Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Menu

I'm only listing our dinners/suppers this week, because lately, all our breakfasts and lunches are the same… so there's no need to write the same thing over and over :) You can look back over the past few weeks and get and get a good idea of what we'll be having for those meals. Basically, leftovers and  standbys getting us through... I cannot believe summer is in sight!

Sunday - burgers, broccoli
Monday - chicken pineapple meatballs (new recipe), salad greens, dressing
Tuesday - leftovers
Wednesday - sloppy joes, roasted green beans
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - roasted chicken thighs, oven potatoes
Saturday - leftover chicken in jalfrezi sauce w/ greens (sauce was on sale)

Kids' snacks:
whole milk yogurt, chex, fruit (pears, apples, strawberries, mangos)

Oh, and I may have purchased a box of gluten-free Joe Joes (Trader Joe's "oreos") today so that we can make some no-churn cookies'n'cream ice cream...

Because every post needs an image… today's advice:

That's all I have for now. Have a good night!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thoughts + Weekly Menu

Better late than never!

This spring is weird. I cannot decide if I like it or really do not like it. Depends on the moment, I could be convinced either way. It's just a crazy season of life right now - good, bad, fast, slow, crushing, encouraging, tedious, exciting, disappointing, exhausting, fun, stupid, hopeful.
Pick any adjective.
Yep. It'll work.

Or we can just go with ridiculous. Like the fact that I enjoy this movie. (Warning: not family friendly.)

I'm glad my sister has at the same sense of humor as me. You can either roll your eyes or laugh and quote it. I choose the latter. :) This tops it off.

Anyways, moving on.

One fun fact from last week is that two of my worlds collided when a classmate suddenly realized they'd been reading my blog for a couple years… What?! So cool. I've never had that happen before. Hi LP and family!

I like this Monday shopping thing (instead of Saturday). Much saner, obviously. I think I'll try to stick with it for a bit. I went to Sprouts and Aldi yesterday and spent $125. We'll probably spend another $40 on eating out… I know. Getting crazy.

How did I completely forget about making this carrot cake? Adding it to the list of things to make when I have time to bake again...

This week -

eggs, sausage, greens, salsa (every week ;))
kids - mug cake
coffee, cream

kids - mini hot dogs, gf mac and cheese
banana chips, cashews, raisins
veggies, ranch
apples, pears, clementines
adults - leftovers

After school snacks:
coconut milk smoothies (orange creamsicle or chocolate banana peanut butter)

Hmmm…. I don't have things nailed down yet, but something along these lines -
meat & veggies.
Seriously, though, I bought beef and chicken, so it there will probably be some burgers, orange chicken stir fry, greek salad, paleo empanadas, pesto chicken… if you don't see a link it means I'm either winging it or it will come from this cookbook - my latest from the library.

On another note...

This book is great. An easy read, yet so insightful and positive. (affiliate link)

I'm itching to do this.

Someone please get me a blank chalkboard. And hours of free time.

Have a good week!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Grocery Shopping Day

This is what happens when I go to three stores and spend $165 and still forget to take everything out of the canvas bags before I snap a picture.

This is not perfectly paleo, but it is all grain free minus some gluten-free pasta for the kids' mac and cheese and some rice chex to make puppy chow for them.

This is the menu we're following this week. Oh yeah… we will eat our hardboiled Easter eggs, too. If you want to make deviled eggs, I do recommend these spicy ones.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hello spring. The menu, too.

Hello :)

It feels nice to sit and write for a moment. Really nice. Nice is a generic term but it is the truth. Spring is crazy, is it not? Happy Easter, y'all. I'm happy to be with my family to celebrate today. A holiday (holy day) was needed. In all the senses, immediate and eternal.

Once again, I'm going to grocery shop on Monday this week. But I'll get the menu plan ready before then. Where did I shop before Sprouts? They had terrific sales last week. Mangos were 4 for $1. Grassfed beef was $5/lb. This week, if you don't like ham or aren't making standing rib roast, you're kinda outta luck. I guess there's still produce on sale. And chicken (not our fav).

It was "add mango to everything" week. Carnitas from the crock pot.
If I had all the ingredients and time, I would make these grain-free hummingbird cake truffles for Easter. But. I'm lazy and cheap today. For example, I bought $5 sunglasses at Walmart. That's the only thing I bought on that trip there. Who does that? I had a pair from Forever 21 that I loved and had forever. (ha) But they finally cracked. So I needed new ones for summer. $5 means I don't have to worry about throwing them around in my car or at the pool.  (And I just realized I already left them at work.)

Problem: When all your holds at the library come available at once and you don't have free time to read them.  The Nesting Place (affiliate link) is one that I hope to make it through. Or at least skim through. My favorite quote so far on your home and greater purposes:
I don't open my home because it's finally done and presentable. I share it for the same reason I wear a bikini to the pool. It's not because I think I look great in it. It's because I'm finally okay that I don't. It's the same with our home. I don't share it because it's perfect; I share it because I'm finally okay that it's not.  --Myquillyn Smith
Here's the food plan for this week.

eggs, spinach
pb mug cake (kids)
coffee, cream

madras chicken salad
hamburger salad
homemade gf mac and cheese
cashews/banana chips

After school snack:
grapes, yogurt

Monday - 3 ingredient meatloaf (turkey, sun dried tomato pesto from Aldi, chopped pepperoni or salami), roasted broccoli
Tuesday - leftovers
Wednesday - sloppy joes, salad, dressing, sweet potatoes
Thursday - casserole: sausage, egg, peppers, optional: cheddar, potatoes
Friday - slow cooker to oven BBQ ribs (need to find the recipe), pineapple, roasted green beans
Saturday - tbd

Have a good week!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Link Love

Hello, and happy almost-April.

