Meal Plan Monday: Please Do Not Heat Up That Kitchen!

Good Monday morning, Pinteresting Blogosphere!  If there is one thing I learned in all of the advance meal prep coming to fruition for my in-laws’ visit, it is this:  when premaking dishes in advance for recooking in the summer, make them ones that can 1) go in the slow cooker, 2) be grilled, or 3) go in the microwave.  As wonderful as knowing that the main dish for dinner was ready each night (other than baking/warming), the kitchen really got overheated each evening.

It.  Is.  Hot.  Here.

So I returned to the idea of the Please Don’t Heat Up the Kitchen New Recipe Challenge for inspiration.  If it can’t go in the slow cooker, in the microwave, or on the grill?  I didn’t want it.

With that in mind, this is what I decided:

Saturday:  chicken salad sandwiches (chicken poached in the slow cooker), Rainier cherries (yay!  Aldi sale for $2.49/lb.)

Sunday:  big salad and crackers

Monday:  grilled ribs, slaw, beans

Tuesday:  Crockpot Fajitas from Cooking Classy, Jumbo Pico Salad

Wednesday:  leftovers or hot dogs (because Josh is off Thursday)

Thursday:  grilled chicken thighs (thinking a variation of this recipe), rice, beans

Friday:  pizza from Johnny’s pizza

Saturday:  grilled hamburger and chips

Sunday:  grilled pork chops (from pork loin), microwave rice, broccoli

What is on your meal plan for this week?

We Plan Wednesday: The September 2015 Menu

We Plan Wednesday

When I sat down a few weeks ago and planned out the menu for the remainder of the year, I did so in an attempt to sketch out something useful for the remainder of 2015, knowing that once school started things were going to be busy.

Note that I said, “sketch.”  This monthly plan is not intended to be the end all and be all.  If I can’t manage to follow the weekly meal plan 100% of the time, I DEFINITELY can’t expect to do so for the monthly plan.  Life and poop happens.

That being said, I think this advance planning will alleviate the meal plan monotony that hit a few months back.  I’ve included new recipes with a mixture of old favorites hopefully leading to some level of comfort with the menu.  I tried to be seasonally conscious.  I tried not to heat up the kitchen too much in the planning for August and September.

And the kicker is, I’ve tried not to plan too much for weeks that I know will be busy.

There is a method to my madness, as the old bard once said.  I hope there is no madness in the method.

1:  Beef Nacho Pie from The Tidy Nest

2:  Mini Bacon and Egg Toast Cups from Fifteen Spatulas

3:  leftovers/scrounge

4:  One Pot Pizza Pasta from Budget Savvy Diva

5:  Happy Birthday, Mom!  (Make S’mores Granola Bars from Recipe Girl)

6:  Crock Pot Simple Chicken Spaghetti from Crock Pot Gourmet (This was planned for earlier this month, but we re-did the Houston trip.)

7:  Red Beans and Rice (in the slow cooker!)

8:  Chick-Fil-A calendar card meal

9:  Bacon, Corn, and Cheddar Pancakes from Foxes Love Lemons

10:  leftovers/scrounge

11:  Pizza Rolls from Broke A** Gourmet

12:  Crock Pot Pizza Meatball Subs (I will also make Chex Lemon Muddy Buddies from Six Sisters’ Stuff.)

13:  Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken from Recipe Girl

14:  Slow Cooker Easy Quiche from A Spicy Perspective

15:  Chicken Street Tacos from Life in the Lofthouse

16:  Grilled Margarita Chicken from The Slow Roasted Italian

17:  leftovers/scrounge

18:  Salmon/Tuna Patties from Deep South Dish

19:  Crock Pot Asian Chicken from Country Cook (I will also make No-Bake Biscoff Granola Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod.)

20:  Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken from The Recipe Critic

21:  Super Quick Spaghetti Carbonara from Budget Savvy Diva

22:  Beef and Bean Burrito Skillet Dinner from Deep South Dish

23:  Herbed Baked Eggs and Praline Bacon, both from Fifteen Spatulas

24:  leftovers/scrounge

25:  Pizza Quesadillas from Macaroni and Cheesecake

26:  Crock Pot Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches from Life in the Lofthouse (I will also make Loaded Rice Krispie Treats from Life in the Lofthouse.)

