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Meal plan for January 12th-18th

Happy birthday to my momma!  I’m bringing you some yummy chocolate cupcakes later today for family dinner.

As much as I decry the society of the selfie (I honestly don’t care what you look like while you’re seated in your car), I have to say, Jack’s selfie style might change my mind.  This is what happens when you turn your back on your phone while manning the waffle iron.


In case you’re interested, the giant gallon of coconut oil in the background was for my Whole Wheat Coconut Oil Waffles recipe.  Do yourself a favor: make a double batch and freeze them for a wicked quick work/school day breakfast.  The whole grain goodness will keep you full until lunch.  Slather some almond butter on there, and you won’t even have room for lunch.

At afternoon pick up on Friday, Jack’s teacher told Troy that she was nominating Jack for the school’s gifted program.  I was under the impression it wasn’t open to kids until third grade at least, but I appear to be mistaken.  We don’t have any details yet, as they’ll be forthcoming from the school in the next few weeks.  She said his reading is “off the charts” and his writing is “really taking off”.  Apparently the class was discussing a book about some animal that was singing and the teacher asked the class how the animal was feeling.  Most of the kids said he looked happy, another child said he was smiling, and his teacher said Jack piped up with “he looks ecstatic”.

Yesterday, we signed Jack up for t-ball for spring.  We wanted to do it last year, but I think he just wasn’t ready socially.  And he said he didn’t want to do any activities. I think it’s great to make sure kids are involved in something at some level at some point, but forcing a (then) four-year old to play a sport seems beetle headed. He has matured so much in the last few months, and I think he can finally manage it without getting himself choked out by the coach.  We shall see.

Troy was off a few days this week and started painting our new room.  I went to the hardware store and asked for their most popular white for the ceiling, and the lady appeared to be new and said “we have a lot of whites”.  I have zero patience for picking out colors, so I stretched my imagination and chose one called “ceiling white”.  Seemed like a no brainer to me.


That giant lump in the middle of the photo above is our enormous winter comforter that is smashed down in one of those giant Space Bags things.  Let me tell you, they work.

We’re doing a chair rail in our master, and Troy did a great job taping everything off. I wouldn’t have the patience for it; half the wall would be level and the other half would have “oh fuck it, chair rails are dumb” spelled out in grey paint.  We don’t have lights in that room yet, so painting is limited to daylight hours only.  Even without the bulbs in the ceiling, the color is looking very pretty.  It’s a lovely grey blue that looks very warm.  He still needs to paint the upper part of the wall (a whiteish grey), and then install the chair rail.  Again, not a job for me.

Troy was looking at the room tonight and said “I like it, but I just want to make sure it’s not too grey in here”.  My response was “you know how to fix that?  Let’s not install the grey carpet and do wood floors in here”.  I think based on his huffing and slight stomping out of the room, I hit his official limit for how much hating on carpet he can take.

Did I mention how much I HATE carpet, and how much I want nothing to do with it in the bedrooms?  I have so many plans for the bedrooms (Jack’s needs a total redo/updating), and none of them include stupid icky nasty carpet.  Pfft!!!

This week in remodel news, some company came and blew insulation in to our attic.  Our living room is always the coldest room in the house in winter, and the hottest in the summer.  Once the insulation went it, Troy and I looked at each other and both said “I’m hot” with the heat set to our normal temp of 67.  The head contractor said our attic was about R-16 before, and is now at R-42.  Ahhhh, such a nice change to be extra insulated.  If we had one billion dollars, it would be nice to replace all our giant old windows.  It’s on the “if we win the lottery” list (along with remodel our 1970’s kitchen).

Ready for our meal plan?  I sure hope so, cause I’m ready to share it with you!  Just a reminder that I only plan our dinners for the week.  For breakfast we tend to eat the same things (homemade Greek yogurt for me, a sandwich for Troy, and whatever Jack’s heart happens to desire that morning), and lunches for the grown ups are leftovers of what we had for dinner the night before.

Monday:: I’m working late, so Troy and Jack are going to make grilled sandwiches, salad and grilled veg (ha ha, like that is going to happen), and fruit.

Tuesday:: Waffles from the freezer, scrambled eggs, and bacon from the freezer (we cook all our bacon when we buy it, and then freeze it).

Wednesday:: I’m working late again (:confetti:), so the boys are making pizza, salad (that ain’t happening.  We all know it), and fruit.

Thursday:: Chicken teriyaki bowls, lumpia from the freezer, and fruit.

Friday:: Best night of the week – popcorn and movie night!

Saturday:: Homemade taquitos using shredded pork from the freezer, salads, grilled veg.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s.

This week I spent a whopping $63.34 at the grocery store, $3.50 at the local farm for raw milk, and an unknown amount at Costco because I lost my receipt.  I know the total was $122ish (gulp), but that included $30 for razors, $16 for toilet paper, and I think something else non-edible.  My cart was about 80% fruits and veg, so that felt pretty balanced to me.  Their frozen organic fruit has found a new fan in this girl.  Jack eats the frozen blueberries by the bowlful, and I am packing away a bag of their cherries in two weeks.  I put them in my mason jar and top with homemade Greek yogurt, and by the time I get to work, the cherries have melted and the yogurt is still cold.  It tastes like probiotic sunshine.

