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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

I need your help. I desparately require your guidance about a very important matter.

Are you all like “how does this chick even live her life without us”? You’re not wrong.

This may potentially be the girliest thing I have ever said to you all, but can we talk about eyebrows for a second?

Me? Left without tweezers for a month or so and I would have one strawberry blonde caterpillar across my face. I have been plucking my eyebrows since fourth grade after two snotty brats made fun of me in class.

But lately, I find my reflection causes me pause when I see my brows. They’re like flat lines above my eyes. There is no shape, no expression. Nothing. They’re just there.

So, my thought is I need to get some professional help going with this here face o’ mine. So, here is my question: do I get them waxed or threaded? Can you please help me out with some of the chick arts I am not familiar with?

“Keep your big gross man hands out of the shot” she says.
“Wow, so glad we’ve been married 14 years” he says.

In an “I care about your safety” PSA, I have to share what happened at the grocery store on Friday. Bennett and I had just arrived at the store and were sitting in the car while I gathered everything before we went in.

And then I saw movement to my left, felt the car lurch and heard the handle of my door being jiggled. My heart freaking stopped.

Standing there was a tiny woman who looked more terrified than I felt. She started yelling “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry” and looked like she was going to cry. Then she went and got in her silver Subaru Outback that was parked right next to mine.

As always, my doors had been locked. I lock my doors the second we are all in the car, and I never unlock until we are 100% ready to get out of the vehicle. I’ve owned cars that lock automatically once you hit a certain speed, but I prefer to self-lock ASAP. I don’t want to wait until the car is even started.

Even though this story didn’t have a scary ending, it doesn’t mean I will ease up on the door locking. The safety of myself and my family is paramont every day. So, because I love you all and care about you, please lock your dang car doors!

The first annual “Appsgiving” with my side of the family was a huge success! I posted photos to my Instagram stories and so many of you were interested in the concept of Appsgiving.

Basically, it was my side of the family getting together before Thanksgiving (we won’t all be here on Thursday) and everyone only brought appetizers. No giant turkey to cook, no intense prep. Just appetizers.

You guys, it was sooooo fun! And delicious. And easy. Except for my brother-in-law who decided to fry some calamari that he and my nephew had caught. Over-achiever.

Other than the veggies, everything was pretty much brown. But delicious.

I brought some hummus, mozzarella sticks, and Easy Baked Jalapeno Poppers.

We’re gearing up for “real” Thanksgiving this week but it’s not too stressful thanks to following the anal retentive Thanksgiving Checklist I have printed out. And can I tell you a big secret? The week before big events in my house I totally slack on day to day cleaning. Yep.

With approximately 15 billion males in my house, I wipe down the bathrooms every other day. But I’m kind of ignoring it right now and just pretending the bathroom doesn’t exist. Because I’ll be deep cleaning the ever loving snot out of it on Wednesday.

Do you know my favorite all-time cleaning product? Something so cheap that makes such an impact – it’s the humble pumice stone.

A pumice stone is great to deep clean the toilet every 6 or so months. It makes it so clean and sparkling. And they’re like $1.50. Magic for under $2.

B’s shirt isn’t wrong

How was your week? It’s been a rough few days for many parts of the country. California is on fire, and being married to a firefighter means I view these horrible disasters through a slightly different lens.

My mom’s best friend since middle school lives in Thousand Oaks, a community that saw a mass shooting and fire evacuations within days of each other. The sorrow and stress being felt in parts of that state must feel crippling at times.

During these moments, I am reminded that at our core we all want similar things in life. Safe communities to live and raise our families, good jobs, and to feel connected and valued. To be and feel human.

May we all treat each other with kindness and grace today and all days.

Humankind. Be both of those things.

Comment/Review of the Week

This week’s spotlight comment comes from longtime reader Louisa! She left a five-star review on our Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits From Scratch.

Yum! These are the hand down best biscuits I have ever eaten. I substituted smoked paprika for Old Bay as I didn’t have any Old Bay on hand. I came home from work today to find a container of Old Bay on the counter as a hint to try the recipe again as it was loved. I can’t believe how light they were!

So glad they worked out for you Louisa! Happy baking!

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Leftover Turkey Casserole With Rice (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) – If you have a leftovers hater in your life, this is the dish for you! This delicious and easy recipe for Leftover Turkey Casserole With Rice is a beyond simple way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. A healthy dish that creates a completely new and exciting dinner that the whole family will love. 

a plate of leftover turkey casserole on a blue cloth with avocado and hot sauce

Vanilla Sugar {Easy Homemade Gift} – Discover the simple steps for how to make Homemade Vanilla Sugar. There are so many uses for this delicious recipe and it makes an amazing gift!

