Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan
Well, Mother’s Day was lovely. The boys (AKA Troy) made me a really sweet photo book from Shutterfly. After I opened it, Troy said “I had a free coupon code and only had to pay shipping”.
He gets me.
My friend Kristina and I used to tape receipts to each others birthday and Christmas gifts to show how much of a discount we got. It’s a sickness.
We’re on the home stretch of our Whole30 journey and it’s going fine. A lot easier than I thought it would be and I’m enjoying coming up with recipes on the daily. My brain can’t stop spinning with ideas and dishes. My imagination is much bigger than my kidless time capacity, so I’ll be rolling them out over the next few months. Everything is delicious and easy to make even if you’re not doing Whole30.
This process has taught me why sugar is in so many things – because it makes them freaking delicious! Sugar-free BBQ sauce and ketchup is just not the same my friends. Oh no, not the same.
Despite getting in a 90-minute traffic jam due to an accident ahead of us, Bennett and I surprised Troy this week at work. At one point I had to pee so badly I was tempted to grab a diaper from the diaper bag. Bennett was being a complete tool about being in the car and I was done with life.
I pulled off at a McDonalds to use the bathroom. And I bought B a small thing of fries as an “I’m sorry I was yelling at you” peace offering. I can’t think properly on a full bladder.
Jack ran a 6:37 mile at school this week. Freak. He has been asking for a year to do track instead of baseball in spring. Next year we’re totally signing him up. He loves that stuff and doesn’t even break a sweat. He joined running club at school last fall and would run for over an hour in jeans when he forgot to pack shorts. Gets it from me…obvs.
I have recently rediscovered my love of watching TV when I can. I adore TV but have not been making the time for it lately. I never have it on during the day and at night I am busy writing posts, responding to emails, or planning out new content. But I’m relaxing a bit and letting something be on in the background.
I finally picked up where I left off (um, three years ago?) on watching The Americans. This is such a good show! Have you watched it? It’s free on Amazon Prime and I forgot how absolutely batshit crazy this show can be. And it’s kinda sexy as hell. Like dirty sexy.
And Kerri Russell is a freaking gorgeous human being.
We’re almost caught up on watching Barry, and I think most of the other shows we watch are done for the season. Do you have any recommendations for what we should watch next? I can tell you we quit The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. We just didn’t have that kind of commitment in us I suppose.
This week I started to slowly wrap up the final few Skype calls I am doing with readers. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I sent out an email to everyone on my email list (you should sign up too!) inviting the first five readers who responded to schedule Skype calls with me. The interest was more than the initial five and I’ve been having so much fun chatting with you all!
Multiple readers have asked me the exact same question during our calls, and that is “why do you write/blog”? And the answer I give everyone is pretty long-winded but doesn’t waver. And the reason I give them is that I do it for you.
I understand that posting a recipe, a cleaning/organizing tip or a gardening write up isn’t changing anyone’s life. I’m not creating oxygen here, am I right?
But what keeps me motivated each and every day is hoping that someday I give a novice cook the confidence to make a really yummy homecooked meal for their family. Maybe it a family who eats out almost every night or relies on takeout and frozen stuff from the store. And one day someone in the household will decide enough is enough.
And maybe they find one of my one-pan 30-minute healthy dinners and decide to give it a shot. And their family likes it. Like really likes it. Perhaps that starts a trend of cooking at home one night a week. And then that becomes two nights. And maybe three! And who knows, someday they may be tempted to jump into the crazy sexy art of meal planning.
Basically, what I want is for someone to look at what I make and think “hey, I can do that too”. The motto of my site is “Real People. Real Food”, but you could also interpret that as “helping busy people eat healthy food”.
Here’s the thing. You all got this. And I’m making it my mission to help more people discover their epic badassery.
So bottom line, you buttholes are stuck with me (and my um, coolness?) for the long-term.
On Sustainable Cooks This Week
Warm Stovetop Cinnamon Apples – Simple and sweet, Warm Stovetop Cinnamon Apples are the perfect healthy comfort food. A bowl of cozy cinnamon apples are sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and Whole30 compliant.
Confessions – one of my favorite posts of each month!
Bonus confession: I don’t understand why people (mainly East Coasters?) say “food shopping”. As in, “I’m going food shopping today”. Do we need that level of detail? Isn’t it just “shopping”?
The Five Most Popular Posts This Week
- Warm Stovetop Cinnamon Apples
- Real Food Healthy Sweet Tea
- Air Fryer French Fries
- The Cleaning Schedule of a Working Mom
Monday:: Breakfast dinner
Tuesday:: Attempting homemade whole30 chicken strips, coleslaw, and sweet potatoes.
Wednesday:: Cabbage Roll in a Bowl with bread for the boys (because I bet they’re gonna hate this)
Friday:: Popcorn and leftovers for the boys, and roasted veggies with filet mignons for Troy and me with Homemade Chimichurri. Yeah, we bougie. The filets were a freebie with our Butcher Box order a few weeks ago.
Saturday:: Trying this Creamy Brussels recipe with a huge jass side salad.
Sunday:: Family dinner
What We Bought This Week
Trader Joes: $46.61
Whole Foods (my bi-annual trip): $25.73. Nut pods is the best name ever. Makes me giggle any time I open my fridge.
Local butcher: $24.03 a bunch of chicken breasts
What are you having this week?