Weekly Menu

weekly menu planning

Let me tell you, my Facebook page was lighting up tonight!  The Packers are well loved here in Wisconsin, even though I don’t watch football (and may be the only person in the U.S. who didn’t watch the game against the Cowboys) I was happy to see them win.  Instead of watching football, I was cooking food for the week.  Probably a much better use of my time.  🙂

When planning our menu earlier this week I was pretty pumped because at least two of the meals I chose I had everything I needed to make.  I was gleefully rubbing my hands together thinking about all the money I was going to save.  Pulling up to the check out counter I was still feeling somewhat confident given that my cart was not overflowing.  Until I realized that the things we bought were expensive.  I was quite bummed when we came in exactly at our budgeted amount.

Once I got over my initial disappointment and started analyzing everything I planned on making, I realized that we are still coming out ahead.  Here’s the deal, for the “Year of Me” I’m concentrating on eating healthier.  With that in mind, I have prepared breakfast and lunch for myself for the entire week.  Given that I usually spend $8 – $10 a day on breakfast and lunch, that’s between $40 – $50 dollars a week that I’m potentially saving.  Knowing that I was able to buy the extra food within my budgeted amount, that’s truly a win.

In my desire to be healthier and have more energy, I’ve been dissecting what my issues are.  Constant fatigue, headaches and achiness are the norm (although since the holidays my headaches have been better).  I saw a doctor over the holidays who did some blood work and recommended that I see a pulmonologist for my sleeping problems.  My lab work showed that I was extremely low in the Vitamin D department (not at all unusual for women living in cold climates) so she’s started me on a high dosage supplement.  As of yet it hasn’t kicked in but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

I also did my sleep study this week although I’m praying I didn’t mess it up.  I’m a bit worried that I may have turned the machine off in my sleep and erased the information when I woke up.  I guess we will see on Monday!  Most people would probably hope they don’t find an issue, but given my battle with sleep I’m kind of hoping that there’s something they can do.  On a typical night I wake up about 6 times with at least one two hour stretch where I can’t fall back to sleep.  I’m quite sure that’s one of my reasons for the fatigue.  It seems like no matter what I do to help me sleep, I just can’t get through the night.

At the core, I believe that eating a cleaner diet will help a number of my issues.  Over the last couple of years, our evening meals have improved drastically with the addition of Plated.  Before we started getting boxes, a lot of my food contained processed foods instead of whole foods.  Dinners are now mostly whole foods.

Of course, If I do have sleep apnea, eating better isn’t necessarily going to help that, but some of my other issues it definitely will.  My next step in the “Year of Me” is to start an eating class in February.  There were some other labs that came back with some not so great numbers (mainly the inflammation number) so I’m hoping that doing another step change in my eating habits will make me feel better.

So, for this week there is no breakfast or lunch out.  Only whole food that has been made in my kitchen.

Weekly Menu

weekly menu planning

Welcome to the final countdown before Christmas.  Unfortunately this is probably going to be another year where I slide into home plate a little disheveled and worse for the wear.  This is the weekend that I usually get all my Christmas decorations up by so far I’ve managed a couple of wreaths and the front porch Christmas tree.  That leaves a lot to do yet!

I skipped my Plated.com box this week because I want to use up stuff in the freezer.  It isn’t until I don’t have it that I realize how it truly makes my life so much easier!  Tonight I’m planning on making a prosciutto pizza and I’ve forgotten to buy the figs.  Ugh!  I also thawed meat from the freezer last night for spaghetti only to have it smell a bit funky.  Soooo, I used the meat that I was planning for the meatloaf to make the meatballs.  I will definitely need another trip to the grocery store.

Weekly Menu

weekly menu planning

Happy Thanksgiving!  The official countdown to Christmas (well, the official WWIN countdown) starts at Thanksgiving.  When my grandparents were alive  this was the week that we celebrated Christmas.  In addition to celebrating Christmas, I’d take the full week off and we’d spend it baking Christmas cookies and starting decorating the house.

