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.