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Meal plan for November 17th – 23rd

Want to know how to be the meanest wife ever?

Tell your husband you arranged for your kid to spend the night at your in-laws, and that you have a hot night planned for the two of you that involves carpet and wood.


That’s right, we went shopping for wood floors last night.  It was a super hot date night if you know what I mean.

We checked out a few places, fell in love with one kind of hardwood flooring, only to be told by the salesman that it was a super soft wood on the “Janka” rating and therefore wouldn’t be very durable.  Considering I’m planning on letting Jack ride scooters in the house, durable is important.  We finally settled on the one above, which is a hard maple.

Then off to check out carpet, which I think we all know how much I hate and don’t want, but Troy insists on it in the bedrooms.  His theory is he wants a warm place to put his feet when he wakes up in the morning.  I offered to sew a throw rug from the nutsacks of chinchillas for his side of the bed…but that didn’t fly.  I can’t imagine why; it sounds so cozy and warm.

This is the carpet I hate the least, so we’ve got that going for us…


In real life, the carpet is a light khaki grey with beige and green tones.  I know that doesn’t sound like a thing, but it is.

With two uninsulated additions on the house, our basement is a toasty 52 degrees every morning, and warms up to 54 by the afternoon.  The electrician was here a lot this week, so we finally have lights down our long dark freaky hallway.


Can’t wait until that horrid wrinkled carpet is gone.  And some time in the near(ish) future, all the 1970’s popcorn ceiling will be taken down.  We also checked out doors during our “hot” date last night, and am leaning towards white interior doors.  With the wood floors, and basic white walls, not to mention a fairly dark hallway during the winter, we’re hoping white doors will brighten up the space.

Meal plan time!  Late nights continue this week as well.  :confetti:

Monday:: Frittata, toast, and fruit (we didn’t end up making a frittata last week because we had so much leftovers)

Tuesday:: Asian noodle salad (with shrimp I have from the freezer), spicy Asian meatballs (I no longer have the original recipe, so I’ll probably need to do a post on these…), and fruit.

Wednesday:: Tomato soup (canned from the garden), quesadillas, salad, and fruit.

Thursday:: I’m working late, so the in-laws are picking up Jack and bringing him to our house.  I’m leaving them a homemade whole wheat pizza, salad, and fruit.

Friday:: Popcorn and movie night!!

Saturday:: We’ve been having pretty cold weather, so I’m thinking a batch of ASS Soup paired with crack bread would make a lovely meal of ASS crack.  That’s right, you heard it.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s.

This week I spent $3.50 at the farm for raw milk, $8.93 at the local butcher for yummy homemade sausage (for the meatballs), $65.32 at the grocery store, $20 of which was for our donations to the Thanksgiving baskets our church puts together.  We have to hit up Costco on the way to swim lessons/family dinner today, and I’m not going to lie…it’s gonna be a big spending week.  We need so many staples: almond butter, cashews, satsumas (my kid puts away a bag of these a week), bananas, and lotion.

What are you having this week?



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9 comments on “Meal plan for November 17th – 23rd”

  1. Hey, don’t know if you’re still checking comments, but where do you get your raw milk? I live in south Seattle, and both the dairies I buy from are way more expensive!

  2. WRT to doors: when we built, I picked an interior door with a simple molding frame about 4″ wide around an inset panel. I made up some chalkboard paint (tile grout mixed into regular latex in the color of your choice) and painted some of the inset panels. The laundry room door is where I write the major to-do list items and my husband’s office door is covered with his important thoughts. Each door panel along the hall is painted a different color – some in the chalkboard paint, the rest in leftover paint used in that room. When someone asks where is the bathroom, I say “blue door down the hall.” We like it, although I would now pick a door with a molding that catches less dust than a square trim.

  3. I would rather chew glass than shop….UNLESS it is at a DIY type store. Hubby would def get lucky if that is how we were spending a Friday night. 🙂

  4. As someone who lives with two kids who do lots of sports, a dog and a husband in a wheelchair, pleeeeaaaaaassssse listen to me a choose a laminate flooring or if you want something more natural, some kind of tile. We have high-quality maple hardwood in two of our rooms and it really takes a beating. The laminate n the other rooms looks like it did the day we laid it. It may not be the most environmental choice, but it sure does hold up well…
    Any way, just my 2 cents :), hardwood is beautiful.

    • Troy and I had real hardwood in our LA apartment. After four years, it still looked pretty darn amazing. We’re ok with having floors that look like real people live in the house. We don’t have pets, nor will we (Troy would die with an animal in the house), and I’m ok with some wear and tear on the floors. We have laminate in our entryway and kitchen, and they look horrendous! My in-laws live in a 100+ year old former school house, and their floors have some scratches and dings and dents, and they look amazing and real. I’m ok with that!

  5. That soup looks awesome! We’ll need to figure out something to sub the ravioli, but I still think it will be yummy.

    We have some shredded beef chili cooking in the crock-pot right now. I plan to make some of your baked potatoes to go with them.

    That’s as far as I’ve gotten with my meal plan this week. Although I think I’m going to pick up a bunch of dried black beans and make a crock-pot full once the chili is done.

  6. Sarah,

    My hubby thinks the chinchilla nutsack throw rug sounds AWESOME! He would like one for our hardwood floors on his side of the bed. Since I don’t sew, could you sew him one in your spare time (not to be confused with your FREE time!) He said he will pay you for it! 😉