27:  jambalaya

28:  Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan from Mom on a Mission

29:  Wholly Guacamole Enchiladas from Mommy Hates Cooking

30:  Huevos Rancheros from Fifteen Spatulas

I’m very excited about this month’s menu!  I’ve always wanted to try huevos rancheros, and I never have.  I’m also excited about the carbonara, the praline bacon, and the chicken cheesesteak sandwiches.  Those are all out of my cooking comfy zone.

But the one dish I’m most hopeful about is the guacamole enchiladas.  When we go to Dallas and go to Abuelo’s, I always order the avocado enchiladas.  I hope these are just as yummy!

What’s your plan for September?

We Plan Wednesday: August’s Menu Plan

We Plan Wednesday

I sat down last week and planned out the menus for the rest of the year.

Now, don’t get excited.  I haven’t completely lost my mind.  I simply saw my Chick-Fil-A calendar sitting on the table, pretty much blank, and felt the need to fill it (or, at least, August-December) with meal plans.

Now, do I honestly believe that all of these items for the remaining four months of the year will be made (and eaten) as planned?  Uh, no.

But a girl has to have a plan as the school year gets ready to gear up.  I can always fall back to the plan in the event things get crazy and my mind is fried as far as Meal Plan Monday is concerned.

The goal for August?  To heat up the oven as little as possible.

Here we go:

1:  Korean “Beef” Over Rice from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

2:  Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole from Country Cook

3:  Perfect Mini Meatloaf from Artsy Fartsy Mama

4:  Mexican Pizzas from Life in the Lofthouse

5:  French Toast Kabobs, fruit, breakfast meat from A Beautiful Mess

6:  leftovers/scrounge

7:  mini pizzas

8:  Crock Pot Cashew Chicken from Favorite Family Recipes

9:  Pork Loin Roast with potatoes, onions, and carrots

10:  Chicken Parmesan Baked Pasta from Gunny Sack

11:  Ranch Chicken Enchiladas from Life in the Lofthouse (Hopefully, this time I will get a good picture!)

12:  Marinated Root Beer Grilled Chicken from Six Sisters’ Stuff

13:  leftovers/scrounge

14:  Crock Pot Pizza Potatoes from Kayotic Kitchen

15:  Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup from A Spicy Perspective

16:  Crock Pot Simple Chicken Spaghetti from Crock Pot Gourmet

17:  pulled pork (from freezer) sandwiches, cole slaw, chips

18:  tacos

19:  breakfast for dinner (pancakes)

20:  go to Chick-Fil-A (for the Chick-Fil-A deal) and lemonade for National Lemonade Day

21:  mini pizzas

22:  Fuji Chicken from Mandy’s Recipe Box

23:  Crock Pot Bacon Garlic Chicken from Crock Pot Ladies

24:  Mexican Lasagna (try to make it as a slow cooker dish) from Artsy Fartsy Mama

25:  carnitas bowls using carnitas from the freezer

26:  English Breakfast Burgers from Foodtastic Mom

27:  leftovers/scrounge

28:  Pizza Waffles from Life in the Lofthouse (plug the waffle iron in outside)

29:  Waffle Iron BBQ Chicken Sandwich from Buns in My Oven (plug the waffle iron in outside)

30:  Crock Pot BBQ’d Chicken and Cornbread Casserole from A Year of Slow Cooking

31:  Olive Garden Copycat Chicken Vino Bianco from The Slow Roasted Italian

I also plan to make two dessert dishes for inclusion in Muffin’s lunches.

On the weekend of August 22, I plan to make Churro Chex Mix from Six Sisters’ Stuff.  On the weekend of August 29, I plan to make Star Crunches from Crock Pot Recipe Exchange.

What are your favorite keep-the-kitchen-cool meals?

Meal Plan Monday: Hopefully More Closely

Meal Plan Monday

So…another week that didn’t work so well, meal-plan-wise.

