Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan for March 6th – 12th
Anyone remember Garbage Pail kids? And how scandalous they were at the time? Oh the 80’s. So much innocence.
Let’s say you like to exercise and drink. Or maybe you are a fan of This is Us (a show I’ve never watched, but people tell me they like it) and saw the character Kate doing a workout called Pound. Or maybe, you just want to support my rad friend who is hosting a Pound and Pour event. If the idea of busting your ass and then having some wine sounds like your idea of a great night, head to Metamorfit in Collegeville, PA on March 10th at 6:15 pm for a free night of fun. My buddy also teaches non-alcoholic Pound classes and her schedule is available online.
And don’t forget a big bottle of wooder for the class. That’s right, Pennsylvania people…I know you all can’t say certain words correctly. 🙂 Put down your freaking Tasty Cake from Wawa and go sign up for Pound!
I took a food photography class yesterday. Overall, I think it was pretty helpful. I’m not an artist person in the least (and that isn’t a ploy to get you to say “oh, but you are Sarah”. It’s cool, I know my limits), so it was very challenging for me. I always get in my own way with this kind of crap. People were making these amazing and beautiful scenes out of food; stunning styling and artistic vision. Oddly enough I was the only food blogger there, so every shot I was setting up was more with the blog in mind. They weren’t fussy or perfect, or anything like that. But, I got most of them in focus and I tried my best.
At one point we were setting up plates of antipasta for another scene. I didn’t include those photos because I just didn’t like how mine worked out. Anyway, at the end when we were all looking at each others photos, people were saying amazing things like “oh, I picked this because the colors were stunning and I thought it would play well with the shadows”. You guys, I picked things I wanted to eat when we were done. We all have priorities.
Generally you know yourself pretty well, right? Likes, dislikes, preferences, and generally when you are at your best? If you are like me, even when you know what works for you and what doesn’t, you’re still an idiot at times and fight against what you know is right. Why do we do that? I wish I knew, I wish I knew.
For the last year, I have been fighting my hair. Like a dumbass. I let it get super long, which I know is a rookie move. I have super fine hair that doesn’t do long well. So fine that my old stylist used to call it “turtle fur”. So, I let it get long knowing it would look dumb. And it did. Then I cut off a bit and it felt good. In my heart of hearts, I wanted it much shorter, but it felt weird to pull that trigger after having it long. It wasn’t enough, so a few months later I cut off more. Felt better, but I knew it wasn’t what I really wanted.
So, last week as soon as No Spend February was over, I did what I should have done a long time ago. I hacked it off super short in the back and got a “lob” in the front. When I stopped denying what I knew I should have been doing all along, I found “me” again.
And it turns out that I am capable of not always having shitty hair. Who knew? Though I have to say, before I ask Troy to take these pictures, we were getting ready for church. He said “so do you want to take a shower first or should I”? I gave him a nice hard 20 second look before saying “I showered three hours ago. I’m wearing make up. I already did my hair”. So that made me feel super pretty.
Saw this gem on a car the other day. I was at a red light, so I wasn’t driving and using my phone. It’s kind of blurry, so if you can’t see it, it says Hall/Oates’12.
It has been a busy peacock sighting week around here. Bennett is obsessed with them, and will stand at the window for as long as we’ll allow him and yell “bawk bawk”. This one came back to see if B was able to come out and play. Or it was selling Girl Scout Cookies. Who knows.
Our entire neighborhood is on a series of steep hills, so every yard is “terraced” in to the hillside. The house that is below us has three dogs – two huge and one tiny one. They have had a small portion off their deck fenced for a year or so, and have slowly been working on fencing the entire yard. They finished this last weekend, and I have no idea who loves it more; the dogs or these three boys.
Dog TV is always on, and it is never a rerun. The dogs recently got a huge beach ball, and it is the most joyful thing to watch.
Meal plan time! Jack’s baseball practices start this week. Blah.
Monday:: We’re having the homemade frozen pizza we were supposed to have on Saturday. And broccoli.
Tuesday:: Grilled chicken, zesty quinoa, and biscuits.
Wednesday:: Jack really wants mac and cheese, so I’m doing homemade mac and cheese, roasted broccoli, and a huge salad to offset the main dish.
