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Scattered Sundays

**If you are on my email list, you accidentally got a draft of this post emailed to you on Friday. So sorry about that!

I add snippets of ideas for my Sunday posts throughout the week so I don’t forget to include details before the publish date. This time I hit “publish” instead of “save draft” like a complete ding dong. **


Today is the final day of our sugar-free March challenge. Did you join in? How did it go?

In addition to giving up sugar for 31 days, we also vowed to fill half our plates/bowls with veggies for the three main meals of the day. And I decided I wouldn’t make any (homemade) Lara Bars or eat any RX Bars.

Soooooo, how did we do? I can’t speak for Troy, but I give myself a semi-passing grade with some mulligans. There were moments where I had to gag down some veggies during certain meals, and a few that I just threw in the towel and did my best.

I DID have one and a half Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls because I was making a batch for Jenny, the reader I met last week. And um, I needed to make sure they tasted ok, right? I almost wept because it was so good.

And I think I consumed probably six or seven Chocolate Peanut Butter RX Bars (we get them at Costco). I tried not to use them as dessert substitutes, but honestly, I failed a few times. What are you gonna do?

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to a bit of sugar in my coffee tomorrow morning. I am going to do my best to not make dessert a nightly thing because I know myself and it’s a very fast downward spiral to spoons in the Nutella jar.

I am looking forward to not eating a bunch of veggies at breakfast and maybe having some Peanut Butter Brownie Overnight Oats once a week. They actually don’t have much maple syrup in them and aren’t overly sweet, but damn they’re good.

We don’t have a scale at home but I know both of our clothes are fitting better. Troy has a lot more energy and he seemed to be sleeping better. He said the downside to feeling better is that he would overdo it at the gym because he felt so great. And then the next morning he would wake up realizing he is almost 42. Ha!

If you joined us in this challenge, how did things go for you?

I was driving around earlier last week and I stopped and watched a goat scratch its ass on a rock for a good 30 seconds. I’m not sure who had a bigger smile on their face – me or the goat. I wanted to take a photo or video of it, but I couldn’t find the willpower to look away to grab my phone. I didn’t want to interrupt the magic I was witnessing.

That goat made my whole month. 

Did you hear someone on Thursday morning whopping with excitement and then awkwardly doing The Dance of Joy from Perfect Strangers? That person was me. I turned in the paperwork for Bennett to start full-day Montessori preschool in September!

We toured the school on Monday morning and signed his ass up by Thursday. He loved it, we were excited about it, and everybody wins.

I had been debating between two or three days a week. The school has a rule where kids who are three and a half or older must attend at least two and a half days a week. So that solved that problem and he’ll be going three times a week.

For someone who works from home, I cannot even describe what this is going to do for my life. He is currently in preschool three times a week for two hours each day. By the time I get him there and then home, I have enough time to make and photograph one recipe before it is time to go pick him up.

The idea of six hours a day, three times a week is so amazing! Like I could pee just a little bit in excitement. As someone who loves to work and wants to work more, this is a gift for the whole family.

We were supposed to head to Portland this weekend to meet our newest little cousin. But Jack came home from school on Wednesday on a 101 fever and a killer sore throat. Yes, this was the rescheduled trip that was canceled a few weeks ago because Bennett was sick. Freaking kids.

Jack and I ended up at urgent care late Thursday afternoon where he tested positive for strep. They also found an ear infection. And an acute case of being a punk ass.

Most nights I sit with my laptop and my podcasts and I just work. But then there are some nights when I want the TV on but I don’t want it to be distracting. And my friends, I have rediscovered the perfect show for being entertained without having to use your brain – Alias.

This show reminds me of college and watching something live because there was no DVR. Looking back at it now it’s absolutely ridiculous and the plot makes zero sense. The later seasons got suuuuuuper weird but the first two seasons have been keeping me company at nights via Amazon Video.

Jennifer Garner is a national treasure of sweetness. And even though she is a butt kicker on the show, I just want to protect her and be her friend. Plus, there’s a young Bradly Cooper with frosted hair and what appears to be an excessive amount of Bonnie Bell Dr.Pepper Lipsmackers.

Today is the final day to get free organic ground beef for life with a new Butcher Box subscription. If you’ve been on the fence, sign up before this awesome deal is up!

And holy balls, if you have ebates they just raised the cash back amount for Butcher Box to $17.50. Daaaaayum!

Big dog is turning 10 this week! Double-digits alert!!

This kiddo is going to change the world someday. Since he was born he has always amazed us with his strength, intensity, endurance, and intelligence.

I listened to other new moms talk about snuggling their babies right after they were born, but Jack, as always, had his own ideas. Homeboy did pushups and planks on my stomach as soon as they put him on my chest.

