Homemade Mondays week 139

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

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 Pintrest 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 Mexican Taco Lettuce Wraps from Sumptuous Spoonfuls.

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Meal plan for June 29th – July 5th

It’s too hoooooooooooooooooot.

It’s “Seattle hot” this week, and we’re all dying.  It’s currently 83 degrees in my house.  My homemade coconut oil deodorant is in liquid form right now.

The last few days it has been between upper 80’s and low 90’s outside.  We are too weak in this area to deal with such temps.  Because nobody has a/c and we’re a weak breed of heat tolerant people.

I prayed for rain the other night.

We’re in the starting phase of a drought, and without the rain, my allergies are killing me.  Allergies are so bad this year.

How bad are they?

They’re so bad that my boss called me from down the hall on Wednesday and told me to go home early because she couldn’t stand listening to me sneeze anymore.

How bad are they?

They’re so bad that I have to wear my sunglasses inside much of the time because my eyes are so sensitive.

How bad are they?

They’re so bad that after 20 minutes straight of sneezing the other day…my bra was full of sweat.  Sexy.

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Enjoy the puffy face, red nose, and bruised bridge of my nose because I’ve been rubbing it so much. #truth

Please god, send rain.

My sister and I spent hours – HOURS – hanging photos for my mom downstairs.  We had some laughs, there was a lot of cursing, and at one time I snapped at my mom “if you want perfection, ask Connie and Troy to do this.  If you want shit hung on the wall within this actual year, you get us”.  Some of the “fun” parts of hanging photos, was staring at the female version of Jack while hammering nails in to the wall.

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Freaky, yes?  Troy often asks if I am really sure that he is Jack’s father, because there is nothing of him in our kid.  Nothing.

Speaking of our kid, Troy was gone on Saturday and I was just over life.  Too hot, too much to do, and just over being asked if he could watch people playing Nerf on YouTube.  The answer is NOOOOOOOOOO.

So what is a momma to do?

Invite the neighbor over, kick up my feet, and let them entertain themselves.

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This was our dinner on Friday (in addition to popcorn).

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The berries are all from our garden, and I’m so happy that we have added those extra blueberry bushes to our micro farm this year.  Now I am scoping out to see if there is any more room for more plants next year, because um, hello, blueberries.  Super food and stuff.

Troy and my father-in-law proved how much they really love me, by installing wood floors in the extra bedroom on Friday…in 87 degree heat.

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I posted this photo on Facebook, and my favorite comment was “And do you love the way his knee pads accentuate his calves?

The answer is yes.  But honestly at this point, it’s like someone who grew up with a beautiful mountain range outside their back door.  At first, any time you catch sight of them, you’re like “damn, those are gorgeous”.  Then after a while, you stop noticing them every day.  And then a friend comes to visit and yells “holy shit, look at those mountains” and you realize what a freaking gift you have right there in front of you to gaze at.

Did I mention that it’s hot?  I think my brain is fried.

To escape the heat, we’re busting ass out of town later today to head to the in-laws beach house at Ocean Shores.  Can’t wait; it will easily be 15-20 degrees cooler down there.  Here is our meal plan for our trip, and when we come back to the seventh layer of hell.

Monday:: Organic hot dogs, grilled zukes, and fruit.

Tuesday:: Chicken salad in avocado slices, zuke cakes, and fruit.

Wednesday:: Lasagna from the freezer, and some form a veggie.

Thursday:: I’m trying this recipe, paired with rice, and cucumber slices.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner

Saturday:: Our four month old buddy is having a pre-baptism BBQ at his grown up’s house.

Sunday:: Family dinner!

This week I spent $53.42 at the grocery store, $45 at Costco, and $16.25 at the farmer’s market.  Ya’ll know I usually buy local raw milk.  Well, for ease of travel and not having to bring the jar back from the ocean, I bought a half-gallon of organic milk from the grocery store.  I got it home and saw that the pull date was August 12th.  AUGUST 12th.  Holy shit, what in the world are they doing to milk these days to make it last six weeks??????

What are you having this week?  Is it hot where you are?  If not, where are you, because I want to go there.

Homemade Mondays week 138

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

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 Pintrest 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 The Lately Planted Garden from Oak Hill Homestead.

