Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Latest

Hi friends!

I hope you are having a good weekend.

An announcement: I'm going to be wrapping up the blog soon.

It has been on my mind for awhile, and I've decided it is time to pull the plug. I love writing and blogging. But this blog has served it's purpose. I will continue to plan, shop, and cook (of course!) but I'm pretty sure everyone has a good idea of what to expect from our menus if they've been a reader for any length of time. If not, consider this your heads up to copy down anything you want for safekeeping. Personal family and friends are welcome to ask me for a recipe anytime. I'm not going to leave the blog hanging out unattended, so it will be going dark, not sure when yet.

Thank you for everyone's kind support. I can't believe we've been doing this paleo-ish thing for 5+ years! I'm looking forward to fall, my graduation (it's been a long time coming), and the holidays with family. Time will tell what comes next! I wish you all the best!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weekly Menu

I want another weekend!!!! :)
Last week I spent way too much time making dinners when I really just wanted to sit down, so I'm going to use the crock pot more this week.
I was lucky to get the grocery shopping done today. Taking the kids to the store when we are all hungry and grouchy is never good.
Here's the plan for this week.

eggs, coffee (with protein or cream)
(kids eat at school)

PB&J on rice cakes or corn tortillas
(they've been begging for PB&J)
mini sweet peppers and hummus
yogurt with pumpkin flax granola
(adults get dinner leftovers)

Sunday - homemade primal pizza
Monday - one dish chicken fajitas
Tuesday - carnitas with cilantro lime slaw
Wednesday - leftovers
Thursday - easy roast beef with provolone, potatoes
Friday - breakfast for dinner (cinnamon waffles with the pancake recipe.. eggs...bacon...)

prepping the fajitas

Have a great week!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Weekly Menu

I LOVE having a day when I don't have to set an alarm for waking up! :)
We shopped at Sprouts and Aldi as usual.
Here's the plan for this week-

coffee with protein or cream
leftovers + eggs
(kids eat at school)

turkey and cheese
carrots or veggie chips and hummus
apples and pumpkin peanut butter dip (adjust sugar)

Sunday -  clean out the fridge
Monday - crockpot shredded pork, sweet corn, salad greens, dressing
Tuesday - cheeseburgers, roasted asparagus, potatoes
Wednesday - homemade primal pizza with beef and peppers
Thursday - salmon, veggies, rice optional
Friday - tbd!

I want to bake cinnamon apple cake. Or something fallish. Maybe these apples instead.

I found each of these inspiring simplicity highlights to be encouraging.

That's all I have for now. Have a good week!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Weekly Menu

I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day. We are doing a little bit of everything today.

Other than the food and gas and bills, I'm kind of on a personal spending freeze since I'm not working much right now because of school. 5 more weeks! It's frustrating when I see new fall styles out, but also surprisingly freeing to think I have enough and to be creative with what I have.

My kids are scheming about what new shoes they want to get. We never bought "back to school" tennis shoes it's about time for new ones. One in particular obsesses about shoes.

Sprouts had some great BOGO sales this weekend! We got together with friends and family earlier in the weekend, we grilled and ate on the patio last night, tonight will be low key. The in-laws sent us home with some frozen sweet corn so you'll see that on the menu.

eggs and spinach
coffee with cream

Kids' Lunches:
deli roll-ups (turkey, bell pepper strip, pickles, mustard, cheese)
carrots and hummus
gf mini oatmeal muffins
apples, blackberries

School Snack:
pirate's booty

Monday - grilled all beef hot dogs, greens with dressing, sweet corn
Tuesday - salmon, kale salad, rice optional
Wednesday - roasted chicken thighs, salad
Thursday - chili (never made it last week)
Friday - grilled bratwurst, veggies, watermelon
Saturday - tbd

chicken fajita leftovers for lunch

I think I need to do some minor meal prep today since it will be a busy week: slice peppers, brown ground beef...

And maybe take a nap...

Have a good day!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Groceries + Weekly Menu

Hello, here's what I bought for this week at Sprouts and Aldi. I was trying to be frugal without compromising too much. It helped that Sprouts had really good sales this weekend.


coffee with protein or cream
eggs and leftovers
(kids eat at school)

Kids' Lunch Choices:
turkey or ham with cheese roll ups
veggie straws, crackers, or pretzels with pb&j for dipping
carrots or red pepper strips
plums or pears
(adults - leftovers)

Sunday - easy slow cooker pulled pork, bbq beans, salad with dressing
Monday - one pan chicken fajitas with avocado, cilantro, and corn tortillas
Tuesday - grilled bratwurst, potatoes, salad with dressing
Wednesday - chocolate chili with sour cream
Thursday - leftovers or breakfast for dinner
Friday - tbd

I haven't been on Pinterest much lately, but recently looked at my board Recipes to Try - Paleo and Primal, and there are some mouth watering end-of-summer salad and such recipes on there. Wish I had time to try them all! Let me know if you give any of them a shot. Enjoy the weekend.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekly Menu

Yesterday was gray and cooler and it made me start thinking about campfires and blankets...
Today was perfect weather for reading by the pool.
Tomorrow starts a new adventure.

bacon, eggs, avocado, tomatoes
coffee, cream

Kids' Lunch Choices:
ham, cheese, pickles, & mustard sandwiches on gluten free bread
salami and cheese
cashew butter & jam on toasted gf waffles (on sale)
veggies straws
greek yogurt
wheat-free mini oatmeal muffins

Sunday - maple bacon pork tenderloin, roasted brussels sprouts
Monday - salmon, roasted broccoli, rice optional
Wednesday - slow cooker hamburger potato soup (different every time....)
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - primal pizza

The most complicated thing to make this week is the pork tenderloin so that's why I'm making that on Sunday. I also need to pre-cook the sweet potatoes sometime because if I wait until Tuesday evening, it won't happen.

That's all I know for now. Have a good week!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Food I Want to Make and Books I Want to Read

Best Ever Bars

Low Carb Zucchini Bread

Hm. Just realized those are dessert-ish. Sorry.

Pineapple + Chimichurri + Guacamole? With plantain chips. I'd give that a shot.

Books on my short reading list:

All the Light We Cannot See
You'll Grow Out of It
Falling Free
(affiliate links)

Not sure if I'll get to them soon as I really don't have time for them right now, need to be reading textbooks.

Oh, and some other random stuff-

Someone please tell me why 1st graders cannot go from 8:00am to 11:13am without a snack????? Our children do not need to eat every 2 hours!!!!

Rant over.

I love this mayonnaise. I buy it at Sprouts.

Interesting: The Failure of Moderation
Kind of goes back to Gretchen Rubin's categories: Are you an Abstainer or Moderator?

No such thing as work-life balance. A reminder to myself to stop striving for balance, and focus on what is important.

Love this on Raising Boys to be Men.

Have a great Friday!
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