Sickness and multiple appointments pretty much ruled the day, er, week.  Muffin has a sinus infection (nothing viral or in his ears or lungs…yay!), but he gets to get another robot tooth.  He had a check-up with his doctor.  My dad was in the hospital having a pacemaker put in.  Josh worked pretty much solidly the whole week.

Yeah, I didn’t feel like cooking (or eating) much.

This next week will be spent trying to cook ahead in mini-freezer cooking sessions in an attempt to ready things for the school year (like Muffin lunches, etc.).  It’s not as much about trying new things as it is filling the freezer.

Saturday:  Muffaletta casserole, green veg

Sunday:  meatloaf in the slow cooker (I’m going to risk it once more)

Monday:  red beans and rice (save leftovers)

Tuesday:  Chipotle copycat carnitas made with rice bowls/taco salads

Wednesday:  Josh is off, so he will prepare something yummy (possibly breakfast/pancakes for dinner)

Thursday:  leftover/Josh grill

Friday:  pizza rollups (freeze extra for Muffin’s lunches)

Saturday:  chili (freeze extras)

What are y’all planning this week?

We Plan Wednesday: The June Menu

We Plan Wednesday

This post is a bit of a cheat, as we are well into June and I posted a partial menu for my in-law’s visit that will occur toward the end of the month.  But, I decided to go ahead and fill in the post for the month.  July looms as one big question mark, as Josh may have one (or possibly even two?) weeks in Houston.

What is the advantage of monthly meal planning?  It’s one thing that you can check off of your weekly “to-do” list.  Does that mean I won’t do my Meal Plan Monday posts each week?  Uh, no.  Because if the meal plan gets shot to heck in a week, imagine what happens if I post it for the entire month!

June 1 (Monday):  Creamy Swiss Chicken Bake from Lil Luna (with alterations:  mozza instead of Swiss, cheddar instead of so much Parm), fresh green beans with onions and real bacon bits, rice

June 2 (Tuesday):  chicken tacos (from the slow cooker:  throw in a few breasts, some salsa, and taco seasoning and low until done and stir to shred)

June 3 (Wednesday):  “leftover Wednesday” in the form of chicken taco ‘topped taters

June 4 (Thursday):  something on the grill, canned veg, bread

June 5 (Friday):  mini pizzas, corn

June 6 (Saturday):  Smothered Chicken from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, veg of some kind, mashed taters

June 7 (Sunday):  Chicken and Cornbread Casserole from Bread, Booze, and Bacon, salad with vinaigrette

June 8 (Monday):  Sesame Freaking Chicken (recipe given to me by my coworker Holly…and I am bound and determined to make it this time), egg rolls, rice, fortune cookies (maybe with a stir-fried veg)

June 9 (Tuesday):  Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken (A Bountiful Kitchen), mashed potatoes, veg

June 10 (Wednesday):  Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops (recipe all over the place), rice (maybe a wild rice blend), green veg

June 11 (Thursday):  leftovers or hot dogs (In theory, Josh is off–but on-call–so maybe grilled hot dogs?)

June 12 (Friday):  One Pot Pizza Pasta (Budget Savvy Diva), bread, salad

June 13 (Saturday):  Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole slow cooker (Country Cook), green veg

June 14 (Sunday):  Chicken French (Ducks N a Row), salad, rolls

June 15 (Monday):  slow cooker red beans and rice, salad, bread

June 16 (Tuesday):  Spasagna (Country Cook), salad

June 17 (Wednesday):  Cajun Fried Chicken Po’Boys (Favorite Family Recipes), baked fries

June 18 (Thursday):  leftovers or hot dogs

June 19 (Friday):  Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Balls (Gunny Sack), “hamburger topping” salad

June 20 (Saturday):  Muffaletta Casserole (Miz Helen’s Country Cottage), salad

June 21 (Sunday):  Baked Potato Bar (I don’t know what time the in-laws are arriving; hopefully in time for supper because the baked potato bar is always fun!)

