils too hard on it. And I’ve ruled out stainless steel – too much trouble – I need a non-stick finish.

  6. Barb says:

    Bummer on the app………. hope you figure it out quick.

    We can do hockey on Saturday – if it is happening.

  7. Stacy says:

    I am craving Mongolian beef now and may just try to make some myself this weekend! Perhaps cut down on the brown sugar per your comment of “too sweet” — I’m assuming that’s what made it such.

    What’s your favorite Mexican in Tucker, Steve?

    Sorry about the app thing, Paulie. 🙁 That does suck. On a Monday. On a day we all should really have off anyway.

    It was a good weekend for me because I’m choosing to live in denial over football games. Watched a couple of Alan Rickman movies on Saturday while doing laundry and then went out to see “The Big Short” on Sunday — which was fabulous. Highly recommend! It’s a smart-people movie. You really have to pay attention and it makes you think.

    Also made a choice to leave The Dark Side this weekend and have a new phone on its way to me (they didn’t have the one I wanted, so it’s being shipped)….and dum dum dum! It’s NOT an iPhone. I’ve been bored with the iPhone for ages, so Hello Android! 🙂 And I learned they give big companies discounts so I got a discount just for working here. I learned Sprint does too, so I imagine most providers do? That was a nice surprise!

  8. Next time I make the Monogolian Beef I will cut out 1/4 cup of the brown sugar called for and see how that tastes.

    You say you have left The Dark Side (Apple), I say you have entered it (Android/Google/Samsung). 😛 Hope you enjoy it regardless. I will give up owning a cell phone before I make that leap away from iPhone, as I have too much invested in the infrastructure.

    Just heard from Laura, hockey is on for Saturday!

  9. Barb says:

    June & Mark are in for hockey too – tailgating next Saturday in the cold!!!!

  10. Stacy says:

    Here’s something random for you. 🙂
    All your Centennial Park shots had me wondering what the area looked like before the park. Found this out there just now. Wicked cool, seeing the difference!

  11. Stacy says:

    (my office is the one on the right with the big plus sign on the roof) 🙂

  12. Funny, I just assumed that the area was open, much like the land your Fed building sits on today.

  13. Stacy says:

    I was under the assumption it was low income housing. I had heard some sort of story about that and about how “wrong” it was for the city to tear it down to build the Olympics stuff. But maybe that was the stadium? Because this all looks pretty business-y to me.

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