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Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle.  We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that.  Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts

New co-host, Kelly from The Sustainable Couple 
How to:
Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we’re pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.

The featured post from last week was: Five Tips for Keeping Christmas Simple from Our Simple Homestead.

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Meal plan for December 22nd-28th

They say the pride cometh before the fall, right?

Two weeks ago, Troy came home with the flu.  Then later that week, Jack came down with a cold.  When we took him to Urgent Care last weekend, I gleefully told the doctor that I wasn’t sick and rarely got sick.

Thursday morning I woke up and even the tiny muscles in my toes hurt.  I had to take a shower sitting on the floor of the shower so that I wouldn’t pass out. It was a swift smack down to Karma Town.

I shuffled in to work like I was 96 years old.  Why was I at work you ask?  Because I had a presentation to give from 5-6 pm, 90 potential clients were coming, and no one else has had to do this presentation in over five years, and therefore weren’t qualified.

My coworkers made me this sweet nametag and then hung a biohazard sign at the entrance of my office.

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They even grabbed me some blankets and built me a nest on the floor of my office.  I did close the door at one point and tried to nap, but I am not so good at resting mid-day.  I gave the presentation sitting on a stool trying not to hurl.

You’ll be happy to know, I did not go to work the next day.

I tried taking it easy on Friday, and laid on the couch a bit.  But eventually my back started to hurt, and I got up, tidied up the kitchen (after sanitizing my hands), did a bit of laundry, and some general light cleaning.  And voila, I started feeling much better.  My body apparently recovers on productivity.

I woke up on Saturday feeling 100% better than I did on Thursday.  I take getting sick as a personal insult and make it my mission to kick its ass as quickly as possible.

How are you doing with your Christmas preparations?  I am 99.5% done and should be finished up by end of day Monday.  My second to last project was making my skinny minnie nephew a scarf.  I envisioned a double-sided fleece scarf  (one side is camo and one side is Planes Fire and Rescue) with pockets at the end to keep his mitts warm.  It came together like a dream and took 15 minutes from start to finish.  I’m going to make another (to see if it was a fluke) and if the second was as easy as the first, I’ll post a tutorial.  Here is Jack demonstrating the versatility of his cousin’s toasty and cozy scarf.  Sorry for the crap photos…natural daylight in the Pacific Northwest in December is a grim situation.

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Two weeks ago, Troy lost his wedding ring during a call (he’s an EMT) when he took off his gloves.  They were on a dock (naturally because on the water in December is the best place to be) and the ring went “ploop” in to the Puget Sound.  We’ve been married almost ten and a half years, so not losing a ring thus far is pretty amazing.  I sent my ring off to be cleaned and recovered (white gold) so I’ve let Troy know we’re both free agents for the next two weeks.  Line up ladies, and check out the calves on this one!

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Ready for meal planning?  This week is going to be very light with the holidays.  I’m off this week and looking forward to every second of it.

Monday:: Chicken gyros, salad, and fruit.

Tuesday:: Chicken salad (made from leftovers from the night before) scooped in to an avocado, salad (we’re doing a crap job of eating veggies lately), and fruit.

Wednesday:: Christmas eve dinner at my in-laws.

Thursday:: Christmas dinner at Troy’s aunt and uncles.

Friday:: Day after Christmas with my side of the family.

Saturday:: Popcorn dinner!  Oh how I love that sweet sweet whole grain.

Sunday:: We’re skipping family dinner this week since we are all getting together just two days before.  Dinner will likely be a mix of leftovers and stuff from the freezer.

This week I spent $35.11 at Trader Joes (all chocolate for peppermint bark and cookies.  Cheers!), $48.87 at the grocery store, and $3.50 at the farm for raw milk.

What are you having for dinner this week?  Big Christmas plans?

Confessions, December

It’s that time of the month again folks.

No, not THAT time of the month.

Confession time!  The post each month where we all say silly scandalous things, and laugh and go about our day.  Let us begin.

1) I’ve talked for years about wanting to write a book.  A cookbook/DIY/gardening, etc., kind of book.  Now there is some weird part of me that wants to have Troy and I on the cover of said book recreating the American Gothic painting.  But I have no idea why this popped in to my head…instead of a pitchfork, I want to hold my dad’s fake leg.

I do fear that something is wrong with me.

2) I swear that boy pee is the stinkiest thing in the whole world.  It’s like toxic waste.  So, when I clean the bathrooms, and Jack’s toilet is all sparkling and smelling clean…I make him pee outside for at least two hours just so I can keep it clean for that much longer.

3) Jack has such long nose hairs that I actually have to trim them.  I can’t handle them.

4) I pride myself on being pretty level-headed and sensible.  I notice the little things that no one else does.  Tiny details rarely escape me.

Which is why it’s so embarrassing to admit that about seven years ago, Troy and I were watching 24.  I sat up towards the end of an episode and gasped “we’re late (for some appointment I can’t recall right now)”!  I started scrambling to get ready to go and Troy looked at me said “we’re not late.  Did you think the time on the TV was the actual time”?

I totally did.  You know how 24 does that “beep boop, beep boop” thing and displays the time on the screen?  I totally took it for the actual time.

5) The other day I needed exactly $2 and I had to steal it from Jack’s piggy bank.  I paid him back, don’t you worry.

6) We keep a plastic cup in the bathtub for rinsing the soap off of Jack, and for washing his hair.  We also brush his teeth in the tub. About six months ago, he started spitting his toothpaste in to the cup.  I rinse it in the sink, but still totally use it on Jack.

7) I always see those “Chive on” bumper stickers and until I just googled it, I had NO idea what it meant.  Living in a state where pot is legal, I assumed it was something drug related.

8) I can’t stand people who talk on their cell phones on speakerphone in public.  Is your arm that tired that you can’t bring it all the way up to your ear?  Is your conversation that important that we all need to hear it?

9) I eat gummy bears feet first and leave their heads for last so that they can watch me devour their tasty little bodies.  I’ve never tortured an animal in real life, so don’t fear that I am some psychopath.

10) I want to kick my own ass on a daily basis for the money I turn down related to this blog.  I get approached constantly for sponsored posts (I write about your product and you pay me cash money), and I always turn them down because they’re not things I can get on board with.  I shit you not, I turned down $375 two weeks ago because I couldn’t look you all in the eye (not that I actually do because you know…this is the internet) if I made a recipe using an ingredient that would never in my life buy myself.  Sticking to my morals is going to cause me to go broke.

11) I think about 85% of people who claim to be allergic to gluten are just full of crap and looking for attention.  Why not say “I prefer to not eat gluten” or “I feel better without it”?  Why say you’re allergic?  Only about 1% of the population has an actual allergy to gluten (like Celiac).

Your turn folks…what do you have to confession?

 

 

Homemade Mondays week 111

Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle.  We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that.  Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts

New co-host, Kelly from The Sustainable Couple 
How to:
Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we’re pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.

The featured post from last week was Cinnamon Apple Scones from Raia’s Recipes.

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