Simple Shepherd’s Pie With Turkey (Whole30, GF, DF) – A revamped and healthier version of a classic comfort food – Simple Shepherds Pie With Turkey is a delicious and hearty recipe. Perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers, this shepherd’s pie is Whole30 compliant, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Two plates of simple turkey shepherd's pie on a white board

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

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  4. The Ultimate Instant Pot Beef Stew
  5. The 15 Best Make Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes

Hop in the DeLorean

Last year the top post from this week was: DIY Blackout Curtains

Meal Plan

I post my meal plan every week and honestly, it takes me about five minutes a week to throw it all together. But if you’re looking for a meal plan that pulls all the recipes and lists together for you, you’re in luck! I’m teaming now up with Once a Month Meals to help my readers to accomplish more batch and freezer cooking.

And oh my gosh do they have a huge selection! They offer meal plans for vegetarian, AIP, paleo, Whole30, vegan, gluten-free and so on and so on. If you have a way of eating, they have recipes for you! You can check out their awesome program on their site.

Monday:: Breakfast for dinner. We were supposed to do this last week but had a fridge full of leftovers so I scraped it.

Tuesday:: Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies with a salad on the side

Wednesday:: Let’s be perfectly honest – I’m sending Troy to get takeout because I’ll be exhausted from all the cooking and cleaning to get ready for the next day.

Thursday:: Thanksgiving!

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night

Saturday:: TBD

Sunday:: Family dinner

What We Bought This Week

Butcher Box: $129

No photo because the kids were being aholes. Picture some frozen meat in a box. Imagination is fun!

Right now Butcher Box is offering free bacon for life, so um, yeah. Jump on that ish!

Smith Brother’s: $18.17

Costco: $62.81 (and oh man it was a good sample day too!)

What are you having this week?

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34 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. There’s a third option for eyebrows – tweezing alone. If you can’t handle wax (and there’s no shame in that!) you may want to find a person that does tweezing alone. Honestly if you have a Benefit Brow bar near you (usually in Macy’s) I recommend them. Plus they do free brows on your birthday!
    Hard wax can be irritating too – it needs to be picked a bit. I use hard wax at home but prefer the pros to use soft wax and strips. Only time waxing ever made me cry was a pro using hard wax!
    Good luck!

    • I currently tweeze and don’t mind it, but I definitely do need some professional shaping help. The Macys out here tend to be small and dinky but I think Ulta has a beauty bar section. I might call them!

  2. I would definitely say was but go to someone who believes eyebrows should have some volume. I just went through the same thing you did of looking at my face and going blergh ( especially with a 10 month old at home and hormones) so I let them get real big and found an eyebrow wax specialist and it has been magic. I always feel like the rest of my face can be a mess as long as my brows look good ( wishful thinking?) But it shouldn’t cost you a million dollars my eyebrow wax is less than 15$ but I am still going to a specific waxing place. Good luck.

    • Yes! Remember the super thin eyebrows of the 90’s? My goodness, I look at old photos and can’t believe no one pulled me aside and said “STOP”.

      I like the idea of an “eyebrow wax specialist”.

  3. I don’t understand your safety warning?? Lock your doors in case a tiny woman accidently mistakes your car for her’s? How often does it actually happen that a stranger tries to get in a person’s car?

    Could it be that you’re causing yourself harm by stressing about something that isn’t likely to happen?

    I’m just wondering, because I never lock my car doors. Am I being too relaxed about this?

    • No, the warning is to lock your doors because someone else might be trying to get in, not just a tiny woman.

      Two years ago, a friend of mine had a very intoxicated person get into her car in a very safe neighborhood when she had her kids with her. He had a knife and forced her to drive around and attempted to stab her multiple times in front of her children. I’ve always been a door locker, but that reinforced the whole practice for me.

      Remembering to spend .15 seconds to lock my doors doesn’t cause me an ounce of stress.

  4. Threading all the way, my friend. It hurts the first couple of times and then in doesn’t. With waxing you have to let the hairs grow out, when you thread they can get the tiny little suckers. Plus the hairs grown back finer and lighter. It’s magical. Like unicorn farts, but for facial hair. 

