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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

This last Thursday I was at Target. Alone. It was glorious. I had run in to simply get Jack a pair of pajamas, but it turned into something more.

Within seconds of walking in the store, I heard a toddler pitching a giant fit. I walked back to the clothes and could hear his fussing even back there. It was clearly a few minutes past nap time.

The mom was doing a great job remaining calm and trying to calm him down, but she was in over her head. I’m sure some shoppers were giving her the stink eye and thinking “why not just leave”.

Well, if you’ve ever tried to go shopping with kids, you know that you probably don’t want to be in the store any more than the other shoppers want to hear your kid whining. But maybe you need a certain item and it’s not your fault that Target only has two cashiers working for 500 shoppers. Bottom line, she was trying really hard to not lose her shit.

Inspired by a story my friend Mary told me, I ran to the Starbucks in this store. I ran back to the mom trying desperately to calm her exhausted kiddo and I handed her a $5 gift card. I told her to go get herself a drink and then I gave her a big hug and told her we’re all in this together and every parent had been in her situation.

I was not prepared for what happened next.

The mom and the woman behind her (no relation) both burst into tears. The woman behind her said “that’s right, it takes a village and I remember when my kids were young”. And the mom said ‘”thank you”, but couldn’t say anything else.

I’m planning to keep a few gift cards in my purse in the future just for this reason. Five dollars is not a lot of money to brighten someone’s otherwise shitty day. Try to think back to the time you were feeling crazy shitty about yourself and someone told you that you had great hair or they liked that color of shirt on you. Changed everything, right?

Life is freaking hard enough without other people judging you because you are having a bad day. I think we should start a movement called “Caffeine, not Contempt” or “Don’t be a Dick, Buy Them a Drip”.

Let’s be kind to one another. It is a lot easier than being a judgy douche.

Can I tell you a secret? I work super hard to produce three recipes and/or gardening posts every week. They’re all my little babies. But…Sunday posts are my favorite to write! I feel like we get to know each other on a different level during these weekly posts.

Want to know another secret? I love you punks. It’s true.

Soooooo, I am closing up my Etsy Shop – The Blind T-Rex.

I started it last spring for two reasons. I needed a distraction from everything that was going on with my mom, and I was ready to give up on my blog. Traffic was down, I was unmotivated, and overall I felt super blah about it.

So, rather than actually deal with either of those things, I threw myself into a new project. I needed to feel excited about something and the Etsy store was just what I needed.

But, now things are turned around completely for this here little blog and I no longer have any time to dedicate to the Etsy shop. In fact, I have had new bags completed for months that I never even felt motivated to photograph and put in the shop. So, that seems like a sign that it is time to throw in the towel.

To close everything up, I’m offering 20% off all the remaining inventory. Use coupon code coupon code “poopydoopy” (Bennett’s favorite saying) to get the discount. Orders over five bags will ship for free (the system will charge you for shipping but if you buy more than five I will manually refund the shipping after purchase).

Ok, so we are at an impasse with Bennett and his desired Halloween costume. I don’t know what to do about it.

He and Jack accidentally saw a preview for the new horror movie “The Nun”. Jack is terrified of it and Bennett thinks it is the funniest thing ever. And um, he wants to desperately wants to be an evil nun this Halloween.

On one hand, I think it is hilarious that a two-year-old boy wants to be a nun. On the other hand, is it kind of insulting to an entire religion? I’m not sure how portraying members of the church goes over.

Our current thought is to get him the nun costume and not add any face paint or anything. If he wants to act scary, fine. Thoughts from my Catholic peeps?

This week at Jack’s soccer practice I saw a mom in a super low beach chair. I thought to myself “I couldn’t get out of that thing”. And then the next day I increased the font on my blog. So, I think it is all downhill from here? Yes? Anyhoo, if you have crappy eyes like I do, I hope you like the larger font size. It makes it easier to read my site while watching Golden Girls and Lawrence Welk.

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Healthy Quiche With Hashbrown Crust – Mind-blowingly easy and tasty, Healthy Quiche With Hash Brown Crust is delicious for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Packed with veggies and dairy-free, this healthy quiche is also Whole30 compliant. Easily adaptable for a Vegetarian meal.

A slice of quiche with hash brown crust in a cast iron pan

Simple Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce – This healthy and Simple Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce is an easy alternative to storebought. So easy to make, this paleo and Whole30 compliant marinade will be the star of your next stir-fry.

