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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan


If I ask you to give me an example of an oxymoron, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

I’ll wait.


Was it jumbo shrimp?

It was totally jumbo shrimp, wasn’t it? #nailedit.

This week we met up in Seattle with my mom’s best friend since fifth grade. She and her husband were in town for her 50th high school reunion and we were lucky enough to get a chance to see Auntie Lulu (real name Sarah Louise. Yep, Sarah) and her husband John.

From lunch, the four Cooks hit up the Pacific Science Center for dinosaurs and other nerd stuff.

The air quality from wildfire smoke combined with the heat made for a thick and muggy kind of day. Bennett decided the only solution was ice cream which we bought at Cupcake Royale. The staff there was so sweet and gave us extra napkins and a cup for Bennett’s cone. They know kids and ice cream.

When you have officially run out of ideas on how to keep kids busy inside during crap air quality days. Stacking cube here (but cheaper at Target).

I know about talk about these shoes a lot but I’m 100% addicted and fully believe everyone needs a pair. I wore them for 20k steps in the city and my feet were comfy and happy. You won’t find a cuter and more comfortable casual slip-on flat my friends.

How to know it has been too hot for too long in Seattle.

It was so hot at the start of the week that I made multiple batches of Watermelon Popsicles. Our little neighbor/Bennett’s bestie is obsessed with these.

This week I recorded my third interview on a blogging podcast. I’m excited to share it when it is out! Until then, I’ll leave you this photo of the contortion that was required due to weird Skype audio. I spent 50 minutes snuggled up to my laptop on our bed. Totally worth it.

Least flattering photo ever, I know. I had taken a long walk right before = sweaty AF

Ohhhhhh, my friends, I have a new podcast recommendation for you! Months ago I told you all about the love I had for the Slow Burn season one podcast about Watergate. Season two is all about the impeachment of Clinton. Both have been fascinating and are really well investigated.

I wasn’t alive during the Nixon ordeal, and only remember some of parts of the Clinton proceedings so I’m learning a ton. If you’re a giant history dork, I highly recommend both seasons.

Senator McCain passed away yesterday. I didn’t always agree with him but I respect the hell out of him for always doing what he felt was right and honorable. He lived life based on principle and love for his country and a higher calling.

I got the news about his passing when I was at the baby shower for a friend’s son. She passed away last fall after fighting the same cancer that Senator McCain had. It was fairly surreal to see this cancer come full circle in our lives and the lives of others.

Hug those you love and take an extra moment to remind them how much you love them.

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Easy Spicy Coleslaw Without Mayo – A simple recipe for Easy Spicy Coleslaw Without Mayo that not only tastes delicious but is healthy too. The zesty homemade dressing has no mayo and uses creamy Greek yogurt.

A blue bowl full of homemade easy coleslaw

Your Favorite Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffin Recipe – You’ll never believe that these amazing homemade Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins are made with 100% whole grains. Flavored with lemon zest, these blueberry muffins are an easy and healthy make-ahead recipe the whole family will love.

Three whole wheat blueberry muffins on a wooden board with a lemon and a bowl of blueberries

Confessions – This post needs no introduction!

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

I had to share this with you all because it was too good. Part of looking at stats also means you get to see what search queries bring people to your website.

Well, this week not only did someone search for “how to make fake poop with peanut butter and chocolate“, but Google was like “I have just the site for you”.

I cannot tell you how much that made my whole night when I saw it.

  1. Homemade Vicks Shower Soothers – this post is one that still makes me cringe (desperately needs to be updated) but given that it has been pinned over 2 million times (TWO MILLION), chances are it brought some of you to me at some point. And for that I am grateful.
  2. 10 Minute Instant Pot Tortilla Soup With Rice
  3. Canning Peaches – How to Can Peaches
  4. Amazing Refrigerator Dilly Beans
  5. 10 Minute Instant Pot Roasted Garlic

Meal Plan

Monday:: A quiche recipe I’m working on. And a big ol’ salad. Snore on the salad. At least there will be tomatoes.

