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Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan for May 29th – June 4th

Well, I had a bit of an awakening this week, and I do believe my head has properly been removed from my ass. Last week I talked about an overall feeling of blahness that I was feeling. I thought a lot about it at the start of this past week, and really chewed on what you all said in the comments. The weather was stunning this last week, and B and I were able to take some extra-long walks on Monday and Tuesday. Few things give you more time for reflection than a rhythmic pounding of feet on the pavement. And what I boiled down is that I really love blogging and I love sharing and learning with you all. Love it. That is why I do what I do, but I haven’t let that be my guide lately.

So, I had a come to Jesus talk with myself and came up with a list of excuses that I have been telling myself over the last few years. Excuses about why this place hasn’t moved to the level I would want. I can make you a list of my thoughts and action items, but I shared it already with a friend late in the week, and I think my words with her ring very true.

Weeknight meal plan

 

 

Weeknight meal plan

Weeknight meal plan

Boom. I’m in it to win it. The word for the rest of the year for me is intention. Be deliberate and work with intention, and stop the inertia. If Jack told me he couldn’t learn a new skill because he didn’t know how to do it already, I’d likely lose my mind and tell him that is crazy talk. I’m done with my own crazy talk.

What does my renewed motivation mean for you all? In a word – nothing. Nada. Zilch. All the work I am doing now and going forward shouldn’t impact my readers. It’s more behind the scenes work cleaning things up, and putting a new shine on the place. If anything, you’ll hopefully be able to find things in a more organized way.

For anyone who said “whaaaaaaa?” when you saw the word SEO, you’re not alone. The term SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, and is a science/art of making sure your posts are found by search engines. In the past, SEO heavy posts were a nightmare to read and felt artificial and clunky. Things have changed (but are still super complicated to learn at least for me), so when I am updating old posts and writing new ones, my content will stay in my voice. On my terms. Nothing fake or forced.

For those of you who follow me on Pinterest, by next Sunday(ish), there should be a whole new look to my boards. I hope things will be easier to find, more organized, and look a bit more professional. If you don’t follow me already, go ahead and start and then you too can be impressed by the transformation from clunky to polished. My Facebook and Instagram followers – nothing will be changing too much there for now. I’ve always shied away from the live/video aspects of those platforms for one very specific reason. I don’t like watching people on video. It makes me uncomfortable for some reason, and it’s just not my thing. And I think I look and sound weird when I see myself on video. But, this is the year of learning new things, so we shall see. If I were to do any video, what kinds of things would you want to see? Someone on Facebook yesterday requested a video tutorial on this homemade bread that I posted. Other requests?

No knead dutch oven bread

Moving off of that, I think we need to discuss something that has been lurking around the edge of awareness for years, but no one ever brings it up. So…are meerkats incontinent?

Or do they just have overactive bladders?

We bought this collapsible wagon last week at Costco (cheaper at Costco if you have a membership), and it rocks our world. We have a wonderful solid wagon that was a gift when Jack was younger, but it’s too big to haul around in the car. This wagon folds up pretty compact, and was great for hauling Bennett and his wee little friend around at baseball. We made lap after lap around the field. After lap.

Meal plans

Meal plan

Meal plan

And then I used it at the farmer’s market while other people carried their plants around like suckers.

Meal plan

Meal plan

Remember the missing binky from last week? The one we thought Bennett had hidden when he found out we were taking the pacifier away? Well we finally found it.

Meal plan

 

It is propped up on the plug in for Bennett’s video monitor, wedged between the back of the dresser and the wall. Sneaky little squirrel hid that like a boss. We had to buy a four pack of toothbrushes yesterday, because he keeps stealing and hiding the ones in the bathroom.

What do you do when you find an ant invasion in your bathroom, and your repair-oriented husband is away? You find the crack where they’re coming in, and um, you shove a plug of Play Doh in there.

