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Meal plan for October 20-26th

We start this post with sad news my friends, sad news indeed.

One of our neighborhood baby peacocks has been um, removed from the neighborhood.  I’m not sure how it happened, but the mom went from walking around with three, to being down to two.

In memoriam.  I don’t know which one passed away.  They’re all kind of freaky and similar looking.

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In other news, my parents LOVE the color of the house.  It is kind of growing on Troy and I as well.  I tend to like it when it’s in low level cloudy light, and Troy prefers it in direct bright sunlight.  As long as mom and dad like it, I don’t care if it’s bright purple.  Ok, that’s a lie.  I wouldn’t like it to be purple, but I am thrilled that mom and dad are happy.

Troy and I are starting to think about what our new room will look like, once you know, there is insulation, drywall, and lights.  You know…the necessities.  Troy and I have always lived in rentals, and our stuff has always been pretty benign (read beige and boring) because we knew it wasn’t “ours”.  The room we had been using has amazing 80’s wallpaper and border.  It was hideous (sorry mom), but we never really thought too much about it.  Now, now that our future is in this house, we’re having fun exploring the option of paint and decorating a bit more.

The hubs is insisting on carpet in the bedrooms (despite being the one who has the horrible allergies to dust mites…), so we’re going to start the looking process for that soon.  My criteria is I want it to be dark enough to hide stains, but light enough to show a spider walking across it.  I’m thinking maybe a really light buttery gray?  I’m sure there is no such thing as “buttery” gray, but it describes exactly what I’m picturing in my head.  We currently have horrid “renters” carpet everywhere in our house, and will be replacing it with wood floors after the new year.

Jack stayed out of trouble this last week, so that is a godsend.  His fall conference is Thursday, and I’m hoping the focus will be on finding resources to help keep him in line (and engaged and challenged) and less on “your kid is a royal shithead”.  Fingers crossed…

Ready to chat meal plans?  I am, so even if you aren’t, tough luck!

Monday:: Fart soup (French onion soup), salad, and cheddar bay biscuits.  This was supposed to be dinner last Saturday, but things got switched around and we had popcorn. I usually link the French onion soup recipe, but I see the domain name has expired under the old author.  I’ll repost it some day, because it’s an amazing French onion soup made in the crockpot.

Tuesday:: My inlaws are picking up Jack from school and bringing them back to their house, which means they’re going to feed me when I come to pick him up!!!

Wednesday:: Playdate with Jack’s friends.

Thursday:: Breakfast – toast, the world’s best scrambled eggs, bacon, and fruit.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner; best night of the week!!

Saturday:: Beef stew, cheddar bay biscuits (yes, again, they’re good, easy, and whole wheat), salad, and fruit.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent’s house.

This week I spent $3.50 at the local farm for raw milk, $40.40 at the grocery store, $7.77 at a local farm stand, and we’re headed to Costco after church this morning.  Also hitting up the local self-serve apple farm to buy some more (read: a TON) apples for making applesauce.  I feel like we’re getting closer to having enough applesauce until next season.  Almost enough.  And I’ll probably need to make some more dried apples (should I do a post on dried apples?), because Jack loves them as snacks in his lunch.  We currently have about 1.5 gallons of them, but I know they won’t last until next fall.  If my apple purchase is anything like the previous two, I’ll be pending about $50-60 on apples.

What are you having this week?

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19 comments on “Meal plan for October 20-26th”

  1. I would love to have a dried apple recipe 🙂

  2. exciting news the new decorating project!
    but…carpet in the bedrooms?? do you know that you’ll have to vaccuum every f%^#$ day?
    because apparently (i didn’t know that until i suffered from it!) dust mites and other discusting dead body cells are all over your bed and they “travel” everywhere in the room: think carpet, sheets, duvets, curtains,books. That’s why books and wall to wall carpet is a no-no for the bedrooms. Anyway, I got rid of the carpet and now, come winter, I lay on the floor small, low pile rugs that are easy to vacuum and washed every month or so.
    hardwood floors are so nicer, more interesting, more enviromentaly friendly and waaaay less needy!
    Hope I’ve helped!

    • I don’t know. My wood floors are VERY needy! I could sweep everyday and still be chasing dust bunnies!

    • Girl, I wrote the book on dust must prevention, which is why I am so shocked that Troy wants carpet in the bedrooms.