The nurses couldn’t believe the length of his finger and toenails and were shocked that this newborn baby refused to sleep for hours after delivery. The doctor later told us Jack had been so active in utero that he tied a knot in his umbilical cord. 

Jack never knew how to be a typical baby, which is fine because being a mom didn’t come naturally to me. We learned together.

I don’t have as many photos of him on the blog anymore for two reasons. One, he runs and hides as soon as I try. And two, now that he is older, his stories are no longer mine to tell.

I can’t wait to see what the future brings this very special kiddo. And his big giant round head.

What I’m Listening To This Week

This week I’m recommending Over My Dead Body. An interesting look at the murder of a man in Florida who was in an ongoing custody battle with his ex-wife. There is a rabbi “goon squad” involved in the story and my friend Rachel and I want an entire podcast series about THAT guy!

Troy saw all my true crime podcasts and asked “you’re not becoming one of those murder girls are you”? Um, bro, I’ve been watching Law & Order since I was seven. I’m not becoming a murder girl. I’ve always been one of those murder girls.

Comment/Review of the Week

LeeAnn left a five-star review on Instant Pot Lentil Soup:

I made this last night with red lentils (as that is what I had) and cut down on the cooking time as suggested. It was sooooo good!!!!

a bowl of instant pot lentil soup with a slice of cheese bread

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On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Back in November, after a night of working until 1 am, I shook my hand to the heavens and vowed that as of March 1, 2019, I would reduce the number of posts per week to three. As God as my witness, I would not keep up with the pure grind that four posts entail.

And um, it’s the very end of March and this is the first week I only posted three including Scattered Sundays. Better late than never?

The 11 Best Whole30 Chicken Recipes – These 11 Best Whole30 Chicken Recipes are simple to make and will blow you away with flavor! Eleven Instant Pot, crockpot, one pan, and oven-baked paleo chicken recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. If you’re looking for Whole30 dinner ideas, you’ll love these family-friendly Whole30 chicken recipes!

Four photos of whole30 chicken dinners

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Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce {Vegetarian} – So creamy and healthy, you’ll flip for this Sweet Potato Fries Dipping Sauce! Made with Greek Yogurt (no mayo!), this easy sauce for sweet potatoes fries comes together in just two minutes. Perfect for any kind of fries or even as a salad dressing, sweet potato fries aioli is a versatile sauce that adds an amazing flavor to any dish.

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The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

  1. Virgin Mojito Recipe – stay thirsty my friends
  2. Homemade Vicks Shower Soothers – sneaking back in like a dark (snotty) horse
  3. Best Ever Trader Joe’s Whole30 Shopping List – 2 legit. 2 legit to quit
  4. The Essential Whole30 Costco Shopping List
  5. Healthy Orange Chicken

Meal Plan

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Monday:: All three gentleman in my house requested pasta and salad. Well, they requested pasta.

Tuesday:: I’m being honest…we’re running errands in the afternoon so my kids will have Costco samples for dinner.

Wednesday:: Troy’s amazing burgers, grilled veggies, and salad.

Thursday:: TBD. Jack’s birthday and he gets to choose! Will likely involve very gross restaurant chicken fingers.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: A new recipe I am trying out.

Sunday:: Who knows. I think my sis is out of town. I hear Costco has samples…


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18 comments on “Scattered Sundays”

  1. Sometimes in the summer when we’re out during the day lunch is two giant Costco hot dogs split between my three girls and me, followed by a round of samples (except we call them “examples” because my oldest daughter did when she was little and it stuck).

    My middle daughter turns 10 Tuesday and my oldest turns 11 Wednesday so they have already requested burgers and tacos.  That’s two meals planned!  I think tomorrow we’ll have ginger chicken with broccoli because it makes my husband super happy.  Probably pasta (and salad!) Thursday, healthyish nachos Friday and out for dinner Saturday since my husband’s birthday is next Monday.  

    Happy birthday to your big ten-year-old!

    • I love that they’re “examples”! We still call computers “pucuters” because that is what Jack called them when he was one.

      Happy birthday to all of your April babies!!

  2. I think I got removed from your email list somehow?!?
    I’ve had to stalk you online to get the updates. Is it sad that your Scattered Sunday’s is a highlight of my weekend?!?  I think not!
    I have to admit I’m a wimp and usually can’t do murder, murder, murder. I’m more of an Agatha Christie type girl. Find the body and figure out The Who, why and how after the fact. Less muss and fuss – and great English accents to boot!
    Hope Jack is feeling tons better!
    Very happy for you for the upcoming fall schedule. 
    Oh so jelly on all the spring color you have. We are weeks behind you. 

