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Meal plan for August 3rd – 9th

Thank you all for your kind words last week about our exciting announcement that I’m quitting my job at the end of January.  It’s terrifying and exciting all at the same time, but bottom line is we’ll never know if it will work out until I give it a shot.

I’m giving myself a year to adjust, see how I like it, and try to make a go of things.  If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work and I’ll head back in to the corporate world.

This week has been a busy one in our house.  We (collective we, as in Troy) pretty much finished up the extra bedroom.  All that is left is the trim around the closet, and then one more room in the house is DONE!  We (again, collective we as in Troy and my father-in-law, because Jack and I were in Denver) moved Jack’s bed in to the extra bedroom last week, and then Troy and I did the bookshelf and dresser this week.  The plan has been for Jack to be in this room temporarily while “we” scrape the popcorn ceiling, paint, rip out old carpeting, and install wood floors in Jack’s old room.

Well, he moved in to this room and decided he doesn’t want to leave because it’s so cool.  Fine by me son, I love that plan because now we don’t have to move all your shit back!

Know what else I love?  That next weekend, we’re going to IKEA because we need to upgrade Jack’s bookshelf for the third time.  He keeps outgrowing the space he has, and since I refuse to stop getting books (garage sales, library sales, Goodwill, birthdays and Christmas, and some new), I am totally ok with shelling out more money for more shelves.  Nerds need space too, and I love my nerd.


In the photo above, you can see the wood floors in Jack’s new room, vs. the hideous disgusting carpet in the hallway.  It’s like a clash of the dark side vs. the Jedi.  The good guys will win this battle folks, don’t you worry.  You can also see the new white door that Troy and my father-in-law installed.  Soon, all the rooms in this hallway will have new doors.  Nice white ones to replace the faux 70’s oak particle board doors that were there before (and the last tenants punched exactly one hole in each door before moving out).  It’s amazing to see that beacon of lovely white door when you look down the hallway.  The rest of the doors look like the set of a 70’s porn, but I am so excited to see it all finished.

Jack’s old closet was a hot mess, even with Jack and I both being well-organized people.  There was way too much room for clothes, some of the shelving was too high for him to reach on his own.


“We” had a blank slate for this new closet (it was just a shell), so decided on minimal clothes bars, and just lots of shelves for toys.  I always like to point out that we have purchased exactly four of those toys. We found a cool organizer thingy at Costco that was $99 with a rebate and is perfect for storing toys.  When we ran the numbers to build shelving, it was cheaper to go with the Costco thing.  Plus, if we sell the house down the road, the other people will likely want actual clothes racks instead of Lego cubbies, so we can easily pull this out.



Now, anyone who gives my kid gifts in real life, please read carefully: NO MORE NERF GUNS PLEASE!!!!!!

I spent a few hours in the garden this weekend trying to clean up the total trainwreck it had become.  Things were overgrown and weedy, and other things were way past harvesting time.  I accomplished a lot, but still have way more to do.  Some day…

The garlic I harvested was the most beautiful I have ever grown.  Hands down, also the biggest heads.  That’s what she said.  I purchased this seed garlic in 2011, and have been saving the largest heads from my harvest every year since to use as the following year’s seed garlic.  Not sure if it has been natural selection of awesomeness, or the amazing weather we have had this year, but this garlic is giant!  Almost every head looks like this.


We had another hot week here in Seattle, and if possible, the grass has gotten browner, and the garden has gotten wilder.  This is a summer we’ll so not forget.  My sister and her husband are building a house and should be in it by next summer.  Their new house will have air conditioning, and they’re giving us their portable ac unit.  In my mind, it’s already next summer, and I am curled up in front of it and sobbing with happiness.

Meal plan time?  Meal plan time!

Monday:: Zuke scramble (BBQ’ed zucchinis, Walla Walla sweet onions, green beans, and sausage all cooked up together), and corn on the cob.  Oh summer, I love you.

Tuesday:: Troy’s burgers, convection oven fries, and a zucchini noodle dish I’m trying out.

Wednesday:: BBQ chicken sandwiches, and zucchini cakes.

Thursday:: Breakfast for dinner.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner

Saturday:: We have my godson’s birthday party in the evening, so will eat there.

Sunday:: Family dinner.

This week I spent $3.50 at the farm for raw milk, $11.68 at the farmer’s market, $13.89 at Costco, and $46.12 at the grocery store.

What are you having this week?

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10 comments on “Meal plan for August 3rd – 9th”

  1. What exactly is popcorn dinner? Just a huge bowl of popcorn?

    • Popcorn, fruit, veggies, slices of cheese, some lunchmeat or other protein…basically whatever is handy in the fridge and doesn’t take a long time to prepare. It’s the best night of the week!

      • I totally forgot about popcorn dinner! Totally what we are having tomorrow because I have no desire to figure out what to make this week. And, we have a bunch of veggies that need to be eaten before they die.

  2. Congrats on the big decision! I think that is every blogger’s dream!

  3. I remain amazed at how well you folks eat on so little $$!!
    You are my hero!

  4. That zucchini scramble sounds good and my kids love anything with sausage. I might have to give that a try! We are having….

    Monday: chicken fajitas (that my husband doesn’t yet know he’ll be grilling)
    Tuesday: pasta with homemade fresh vegetable sauce
    Wednesday: chicken curry
    Thursday: burrito bowl
    Friday: grilled pork chops, Actifry fries, and vegetables
    Saturday: We’re going out for our 8th anniversary! Our kids will probably have soup because it’s easy to put it in the crock pot and tell the babysitter to feed it to them whenever she’s hungry!
    Sunday: one-pot fajita pasta

  5. Oh my gosh, BOOKS! When we lived in the tiny house, I’m pretty sure book shelves full of books took up the majority of the floor space. I actually have a picture somewhere (found in on instagram! of the kid sitting on one of the beds with a tower of boxes looming over her, full of nothing but books. Her books, in fact.

    We love books.

    We are eating a lot of homemade chicken noodle soup around here in hopes that the strep throat my hubby brought home Friday night stays with him and doesn’t spread. That’s as far as I have gotten with meal planning.

  6. BBQ’d zucchini?! Tell me more!!!

    • We slice up zukes, onions, and usually the spiciest sausage Jack will tolerate, a drizzle of olive oil, and Montreal steak seasoning and throw it a grill pan. Troy grills it until everything looks done and we devour it. I love it with just a sprinkle of mozz right when it is off the grill. We call it a scramble, but I’m sure there is a better name for it.

      When my MIL does it, she adds peppers (which I think are god’s proof that evil exists), and other veggies. We’ve tried green beans before, but find they are still too crunchy when everything else is done cooking, and small chunks of corn on the cob, but it’s just less messy to eat corn on the cob separately. Eggplant is good as well, but gets really mushy quickly.

      • Oh, dear! Sounds like something we would make up! 🙂 We love throwing “stuff” together and seeing what happens! Sounds delicious! AND–like a good way to use up some of the gazillions of zucchini we have! Thanks for sharing!!!!