Sustainable Cooks
First Time Visiting? Start Here!

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

  1. Homemade Vanilla Extract – How to Make Vanilla Extract
  2. Chicken Pot Pie Soup
  3. Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites {Starbucks Copycat}
  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?

This post contains affiliate links and we may earn a commission at no additional cost to you if you click through and make a purchase. This allows me to continue to provide free content, and I only share products that I use and love myself.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

34 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. I used to have a uni-brow. I did wax and razor. I thread now. It’s painful but worth it. Hair doesn’t grow back as fast and even when I wait longer than normal, uni-brow has never grown back.

  2. I have had my eyebrows both waxed and threaded. I personally didn’t care for threading, although I am probably the only one. I felt it was not worth the pain. Waxing is much faster and lasts the same amount of time, where threading hurts each hair they pull out. OUCH!! There is something I had done recently, I believe they called it a hard wax. It was a real color. It lasted almost 6 weeks!!! I kid you not! It cost the same price as a standard hot wax and was so much better. I would suggest if you can find a salon that does the hard wax, or whatever it is called, go with that. Hope that helps.

  3. Holy hula! Do NOT get your eyebrows threaded. I never spend money on myself, so I decided a few years ago to one of those stylish salons where there is quiet music, everyone essentially whispers, and they have heavenly, relaxing scents wafting throughout. Totally not the kind of place for me, but I thought I deserved to be pampered. For $25, I was tortured. Yep, they made me pay for pain. I’m sticking with getting my eyebrows waxed each time I get my hair trimmed. It doesn’t feel GOOD by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s quick. I would suggest getting direction from your hair stylist or a salon that does eyebrow waxing for shaping.

  4. brown food. My in-laws come from the middle East and when we get together we often have/make their favorites. All brown, I often joke!!!!! But delicious.

  5. Love seeing the boys growing up and enjoying each other. Also LOVE seeing your view of the water. I just can’t get over that view. I’d be looking ALL. THE. TIME. 
    Happy Thanksgiving from PA. 

    • Yeah, we’re pretty blessed to live where we do! You’re never more than a few miles away from water up in this part of the country. It never gets old. Happy Thanksgiving from WA!

  6. No, no, no, Sarah!
    Advice from our plumber: never, ever, use pumice on porcelain; it gouges the surface, and creates pockets for more grunge to settle in.
    Happy Thanksgiving, to you and yours.
    And a big hug to your husband, and all our firefighters.
    God bless

    • I’m still doing it girlfriend! It’s just twice a year and these water line stains won’t budget any other way. I use a light touch with it but man oh man it gives me a sparkling commode.

      Good luck to you and your community during these firey times my friend. Praying for rain and relief very soon!