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Meal plan for April 25th – May 1st

I was looking for something within a post that I wrote a few weeks ago, and thus I was scrolling through some recent posts.  I realized that some of you may be wondering why almost all the photos seem to be of Bennett, and maybe thinking I have forsaken Jack. It couldn’t be further from the truth.  It turns out when you are at the tail end of being six/turning seven, you suddenly refuse to have your photo taken.  He runs, wiggles, and turns his back whenever he sees a camera pointed at him.  I tried taking a picture of that kiddo last week, and you would have thought I was attempting to photograph Nessie and Bigfoot engaged in something inappropriate. Bennett however is a captive subject and doesn’t roll his eyes and yell “mooooooooom”.  Not yet at this point.  🙂

To include a bit of Jack in this post, he allowed me to photograph his bookshelf.  Yes, his bookshelf.  You should all feel extremely honored.


Speaking of Jack and books, he decided this week that biographies are the coolest thing ever.  He checked out Who Was Martin Luther King Jr. from his school, and read the entire thing in one evening. He was so in to it that we went to the library the very next day to reserve all the “Who Was” books that are in our county system. I devoured biographies when I was his age, and it’s so cool to see that he is in to them as well. A little chip off the old nerd block.

This past Monday marked a very historic day for me. It was officially my last day of work. And thus, marking the first day since I was 13 where I have not had a paycheck coming in from someone else.  First time in over half my life that I am solely responsible for my own work.  It is both exhilarating and scary as shit!  My former employer didn’t pay out for saved sick leave (unless you retired), and I had over eight weeks saved up when Bennett was born.  I took “maternity” leave for eight weeks, and then gave my resignation.  I was upfront about the fact that I wasn’t coming back, but was very upfront about the fact that I wasn’t an idiot and walking away from two months of pay that I had earned.  I will go back for a week or so to train the replacement whenever they are hired, but on Tuesday I turned in my ID badge, keys, parking pass, business cards, and name tag.  It was bittersweet and exciting.  And thus, I want to thank you all for humoring me with the new Friday Freebies series.  I hope it isn’t too annoying.

Mr. B has been through some big milestones this week.  He rolled over from tummy to back, and let out his first laughs.  Both appear to be very deliberate.  Realizing on Thursday that we were terrible parents and never do tummy time, I put him on his quilt tummy down and watched as he helicoptered one leg and boom, rolled over.  And like the spawn of me that he is, his first laugh was over a poop joke.  I had him on the changing table and Jack and I were talking about poopy diapers.  Bennett giggled.  We paused and said it again. He laughed again.  Troy even got to hear it because I had forgotten to turn off the baby monitor in the living room.  We’re now encouraging him to add “sleep more than two hours at a time” to his list of accomplishments.

The Seattle area saw five days in a row with temps 75-85 degrees.  It was too much, too soon!  I almost clapped my hands in glee when I walked out to let the chickens out at 6 am on Friday and it was drizzling.  Last summer was the hottest on record in our area, and I already have underboob sweat thinking about it happening again.  With the toasty temps, our strawberries and mini drawf apple trees are going insane.  Seeing the hundreds of blossoms in our strawberry “patch” makes my heart pitter patter.  Knowing that absolutely nothing else is planted other than garlic makes my palms itch.  Oy!

Meal plan time!

Monday:: Penne and salad.  Or artichokes if I can find them on sale when I go grocery shopping tomorrow.

Tuesday:: Smoked salmon eggs benedict, fruit, and salad.  We were supposed to have this last week, but it was 82 degrees in the house, and the idea of anything heavy or warm for dinner seemed unappetizing to both Troy and I.

Wednesday:: This recipe that I made years ago, but haven’t made in the longest time, and salad.

Thursday:: This gnoochi and chicken recipe that is so yummy and crazy easy, and dutch oven bread.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner

Saturday:: Soup, and more dutch oven bread.

Sunday:: Family dinner

What are you having this week?

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3 comments on “Meal plan for April 25th – May 1st”

  1. My second-grader is big into the Who Was/Who Is books right now. She is another apple who didn’t fall very far from the nerd tree!

    Thanks for the link to the gnocchi recipe! Gnocchi is my favorite but when my husband went gluten free, we had to give it up for awhile. Now my grocery store carries g free gnocchi and all is right with the world again! I already made it once this week with homemade pasta sauce and I think I’ll go ahead and make this recipe tomorrow! So the rest of our plan for the week will be…

    Wednesday: Salmon, roasted potatoes, and green beans
    Thursday: Delicious gnocchi
    Friday: Chili and baked potatoes
    Saturday: Dinner out
    Sunday: Burrito bowl

  2. I liked the Freebie Friday post. Jack does have an awesome book case by the way 🙂 Looking forward to seeing some fresh strawberry posts when the time comes. I’ve got no idea what we’re eating this week, I need to plan something 🙂

  3. Jack is a lucky kid to have such an amazing bookshelf. Ours are in desperate need of organizing and tidying, but it’s been too nice outside to work on them. I can unpack the rest of the boxes next winter, right now I need to get my gardens going!

    The Who Was series is pretty amazing. We haven’t check them out from the library (no clue why), but I do buy them whenever I find used copies. The kiddo loves them and will reread them.

    I so want some fruit trees, but I can’t justify spending the money on them and possibly having the AF move us before they give us fruit. So, I will focus on other strawberries. If I can find some 2 year old blueberry bushes for sale, we might buy some of those as well.

    Congrats! It is a terrifying feeling not knowing where your paycheck is coming from, even if you have planned for it. The Freebie Friday post wasn’t obnoxious, and if people find it so, they can just skip that post.