Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan
Who here has spent some time in the last week hand feeding and also rubbing pink eye medicine on a chicken?
Our poor sweet chicken who has been isolated from the rest of the flock for months now seems to be circling the drain. She can barely open her eyes and the area around them are all dry and look painful. It’s hard to diagnose a chicken (they’re notoriously tight-beaked about explaining symptoms), so we’re grasping at straws right now.
She is our favorite chicken and has convinced us she was on the way out before. But this time I do believe we’re going to lose this sweet mother clucker very soon.
While I was doing a little bit of clean up on a few old posts, I realized I was missing two very important categories in my recipe archives. And so, I have added 20-Minute Dinners and One-Pot Meals into the mix. I hope it gives you some inspiration for speedy meals and some that require minimal dishes.
I’ve debated whether or not to talk about this, but after something weighs on your heart long enough, you realize that the only choice is to say it. And please read what I’m about to say without the lens of politics.
Certainly, I know many of us were watching the supreme court hearings this week. And I’m definitely not the only one who has felt sadness and distress over the whole proceedings in the wake of the Me Too movement.
Back when I was in second grade I walked into my mom’s classroom at the end of the day sure I was in trouble. I went to the same school where my mom taught so news traveled fast if you had done something wrong in class. When it seemed like she hadn’t heard yet, I decided to be the one to tell her; to get my version of events to her first.
I told her I had kicked a boy in the balls at recess and was caught by the playground lady. She was surprised because I was terrified of being in trouble (try going to same school where your mom teaches and your dad is a juvenile detention counselor and tell me YOU wouldn’t be scared of being in trouble) and usually didn’t do things like that.
I explained a boy in class had been trying to touch all the girls during recess. Touch them in a way that made me super uncomfortable. And when he got close to me, I nailed him right in the nards.
She was silent for a minute and said “you did the right thing. You’re not in trouble. Thank you for telling me and I will handle it”. And handle it she did.
My amazing memory is pretty legendary in our family. Troy hates it because he can’t remember what he had for breakfast that morning and being married to someone who can remember HIS grandma’s old mailing address, can be a bit um, annoying. But I’ll be damned if I remember that kid’s name. And he was in my class for a whole year. I remember his desk was always pushed over to the side because he was super disruptive. And I remembered he was the stinky kid in class.
Knowing what we know now about kids who get in trouble a lot, have poor hygiene, and seem to be making very adult choices at a young age, I fear for what his home life was like. But I also fear for the other little girls who went home that night and didn’t have a mom to take charge of the situation. And for those little girls who weren’t even believed when they told their parents, my heart breaks.
This last year has brought a lot of reckoning for a lot of bad people, but for every Harvey Weinstein, there are thousands of victims who remain silent due to fear of shame, being called liars, or who still have memories hidden so deep inside their brains that they aren’t yet ready to remember.
Many of those people are my friends, people I love dearly and without question believe when they confide things to me. I believe you. I trust you. I am sorry, and I love you.
My point with all of this is not to drag out politics again. We’ve had enough of that this week. It is to remind people to be a fucking human being.
As a parent, the last year has deeply shaped how I am raising my boys. Kids don’t listen and they adore pushing the envelope. Jack especially will look directly at you when you say to stop something, and he will do it one more time and waits for your reaction. He wants to test the limits each and every time without fail.
Especially this week, I have started a new tactic. There are immediate consequences when these children of mine don’t listen the first time. They are small and appropriate to the actions, but the message being sent loud and clear to both of them is when I say stop you stop. And I follow it up with “no means no gentlemen. Every time”.
As they grow up, there will be very uncomfortable conversations (for both of us) on what it means to be a partner to another person. On what it means to be responsible for your actions and to keep a close eye on those of your friends. What it means to respect someone without question.
Parents, please, believe your children. And believe in them enough to talk to them about boundaries and consequences. And love them enough to emulate how to treat others with kindness and dignity.
Be a human. Raise compassionate humans.
I don’t have a gracious way to segue this post into our weekly housekeeping. So, away we go.
Comment/Review of the Week
This week’s comment of the week comes from Rebecca who left a five-star review on one of my favorite recipes – Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies.
It was so good! I forgot about the pesto (oops) and used Italian dressing with fresh grated Parmesan.
I made one tray with sausage and another without for a vegetarian who plays joins our game night. ‘‘Twas a big hit with brown bread and butter. Carbs on carbs on veggies.
Delicious is an understatement and I am jealously guarding the leftovers for lunch at work. Will definitely repeat!!
On Sustainable Cooks This Week
Canning Applesauce – How to Can Applesauce Step by Step – A step by step guide on canning applesauce with no sugar. This easy to follow guide teaches you how to can applesauce in a water bath canner.
Paleo Salmon Cakes – These healthy and freezer-friendly Paleo Salmon Cakes are outrageously tasty! Using canned wild salmon, this recipe is a speedy paleo, Whole30 compliant, or gluten-free dinner.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic – This easy side dish of Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic is so delicious and healthy. Made crispy and caramelized in the oven or air fryer, these roasted brussels are Whole30, paleo, keto, and vegan.
The Five Most Popular Posts This Week
- Crockpot Baked Potato Soup (Instant Pot instructions are included too)
- Grandma Dorothy’s Soft Pumpkin Cookies
- The Ultimate Instant Pot Beef Stew (slow cooker and stove top instructions are included too)
- Whole30 Bruschetta Chicken Recipe (slow cooker and oven baking instructions are included too)
- Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites (oven baking instructions are included too)
Tuesday:: Instant Pot Pot roast (with lots of potatoes and carrots) and salad. I got a chuck roast in our Butcher Box order from last month. Anyone have a good IP pot roast recipe they could recommend? I have made it in the crockpot a ton, but never the IP. We’ll be having some home canned peaches on the side (pin it).
Thursday:: Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies. Nope, we didn’t have this last week because the fridge was stuffed with leftovers! Click here to pin the recipe.
Friday:: Out for my birthday. I ain’t cooking. Eff that noise.
Saturday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.
Sunday:: Family dinner (my sister is hosting!)
What We Bought This Week
We cannot find a single receipt from this week! Numbers below are best guesses.
Fred Meyer: $42
What are you having this week?
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