    • Jan, I just checked on my email service and you’re listed as active. You may want to check your spam or promotions/social folder to see if the emails are getting sent there.

      Sending you lots of warm spring weather and colors.

  3. I just listened to Jennifer Garner on “David Tennant Does a Podcast With…” I remember Alias a little, but after listening to her, I’m thinking about rewatching the series.
    I’ve started listening to some busines podcasts. I like Lean the F*ck Out, and a bunch of bookkeeping ones that you wouldn’t probably be interested in!

    April is all about eating the food we have on hand. Oh, and purging. We have 36 days until we hit the road for CA. Time to get my butt in gear and get ready!

    • I’ve never heard of that podcast before but I think I must download it because she’s so dang sweet.

      Lean the F*cuk Out seems like something that would be right up my alley. I’ll have to check it out.

      Oh my gosh the move is coming so soon!

  4. LOL we were on a road trip for spring break  and my husband asked me to find a podcast to listen to. I opened up my app and asked “Would you like to listen to murder, murder, murder, feminism, murder, pop culture, murder, or murder?” ????

    Book club loved the hash brown quiche! Thanks for such an easy and yummy recipe!

    • I think we would have a lovely road trip together you and me. But I have a ton of business/blogging podcasts mixed in.

      So glad y’all enjoyed it! What was the cook this month?

      • This month we read The Second Mrs. Hockaday, which is a story set during the civil war told through letters. Not what I would normally read but I enjoyed it! No better way to make friends by bonding over books and yummy food 🙂

      • I’ve never heard of it, but it’s always great to find good books out of your normal reads.

  5. Loved Over My Dead Body. Some of my other favorites are Criminal, Someone Knows Something, Accused, and Ear Hustle. Ear Hustle is recorded in prison and produced and written by prisoners. I really was surprised by how much I liked it. I need more recommendations for crime podcasts if you have any. 

    • Ear Hustle is amazing!!  Check out In The Dark.  I got annoyed with Season 1 (for no good reason), but season 2 is about a guy who has been tried for the same murder 6 times (!!!!). It’s really good so far!

    • I have no idea why but I could NOT get into Criminal. I tried so hard! Have you listened to Stranglers? And I’ve heard so much about Ear Hustle. I need to get on that.

      More crime: Murder on the Cape, and A Killing on Orchard Street.

  6. I am jealous of your blossoming trees.  Here in Toronto, we woke up to an inch or two of snow.  

    I hope Jack gets better quick.  Being sick sucks (for everyone!). And that he is better in time to enjoy his birthday!

    I would not survive a day with no sugar and half a plate of veggies.  But I AM trying to eat healthier and lose weight.  A lot of my clothes don’t fit right and I refuse to buy new ones!

    Also, I made the sweet potato dipping sauce the other day.  Delicious!  I like that you can adjust the recipe quantities.  I lowered it to a single serving (for me!  I think it was 6-7 on the recipe.  About 1/4 cup)  It was a rather large serving, with quite a bit leftover.  But it worked for me.  I have since printed it out to make again.

    So, you have peafowl roaming around your area AND goats???????  We have geese and squirrels.  Your neighbourhood sounds way cooler.

    • Get it together Toronto – it’s spring now!

      I bet you could do the no sugar and half of a plate of veggies thing. I love little challenges like that and if you can focus on just this one meal for this one day it’s totally doable.

      We don’t have goats too close to us. So very sad. Long version: Bennett was messing with the lights in my car and I didn’t catch him doing it. He left them on all night and killed my car battery. So, Troy jumped my car and then I had to drive it around for 15 minutes to charge. And that’s when I came across the goat and it was all worth it.

  7. I didn’t try the no sugar challenge, but I discovered a “diet” that I am working on implementing into my life: The No-S Diet. Basically, no sweets (desserts), snacks, or seconds during the week. Weekends and “special” days, desserts and snacks are okay. I have a horrible problem with snacking, and already my husband and I had decided to phase desserts out for ourselves except for once a week. But going for seconds has always been my problem as well. There’s a website if you want to read up on it. I can tell that when I do stick with my plan, my digestion is better and overall I feel better. On the “S Days” (weekends) I can tell my body is not happy with me.

    When I was a kid in France, I noticed that the family I lived with just didn’t snack. I mean, never. We had three meals a day, substantial meals, and dessert only on weekends. So this is what I need to get back to.

    • Girl, you and me both with the snacking! I love to snack and appetizers seems like a perfectly acceptable meal to me.

      I’ve done the “sweets only on the weekend” thing and it works really well. For a bit. But it never lasts for me. I’ll keep trying it though!