With buying a house, moving, vacation and an incredibly full schedule this summer, my routines, menu planning and planning in general have fallen by the wayside. This week's menu plan is an attempt to get back into the swing of things. Being organized keeps our home, life and finances flowing much more efficiently!
We've been making good use of our local farmer's market this summer, seeing it more as a grocery stop rather than a novelty. I don't necessarily think I save that much money over buying produce at the grocery store overall but we are buying local and getting much better quality food, much of it being unsprayed and heirloom varieties for the price of conventional produce. We hope to be able to grow more of our own produce in the future--a fall garden is in the beginning stages right now-- but until then, getting to know local farmers is a good thing!
After a couple of months of being more relaxed in our low-grain eating style, we've eased back into it and can tell a positive difference in how we feel. One of the disadvantages of eating a healthier diet, we've found, is that our bodies can tell right away if we're not eating right! I guess it would be an advantage too, because if we know we're not going to feel well, maybe we are more apt to make wise food choices.
B- Scrambled eggs
L- Leftover buffet
Snack- Watermelon, dark chocolate
D- Sausage, zucchini, pepper and mushroom stir fry, rice
B- Scrambled eggs, avocado slices
L- Leftover fish, cottage cheese, raw veggies
D- Crockpot chicken, sauteed green beans, baked sweet potatoes-- Using the rest of the chicken for several more meals this week!
Last week was spent at the beach with Andy's family. This was the first time we all vacationed together and we all had a lot of fun. There were 15 of us all together--8 adults and 7 children ranging from 11 years to 15 months. What a crazy beach house!
This batch of photos is from the beach we stayed at.
Setting art supplies on the deck so the children could draw while playing outside= Smart.
Forgetting about container of crayons on a 100 degree day= Oops!
Fortunately they weren't completely melted by the time I discovered them (although close) so I let them harden back up and decided to turn the misshapen crayons into crayon muffins or as we fondly are calling them, "round crayons".
I followed these instructions and used a mini muffin pan that I have just for fun non-edible activities such as this one.
Super easy and something fun and a little different for the children to enjoy--inside!
After years of thriving as a one car family, we've once again added a second vehicle.
We opted for a van this time as we could use something bigger--we haul a lot of stuff around for business and personal use, have a large dog and often have kids here with us. We had our eyes on crossover type vehicles such as the Chrysler Pacifica for a long time and even looked at a station wagon or two but in the end went with a van that we were able to get at an amazing price!
I think we'll really like it! And we were able to pay cash this time around.
I don't have a picture to share but the little ones and I made these pretzel and M&M treats today. Not anything close to nutritious or real food but a fun treat to make together and share with all the families!