Sunday, August 30, 2015

Imaginary Menu

If I were going to cook this week, here's what I'd make :)

1. creamy sun-dried tomato chicken "pasta

2. portobello chorizo burgers

and of course…

3. homemade primal pizza!

Oh, because I'm still in denial that summer is over, I want to make some of these...

4. watermelon lime & coconut ice

Instead, we'll be eating things like taco salad with plantain chips, chili lime chicken burgers and veggies, roasted red pepper and tomato soup with beef and cheese in corn tortillas, kale salad with rotisserie chicken… not too bad… just stuff you can eat with the help of Trader Joe's and Costco when you don't have a complete kitchen :)

What are you making this week?

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Good morning!

We are having an iconic moment right now: the children are watching Saturday morning cartoons and I am sipping coffee and blogging. I’m sure it won’t last for long. I have so much to say, so little time to say it, so let’s get going!

Some of my non-traditional back-to-school favorites this year
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  •  Blank notebooks. No lines :) Room to draw and doodle around my notes. Markers to color code as I study. Can’t shake the 1st grade teacher in me, I guess.

  • Lifting shoes. At half price, the choices in my size were pink and white or pick from the men's. I chose the latter.

  • Lipstick. Really, Clinique black honey is my fave. I returned to the 90's classic (is that a term?) last year after this reminder and this one, too, and can’t believe I ever left it behind. But it runs out quickly, and so this time around I am trying out a drugstore dupe . ($5 vs. $20... ) I like it. I’ll use it. (Neither are anything as dark as they appear in the tube.)

What else is going on? Oh yes, our kitchen is still getting remodeled. As an emergency. Except it is happening s-l-o-w-l-y. Actually, it hasn’t even begun yet. It has only been gutted. I’m already impatient. That would be why I’ve added a kitchen board to my Pinterest page.
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So I can at least think about it. And why I have no menu plan to share! Things are topsy-turvy and I really miss having our house to ourselves. Nothing is where it “belongs” except that we are all together, and that’s most important. Aw.

I’m hoping when all is said and done, our kitchen will be a little bit lighter and brighter so  maybe I can take some photos in it? And our bedroom will be a little bit darker. Because I like to pretend I’m sleeping in a cave :)

We’ve been eating things that don’t take a lot of prep... (or you can get pre-prepped):

  • yogurt (the kids have had tons...)
  • apples
  • peanut butter
  • gf crackers or sweet potato chips
  • frozen gluten free pizza (with meat added)
  • carrots
  • LOTS of salads and fresh veggies
  • burgers, sausages, roasted chicken, hot dogs, salami, any kind of ready-to-eat meat...

It’s pretty boring, but it is working OK so far.

The kids have had even eaten breakfast and lunch at school a few times (cringe). They get super excited to have cocoa pebbles. (Noooooooooooo......!)

All right, it’s time to finish my coffee, make the grocery list, and be productive. Have a good weekend!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hello again!

Friday (yesterday):

Hi there! Sorrynotsorry for ditching the blog of a few weeks. We took a fabulous vacation and then came home to some surprise home renovations that have taken over our lives. The one room that was last on our list of rooms to redo suddenly got bumped to the top… because a functioning kitchen is pretty important.

My brain might explode. It seems like everything happens/begins at once. Back-to-school is next week, and as soon as the kids begin, I do, too! Studying is about to occupy all my "free" time. I like fall, but  thinking about it is kind of freaking me out right now. Oh yeah, and of course my library holds come in right when I do not have time to read them. So I'll just take a picture.

We ate well on vacation. And by that I mean we ate delicious food. Very fresh and homemade. But of course we did indulge. We love dessert. My favorites: the anniversary cake with lemon frosting that was made for us (and was as good as any wedding cake) and blueberry pie.

And then as I mentioned, this past week has been chaotic. So now it is back to the straight and narrow with food. Because I need to eat well (and it this case I mean delicious protein, fat, and veggie carbs, not sugary stuff) because it helps me feel more emotionally stable and that's important right now :)


Today started with a workout, shower, breakfast, and then tackling the grocery and school supplies shopping and to-do list. I'm feeling a little better about things. I'm not into trying new recipes right now. I didn't make much of a plan before I went to the store. Instead, I just purchased the kid's school lunch items, beef, sausage frozen green vegetables, kale, potatoes, and gluten-free birthday cake items (one more of our summer b-days this week). Right now, my children are kindly playing with each other (for the first time all week) so I'll keep writing...