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits From Scratch – These copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits From Scratch are a tasty addition to any dinner. An easy one-bowl recipe that beats boxed mix every time.

homemade red lobster cheddar bay biscuits in a basket with a blue linen

And while I didn’t republish it, I did a ton of updating on this Instant Pot Beef Stew post. More clarified directions, less jibber jabber, and better photos. It now looks like stew and not a turd in a punch bowl.

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

  1. Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites
  2. Canning Peaches – How to Can Peaches
  3. Crack Bread – Cheesy Garlic Bread
  4. How to Make Amazing Refrigerator Dilly Beans
  5. 10 Minute Instant Pot Roasted Garlic

Meal Plan

Monday:: Taco bowls. I’m cooking the huge pork butt that came with our Butcher Box order. I’ll freeze the rest for future meals.

Tuesday:: 10 Minute Instant Pot Tortilla Soup and salad. I had leftover vegetable juice from reshooting the Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe and the tortilla soup recipe will help take care of that.

Wednesday:: Chef salads and Cheddar Bay biscuits for the boys.

Thursday:: Troy’s amazing burgers, grilled veggies, and onion rings I found in the freezer.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: Hash brown crust quiche and fruit.

Sunday:: family dinner

What We Bought This Week

Fred Meyer: $44.27

Yogurt and those frozen dinner things were on clearance. Yogurts went into the freezer for lunchbox treats and the dinners are for Troy to take to work for emergency meals. Feeding my nephew breakfast is a stressful part of my day. Right now he wants cereal. I would feed him coal if that is what made him eat. That Forager yogurt was free! Jack really likes it because he eats very limited dairy after all his issues. It’s the most delicious non-dairy yogurt we have found.

Costco: $17.91 the food (toilet paper was part of a different budget)

Butcher Box – $129

No photo, but close your eyes and picture frozen meat. Imagination is fun!

What are you having this week?

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42 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. I showed my (gluten free) husband the quiche recipe and he said, “That looks good.  That looks REALLY good!”  Pinned!

    This week we are having…
    Today:  One-pot pasta with chicken, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and tons and tons of basil because my basil plant has gone crazy!
    Monday:  Ginger chicken with broccoli 
    Tuesday:  A dish I made up that I creatively call “Mexican chicken”.  And Spanish rice.
    Wednesday:  Gnocci with chicken and homemade tomato sauce (again, lots of basil)
    Thursday:  It’s Open House night at my school, so the kids and I won’t get home until 6:30.  I’ll be throwing a Sukhi’s chicken tikka masala in a pot to heat and making some rice.  Thank you, Costco.
    Friday:  I’m thinking tomato BASIL soup and baked potatoes.
    Saturday:  It’s my birthday and our neighbor-friends are having us over.  She is making her speciality, stuffed poblano peppers.  

    BTW, I’m so glad you didn’t throw in the towel on this blog!

    • You should make some pesto and freeze it! If your husband is GF, what brand of GF pasta do you all like best? I know my friend is always searching for the perfect GF pasta.

      Do you have access to a Trader Joes? They now have frozen cauliflower gnocchi that are GF. I hear amazing things.

      • We like Skinner gluten free pasta.  It tastes pretty much like regular white pasta.  My grocery store sells Racconto gluten free gnocchi that is very good.  We don’t live super near a Trader Joe’s but there is one right next to an Indian restaurant we go to a couple of times a year and we usually stop into TJ’s after dinner to get some dark chocolate caramels!  Next time we’ll have to check out the gnocchi!

      • Oh, those caramels are sinful! Since you like dark chocolate, be on the lookout for their chocolate covered Jojos at Christmas. Goodness, they are amazing!

  2. As a Catholic, I think it’d be hilarious to see him as a little scary nun (take all my candy). I love that idea because sometimes you want to help but you don’t want to look like a crazy person trying to comfort the kid or potentially make it worse.

    • I’ll send him to your house!!

      The idea was all my friend’s but it does make so much sense and it’s definitely an easy way to say “I see you’re struggling and I want to help”.

  3. In the past year, I’ve fractured a toe and an ankle in 2 separate events.  I also really appreciate the larger font.  On an unrelated note, I turned 40 this year.  ???? 

  4. I effing love Golden Girls and Scattered Sundays. There were talks of a reboot for the show and I will NOT watch such blasphemy. Hope Bennett get a delightful non-blasphemous costume for Halloween (I hate Halloween). Sorry forgot this was Scattered Sundays not Confessions again, the nun-pun potential).

