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.
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.
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
- Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites
- Canning Peaches – How to Can Peaches
- Crack Bread – Cheesy Garlic Bread
- How to Make Amazing Refrigerator Dilly Beans
- 10 Minute Instant Pot Roasted Garlic
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.
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)
No photo, but close your eyes and picture frozen meat. Imagination is fun!
What are you having this week?
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