This menu is very simple...

eggs, sausage, salsa
coffee, cream

kids - nitrate free ham, cheese, gf crackers, yogurt, fruit
adults - leftovers

beef or sausage + vegetable + potatoes (sometimes)

gf Pillsbury cake with buttercream frosting (1 or 2 days, not all week, obvs)

Allright. I've decided children are like puppies. I have to get them some exercise or they just get in trouble. So we are headed to the pool. Stat. Ciao.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekly Menu


We had a whirlwind weekend, so I am a bit behind. Here's the basic plan for this week (and probably for the next 3 weeks, haha) -

eggs, leftovers, salsa
blueberry waffles or pancakes (for a the weekend)
coffee, cream

deli roll-ups
broccoli with ranch

BLTs (add roasted chicken thighs? avocado?)
meat on the grill (burgers, smoked pork butt, bratwurst), salad with dressing, potatoes of some sort

new recipe to try: pesto chicken burgers
fresh produce with everything: peaches, blueberries, tomatoes, salad greens

I already bought my kids some of their school supplies, wah wah….. nooooooo……..

ok, so I was really hungry the other night...

Long live summer.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Weekly Menu

How are you doing?

I feel like we are skipping summer this year with all the rain that has been going on. Boo. I'm not ready for school to start again until we get some days of endless sunshine first. I guess I just have to take what I get. I think it is maybe going to stay hot and sunny finally this week, and I am not complaining.

I was a little bit bitter because my shopping trip (getting it done before the weekend!) did not go as planned on Friday due to the behavior of a child of mine, so I had to return to the store on Saturday to finish up. But it is done now. I spent $130 but will also go to Costco before the end of the week.

eggs, kale, salsa (adults)
banana, almond butter, dried coconut (one child)
greek yogurt & gf granola (other child)
coffee, cream (adults, duh)

kids -
gf crackers, ham, cheese
broccoli, ranch
berries or grapes
adults - dinner leftovers
ps - I got some spinach and feta chicken sausages from Aldi and we had them for lunch over the weekend and they were good! $2.99/12 oz. package.

Sunday - salmon with mango salsa, rice for the kids
Monday - BBQ ribs, homemade vinegar coleslaw, potatoes
Tuesday - burgers & sweet potatoes
Wednesday - roasted chicken thighs, kale salad
Thursday - primal pizza
Friday - chicken in jalfrezi sauce, broccoli, rice for the kids
Saturday - burgers & sweet potatoes

I don't usually get super excited about salad… but I just remembered I haven't made my shrimp taco salad yet this summer! It's going to have to go on the menu, soon.
This kale salad looks worthy, too.

That's all for now. Lots to do. Have a good start of the week.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Weekly Menu

As summer should be for kids, had to share.

not my photo, here is the source - love her!
eggs, bananas, almond butter, blueberries
(alone or in any combination… like pancakes)
coffee, cream

adults - leftovers
kids - gf mac and cheese
veggies & ranch

coconut milk smoothies

Sunday - leftover BBQ from the weekend
Monday - burgers, sweet potatoes
Tuesday - beef carnitas with mango salsa and slaw
Wednesday - chicken parmesan (just bake), salad with dressing
Thursday - brats, potatoes, roasted green beans
Friday/Sat - tbd

I received my new shoes a few weeks ago.

I love the colors. And that's important ;)

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4 unrelated PSAs:

If you are local, come learn something at this free event.
If you need something to make you smile, just watch/listen to this.
If you make roasted brussels sprouts, toss a bunch of garlic, onion, and chili powder on them. (Especially the chili powder. It's the secret ingredient to everything.)
If you are eating ice cream (which you aren't, obviously, of course, no way) and are in need of some magic shell, melt a little primal fudge and it'll do just fine.

Now your week might be better.
That is all.
Time to cheer on the USA women's soccer team!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekly Menu

I love summer.
I don't know what to put on the menu!
I guess I took my own advice from last week: we have plenty of meat in the freezer. But I do need to buy some vegetables. I'll go to the store quickly tomorrow. We didn't eat the brussels sprouts. We had both some impromptu and planned house guests (at different times) so we didn't follow the plan exactly. I ended up making slow cooker carnitas 2 times, once with beef and once with pork. So enough of that for a bit. Although we aren't really tired of them….

On to this week. I'm not going to plan the menu out through the 4th, only the first part of the week.

bananas, almond butter, dried coconut (for the boy)
full fat plain yogurt with gluten free granola (for the girl)
eggs, salsa (for the adults)
coffee, cream

peaches (48¢/lb. at Sprouts)


main: grilled pork chops, burgers, brats - we have a friend who makes them and we buy them :)
sides: kale salad, brussels sprouts, greens w/ dressing, potatoes

*I asked the kids for their requests for their camp lunches.

I was super pumped that kombucha was on sale at Whole Foods this weekend so I stopped in. I should have bought 12 and saved an additional 10%.

Sunday "clean out the fridge" lunch-

Alright, gotta go. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
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