Tuesday, March 9, 2010

This Week's Scenarios and Menu...and Procrastination

Our scenarios this week are:

Butter - scarce, available for 1 1/2 times the usual ration points
Salad Oils - surplus, available for only 1/2 the usual ration points
Soft Cheese- scarce, available for 1 1/2 times the usual ration points
Beef - scarce, available for 1 1/2 times the usual ration points

Luckily we were good on butter, soft cheeses (cream cheese) and had no need for beef this week once I made taco night turkey tacos instead of beef tacos. I used the salad oil surplus to stock up on some more canola oil.

Here's how the menu shaped up:

Saturday: homemade pizza (sausage, mushroom, onion and olive)
Sunday: turkey tacos and corn
Monday: fiesta salad (corn chips, ice burg lettuce, shredded cheese, black beans, sour cream and home-canned corn salsa)
Tuesday: rice and beans (with smoked sausage)
Wednesday: baked potatoes and cottage cheese
Thursday: grilled chicken breast, rice and broccoli
Friday: macaroni and cheese with carrots/celery and dip

Fiesta salad is a common menu item at our house during the warmer months. It was nice to be able to have a "salad night" after so many months without (non-cabbage) greens. The girls ate up all their lettuce and went back for seconds, which is something that was NOT common before rationing. Unfortunately the jar of home-canned corn salsa we used this week was our last , so it will be many months before this show up on our menu again.

I think I'm going to try to stock up on butter, oils and cheeses over the next few weeks in the hopes that we can have enough ration points one week for a nice ham. The markets will soon be flooded with spiral-cut beauties and even a small one will cost us nearly all of our red ration points for that week.

Otherwise, I did some more research this weekend and found some goodies to share with you from the March and April 1943 newspapers. Of course, I have plenty of other things that need to be done, like cleaning the house and putting away my laundry. I'm not very good at putting away my laundry. I fold it and put it in the basket and even take the basket upstairs to my room but that's where the process usually stops. I would much rather do more research or walk on the treadmill while watching Battlestar Galactica (love me some BSG!) or work on my embroidery than put my laundry away. But...how can I ask the girls to put their laundry away if I don't put mine away? So, off I must go.

In the meantime, what's one (or two) household chores that you tend to procrastinate about?

--Rational Mama


  1. totally putting away laundry. Which poses a problem because my room is so very tiny. What else, I'd say it used to be dishes but I do my dishes right away now so I don't get depressed about having to do them later.

    Do you like Caprica?

  2. I hate all household chores. Poor Justin ends up with laundry and dishes!

  3. I procrastinate about making phone calls. And general housecleaning duties. But I really hate having to make phone calls so I put them off.

  4. Sadly, I'm a big procrastinator married to a bigger one (it was a marriage made... eventually).

    My worst failing is the laundry too. It starts with leaving the washing for too long in the basket, busy not being washed. Then, as I'm starting to consider buying new underpants to make good on the shortage, I finally get round to putting the washing in the machine.

    Once done, much time can pass before the washing is taken out of the washer. At the point I'm actually forced to buy new underpants, I then run the washer on the "refresh" setting, and then put them in the drier or on the line.

    In theory, they're then taken down, ironed and put away. In practice, I'm to be found at 7am, wrapped in a towel and still glistening from the shower, removing a pair of underpants and a t-shirt to wear for that day.

    Then the cycle begins to repeat...

  5. Glad to know I'm not the only one who procrastinates about laundry. I haven't had to buy new panties yet because of it, but it's nice to know that it's an option. ;)

  6. By the way - Jennifer - I just (finally) finished watching the Caprica pilot and am interested enough that I need to watch the first few episodes to see if I get hooked. It definitely has a different flavor than BSG.