This week’s Life on a Boat (March 2 – 8) was our first full week back in Canada and for Handsome Hubby back to work. And with lots of of overtime, the memories of Mexican relaxation faded quickly. The overtime is appreciated for the pay cheque and it got me back into the routine of making dinners that come together quickly or I can put in the slow cooker and eat whenever he’s home.
We also started Shiloh’s spring cleaning and continued with the myriad of projects we want to complete before we our summer boating adventure. Living on a boat may make certain aspects of life simpler but the projects associated with the simple fact of living on a boat are increased.
And finally, we lost an hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time. I don’t quite understand why we keep changing our clocks twice a year. It seems like a relic from a different era but until the relics we keep electing age out, I guess we’re stuck with it. And surprisingly, this time change wasn’t that bad for me – for the past week I’ve been waking up at 4:19 a.m. (or thereabouts) so when I woke up at 5:19 a.m. on Sunday morning it felt like I’d slept in!
Here’s a look at our life on a boat – food, projects and adventures!
What We Ate
Handsome Hubby’s Work Breakfasts & Lunches
Breakfast: Egg casserole with potatoes, zucchini, jalapeno, shredded cheese, mushrooms, onions; yogurt and oatmeal on the go
Lunch: Leftover tri-tip steak from last Saturday’s dinner, Greek salad, bananas
Monday, March 2
Breakfast: Last of Berry Steel-Cut oatmeal – it made me so happy!
Lunch: Leftover chili from last week
Dinner: Sometimes dinner doesn’t go as planned… These roasted sweet potato and veggie bowls with black beans and spinach tasted great – they just took a bit longer than usual. When the timer dinged, the oven didn’t seem quite as warm as usual nor the veggies actually cooked. Yep, the propane had run out. Thank goodness the spare was full (we’re usually 50/50 if that’s the case). In theory, the veggies are tossed with olive oil and spices for about 40 minutes at 400 degrees. I topped the bowls with a dressing made with vegan mayo, salsa and lime juice.
Tuesday, March 3
Breakfast: A new steel cut oatmeal made in the Instant Pot – this time I tried the Berry recipe with bananas instead of an apple. It was really good but not my favourite. I put two bananas in but thinking that maybe one would have been better.
Lunch: Leftover Vegan African Stew – it tasted even better today! Which is good because there is sooo much left to eat. Definitely need to cut that recipe in half for life on a boat.
Dinner: Lentil Stew in the slow cooker. Dinner actually went according to plan today – a nice change from yesterday. This Lentil Stew in the slow cooker is a favourite and works well on days when Handsome Hubby is working late. I love the earthy flavours in this stew – the rosemary and thyme with the mustard just warm my belly.
Wednesday, March 4
Breakfast: Leftover Berry Steel Cut Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftover Vegan African Stew
Dinner: Wednesday is actually the end of the week when it comes to our meal plans. This means I shop on Thursdays so we’re set for the weekend and stay out of grocery stores when they are super busy. And I usually plan the Easiest One-Pot Veggie Pasta & Sauce in the Instant Pot for Wednesday since it’s perfect to add any veggies withering away in the fridge, it’s quick, easy and so good! An added benefit is if my HH is working late, I can make dinner and then just keep his warm in the Instant Pot using the slow cooker feature.
Thursday, March 5 – Cheese Doodle Day
Breakfast: And more leftover Berry Steel Cut Oatmeal.
Lunch: Finished the Vegan African Stew! And adjusted the recipe to 1/2 for the next time!
Snack Time: Hawkins Cheezies! Turns out today was National Cheese Doodle Day and who am I to argue with the calendar? HH and I love these Canadian treasures and enjoyed every last orange crumb!
Friday, March 6
Breakfast: Yep, you guessed it – Berry Steel Cut Oatmeal for the win!
Lunch: Leftover pasta. I ran in the morning and I guess I decided to carb up AFTER the run. Oh well it still tasted great.
Dinner: Pizza Night!!! When the kids were younger, we tried to do pizza nights on the Fridays they were with us. Sometimes we made the pizza and other times we went to our favourite pizza joint, San Remo’s in Port Coquitlam (if you live near Port Coquitlam, BC, I highly recommend the pizza). After they grew up, pizza nights weren’t quite as regular. But with a couple of naan breads in the fridge, pizza night seemed like a great idea.
These were super easy plant based pizzas. I started by lightly sautéed half a red onion and half a red pepper. For the sauce I took a 1/2 cup pasta sauce I saved from Wednesday’s dinner, mixed it with some tomato paste and a few Italian spices. Then with some Daiya mozzarella, a Field Roast Italian sausage, a couple sprinkles of basil and parsley and about 20 minutes in the oven, we had pizza!!
Saturday, March 7 – Plant Power Day
Breakfast: Finished off the Berry Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Lunch: Handsome Hubby and I finished the leftovers in the fridge – Southwestern Lentils & Brown Rice for him and Lentil Stew for me.
Dinner: We celebrated Plant Power Day with barbecued portobello mushroom burgers (I marinated the mushrooms with some BBQ sauce mixed with soy sauce and lime powder) and Curry Spiced Broccoli Soup made in the Instant Pot. To say it was a yummy dinner is an understatement.
Sunday, March 8
Breakfast: Time for a new oatmeal!! This batch was an Apple Berry Steel Cut Oatmeal.
Lunch: Somehow, we ran out of leftovers in the fridge(!) – which seems improbable considering how full the fridge was earlier in the week. And since HH and I had productive mornings – him cleaning up and organizing our back deck and me doing meal prep, we justified the trip to the pub.
Dinner: Our weekly carnivorous meal. Even though I eat mostly plant-based, HH does not. So we have one dinner a week with meat as the star. Usually, it is something that HH grills which he enjoys. This week it was New York strip steaks that he grilled to perfection. For sides, I made some lemon roasted potatoes (they were good, but need some tweaking to adjust for cooking on our boat) and some peas.
Plugs and their locations tend to be a challenge for me. I’m used to living in a condo with lots of plugs and in useful locations. But that’s not the case on a boat. So I have power bars and cords running here and there which drive me nuts. When I mentioned to HH that I’d like the power bar in the v-berth installed under the shelf instead of sitting on top with the cords visible, he made it happen just like that! I still have some decorating to do but it looks 100% better.
My dark kitchen pantry looks much brighter thanks to a battery operated light.
Topped up our lead-acid batteries with water. I swear these things remind me of plants and remembering to water them! And since we’ve killed almost every plant we’ve ever had, I set-up a reminder in my Google calendar to keep the batteries in good shape.
Spring cleaning on the back deck! After a few months of winter and sheer laziness on our part, it was cluttered and we were starting to look like stereotypical liveaboards. But after last week’s repair of the slow water leak from the water tanks, HH was able to store more of our crap useful belongings under the back deck. We also started cleaning – still a ways to go but we’ll soon be ready for spring and summer days out there!
What seemed like a simple project of fixing the water pipe on our other boat continues. The original problem is fixed but another little problem showed up during testing… Ahhhh life on a boat!
Replaced a hose and fitting on one of the propane tanks for the stove. It was beginning to show it’s age, so better to fix it now.
No adventures this week. Planning is beginning for our summer boating adventure. We’ll kick things off at the Tollycraft Boating Club Rendezvous in Roche Harbor, WA – it’s always a fun time and a great way to see old friends and make new ones. Plus I’m on the club’s bridge, so I kind of need to to be there.
Looking forward our Life on a Boat next week. The weather forecast has lots of sun, I’m feeling great and life on a boat is keeps getting better.