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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan

Last week I went to bed in the summer and woke up in fall. It was glorious. We had three days of rain, and our grass has no idea what in the world is going on. Our grass usually dies by July and then pops right back up in October. It’s a thing. I don’t know why anyone actually waters their lawn. Then it grows and you just have to mow it. No thanks.

It was so nice to walk with Bennett and not just be drenched in sweat by the end of it. I used the oven without hating everyone in the world for wanting food that was baked. Hot tea made multiple appearances, but I really wanted spicy cocoa on the daily. But I am holding out because I’m on an “only one sweet per day” kick and it is really working well for me.

And of course, now that I am all in fall mode, it is supposed to be in the high 60’s and low to mid 70’s this coming week. Sweaters and boots will need to remain in the closet for a few more days. I’m coming for you. We’re just not there yet.

Sorry anti-tofu people, I made another delicious tofu dish this week.

The air-fryer made another appearance and made that tofu super crispy. I tossed it with stir-fried sweet onions and celery and tossed with a homemade General Tso sauce. I wonder what kind of uniform General Tso would have worn if he weren’t a fictional character. Would he have been formal like Captain Crunch, or more laid back like Captain Kangaroo? Would he wear his medals every day, or save those for special occasions? Does he like to be saluted, or is he more demure?

I am a collector of kitchen gadgets. But I use them all the time. No dust gets collected on my lovelies.

I got a message from a reader on Instagram asking how I was liking the air fryer. I told her I loved it, and she asked if I would do a pros/cons list on the blog. So that should be coming up in the next few weeks. Also, I love when readers come up with blog topics for me. It allows me to be mentally lazy when I need a brain break. So if you all could just go ahead and create an editorial calendar for me, I would greatly appreciate it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Who had the best thrift store find ever this week? :raises hand: ME!!!!!

Yep, you’re coming home with me. #thrifting #thriftingfinds

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Can you even? Can you even deal with all that awesomeness for only $3? I told Troy I had a present for him and gave him the Indiana Jones glass. He was beyond thrilled. Apparently, the Indy glass was from Taco Bell, circa 1986. Everything about my childhood was summed up in those three glasses. There were multiple Muppet glasses left on the shelves, as well as a giant Top Gun beer glass. Someone else can be Ice Man’s wingman. Take me to bed Goose, or lose me forever. RIP.

 

 

Meal plan time! On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jack and my nephew have soccer practice. Same time, different locations. My sister was picking up my nephew and they were eating Subway in the parking lot where his practice is. Once I found that out, I was like “oh hellllll no”. So we’re trying to do a thing where we eat together on those nights.

Jack also started playing in a (free) lacrosse club after school on Tuesdays, so this week my sis and nephew will be camped out eating at our house, while I’m shoving food in Jack’s mouth in the car between lacrosse and soccer.

Monday:: A chicken pot pie in the crockpot. I have an old recipe that I posted years ago, and I’d like to update it and take new photos. Thus, I’m making it and we’re eating it. A big ass salad on the side. And the pot pie is full of veggies, which makes this meal loaded with veg.

Tuesday:: Paninis, salad

Wednesday:: Troy and Jack have an event at school and will be served pizza. Bennett and I will have leftovers.

Thursday:: Troy’s amazing burgers, fries, and salad.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night.

Saturday:: Dinner out with some friends. Trying a new BBQ place.

Sunday:: Family dinner

Smith Brothers Farms – $19.43

My chickens are slowing down their laying again. Time to buy eggs again. Sigh.

Costco – $58.32

Fred Meyer – $46.09

Hormel meal was a Friday freebie and is being donated to our church. The Yoplait Oui was also a Friday freebie. Bennett liked it, but I didn’t think it was anything special. We have snack for soccer this week, and I was stoked to find the discounted juice pouches.

What are you having this week?

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13 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan”

  1. Hey Sarah! Since you’re asking, my daughter and I loved it when you posted pics of your meals a few weeks back. Helped us when we ran out of ideas for breakfast and lunch. We have eaten lemon pepper scrambled eggs nearly every day since you posted. We love your blog!

