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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

You know what makes a Type A dork super steamed?

When the 2019 calendars aren’t out in stores yet. Makes me so mad! Last year, I finally found a planner that I love and am excited to “move into” one for 2019. But noooooooooo, stores only have June 2018-July 2019 calendars right now.

Listen, you don’t want people who love to organize walking around unable to plan. It’s like the office supply version of blue balls.

Not my house but I’m gaga for their trees. And those blue skies are a result of the driest fall I can ever remember.

Guess what? I was on another podcast this week, and honestly, it meant a lot to me. In summer 2017, I almost shut my blog down. I was super frustrated and felt like I had nothing to offer you all anymore. I was unmotivated and burned out.

And then I randomly found the Food Blogger Pro podcast and it lit a fire in me like I couldn’t have anticipated. Which led to discovering other blogging and business podcasts. I even joined Food Blogger Pro to find a supportive community of other bloggers. And in the end, it has brought me to where we are today.

For those of you who have been with me for a very long time, thank you. I gave you some real junk for a few years there, but you hung in there and I’m grateful.

So, getting to be on the podcast that helped shaped the direction of my professional life was pretty powerful and awesome. If you want to skip ahead, my portion starts at minute 31.

I’m going to write a children’s book called “That One Time a Pasty Banana Eating Weird Stomped on my Head”.

A few weeks ago we bought some new flannel sheets at Costco and I have to say it is the best $39 I have spent in years. Our old sheets were over 10 years old and it was time. They will live another life as prime fort building material.

We also have a set of micro-fleece sheets that are currently on sale at Costco and they’re amazing. We use them for the middle of winter and it is like sleeping on the inside of a Care Bear.

I love to have the room freezing cold when I go to bed and cozy sheets are the best thing ever.

No one tell my raspberry bushes that it is mid-October. Shhhhhhh.

We’re a week into our mini Whole30 and it is going really well. Super easy this time and I haven’t wanted to cut a bitch for a bowl of candy corn. I love sugar, and I mean, I want sugar, but there are zero actual cravings this time around.

We did order this from Amazon this week and it’s delicious and totally compliant. If you are dairy-free, vegan, paleo, or Whole30, this is an awesome creamer option for you!

My bestie Anne was in town for a meeting for like three hours this week. She didn’t have a window to meet up, but I made her let me drive her to the airport so we could at least see each other. For amazing friends, quality time at 65 mph and airport selfies are enough.

Jack had soccer on Saturday and over breakfast, he informed us he was going to score one goal for his grandma in heaven, and one goal for Chicken Knocks on a Door…Whaaaaa? And sure enough, he did! I’m sure my mom and our beloved and departed chicken are both pretty thrilled right now.

My awesome friend Kat helped me redesign my Thanksgiving Checklist For Type A People, and it is now pretty and downloadable. Download it now or pin it for later.

Comment/Review of the Week

This week’s five-star review comes from Katie at Hey Nutrition Lady who tried my Roasted Garlic and Asiago Cheese No Knead Bread. Pin it for later.

Ohhhhhhhhmg this is a good one! I’ve done the no-knead bread thing before, but adding roasted garlic and cheese? Yes please! This is definitely going into heavy rotation.

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Canning Pears {How to Can Pears} – An easy step by step tutorial for beginners on Canning Pears in an ultra-light syrup. This easy recipe is perfect for newbies and experienced canners alike. Home-canned goods are healthier and more delicious than storebought. Pin this recipe.

canned pears in a jar

Crispy Oven-Roasted Butternut Squash – Learn how to cook the best Oven-Roasted Butternut Squash you’ve ever eaten! This baked and healthy side dish is paleo, Whole30 compliant, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. And tasty AF. Pin this recipe.

Two bowls of oven-roasted butternut squash with chimichurri sauce on a white board

Whole30 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – These are the best homemade Whole30 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes ever! This easy recipe for delicious garlic mash is easy to make ahead of time. You’ll never even believe they are dairy-free! Pin this recipe.

a bowl of whole30 mashed potatoes with a fork, chives, and mini potatoes on a white board

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

  1. Whole30 Bruschetta Chicken
  2. Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites
  3. Pressure Cooker Beets
  4. How to Plant Garlic
  5. Healthy Sweet Tea Recipe

Meal Plan

Monday:: Chef’s salads and bread on the side for the boys.

Tuesday:: Cabbage Roll in a Bowl. We were supposed to make this last week but had so many leftovers that we skipped it. Bread on the side for the boys.

Wednesday:: Trying this Shakshuka recipe. Never made such a thing before but I’m all in. And I like that it is vegetarian!

Thursday:: Paleo Salmon Cakes with roasted veggies on the side. Pin this recipe.

Friday:: TBD, maybe movie night. Troy’s parents might take the boys overnight, but Troy’s grandma is having a rough go of it, so who knows.

