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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan for April 24th – 30th

You know you have officially jumped the shark with juvenile humor, when your eight year old rolls his eyes and says “grow up mom”. Gulp.

I was making soup, and had thrown in some tomatoes I froze from last year. They cooked down a bit, but still needed some more squishy. I strained them out, put them on a cutting board, and let them cool. I picked one up and it started dribbling a little juice out of a hole in the skin. I said “look Jack, it’s peeing”. He shook his head, sighed, and mumbled that I should grow up.


Baseball season has started, and it’s gross. This has been an especially rainy winter/spring, and while we have beautiful days, I’m ready for it to just stop raining already. Keeping J warm and B occupied in the cold and rain has challenging. Last season, B just slept in the Ergo for every game. This season? This season it is like trying to herd a drunk cat. I’m lucky if I can watch Jack even bat, since Bennett just wanders around and tries to eat rocks. When it is especially gross out, I’ll bring the stroller and just shove snacks in under his rain tarp to try to contain him as long as possible.

Who made baseball so boring and long anyway?


But surely enough, spring is trying to win in the end. And we’re cheering it on, and urging it to hurry the heck up.

Two Fridays ago, I got a call from the Highly Capable office in our school district. Jack had tested prior to spring break, and they were calling to tell me he hadn’t qualified for it based on the testing. I was a bit surprised, but was fine with that. Then, she informed me that when they told his teacher about it, she essentially said “nope, test him again”. The test had been the day after he got out of the hospital during his latest bout of intussusception, so who knows if that played a role. So, this last Friday, he was given an IQ test by a child psychologist. She came to his school and pulled him out for an hour. We received a call later that day that he had done “very well, and was more than qualified”. So, that was cool, but also now we have to make the hard decision about where to send him next year.

In our district, the HC program is housed in an elementary school that serves all the HC kids from all the various schools. It is a newer program and there are challenges with it. Many of the kids who are in the program feel like they’re the smart weirdos at the end of the hall. They don’t feel integrated in to the rest of the school or anything. Jack is open enrolled at his current school, and I’m worried that if he goes to the HC program and hates it, he can’t get back in his home school. The school in our neighborhood is crap, and would likely be his only option if he left the program. We’re going to the open house for the program this week, and I’ll attend with an open mind, but lots of questions.

Jack started bawling when he found out his friends wouldn’t be at the new school if he attended. He was also very concerned he wouldn’t get recess and “all those smart kids won’t like PE like I do”. He was excited about the fact that there would be math that is challenge. Nerd. He could make friends any time, anywhere, so I’m not too concerned about social chances, but there is a lot to consider overall.

Even when off, wood stoves make great pant dryers

So…I’m working on a secret project. I should be ready to share it with you all no later than May 1st. Hopefully before, but we’ll see. It is something I have thought about no less than 100 times in the last two years. It was always something that seemed like it would be fun, and maybe a new challenge for me. I kept putting it on the back burner, but now I’m happy to have a project that I can throw myself in to that provides lovely distraction. Just shove those emotions down deep. It’s what healthy people do…right?

I plan to get back to my normal posting schedule once this thing is “out there”. I have created two new tasty and fast weeknight dinner recipes that we love, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you. As I sketch out my posting schedule for the next month, help me out by completing this sentence (put your answer in the comments please. Don’t just say it aloud. I have great hearing, but not that great.) – “one thing I would like to read more about on this blog is x”. Please and thank you!

Meal plan time!

Monday:: Street tacos, black beans, rice. I made a pork butt in the crockpot last week (same pork butt that made me think someone had broken in to our house), and used half for one dinner, and froze the rest. We’ll use the rest for the tacos.

Tuesday:: One of the recipes I’m making for posting later in the week.

Wednesday:: Breakfast dinner

Thursday:: Asparagus ravioli with garlicky cream sauce, and salad with roasted beets.

Friday:: Popcorn and movie night.

Saturday:: Soup. Likely.

Sunday:: Family dinner

This week I spent $61.12 at Costco.

And $35.38 at the grocery store.

