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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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Meal plan for December 15-21st

I write this still sitting in my jammies, with hair unwashed and teeth unbrushed.  I’m disgusting.

Nice mental picture, eh?

Jack has had a weird cough for about two weeks, and it got worse on Thursday night (during his Christmas concert at school).  Friday morning he spiked a 102 fever and stayed home with Troy.  We ended up taking him to Urgent Care yesterday (not my idea, because generally I believe most colds kids get are just a “wait it out and they’ll be ok” kind of thing), where he lapped up all the attention and the dinosaur breathing mask.  They gave him a saline mist treatment just to see if they could break up his cough.  Didn’t work.

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The doc looked him over and said “the good news is, it’s not pneumonia.  The bad news is, there is nothing we can do for him.  It’s a virus and he just needs to wait it out”.  To my credit, I didn’t turn to Troy and proclaim “I told you so”.  I know, I’m so mature to resist the urge.

She did give us a prescription for cough syrup with a bit of codeine, but really he seems about the same today as he was yesterday.  Just to keep him from getting worse, I kept him home today from church, no swim lessons, and no family dinner.  My little nephew seems to catch everything that comes his way (I’m honestly shocked he didn’t catch my cousin’s pregnancy), so we’re giving him a wide berth.

Since we are just hunkered down today, I have yet to get dressed, because I’ve been working my ass off since I woke up. Why shower only to get all sweaty again from working?  So far today I have:

  • Defrosted our freezer in the basement
  • Put a batch of chicken stock in the crockpot, using stuff I found in the freezer (I seriously have all the fixings for about 25 quarts of chicken stock).  I’ll pressure can it tonight after Jack goes to bed.
  • Made all the cloth giftbags for Christmas presents (I needed to “renew” my stash)
  • Cleaned the bathrooms
  • Cleaned the kitchen.  Don’t worry, I cleaned the kitchen before the bathrooms…
  • Washed all the bedding to decontaminate it after sick boy coughed all over his bed

And when I’m done with this post, I’m going to clean the chicken coop out and vacuum and mop.

How am I able to get all this done?  I handed Jack the Roku remote this morning and told him he could rot his brain all day long.  He’s thrilled, I’m productive, and we’re both happy.  I figured his brain cells are safe from just one day of excessive TV.

I had to leave work early last week to let a contractor in to the house, and thanks to all that extra time, I was able to make all the lotion bars and chapstick I needed for Christmas gifts this year.  I was also able to bottle up all our homemade vanilla extract (also for gifts). These chapsticks are for my friend’s boyfriend who likes to bust my balls for making chapstick.  I wanted to make them “manly”, so I super glued some fabric mustaches to the containers.

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The time was also dedicated to working on a Christmas quilt, and I was able to finish it up on Friday night.

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Yes, I do look like a psycho, but I was so thrilled to be done with it.  The quilt is for my boss (no, I’m not a kiss ass…she already loves me :) ) who collects sea glass, hence the color scheme.

This morning I finished packing up all the gifts that need to be mailed, and really I’m only waiting on a few more gifts to arrive (or for me to finish) and then I’m done with Christmas.  Phew!   If you’re still doing your Christmas shopping, I have a post up from last week all about great last minute gift ideas.

I know I kind of disappeared last week in terms of posting, but I had shit to do, and frankly blogging just had to take a back seat for a week.

Ready to talk food (so I can go clean out the chicken coop…joy…)?  Here is our dinner meal plan for next week.

Monday::  Teriyaki chicken (I found it in the freezer…), fried rice, lumpia (also from the freezer), and salad.

Tuesday:: Lasagna (from the freezer!), and big salads to counteract all that delicious delicious cheese.

Wednesday:: Chicken noodle soup (would you believe it’s from the freezer), salad, and garlic rolls.

Thursday:: The boys are making pizza, because I have to work late.  I’d like to say they’re going to have salad with it, but I’m not a moron.

Friday:: Best night of the week – popcorn dinner!!

Saturday:: Chicken pot pie and salad.  It takes so much time to make chicken pot pies, so I quadruple the ingredients (since I’m already making the mess) and make a bunch of pot pies for the freezer.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s, and then off to a baptism.

This week I spent a shit ton of money on groceries.  $23.50 at the local farm for raw milk, raw local honey, and two dozen eggs.  All six of the chickens we got in 2013 are molting (they look hideous), and our new Wyandottes this year aren’t laying at all right now.  Once the natural daylight gets to less than 10 hours per day, chickens slow down or stop laying.  Factory farms (and some family farms) use indoor light to trick the chickens in to thinking there is more daylight.  But, in the winter, I just want to put on my yoga pants when I come home and chill as well, so I give the chickens that mini vacation.  They’ll start laying well again some time in January, and until then I just conserve eggs, and occasionally have to buy them from someone else.  I also spent $32.12 at the grocery store, $7.23 at our local butcher, and $88.82 at Costco.

I often get comments on these post about how I spend so little at Costco and how do I do that?  I only post the food portion of my Costco bill for meal plan posts, but I’ll start including the other stuff and then sharing the breakdown.  So, I spent $88.82 this week, and the itemized details are as follows:

  • $7.89 for organic OJ that I need for a work event (and will be compensated for)
  • $9.99 for 11 electric candles (originally $19.99, but they had a $10 off instant rebate that I couldn’t pass up) because these things rock for power outages.  Curious five year olds and real candles are not a combo I can get on board with.
  • $7.69 for a 42 mile roll of Christmas ribbon.  Well not exactly 42 miles…just 21.  With cloth giftwrap, I secure presents closed with ribbon and Costco rolls are huge and last forever.  This roll was the second I have bought in three years.
  • $7.99 for organic sliced pre-packaged apples (grrrrrr…) for Jack’s Christmas party at school.
  • That leaves $55.26 in groceries for our family.

What are you having this week?

Homemade Mondays week 110

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 Saving on Groceries Pt I by Grow, Pray, Build.

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