  5. I’m a born and bred Catholic and I think it would be hilarious to see a two year old nun!  Any bad points you might get are erased by your amazing kindness to that mom in Target.  Made me cry and I will also steal your idea to keep gift cards in my purse.  You’re freaking amazing Sarah!!

    • My friend/neighbor is Catholic too and didn’t have an issue with it either. So…I ordered the costume!

      Steal away. I stole it from my friend Mary! Slowly but surely we will help spread goodness around this world.

  6. I love all your posts, but these are my favorite. Sometimes I get tired of readying recipes I know I’m too lazy to ever make, but I love hearing about your random life stuff!

    We have had 3 family meetings so far. I’m not awesome at getting all the meals cooked that we planned, but I am getting better. I still don’t get much help from the other humans who eat at my house, but I’m trying to get over that. This week I am retrying the cowboy chili recipe because I somehow read 2 teaspoons of salt as 2 tablespoons. I love salt but even I couldn’t eat it. The meat, however, was the perfect tenderness…
    Also on the menu are pb&j rice cakes (made with sushi rice, not dry rice cakes), fish and veggies (Jared’s weekly request), and possibly some kind of soup. Its starting to feel like Fall and I love it!

    • Haha, I love your honesty Tina! Also? There are a few canning posts coming up so look away.

      It sounds like your progress is moving the needle in the right direction. Baby steps Tina, baby steps. 2 tbsp of salt? Oh my, we’ve all been there before but that sucks you couldn’t eat it.

      I saw your rice cakes on IG! They looked yummy.

  7. How can one post run the gamut from making me cry, to then making me snicker and laugh at the image in my head of Bennett being a nun? I don’t know, but mad props to you and them writing skills, yo! As a Catholic, I’d say just get him the nun outfit. But, I’m not your normal, average Catholic. Also, what with all of the news going on in the US with children’s orphanages run by Catholics and the abuse suffered by many by both priests and nuns, I don’t necessarily know if you want to run with it. Just saying. And bless you for doing that for that poor mama. It was just what she needed!

    • We ordered it and it will be here next Tuesday. B is so very excited!

      The news stories are so sad to read and hear about. Religion on a whole can do so much good but bad actors have brought a lot of pain to a lot of people around the world. We could all benefit from bringing the human kindness access back into our faith.

  8. What you did for that mom is the most loving and kind thing I’ve seen in a long, long time. Thank you for being such a good force in this world. I guarantee that mom will remember you fondly for the rest of her days. Think of how much better the world would be if we all started practicing random acts of kindness.

    And I agree with your plan to get Bennett a nun costume and let him do his thing on Halloween. I was raised in the Catholic Church, and I am not the least bit offended.

    • My friend was the first one to do it, and I just stole the idea. Hopefully, this platform will help me share enough so that others will steal the idea too. We can all spread love and kindness in this world in our own little ways.

      The costume will be here next Tuesday! He’s thrilled.

  9. Hahaha @ Bennet’s possible costume. I grew up Catholic but honestly isn’t it pretty much anything goes on Halloween? Maybe I’m a bit too irreverent but that’s how I’ve always thought of it. My 6 year old wants to be bread and we are gonna try to make him into a giant slice of it which we think will be hilarious. When those Luvo pouch things are on sale, I like the chicken chili verde with polenta, so yum. Takes a long time to cook in the microwave but your whole kitchen smells amazing after 🙂 I know you were joking but I actually used to really enjoy Golden Girls, haha. My Gram and I watched it together a lot one summer while she was living with us and I was pregnant with my oldest. She passed away last August and even though I don’t have cable there have been opportunities for me to watch it and I just can’t yet. It still holds a special place in my heart though. Is that buffalo mozzarella? What dish do you use that in?
    Congrats on getting your blog in such a good place that you can close up your Etsy shop. And kudos for the whole gift card thing, so wonderful of you. I agree, let’s pay it forward and share the results to inspire others! 

    • Bread? That is too funny! Are you going as butter?

      I never even knew that Luvo was a brand until I saw the sale. Our grocery store has these “who-hoo great deal!” stickers they put on things that are marked down. You know when you see that sticker the item will be at least 50% off and they definitely catch my eye.

      And I am NOT joking; I LOVE the Golden Girls! Now that Law and Order isn’t on at 5 am anymore (screw you TNT), I have been watching the Golden Girls while I get ready.

  10. I’m still pushing for everyone to carry mom chocolate. A stash of individually wrapped good chocolate to hand out to any mom having a rough time.