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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

You guys. Girls. People. Who cares, e’verybody. I have to tell you about this new book that has changed my freaking life!

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have already seen the story where I was singing the praises of the book Raising Lions. And yes, I was sharing the story from my closet because it was Sunday afternoon and I was over everybody, but still. This book. All the hearts!

When it comes to parenting, I am a yeller by nature. I have zero chill. Nobody can give a lecture like me, and my former ROTC voice can be heard quite clearly about three streets over.

But none of it ever freaking worked. And I just kept yelling, lecturing, and the like. And we were all miserable.

I’ve read so many books. SO.MANY.BOOKS. Some of them made me roll my eyes. Others made me scratch my head. But none of them worked. Until this one.

It’s the book for anyone dealing with kids with behavioral needs, parents who need a new tactic, or someone who just needs permission to feel like they can be a parent. And unlike certain methods out there, this book makes clear that making macrame wall hangings while sharing all the feelings is not actually a punishment.

The author was the “bad” kid in his class; always in trouble. He had terrible ADHD and was diagnosed with various learning delays. He made it his life’s work to help kids and parents develop tools to make life better for everyone.

I don’t always get it right, and I don’t agree with 100% of his ideas, but man, the stuff I have tried is freaking working. And I’ve yelled maybe three times in the last 10 days. I pick my battles now and I’m barely sweating the small stuff. Baby steps, but I have retained a tiny bit of chill lately and I think we’re all pretty thrilled about that.

10 schools and this boy was the fastest 4th-grade boy. His feet match his mouth!

I’ve had a real “burn the patriarchy” hot piece of coal in my stomach for the last two weeks. When I get mad like this, I can give up, or I can educate myself and take action.

And then we had soccer this weekend and I got to see 12 little 9-year-old males all wearing bright pink socks for breast cancer awareness. None of them loved it, and most felt kind of strange about it.

Jack asked me what would happen if someone on the other team made fun of their pink socks. I told him you say “that only boys make fun of people for wearing different colors and that real men support cancer survivors”. And then I told him to steal their ball and score on their Neanderthal butts.

There is fear in raising the next generation. But there is hope too. And I’m leaning towards hope. And yesterday it was in the form of tweens in pink socks.

And no, Predator doesn’t play soccer. That weird blur is from cutting out one of Jack’s teammates. I don’t have permission to publish photos of other kiddos.

Monday morning I went to get our dear sweet chicken from the coop, and it was instantly obvious that her condition was untenable. I took her into the vet that morning and had her put down. She would have likely passed within 24-48 hours, but I couldn’t let that sweet little chicken suffer.

I sobbed like a baby the whole time and the vet even told the staff to waive the emergency fee for the visit. Sure, she was “just a chicken”, but we loved her and she was part of the family. Rest in peace Chicken Knocks on a Door…Whaaaaa? Cook. I know you’re roosting in heaven eating all the kale.

We got a surprise on Saturday with a teeny little wee egg in the nesting box. These girls are 4-5 years old so it’s not the little starter eggs that most young chickens lay at first. I turned to the experts on our Facebook page and learned they’re called “Fairy Eggs”. Sadly, it does not appear to be full of chocolate or sprinkles.

Thank you for all the sweet birthday messages this week. I had a pretty wild Friday and totally lived it up. I started the day by sleeping in until 6:30. Troy made me a delicious breakfast and then I picked the salvageable tomatoes and pulled the plants in the pouring rain.

All the tomatoes are destined for the final batch of (canned) tomatoes for 2018. Not sure if I’ll make tomato soup, tomato sauce, whole tomatoes, or diced. So many options.

I also yanked the green beans from our homemade trellises and planted garlic in that raised bed. Garlic is my favorite crop to plant every year. It takes about 15 minutes, and you basically ignore them for the next nine months. And judging by the usage of garlic in my recipe archives, I love me some garlic!

Clearly, I am setting the tone for a wild and crazy year!

Troy and I are doing a mini Whole30 over the next few weeks. A Whole15 maybe? Paleo-ish? Basically, Whole30 without the stick up our asses.

Are ass sticks compliant? Too many carbs?

Longtime blog readers know that I tend to do a sugar-free month about twice a year. I do it when I feel like I need a reset or to reign in my incredibly powerful sweet tooth.

But, those sugar fasts are always “just give up sugar“. I find that by following the Whole30 guidelines, even if it is just for a short amount of time, keeps me motivated to get a lot more veggies into my diet each day. And that is always a good thing!

If you’re interested in doing it along with us, drop a comment below! This post talks about our experience with the full Whole30 we did in May.

Comment/Review of the Week

This week’s review comes from Christine at Happy Veggie Kitchen who left a five-star review for Nana’s Cucumber and Onion Salad:

Super refreshing salad and I really appreciated the recipe going easy on the sugar! As an aside, I had no idea English cucumbers were the only ones sold in plastic. Here, we just call them cucumbers!

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Canning Pumpkin – How to Can Pumpkin – This step by step tutorial will teach you safely how to can pumpkin in a pressure cooker. Canned pumpkin cubes give you so many recipe options – pumpkin puree, pie filling, or pumpkin butter.

Jars of canned pumpkin with two mini pumpkins and a green striped cloth

How to Make Dried Apples {Step by Step} – Dried fruit is such a delicious and healthy snack! Learn how to make dried apples in a food dehydrator or in the oven. Making dried apples is a great project for kids to try!

