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Meal plan for January 14th – 20th

Stock up sales abounded this weekend!

Target is having a sale of things in bulk, and I saved a bundle on Troy’s hair product.  Yes, rugged Carhartts wearing Troy uses an expensive product in his hair.  American Crew Fiber is the only thing my golden prince will allow to touch his locks, and that stuff is expensive.  It’s regularly $17.99 for a small container.  Target had a two pack of them for $16.99.  I bought two, two packs which will last him for almost 2.5 years.

Speaking of hair, I’ve started using the tiniest bit (think 1/8th of a Tic Tac) of coconut oil to smooth my hair after blow drying it.  It works awesome, and it’s basically a free product since I already use it in my cooking.  I adore finding cheap replacement products using stuff I already own.

Also, I’m not sure if this is just a Washington Costco thing, but our Costco is offering “warm” LED bulbs for $4.99.  They’re $14.99 with a $10 instant rebate provided by Puget Sound Energy.  By “warm” I mean they have a similar light as an incandencent.  I know some people don’t like CFL bulbs because the light is weird.  These bulbs look totally normal.

They were 60 watt, and 4 per member per visit.  They’re reported to last 22 years (assuming 3 hours a day usage) and cost $1.23 a year to operate.  I replaced 3 CFL bulbs in our livingroom with these, and the light is so much brighter, but still very warm and inviting.

I wasn’t planning on getting LEDs until our CFL bulbs had burned out (which takes forever), but my aunt and uncle got some at Costco and I saw what a difference they made in their living room.

And still speaking about hair, can I tell you about one of my new loves?  Desert Essence Green Apple and Ginger shampoo.  This stuff is awesome.  I used to use Burts Bees shampoo, but they changed the formula and I couldn’t get it to lather without using a ton of the product.  This shampoo on the other hand, lathers with just the tiniest bit, and smells amazing.  I have very fine hair (my stylist calls it Turtle Fur) and this stuff doesn’t weigh it down at all.

I will complain about one tiny thing with this product.  Taking the lid off of it (it’s a flip top lid) makes the loudest sound ever.  I get up earlier than anyone else in my house, and I swear it probably wakes up people three streets over.

I found it at Fred Meyer for $7.99, and then found it for $6.30 on Azure Standard.  Yippy!

Troy had a few extra days off this week, and Jack and Troy had a few “boy days” at home.  Friday, they headed to Fred Meyer to meet a random dude off of Freecycle to pick up some roofing material for our soon to be started chicken coop (it’s happening, it’s REALLY happening this year!).  While they were there, they hung out in the toy section for almost an hour, just having fun.

Jack had a little fun, but Troy had a lot of fun.  He sent me some photos while I was at work.

1) “I can’t talk now, I’m a little horse”.

2) “Brown Chicken, Brown Cow” (if you say it fast, it sounds like “bow chicka bow wow”)

He’s taken ladies.  Don’t even try.

Jack had his first swim lesson on Thursday, and it was, um, interesting.  He didn’t cry, but he wouldn’t even try to do what the rest of the class was doing.  I hope he’ll  improve as we go more often.  Also, I think he’ll do better once Troy isn’t in the pool with him.  My husband is a well, a coddler.

When Jack and I went to visit my friend Anne in August, we all went swimming.  I told him if he wanted to get in the pool, he’d have to first jump off of the side in to my arms.  He cried for about 4 minutes, and then finally did it.  And then did it for the next two hours non-stop while laughing the whole time.  The next day my arms hurt in places I didn’t know arms could hurt.  It was like working out with a 36 pound medicine ball.

So, I’ll be in the pool with him on Thursday, and we’ll see how it goes…

Anyhoo, 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:: Biscuit night.  I’ll explain.  I make an all whole wheat version of Pioneer Woman’s biscuits.  And the night before, I cook up some sausage, and bacon.  The night of, I scramble eggs, and put everything on the counter along with some homemade jam, peanut butter, home canned fruit, Lazy Lady Skillet Potatoes, etc.  You get to put whatever you want on your plate and biscuit, and we call it good.