Tuesday:: Chef salads and biscuits (not cookies, but bread). Busy night with soccer and preschool orientation going on at the same time.

Wednesday:: Spaghetti, salad, and grilled zucchini.

Thursday:: Troy’s burgers, sweet potato fries, and green beans.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: Out. I’m not cooking. Eff that noise.

Sunday:: Family dinner.

What We Bought This Week

Costco: $67.92

What are you having this week?

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11 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. Totally thought of jumbo shrimp.

    Indoor activities
    – use painters tape to create a web of “lazers” in your hallway. Place a treasure on one side and set the boys loose from the other. Tell them they are secret spies.
    -use food coloring to make colored ice cubes and let the kids paid t with them as they melt
    -hit up a thrift store for a ton of buttons. The kids can sort them, collage them, glue them to stuff, string them on pipe cleaners, etc.

    Week 1 of the family meeting/meal plan didn’t work out super well (the recipes were too difficult), but we are trying again this week. The plan is:
    Southwest Cowboy Chilli (Nom Nom Paleo)
    Beet and Chicken Two Bite Pies (Feed Zone Portables)
    Turkey burgers with Sriracha cauliflower bites (Thug Kitchen for the cauliflower).
    Fish and veggies

    P.s. when are you publishing a cookbook?

    • Fun ideas, thanks Tina! When we were little my mom would give my sister and I each a bar of cheap soap and a table knife and we would spend hours carving them. It was so fun!!

      Hey, the important thing is you’re still trying! I like the list for this week.

      And the answer to your last question, “who the hell knows”.

  2. I freaking love Cupcake Royale and go a couple times whenever I’m in Seattle. And I bought your shoes! I quit my job and am going to grad school for teaching. I’m going to be in my feet all day everyday for student teaching and am too old for uncomfortable shoes.

    • I had never been before and I don’t think I got a lick of Bennett’s cone. So I technically have still never tried it!

      I hope you looooove the shoes. My sister who teaches high school has them in four different colors.

  3. Great post! I too though McCain was a great man. He stood up for what he honestly believed in and would go against party lines if necessary. I’m sorry for the loss.

    Side note, I’m making quiche as well this week because I found an egg stash my little hussies were hiding. I thought egg production had gone down because we are starting to molt. Nope someone is broody…

    • He a lot of virtue and valor for sure Jillian.

      Oh, I hate when they hide their eggs! Such punks. My two broody hens are done with all that but I’m hardly getting any eggs. I should search for a secret stash, but I honestly think I have an egg eater on my hands.

  4. Wattayaknow? I actually planned a little bit: Sunday: BBQ chicken with (microwave started) and BBQ (finished) baked potatoes along with coleslaw with jicama and pecans. Monday: Left over BBQ chicken with mashed garnet yams (smoked paprika, cayenne, etc, – a little zippy) and cucumber/avocado salad. Tuesday: Sweet and Spicy Sticky Chicken Thighs with rice and sauteed red bell peppers and onions.Wednesday: Turkey burgers and green salad. There will also be some sort of fruit salad all week with whatever watermelon, berry, nectarine, kiwi, etc combination is available. Thursday is a night out with the girls. I am either bringing an Asian (!) guacamole with gluten free sesame crackers OR a nectarine and roasted beet salad with goat cheese and pistachios. My friends know that if it’s unusual, I brought it, but there have been a few real winners in the past.

  5. We are eating leftovers and cleaning out the fridge. Leaving Thursday for DISNEY 🙂

    • BTW – congrats on 2 millions pins. That’s a lot of pins!! Can’t rememver if that’s how I found you but I’m still glad I did!

    • Have a great trip Jan!

      And thanks on the pin congrats. I didn’t really do anything to make that happen. It was a right place right time situation back when Pinterest was young and everything took off fairly easily.