A glass jar of dried apples with a yellow cloth and apples on a wooden board

Pressure Cooker Beets {Instant Pot Beets} – Make tender and nutritious pressure cooker beets in under 20 minutes. This recipe will teach you how to cook delicious Whole30 and paleo beets in the Instant Pot.

sliced pressure cooker beets on a plate with a fork and herbs

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

  1. Ridiculously Easy Paleo Salmon Cakes
  2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Garlic
  3. Whole30 Bruschetta Chicken
  4. The Ultimate Instant Pot Beef Stew
  5. Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites

Meal Plan

Monday:: Perfect roasted chicken, mashed potatoes (working on a new recipe), and salad. And then, of course, I’ll make chicken stock. Pin this recipe.

Tuesday:: Breakfast. It is a soccer night, the boys loved this last week and it’s so easy because everything is already made and in the fridge or freezer!  Bacon from the freezer (pin it), make ahead scrambled eggs (pin it), and whole wheat waffles (pin it) with blackberry pancake syrup on top (pin it). I’ll roast some sweet potatoes or something for Troy and me instead of the waffles.

Wednesday:: Basil Thai Chicken With Zoodles. But I am using ground turkey this time because it was on sale. The boys really like this dish and it’s stupidly easy. Pin this recipe.

Thursday:: Cabbage Roll in a Bowl (this is a great recipe!), with bread on the side for Jack and Bennett.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night. No popcorn for me. Whaaaaa.

Saturday:: Pot roast in the Instant Pot (which is on sale right now!). Nope, didn’t make it last week. Yep, still have the chuck roast from Butcher Box in the freezer.

Sunday:: Family dinner

What We Bought This Week

Smith Brother’s Farms: $29.49. They had eggnog early and I needed some for an upcoming holiday recipe (Instagram followers got a sneak peek at it).

Trader Joes: $27.56

Fred Meyer: $37.12

What are you having this week?

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12 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. Any chance those hash browns from trader Joe’s are organic? My daughter loves them but can’t find non gmo or organic any where

    • Not organic, but all TJ’s products are non-GMO from my understanding.

      Bennett barely will eat breakfast, but we found out he adores hashbrowns, so I’m trying to get something in him.

  2. My older daughter, now 18 (eek!), was a handful. She wasn’t a bad kid or malicious, but from day one she kept us on our toes; very curious and adventurous and without fear. I always say that, to my shame, I spent the first 5 years of her life yelling at her until I finally realized that was useless. The more I yelled, the more stoic she would be; she did not want anyone to see they had affected her.Once I reduced my yelling reaction and waited to talk to her when she would be receptive to listening (funny, lecturing someone when they’re in the middle of a meltdown doesn’t work :)), life got easier.

    • Yeah, I’m working on it and anticipate it will always be a work in progress. But when you’re at the end of your rope it is so easy to revert to old habits.

  3. Ass sticks sound pretty low carb. 😂😂😂 I’ve taken to praying every morning about the yelling. It’s been working but one morning, just as we were leaving I lost it. After we got in the car, I apologized and told him I failed him by yelling. Then the daily reading came on and it was the scripture about guarding your tongue. Talk about a smack upside the head.

    • Oh good!! Ha.

      Wow, that is a pretty in your face kind of message, huh? I’ve had a few like that and it’s always a bit of a “ah heck” kind of shock.

  4. Hi Sarah,

    I have a daughter with ADD. I’ll give you some hard earned advice. I learned very quickly not to yell too much.
    1. Give them as much responsibility as they can handle. It helps them feel in control of their lives.
    2. Routine. Routine. Routine. Strong parameters help them keep their control.
    3. Brief them on any new experience you’re about to spring on them and keep it short at first.
    4. Teach them to break activities into the different steps. The example I have used in the past is laundry: sort, wash, dry, fold, put away. This is because these children are highly intelligent and their minds run at super light speed. They need to become adept a figuring out what they missed and easily backtrack.
    5. Help them develop their analytical abilities by helping them understand themselves but also teach them what is and isn’t important. This might sound obvious but it really isn’t.
    6. Start at a very young age to disavow them of bad habits that might make them unlikable or absolutely drive you bonkers. My example is Mommy, Mommy, Mommy always in threes was my bonkersgate. I got her out of the habit by calling her name in threes. When it bothered her and she said stop, I told her that I would if she would…we came to an understanding. This takes time, patience and opportunity.
    7. Use the twenty year old rule: will this be important when they are twenty years old? Meltdowns don’t fall into this category but getting them out of harm’s way, and, amoral and unethical behaviour does. These are the only times you should YELL… make good use of your R.O.T.C voice.

    When people used to ask me about my daughter I would tell them that she drove me crazy but never ceased to amaze me.

    My daughter has turned into the most amazing person who is loved and cherished by her husband and children; her colleagues and always her mother.

    From reading your Scattered Sundays you have most of these down pat and are making headway on the yelling part. I love reading about your boys.
    Your a Great Mother.

  5. OMG, predator plays soccer…. I love your sense of humor 🙂

  6. My son wears pink socks for all his soccer games in the month of October…tournament included. He also had the bands on his braces changed to pink for October. He is honoring his great aunt to bravely and valiantly fought state 4 cancer for almost 14 years. Nothing wrong with boys rocking the pink!