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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

So every night before bed, I put my clean clothes for the next day on our bathroom counter. Our counter is pretty small, but I refuse to put it on the floor, because spiders.

Anyhoo, the other night I was peeing (on the toilet. If you were wondering) and I happened to glance at the tag of my underwear that was sitting right there on the counter. It very clearly said “do not dry clean”.

Um, who is dry cleaning underwear? Is this such a common practice that it needs to specifically be mentioned that it is not ok for a particular pair of underwear? Was I supposed to be dry cleaning my underwear this whole damn time???

I have a firm “no Christmas/Hanukkah discussion until after Thanksgiving” rule. I don’t shop until then because I am lazy I just hate how we rush into each new thing/season without actually enjoying the one we are in.

But, if you are a total “It’s now November. Game on” kind of person, I’m not mad atcha! I get planners. You’re my people. Anyhoo, if you’re now getting a jumpstart on your holiday planning, I wanted to remind you that I have a bunch of different gift guides and homemade holiday gift ideas in the archives of this here blog.

And now that we’re talking about making gifts (and you’re like NO, you’re talking about it. We’re just waiting for you to make a that’s what she said joke) I am happy (excited?) to let you know that I updated my Homemade Peppermint Extract post to include some adorable AF printable labels. They’re totally free and you can download for your own printing pleasure. It’s super easy and not hard at all.

THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID

Jack and my nephew are open enrolled at their school, which means we’re responsible for all transportation to and from school. Our school has a very small parking lot, so the drop off line and pickup situation is always a bit bananas.

People are DUMB so a “how to not be an idiot” note was sent home a few weeks ago with all the kids. One of the biggest rule was to not be on your phone in line. Preach.

But, this week I was waiting for a newbie drop off parent (it’s not stop and chat people. It’s tuck and roll like you’re storming a freaking beach) in front of me to GTF out of the way. My boys had already parachuted out of the car in 2.5 seconds and my windows were still down as I was saying goodbye.

And then it happened.

My car somehow switched on the bluetooth from my phone and randomly started playing a podcast. But not just any podcast…My Dad Wrote a Porno.

I grabbed my phone to press pause and that is when Jack’s principal caught me and very nicely shouted “get off your phone”.

I wanted to die.

At pick up that afternoon I parked and did go to talk to him to explain the situation. We had a good laugh and I think we both agreed it was better for me to pause that ish than to be blaring a hilarious but highly inappropriate podcast.

I have to tell you the new tradition my family has come up with for this year. Like many people with grown children, all the siblings and cousins have multiple events to go to for inlaws, etc. Which inevitably leads to like three Thanksgivings for each of us.

So, this year, we’re able to get together the week before Thanksgiving (the actual big day for some of us is hosted at my house) and are celebrating “Appsgiving”. As the name implies, it is a “dinner” of 100% appetizers. No big turkey, no big dinner, and no big clean up. I cannot wait for this meal!

What in the hell happened to my fall weather? It had snowed by this time last year, and on Friday I was wearing short sleeves with my windows open. I want storms, fires in the woodstove and blankets. Whaaaaaa!

American readers – have you voted yet? Midterms on are Tuesday! I don’t really get the whole “early voting” or standing in lines for hours to vote thing. Why do your states make citizen participation so challenging? Washington State is a 100% mail in ballot state and frankly, it’s pretty amazing and simple. But I do have serious FOMO because I don’t get that sweet “I voted” sticker.

Comment/Review of the Week

This week’s five-star review comes from Lana who was reviewing my Home Fries – Cast Iron Skillet Potatoes.

We made these again this weekend!! So good!!!

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Chicken Pot Pie Soup – A healthy and comforting Chicken Pot Pie Soup that is easy to make in the crockpot or Instant Pot. This delicious soup is gluten-free, dairy-free, and easily Whole30 or paleo adaptable.

a bowl of chicken pot pie soup with herbs and vegetables on a white board

Thanksgiving Checklist {Free Printable} – A user-friendly printable Thanksgiving checklist for all type-A planners. If you’re hosting, this Thanksgiving checklist helps you make sure food, cleaning, and other details aren’t overlooked.

two pages from a free thanksgiving checklist

Jalapeno Poppers Dip – This healthy Jalapeno Poppers Dip is the best dairy-free, Whole30, and Paleo appetizer with no mayo and lots of bacon! When you’re dairy-free, easy appetizers can be challenging, but this creamy dip is so good you’ll never miss the dairy!

a cast iron skillet with jalapeno poppers dip on a grey cloth

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

  1. Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  2. The Ultimate Guide to Roasting Frozen Vegetables
  3. Whole30 Bruschetta Chicken Recipe
  4. Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe
  5. Healthy Orange Chicken

Meal Plan

Monday:: Souuuuuuuup! I’m making a ton of it tonight (Crockpot Baked Potato Soup and Easy Homemade Tomato Soup) for a church dinner we’re hosting and I’m counting on leftovers. My kids will eat cereal if there are no leftovers. Or they can cook their own damn dinner.

Tuesday:: Perfect Roasted Chicken, salad, and home fries.

Wednesday:: A new Instant Pot recipe I’m working on. Get excited! Get pumped!

Thursday:: A leftovers kind of meal

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night

Saturday:: Extended family event out with Troy’s side of the family.

Sunday:: Family dinner

What We Bought This Week

Smith Brothers Farms: $19.97

Fred Meyer: $51.83 (I know it doesn’t look like a lot but this cart is packed on top and the bottom.)

What are you having this week?

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29 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. I know I am a little late in reading this, life blah. Buuuuut I used to work at a dry cleaners, and yes, some women would send in their underroos. Thongs to be exact. Yeah, I was not happy to have to tag the floss called underwear (just sayin’), but alas, it was my job. 🤢

  2. Hate to break it to you – we’re hitting an El Niño year, so winter will be warmer and drier in the Pacific Northwest (I’m just north of Portland so I should be getting pretty similar weather patterns as you). Not only are we missing our Hygge Storm Timez, we are likely going to see less snow-pack on the mountains which will lead to some problems during next spring and summer when the melt isn’t as melty as normal.

    I’m already hating how the sun is so low in the sky and it’s constantly in my face when I drive. No, seriously, I’m a safer driver when it’s raining because I can actually see without getting blasted in the face by a flaming star that is always in my line of sight!

  3. Also, we do all apps plus like cookies for Christmas (I think you said you do now too?) and we love it. We just chuck little stuff in the oven or set out crackers and hot dip, stuff like that — hearty stuff that we put some effort into, but no big-deal main dish or big-effort long-time long-cook stuff. Just throw-together stuff. We love it because we sit around and laugh and just relax. Nobody’s stuck in the kitchen and we just hang out. My 87-year-old mom even lets us eat in the living room which is like a big deal because there’s white carpet in there and there’s 19 of us so we mill around and mingle and have different conversations like a cocktail party LMAO! The things you look forward to as an adult amIrite? Christmas is a fluid holiday and should make everyone happy and be easy for everyone, food-wise, IMO.

    • We did it for Christmas last year because Troy’s aunt who normally hosts the family was super sick with the flu. It was nice to have that low key meal but the family broke up into so many different houses and it was sad not to be together. I think if it were all of us eating apps we would love that!

      I love that you know it is a special occasion when your mom lets you eat in the living room. Too funny!