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Scattered Sunday and Meal Plan

So, time to come clean.

Apparently, I’ve been lying to all of you for the last few years.

Every time I have said something about air conditioning being stupid or unnecessary, God should have struck me down where I stood. Because I now realize that it is amazing. And I love it and I hope it forgives me for all the smack I have talked about it over the years.

It’s been so, so, so Seattle hot this past week with temps up in the 90’s plus humidity. And that’s just freaking nasty. If I wanted to live in a hot and humid place I would. But I like my summers 78(ish) and this crap needs to end.

Look what I saw at Target this week! I’ll buy an Ace of Base cassingle, you grab the candy cigarettes and Fruit Stripe gum, because this is about to be an epic retro sleepover!

I discovered that Lifetime has reruns of The Closer which is a show I used to love. I’m not much for TV these days and never Lifetime. So in watching this show I see lots of commercials for the other shows they air on this channel. And it leads to me ask…who in the hell is watching this shit?

Promos for Babysitter’s Nightmare and Killer Twin make me hate everything about people and I want to choke this channel. Yes, it’s not a person and has no neck but the freaking absurdity of it all actually makes me physically angry.

NO. Just no. I’d rather watch golf or the public access channel of a city council meeting. Or city councilmembers playing golf.

When you accidentally spend an entire day twinning with a toddler.

So I had a genius business idea this week. I’m never going to implement it but I’m sharing it with you all so that someone can run with this and make billions.

It’s a resort for moms called “A Regional Sales Meeting”.

The idea came to me when my sweet neighbor was over for dinner. We wanted to share our AC.

She kindly said “you look really tired”. And I do. Kind of like I have been rode hard and put away wet. I love, love blogging but having done it so poorly for a long time has left me with a butt-ton of old blog posts to clean up. And that takes a lot of time.

Each post takes me about 8-10 hours to write, photograph, and promote. Which is fine, because this job is awesome and how is this my life? Is #blessed too basic? Probably.

But yes, I’m tired.

And I started thinking about when I worked outside the house how tired all the other moms were. And how we loved being sent on business trips because it meant we got to sleep alone, get ready alone, and no little people needed anything from us. It’s glorious.

With that, I decided someone needs to open up a resort where there are no responsibilities. You just eat, sleep, hike, and someone who doesn’t have boogers on their fingers combs your hair for hours and hours.

And because this world we live in is stupid and it is frowned upon to take time for yourself, the name “A Regional Sales Meeting” gives you the perfect cover to go and peace the fuck out with no judgment. “Oh, Sarah, you’re head out of town this week”? “Yep, I’m going to a regional sales meeting for three days”.

So, all you entrepreneurs, take my idea and run with it. It’s free. But please invite me to the resort once a year for a few days? I’ll file all the appropriate TPS reports.

This isn’t brotherly snuggling. They’re seeking sanctuary together from my rage at their behavior.

After being so annoyed with our towels smelling funky for months and months, I adapted some tips I got from the interwebs. We have an HE washer which means each load takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r, so this was not a fast process. But it worked and it worked without chemicals and gross stinky detergent.

Laundry Funk Removal

  1. Put dirty clothes/towels in the washer and pour in 2 cups of white vinegar. Yep, directly into the washer.
  2. If your washer has a soak cycle, do one with the hottest water you can find. No soak cycle? Pause the washer once it has filled up and let it sit for an hour.
  3. Once it is done, add 1 cup of baking soda directly into the washer. Do a hot wash cycle.
  4. Wash the de-funked towels/laundry with a normal amount of detergent and vinegar for the rinse cycle. If your washer has a “fabric softener” slot, add it there until full. You could also use a Downy Ball if you don’t have a section for softener.
  5. Dry!

Like I said, this was not a fast process, but it worked! I’m not sure how long the results will last, but I’m thrilled to use my towel after a shower and not feel like I’m drying off with a wet stray dog.

Or am I?

Hey momma, how you like them apples?

As I mentioned last week, we spread my mom’s ashes on Monday. We went to a park and all the “under 42” crowd climbed down an embankment to the beach.

It was a hard day and I’m glad it is behind me/us. But it was a gorgeous day and it was everything we needed it to be.

The only thing I didn’t account for was how Bennett would interpret everything. It was a real “nice to meet you” when Bennett announced to all the parents at Jack’s first soccer meeting “we dumped my grandma in the water”.

Charmed I’m sure.

You know you’re almost 37 when 15 minutes of picking low blueberries means you sit down.

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles – Easy and good for you, Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles makes the perfect frozen summer treat. The whole family will love these homemade and healthy popsicles made with fresh watermelon, mint, and lime juice.

homemade watermelon popsicles on a tray of ice cubes with watermelon and mint

Homemade Blackberry Crisp this is the best homemade Homemade Blackberry Crisp you’ll ever make! Made with oatmeal, this easy and healthy crisp is also gluten-free.

Blackberry crisp with ice cream with a flower in the background

^when I went to take these photos I realized I hadn’t reserved any fresh blackberries to use as garnishes. So I grabbed a bowl and walked a block away and picked a few. And I stole that hydrangea from my neighbor’s yard on my way back.

31 Amazing Make Ahead Breakfasts – 31 of the best make ahead breakfasts to help you and your family get out the door on time. Healthy and easy recipes such as eggs, burritos, and casseroles can be made for a crowd or enjoyed on the go. 

24 photos of breakfast in a collage for a make ahead breakfast round up

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Meal Plan

Monday:: Chef salads. My kids love these and they take me 10 minutes and that is including making Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs.

Tuesday:: Taco salads with a few chips on the side

Wednesday:: Chicken stew. I need to take photos for an old post and I’m serving the fam hot chicken stew and biscuits when it is supposed to be 85 degrees. I hate myself already.

Thursday:: Breakfast for dinner

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: Shredded BBQ sandwiches, coleslaw, and grilled zucchini

Sunday:: Family dinner

What are you having this week?



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22 comments on “Scattered Sunday and Meal Plan”

  1. I know I’m late commenting on this but I did laugh about Bennet’s comments re your mum! But then I am the person who has something inappropriate on my Dad’s headstone “I told you I was sick”!! He always wanted it (yes, he was sick!) and so we did it. Always good to see other people’s reaction if they see it – we are definitely a weird family! As for the heat, we get 43 degrees C most days in summer here in Sydney, Australia and we have no aircon. It sucks balls and we run a fan almost 24 hours a day to cope with the humidity. Nothing like walking outside and your glasses fog up! Going to be a hideous summer with our bushfires starting already and we’re in winter still!?!!!

    • Oh my goodness I love your dad’s headstone! That is the kind of thing that must bring your family so much joy during a challenging time.

      Is aircon uncommon in Australia or has it just been unnecessary until recently? It’s uncommon here in Seattle but as our world heats up more and more the two weeks of stupid heat we used to get are stretching out to three, four, and five weeks each year.