Monday, August 31, 2015

Meal Plan and an Update

You will start to see a pattern in the next few weeks. We are starting school and hitting the 3rd trimester and the super mobile I want to scale everything in my path realm of toddlerhood all at the same time. So meals will be simple for a while. I may soon break down and buy some paper plates.

I found an awesome deal on yogurt this past week so the fridge in the basement is full of store bought yogurt. I think my kids went slightly into shock over that one since we normally only have homemade stuff. I can make a gallon of yogurt for under $3 right now. This stuff came in at about $4 a gallon so going with that whole simple thing, I filled the cart.

The large freezer is just not acting right again so hopefully it will be fixed tomorrow. Or you just might find me in panic mode as I try to find a way to save all that organic grass fed beef and organic pork. And the budget in the process.

We will soon be bidding a fond farewell to Alan's car and going back to two cars for a while. Turns out the poor thing just could not handle a couple of teenage accidents and a few other issues. Just need to decide the best way to get rid of it. Hopefully a few months with lower car insurance will allow us to save up a bit for another older used commuter car eventually.

Discovered why I have been so stinking tired (beyond the pregnant thing) and am working on fixing that. Hopefully I will be successful before more drastic measures are needed. The words blood transfusion just don't make me a happy camper.

We had guests in town last week who were kind enough to leave us with a fridge full of lunch meat and such things so we are working our way through the leftovers. Too bad I'm not really supposed to eat lunch meat at the moment. Seriously, how many other stupid rules will they come up for pregnant ladies? Admittedly, I do eat it. Just try to stick with the freshest options possible so not stuff the kids have been pawing through for several days.

M: yogurt, granola (B), leftovers (L), sloppy joe/corn bread casserole, veggies (D)
T: waffles, fruit (B), leftovers (L), enchilada skillet (D)
W: breakfast casserole (B), leftovers or sandwiches (L), pasta and crockpot spaghetti sauce (D)
T: yogurt, granola (B), leftovers if we have them/sandwiches (L), curry chicken (D)
F: oatmeal (B), sandwiches (L), bean and rice burritos (D)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Meal Plan

Hoping to fill in the blanks tomorrow. It will be a crazy week. 3 doctor's appointments for different people, online courses starting, canning still going in full swing, and visitors in town. Seamus turns 1 (but we won't celebrate on his actual birthday because we will be busy and he won't know the difference). So a busy week. I think I need to go back to making actual daily lists for myself so that I stand a chance of actually getting things done.

M: Apple baked oatmeal (b), meatloaf muffins, fruit (l), baked ziti (d)
T: waffles, fruit (b), chicken salad sandwiches (l), sloppy Joes (d)
W: yogurt, granola (b)
T: crockpot breakfast casserole, fruit (b),
F: eggs and toast (b), tuna melts (l), Mac and cheese (d)
S: cereal (b), leftovers (l), pizza (d)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Meal Plan

S: oatmeal (B), meatloaf, corn, zucchini (D)
M: eggs, raisin toast (B), cream cheese chicken over rice (D)
T: oatmeal (B), Dr. Pepper pulled pork, coleslaw (D)
W: bagels, fruit (B), broccoli beef over rice (D)
T: overnight breakfast casserole (B), leftovers (D)
F: waffles, fruit (B), quiche (D)
S: maple French toast, fruit (B), pizza (D)

Working on starting to stock the freezer with freezer meals. Made 10 yesterday. I have more to make tomorrow along with a batch of shredded chicken and peach butter. I just ordered a pressure canner so I am hoping to turn the last of the beef bones into broth and can that rather than freezing it. Slowly making progress on restocking the pantry.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Fr. Murphy 5K and Fun Run

Most of the family participated in the Fr. Murphy 5K and Fun Run a while back. This run is part of the St. Pius County Fair held every year as a parish fund raiser. This year, Bryan and Sean were both out of town. So Alan and Kieran ran the 5K. The other kids (not counting Seamus) ran the fun run. The fun run is a free 1 mile kids' race. We keep the kids in the fun run as long as possible because, well, it's free and because we don't want to push their bodies to run the longer distances often when they aren't truly physically ready for it.