      We have plastic covers on all our pillows and the mattress (I call them nerd guards), and I still have to wash every piece of bedding once a week.

      He says he wants a soft place to put his feet in the morning. I offered to skin and sew a chinchilla rug for him just to keep carpets out of the bedrooms. It’s a battle I’ve been fighting ever since we knew the remodel was coming.

  3. Yes please on the dried apples post. Any chance of the recipe for the spicy chicken cakes you mentioned a little while ago?

    The most exciting thing I’m having this week is enchillada lasagne made with turkey mince, fajita seasoning and tortillas.

    • For sure on the dried apples!

      Here are the chicken cakes: http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201212?pg=34#pg34

      We cooked chicken breast in the crockpot and then shredded it instead of using the leftover Costco rotisserie chicken like the recipe suggests. I’ve had it with the leftover rotisserie chicken (MIL made them ones), and the chicken breast version was definitely drier. They were tasty, but I’d probably rather make salmon cakes than these again.

  4. I make extra apple sauce to use as part of an apple sauce bread pudding that is just delish…..
    As for the carpet in the bedroom, we opted for hardwood and I have little area rugs on each side of the bed and under my reading chair and at the spot where I undress at night.

    • Would you please share that recipe with me? It sounds amazing!

      I’ve been fighting to the all hardwoods fight for over a year now. Troy has put his rather huge foot down, and I can’t get him to budge on it. Boggles the mind.

  5. I’m always torn between carpet and hardwood. The both are awesome and suck for a variety of different reasons.

    In our last rental house, we had the landlords replace the 20+ year old, nasty, couldn’t-get-it-clean-no-matter-what carpets when we moved in. We got this carpet from Home Depot http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-Fireworks-II-Color-Explosion-12-ft-Carpet-H2010-106-1200-AB/205038230?N=5yc1vZb979. I loved that it was on the lighter side, but had the speckles, confetti, whatever you want to call it that hid some of the stains. We could always see spiders (or stupid box elder bugs) crawling across it and when smooshed, kinda blended in with the carpet (well, the little bits that we weren’t able to get with the smooshing device).

    School starts up for me again tomorrow and I am so not looking forward to it. I’ll be taking an overload schedule and as much as I hate to admit it, I’ll probably end up relying on part of our meals from boxes until things get all settled.

    Oh well. It’s easier than trying to be super mom, cause that gets old super quick.

    • Tina, I like that carpet! I’m cracking up at bits of spider left behind.

      So, if you’re back to school, does that mean your husband is on the mend from his biking accident?

      • He is, thanks for asking! He is in physical therapy to get strength and range of motion back in his right arm/shoulder. While it kills his ribs to go to physical therapy, he is so happy to be getting back to normal. He keeps whining about how long it will be till he gets cleared to go mountain biking again. Fingers crossed, he should get cleared next month. He’s so much less cranky (and less glued to the video games) when he can ride.

  6. Would love the dried apple post!

  7. Oh, Sarah!!! You are so much fun! I love your every post! They ALL make me smile!

  8. Sounds like Troy is rebelling against the allergies with the carpet….just ONE MORE thing that says he isn’t normal. (Be nice!)

    Good luck, I don’t have any suggestions that haven’t been shared already.

  9. I feel for you on your son and school! The oldest grandson and my daughter are going through the same thing right now. I think he’s acting out because she’s spending so much time in the hospital with a new baby, but she says he’s a handful at home. Guess he’s just being a little boy mostly, some days more than others!

  10. I am always amazed when you say you spend $3xx buying raw milk. It’s $15+ a gallon here so that would buy less than a pint. Of course, this is at the grocery store. Going right to the source makes it less expensive. I’m always amazed at the different prices around the US.

  11. It’s probably way too late to reply on this week’s meal plan but it’s the first time I’ve actually remembered to post it. 🙂 I’m always so impressed with your meal plans and enjoy reading them each week. Here’s what I planned for this week: Sunday – shepherd’s pie and salad, Monday – chili and cornbread, Tuesday – baked chicken with stuffing, gravy and green beans, Wednesday – chicken tortilla soup, Thursday – pork chops with au gratin potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts, Friday – pizza and salad, Saturday – FFY (Fend For Yourself) – leftovers, fridge cleanout, etc.

  12. I would also love the dried apple recipe. We have an orchard that sells drops for $8 for 1/2 bushel. The drops are better looking than anything you find in a store!