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Meal plan for August 24th – 30th

Well, the votes are in, and it was no contest.

Troy has been voted husband of the year.

He’s always been really good about making sure I get “me” time (and I do my best to try to make sure he gets “him” time, and I let him sleep in every single morning that I am home.), but yesterday pretty much took the cake.

The day started out with a hair cut.  Where I normally get my hair cut.  It’s not like he cut it for me.  Because no.

Then off to the farmer’s market (where I scored a screaming deal on pickling cucumbers, but more about that later), grocery store, and the local butcher.  A quick trip home to drop off all the groceries, and then it was off to Target and Costco.  Alone.  ALONE.

After that, I got a pedicure.

And then headed to get a massage.  I had a giftcard some coworker gave me a few months ago, and finally found a free weekend to go get it.

It was one of the best massages I have ever had.  It started with the massage therapist brushing my hair.  BRUSHING MY HAIR which is pretty much my crack.  She was amazing and I really really love her forever.

I came home, and he offered to make dinner so I could “relax”.  I’m fairly certain bad news came in about my health and no one is ready to tell me.

Either way, I’ll go out with a smile, because I’m feeling relaxed, and a stranger brushed my hair.  What else can a girl ask for?

While I was out getting spoiled, Jack and Troy were painting the final room in the house that needs paint.


We somehow ended up with three grey bedrooms upstairs.  Not really how we planned it, but it is what it is.

This has been a bit of a wild week in our house.  My dad has a bum shoulder and is in desperate need of a cortisone injection.  And he had a fever and in general felt like poo.  Mom was also feeling poorly.  All in all, they were a giant hot mess.  I stayed home on Friday to help out with the gimps, but I also took advantage of the “spare” day to do some canning.

First you take this:


And pick these:


And put them in this:


Which gives you this:


And this:


And then you put it in this:


And voila, you get this!


Whoop, there it is!

I thought you knew?

I had a midwife appointment this week, and while she has told me before she is not “the midwife who will hound anyone about their weight gain”, she did write me a prescription for nightly ice cream.  I’ve gained two pounds in five weeks, which only brings me three pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight.  To me, compared with being pregnant with Jack, I am soooooo far ahead and so much healthier.  At almost 18 weeks pregnant with Jack, I was still puking 10 times a day and probably 10-15 pounds underweight.  Food tastes good this time, and even though I am still getting sick occasionally. I feel so much better this go around.  #blessed!

But listen, if a medical professional tells you to eat ice cream every night, you do it.  Who am I to ignore medical advice?  Not this girl.

If you looked up “perfectly healthy and boring person” in a medical dictionary, there is a picture of me looking bored and glowing.  Every single thing medically related, there is usually a base line of what the ideal measurement should be.  And that is always where I am.  Troy was telling me almost no one is really close to the “ideal” blood pressure of 120/80.  Well, mine is usually 118 or 119 over 79. Boom. Base line.

My midwife took my blood pressure during the appointment (knowing that I am usually “perfect), and did a bit of a double take when she saw the results.  I was a whopping 91/67.  She said “if we weren’t sitting here talking, I’d have to poke you to make sure you weren’t dead”.

Apparently from 15-24 weeks, your blood volume doubles and it does crazy things to your blood pressure.  And I was told that tall girls blood pressure is usually lower and wackier during this time.  I’m overall feeling fine, but now I understand why during my hour-long presentations that I give at work, I was getting winded and wanted to sit down.

Meal plan time!  Other than ice cream of course.  There also needs to be some substantial protein consumed during actual meals.  Pfft.

Monday:: Cashew chicken, fried rice, and spicy green beans.

Tuesday:: Salmon cakes, and grilled zukes.

Wednesday:: Frittata (Jack’s request), toast, and fruit.

Thursday:: I’m working late and honestly wrote “late” on my list as a note to myself to make something simple.  Well I overlooked that later, thinking that day was already planned, and now I have nothing actually planned.  Troy will have to come up with something.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner!

