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?

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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.

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

Lunches (kids):
salami
cheese
carrots
apples or pears
chex

After school snack:
yogurt and blueberries or smoothies

Dinners:
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.

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

Lunches:
dinner leftovers
I ain't packin no lunches.

Dinners:
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.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Weekly Menu

Friday:

The changing of seasons always makes me want to go shopping for new clothes. But there's no telling how short spring will be, so I'm just going to hold off until it's summer. My husband and I have instituted the 1-in, 1-out rule for our closet… So there's really no point in buying anything unless there's something that I want to get rid of.

I'm blogging outside today. And apparently I should take a photo of my feet in the sunshine or else be left behind on social media. Ha. You don't want to see my feet right now.

Quiz from the NY Times: can you read people's emotions?
I scored 31...

It's "clean out the pantry and fridge" night. The kids get the last box of gluten-free macaroni and cheese and broccoli and the adults finish last night's leftovers. What are your plans?

We are on an asparagus streak like never before. Sprouts has asparagus that is so skinny, that's what makes it tolerable, it is so easy to eat. It has been on sale for several weeks. My husband said that he likes roasted asparagus now. I said I like salt, garlic, and olive oil. I will be buying more asparagus this weekend. P.S. I'll always remember learning about the stinky asparagus gene in Biology II class in high school. Do you know what I'm talking about?

I have to consciously not use 2 question marks when writing, or I'd do it all the time. Or should I just give in? Nerd problems.

TGIF!

Saturday:

Craving summer all of a sudden. And this drink. I've made it maybe twice in my life. But it is so good!

Shopping. Check. Sprouts still has several things on a BOGO sale, like the salad greens.



This week...

Breakfasts:
eggs, kale, salsa
breakfast casserole (sausage, eggs, potatoes)
coffee, cream

Lunches:
adults - leftovers
kids -
ham and cheese
or little smokies and gf macaroni and cheese
carrots, ranch
grapes, clementines
homemade ding-dongs…..ha!
I know this isn't the purest of lunches but I'm OK with that.
Also, I do ask for their requests when I plan these… but the ding-dongs were my idea ;)
Inspired by these, but making our own recipe.

After school snack choices:
apples and peanut butter
yogurt and gf granola
cashews
They like snacks they can serve themselves. I'm good with that.

Dinners:
Saturday - salmon with mango + salsa, roasted asparagus, salad with dressing
Sunday - meatballs and zoodles with sauce
Monday - chicken blt salad
Tuesday - homemade primal pizza
Wednesday - burgers and tater tots
Thursday - crock pot sausage vegetable potato soup (my creation)
Friday - tbd

Have a good weekend and week!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekly Menu

Hello weekend… yay!

I always feel a little fried (but happy) by the time Friday afternoon arrives. There's just a lot going on right now. And no snow…:(

Wait! Now there is snow!

What do I want to do? Make donuts. Probably a good thing I don't have have a pan to make them in.

We did have chili on national chili day, Thursday.

We've totally binge-watched the show Suits.

It is about to be way overplayed, but this song makes everyone smile in my car.

If you found the original article interesting, you might find this one hilarious.

Sometimes you just gotta welcome a distraction to change the pace of things for a little while so that you can focus when it counts. That's my method and I'm sticking to it.

My brain is full of new learning on several fronts. School being one and the other is that I've been doing some new stuff at the gym (and getting my butt totally kicked)... but it is fun...



Here's our menu plan for the coming week. (Sprouts, Price Chopper, and Aldi for the food.)

Breakfasts:
eggs, bacon, kale
pb&j mug cake or pancakes (kids)
coffee, cream

Lunches:
leftovers (adults)
ham and cheese roll-ups
or gf mac and cheese (kids)
carrots, bell peppers
potato chips
fruit

Dinners:
Saturday - tacos!
Sunday - 2 ingredient slow cooker roast beef, salad with dressing
Monday - bacon-crusted chicken strips, roasted asparagus
Tuesday - primal pizza
Wednesday - sausage and sweet potato hash
Thursday - shredded beef ragu and sweet potato gnocchi (new recipe)
Friday - leftovers

Enjoy your weekend!!

sharing this menu at the real food round-up

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Groceries + Weekly Menu

I had no idea so much snot could come out of my head. That's the story of my weekend. Thankful for some time at home. And that I thought to buy more kleenex yesterday.

Anyways. I spent $75 at Sprouts. I think everything was on sale of some sort except for the cilantro and corn tortillas :)



I spent $45 at Aldi, but didn't take a picture.
And we have more farm eggs now, yay.
Here's our food plan for the week.

Breakfasts:
vegetable omelets
sausage & potato bake for the non-egg eaters
3 ingredient fluffy paleo pancakes
coffee, cream

Lunches:
leftovers (adults)
sun butter and jam rice cakes
mini hot dogs
pears or apples
jerky or cheese cubes

preschooler's snack:
veggies straws (his pick)

after school snack:
full fat greek yogurt with gluten-free granola

Dinners:
Sunday - slow cooker pork tacos/salad  with cabbage-cilantro slaw
Monday - leftovers
Tuesday - chocolate chili
Wednesday - parmesan chicken sausages, roasted red pepper sauce, green beans
Thursday - sloppy joes, alexia sweet potato fries
Friday - tbd

I better go put the pork in the crock pot!!
Thanks for reading. I hope you have a good Sunday.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Weekly Menu

Has your weekend been full of chocolate? (Dark, of course.)

My littlest valentine woke me up on Saturday asking me to make a heart shaped blueberry tart. Seriously, where does he get this stuff? I didn't have the ingredients, so we got around to it this morning, instead, adapting a recipe from Primal Cravings (affiliate link).



This also was my valentine treat… when I saw they were $2 at Natural Grocers I had to stop in and get one for me and one for my husband.



I spent way too much on groceries this week. I made a trip to Costco that I'd been putting off for a long time. We needed restocked on coconut oil, olive oil, and butter and some other things like trash bags. We were so completely out of fat in this house by Friday at dinner that my husband had to raid his camping supplies for some coconut oil, or else we would have had some super cranky people on our hands. We also shopped at Sprouts and Aldi. I'm enjoying my little routine at those two stores. It's the Costco run the put me way over, sheesh.

ha, that looks like a tiny amount of meat and asparagus, but it is really just a huge plate, promise :)

The menu.

Breakfasts:
lemon raspberry swirl muffins from The Paleo Kitchen (affiliate link)
breakfast casserole (we only have store-bought eggs right now which the kids despise so I have to be creative for them) - and I owe you a recipe for this one
leftovers + eggs + hot sauce (my go-to breakfast)
coffee, cream

Lunches:
sun dried tomato chicken over spinach
gf mac and cheese (kids)
pb and jam rice cake (kids)
red bell peppers, baby carrots, sour cream ranch
clementines, strawberries

Preschooler's snack:
dried mango

Dinners:
Sunday - kale salad with chicken (totally cheating: bought a bag mix from Costco)
Monday - salmon, roasted green beans
Tuesday - meatballs, roasted asparagus
Wednesday - greek salad (greens, seasoned beef, olives, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, avocado, dressing)
Thursday - burgers (no buns) & tots
Friday - dinner with friends
Saturday - cracklin' chicken? I've never made this recipe, but I bought some chicken thighs from Sprouts for 99¢/lb. - marked down - and stuck them in the freezer. Gotta balance out the $5-7/lb. beef somehow ;)

What are you eating this week?

(sharing ideas here!)
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