  5. You asked for it…eyebrow help.  I’m older (just turned 47 this week) than you, so please trust me when I say LESS IS MORE! I went from unibrow to caterpillars to WTF! Why am I having to fill in and draw on my eyebrows!?!?!?!  Never ever ever ever get them done by your hair stylist while at the shampoo bowl leaned back in your chair. They will never be even. You have a very high risk of looking like a freak! The older you get the less they will grow back. Ever wonder why old ladies have weird pencilled on eyebrows????
    Call a salon that has actual eyebrow specialists. They will take you to their special eyebrow lair and focus solely on your brows. Wax sucks but doesn’t hurt too badly. I never tried threading but I assume two quick wax rip offs hurts less per brow than all that threading. AND go for a subtle, just a trim approach and check them out before letting them do too much. (Make sure they aren’t going to try and wax your nostrils, cause once the wax gets up there your stuck hahaha!)
    Never pluck gray ones -yes, you too will eventually get a gray one or two, and if you keep pulling them out you’ll get bald spots! In your eyebrows! For real! When that happens get an eyebrow comb, small scissors and a revlon color stay brow pencil. It has a soft pencil on one end and a eyelash looking brush on the other on the other. Or some eyebrow pomade and a brush that looks like a mascara brush. Go lighter than you think you need. Cover the gray one or trim it down. It’s not easy, but with a (lighted) magnifying mirror you can do it. 
    Instead of plucking the long brows, comb them up and trim off the too long ones then comb normal. I wish I had my caterpillars back. Good luck!

    • Ugh, I already don’t have much hair to start with on my head, but now you’re telling me I’ll lose more of it? CRAAAAAAP! I wonder if this is why permanent make up is becoming more commonplace?

      My mom barely had any grey hairs at 67, but my Dad’s beard (he’s bald) has been grey for 10+ years. So we’ll see which side of my genetics are going to battle it out for domination! Thanks for all the warnings and plucking tips!

  6. Anyone who tells you threading is painless is a dirty rotten liar. Waxing is significantly less painful, faster, and should cost the same as threading. Make sure they use hard wax as opposed to soft/strip wax — less irritation, much less sticky afterward.

  7. You had me at free bacon for life. I hope your link gets you a kick back cause we just signed up. Is it weird how excited I am to get a box of meat?
    Oh well, I don’t care if it is. FREE BACON!!!!

    Now I have to go reread your post cause I totally forgot what the rest said.

  8. My goal this week is to continue to eat food from the freezer! I try to make enough extra to have a portion left for the teen to eat the next day before work..
    Today I have a bag of ground beef defrosting.. I believe I will make him a burger before work.. the rest will be fried and will be using the emergency Hamburger Helper on the pantry shelf! (simply because I don’t have enough buns! lol..Hmmmm…. I better check the freezer.. might just grill all burgers… decisions decisions..)
    Serving with salad from the fridge and what ever else I locate!

    Monday- I have super thin beef steaks.. I could do a fajita night.. which I can also use one of the packs of tortillas wraps I got stuck with after conference dinner night Beans, rice and more salad….. Great idea!

    Tuesday and Weds… I have some chicken and General Tso sauce to use up… and I have a beef roast… Sounds simple enough!

    Thurs- I am cooking the bird and some of the sides….

    Friday-whenever.. leftovers!

    • Jessica, I swear I read that as “I have a bag of ground beef frosting” and for the life of me I couldn’t understand how or why that was a thing!!! And yes, my annual eye exam is quite overdue. Lol.

      Sounds like a yummy week!

  9. I just put myself on the waiting list for Once a Month Meals

    My plans for meals this week are Sunday – Red lentil soup with your Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

    Monday – Five Cheese Ravioli with tomato sauce with cannellini beans blended into the sauce served with broccoli

    Tuesday – breakfast for dinner

    Wednesday – soup from the freezer

    Thursday – Brussels Sprouts, stuffed mushrooms, lentil loaf, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, spinach salad

    Friday – grilled cheese with cranberry sauce served with apple kale salad

    Saturday – Leftovers or soup from the freezer

    • Mmmmm I love lentil soup! Is there a reason you choose red over brown lentils for soup (taste, etc.)? I’ve only used brown simply because that is what I can easily find at my local grocery store.

      • Red lentils break down when they are cooked making them nice for a pureed soup which I like as out means I can do a quick chop of three veggies.

  10. I have always been told you should not lock the doors when you are in the car because if you have a fire (which has happened to me)or an accident emergency services can’t get you out .

    • What a scary situation you’ve been in! But, being married to a firefighter I can tell you they can EASILY get you out if there is an issue! That’s like saying you shouldn’t wear your seat belt in case your car ends up in the water and you can’t unbuckle.

      They have something called a punch (something. Can’t remember the name) and you just tap on the window and it breaks. In fact, I have one I keep in my door. It is part window breaker and part seat belt cutter.

      At least being a female, there is a higher chance someone is going to try to get into my car than it will catch on fire.