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Meal plan for December 31st – January 6th

This post was going to start out with an amazing photo of a Lego firetruck that I spent two hours building.  Right as I grabbed the camera, Jack said “cool firetruck Mommy” and then dropped it on the kitchen floor.  Yippee skippy!

How was your Christmas?  Ours was wonderful, but crazy as always.  Three days of Christmases gets a wee bit exhausting.  Wednesday night, after Christmas number three, Jack lost his ever loving mind at bedtime and ended up falling asleep as he was sobbing in my arms.  One second sobbing.  The next second, snoring.  Checking on him later, we found him burning up with a 103 temperature.  He was so pathetic I asked him if he wanted to sleep in our bed.  He nodded yes.  That was the first sign he was really sick.

In three and a half years, Jack has never chosen to sleep in our bed.  He loves his space and refuses to be next to anyone else.  When he was first born, I was all about bed sharing, attachment parenting, etc., but the little butthead wouldn’t cooperate from day one.

A trip to the ped the next day resulted in the diagnosis of “throat infection”.  His tonsils (already giant) were red and throbbing.  I’m glad he is seeing the ear, nose, and throat doctor next Wednesday.

Speaking of ENT doctors, we got the bill for Jack’s sleep study today.  The good news is, we’ve met our family deductible for the year!  The bad news is, there are two days left in the year, and it’s going to cost us $3,300 out of pocket.  Gulp.  We have a health savings account that gets automatic deposits each month, so hopefully they’ll allow us make payments.  Sucks that we couldn’t have waited until January to do it so that the sleep study would have paid for the ENT and tonsil surgery that is coming down the pike.  Sigh.

Yesterday afternoon, bored with my birds pillow cases, I whipped up a few new ones, and am liking the change.  My mother-in-law referred to them as “happy pillows”.  These cases are seriously so easy to make.  If you got a sewing machine for Christmas and barely know how to use it, this is a great project for you!


And just because I never relate to bloggers when they post photos of their lovely homes and pretend that they’re perfect, here is what was behind me on the floor while I was taking the above photos.  Jack got the TAG book system for Christmas, and my large cutting board has been commandeered for the foundation of many Angry Birds Star Wars castles.  The blanket is an old one I made for him last year, and no other blanket seems to replace it.

Speaking of Christmas presents, I was incredibly blessed this year.  I received some awesome new cookbooks and sewing books, and some fun kitchen gadgets as well.  My three favorite gifts were a magnetic knife bar, a new paring knife (mine broke in October and I’ve been lost without it), and a fancy chef’s knife that I’ve been lusting over for a very long time.  I’m quite easy to please my friends – knives and books!

Jack opened his superhero quilt on Christmas day, and fell in love with it, but since then he has refused to touch it.  Brat.

When Jack was about 18 months old, Troy’s grandma, GG (Great Grandma) gave Jack a kitty that he named GG Kitty.  Jack and GG Kitty go everywhere together.  For Christmas, I made GG a photobook from Shutterfly about Jack and GG Kitty’s adventures.

Judging by the sobbing on Christmas morning, I think it was a hit.

I like making old ladies cry.


Ok, enough jibber jabber, here is our meal plan for the week.  Reminder, I only plan dinners, because breakfast is always smoothies or eggs with something, and lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday:: World’s Second Best Baked Potatoes, salad, and tomato soup (canned from the garden).

Tuesday:: ASS (Awesome Sarah’s Soup) which is a soup I used to make, and my in-laws named because they loved it so much.  I haven’t made it in years, so I’m busting it out this week!  Will be paired with salad, and dutch oven bread.

Wednesday:: Breakfast dinner.

Thursday:: The sauce from this tilapia dish, but on chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts, and skillet potatoes.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner.  Yes, seriously we eat popcorn for dinner.  It’s popcorn, leftovers, cheese slices, fruit, and cut up veggies.  Everyone gets as much as they want, and no one leaves hungry.  I adore Fridays because it is the easiest night of the week for making everyone happy!

