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A Week Without Cooking??!! 
May 6, 2012 8:23 am 
Updated: May 14, 2012 3:03 am
It's true - I've gone an entire week without cooking a single meal!!  I didn't really even realize this until I was sitting with my morning coffee deciding what I was going to do with this day; this day where nothing is begging for my attention. 

Last Sunday afternoon we had our Mexican friends over for a spaghetti dinner.  One day in passing Federico had mentioned he loved spaghetti.  He is having a very stressful time with his restaurant that I will not go into at this time (maybe that'll be for another blog in the future) so I figured he would appreciate a favorite meal prepared for him.  That, and the fact that if I made spaghetti for him his whole family would also be here and I'd get to see his beautiful kids.  :)  In addition to spaghetti I made a huge salad and had garlic/cheesy breadsticks. For dessert I made a cheesecake and some of my famous, favorite cranberries to top it off.

Dinner was delicious and fun.  Afterwards we all went outside and "played" with the kids.  Suzy our black lab especially had a blast.  By the time they left she was exhausted.  Those kids know how to wear out a dog!

The rest of the week was filled with helping Federico and all of his problems at his restaurant.  It appears things are looking up for him and should be better than before! 

But, because we spent practically every waking moment of the week (except for the hours we were at work) with Federico - not one single meal was prepared at home!  We finished off the spaghetti and salad left-overs on Monday and that was it.  In the middle of all that drama - my brother had an out-patient surgery that turned into an overnight stay in the hospital; thus requiring me to drive to Columbus (a 2 hour drive) to pick him up and take him home on Wednesday.  I left work an hour early that day, picked up my parents, and we headed to Columbus.  It was nice to get to see my brother and be assured he was really OK, so the long time spent in a car in one day was not that big a deal.

So..... back to this day that has nothing begging for my attention. It is a beautiful sunny day so I decided we will be having burgers on the grill. I headed to the kitchen and whipped up a big bowl of macaroni salad. We also will have devilled eggs. And, since I had neglected my kitchen all week - I baked two loaves of white bread. They are cooling on the rack right now and smell delicious. I think I'll go slice an end off and sample it!!
May 6, 2012 9:44 am
Well good for you! One of my daughters bought me a book some years ago titled "The Art of Relaxation." Seems I too had trouble figuring out what to do with a day in which I had nothing pressing to do. I think reading that book worked. I now have NO trouble at all doing nothing!!! LOL! Enjoy your day "off" Mother Ann.
May 6, 2012 10:15 am
Mother Ann-what a busy week. I hope you enjoy the burgers and the beautiful summer day. Some days- it is good just to kick back and relax.
May 6, 2012 10:31 am
Wow, that's a long time without cooking. I'd probably go through withdrawals without cooking for that long.
May 6, 2012 10:37 am
I'm with bd. I think the last time I went a week without cooking I was about 18. Good for you, it sounds like a full week without it.
May 6, 2012 4:41 pm
I'm with bd too. I think I'd be depressed if I didn't get to cook! Did the restaurant fare well for Cinco de Mayo? It sounds like you had quite a busy week, and I hope the week ahead is a brighter one. The cranberries sound good, saved the recipe!
May 7, 2012 3:18 am
My day of nothing to do turned out beautifully! Our daughter stopped by and we headed to a local winery to sit by the lake with a glass of wine to sip. They had some awesome t-shirts on sale to "celebrate" them winning the battle to remain open that was ongoing with some "unsociable neighbors". :) Then, we came home and our Mexican friends came over for our cook-out. I also made some cookies to go along with everything else. It was a good day - I got some cooking in and relaxation. I'm ready for the week!
May 7, 2012 3:19 am
Loves2Cook, Cinco de Mayo went well. He had a DJ that played American music, since his 6th anniversary celebration was on the 1st and he had a Mariachi band then. We all had a good time. And those cranberries are good. In fact, yesterday the kids came in and asked if we had anymore left from last week!
May 7, 2012 5:37 am
I did not know you had put those delicious cranberries in your personal recipe box. Just rated it, could only give 5 stars but that recipe deserves more. If I am really lucky I'll pick my own blackberries and have a go at making my own blackberry brandy this year. I'm with BSM on the not cooking for a week. I think Fredrico is very lucky to have found you to have as a friend!
May 7, 2012 7:50 am
MA... I'm so glad to hear that things with your friend and your brother are all going well! I have been craving spaghetti... and wouldn't mind relaxing at a winery either! Oh well I'll just live vicariously through my AR friends! Great blog!!!!
May 8, 2012 3:12 am
Cat - When you make that blackberry brandy I'm gonna have to make a trip out there to see you and taste it! Thank you for your kind words on my cranberries!
May 8, 2012 3:13 am
Terry - I'll be making a trip back to that winery soon - they didn't have my size in their cool t-shirts so I had to order one. Just an excuse to get back there! LOL
May 8, 2012 6:38 pm
A week without cooking is a week without ... hmmm ... whatever.
May 9, 2012 3:09 am
LOL Mike! At my house - a week without cooking is a week without... food.... Unless you eat out. Then it 's a week without any money.
May 13, 2012 8:08 pm
Those cranberries are the best! Hoping the blackberries yield this year or I get them first before the critters. I read the recipe and it does not sound that hard. WE just have to work out your schedule :)
May 14, 2012 3:03 am
Cat - my husband was turkey hunting yesterday - he didn't get any turkeys but he said it looks like there will be a bumper crop of blackberries this year. Woohoo! Last year was a dud - so I'm hoping he's right. The recipe is not that hard.
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About Me
I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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