Meal plan

Next week on June 1st, I’m starting a month-long focus on really healthy eating, targeted exercise, and crap like that. My friend Mary is going to do a guest post for you all on physical fitness. She’s amazing and has lost an incredible amount of weight in the last 18 months and is living with a whole new outlook on life. She is my hero. Let me know if you’d like to join us in our “extra clean eating” month.

Meal plan time!

Monday:: Pasta, grilled asparagus.

Tuesday:: Chicken satay, grilled asparagus, and salad.

Wednesday:: Grilled chicken (made the previous night) over salad.

Thursday:: Chef’s salad with a new savory biscuit recipe I am trying out.

Friday:: Popcorn and movie night

Saturday:: We’re having dinner at our  neighbor’s. We met them last year when Troy noticed her walking up the hill with her son in the stroller. We had been having a garage sale that day and had a bunch of baby clothes. Troy invited her in to the dark garage and she actually went in. I couldn’t believe it, but her lack of ever listening to true crime podcasts allowed for us to meet a new friend! 🙂

Sunday:: Family dinner

Local butcher: $15.71 for sausage and ground turkey to make a bunch of meatballs to eat and freeze. And then I made another trip to pick up a case of local chicken. $124.75.

Costco: $92.57

You should have seen Jack’s face when I agreed to buy the Pirate’s Booty. There are two packs of asparagus under the kiwi.

Fred Meyer: $68.62. Such a good reminder to me that ready made food is expensive! The Tillamook was on sale for $4.99, and the expiration date wasn’t until November, so I stocked up.

And another trip – $19.72

I had a coupon for the puff pastry. The Kettle Chips were on sale – the Fred Meyer app had a $1 off coupon, and they had mailed out a $1 off coupon last month. Ibotta had a $1 rebate, so I ended up getting each bag for $.50.

Smith Brother’s Farm – $19.15. That bacon is my everything. And that fettuccine was delicious!

What are you having this week?

 

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27 comments on “Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan for May 29th – June 4th”

  1. So very proud of you. You Rock!

    Could you do blogs on your natural body care products? Shared your natural deodorant until I finally lost the recipe. I travel for a living and sometimes lucky to have one pair of undies left after the years travels lol.

  2. I saw that same wagon at Costco and wondered if it would be stable enough for my kid (who is just a few months younger than your B). Good to know that it comes with your praise!

    • It squeaks a bit, but was used for almost two hours solid and held up great. B is probably 22 ish pounds, and his little buddy in the there is about 19.

  3. I mostly read your blog because I think you are funny, and I’m entertained. I do like all your good tips and recipes, too. I agree that videos are annoying, but I love watching food videos of recipes coming together. You can always put it to music if you don’t want to talk. I’m going to go make sure I follow you on Instagram and Pinterest.

    Keep the faith! I’ve been reading your blog for years, and it is just getting better and better. You are really good at it!

    • Thank you Melissa!

      Troy used to do some light editing for his movie/tv work, so maybe I can put him to work doing some things. He works cheap. 🙂

  4. Amazing post, Sarah, and exactly the way I’ve been feeling about my blog too. This is so motivating. I’ve been making excuses for a year (new baby, sleep deprived, working 60 hour weeks at my day job and more) and it’s time to buckle down and get it done.

    What company did you use for your Pinterest work, if you don’t mind sharing?

  5. I really enjoy all your posts. This past year has been amazing with the No Spend February and the recent line drying post you did. You’ve really been an inspiration to do better than I am. I love food and cooking so recipes are great but I love you doing you.

  6. I just like you. I don’t live in the Northwest, I don’t garden (much; I have a patio of container plants, including some herbs, peppers and green beans), I don’t blog, or even do much on the Internet, am not your age and I no longer have young children.

    But I am tall, shoes are a bit of an issue, and I don’t have great hair. I like to cook and feed my loved ones well. I like that you don’t try to be (too) political.

    Perhaps I just need a different perspective on life now and then.

    Thank you.