 Liam came in first in the fun ran, Katie took second, Gabe was in 5th place, Abby and Robert were somewhere in the middle, and Ellie came in last place. Alan was in 7th place overall, first for his age bracket. And Kieran improved on his time from last year. Everyone did a great job and loved the ice cream reward after the race (bribing all the children to get them to run, I think).

Monday, August 10, 2015

I am really struggling with meal plans lately. Totally lacking motivation, among other things. Starting to try stocking up on quick snacks and things for the last month of pregnancy and first month post partum. The crazy times. And hoping the kids don't find them and eat them beforehand. Hoping to start freezer meals later this month as well.

M: eggs and toast (B), cheesy beef and rice (D)
T: yogurt and granola (B), not a clue (D)
W: oatmeal (B), broccoli beef (D)
T: breakfast casserole (B), spaghetti (D)
F: cereal (B), no clue (D)

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Weekly Round-Up

I remember thinking this past week would be quiet. I was a bit wrong. Ah well, better than boring, right? Lots of craziness, unexpected running around, water heater suffering a serious injury, two boys sent off to two different camps, Alan working the weekend, canning craziness on Saturday. Yup, craziness.

So the water heater was yet another unplanned expensive repair. But on a positive note, I can now take a hot shower again. Sigh, hot water is a wonderful thing. The main floor tv died. I found a working one of the side of the road for free and sent Bryan to pick it up. We were gifted free tickets to the chicken dinner at church on Saturday. I am so looking forward to the break from cleaning up the kitchen.

So while I was shopping on Saturday I happened upon a great deal on organic tomato soup, maple syrup (the real stuff), and some produce for canning. Now, keep in mind that I am of the mindset that everyone (yes, even you) should do their best to maintain a well stocked 3 to 6 supply of food in their home at pretty much all times. Just to make sure they are protected and prepared for things. And when that food pantry is full of home canned foods, my heart is seriously in a place of total happiness. So I am working on canning as much produce and such things as possible right now. And while I was putting things away and organizing the pantry the other night, I found myself talking to the canned goods. Yes, I am crazy. I admit that. But I have frequent discussions with the canned goods in the basement. They often include me griping about children putting the groceries away in entirely the wrong place (why is it so hard to understand that like all of the spaghetti sauce or peanut butter or whatever should be on the same shelf and not in 5 different places?),  someone not telling me they used the last of a certain item, and griping about how eating the food while hiding in the basement pantry and then leaving the empty containers/wrappers/whatever laying on the floor is a thing that really irritates me. Seriously, I will notice if you leave an empty can of fruit on the floor or twelve popsicle wrappers on the floor. But there are other days when I just kind of look at the supplies and breathe a sign of relief knowing that the family will eat well even when I am unable to go shopping after the baby is born. Or if Alan loses his job. Or if the medical bills spiral out of control. Or something. And maintaining the pantry is providing certain children with job training skills. They will be able to stock and rotate grocery store shelves with the best of them.

Ok, I am rambling. It is what I do.

Seamus has decided he likes to sing in church. Loudly. Thankfully he has learned  to mostly only sing when everyone else  is singing. So he  sings very loudly, with his hands over his ears. Seriously, it is adorable. And, yes, most everyone near us can hear him. Because he sings loudly.  Just enjoying life, that boy.

We finally have a  way to pull  pictures off the camera. So hopefully the next post will contain actual pictures. How amazing would that be?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Meal Plan

S: waffles, fruit (B), homemade taco helper (D)
M: oatmeal (B), sloppy joes (D)
T: egg breakfast muffins (B), leftovers (D)
W: bagels, fruit (B), cheesy beef and rice (D)
T: eggs and toast (B), leftovers (D)
F: cereal  (B), assorted snacks after the race at church (D)
S: not sure yet (B), dinner at church (D)