I had so many coupons, and it ruled. I only got a $.25 ibotta rebate from this trip, but earned a bunch more at Target and Joanns this week.

What are you having this week?

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17 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan for April 24th – 30th”

  1. I would love to hear more about your garden/gardening techniques. If I recall correctly, you pretty much have something planted on every square inch of usable soil. Are you still employing the “going to chapel” technique with your blueberries? I am thinking about trying something similar with my columnar apple trees. Last year I was only able to “harvest” two apples after squirrels or some other animal took large chunks out of the rest.

    I am embarking on the making of my first quilt, a t-shirt quilt. Do you use interfacing to “stablize” your quilt?

    Do your boys, particularly Jack, snack during the day? If so, on what? What does Jack’s typical school lunch look like?

    Lastly, I’d love to see more posts about your own clothes shopping habits.

    Love your blog!

  2. I like your blog the way it is. Your life is very different from mine, and that’s why I keep tuning in.

    On the menu this week:
    Monday: Honey Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry with Steamed Broccoli and Rice
    Tuesday: Blackened Salmon with Avocado Salsa
    Wednesday: Tandoori Chickpea Wraps
    Thursday: Roasted corn and jalapeño Hummus with Toasted Pita and carrot/zucchini sticks, maybe grilled Halloumi.
    Friday: Our son returns home from university on a transatlantic flight. Who knows what he might be in the mood for.

  3. One thing I would like to read more about on this blog is RECIPES! Any and all things that you make. As dumb as this sounds I would love to know how you make your popcorn. I would also love more photos of your garden and tips on how you get your strawberry, raspberry and blueberries to produce. I love your blog. You were the one that inspired me to try canning. Strawberry jam was the first thing I canned. I was the same as you with the thought of all that sugar making my teeth ache, your poloma’s strawberry jam recipe was perfect and I still use it every time. I also like your post about different purchases you have made that you love. I bought a shark vacuum and a jawbone because of your blog. Love your blog.

  4. Beautiful pictures and love your honesty and humor.

  5. Gardening. I have a 15′ garden and I’d love to hear more about your raised beds and fruit patches.

  6. I love your blog the way it is!!!! But, I would like to know more about how you plan your menu. Also, love that your post your shopping trips, but it looks like you hardly get that much. Then I read your menu plan and think were is all this stuff? I would like the recipe for the street tacos. Also more about canning. I have never canned, but would love to know how to do it. Thanks Sara, have a great day!

  7. I would love to read more about your gardening! I am finally at a point where my thumb is more green than black but I don’t really like gardening. I’m trying to figure out ways to incorporate edibles (berries, mostly) into existing gardens and also how to garden without having to actually do anything but pick stuff.

  8. I’d love to hear an update on your Subaru. still have no regrets? Or do you wish you’re going with something else? Anything you would have changed on the purchase? Ever since your post on your car, I’ve been eyeing up a Subaru. Actually saving money monthly for hopefully a major part of my next car when my current piece of crap dies.
    I love reading anything you post because you are “so next door” to me. I usually read and nod my head because it’s just so normal and real. You don’t try to sugar coat stuff and put on airs to make your life more glamorous than ours. You’re just struggling like the rest of us but with a wicked sense of humor 😉

  9. I’m not sure what if love to read more of. I like what you currently write about. Your sense of humor makes me laugh 🙂 your boys are cute.

    This is our first year doing tball and machine pitch for two of my kids. Practice has been a pain in the butt! It’s right at dinner time then when it’s done it’s time to get ready for bed. 4 nights a week of this is making life about unpleasant right now! And it’s cold! The first night I wore sandals. Never again! Another day the baby was walking around pushing his stroller back and forth, I heard a gagging noise, looked down and he had half a worm in his hand.

  10. One thing I would like to read more about on this blog is … homemade bread and baked goods recipes using flour that’s ground at home. Your blog inspired me to invest in a mill and start making breads from wheat berries I’ve ground myself. I’m still new to it and have enjoyed all of your past posts, but if you’re up to anything new or have more recipes I’d certainly be interested. Thanks!