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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

So, is there a certain age when you realize that you can no longer spin around in circles for fun anymore? Like what is that tipping point?

Bennett is obsessed with being spun around these days and after like three rotations I feel like I’m going to puke and faint. Is this what the threshold of 37 looks like? Do they pull you aside, hand you a moisturizing eye cream, tell you not to jump on trampolines anymore, and oh by the way you pretty much have old person vertigo now?


A few weeks ago I recommended this episode of How I Built This to our Sustainable Cooks Facebook community. I love this podcast so much (other podcast recommendations in this post) and something about this episode really touched my heart. If you or someone you know has learning difficulties or other challenges in life, this interview with the founder of Rx Bars (a solid D student with ADHD) is exactly what you need to hear.

Looking for a great make-ahead and freezer breakfast or lunch? My friend Katie is making me rethink all my bacon love with these crazy tempting black bean and quinoa freezer burritos!

We officially closed up shop on summer this week and I’m thrilled! The boys and I spent two hours doing yard work – mowing, pulling the cucumbers, planting a few more rows of fall seeds (spinach, carrots, greens, and beets. Potentially too late, but we’ll see), and taking down the canopy that lives right off our front porch from late June until August.

This trashy looking popup tent is what we refer to as the Pale People Play Palace. We have toys, a (free) water table, and a chair that we keep under there in permanent shade. The kids can play without sunscreen on and I only collect about 4 oz of boob sweat in my bra. It’s tacky but it keeps these little pasty people safe in the heat of summer.

While I was doing the yard work, the boys were walking around our street offering cucumbers and tomatoes to the neighbors. I had too many tomatoes and absolutely zero desire to can them. So giving them away to people who would appreciate them seemed like a way better idea than staying up until midnight.

Does this body make my head look big? #toddlers

We officially stopped being the world’s worst parent’s this week and finally made it a priority to teach Jack to ride a bike. Well, I decided it was finally time and made Troy do it. Because I have no patience.

Our town is all steep hills and Jack doesn’t do well when he isn’t instantly good at something. So our desire to deal with that drama has been zero until now.

And wouldn’t you know it; he picked it up within about five minutes. Punk.

Not an optical illusion. Those are the actual size of my husband’s calves.

The boys and I went to visit Troy’s 93-year-old grandma. She is um, blunt and direct but hilarious. Right after this photo was taken she told Jack and Bennett she was sad she wouldn’t get to see them grow up because she was old. But that they should keep her money and use it for college.

They were like “…thanks”? And then Bennett went back to playing with her cat’s toys. Hygienic!

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites – Learn how easy it is to make this awesome copycat Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites recipe in the Instant Pot. This recipe also teaches you how to make these Whole30 and paleo bites in the oven.

Three s ous vide egg bites on a plate with a dish of chimichurri

Crack Bread – Cheesy Garlic Bread – Transform a baguette into Crack Bread, the best homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread you’ve ever tried. This easy recipe lets you make delicious and affordable cheesy bread from scratch.

cheesy garlic bread with herbs and marinara sauce on a grey board

Garden Fresh Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce – This fresh, homemade Garden Fresh Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce is a delicious meatless sauce made from scratch. This Whole30/Paleo recipe creates magic from fresh tomatoes and herbs.

a bowl of crockpot spaghetti sauce with tomatoes and herbs

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

  1. Canning Peaches – How to Can Peaches
  2. Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites
  3. Confessions
  4. Healthy Orange Chicken
  5. Whole30 Bruschetta Chicken

Meal Plan

Monday:: A new recipe I am trying out.

Tuesday:: One Pan Teriyaki Chicken Dinner with rice.

Wednesday:: Homemade frozen pizza and salad to celebrate the first day of school.

Thursday:: Another recipe I’m working on, with green beans on the side.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: TBD

Sunday:: Family dinner

What We Bought This Week

Smith Brother’s Farms: $15.48

Trader Joes: $21.94

Costco: $29.97

What are you having this week?

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10 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. LOL. Grandma is a legend! And seriously with the tomatoes… Air mail me some. It’ll work out great.

  2. Have you done or would you consider a post about your chicken coop? I live on a very tiny city lot and have a tiny coop with 4 girls and would love to hear any tips or tricks you have.

  3. So nice of you to share your end of year produce! A small town close by me (WV) has several small to mid- sized farms, and the town made today official “Gleaning Day”. Produce was left in the fields for anyone to come by and glean all they wanted.

    • A few farms around here do that too. It’s so awesome!

      Our church grows a community garden for our local food bank and they donate over a ton of produce every year. I love how fresh food connects people together.

  4. It’s not bad parenting to wait until they (and you) are ready to tackle a new challenge. Jared’s… we will say enthusiastic, about bikes, but Emma wasn’t ready until she was 7 or 8. But once she WAS ready, it took a day for her to figure it out.
    I like Troy’s grandma!
    And also, can I be your neighbor?

  5. Have you tried swinging in a swing set as an adult? Barf! It’s so sad. Also has Troy ever considered getting a Facebook page or Instagram account for his calves? I only ask because my friend’s calves has one ????

    • I don’t think I have! It sounds terrible. I remember spinning on the bars at recess for 10 minutes straight and I’d be fine.

      Oh my goodness what a hilarious idea. What name should I give the account??