Meal Plan No. 5

The beginning of this week has been a little scattered and I never sat down to start a meal plan. My goal for the past few weeks has been to use up and cook what I’ve been stocking up in my freezer. One, because I don’t have much room left to put other stuff in there but mainly because my grocery budget has gotten out of hand the past couple of months and I didn’t want to continue spending that way. Most of what we are eating has required minimal effort on my part because 35 weeks pregnant over here! In this week and next, we will have successfully eaten pretty much all I’ve had stocked in the freezer and I’m so glad!

Here is my meal plan for this week:

Sunday: Sandwiches

Monday: Pizza

Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner.

Wednesday: Shrimp alfredo

Thursday: Eating out

Friday: Dinner with family

Saturday: Ham and vegetables

Meal Plan No. 4

I can’t believe I have kept up consecutively blogging for four weeks now! I’m so proud of myself lol. When I first started out, my goal was to post 2-3 times a week. Although I wish it had been 3 times a week, I am a procrastinator so I just haven’t typed up some of the posts I’ve already written for myself.

My meal plan for this week is probably going to fluctuate a lot as it almost always does when Kevin is home from work, but that’s okay because I still find it comforting to still have something planned. This is what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Bagel bites

Monday: Gumbo

Tuesday: Pizza

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Shrimp pasta

Friday: Dinner with family

Saturday: Spaghetti

Thanksgiving Place Cards (Placards?)

So ok. These things took me more time than I thought they would. The tutorials I see on Instagram are waaay quicker than it took me to do. I have a tendency to underestimate how long it takes me to do a new project.  I think this is because I’m used to being capable at the crafts I’ve done most of my life. I’m so used to being able just pick up a knitting project or sew something that I have forgotten what it’s like to have to practice something over and over.

But anyways! I did these this morning at my mom’s house and finished them just in time for dinner. Well ok, I finished the front just in time, but because I totally waited until the absolute last minute I didn’t finish doing the names on the inside like I planned. I also found those adorable pumpkins on clearance at Target and I knew they would be perfect with the little place settings.

Today I am thankful for my new little family we are growing, my family that I have been a part of my whole life, and my husband and his family that have treated me like their own. Most of all I’m thankful for Jesus Christ for saving me and loving me even though I don’t deserve it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Meal Plan No. 3

This week is going to be a busy week with Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday but I do have all my meals planned out! Even though I don’t always eat exactly what I have planned, it’s soooo nice to have a plan beforehand so I don’t have to try to decide at 5 pm what to feed my family. There’s one thing I’ve been thinking of lately and it is how tiring it is to get three plates ready at the same time and sit down to eat with everybody. That makes it sound like we have a lot of people eating with us. It’s pretty much just me, Kevin and the kids. But still! The kids are not old enough to fix their own drinks or get their own silverware yet so I’m doing a lot at dinner time.

Here is my meal plan for this week:

Sunday: Popcorn shrimp, edamame

Monday: White chicken, corn, rice, green beans

Tuesday: Teriyaki chicken, company potatoes (my fave!)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Thanksgiving

Friday: Dinner with family

Saturday: Out to eat

Happy eating!

Wednesday Ramblings

So first of all, it has been really cold all week and I miss the heat already.  It was nice last week when the sun came out on Thursday but ever since then it has been overcast and rainy. Which just makes it miserable outside because this is the kind of cold hurts! It is snowing up in New Hampshire where my brother and my bestie live. I also noticed that a lot of people I follow on Instagram are getting a good bit of snow, too.

Today I don’t feel particularly motivated to do much today. I haven’t been getting much sleep the last few days, I blame being pregnant! All I want to do is sit on the couch and not do much of anything until I can get some energy back. I need to get some laundry started because I’m on my last pair of socks and I really need them with it being so cold outside. There’s little messes all over the kitchen and living room right now, probably because at the time yesterday it didn’t seem like much but now they’ve all added up. Right now I’ve put in a load of towels to be washed to get the ball rolling on tidying up.