Saturday:: TBD, maybe movie night. See above!

Sunday:: Family dinner

What We Bought This Week

Smith Brother’s: $15.48

Costco: $60.59. The ibuprofen and kleenex were not included in the total as they’re part of a different budget. The kleenex was for Jack’s classroom. Tell me if this is weird to you. Jack had a runny nose a few weeks ago so I sent him to class with kleenex and hand sanitizer. And his teacher made him put them away and said he was only allowed to use those that were supplied by the classroom.

Is that strange? I found it strange. Being a teacher’s kid, I know how much teachers spend of their own money on supplies for their classroom. So I found it wonky that when there was an opportunity for someone to provide their own stuff, his teacher was like “nope”. So, I just bought a 12 pack and donated it.

What are you having this week?

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13 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. I get the hand sanitizer.. if she is worried about that one sensory kid who wants to lick everything.. but the tissues… is she worried about jealousy between the kids having to use the sandpaper tissues? I agree… its an odd ruling…
    My daughters 8th grade Volleyball season is over.. I will miss part of it.. but am already excited that I can get back to better meal prep and shopping in my less chaotic time…

  2. Yeah, the Kleenex thing is weird. Especially if one has a SUPER bad cold, and one knows the classroom supply is usually the cheapest possible, rough store brand kleenex and will scrape up your nose and you want the super soft with lotion kind because your nose is red and raw. Or maybe that’s just my experience. 🙂 I’ve never heard a teacher make a deal about KLEENEX…crayons/glue/markers, I get…but Kleenex? Maybe she’ll change her tune during cold/flu season, you think she’d be happy your son isn’t getting up all the time to blow his nose and just able to stay at his desk. (Truth, when I was in 5th grade, I developed allergies so bad I have memories of bringing my own in because I was going through a box every other day or so. But that was back when we were tough and no one said we couldn’t bring in other brands of supplies. And we were poor so you can bet I had the cheapest stuff. To this day, I have a thing for super soft Kleenex and will get it no matter the cost, from those childhood scars.)

    AND…we have 2 butternut squash on the counter and its finally chilly in Indy, can’t wait to roast one this week! 🙂

    • Troy was the same way in school, especially when the classroom had a pet. Snot city!

      My friend had a similar experience growing up with never being able to afford Kleenex. To this day, she has boxes everywhere just because she can.

      Happy chilly weather! Oh man, how I love fall.

  3. Another awesome and hilarious post. (“Don’t be so hard on yourself,” the pot said to the kettle.) Congrats on the podcast. Well deserved. Will look for the episode this week.

  4. My nephew was at football in the rain today and scored a goal (for Daddy’s birthday) but did complain about feeling wet and squishy! I’m sure your mum and your chicken now have bragging rights in the afterlife! I have planned breakfasts (yoghurt, homemade granola and fruit) and lunches (sandwiches, veggies etc) but have not got around to dinner planning. Mostly vegetables this week, other than my first leek, the plot is producing chard and kale and salad leaves and there was the last of the carrots this week, which will be eaten and I’ll make pesto with the tops. And I still have tomatoes ripening. It’ll be freeform but I won’t starve.

    • Is it raining there? It’s been super dry here but the fields are still fairly damp from a heavy dew point.

      Are you able to overwinter carrots in your plot? I’ve done it a few times and have had mixed success.

      • We had glorious warm sunny weather last week, which broke on Sunday and then two very wet days. Today is apparently going to be sunny again. The weather is insane at the moment. I haven’t overwintered carrots, we’ve never grown enough that we needed too! I have garlic, chard, broad beans, leeks and kale overwintering this year (7 of our 16 beds) and we replanted some of our potatoes so we’ll have Christmas potatoes. Next year we’ going to have a go at parsnips which do overwinter!

  5. If you start donating to various wildlife funds, you’ll end up with a crap-ton of calendars in the fall. My parents do, and I think they’ve already sent me home with five. Like, I could put one in every room that we actually use in our house (including bathrooms)!

    • Oh my dad still gets tons of calendars from all the charities my mom supported. But this is a very specific planner that I use for blogging. The woman in the office supply section at Target told me yesterday it might be early November when they come in. Yay!

  6. So my kid is that perpetually snotty kid (allergies) and I always make it a point to send in extra Kleenex at the beginning of the year and periodically throughout the year. I’m certain that my kid consumes more than his fair share. I honestly don’t know what his teachers do with them but I’m assuming that they just put those boxes into rotation. Even then though, mid year, all the parents receive a solicitation for more Kleenex, Clorox wipes, and/or reams of paper. I don’t actually mind any of it.

    • Troy was that kid, and both of my kids are now those kids.

      I’m always fine to donate to the public masses of classroom supplies, but kleenex wasn’t on the list this year. Who knows!