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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

My sis and I saw RBG on Friday and loved it! My sister teaches high school history and civics, and I’m just an overall giant nerd so this movie was like crack to us.

It is a limited release movie and we had a hard time finding it in a theater near us. But if you get a chance to see it, I put it in the “highly recommend” category.

If you are part of our Instagram community then you know I shoot 99% of my recipes in my living room on the footstool from my couch. Yeah, it’s weird, but it has the best light. It gets challenging keeping Bennett away from the food and that doesn’t always happen, but I’m a sucker for the natural light.

Anyhoo, last week I was taking photos for an upcoming post, and I spilled 1/3 cup of olive oil all over the cloth footstool. I would like to give out major props to our three-year-old Costco couch because I used a wet cloth and there is no stain. None.

Kid-proof couch

It isn’t our forever couch, but it is so comfortable and is kid safe. And um, apparently blogger safe too.

One of the podcasts I listen to had a great recommendation this week for an episode of Revisionist History called “Free Brian Williams”. It is an in-depth discussion about how the brain retains and reworks memory and omg it was fascinating! And yet, even after listening to it, I have zero empathy for Troy’s complete swiss cheese memory.

I wrapped up a two-week project this week and I’m so thrilled a) have it checked off my to-do list and b) with the results of the work. I have spent late nights and early mornings over the last 14 days deleting 2,000 of my old posts.

Yeah, that sounds completely batshit crazy when I write it out too. But hear me out.

This blog has been around in some version for almost eight years. That is a lot of time and words. And a lot of clutter. You people know how I feel about clutter!

When I started this blog it was all about me, me, me (as all early blogs were). If you have been around for a long time, you may have noticed a shift in my writing focus, topics, and context in the last 12(ish) months. I’ve made a concentrated effort to flip the “me” focus to a “we” focus. As in you and me.

And yeah, I get the hypocrisy of talking about myself in a post dedicated to not talking about myself. #meta

I started to examine what really brought me joy and motivated me about this space, and it all boiled down to helping people. If I get an email or a comment like “I loved this recipe and it was so easy. I never knew I could make xx by myself”, well friends, that is instant lady wood for me.

My goal for this space is to be at the intersections of relatability, encouragement, and obtainability. What that basically means is that someone reading this site may not want to do everything I am doing, but at least they could look at it and think “hey, I could do that”.

Picture me as an annoying cheerleader in the corner getting ready to do the biggest cheer ever when you make the decision to ditch plastic water bottles, plant a tomato for the first time, or realize that roasting frozen vegetables means you can make a healthy meal for your family in half the time.

I’m telling you – that is chick boner time.

As my focal shift has gradually changed, there were loads of old posts in the archives that did not support that mission. Some were super outdated and could not be updated (like a whole post dedicated to announcing the winner of a Lara Bar giveaway) or were just taking up space.

So they are gone. And nobody will miss them because I’ve looked at the traffic analytics and nobody gave two shits about them in the last 12 months.

In their place is a more streamlined archive without the clutter. I also have four notebook pages full of old recipe post titles that need to be updated. I could publish five posts a week and still need two years to go through all the junk.

Most of the old posts don’t even have a printable recipe card because that was not a thing eight years ago. Many are missing critical components like um, measurements, cook time, and oven temperatures. Like I said, it’s been a learning experience. 🙂

And like dropping off five garbage bags of old clothes to a thrift store, I feel lighter and more nimble and even more pumped than normal to share easy actionable and delicious things around here.

So sack up friends, it’s go time.

I can’t imagine why this poster hadn’t been nabbed at this garage sale!

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

It was strawberry week this past week. Gah, I love early summer in Seattle! We’re focusing on drinks this coming week, so get pumped to get hydrated in multiple delicious ways.

Three-Ingredient Strawberry Freezer Jam – The freshest tasting jam you’ve ever had, Three-Ingredient Strawberry Freezer Jam is so simple to make. Just 20 minutes from start to finish and you’ll have homemade jam made by your very own two hands. Like a boss.

jars of strawberry jam with a bowl of fresh strawberries

Honey Simple Syrup – Learn how absolutely easy it is to make your own Honey Simple Syrup for mocktails, cocktails, iced teas, and lemonades. Once you try the amazing flavor of honey in your drinks, you’ll never go back to refined sugar syrups.

A small glass pitcher of honey simple syrup in front of a glass with strawberries, mint, and sparkling water

Creamy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream – The only thing better than local strawberry season is making Creamy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream! Fresh, bright, and full of flavor, this is the best strawberry ice cream you’ll ever make at home. No ice cream maker? No problem!

two bowls of homemade strawberry ice cream with mint and whole strawberries

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

  1. 10 Minute Instant Pot Bruschetta Chicken. This recipe was shared in a recipe roundup on Greatist last week and it drove the vast majority of the traffic to this post.
  2. Nana’s Onion and Cucumber Salad
  3. Three Ingredient Strawberry Freezer Jam
  4. The Cleaning Schedule of a Working Mom
  5. Air Fryer French Fries

We tried this pork tenderloin recipe last week and it was delicious! My pork was a little bit frozen so I had to cook it longer and ended up overcooking it. Even with the overcooking, it was still delicious.

Also, it is supposed to be (Seattle) hot this week so I’m focusing on cooling foods and grilling stuff.

With the hot weather, we have set up our Pasty Pale People Palace in the front yard. It will remain until September. It helps reduce the amount of sunscreen we have to torture the kids with apply.

Monday:: Homemade frozen pizza, grilled asparagus and salad (last day of school)

Tuesday:: Father’s day dinner out – we couldn’t make Sunday work for all the parties involved

Wednesday:: Sandwiches, salad, and sliced veggies.

Thursday:: Lettuce wraps, cold sesame noodles, and a bag of potstickers we have had in our freezer for six months. Yikes.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: Chicken kebabs, grilled asparagus, and peas from the garden

Sunday:: Family dinner

What We Bought This Week

Smith Brother’s Farms: $22.49

Costco:: $62.72 – Cotton Candy grapes are baaaaaaaack! Have you ever tried them? Holy smokes they are like currency in this house.

Fred Meyer:: $19.46

That Core drink was the Friday freebie at Fred Meyer. Do you have the Freddie’s app? Make sure you download their free item every Friday!

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7 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. That is legit amazing about no olive oil stain!!  Go Costco couch

  2. Pasty Pale People Palace…LOVE!!

  3. That poster *might* be Red Skelton. If so, someone will want it. If not, its just creepy AF. Either way, it’s a hard pass from me. 

    • Well, then they can have that nightmare-inducing “treasure”. 🙂 Did you see the clouds were clown faces?

      • What! No. I guess that’s my punishment for reading this on my phone vs computer. I missed the details! I bet someone would place it over their bed. Actually, my dad had a large Red Skelton painting and hung it across from his bed.  I guess he could see it better from there? It was weird. There was also a collection of clown plates hanging in the dining room. I don’t know why my mother allowed that.

      • You mean your REWARD for looking at it on your phone. No one needs to see that.

        Did you have issues with your digestion growing up? Clowns in the dining room?!