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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

Picture it (said in my best Sophia from The Golden Girls voice): the year is 2018. The setting is my bedroom at midnight. I had just gotten up to pee for the fifth time that night, and as I round the corner to go into our bathroom Troy appears from a dark corner of our bedroom wearing a stethoscope yelling that I scared him.

Yes, crazy man in your boxers at midnight standing in the corner. It is I who scared you.

It turns out he heard a noise in the wall or something and used his stethoscope to see if he could hear if it was a critter. Something is wrong with that man. Wrong I tell you!

We are almost one week into summer break and I’m still trying to find a good balance of work and kids. Bennett decided that waking up at 5:15 is now what cool kids do. I count on the quiet time between 4:30 am and 6 to get blog crap done. Little punk is effing with my workflow.

Each summer for the past three years our summer plans were dictated by and around my mom’s health. As long-time readers know, one or both of my parents would have a major health trauma at some point in August. It has been like that for over nine years.

With her passing last August (of course. August), I am working hard to try to give the boys a semi-normal (read as: drama and medical-stress free) summer. We’ve never been in the position of doing pretty much what we want and when we want to.

The free library programs are getting a workout, as are free splash parks (cost involved: parking and the inevitable ice cream afterward), and the $1 kid movies at our local theater. I took the boys on Tuesday to see a rerun of Storks as a test to see how Bennett would do at a movie.

He did AMAZING! Probably better than me. He consumed more popcorn (half-priced on Tuesdays!) than Jack and I combined and was so good and sat still the whole time. It will become a pretty inexpensive weekly tradition for us I believe. And even after he starts his little preschool summer camp next week, Jack and I can still go and do something one-on-one.

We hit up a splash park on Wednesday during an 80+ degree day. They have a little slide there and Bennett was trying to go down it but kept getting displaced by older kids. It warmed my heart to overhear Jack dressing down another kid about his age over cutting in front of B. “Dude, that’s my little brother, stop cutting. He’s only two; let him go”.

I should remind him of that the next time he is slamming the door in Bennett’s face to keep him out of his room.

No need to adjust your screens. My kids are indeed translucent

Jack is saying “literally” every other sentence right now and he is literally using it wrong. I want to scream. Literally.

I started The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt this week. I decided I need a comedy in my life and this show is cracking me up.

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

This was a packed week of posting! Say that three times fast. I published my normal two recipes, a recipe roundup, and a bonus Saturday recipe that focuses on the most delicious way to make your pee stinky.

Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe – A refreshing mix of lime and mint, this Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe will be your new drink of summer. There is so much flavor and real food ingredients in this drink that you won’t even miss the booze. Right? Maybe? 

Glass filled with a virgin mojito with lime and mint

Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe (this post got a much-needed facelift and was republished) – A robustly flavored Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe that uses honey instead of buckets of refined sugar. One secret ingredient produces an amazing tea taste without the bitterness.

Glasses of iced tea with lemon and mint on a wooden board

Mocktails For Kids and Grown Ups – A collection of the most delectable recipes available for Mocktails for Kids and Grown Ups! Recipes and drinks so delicious that you won’t even miss the alcohol! From fruity to blended drinks, there is something here for anyone.

Collage of mocktails

How to Roast Asparagus – Three Ways – Learn how easy it is to make perfectly roasted asparagus each and every time. How to Roast Asparagus – Three Ways will teach you all the tips for perfect spears. From cast iron in the oven to sheet pans and toaster ovens, there is a method here that will work for you!

A plate of roasted asparagus on a tray with a fork and seasoning

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

  1. Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe
  2. The Cleaning Schedule of a Working Mom
  3. Classic Virgin Mojito Recipe
  4. Creamy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
  5. Air Fryer French Fries

Meal Plan

Monday:: Cabbage chicken thing with peanut sauce. I made peanut sauce last week for lettuce wraps and we a lot of leftover sauce.

Tuesday:: Basil Thai Chicken With Zoodles

Wednesday:: Pork chops, Air Fryer French Fries, and salad. We got some boneless pork chops in our Butcher Box order and the Sustainable Cooks Facebook community really came through with some pork chop suggestions.

Thursday:: Roasted Chicken, salad, and grilled veggies

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night

Saturday:: Father’s Day with Troy’s dad and his grandma’s birthday.

Sunday:: Family dinner

What We Bought This Week

Costco: $89.33

Farmer’s market: $32

Fred Meyer: $39.21 (no picture. Not sure what happened)

Trader Joes: $$39.04

What are you having this week?

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11 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. The story about your husband almost made me pee my pants, too funny,

  2. ELF! to get three cool points (from email)

  3. Library summer program for the win!  That’s how I met my first boyfriend – I was volunteering, he was doing mandated community service.  Just what my mom was hoping for?

  4. My Jack is also saying “literally” literally every 10th word… only he says “literately”. Hey dude, ITS LITER-uh-lee, not Liter-ate-lee, literately means you can read and write and you can’t so STOP SAYING IT!

  5. We have a good month until we break up for the summer, do you go back in August or have extra long holidays and go back in September like we do? The waking up early might just be the summer mornings but so frustrating for you!

    • Most of the western part of Washington gets out in mid-June and goes back after Labor Day (the first Monday in September). The Eastern part of Washington which is super dry and much more agricultural usually ends in mid-May and goes back in August. Based more on old-school farm schedules.

  6. TODDLERS. Why u no sleep with mama needs to work?