    I’m sure whatever path you take, you’ll find your way.

    • I’m laughing so hard at “and I don’t have great hair”. Sigh, it’s a constant freaking battle to do something with these locks, isn’t it? 🙂

      Thanks for your comment and for being a reader!

  7. I’m a long time reader and read your posts because you are still funny! I love your tips and tricks and save some recipes here and there, but mostly I just like reading your blog. I just followed you on Pinterest and Instagram, too.

    Did you know there is a “call” option on Instagram? I just started using it myself, so I accidentally hit “call” on your page and it went to dial you- not sure you want it sent up like that, so I thought I’d let you know!!

    Anyway, keep up with what you are doing! You are very inspiring!

    • Well, heck. Thought my first post didn’t go through and now I see it here. Wanted to post again about the Instagram call thing anyway, but still.

    • Holy hell, I entered that number in because I thought it was part of the business verification process. Thank you SO MUCH for warning me about that. That could have been interesting! I’m not comparing myself to her in terms of reach/audience, but did you hear that Chrissy Teigen published her phone number in her first cookbook on accident? It was on the tag around her dog’s collar, and they had photos of it the book.

      • I felt like a stalker when it actually started calling you!! ?

        And so crazy about the dog collar- I would not have thought about that at all!

      • That would have been the funniest family dinner ever. I would have had to switch you to face time so you could “meet” everyone.

  8. I tried to follow you on Pinterest and it wouldn’t let me. I’ll keep trying 😉

  9. I love the healthy eating in June, we are in!

    This week has been mostly cubed sweet potatoes fried up in the cast iron skillet with other random veggies and ground pork for breakfast, and chicken veggie soup for supper. Although, I’m out of sweet potatoes 🙁

    When we had ants coming in from under the fridge over the winter, I soaked cotton balls in tea tree oil and wedged them into the two spots they were coming from. It worked (mostly), and my house smelled clean! Good call on the playdough!

    • Are you doing the sweet potatoes on the stove top or in the oven? I looooove roasted sweet potatoes!

      I have a visceral reaction to tea tree oil, but I’ll try it. I used to use a few drops in the toilet bowl while cleaning it, but then spent too much time with my face in a toilet bowl while pg with Jack. Just the smell of it now makes me dry heave a little bit.

  10. I’m in for the clean eating thing!! I was doing well in March and April, then kinda fell off into some bad habits in the last few weeks. It will be nice to have some virtual friends helping me out!

    Also I love your blog. You post things that interest me and you make me laugh!

  11. That wagon is the BOMB!!! We got ours last month and have used it and friends have borrowed it and even STRANGERS have borrowed it!!
    As for your posts…I have been reading your posts for a long time. Actually, you are the first blog I started reading. Every day or couple of days I find you in my email and I smile a bit to know I will be entertained in some way or moved a bit or just made to smile.
    I want you to know that you are appreciated.

  12. Hello Sarah, I am looking forward to some nice new ideas for cooking. One thing maybe. I always considered your blog a very body positive blog. Not to much emphasis on “healthy” vs. “bad” no focus on changing looks, on loosing weight. Just a friendly place to get a new idea and feel good.(As in Nutella in your basket, you go for walks that you enjoy vs. to burn calories etc.) I kind of hope it stays this way.

    And this week we are having a barbeque today (meat! corn! potato!) and like you I will make sure to eat aspargus at least twice! (I love mine with pasta, garlic and little tomatoes!

  13. Catching up on my email and binge reading. Just had to let you know that I’m with you on wagons. They are amazing. My friend, also Sarah, works for Special Olympics and was looking for one. I found one at harbor freight for cheap. She named it steve and it’s a work horse. We’ve used it to move her twice, it’s been to every special Olympic event, and it’s great for toting the dogs around when it’s too hot to put their paws on the pavement. All hail steve. I’m trying to come up with a name for mine.

    I love reading your blog. You crack me up.