Greetings! I hope all of you enjoyed a wonderful fall weekend. Well, at least everyone in Wisconsin. Hopefully all of you in the path of Matthew made it through safe and sound with minimal damage.
I laid pretty low this weekend. Saturday I putzed around the house and cleaned. Sunday I went and bought the stuff for the front porch (ran out of steam to actually decorate) and oh yeah, I was a cooking machine! The Plated.com menu was a little meh this week so we’ve opted not to take a box. Of course, that means I actually needed to rack my brain for a weeks worth of meals. Given that we’re just now pulling out our winter menu it wasn’t to hard, all the meals are fresh and we aren’t sick of them yet 🙂
Saturday morning I also received word that the mother-in-law of a friend of mine passed so I wanted to make sure that I could put together something for them as well.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a cooking day but here’s what I ended up making.
The chicken noodle soup (minus a bowl for me!) and one of the loaves of bread went to my friend, everything else we’ll use for eating throughout the week for lunch or snacks.
Here’s what is on the menu for the week.
Seriously, where is the time going? I know this is cliché, but I just can’t believe how much faster the time flies as you get older. I look back over the summer and it seems like we hardly did anything!
All has been pretty quiet on the Wonder Woman I’m Not front. Last Monday was my first day of giving up soda and McDonald’s sweet Tea. Needless to say I had a horrible migraine all week, the kind where I honestly thought there was a stake in my eye! I was also very sluggish all week. The only nights I wasn’t in bed by 7pm where the nights I had dinners. Then I was in bed the second I got home!
I decided to quit soda and McDonald’s sweet tea (I differentiate it because I do still drink one bottle of my Lipton’s sweet tea) because I’ve really been feeling like crap. Between A LOT of sugar and caffeine, stress and who knows what other contributing factors, I haven’t been feeling well. Sleep has been VERY elusive, headaches are increasing and I’ve been getting such bad heartburn that I throw-up. All of that is a sure sign that I need to make some dietary changes.
Since I’m not a glutton for punishment, I’m making one small change at a time. For the most part my evening meals are healthy. Breakfast and lunch not so much. With giving up McDonald’s sweet tea I’m going back to eating my frittatas and breakfast bowls. Nutrition wise that’s the only change I’m going to make right now.
Summer is definitely wrapping up. Although it’s been a warm September, everything is dying back and you can tell we’re entering the end of warm weather.
Life has been pretty hectic here the last couple of weeks. My mom took a turn for the worse and things were a little hairy for a while. Fortunately they seem to have the immediate issues under control and she’s back in the rehab center. We’re really praying for a few stable weeks so that she can gain some strength and we can all regain some equilibrium.
This weekend we had some family get togethers and did some fall cleaning. We had hoped to get to the local apple farm but rain prevented it. To be honest, I wasn’t overly upset. It was nice to have some down time. Mike and I took a long nap.
Are you following me on Periscope? I try to do one scope a week (although last week it just didn’t get done!). I’ve shared my Bathroom Bucket routine and what a Plated box looks like when it comes. I’m not sure what I’ll do this week. I may do an easy recipe, we’ll just have to wait and see. Tuesday is usually my day to Scope so be sure and check it out.
With my crazy week I never did get around to making all the Plated meals so we made the Chicken Marsala this evening (Sunday). Given that I have two dinners out planned (one for work and one with friends) it’s going to be tough to get in all of our Plated weeks. We’ll probably save the sliders for lunch on Saturday. The baked chicken Mike and Danielle will eat throughout the week.
I love to try new flavors and adapt recipes to fit what is in my cupboard. This Crockpot Chicken Soup recipe was adapted from Elizabeth’s White Chicken Chili recipe that calls for salsa as the primary seasoning. I used the crockpot to make this recipe which is a nice way to prepares meals in advance.
Welcome to another week. My week has started off a bit shaky but I’m hopeful that it will get better!
Fall is definitely here and I’m not complaining. I would have to say that early fall is one of my favorite seasons. My biggest complaint about it is that it is followed so closely by winter. Ugh!
We’re getting a Plated.com box this week (I have a couple of more free weeks for new customers. Drop me a note here if you’re interested)
I loved Plated box weeks because it takes so much of the planning off of my shoulders! It’s small services like this that has helped me find some balance in my life. Bonus points for the fact that it also helps us eat better as a family.
My morning bathroom bucket has made my life so much easier. I did a scope of this topic, if you want to see me live and in action check it out!
Bathrooms tend to bring out a lot of stress for mothers. From the time our children are born it seems like we give up all rights to alone time in the bathroom. Trust me, it doesn’t stop once you have teenagers. It just changes.