Thursday:: Tomato and basil soup with salad and leftover biscuits.
Friday:: Popcorn and movie night.
Saturday:: I don’t know. Like for real. Leftovers.
Sunday:: Family dinner
This week was another expensive Costco trip at $90.77.
Smith Brothers Farms $19.97.
Grocery store $40.07. I got a $.25 rebate on the onions via the Ibotta grocery app.
What are you having for dinner this week?
I love that you talk about your faith and also cuss. And that you love the Pope and Justin Trudaeu. And that you love them differently.
Basically, you made my morning today.
You’re haircut is so cute! You look about 15 in that photo. Plus I think Hall and Oates might be a fine choice in 2020!!
Aw, you’re so sweet. Thank you!
Please do not change the way you cook because of how it looks! That’s the best thing about your food, it looks attainable, it can be cooked without getting 15 specialty out of season ingredients and it always is delicious! Today when I scrolled thru my instagram I saw a really pretty breakfast bowl, with chia pudding and it was so nice and pink and all. (while I ate my sons leftover Muesli) but then I took a second look. And … it had a slice of a pink beetroot in it. So chia pudding with beetroot looks beautiful, but it must taste like earty frog eggs. I will prefer imperfect yet tasty any day.
Nope, no plans to change anything other than taking better photos of the normal stuff I make.
Beets in chia pudding? What in the hell is wrong with people? For the same color, they could have used raspberries which are delicious and equally as pretty!
Jealous that you have peacocks.
Tougher week than usual for menus, but we’ll be attempting:
Monday: Tandoori Grilled Chicken with homemade Naan and Vegetable Biryani
Tuesday: Daughter is attending an orchestra performance with friends, so it’s just the two of us. I’m envisioning Baked Feta, Marinated Artichokes, Crusty Bread, and a crisp Weiß Burgunder.
Wednesday: Daughter departs for a sports tournament through Saturday, so once again it’s just the two of us. I’ll pick up the ingredients for Tartare, and a Blau Frankisch.
Thursday and Friday: As part of the contractual agreement at our daughter’s school, families with athletes house (and feed) students who are visiting our school for sports; the other international schools across Europe reciprocate in kind. We’re housing two Grade 8 boys coming for a basketball tournament. Making general assumptions from the names, dinner probably shouldn’t include pork, and Friday’s dinner should likely be fish or vegetarian (to consider Lent). Maybe ground chicken tacos on Thursday; and homemade macaroni and cheese on Friday.
So, you take in strangers for the weekend because of sports? That seems interesting and kind of weird for the kids. We did soccer exchanges with a Canadian team when I was in elementary school, but I can imagine it being awkward for teens. Good luck!
Yep, and strangers take in our students, except that we’re all families within the international school community. Plus, housing keeps the travel costs down. Our students have housed with ambassadors, families with farm animals; our son once housed with a prominent family that had a guest house with an indoor basketball court (they housed 8 of our varsity boys basketball players–imagine the food required!) We have a guest room with separate bath so the students have some privacy; the guest room has Wii and X-Box, though most athletes just want to eat dinner, shower, and go to sleep. It really isn’t awkward at all because it’s the norm.
Girl, I love your blog because it’s real. It’s cool you went to that class to learn some new techniques, but hell’s bells, I’m more interested in what you made and how you made it. Your photos give all of us a glimpse into a normal, crazy, foodie, family-oriented life. I love it!!!
I wish I made any of the food we photographed, but it was all from a Seattle market.
This week is various casseroles. I make a few things on Sunday and portion out to take to work and so I have meals ready some nights to avoid eating out. Breakfast bake with egg, hasbrowns, cheese & ham, Skinnytaste pizza casserole, Broccoli, chicken alfredo noodle bake with garlic bread. Fruit and ceasar salad for sides and shrimp lo mein and vege spring rolls Friday.
How do you like your homemade mac n cheese? I like to make the creamy stove top kind with cheddar, fontina, and gruyere.
Yep, stovetop stuff here too! I dislike mac and cheese with a crunchy top. I keep adjusting my recipe, but right now I like a mix of mozz, medium cheddar, and extra sharp cheddar. Does fontina make it super creamy?
Yes, fontina makes it creamy and gruyere gives it a kick!