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Meal plan for June 22nd – 28th

Weeding saves lives ya’ll.

Yesterday afternoon, Jack and I were out picking raspberries.  And then I saw once again, the asshole morning glory vines are taking over.  I hate morning glory vines.  They’re the bullies of the garden.  When my family moved in to this house way back in the 80’s, they were EVERYWHERE.   They are so hard to get rid of because the roots branch out in to multiple other roots.  When Troy and I moved in to this house in 2011, I promptly tackled what I could find, but it seems like every single year they come back stronger.  After two years of errdicating them from the raspberry patch, they came back last year, and are even worse this year.

Sigh.

So, we were out picking raspberries.  And I got really annoyed with the morning glory vines and started pulling them.  Jack got bored with watching me (he had already picked every ripe raspberry and blueberry he could find), and went in the house.  Unperturbed by a kiddo, I kept yanking on those damn weeds.

I took the clump of what I had picked, and walked over to the chicken yard.  I then heard a weird noise.  I tossed the weeds to the ladies, and headed back to the front door.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw our neighbor laying on the lawn unresponsive.  I yelled “Margaret (not her actual name, but you know), you ok”?  Hearing nothing in response, all my of multiple years of CPR and First Aid training kicked in.

I ran in the house yelling “Trrrroooooooooyyyyyyyy, Margaret collapsed”.

I then promptly surrendered the little card from my wallet that says “CPR certified”.

Troy, aka Mr. EMT, aka fire fighter, went bounding up there to assess the situation.  At his prompting, I went and got this EMT bag he keeps in his truck (and I always say “damn this bag takes up a lot of room”).  Troy did his thing, we got in touch with her family members, and another neighbor helped Troy carry her in to the house.  Not to get personal with the details, but she seems ok today.

It was the first time I’ve seen Troy in action, in “EMT mode”.

It was kinda hot.

I was almost like “hey, go put on your uniform, and um, you know”, but Troy’s sick, so I finished cleaning the kitchen and got pissed that I missed Jeopardy. #11yearsofmarriage

Switching gears now…Happy Father’s Days to all the dads out there!  I hope your day involves lots of appreciation, hugs, and if you’re anything like Troy, a very long nap.

For family dinner, my sis and I decided on lasagna, salad, appetizers, and dessert.  Amy (my sis) is in-charge of the apps and salad, and I made the lasagna yesterday.  For dessert, I’m making homemade strawberry ice cream (Alice Water’s recipe) and s’mores cupcakes.  The cupcakes take a little bit of time, but are so worth it!  I’ve made them once before, and they were both visually beautiful, and deliciously amazing.  This is from last summer:

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We have a post (load-bearing I’m sure) in our dining room, and we’ve been measuring Jack against it for the last year or so.  I’m not sure how legit each of the measurements are, but the fact of the matter is, I need to stop feeding this child because he just won’t stop growing!

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Thankfully summer is here, and shorts are more forgiving to lanky kids than jeans.  Plus he only wears out his own actual knees instead of the knees of jeans that I just shelled out $15 for.  Cause good luck finding decent boys jeans at Goodwill in this size!

Meal plan time!  Just a reminder, we only plan dinners ’round these parts.

Monday:: Shredded chicken BBQ sandwiches, salad, and fruit.

Tuesday:: Leftover lasagna and salad.  Because I am that lazy.

Wednesday:: Frittata (didn’t get made last week because it was too hot to use the oven), and stir-fried peas.

Thursday:: Troy’s yummy burgers, sweet potato cakes we have in the freezer, and salad.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner!

Saturday:: I asked Jack what we should have, and he said “go out”.  Works for me.

Sunday:: Family dinner!

I made a very sad discovery this weekend.  The fruit/veg stand I ALWAYS go to every year for amazing deals and delicious local stuff…it’s not going to open this summer.  Devastated.  Now I have to buy veggies and fruit from the grocery store.  Like a chump.

This week I spent $52.05 at the grocery store, $9.07 at the local butcher, $22 at Costco, and another $6.91 at the grocery store when I got back to get some stuff to make Troy some soup to try to kill his man cold.

What are you having this week?