When we first built our house we bought the smallest house in the best neighborhood we could afford. With the smallest house came one bathroom. Given that Michael was three and Belle wasn’t born yet the one bathroom really didn’t seem to be an issue. And then it was.
By the time we decided to finish the basement and add a second bathroom, I had reached my limit. I was honestly hanging on by a thread. There were four of us trying to get ready in one small bathroom and unfortunately, more days than not, the morning ended up with me going bat crap crazy. Really not the way that I wanted my kids (or me) to start the day.
So, the decision was made to add a second bathroom and I must say that it was the. Best. Decision. Ever.
However, although we now had two bathrooms, there was still the matter of Belle sharing my bathroom as well as we now had to keep two bathrooms to keep clean. My solution, my morning bathroom bucket.
I’m telling you, the $1 I spent on that bucket totally changed my life. Sounds a little melodramatic, doesn’t it? I’m telling you the truth!
My method if pretty simple. Buy a cheap bucket and pile in everything that I need to get ready in the morning. That simple. Keep in mind that I’m a pretty low maintenance girl so if your not you may need to get a little bit bigger bucket 🙂
I’m a little late with my menu planning post this week due to the quick trip out West that Belle and I took this weekend. It was such an incredible few days and I’m so happy that we went given I was on the fence about going until we pretty much pulled out of the driveway.
Last week was crazy for us (I know – what else is new!) In addition to my mom being moved to rehab, Mike had a pretty serious accident with the hedge trimmers on Thursday. Fortunately Belle was home to take him to the hospital to get fixed up. Although I was thinking about canceling the trip, Mike insisted that we go. Given that both my mom and my husband (the two people I was concerned about) insisted that we go, we did.
Belle and I had a pretty loose schedule, but we knew we wanted to stop at the Spam Museum, the Corn Palace, Wall Drug, Mt. Rushmore, The Badlands, Devil’s Tower as well as getting to North Dakota and Montana. That was a lot to take in over the course of a few days – but we did it!
The Yellow Mounds at the Badlands National Park
Proof that we made it to North Dakota
God’s Country – also known as Montana
Belle and the presidents of Mt Rushmore
Early morning at Devil’s Tower
This Mediterranean Chicken recipe was recently included in one of our Plated.com boxes. What I really liked about it was that it used a lot of fresh produce. In fact, if you are looking to stretch this meal a little further you could add another ear or two of corn and another small zucchini to the recipe and you’d be able to serve another person or two. A further way that this recipe could be modified would be to add whatever other fresh produce you have on hand.
In addition to a lot of fresh produce, the recipe is basically a one-skillet recipe. One-skillet recipes really help make kitchen clean-up after cooking a lot easier!
Not that I want to wish summer away but I’m kind of glad this past week is over. Last week Monday started off with a 911 call for my mom with a transfer down to Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee mid-week. I did A LOT of driving this week! The good news is we have a plan for my mom (she’s being released to a rehab center to regain her strength) and I’m hopeful that we should finally start seeing results in the right direction.
As you can imagine, last week’s menu plan was a #menuplanfail. After charring the chicken on Sunday, we had zero chicken in the house for salads. I ended up picking take-out Mon – Thursday as I just did NOT have it in me to cook. This past week has been pretty emotional for me and one thing I’ve learned about my Wonder Woman Complex is that I shouldn’t even bother trying to do it all. It isn’t healthy and I’m not doing anyone, least of all me any favors. The house was a mess until Mike and I had time to clean and my family was eating take-out every night but we survived. I count that as a win 🙂
This Thursday Belle and I are leaving for a road trip to Mt. Rushmore. I was playing it by ear based on how my mom was doing but since she will be in a skilled nursing facility with other family available to visit I felt that it would be OK to go, plus when my mom found out I was planning on cancelling the trip she wasn’t very happy! If you’d like to follow along on the trip, follow me on Instagram or Twitter where I’ll be posting about our journey.
There are times in life when the events surrounding us feel hopeless. Serious problems with finances, health, relationships or whatever they may be, at times, may leave us feeling like the issues will never go away. That we are destined to live in the chaos that is surrounding us with no end in sight.
It is during the times when we believe that no good exists in our world that we need to focus on the positive around us. Although our problems may seem significant and overwhelming (and they may be) there is always something positive to focus on. Remaining positive in the face of adversity can help keep things in perspective and provide hope.
I’ve shared a bit here as to some of the issues my family is facing with my mom’s health. Even though my family tends to be a positive bunch and we do believe that long term she’ll be fine, I’d be lying if I wouldn’t admit there are definitely moments when the situation feels hopeless. That I have moments of doubt that she will survive this issue let alone ever be 100% again.