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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

I have a hard time focusing during this time of year. The spring in Washington is so pretty that it makes my heart hurt. The flowers, the trees, and the moments in the garden. And after many months of less than eight hours of daytime, it is so lovely to be drinking in 13 hours of daylight each and every day.

I love spring.

Hoooo boy, it has been a rough few weeks to be this sweet little chicken.

She is still secluded from the rest of the group for her own safety. She got out of her little pen one afternoon and I kid you not, one of the female wild peacocks in our neighborhood attacked her! She got out of it relatively unscathed because I interrupted the incident. I was cutting the boy’s hair and opened the door to throw a pile of hair into the garden (I want to grow more boys because stinky pee everywhere and all over everything is my lifelong goal) and sent the peahens scattering.

I think we’re going to rename this chicken “Lucky”. Sigh.

A few weeks ago I threw out a call for help on Facebook asking for recommendations on running shoes (but we all know 100% I will only be running if there is an ice cream truck in front of me or a zombie behind me) and you all came through in a huge way.

There was a pretty even recommendation between Brooks, Saucony (a name I cannot pronounce in real life so I mumble and say sockonme in a whispery voice), and Hokas. And it was an across the board suggestion to go to a Fleet Feet store.

So I did all of those things! I hit up a Fleet Feet and had all the techy nerd things done to my feet. There was monitoring, a light up stand, and an ipad involved in trying to figure out the perfect shoe for me. Side note: my friend Elaina HATES feet. HATES them. I think she may have had an issue with this shopping trip. So many feet. All feet. All the time.

I tried on allllllllllll the shoes. And you know what? I ended up with a brand that wasn’t recommended once but made me feel like I was walking on marshmallow clouds padded with cream cheese frosting and memory foam pillows. The downside? The only style they had in store was fug.They’re ugly AF. Like fell off the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

And just like you all warned, I was in for giant sticker shock when buying these shoes. But now that I know which shoe works for me, I’ll be buying them on insane discounts going forward. My family has some janky ass feet and I walk a ton so this is an investment in my long-term health.

And if those zombies start chasing me, I’m ready!

My friend sent me an article about kid-friendly podcasts this week. Of the options only one really got Jack’s attention – The Unexplained Disappearance of Mars Patel. We downloaded a few episodes and were instantly hooked. I would say based on content and language it is appropriate for any kid who has read the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series.

We went into Seattle this week (Spring Break) for some family fun. Through a series of unfortunate public transportation events, the boys who were with Troy became separated from me in the city for over two hours.

Seen on the monorail. The bearer of such amazing socks was dressing in a suit and tie. I may love this man.

Taking advantage of the time and the fact that I was near a bookstore, I snagged a new read – American War. I highly recommend it even though I am only halfway through so far.

The end.

Ha, kidding. I find it so annoying when someone is like “read this book” because I’m always thinking “what is it about? I want to know more. What genre? Why would I like it”?

The story is set in 2075 after the president has declared an end to the use of fossil fuels in the country. A select number of Southern States refuse to comply and through some choices made by stupid people (coughmencough) on both sides, the US returns to a civil war.

The narrators are a family from Louisiana who end up in a refugee camp in the South. I’m very much enjoying the story and need another two solo hours to finish it up. Anyone else read it?

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How to Segment an Orange and Other Citrus – Learn how easy it is to segment an orange in this step by step tutorial. You too can make gorgeous clean-cut wedges of delicious citrus to use in salads, desserts, and snacks.

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Two new cool features have arrived/are coming to my printable recipe cards! You can now adjust the number of servings you’d like to make for each recipe. Simply hover over the “servings” on any recipe card and it lets you adjust it to your preference/needs.

Also, my recipe card is now allowing for metric conversions! It is something I have to manually add so it is thus far only on one recipe (this one), but I’m going to be updating other ones as soon as I can. If you have a recipe you’d like to see converted sooner rather than later, drop the name in the comments!

Meal plan time!

Monday:: Roast chicken and a new potato side dish I am working on. Roasted broccoli on the side.

Tuesday:: Chef Salads and biscuits

Wednesday:: Instant Pot Mongolian Beef (use half the sugar), rice, and roasted broccoli. This was supposed to happen last week but didn’t.

Thursday:: Easy Tomato Soup and leftover biscuits.

Friday:: Sheet pan meal I’ve been working on. I need to make it one more time to double-check the measurements and take some photos.

Saturday:: Movie, leftovers, and popcorn night.

Sunday:: Family dinner

What are you having this week?

Question for the week: what was your best moment from the last seven days?


