Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Good morning! I am sitting here enjoying a smoothie with my sweet little girly. Mango, strawberry, banana and spinach! Yum! We've had a nice weekend here.We didn't end up going camping as it was just too hot and wet. We are planning to go home next weekend for the 4th though and we might camp out then. So instead we had a nice weekend at home. Saturday we spent relaxing around the house Just enjoying each others company and playing with our ever growing little blessing. Sunday was our 4 year wedding anniversary. My goodness, has it really been 4 years? We went out to eat at our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed a big storm that rushed by outside the large windows next to our table. Chopsticks and lightening. Great combination! All in all, it was a lovely celebration of our time together thus far.
This weeks CSA bag has quite a few new items in it. It contained
- lettuce mix
- a small bell pepper
- and two other small peppers (hot ones)
The day we got it I made breakfast for lunch and we had scrambled eggs with the bell pepper, a pinch of the finely diced hot peppers (Zach isn't much for hot things so they gave flavor but not heat,) chives and parsley, sliced peaches and chocolate chip muffins. It made for a nice lunch! So here are our meal plans for this week...
Saturday dinner: Cabbage casserole- we were supposed to have this last week but the night I had planned to fix it, the power went out. So I moved it to this week!
Sunday lunch: Salads
Sunday dinner: our anniversary, out for Chinese
Monday lunch: Tacos-flour tortillas, lettuce, cheese, tomato, sour cream, taco meat
Monday dinner: Freezer meal- Chicken Tetrazinni, salad, fresh bread and parsley potatoes
Tuesday lunch: Sloppy Joe's (using the new high fructose corn syrup free ketchup we got this week,) browned potatoes, and Cole slaw
Tuesday dinner: Meat loaf, chive carrots, and mashed potatoes
Wednesday lunch through Friday dinner: leftovers for me!
Friday, June 25, 2010
- 3 chicken breasts
- a whole package of hot dogs
- 4 turkey burgers
- 2 steaks (this was Zach's Father's Day "gift." I got him grass fed top sirloin steak from the farmer's market)
We also grilled some peppers and onions to go with it. We had meat for Sunday dinner, Monday lunch and dinner and some more leftovers for throughout the week. I will freeze the extra hot dogs for Zach as a quick meal for him in the future.
This is frugal in that you are getting the most use out of your hot grill/charcoal. Not just using them for one meal but for many. Any who doesn't love the taste of grilled food?
You can also sneak out after dinner with some marshmallows. :o)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
~ NBC Nightly News
~ Babies who are growing fast! (This one is very hard to be thankful for sometimes!)
~ Soft baby hair
~ teething tablets (all natural ones)
~ naps, no matter how short
~ take out pizza, because sometimes, I just don't feel like cooking!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Our container garden along the side of our house. From left to right are bell peppers, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini, bell peppers, and yellow summer squash. Can you tell we like peppers?
Our first blooms on the pepper plants. If you look below the blooms to where the plant splits, you can see our first baby pepper starting.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
This week our CSA box contained:
- A small cabbage
- A bundle of green onions
- A bag of swiss chard (this is a totally new one for me!)
- A couple handfuls of green beans
Sorry, I didn't get a picture taken before we ate some of it! :o)
Meal plans for this week:
Monday lunch: Leftover grilled meat from Sunday, green bean and radish salad, and left over coleslaw from Sunday
Monday dinner: Chicken breasts, potato and swiss chard curry (wish me luck! We have never even eaten swiss chard!) and pan yeast bread (recipe to come probably Saturday)
Tuesday lunch: Chicken chunks, green onion mashed potatoes, and green onion corn (our breath will probably be lovely after this meal!)
Tuesday dinner: Cabbage roll casserole (new recipe that I am a little iffy about as Zach doesn't like cabbage any way but coleslaw and sour kraut but we can hope!)
Wednesday lunch-Friday dinner: Leftovers for me!
We are planning to go camping next weekend so we will be eating "camp-y" foods. More than likely hot dogs and the like and who knows what else. I am one of those odd people who really likes camp cooking. This will be the first time camping out with "L" so we shall see how she does. I am still trying to decide weather to brave cloth diapering while camping or not. Anyone done this before?
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My quick tip for today is to find a place for them! Some where you know to put them as soon as you get home and stick to it! I have a certain pocket in my purse just for my keys. When ever I get home, even if my arms are full of groceries and a baby, I know to at least throw my keys on my purse and then tuck them in that pocket later when I have time, or put them there in the first place. My husband hangs his on a hook when he comes in, then they are handy for when he walks out the door each day.
My cell phone can usually be found in the living room as we don't have a house phone. Where in the living room changes through out the day. Some times it is on top of the entertainment center, sometimes on the arm of the couch, sometimes on the end table, some times in the couch and sometimes on the floor (this happens when a certain baby gets a hold of it and it is usually then covered in slobber.) :o)
Maybe your place could be in your purse, on a table in the entry way of your home, on a hook in side the door, on your night stand even. Wherever is easiest for you to remember to put it as soon as you walk in the door!
Monday, June 14, 2010
- A LARGE bag of salad mix
- A small bag of spinach
- A couple hand fulls of snow peas
In the picture is also my weekly quart of raw goats milk. Yum!
And here is our meal plan for this week...
Saturday late lunch/early dinner: sweet potato burritos
Saturday dinner: Zach's week to work over time on Saturday so I had left overs
Sunday lunch and dinner: We are attending our first Home4Birth picnic at one of our midwives homes. We are SO excited to meet lots of other home birthing families and to see our lovely midwives again. We haven't seen them since "L" was born about 9 months ago. I am planning to bring these lovely Pumpkin Dinner Rolls from Tammy's Recipes (thank you Tammy for this yummy recipe!) I still have a good bit of pumpkin puree in the deep freezer from last fall that will be wonderful for these!
Monday lunch: Sweet potato burritos
Monday dinner: Stir fry- chicken, peppers, CSA snow peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, garlic and soy sauce on top of brown rice
Tuesday lunch: Sloppy Joe's, oven fries, and peas
Tuesday dinner: Chicken breasts (maybe chunks), mac and cheese, Lima beans and salad
Wednesday lunch - Friday dinner is leftovers as usual!
Saturday lunch: Leftovers?
Saturday dinner: Freezer meal, salad and garlic bread
Sunday lunch: Salad, hard boiled eggs, extra chicken from Tuesday
Sunday dinner: Father's Day! Grill out, deviled eggs, grilled peppers and onions
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
~ Nice doctors who don't push too much, even when they don't particularly agree with one (or more) of your parenting choices.
~ Scrap paper
~ Nature's beautiful bounty
~ The daisies and day lilies starting to bloom. Summer's almost here!
~ Tongue depressors that entertain a fussy baby while the doctor looks them over
~ Good books!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
One of the trails we took. This one had lots of pretty daisies and some tiny raspberries starting to come on.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I was always having trouble with the liquids wanting to run out of the bag as I was adding the other ingredients because my baggie would fall over. Then I came up with an idea and have used it ever since. Take your gallon sized zip top bag and place it inside a gallon tea pitcher, then fold the edge of the baggie over the edge of the pitcher and fill. The pitcher will hold your baggie in place and not let the liquids run out. You can even add your gently meats and it will still hold strong. Then simply pull it off from around the rim and zip shut!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Monday lunch: leftovers from Sunday ("L" had her 9 month baby wellness check up today and is doing great!)
Monday dinner: Chicken Soulvaki (new recipe using some of the oregano from our CSA box), potatoes with cilantro (new recipe using the cilantro from our CSA box) and the salad mix (from the CSA box.)
Tuesday lunch: Pasta arugula (new recipe using the arugula from the CSA box)
Tuesday dinner: Roasted Greek chicken (new recipe-also on the oregano site) and green bean and radish salad (new recipe)
Wednesday lunch: bean burritos (making extra for in the freezer), fresh salsa (using the green onions from the CSA box), and blue corn chips (a new favorite in the house.)
Wednesday dinner through Friday dinner is leftovers as usual.
So, what is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture (also called a CO-OP). At the beginning of the summer (the first of May was the cut off for ours) you sign up and buy a "share" (or in our case half a share) of what a local farm produces. We paid a set amount (ours is about $13 a week) and we will receive 8-12 pounds of fresh, organic, local produce each week for approximately 20 weeks. And by fresh, I mean FRESH! As in most of the items in our box were picked the morning of delivery. They can range in size from a few members to a few hundred. Ours has 54 members/families this year.
This is what our first box included:
- about a half a quart of fresh strawberries
- a bundle of radishes
- a bundle of green onions
- a nice sized bag of salad mix (this is a weekly item)
- 3 containers (like you would buy herbs in at the grocery store) of fresh Arugula, oregano and cilantro
The first few weeks boxes won't contain much but as the season progresses, the will get more and more fruitful!
In some ways I am a little nervous about the contents of these boxes as we will be introduced to some vegetables we have never tried before and I will have to get creative in the kitchen, trying new recipes and new ways of cooking these new foods. But at the time time, I am excited at this prospect as well. We have the opportunity to expand our culinary palate and push our "boundaries" a little when it comes to what we "think" we like and don't like. It also means I will have to get creative with the meal plans I make each week. From now on, I will get the CSA box on Saturday, search out recipes for the new and interesting items on Saturday, plan the next weeks menu on Saturday and Sunday and then grocery shop on Sunday or Monday. Phew! I am soo looking forward to this!
So, what some more information on CSA's?
Here is a link to a more detailed description of what a CSA is. Make sure too use the "Find CSA Farms" search to the right to see if there is a CSA near you to possibly look into.
Most CSA's are now closed to new members for the year, but maybe seeing mine this year will get you in the frame of mind to look into one for your family next year. They are a great way to help support your local farmers and a wonderful source of fresh, healthy, and sometimes organic foods!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Well, my solution is to save my rinse water and reuse it. I wash my dishes in the sink but then use a dish pan to rinse them in. I then reuse that rinse water to water my outdoor plants. After I have done the dishes, I allow the water to cool to room temperature. Then that evening, I water my garden with it. It doesn't get all the plants but it gets about half of ours. The little bits of food in the water act at compost/fertilizer and the small amount of dish soap acts as a pest detergent. So not only is it frugal and eco-friendly but reusing something that you would otherwise have just run down the drain, but it is also beneficial to your plants!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
~ All the military men and women who have so bravely given their service and sometimes their lives for our country.
~ The families of those men and women who serve for their sacrifice.
~ The American flag, a symbol of all the lives given and all the battles fought for our freedom.
~ Cool showers after hot days.
~ The La Leche League
~ Kitchen timers
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
My booster... liquid dish soap.
When you do a load of greasy clothes (work clothes, rags, kitchen towels/rags, sheets-for those of us with oily hair, etc.), wash in warm water, use your normal amount of laundry soap, and then add a good squirt of liquid dish soap. Not too much! About 1 to 2 tablespoons should do it. If you add too much, you risk creating too many bubbles for your washer to handle. No one wants a big mess of bubbles to clean up, although it would be quite fun for a while!
The grease fighters in the dish soap cut the grease in your clothes just as well! It is inexpensive as well. Can't beat that!