I do have to admit that I’m struggling a bit this year.  Even though it’s been a couple of years, I really miss them being around.  Add to that my mom is still in the nursing home and this Thanksgiving is shaping up to be different than those past.

However, we have so much to be thankful for.  We still have the tradition of having lunch at my in-laws.  My mom is making progress and we have a surgery date scheduled for the end of the year and I am blessed with a lot of friends and family.

On the menu front, we decided to skip the Plated.com boxes for the rest of the year.  Our grocery bill has been through the roof and we have quite a bit of food in the pantry and freezer.  I’ve decided we’re going to be eating from the pantry from the rest of the week.

A few years ago I shared a few ideas on how to host Thanksgiving on a budget.  If you’re looking for a few ways to trim the budget, you can find it here.

Weekly Menu

weekly menu planning

It looks like fall is finally upon us.  If we weren’t feeling the nip in the air before, it’s certainly there now!  The end of the year will be here before we know it.

This week we celebrate Belle’s 20th birthday.  I can’t believe how big my girl is getting.  She was one of those “strong willed” children and let me tell you, the days were really long!  That was back in my I can do it all phase and I certainly didn’t appreciate her the way I wish I could have.  Fortunately she’s grown up into a wonderful adult, who although still a bit strong willed is a joy to have around.  Most of the time 🙂

We have another treat this week in that Mike is going to be home most nights.  He has some training at work so he’s working days this week.  Although it messes up my schedule a bit, I’m always happy when we get to see him more.  To celebrate Belle’s birthday we’re taking her to Red Lobster for dinner one night.  Not my favorite place, I think the quality of the food doesn’t quite live up to the prices, but it’s Belle’s favorite place to eat and we’ll have a good time.

Other than the birthday celebration, it’s going to be pretty quiet around here.  As I get older I certainly appreciate those weeks more and more!

This is most likely going to be our last Plated.com of the year.  As you’ll notice, the last two weeks I’ve had at least one carry-over.  As Christmas comes barreling towards us we’ll be busier than normal.  I figured this would be a good time to try and clean out the freezer with all the odds and ends we have in there.

Do you want to try a week of Plated.com for free? (just promise me that you’ll actually use it) and I’ll have a link sent to you.

Weekly Menu

weekly menu planning

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.

Weekly Menu – October 2 2016

weekly menu planning

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.

Weekly Menu

weekly menu planning

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.

Weekly Menu

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.

Weekly Menu

weekly menu planning

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

The Yellow Mounds at the Badlands National Park

Proof that we made it to North Dakota

Proof that we made it to North Dakota

God's Country - also known as Montana

God’s Country – also known as Montana
Belle and the presidents of Mt Rushmore

Belle and the presidents of Mt Rushmore

Early morning at Devil's Tower

Early morning at Devil’s Tower

Weekly Menu – Week of July 17th

weekly menu planning

Yay – It’s vacation week!  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I was looking forward to this week.  Unfortunately it’s not going to be quite as relaxing as I would like it to be, but it’s great nonetheless to be off of work.

So far I’ve gone to a couple of my mom’s doctors appointments, we’ve kayaked (we’re going again this afternoon), took a long walk through a new nature trail (OK – I only walked a portion of it before I needed to sit on a bench due to poor shoe choice but Mike and Belle had a good time!) We’ve also completed planting a new flower bed.

Last week was another fail week in terms of following our menu planning, I made the gyros and the brats and that was about it.  I’ve been struggling the last few weeks with a migraine and haven’t been feeling well.  Plus, I’ve spent a lot of time with my mom either at the doctor’s office or on the phone with the doctor’s office.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that there are times in your life when you need to be kind to yourself and this is one of them.  If grabbing take-out for my family is what I need to do to get through, that’s just what we’re going to do.

With that being said, we definitely have some food to use up!  Vacation week by definition (for us at least) means a little bit of eating out, however given that there are more opportunities for us to eat together it also means a bit more cooking.  Yesterday I ended up grilling out twice.  The grill will be getting a bit of a workout this week!