Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Pantry Challenge

I am attempting to end the year with a pantry challenge. We have an abundance of extras in the house and need to budget for a new car for Alan so it seemed the perfect time. Even with 3 birthdays in December.

So we are heading into week 2 of our pantry challenge and I am hoping to keep it going through the new year. I will still plan to buy the special Christmas extras but I likely won't go searching for anything extra to add this year.  We have so much but it is easy to forget how blessed we are when stress starts getting to you. So I sat down and came up with a meal plan that takes us up to December 23. I'll reevaluate the freezers at that point and see how much further we want to go.

M: cranberry bread and fruit (B), chicken parmesan casserole (D)
T: Kieran's birthday, his choices include breakfast burritos, pizza pockets, and chicken enchiladas
W: St. Nicholas Day so breakfast will include a heavy dose of candy along with yogurt, granola, and apple butter (B), tacos (D)
T: breakfast casserole (B), BBQ chicken (D)
F: bagels, fruit (B), potato soup, rolls (D)
S: cereal (B), pizza (D)

So other than filling the kids up with loads of chocolate, what are your favorite ways to celebrate St. Nicholas Day?

Friday, December 1, 2017

When the Blogger Gets to Thinking

I've been doing a lot of thinking recently about what to do with this blog. At one point, I rather enjoyed sharing out life for those out of town. But it gets hard at times. Hard to balance sharing while respecting the privacy and space your kids need. Hard to deal with unrealistic expectations. Hard to find the right niche I guess.

When I go back and read what is written in the past, I see so very much hurt and anger. So much struggle. So much pain. Perhaps that is why I am struggling to jump off from there. I am not the person I was then and I'm not sure I feel like owning those words again.

Hoping to move forward in a more positive manner perhaps. I've seen other folks just delete everything and start over. Somehow that just does not feel right to me.

So while I continue to sort out my world, keep checking back every so often please.