    • I had a lot of fun with that too and have thought about doing it maybe once a month or so. I love lemon pepper on my eggs! Not sure if you have a Trader Joes near you but they have a grinder of lemon pepper with whole peppercorns and dried lemon peels that you can grind fresh. I want to say it is only $2 but has amazing flavor.

  2. First! Hehe. Pot pie sounds so yummy and I shall use the dough you shared for the mini quiches which I whipped up yesterday and the whole family enjoyed. I nearly screwed them up because I decided at the last moment to halve the recipe (1. Because I didn’t have enough butter 2. I had attempted a full sized quiche before a couple years ago and it was meh so I wanted to be sure if we didn’t like them I wouldn’t have to waste a whole bunch because waste makes me sad) so after I had cut the butter into the dry ingredients and then gently mixed in the water and egg, I realized I hadn’t used the required amount of butter…so I attempted to cut the remaining 6 tbsp into the already stirred and slightly kneaded dough thinking it would just be a total disaster. It got kinda slimy and whatever, I tried my best to roll it out and cut the circles hoping all the while that it was not in vain and that the dough wouldn’t ruin the whole dish. But no! Although more messy to work with, after cooked with the eggy filling, they were yummy and the dough stayed flakey and tasty! Hooray. Definitely want to make a full batch soon and keep playing around with the fixins. Can’t go wrong with bacon and cheddar though!

    Today is my son’s 11th birthday so last night we went out to dinner to a tepenyaki (some call it habachi) grill. We haven’t been to one in a while but it was so fun and delicious. Then he opened his new Nerf Rival gun. Holy smokes, that thing shoots it’s little bullet balls crazy fast, it was hilarious. Surprisingly, they don’t hurt any more than Nerf’s regular foam bullets. Has Jack seen or owned one of these yet? I know he has quite the arsenal, wish we lived closer we could plan an epic battle ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I love that dough! It makes sooooo much dough. Sorry to hear it wasn’t a smooth attempt for you, but I hope you give it another try when you have everything it calls for. I know it seems like so much. Did you freeze any of the mini quiches?

      Yum, I would love to try that for dinner. Jack does have one Rival gun. He bought it with his own money. There is one kind of nerf dart (I’ve been told that only “newbs” call them bullets. Whatever Jack) that hurts like a mofo! It would be so fun for the boys to have a big battle. And then I could stop getting hit by bullets, errrr darts.

  3. I’m in full on fall mode even though I’m in San Diego. I’m making a large batch of applesauce. About blog topics, have you ever thought about doing an online baking group? It’s where you post a recipe each month and everyone gives it a try. We post pictures and talk about how it went. I think it could be a great addition to your blog. It’s nice to be in it together and your humor would add to the experience. I was in an baking group where we worked our way through a dessert cookbook, it was a lot of fun and made me try making things I would never have thought to make.

    • I have never heard of an online baking group, let alone thought of doing one. I’m intrigued! I’ll have to search out other sites that have done it to get an idea of the layout. Thanks!

  4. Sliced Fresh \”Daily\” ???

  5. We’re out a lot this week so quick dinners from the freezer mainly but I’ll be making turkey risotto at some point and tonight I made toad-in-the-hole (sausages in yorkshire pudding batter) with cabbage and potatoes and gravy – just the right food for the weather here.

  6. Fun fact: there was a real General Tso (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuo_Zongtang#General_Tso.27s_chicken). It’s all a very convoluted tale of recipe development via multiple countries and culinary regions in China.

    Out of curiosity, how does a pot pie cook in a crockpot? Asking as someone who’s never used a crockpot (although there’s been one very successful InstantPot attempt), I can’t help but imagine a very top/bottom crust.

    • This got me thinking, maybe just having the “filling” cooking in the crockpot and then whipping up some biscuits and serving the creamy veggie mixture over the top, like an inside-out pot-pie! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It is more like the filling of pot pie that you thicken right before serving over biscuits. Regular pot pie in a crust is absolutely delicious, but this is a way to get the taste without as much work.