June 22 (Monday):  Grilled Margarita Chicken (TSRI), Carol’s salsa from Messy Aprons, homemade tortillas with butter, slow cooker refried beans from Mom on Timeout

June 23 (Tuesday):  Dr. Pepper Pork Chops from Debbiedoo’s, Twice-Baked Potato Casserole from Miss Kay’s cookbook, 7-Up Biscuits from Six Sisters’ Stuff, broccoli with lemon zest

June 24 (Wednesday):  Ranch chicken enchiladas (LitL), Mexican Rice (, leftover refried beans, guacamole, chips

June 25 (Thursday):  Shredded Pork with Garlic Sauce, rice, egg rolls, fortune cookies

June 26 (Friday):  Pizza Spiral Rolls from B. A. Gourmet (meat, supreme, Italian), salad, corn

June 27 (Saturday):  Bacon Cheeseburger Tatchos (Frugal Foodie Mama), “hamburger topping” salad

June 28 (Sunday):  Another Lazy Sunday Casserole (Kayotic Kitchen), green veg/salad, bread (or croutons in salad)

June 29 (Monday):  Slow Cooker Lasagna Rolls (Gunny Sack), salad, bread (a meatless Monday)

June 30 (Tuesday): Egg Roll Stir Fry (Meal Planning 101), fried rice

That’s it!  30 days in June, after all.  What’s on your meal plan for the month?

Meal Plan Monday: A Cinco de Mayo Chipotle-Inspired Feast

Meal Plan Monday

Sunday dawned with two slow cookers percolating in the kitchen (Big Bertha sported pork loin, potatoes, and carrots for Sunday dinner; and ‘Red was filled to the brim with seared beef roast chunks and Ninja’d sauce for Chipotle Barbacoa, much cooled from the version tried last year, using only one chipotle pepper and only one teaspoon–rather than a tablespoon–of the accompanying adobo sauce).

I looked a lot more productive than I felt.  Since before spring break, we have been passing around a spring cold.  Having suffered from a sore throat since Wednesday (causing me to miss Wednesday services at church), the cold settled in my sinuses (and, sorry to be TMI, produced copious amounts of mucus that had to be blown out seemingly every second) by the weekend.

As a result, I didn’t get the tater tot casserole prepped (nor did i get all the chopping for the pico, corn salsa, or cilantro for the cilantro-lime rice).  I did something both Saturday and Sunday that I rarely do:  I took a nap.

But, here’s the meal plan for the week (thank goodness for the productivity of my slow cookers).  I told my mom that I would really like a third (or even a fourth) slow cooker; I could really have been productive while sick on Sunday if I had more.

Saturday:  Home-Alone-(the movie)-Inspired Filthy Animal Pizza from Foxes Love Lemons

Sunday:  my mom’s pork loin, potatoes, and carrots in the slow cooker (with a side of “fried” apples)

Monday:  Smothered Chicken from Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, vegetable, bread

Tuesday:  Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Chipotle Barbacoa, Cilantro-Lime Rice, Chipotle Corn Salsa, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole in bowls

Wednesday:  Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole from Michelle’s Tasty Creations and salad

Thursday:  leftovers/hot dogs

Friday:  Crock Pot Pizza Potatoes from Kayotic Kitchen, salad or green veg

Saturday:  Josh is off to grill!

Sunday:  Citrus grilled shrimp (recipe and pictures forthcoming) or Josh’s lasagna (recipe and pictures forthcoming)

What’s your plan for the week?

Meal Plan Monday: Back After a Week of Testing

Meal Plan Monday

For those of you not in the know, last week was PARCC testing.  Several other things happened this past week and a half to keep me from blogging as I wished to.   In my downtime at work (haha), I worked to plan lessons and also organize my meal planning lists.