Tuesday:: Homemade pizza, salad, and home canned fruit.

Wednesday:: Cashew Chicken, rice, wonton soup (homemade and yes, I’ll post a recipe soon), and home canned fruit.

Thursday:: Split pea soup in the crockpot (recipe coming soon), garlic bread, salad, and home canned fruit.

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:: I have no clue.  I’ll play it by ear.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s.

I have no idea how much I spent on groceries, but it was under $90.  I’m feeling lazy right now, and the receipts are sooooo far away (like 10 feet).  I bought:

  • Spinach
  • Apples
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots (huge bag from Costco)
  • Cauliflower (one veggie I truly hate, but I wanted to try something new…)
  • Lemonade (I’m kinda obsessed with Arnold Palmers right now)
  • Smoked Trout (Trader Joes.  Trying out an appetizer I have in mind)
  • Salsa
  • Chicken (whole)
  • Pot Stickers (for the Won Ton soup)
  • Cashews
  • Green onions
  • Celery

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12 comments on “Meal plan for January 14th – 20th”

  1. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! You have the best sense of humor, which I find lacking everywhere, so reading your blog always makes me smile. AND I am informed! Wow…a twofer! My son and his wife and children live in south Seattle and they are interested in taking their 3 and a half year old for swim lessons…any suggestions? Thanks…Nickie

  2. Roasted cauliflower is the best! The only thing you might try different from the broccoli is to hit them with the smoked paprika too. Looks/tastes awesome. Smoked paprika is hard to find in my backwater, I use Tony Chacere~! Yum.

  3. My daughter has that horse the guys were playing with. In fact she just did a photo inventory of her horse collection. She has a lot.

    I love seeing your meal plans. I am getting better at meal planning myself, but I still have a ways to go. I want a chest freezer so I can buy all my meat at once, then I just have to figure out the veggies. One less headache at the grocery store. I hate grocery shopping.

    Cauliflower is one veggie that I can count on my hubby and 7yo dd to eat. They prefer it raw. This week we plan to try it as a substitute for mashed potatoes. We’ll see how it goes.

    • Getting an extra freezer changed my life. I hope you can make it happen!

      I’ve roasted cauliflower with some carrots before and blended them until smooth. Added them to my homemade mac and cheese.

  4. Yeah, roast the cauliflower…drizzle the florets with olive oil and sprinkle on Parmesan…

    • I don’t have Parm, but that sounds tasty. My plan was to cook them exactly how I cook Brussels Sprouts – olive oil and a little salt in a cast iron skillet in the oven.

      I swear cast iron gives Brussels sprouts the best “grill” flavor.

  5. I buy my Desert Essence shampoo and conditioner at Its 6.05 there but it goes on sale frequently. Then I stock up. There is also a discount for buying multiples and an total purchase discount. I am not affiliated just a happy long term customer. They have great prices on a wide variety of things.

    • I’ll have to check it out, thanks!

      I have such fine hair and can use so little of this shampoo (and still get a great lather) that I’m sure 1 bottle will easily last me 6+ months.

  6. We just tried the biggest loser roasted cauliflower. It was so much better than boiled or steamed.
    I would hate to have our guys meet in the toy department of Freddy’s as we might never be able to get them to leave. Hehehe.
    I love your blog so much. Thanks for making it so real.

    • I’ll try and find the recipe and check it out. I was planning to roast with olive oil and salt in a cast iron skillet to see if it would change my mind about cauliflower.

  7. I just posted a recipe on my blog that has cauliflower as a main ingredient, and I’ve always thought the recipe was amazing. Feel free to check it out–it might make cauliflower a favourite. 🙂

    • I really wanted to like your recipe, but I can’t stand curry at all. I do love your point about making vegetarian food just taste like food and not pretending it is supposed to have meat in it. The fake meat stuff creeps me out.