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Meal plan for July 14th – oh screw it, we’re going on vacation

Jackie Jack and I are headed to visit my bestie Anne on Thursday!  We’ll be gone for five days, and the boy is ecstatic.  He wakes up each day announcing “x more days until we go on the airplane”!  That boy is stoked.

I’m indifferent.

Like, “meh, I get to go see one of the best people I know, but you know, it’s like whatever”… 🙂

A crane truck delivered the trusses for the new addition this week!  Our neighbor sent me a photo letting me know how excited her two boys were (5 and 3) by the arrival of the crane.  It’s a big deal around here.  It’s all boys on our street, and the construction site has been like kid crack to most of them. The word has gotten out that “Jack’s mom will let kids throw rocks, play with rebar, and has access to huge nails to pound in the dirt”.

Here is the view from our livingroom.  This is a sliver of my parent’s livingroom, and the corner section will be their little kitchen.  The walls to the left and the bottom will be broken through at some point, to incorporate the existing basement in to their living quarters.  Don’t worry, my parent’s won’t be living in a 10×14 foot cave.


Here is the view from the chicken coop.  The structure at the top will be our new bedroom, and underneath it will be my parent’s bathroom.


In gardening news, the bird situation with the blueberries has gotten out of hand.  I had been so smug for the last three years proclaiming birds never bothered our blueberries so ha ha ha.  Jokes on me!  One of you lovely readers recommended tulle, and I’m going to get some this week to try.  Until then, I’ve hired a very select private security team.  They’re ruthless mercenaries, and work for homemade ice cream.


PS, about .4 seconds after that photo was taken, Jack smacked Troy so hard in the eye with his sword.

Last Sunday, my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew came over for dinner.  At some point during evening, the boys got it in their head that we should hunt them because they were evil wolves.  It might be slightly inappropriate to say, but shooting two kids with Nerf guns for 35 minutes is highly satisfying.  The boys collected all the ammo after each “hunt”, and brought them back to us, so I think they were enjoying it as much as we were.

Meal plan time!  Reminder, I only plan dinners.  My breakfast of choice is homemade Greek yogurt with tons of cut up fresh fruit (or fruit I froze in the summer), and a homemade granola bar crumbled on top.  It’s delicious and keeps me completely full and satisfied until lunch. Lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday::  I meant to make slow cooker Kalua pig tacos last week, but we ended up going to a BBQ for my sister’s birthday.  We’ll be having these today.  Troy will be grilling some of his famous grilled veg to go with.
Tuesday::  Too hot this week to even look at the oven, so we’ll be having omelets, grilled veg, and fruit.
Wednesday:: Another Seattle scorcher (meaning above 80 degrees), so paninis, salad, and fruit.

Thursday – Tuesday of next week:: Our pale butts will be on an airplane/vacation.  Troy is on his own.

This week I spent $35 at Trader Joes, $40 at the regular grocery store, and $9.78 at the local farm stand.  No milk this week because it would go bad before we leave.
What are you having this week?





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5 comments on “Meal plan for July 14th – oh screw it, we’re going on vacation”

  1. Have fun on vaca!

    We are discovering that life SUCKS without A/C as the temps here in Montana have been in the 80’s and 90’s for the last week or so. An 80+ degree house is not fun. We’ve been relying on our toaster oven for any oven type cooking that has been necessary, but I really need to get myself a grill.

    I will be making your awesome chopped salad this week (I cooked the bacon this week), and we have pork chops that we need to eat up before we order our next pig for the freezer. Other than that, I have no idea what we will be eating.

  2. INDIFFERENT? Oh, get out here and I will SHOW you indifferent. In other news, I plan to feed you nothing but GMOs and packaged food products. They will taste amazing.

  3. Before you buy a lot of narrow lengths of tule, why don’t you scavenge your mothers or mother in laws closets for “net curtains” this is what I used for my grapes and strawberry beds, they don’t tangle as easily, wash well and can be used a curtains, lol. I had some from a thrift store that didn’t fit my windows at that time.

  4. LOL I Like your security team 🙂