Yes, I did plan (and mostly follow) a plan last week.  And I have a plan to go by for this week.  It’s a return of some old favorites mixed with some new fun. We have company this week; a friend of Josh’s is staying with us in between moves, so I’m trying to feed a crowd.  Here’s the plan:

Saturday:  cabbage roll casserole (from Mandy’s Recipe Box) and bread and butter

Sunday:  cream cheese and pepper jelly with crackers (raspberry jalapeno jam), crock pot chicken and dumplings (from the Slow Roasted Italian), artisan bread with rosemary, salad bar

Monday:  Root Beer Pulled Pork (from Recipe Girl) on a bun, coleslaw, chips

Tuesday:  sour cream noodle bake (from Life in the Lofthouse), green beans, leftover salad bar

Wednesday:  BBQ cups (made with leftover pulled pork) from Life in the Lofthouse, roasted veg, coleslaw

Thursday:  leftovers or Enchurritos from Mandy’s Recipe Box, chips and salsa

Friday:  Pizza Tot Casserole from Love Bakes Good Cakes, corn, wedge salad

Saturday:  Fuji Chicken and rice from Mandy’s Recipe Box

Sunday:  Monterey Chicken and Hamberger Buns from Life in the Lofthouse, broccoli, fruit

I hope y’all have a great week!

Meal Plan Monday: The Many Uses of Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Meal Plan Monday

Muffin is a bean-eating boy.  He loves baked beans (that he calls “sweet beans”).  He loves red beans and rice.  He loves refried beans.  He loves refried beans so much that often he will eat refried beans on a taco with “cream” (sour cream), cheese, and nothing else.

I’m okay with that.

By the end of this week, we will have eaten beans (of the refried variety) TWICE!  And Muffin will be as happy as a jumping bean!

If you are familiar with savings blogs and publications like The Tightwad Gazette, you have heard of the beans and rice way of life.  I’m a big believer that such a diet could exist and consumers could still have a wide variety of meals.

There is, of course, the big bean burrito.  This is Muffin’s pick of choice if we ever visit Taco Bell.

I have seen casseroles containing refried beans; after all, isn’t seven-layer dip, in effect, a casserole?  Even though I rarely have them, I like beans on my nachos.

One “recipe” that I’ve wanted to try from my favorite money-saving cookbook Dining on a Dime is to spread refried beans on a slice of bread, sprinkle it with cheese, and broil the “toast” until the cheese melts and all is hot.

So…on to the bean-laden menu:

Saturday:  Margarita Grilled Chicken from The Slow Roasted Italian, beans, salad

Sunday:  Mississippi Roast from Southern Bite, mashed potatoes, peas

Monday:  tacos (with refried beans)

Tuesday:  We will be using our Chick-Fil-A calendar card.  Grilled chicken sandwich and a drink for Josh and me, and nugget meal for Muffin.

Wednesday:  leftover roast, grilled chicken, and taco stuff on a baked potato (Baked Potato Bar)

Thursday:  Josh is off but on-call, so he is going to be deciding and prepping.

Friday:  Josh is off but on-call, so he is going to be deciding and prepping (but probably something pizza-related).

Saturday:  I am tentatively saying soup of some kind, but I’ve been pinning like crazy lately, so I might try something completely new.

Sunday:  A slow cooker roast, veg, and potato of some kind (but, again, I’ve been pinning like crazy, so I might try something completely new.)

I am planning on making a version of Mounds/Bounty bars as the treat of the week.

As usual, I will be posting this entry to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday:

Meal Plan Monday: Prepping Leftovers for Josh’s Oven

Meal Plan Monday

How about this weather, huh?  Sure makes one not want to eat a cold sandwich or salad outside while you work on electronic equipment, huh?

That was my thinking when I bought my favorite Christmas present of Josh’s…the 12-volt vehicle oven.  He’s been enjoying it, and I’ve been trying to come up with cooking options to make plenty of leftovers for him to have options to “cook” in his van.

Josh actually trumped me; if you read yesterday’s Summary Sunday post, you know he made a HUGE pot of spaghetti and was able to fill two loaf pans with meals for the week.

This week my intent is to provide him options.  Also, I hope to try out some recipes as a dry run for the week of comp’ny in June (some have been made before, but many have not).  This is also a hefty make-ahead week.  I have several meetings at work this week, and Josh will be beating me home most days.  Sunday was a busy day around the house trying to prep for the week.

But here’s how it goes:

Saturday:  We met my parents to renew our Sam’s membership and ate the cheapest fast-food meal.