Saturday:: Out

Sunday:: Family dinner

This week I spent $16.58 at the local butcher, $37. 12 at the grocery store, $51.97 at Costco, and $32 at the farmer’s market.  Of that amount at the farmer’s market, over half was for a giant box of pickling cucumbers.  I saw it at my favorite stand, ran over and yelled “what is the case price for that”???  He ended up giving me my total order for $4 off because I bought so much.  Score.  Later today, my sis, and a coworker and I are making my favorite fridge pickles.

What are you having this week?

Also, what is your favorite flavor of ice cream??  Tell me more!

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20 comments on “Meal plan for August 24th – 30th”

  1. I can t believe how fast summer went this year. August is normally the hottest month for us with temps in the triple digits, but this week has been in the mid 80s and it s been GLORIOUS!

  2. I have never commented but wanted to tell you I freaking love your site! And as soon as I read the last line of your post – I have now got the song from Grease playing in my head! And my favorite is Tin Roof Sundae or Heavenly Hash or pretty much any bowl of ice cream you set in front of me. But nothing with coconut. I cannot abide coconut!

  3. Glad to hear you are doing well! Low blood pressure can kinda suck, but it’s better than high blood pressure! I’m typically around 110/60 something. Make sure you are not locking your knees when standing for long periods of time, as that can cause problems.

    I SO wish it was that easy to can tomatoes. What else can you use that food strainer thing for? I’m trying to acquire useful kitchen gadgets, but I’m not really interested in the ones that only have one purpose. Like my bread maker. Though, I should probably research to see what else I can do with it.

    Have you ever had black raspberry ice cream? When I was growing up (which was in NH), we had a few local ice cream places that served homemade black raspberry ice cream. So amazing. Lately when I cave, it’s for Hagen Daz (or however you spell it) coffee. I try not to cave often though as it takes me a week to recover. Stupid dairy intolerance.

    We’ve had some AWFUL days here in Montana from all the wildfire smoke blowing in, and we are states away. I hope you guys are doing alright out there!

    • I use the foodmill for applesauce as well. Like 100s of quarts of applesauce each year. I would never make applesauce without it.

      I don’t think I’ve ever had black raspberry, but I’ve had raspberry and blackberry. Wonder if it’s like their spawn?

  4. Yum!! Great prescription! My doc had me eating whatever I wanted near the end of my pregnancy, I just wasn’t putting on enough weight either. I am a short girl so I don’t often get that option in my life. I definitely took advantage of it, eating ice cream every day as well. Which was weird since I don’t usually eat much ice cream ever. Like twice a summer, maybe. Anyway, my favorite ice cream flavor is Bear Claw by Stroh’s Ice Cream! It is dark chocolate, with cashews and caramel.

    Great, now I want some.. lol. 🙂

  5. I can’t eat ice cream. Boo 🙁 Makes me sick. But you sound like you hhave a great midwife!

  6. When my grandpa was in his 90’s he lost too much weight and the doctor said he had to have a “snack” every night. We found out quickly the way to get him to actually eat was to make the snack vanilla ice cream with strawberries every day! Doctor’s orders!

  7. Favorite ice cream – orange pineapple, close second heavenly hash. My sister lost weight during her first pregnancy.. and delivered a bouncing 10lb baby who grew up big and strong. Crossing my fingers for you. A suggestion for tomatoes …. we put ours in a big pot and sweat them into softness BEFORE we put them through the food machine … can’t remember the right spelling … much easier if they are soft 🙂 I also tend to through in some basil, carrot, onion, garlic, parsley etc at that first stage so the fibre disappears with the skin and seeds but I get nicely flavoured tomato juice.

    • Yep, Jack was 8 & 1/2 lbs, and did a plank on my chest about 5 seconds after he was born. Strong and healthy!

      I do a parboil of the tomatoes for about 30 seconds before putting them in the food mill. They’re super squishy and easy to go through the foodmill. Do you drink your tomato juice, or can it for something else? Sounds fun!