Saturday:: Baked potato soup.  Made this a few weeks ago from an idea in my head.  It was good, so this time I’ll measure and share the recipe with you.  With the soup, we’ll have salad, and fruit.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s.

This week I spent only about $12 on groceries from the store, and $3.50 for a half gallon of raw milk.  How I love a well-stocked fridge, pantry, and freezer!  All I bought this week were bananas, celery, cilantro, ginger, and a jalapeno.  Oh, and eggs.  Our local farm seems to be out of them a lot these days.  Lazy chickens aren’t laying as much because of the reduction of daylight.  Feathered jerks.

How was your Christmas?  What are you eating this week?

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18 comments on “Meal plan for December 31st – January 6th”

  1. I enjoy your blog. FYI, the link to the dutch oven bread takes you to the skillet potatoes recipe instead. Have a nice day!


  2. OMG I don’t usually read posts aloud to my DH (only because I have never enjoyed being read to since age 3) – however I could not help myself as I was chortling to the point of guffawing through your post. Sure wish you lived near me – and am so glad I found your blog! DH wants to know if you have ever tried to lay an egg. Okay I need to admit that I did not retort with any giving birth retorts! Have a great day my friend – you have certainly made my day!

  3. Put the superhero quilt up where he can see it but cannot get it. He will want it. Or, just use it yourself and he will hang onto it then…lol…I have three that taught me.

  4. My mother gave me girls each a cute flannel blanket/sheet/? and they dragged them everywhere, even back to her house for several years. They were their “Memaw blankets.” It made her so happy because she had so little money to buy them anything. She did not know if I would even like her giving them blankets or if they would like them. That Christmas gift was a hit with my girls. Mama got a little teary-eyed when she saw them with their blankets or heard the name they gave their blankets.

  5. Awww, I love that picture of GG. So great! xo

  6. Christmas was fabulous, & we too spend a lot of time building lego’s with the kids. 🙂

  7. I got a new serger for Christmas (oh many you should have heard me squealing) so I am going to hit my sewing projects like a BOSS. 🙂 I love sewing, and I love my sewing machine…but I like having the serger to finish things up and making all my seams neat and tidy. I can’t wait to pull it out!

    Now to actually find TIME to be crafty…

    • I thought I heard a scream on Christmas morning – it must have been you!!!

      Like a BOSS…man that cracked me up! Troy and I say that all the time.

      I don’t own a serger, and am not sure I’d know what to do with one if I had it, but enjoy it my friend!

    • I haven’t used one since high school so I might cut my fingers off…but it’ll probably be worth it. No pain, no gain!

  8. I am trying to figure out what to cook this week. Looks like homemade gluten-free chicken nuggets with sweet potato wedges, garlic and herb lamb sausage scramble, lettuce wrapped burgers with mashed taters, and some chili from the freezer with some grain free cinnamon buns (it’s an odd Iowa thing to have cinnamon buns with chili). Our Fridays are usually a deli meat and veggie tray with whatever else we can scrounge up while eating it in front of the t.v. (Family movie night).

    We had a quite and low-key Christmas this year as we just moved away from family and have yet to make any friends. We decided to hold off on gifts for me and my husband (or daughter’s b-day is the 21st so we spent the money on her birthday and Christmas gifts instead). We are going to save up for a late Christmas gift of a chest freezer full of local grass feed meat. Yum!

    I am enjoying your blog!

    • How do you make your GF nuggets? My aunt is sporadically GF and makes these amazing nugs with almond meals. They’re super yummy!

      Troy and I never exchange gifts at Christmas, and it’s blissful. It directs the budget to other people and we don’t have to stress about it!

  9. Crap, Sorry about the poor proof reading.

    Sarah’s Dad

  10. Good mornging Hun,

    Say, one of these days we are going to have to do a segment on how to make the best freak-en potatoes in the world. So simple with a BBQ, hickory chips and a few simple spices.

    Sunday family dinner today will be spuds, halibut and steak.
    I’m also trying a new marinade that is should to work well with both the surf and turf.