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24 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. Avenue Q socks rock my world.

    The best moment for me this week was getting laid off. I hated the job. It was toxic and abusive. But I kept thinking, as the bread winner, I can’t quit. And it was a new job. I am a bit freaked out, no lie. But tonight is the first Sunday evening in ages that I have enjoyed. Have had lots of other great moments this week – a bit of (previously booked) travel, some awesome music, friends, love, and family. I am grateful to be free and so excited for what’s coming next.

    • Blue Q. *sigh* like my rambling wasn’t bad enough!

    • I’m sorry for the stress of the lay off Jennifer but I really hope this brings you some amazing new opportunities. Any chance you can do some reporting on the employer on your way out??

  2. Those awesome socks are from a company called Blue Q…..
    They have a bunch of different products I think you’ll love!
    Glad you found the perfect shoes…I’m not surprised that everyone’s is so different!

  3. My son made his first communion Saturday. That was the best part of my week. Hell yeah to those socks. I guess I should look into that book being a Southern Lady from Louisiana and all. See what my idiot kin folk are goin’ on about now in this future setting. Your chicken is living on borrowed time. She needs to stay penned up until her natural passing. I got seperated from my son for 10 mins. Like truly alone seperated. Completely terrifying.

    • What a wonderful moment for your family! I hope you took lots and lots of photos.

      I’m only halfway through the book but the “north” did some pretty dumb shit. Basically, we need some women in charge in the future.

      This chicken has been like this (busted wing and the smallest) for at least two years. It just seems so strange that things are turning suddenly. We do love her so.

      Oh no! Where were you separated? I’m sorry. How scary!

      • We were at a “sneaux” (pronounced snow) event where a local park treated us non-northerners to chopped ice to mimic snow just before Christmas. My son was playing with a friend and I told him I would take his sister to the smaller kids area but we had to leave soon for a basketball game. I get back to where I left him and he wasn’t there. Cue panic. I looked in the big kid area but he had gone to the little kid area looking for me (or a police officer). My hubby was circling the park because it was crazy and there was no where to park. That call was the worst of my life but I was on the phone with him again (after missing 10 calls and texts) when I spotted our son.

      • That sounds horrid! I’m so sorry you all had to go through that. So glad everyone is ok. He won’t remember it for too long but I am sure you’ll never forget it.

  4. I don’t know how I didn’t see the post asking for podcast recs, but my kids are obsessed with Story Pirates. Their most recent favorite episode, National Fart Out Loud Day. How could you go wrong?

  5. Thank you for adding the ability to adjust your recipes!  I’m single, living alone, so a family-sized meal is often too much food – even when I’m deliberately planning for leftovers to use as lunch during the workweek, there’s only so many times that I want to see the same meal, so being able to change the quantities will be a big help.

  6. Well I’m invested in these shoes now. What are they and pictures?? Plus I love, and I mean love that you can scale recipes up or down. That is amazballs!!
    As for myself I really want this rain to stop so I can spend more time outside and I can plan a trip to this garden nursery in Bremerton I’ve been hearing about.

    • Jill, they are linked in the post above (should be a tealish color) where I talk about them. Brand is Diadoras!

      What is the name of the nursery? Our friends from church make the trek to Brother’s Nursery out that way.

  7. The last 7 days have been a whirlwind of events….

    Still not recovered from our own home remodel, my brother ponied up the bank and came into town for a week so that he, my hubby and son could work on our parents bathroom to make it more ADA compliant. My job was going to the Big Box hardware stores several times a day….remodels are EXHAUSTING! Brother and I did fit in a 3 hour dinner with much wine and food and that is a memory I will cherish.

    Sister-in-love lost her dear mama so we had her funeral and all of our out of state family made it home so we were able to carve in some time for a couple of meals and many hugs. And those memories I will cherish.

    Hold your tribe close, people. Savor the memories.

  8. Regarding your book American War. Here in Canada, on our national radio station CBC, each year there is a book competition that is about which books Canadian’s should read this year. Well American War was one of the books this year, so if you want to check out the conversations that happened here is the link:

  9. I used to wear Diadoras when I played soccer in high school! I loved them!

    This week we are having a whole lot of vegetables—gnocchi with fresh, homemade sauce, ginger chicken with broccoli, crock pot curried lentil stew, etc.  My whole family is in a wedding today and after a weekend of wedding festivities involving dinners out, wine and appetizers galore, we are in need of serious nutrition!  And then we’ll wrap up the week with my husband’s birthday dinner, which will undoubtedly be burgers and fries!

  10. I have to ask, how was last week’s bowling alley dinner?