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Homemade Mondays week 98

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.



Meal plan for September 15th – 21st

You need to stop reading this right now.  There is a plague in our house, and I don’t want you to catch it!!!

Last week, with Jack starting school and a new daycare, I thought to myself, “self, you should probably make some elderberry syrup because Jack will be thrown in to the germ cesspool”.  And then I didn’t.

Not sure if it would have made much of a difference, since it was Troy who brought home the sickness this time!  He started getting sick on Monday, went to work on Tuesday, and was promptly sent home.  Honestly, I don’t think it was “sending home” sickness, but when you work with all men, they enable the “man cold” mentality.  If he had worked with all women, they probably would have said “and so….”? when he was announced he was ill.

Jack caught it on Tuesday or Wednesday, and was sent home from kindergarten with about one hour left in the school day.  He went to the nurse and announced “I have the flu”.  I blame Troy’s influence on that.  It’s a freaking cold.

Yesterday, I started coming down with a little something, and woke up this morning with some intense sinus pain.  Neither Troy or Jack have that as a symptom, so I’m thinking I’m just lucky enough to also be sick at the same time.  Let me tell you who has rallied and still been able to do stuff around the house…I’ll give you a hint, it doesn’t rhyme with “Roy”.

Speaking of kindergarten, I officially have the naughty kid in the class.  Ugh, I had hoped it wasn’t going to be the case, but it appears to be so.  Jack got a five minute timeout on Wednesday, so I marched his pasty ass in to class on Thursday and he had to look his teacher in the eye and say “Mrs. x, I am sorry I made bad choices yesterday, but today I am going to make good choices”.  And he did, but we’ll see how long that lasts!

Like all parents of sweet but crazy kids out there, I have fallen back on the world’s oldest behavior modification technique.  I am now bribing him to not be a shithead at school.

If he comes home every day for the next week with a good report from his teacher, he can have one of those disgusting Horizon organic strawberry milks with popcorn dinner.  If he comes home for the next MONTH with a daily good report from his teacher, he gets a juice box (something organic from Costco) every day in his lunch for an entire month.  The idea of juice and one-time use packaging annoys me, but punky kids in kindergarten are also at the top of my hit list.  It’s gonna be a “pick your battles” kind of year.

In non-naughty behavior, Jack is doing well on the academic side of school.  He said the reading is “too easy” and that his teacher is trying to make it hard for him, but everything she throws at him is “simple Momma”.  The math he brings home is stuff he was doing at 4 years old at his Montessori preschool.

This week we were visited by four very special members of our neighborhood: Momma peacock and her three new little babies.  Dad is nowhere to be seen; asshole.

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In the photo above, you can see what I mean when I’ve explained that our yards are terraced.  The yard above us is about four feet up, but their fence makes it loom about eight feet over when the neighbors are talking to us (you can see their feet, because they’re watching the peacocks too).

Meal plan time!  Reminder, I only plan dinners.  My breakfast of choice is homemade Greek yogurt with tons of cut up fresh fruit (or fruit I froze in the summer), and a homemade granola bar crumbled on top.  It’s delicious and keeps me completely full and satisfied until lunch. Lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday:: Turkey burgers, sliced cukes from my parent’s garden, cabbage salad, and fruit.

Tuesday:: I’m working another 12 hour shift…so Troy is making the boys pizza.  I’d love to say they’re also having vegetables, but I’m no idiot.

Wednesday:: BLTA, spicy stir-fried green beans, and fruit.  Yes, we’ve eating a lot of tomatoes in the past few weeks, but tomato season will soon be at a close, and we’re enjoying them while we can!

Thursday:: Cashew chicken, fried rice, lumpia, and fruit.

Friday::  Popcorn night!!!

Saturday:: smoked salmon frittata, some sort of vegetable, and fruit.

Sunday:: If we’re not still sick, we’ll be at my parent’s!

This week I spent: $50 at the grocery store, $20 at the local fruit stand (only open for another week, darnit!), $3.50 for raw milk at the farm, and a whopping $110 at Costco.  That included a canister of coffee for church, and a honking bottle of vodka for vanilla extract.  Side note about the vanilla extract, someone once told me that if you put the bottle in the window, it will “turn” sooner.  I put it in a giant canning jar last month (to avoid my neighbors seeing a huge bottle of vodka in my kitchen…) and holy crap, it smells just like vanilla extract that I’ve steeped in my pantry for five months.  It’s CRAZY!

What are you having this week?

 

When the type A ant removed the tiny grasshopper shaped stick from her ass

Once upon a time, in a magical and beautiful land called the Pacific Northwest, there lived an albino ant who was a very skilled at putting away food.

This ant was not worried about winter, for in the wondrous world of Washington State, many things grow all year long.  Fish and seafood are abundant, and there is kale as far as the eye can see.

No my friends, this ant was more concerned about zombies.  Big, brain eating zombies.

And so this ant canned, dried, froze, and fermented all summer long, until she was falling down exhausted.  She harassed her neighbors asking to pick their unwanted produce, she “urban harvested” the unofficial weed of Washington State (blackberries), and took her darling antling (let’s pretend that’s a thing) along with her.  She once canned and canned and canned, and kept track of all her canning one year, and found she had canned about $650 worth of stuff.  While working full-time.

That ant was tired!

Then the big 2014 harvest happened, and the ant found herself in a really weird predicament.  The summer was very nice (second hottest on record) and her garden was exploding.  The ant was harvesting produce in July and early August, that usually wasn’t ripe until September or early October.  The ant was traveling, working, busy, and taking care of ant parents.  After a late night of trying to do it all, the ant clutched her pearls, ripped off her apron, and in a tiny ant voice, yelled “FUCK IT”.

And the ant was free.  A huge burden had been lifted from her ant shoulders.

Suddenly, without the pressure of trying to (pressure) can, ferment, and dry everything in site, the ant was enjoying her summer.  She completely missed blackberry season (a cardinal sin in the ant’s view), went on a three day trip to the ocean, and basically calmed the hell down.

Feeling like a naughty ant, she began giving away the excess produce to coworkers, neighbors, people at church, and random strangers walking up her hill.  The ant wouldn’t let anyone come over to her house without taking away a bag of organic tomatoes, green beans, and a small pumpkin or two.  The ant was no fool though; all fruit was kept close to the ant hill because her antling would cut a bitch before he shared blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.

An act that started out of desperation (being overwhelmed by produce), became the ant’s favorite way to connect with people. “You look sad” she’d say, “have some tomatoes”.  “You’re sick and can’t work and have to take care of your child you wonderful single dad”?  Please take these eggs, salsa, tomatoes, and soup”.  “Hey church people, you like Jesus?  Guess what?  Jesus loved tomatoes.  Take this whole bag, or else you love the devil”.

The ant once had a guest pastor that said something along the lines of “we don’t make an impact by what we leave behind, but by what we give away”.

The ant looked around at the nearly empty shelves and freezer, then at the happy neighbors, family, and new friends, and she knew it was true.

Homemade Mondays week 97

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 Coconut Simple Syrup from Creating Silver Linings.
coco syrup