Sunday:  Natchitoches Meat Pies, canned green beans

Monday:  My sister’s method for making my grandmother’s Chicken and Dumplins (a special recipe post forthcoming), veg sticks and dip

Tuesday:  Dr. Pepper pork chops (meaning Muffin will be happy–see below for linky), Missy’s Twice-Baked Potatoes (from Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen)

Wednesday:  Slow cooker Pizza Meatball Subs, chips

Thursday:  Chicken Spaghetti (Six Sisters’ Stuff), green veg, garlic bread

Friday:  mini pizzas (made from sliced sandwich bread), canned corn

Saturday:  Margarita Grilled Chicken (Thank you, TSRI), beans (as in refried, made in the slow cooker again)

Sunday:  Mississipi Roast (from The Southern Bite cookbook and blog…thank you, Mom, for that lovely cookbook for Christmas!), mashed potatoes, glazed carrots

Special treat for the week:  Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies (from The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke…By the way, Hallmark Channel–or Hallmark Movies and Mysteries–has purchased the option to produce a MOVIE based on Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder!  I am so so so very excited!  I may have to have another Joanne Fluke party for the premiere!)

I have hopes of the Natchitoches Meat Pies, the Chicken and Dumplins (probably kept in his thermos), the Dr. Pepper pork chops and Twice Baked Potatoes, the meatballs (as a sub starter), the Margarita Grilled Chicken and beans, the Mississippi Roast and sides, and the Chicken Spaghetti making appearances in his “oven” next week and beyond.  I know I will enjoy some of the leftovers in my lunch in the next week (or so…if I make plates for the freezer!).

I made ahead the Dumplins, the Twice Baked Potatoes, the meatballs, and the chicken spaghetti this weekend (as well as the cookies).

As usual, I hope to link up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday:

Meal Plan Monday: Week of January 4

Meal Plan Monday

This week is going to be a hodge podge.  Josh is on call, but off Monday and Tuesday.  We still have plenty of leftovers from the party as well as a few other goodies that I have planned.  Josh will probably bring home a pizza on Friday.

Saturday:  leftover fajita stuff

Sunday:  Crock Pot Dr. Pepper pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, canned veg

Monday:  Josh prep–breakfast for supper?

Tuesday:  Josh prep–spaghetti with Italian sausage?

Wednesday:  leftover Bacon Double Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup, crackers (Josh may take some in his thermos to reheat in his new travel oven)

Thursday:  leftover fajita stuff or leftover pork chops

Friday:  Little Caesar’s $5 pepperoni special

Saturday:  Spasagna, green veg, artisan bread

Sunday:  Chicken and Dumplins, salad or veg sticks and dip, artisan bread

My goal is also to make more of the refried beans for use the next week on Saturday or Sunday.  I’m lovin’ that recipe.

And now…Bacon Double Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup, courtesy of The Slow Roasted Italian:

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Beer Cheese Soup

Source:  The Slow Roasted Italian


First, I made my own Montreal Steak Seasoning:

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon crushed black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon dill weed

3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Mix together and use 5 teaspoons of the mixture below.

And now…the recipe:

6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut using kitchen shears into 1/2 inch pieces.

1 pound ground beef

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

5 teaspoons homemade Montreal Steak Seasoning

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

12 ounces beer (I used Coor’s light)

4 cups half-and-half (or cream for thicker or milk for thinner)

16 ounces mild cheddar

salt, to taste

Warm 8 quart pot over high heat.  Add cut bacon to pot stirring often.  Cook until lightly crisp.  Add beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon into chunks.  Cook until done.  Drain all but 2 tablespoons drippings.  Stir in flour, seasoning, and paprika.  Stir until flour is coated.  Add beer and scrape pot to deglaze.  Cook 3 minutes.  Add half and half.  Stir to combine and bring to a bubble.  Add cheese and stir until cheese is melted.  Taste to add salt, as necessary.  Allow to simmer until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.

Serve with croutons sprinkled over the top.

Muffin loved this soup!

Muffin Approved

What is your favorite cold-weather soup?

As always, I will be linking up here: