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Meal Plan Monday

This week we are especially looking forward to a Taco dinner at my sister’s with her family. Since we have moved to the homestead and had more children, it seems harder to plan things. So sometimes you just have to carve out time to make it happen!

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Monday – Asian beef and noodles
Tuesday – Meat cups, potatoes, and carrots (freezer meal)
Wednesday – tacos
Thursday – shrimp scampi, baked potatoes, and corn
Friday – supreme homemade pizza
Saturday – enchiladas
Sunday – meatloaf and potatoes in the crockpot with a side salad

I hope you have a great, belly-filling week!

Meal Plan Monday

Here’s another week and another menu!

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Monday – tacos
Tuesday – Swedish meatballs, potatoes, green beans
Wednesday – fish sticks, mozzarella sticks, and fries
Thursday – pork chops, baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli
Friday – pizza casserole
Saturday – quesadillas and chips with guacamole
Sunday – roasted chicken and veggies

My Command Center

I have created a command center in my kitchen, and I wanted to share what is working for me. This organizer is from Thirty One.

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I keep things here that I check each morning after I get my coffee usually. Then I know if I have to get something out of the freezer for dinner or what my morning cleaning will entail.

My monthly menu is there in the middle. I plan for a full month so I can buy in bulk from Frontier, Country Life, Vitacost, Amazon, and a grocery store that has decent organic prices. I also put my new cookbook on the top left because I’m using it a lot this month.

On the bottom left is a declutter challenge that I’m doing. It has one small task a day – like today was to clean off the kitchen table. Another task a day I am doing is from So Damn Domestic. I wake up to an email with a cleaning task – today’s was to vacuum against the edges of the room where the dust bunnies and animal hair gets stuck.

And on the bottom right is a weekly list of cleaning chores. Thursday is my day in the kitchen to toss old food from fridge, wipe out yucky spots, deep clean the counters, clean stove top and floors.

These things and my command center have really helped me stay on top of things around the house. Once I’m behind, I’m so overwhelmed to start again. I am hoping this momentum continues because I’m loving a more organized and cleaner house. Don’t let this fool you that my house is perfect. It’s far from that – there are 5 of us here. We are all here all day long working or doing school and that creates a lot of dishes and messes but it helps keeps my chaos in order. ;)

Meal Plan Monday

This week you may see a few repeats from last week because we ate out once while we went shopping for a day and we had a dinner of blue gill given to us by a friend.  I will probably move one of the “extra” dinners to lunch for a few days this week.  The extra cooking won’t be a big deal because the weather is so terribly cold that I don’t think we will be leaving the house too much this week.

Monday – Loaded nachos

Tuesday – Chili cornbread

Wednesday – Sub sandwiches and smoothies

Thursday - Freezer meal with steamed veggies

Friday – Shrimp stirfry

Saturday – Tacos

Sunday – Lasagna, salad, garlic bread

For other meal plan ideas, visit The Org Junkie

Daily Wellness Routine

I am not a Dr. and I know this daily routine is not 100%, but this is where I’m at right now. I’m still learning how to incorporate my essentials oils into my day and always on the look out for ways to boost my immune system or support my health.

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Lately, my routine has consisted of my prenatal gummies because I’m nursing and can’t swallow pills worth a darn. I’m also taking 4,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 because I’m not getting it from the sunshine and I’m trying to keep the winter blues at bay and keep the sickies away. There’s a tiny white bead in the pile which is oscillo. It’s a homeopathic flu remedy so I just take one a day during flu season. There’s also a tan OnGuard beadlet that I take one of each day for prevention. It has essential oils in it to increase immunity and fight off sickness. I also put the OnGuard oil on my feet and hands so my body has the benefits of absorbing it faster and increasing immunity. The bigger white tab is a probiotic which puts good bacteria into the gut to fight off the bad. The last immune booster I try to do daily is making elderberry tea with dried elderberries. I drink it cold or hot with some honey and sometimes mixed with other tea. Elderberries are high in vitamins A, B, and C and antioxidants. It detoxifies the body, helps prevent colds and flu, and can shorten illness in half once you are sick.

What kinds of vitamins, supplements, or foods do you consume regularly to boost your immunity and stay healthy?

Meal Plan Monday

We start the New Year this week, and we are settling back into a routine with homeschool and home life with a new baby.  It seems like a perfect time to be diligent about meal planning again.  Most of December we used our gifted freezer meals, and we are so thankful they were there for us.

Monday: Chili and homemade bread from the freezer

Tuesday: Meatloaf from the freezer, herbed rice, and mixed veggies

Wednesday: Venison steaks, roasted white and sweet potatoes, and steamed veggies

Thursday: Pork chops, baked sweet potatoes, and sauteed mushrooms with onions

Friday: Gluten-free tomato basil squares from Pampered Chef Favorite Made Gluten Free

Saturday: Loaded nachos with meat, pinto beans, lettuce or sprouts, cheese, sour cream, salsa

Sunday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, and garlic bread

I’m sharing this to orgjunkie.com – be sure to check there for more meal ideas.

Updates from the homestead – kids, the farm, and doTERRA!

Wow, it has been quite some time since I updated the blog and even before that it was sparse. A lot has happened on the homestead since those last posts. A lot of good things!

Val is homeschooling and we are doing Kindergarten curriculum. She amazes me daily when she learns to read new words and she figures out words on her own in books or around the house. We will be formally starting a math curriculum in the new year too, and I am excited for that.

Aiden is busy being a toddler boy. He tags along with his sister to do school time. He especially likes to draw on the white board, color, paint, and play with playdough. His big obsessions are trains and animals though. He is my helper and always wants to be on the counter and mixing or pouring while I’m cooking.

We had our third bundle of joy born in the beginning of the month. “Baby Surprise” was a surprise through and through. She has turned into the best Christmas gift! Little Liberty is growing every day. She is staying awake for longer periods of time and starting to make little baby noises now.

The homestead was busy this summer. We had a garden and I canned like a crazy pregnant lady during the late summer and fall. Spaghetti sauce, pears, plums, beets, beans… Carrots, corn, blueberries, and strawberries went to the freezer. We raised a pig on pasture that James butchered along with one of our male goats. We still have 2 female goats in the barn that I hope to milk in the future and another goat for meat. We still have about 60 laying hens, Muscovy ducks, and a guinea hen. We also raised about 500 meat birds on pasture this summer. All in all, it was successful, busy, and full of lessons for us!

I have also started a new adventure with doTERRA and I am delving into using essential oils in my every day routines. My goal is to treat minor ailments, supplement our health, and transition to making my own cleaning and beauty products with them. I hope to share how I use them, recipes I love, and how it all works for me here. I know it will be a transition, but I think it will simplify things for me in the long run (and it will be healthier for us without the use of all those chemicals). I will be teaming up with Beck from The Yoga Place to sell the oils in her studio and we will be co-hosting workshops together in 2014 (see the first one here)! Get excited!

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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Meal Plan Monday

I’m still here, and I’m still meal planning a month at a time… here’s a glimpse at this week. What are you eating? :)

Monday ~ Mini pizzas and tuna salad

Tuesday ~ Tacos

Wednesday ~ Egg bake, berries, and toast from homemade bread (celebrating the first day of Spring)

Thursday ~ James is cooking dinner (venison tenderloins with the fixings)

Friday ~ Perch fry, homemade fries, broccoli

Saturday ~ Paleo pizza (from Everyday Paleo)

Sunday ~ Crockpot roast and veggies (from Everyday Paleo)

Meal Plan Monday

I miss using this space and blogging, and as the weather cools off and we are inside more instead of doing farm work I forsee me sitting down to connect this way again.  I’m craving it as much as I’m craving pumpkin spice lattes!

Monday – Chicken, squash, and kale risotto

Tuesday – Lasagna, salad, and garlic bread

Wednesday – Spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread

Thursday - Enchiladas and roasted cauliflower

Friday – Out for our 10 year wedding anniversary

Saturday – Bacon wrapped duck, potatoes, and squash

Sunday – Crockpot chicken and veggies

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