Sunday, February 25, 2018

Meal Plan

We are in working on emptying the freezers right now. Cleaning them out and using up the last of our beef and pork from last year. This means we are down to all the odds and ends that are not likely to get cooked quickly during the year and a few items that I found on sale. It is time to get a little creative with the last few roasts and and make room in the freezers for our meat order this year. I have an order of ground beef coming from a local farm this week sometime and I also managed to get an incredible deal on boneless skinless chicken breasts through Zaycon Fresh a few weeks ago (under $1/lb for a 40 lb case) and will pick that up near the end of March. Our normal order of beef and pork is usually ready in March or April so I'm hoping to have the freezers ready by then.  With the money allocated for future purchases (of mostly locally sourced, ethically raised, organic free-range meat), the current grocery budget is a bit tight to encourage us to stick to the plan and use up what we have. 

S: donuts after Mass (B). schnitzel and spaetzle (D)
M: eggs and toast (B), leftovers (D)
T: bagels, fruit (B), spicy chicken soup and cheddar muffins (D)
W: egg sandwiches (B), sweet n sour pork (D)
T: baked oatmeal (B), steak and cheese sandwiches (D)
F: breakfast potluck (B), rice bowls (D)
S: cereal (B), pizza night (D)

What's on Your Reading List?

I don't know about you but I tend to go through times when I am not reading a darn thing followed by times when I am reading 2, 3, or 4 books at a time. Right now finds me smack dab in the later of the two. So here's my list. What's on yours?

The Baker's Secret. I recently finished this one and loved it. It is set in a coastal village in the Normandy region of France during WWII. A village which witnesses the storming of the beaches after several years of occupation. This one is full of real characters and gives a realistic picture of life for the villagers left behind to live through the occupation.
The Three Things Divorced Catholics Need to Know. This is a short book that gives a brief yet thorough look at the most important things divorced Catholics need to know in order to reconcile the faith as a Catholic with the realities of a marriage that has ended.  This one is a must read not only for divorced Catholics but also for anyone who works in marriage ministry in any fashion in the Church.

My Lenten Journey 2018.  I'm working my way through this one when I remember. It is exactly what it sounds like: a journal for Lent that provides inspirational quotes as well as space to keep track of who you are praying for and your Lenten sacrifices. Perfect for the busy Mom who just needs a quick spiritual shot to recharge.
The Girl Who Survived. This is a read aloud book with Abby and Gabe. It is a a true story about a young girl named Bronia who survived the Holocaust and was one of the youngest survivors of Auschwitz. I love that this book is not too intense for younger readers so I don't have to chase little people out of the room but it is also not a sugar coated story either.
Hidden Figures. I took this one with me to karate today to start but got kind of distracted by the karate class. That tends to happen sometimes. But I have a copy of the movie waiting to be watched and I have a rule about not watching the movie until I read the book. Although I must say I've been interested in reading this one for a while anyway.
A Philadelphia Catholic in King James's Court. Kieran is reading this on for a basic apologetics course. This fictional story follows a Catholic teen boy and his family after the death of his father causes them to move closer to family for support. The relatives they are living near are decidedly anti-Catholic and make it their mission to attempt to convert this boy away from his faith.  Instead they are met with a child who is solidly grounded in his faith and able to easily refute all of their arguments. I had Bryan read this book in high school as well and am rereading it now so I can keep up with Kieran's homework assignments. This book is a must read for high schoolers.

The Diary of Anne Frank. The three high schoolers (and Abby) will be attending this play in March so they are covering the book before we go. I'm reading along with them because it is so much easier to keep up with the assignments when the book is fresh in my mind as well.

What's on your list that I should read in the future?