What are you having for dinner this week?
Do you think Troy should let me have my way and agree to wood floors in the bedrooms?  If you don’t, feel free to keep your comments to yourself.  🙂


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12 comments on “Meal plan for January 12th-18th”

  1. M-Chicken Enchiladas w/ Black & White Bean Salad; T-Bicuits & Gravy, Hashbrowns & Eggs; W-Pork Loin, Yellow Rice & Steamed Veg; Th-Baked Chicken w/Roasted Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach & Cornbread; F-Salmon Patties w/Biscuits, Green peas & Tropical Fruit; Sat-Ham Steak, Mac & Cheese, & BE Peas; Sun-Cream of Broccoli Soup & Chicken Corn Chowder w/Pimiento Cheese Sammies (My Dad won’t eat chowder strictly because it is called chowder, so I make 2 kinds of soup). Everything is homemade except for the BE peas b/c Bush truly cans the best.

    I think carpets suck the BIG ONE; totally on your side!!!

  2. Our house was built in 1955 and all the rooms except the kitchen and baths had hardwood floors covered in carpet. My husband HATES wood floors. Years ago I pulled the carpet out of my daughters room to help her allergies (it worked) but he wouldn’t go for it in the rest of the house.

    A couple months ago, as I was getting the vacuum out to clean the nasty, stained living room carpet, I said “The hell with this” and got out a utility knife and proceeded to take out the carpet in the living room. After about a 4-foot square piece was gone and the beautiful floor was revealed I sent him a text at work with a picture. Needless to say, he had a small freak-out but actually I think he was just glad he wasn’t there doing the work. It took me an entire day to take out the carpet, padding and millions of staples but our floor is beautiful and he has since admitted he likes it as well – so no divorce, lol.

    • Glad your marriage is still intact!! Good for you; I can’t imagine anyone ever choosing carpet over wood (and I’m married to someone who is)…it just boggles the mind.

  3. Exciting news for Jack at school!

    I totally get you on the forcing your kid into activities. The only activity I force my child to participate in is swim lessons. I couldn’t care less if she knows how to catch or throw a ball, but I demand that she know how to swim. We tried when she was about 4 and she cried at every lesson, so we only made it through four lessons. We did a month of lessons last year (she was 8) and there were tears, but less of them. This year I told her she could cry in the pool because I wanted to be around water more this year (fishing, canoeing, etc.) and she had to learn how to swim. Luckily she is enjoying them so far.

    This long break from school is helping me get my act together. I meal planned last week and actually made a few of the thins on the list. This week the plan is for some gluten free spaghetti, homemade pizza, crock-pot chili and Shepard’s pie.

    • Jack is in swimming lessons, but I consider that a life skill and not an activity. We’re 2 blocks away from Puget Sound; homeboy has to swim!

      WTG on the meal planning!

  4. I think a wood floor with a warm area rug could be a fair compromise.

    • Yes! Do a wood floor with a colored area rug (anything but gray!)
      That seems like the best of both worlds… well good for everyone except the budget. We just started house hunting and the phrase “We could just put new wood floors in” only escaped my mouth once or twice before I was kindly reminded by my boyfriend that wood floors cost a boat load and I only have one kidney to sell…. such a loving guy really.

      • I totally agree. However, the carpet we picked out was only $.50 cheaper a sq ft than the wood floors we’re getting. Makes me want to cry that we’re spending that much on stupid old carpet.

        He’s adamant about wanting carpet and not an area rug. I just don’t get it.

  5. I’m with you on the carpet, yuck, hardwood floors rock. I’m looking forward to the day we have them in all the rooms of our house.

  6. Congratulations on finding the right mix of responses for Jack, so that he can excel!
    I have to say that I’m totally with you on the carpet hate. There are plenty of studies that show what toxic chemicals they outgas, plus they trigger asthma & allergies. Not to mention the physical crud they hold.
    Wood floors are a much better investment (they improve your resale value), warm up the looks of any room, & don’t look like shit after one little oopsie.
    Area rugs can change with the seasons, be thoroughly cleaned, & be thrown out, guilt free, if it was a bigger oopsie,
    I’m on a mission to eliminate carpeting from my life, but you should see the really cute rug I put in my living room! With 2 dogs, 4 cats, & a husband, it had gotten dirty, so I vacuumed it, then took it to the car wash to brighten it up for the holidays. Easy peasy.

    • Troy has horrible allergies, with the biggest one being to dust mites. You know, those things that LOVE to live in carpet in bedrooms? I just don’t get it!!!

      I love that you put one through a car wash!

  7. Carpet (bah) all it does is hold dust and dander. Area rugs or runners can be taken outside cleaned or use a machine inside to clean. Great news about Jack, sounds like his teacher has turned around in her thinking! Love your blog!