  8. Being told to eat ice cream now that is an ideal midwife 🙂 I admire your canning tomatoes and making pickles. I made pickles years ago and also jam.

  9. My blood pressure went crazy in both my pregnancies – I was hanging out in the 85/60 zone and my Dr kept asking me how I wasn’t passing out all the time! I also had super slow weight gain with my first. I only gained one pound per month for the first 5 or 6 months, but sadly I was never prescribed ice cream.

    We have read all the labels and found that Haagen Dazs give you the biggest bang for your buck, calorie-wise. We use it to try to fatten up my 96 year old grandfather who has recently decided that eating breakfast and lunch is for suckers.

    • Come on gramps, get with it. Breakfast and lunch is the tits!!! Have you tried smoothies? My favorite super-calorie breakfast smoothie that keeps me full through lunch is frozen banana, whole milk (holla), peanut butter, spinach, chia seeds, vanilla, yogurt (full-fat. Delish), and cocoa powder. So good!

      I’ve been partaking in Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food, but for the price of it, I wish insurance covered it!

      • Toss a tablespoon of beef gelatin (get some good grass fed stuff, it has no flavor and very little texture, especially if you add chia seeds) and you’ve just added 9 grams of protein to your smoothie.

  10. Haha! I *just* finished a dish of “plain old vanilla” with a cut up banana in it and doused with corn syrup. Weird, huh? One of my FAVOURITE ways to eat ice cream though. Used to have it at my Gramma’s. I’ll choose Heavenly Hash in a heartbeat and an ice cream place though.

    Your midwife sounds awesome. 😀

    I just want to point out that, even though I have NO medical qualifications, I have had two pregnancies that both resulted in healthy babies and I lost weight (and then barely gained anything) both times. The first time, my doctor was worried about us, the second time she decided that is just how I am pregnant. If you are doing well, and eating well, I wouldn’t fret over the weight. (I subsequently went on to gain LOTS of weight in the many years that followed having babies, but we won’t talk about that ….. )

    • Have you ever heard of Lyles Golden Syrup? Picture corn syrup, married to butter, stirred with unicorn tears, and blessed by the Pope. It’s amazing! I think that would be so great on top of your concoction.

      Why I have never heard of Heavenly Hash?? Off to investigate.

      I’m not worried about the weight at all. Jack was strong has hell from the second he was born (we gave up on trying to support his head and neck on day two), and by time he was born, and all the “stuff” was birthed, I had lost every oz of pregnancy weight. I know it’s just how my body deals with a kiddo. Hoping this one is just as strong; I seriously can’t handle floppy babies because it’s so unusual to me!

      • Maybe Heavenly Hash is a Canadian thing? I just looked it up myself because I couldn’t describe it to you. Everything is coming up Canada! It is chocolate ice cream, swirled with marshmallow (which is hilarious becauseI don’t like marshmallows!) and it has chocolate chunks and nuts (which vary by brand) almond, peanut, pecan…. Yum yum yum!
        Further Googling has taught me that my local Walmart (in Canada 😉 ) carries Lyle’s golden syrup. With a description like the one you gave me, I HAVE to try it!

  11. My fav ice cream is the banana fudge bomb pops or my homemade smoothie pops which is organic whole milk yogurt and a crap ton of fruit. I’ll use whatever frozen berries I have on hand but you could use those bazillion blueberry bushes and make some with fresh. I do not recommend any berries that have a crap load of seeds (blackberry seeds hurt if ya bite them wrong). If ya need more healthy frozen treat ideas shoot me an email. With a growing boy that eats junk at his mom’s in the house I’ve become very good at finding ways to shove GOOD food in his mouth

  12. Raspberry ripple or toffee crunch. Building works means the ice cream cart on my way home isn’t there this summer so I’ve had a severe lack of ice cream this summer.

  13. Honestly? Plain old vanilla. Boring, isn’t it? But mint chocolate chip is second! And sometimes chocolate syrup on the vanilla, or even, chocolate dip cones from DQ.