Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan
Happy Mother’s Day to the moms out there! Hopefully, your day involves not keeping anyone alive and being able to eat all meals with two hands.
To those who have a hard time on this day for whatever reason, just know that you’re not alone and I hope you find comfort and strength in whatever way works for your heart.
I keep waiting for the Whole30 magical health to kick in. I haven’t slept in two weeks and Troy got the flu for the second time in 28 days. I think it may be his new monthly thing. The flu period I guess? I swear Troy gets sick more often than a first-year kindergarten teacher. And then Jack picked up some of it and rocked a high fever for about 36 hours.
But hey, I got to eat bacon, right?
I’ve been having a snack before bed of an apple and almond butter and one homemade Lara bar/ball. Why in the world is it so freaking hard to find crunchy almond butter without sugar or honey in it? Creamy nut butter (<—snicker) is the work of Satan.
Let me tell you folks, not all almond butter is created equal. Far and away (I had that movie on VHS that I think I bought from a Blockbuster Video 5/$20 sale) the clear winner is Barney Butter Bare. Regular Barney Butter comes in crunchy but the Bare crunchy kind is harder to find. It is delicious. But expensive AF.
Next is the Costco almond butter. A much better deal but fairly grainy and CREAMY. After that is Justin’s almond butter. It’s fine but no better than the Costco stuff and costs twice as much. And it’s freaking creamy AF. Back satan, I command you!
If you’re on Whole30 or are on a sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and/or Paleo diet and want a ready-made made salad dressing, Trader Joes Green Goddess dressing fits that bill. I prefer to make my own dressing (takes 30 seconds), but Troy has always had the mindset that if he is hungry at that moment something needs to be in the fridge.
I found this dressing in the refrigerated section at Trader Joes and it is good! Not my favorite or anything but checks all the required boxes and the ingredients list is free of sketchy stuff.
We’re supposed to have two days this week in the 80’s with nighttime lows in the 50’s. Now would be an excellent time to get tomato plants planted FYI. I’m not going to because I’m always behind when it comes to the garden. FYI.
With the increased heat, I start to wear slip-on flats 24/7 (these are my favorite) when I’m not wearing flip flops (these are my favorites and last for five years). But as we have covered before, this girl has got some sweaty ass feet. Gah, you turned on right now?
To help keep my feet from sliding around in my shoes and to keep them smelling well, like decent feet, I use these terrycloth inserts in my flats. They are absorbent and machine washable. They work so well and I have got my sister addicted to them and the flats! I think she has three to four pairs of those shoes now.
weeks of laziness, a well-thought-out plan to A/B test our new strawberry beds, I finally planted our final two towers. As I was about to cut the landscaping cloth to line the towers, I had a “what would happen if…” moment.
I stuffed old straw that we use as mulch in the garden around the internal perimeter of the wire towers. After I added the straw, I then hollowed it out by pushing the straw up against the wire to create a hole.
I filled that hole with composted chicken shit and then added a bit of straw on top of that. Then I added more straw to the towers, pushed it to the sides and created another hole. I filled that with potting soil and continued this process until I got to the top. I was able to easily nestle the strawberries in the towers around the straw to plant.
It has only been one week since I planted them, but it is safe to say the strawberries in the straw towers are thriving compared to the ones in the landscaping cloth (which are doing just fine). I’m going to watch and see what happens because the straw towers have a lot of things going for them that are putting bias in my “research study”. They were slightly older plants, get about 30 more minutes of sun each day, and aren’t shadowed by our “giant” mini drawf apple tree.
It has been a tumultuous 36 hours! Gah, Troy and I are/were so sad! It was announced this week that two of the four shows that we watch have been canceled. Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man of Earth were so dang good and funny. Screw you Fox. We never watch Fox except for those two shows, so they can suck it.
And then I woke up on Saturday morning to find that NBC had picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine for next season. Yay! There is still hope.
Nothing says “we appreciate everything you do, now here are some flowers” like realizing you’ve been calling your kid’s preschool teacher by the wrong name for six weeks. Holy crap I’m mortified!
Bennett had a Mother’s Day “tea” at school this week. It was potluck. For the record, the dad’s event later this month is donuts. They don’t even bother to ask the dudes to remember to bring in food.
Anyhoo, I was there and kept hearing people call the teacher by what was clearly the wrong name. And then it hit me, my butthole puckered a bit and I puked in my mouth. Dead. Blech.
I added some fun new things to my site’s shop page this week. I stock it with resources that we use and love in our house and things that help me with meal prep, laundry, and finding joy and inspiration in cooking. Check it out and see if we’re twinsies on any of the items.
On Sustainable Cooks This Week
How to Make Chimichurri – Herby Packed Heaven – This amazing back pocket chimichurri sauce will transform anything you drizzle it over. Steak, chicken veggies, and eggs (oh heeeeck yes) are all instantly transformed with this herby packed heaven in a jar!
10 Minute Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken – This delicious bruschetta chicken in the Instant Pot is a simple weeknight dinner that the whole family will love. Bruschetta chicken is packed full of flavor, paleo, Whole30 compliant, low-carb, and made with 100% real food.
The Five Most Popular Posts This Week
- How to Make Chimichurri – Herby Packed Heaven
- Real Food Healthy Sweet Tea
- Air Fryer French Fries
- DIY Insulated Blackout Curtains
- Peanut Butter Frosting With PB2
Monday:: A new recipe I am working on. I did a test run of it last week for lunch and it was so good. Troy has declared it his favorite of the original Whole30 recipes I’ve been making. I’ll be using some of the pork that came in this month’s Butcher Box order.
Tuesday:: Chef Salads and bread (<—for the boys).
Wednesday:: Instant Pot ribs, coleslaw, and roasted sweet potatoes. The ribs were from our US Wellness meats order from last week.
Thursday:: Roast chicken, salad, and Air Fryer French Fries.
Friday:: Popcorn dinner. Maybe? We may or may not have baseball practice this night. Things are getting less organized as the season goes on.
Saturday:: My nephew’s birthday party and then Jack has a baseball game that evening. We’ll load up at the birthday party and then have leftovers after the game if anyone is still hungry.
Sunday:: Family dinner
What We Bought This Week
Trader Joes – $62.18 but I didn’t get a picture. Lots of veggies, some gummies for Bennett (potty training rewards), chicken sausage, and Applegate organic hot dogs (they’re Whole30 compliant).
Costco: – $85.08 (foil and allergy meds came from a different budget). Those gummy bears were for Jack’s teacher for teacher appreciation week. I could have eaten them all myself. Cookies were for my nephew to take to school for his birthday (my sis had me pick them up). I could have eaten them all myself.
What are you having this week?
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