I haven't been around to shop yet this weekend and I don't have our menu plan made (shocker!)…

Instead, I want to share with you some ideas from other bloggers that made me think…

On work: Would you do it for free? When I first began reading this, all I could think is "what a ridiculously privileged point of view!" but by the end, I began to grasp the perspective shaping power of that question.

A parenting reminder I  need: Before you predict a child's future, try this instead.

In other news...

This bacon and spinach crustless quiche makes me hungry.

Hey, I finally made my plaid pillow. Now that winter is over, of course. And cafe curtains for the kitchen. They are not plaid :) Once I paint the front door, I'm putting a wreath on it.

I'm all for an easy spring meal, so we might try this thai chicken curry. Also, I have a cookbook (affiliate link) ready at the library for me to pick up, so hopefully I'll get some fresh inspiration for meals.

Lastly (is that a word?), thank you to you who have made amazon purchases by clicking through from my blog. Whether via a text link like above, or via the widgets on the sidebar, you can click through and buy anything on amazon, and it helps support me here with a small affiliate kickback. It's the coolest.

Now I'm off to finish a paper! Enjoy your day.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weekly Menu

This time of year I always find myself in a cooking slump, not really wanting to put time into it. Grocery shopping is a chore more so than usual. I think it is the changing of the seasons… spring is not really a cooking season, ya know? I start thinking about fun drinks and other summertime treats, but it is not quite time for that yet. We will make some smoothies this week, and hopefully I'll post our recipe for those.

Some days I feel like my life is crazy and I crave some "normalcy". Other days it feels totally fine, maybe a little weird by my choices, by manageable. I'm a decently even-keeled person, and eating paleo makes me feel even more so… so sometimes I wonder is my day to day life really 100% insane and I just don't realize it because I'm feeling chill (or numb?) and those moments of "this ---- has got to stop!" are glimpses into reality and I've somehow become immune to it and won't realize it until or unless it (or I) completely fall apart? Or… is life a thrilling series peaks and valleys but for the most part you just ride the wave as best you can and say "it's all good?"

Wow, that's too much thinking. Does it make any sense or do you think I'm high?


Hey :) I gave responsibility the bird this afternoon and hung out with my kids instead. I'm glad.

Here's what we will be eating this week.

eggs, sausage, spinach, salsa (adults)
banana blueberry egg muffins (kids)
coffee & cream

Lunches (kids):
apples or pears

After school snack:
yogurt and blueberries or smoothies

Saturday (yesterday): sloppy joes, tater tots, kale salad
Sunday: leftovers
Monday: crock pot pork chops, roasted green beans
Tuesday: homemade primal pizza with italian chicken sausage
Wednesday (cooking for company, gluten-free, not paleo): corn and black bean salsa with organic tortilla chips, chocolate chili, avocados, raspberry sorbet or chocolate coconut milk mousse
Thursday: meatloaf, roasted brussels sprouts, potatoes
Friday: tbd

Let's do this. And-

source: Thyme is Honey
Have a great week!

(and of course sharing here)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Weekly Menu

What a week -
a child with a broken wrist, plumbing problem-solving, projects at work (fun ones, though), midterms and research papers coming up…
It hasn't been much of a spring "break", ha!
But it has been nice to run around without a coat on, and with the sun shining, so there's that.
My kids have their break this coming week. I'll get a reprieve from packing lunches. Seeking out the plus side of things here now :)
Did I mention I'm obsessed with catching up on the show Suits? Yes, I did. Did I just answer my own question? Yes, again. Anyways. I think part of it has to do with the fact that it is so far removed from the world in which I live on a daily basis. And I just love the characters. Do I have time for any of this? No.
Hint: don't go to IKEA on a Saturday when bunch of people from Iowa are in town. Nothing against Iowa, it is just they don't have one, so they were all there.
That's all. I was just saying hey. Hope you have a good Saturday.

a late breakfast with leftovers meatballs

… I'm back. Sunday now. I have my work cut out for me these next two weeks, so let's get to business.  I shopped at Aldi and Sprouts. Here's our upcoming menu plan.

eggs, sausage, spinach, salsa
paleo pancakes (kids)
greek yogurt & gf granola (kids)
coffee, heavy whipping cream

dinner leftovers
I ain't packin no lunches.

sausage & sweet potato hash
salmon with salsa & mango, roasted green beans
slow cooker pork tacos (pork, corn tortillas, shredded cabbage, cilantro, lime juice, salt, cheese and sour cream are optional)
meatballs, zoodles (zucchini noodles), sauce
slow cooker easy jalfrezi chicken, broccoli (rice option for the kids)
burgers, tots
chicken fingers (use this for the coating and bake), broccoli

Time to get busy.

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