I’ve learned I have a low clutter threshold and having little messes everywhere quickly becomes overwhelming. Especially when I have creative projects I want to do or even just something extra to do outside of my normal daily routine.  As if I have a daily routine ha! I kind of do, I guess since I tend to do the same things around the same time. But when I’m overwhelmed with having to take care of a pileup of basic housekeeping tasks and all I want to do is knit or draw then it is very easy to just not do anything. I’m working on becoming tidier, it is a lot of work though! I feel like I’m constantly working and moving, but it is worth it to be able to see my kitchen table and bar where a lot of daily clutter tends to land. I’m having a hard time lately as my pregnancy progresses because I am more easily tired after doing something as simple as changing diapers and clothes. I usually end up just collapsing on the couch to get a little bit of rest.

Yesterday I had a burst of energy and I chose to clear off my kitchen counters to be almost bare. This is something I have been feeling the need for a couple of weeks now but I haven’t put forth the effort to do so. I tend to clear everything off every couple of months and then it all slowly creeps all back onto the counter. I’m really happy with how it looks right now, it’s so refreshing to walk in and see how open everything is. There’s still a little bit left to do, I’m trying to figure out where to put my bread and potato chips to get it all off the counter, then I will be all the way done!

I have probably started and stopped writing on this post since first starting it this morning. I can’t say I got really motivated, but I got plenty done! Starting with a load of towels was a good plan, I’ve gotten all my laundry done and now I just need to clean up from lunch.  We ate supper at my parent’s house Monday night, so my meal plan has been pushed back one day and tonight I’m planning to have breakfast for dinner. It surprises me every time that the kids tend to eat scrambled eggs better in the evenings than for breakfast but I’ve learned with whole30 that you can eat whatever foods you want for any meal.

Ok, mom duties call!

Meal Plan No. 2

It was my plan to post my meal plans on Sunday, buuuuut I actually do my meal plan on Sunday usually and then I just put off posting it. Maybe in the future I can post on Sundays but I think for now I’ll just post on Mondays. This past week I started really craving some yummy comfort food and in the past two days my meal plan has changed about five times. I think a lot of it is because whatever we end up having on Sunday evening tends to set the tone for the rest of the week.

I am trying a new recipe this week, I actually had it on last week’s meal plan but we ended up going out to eat instead.  So now I still have that meal for this week and that makes me happy! I really hope it tastes good.  One of the things I’m trying to do this past week and this coming week is to use up all the food I have stored in my cabinets and freezer.  About two months ago, I was able to buy some meat more in bulk and then freeze it so I’ve got a good bit of that left because well, I’ve been pregnant and it’s been hard to cook some (most) nights.

Here is my meal plan for the week:

Sunday: Popcorn shrimp

Monday: Teriyaki chicken, rice, green beans, baked fruit

Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Chicken skillet, corn, green beans

Friday: Dinner with family

Saturday: Leftovers, taco soup

Our Trip to the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Jackson

Last Friday I had an eye doctor appointment for a check up in Jackson.  Whenever we make this trip, we like to bring the kids with us and use the opportunity to explore the different museums and places there!  This time we went to the Mississippi Children’s Museum which was a lot of fun for all of us.  There were a lot of interactive exhibits based on things here in Mississippi for the kids to play around on.  They had a blast playing on everything and probably even learning a little bit even though they didn’t realize it.  I’ve posted a few of the pictures I took but I mostly try to record the kids when they are playing around because it is so fun for us to watch them later.  It is also a good way to share the experience with their grandparents, too!  This museum is definitely a place I want to bring the kids back to!

Meal Plan No. 1

I love meal planning.  I have a written meal plan for our suppers almost every week.  I started meal planning in 2016 as a way to keep our food budget low and under control.  Once I started having a plan every week for what I was going to cook at night, I got to where I couldn’t decide what to cook if I didn’t have it already written out.  Which is kind of funny because we pretty much eat the same rotations of meals that I generally already have the ingredients for.

Despite eating mostly the same meals every week or so, I can still draw a blank while I’m coming up with a meal plan.  I think part of this is because every time I sit down to write out my plan, I do have the thought, “what if I don’t want to eat/cook what is on my plan for the night?”  I like to have flexibility in what I get to cook or what we eat.  But that’s the best thing about being the mom and the grownup.  It’s my plan.  I get to change it if I want!  I can switch around meals as I want or I can just put off the meal for the next week.

I’ve been thinking about the benefits of compiling a master list of the meals I make so I can just look at my list and pull ideas from it.  I haven’t started on this yet, I just think it would be a good idea to do. One of my favorite organizing tools to use is index cards so I want to incorporate those somehow.

The weather is finally getting cooler and that makes me feel more like using my instant pot to make soups and gumbo and chili!  These are my favorite things to make for a Sunday evening because I can get them started before we leave for evening church so dinner is ready when we get home.

Here is our meal plan for this week:

Sunday: Eating out

Monday: Gumbo, corn, green beans

Tuesday: Pizza

Wednesday: Chili, corn, edamame

Thursday: Chicken skillet, green beans

Friday: Dinner with family

Saturday: Leftovers/bagel bite

Hitch Goals No. 1

As an offshore wife, I live my life in the hitches that Kevin is home and when he is gone to work.  This gives me opportunity to have an ebb and flow of how inspired I am to do projects and other things around the house.  My plan is to have a new set of goals for each month and since today is the first day of November, I thought it would work out pretty well!

Yesterday marks the 30 week mark for my pregnancy.  We are now 3/4 of the way closer to meeting the newest little member of our family.  2 1/2 months.  I’m not ready.  With the first 2 babies, both of the rooms that were to be theirs were in total chaos.  There was nothing ready, but I didn’t really care.  I mean, I cared a little bit, but here’s a secret about me: I am not a project finisher.  What I mean is that I am really good at starting a project, but I have a hard time actually completing it.

I have a lot of thoughts on this subject and I think I have figured out the solution that works for me.  But I will have to talk about that some other time because I still need to sort out those thoughts.  Anyways.  On to my goals for this month.  I feel as if I am in full nesting mood and I have so much I want to do.  The best way to do this is to break the project down into manageable smaller projects and just get to work getting things crossed off my list.

Recover rocking chair.  This project is more than a “want-to,” it’s a “must-do.”  Two and a half years ago, one of the dogs chewed the padding off one of the arms on the chair.  This is a very special 30 year old chair.  And I just so happen to be 30 myself.  So yep, that makes it the chair that my parents rocked and held me in when I was a baby.  I love that I have this chair and I cannot wait to recover it to give it new life.

Paint nursery.  Finley and Eleanor are going to be sharing a room and the room Eleanor is currently in will become the new baby’s room.  Aaaaand it’s purple.  I’ve never liked the purple but I could never work up the motivation to repaint it.  Now that we are having another little boy, I have a reason to paint it.

Knit chunky baby blanket.  My cousin is having a baby girl in December and I want to knit her a pretty blanket for her out of this super soft and chunky yarn that I have.

Make Thanksgiving placards.  Including the kids, there will be a total of six of us at my mom’s for Thanksgiving this year.  This is a lot smaller group than we have had in the past, but our families getting older and growing, it’s gotten harder to get everybody together.  I am looking forward to our little Thanksgiving and making new traditions that we will hopefully have for years to come.  One thing I’ve always wanted to do is to make placards to go with the place settings.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorites.

Craft fabric pinecone ornaments.  I found the cutest fussy cut quilted ornaments on Instagram the other day.  When I shared a screenshot of them to my aunt, she told me about a set of ribbon pinecone ornaments a friend made for her.  I immediately looked that up on Pinterest and now I am obsessed.  I want to make several of them not only for myself but to give to my friends too.

Keep decluttering. Kevin and I are on this decluttering journey and while I don’t have the time or energy (or desire) to do it in one weekend or week, we have made tremendous progress in the past three months that have been working on it.

I’ve tried to keep this projects simple and straightforward because I have learned that is how I get things done best.  I tend to be an idealist when it comes to my to-do lists and project.  I have learned that if I set my project goals too big then I become overwhelmed more easily and end up quitting and not finished at all.