Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. We had such a wonderful time in Washington D.C. on Saturday. (Pics on Instagram.) And while we’re still in the mode of being in the car for hours at a time, we’re getting ready for a trip down to North Carolina towards the end of this week. We have some gifts to sew for little cousins, baking and packing to do, along with the week’s daily plans.
Here’s this week’s menu that makes my mouth water. The menu includes some of our reliable favorites with a few new recipes. And as you know, trying to use up what we have on hand before a trip. And as always, a list of our snacks and baking prep outlined below. Enjoy!
Breakfast- individual breakfast custard topped with walnuts, cinnamon, + maple syrup
Lunch-open faced tuna melts + muenster cheese (grain-free sandwich loaf), fruit salad
Dinner-bacon wrapped-cream cheese stuffed chicken breasts, roasted asparagus
FHE treat: shamrock smoothie (vanilla protein powder, almond milk, mint extract, stevia, chocolate chips, ice, natural green decorating coloring)
*Family Home Evening is every Monday night where we usually have a short lesson and family activity.
Breakfast- toad-in-a-hole (other half of loaf), freshly juiced orange juice (per Johanna’s request)
Lunch- leftover stuffed chicken, carrot sticks, almond joy yogurt (plain yogurt, shredded coconut, honey, + almond extract in the blender topped with chocolate shavings, flaked coconut, + sliced almonds)
Dinner- mom’s cheese soufflé (didn’t get around to it last week), balsamic roasted brussel sprouts
Breakfast- carmelized banana stuffed grain-free crepes + maple whipped cream
Dinner- grain-free pretzel dogs, tossed salad
Breakfast- almond butter banana (breakfast) cookies, squeezable yogurt, to-go milk
Baking and Prep Day:
- Almond milk (unsweetened)
- Grain-free sandwich loaf, recipe doubled–second loaf to freeze*
- Grain-free soft pretzels, tripled–for snacking, one batch to freeze, one batch for pretzel hot dogs*
- No bake chocolate macaroons, doubled– to take to the new mama and one batch for our road trip
- Coconut larabars (recipe coming this week), doubled– for road trip snacking and our hosts
- Almond butter banana cookie, doubled– for early road trip breakfast, more to freeze
* Make day of
What’s cooking this week in your cozy house?
the sleepy time gal
We definitely eat eggs, in some capacity, every single day. I love eggs. I love that they can be incorporated into breakfast (scrambled, fried, soft/hard boiled, omelets) lunch (egg salad, hard boiled eggs, deviled eggs) dinner (souffles, quiches, pancakes, waffles) and desserts (merengue cookies, cloud cakes, custards).
It’s windy outside today. I’m still working through a few details for smoother days with the family. Thanks to an informal family meeting last night before bed, I gathered some excellent ideas from the group for our days. Let’s see, tidy time will be earlier in the afternoon so the daily ballet rush isn’t so rushed, we are trying our daily project time after lunch, and my nightly American Girl book reading to the big girls had officially been turned into a club by Caroline. And she has announced herself the president. Johanna plans to make a club flag.
I like how good it feels to find solutions. You know they will only last for a time until new ones are needed, but I like our new plans. And I’ve stepped back to see the big picture over the past few days which always reminds me why I’m such a crazy person in my attempts.
On to other topics. Storytelling.
Yesterday I baked breakfast cookies. Bobby and Ainsleigh weren’t too impressed. Then I tried to get my blog post up that was 90% completed. It didn’t happen. Tried getting kids to get dressed, “Did you brush your teeth?” from the bottom of the stairs, cleaned up inside and cleaned up outside before little ballet friends came over.
Ballet class for the twins.
Random lunch not on the menu, with the addition of fried cheese. (Thank you kids for liking it.) On the couch because I had to lie down. Up again to make “goop” which flopped, and paint set-up for mini pepper “shamrocks” (which lasted 5 minutes), and cutting Caroline’s arms free from her first homemade dress.
Filled the teapot with milk for Johanna’s tea party, a “treat” for the tea party, and pecan brittle in the oven. Not enough salt.
Outside for a deep breath, paint supplies out again for Ainsleigh’s oversized fruit project, mixing colors, helping paint, keeping Rowan out of the paint.
Ballet buns up, pecan brittle served up, and off to drop off to ballet. Painted fruit cut out with an x-acto knife on the driveway.
Chasing Rowan chasing a dog, catching up with a neighbor, watching Rowan from inside the kitchen while I scoop out squash seeds. Roast the spaghetti squash. Watch the twins show me their new moves on the scooter.
Everyone back home again. Experimental spaghetti squash carbonara cooked and served up as enticingly as possible with shaved parmesan. Totally denied. Even by the husband. The squash was too crunchy.
With emergency fruit salad chopped up and tossed onto the table, I’m ready to grab my delicious bowl of carbonara and take a long walk around the block alone. So I did–but sprinted hard down the street.
And wondered if I’m doing anything right.
And wondered if I’m doing anything right.
By 10pm at night, after Bobby coming through the door, me with tears and exhaustive talking, and him bandaging my wounds, I sat back in this exact chair late into the night. Replenished and optimistic somehow. Hopeful and peaceful somehow…
And now with a new morning, life’s journey keeps on moving–despite hard days–for which I am grateful.
the sleepy time gal
Good morning. Here’s the new week’s three-meals-a-day meal plan for our week. Hope it gives you a starting point and inspiration for your weekly menu.
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Do you ever feel like you’re eating, prepping, baking, slicing, serving, planning, giving seconds, and dishing up food all day long?
Feeding the five young mouths all day around here has gone through many phases from totally stressful to actually thrilling and promising in other moments. The constant positive variable is when I plan: plan, plan, plan.
For a while I kept a detailed list of breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas taped to the refrigerator for easy ideas, minimal prep ideas, kids’ favorites ideas, etc. The lists worked for a while but recently we’ve hit a minor brick wall with a few of my pickier eaters.
Off to the drawing board for me.
With some brainstorming I’ve devised something that is quite exciting, is working, involves the kids more, and means my week of eating runs absolutely smoothly.
I’ve started making a weekly menu every Sunday night for the upcoming week. Yes, it’s not revolutionary in nature, but includes each day’s planned breakfast, lunch, and dinner (with possible snacks). Do you know what this means for this mama who is trying to make eating still exciting and fun for kids while shifting their diet? It means I just scan over the next day’s meals the night before, schedule in any extra prep needed for a meal the night before on my calendar, and let the beauty of planning run our eating. (And there is lots of eating around here.)
Here’s a week sample:
(Since I try to intermittent fast until lunch most mornings, our breakfasts are primarily planned for the kids. More on my incredible experience with my stomach and intermittent fasting for another post.)
Breakfast- chocolate chia seed pudding (with toppings- nuts, coconut, whipped cream)
Lunch- deli turkey + cheddar wraps in lettuce (or roll ups), carrots, peanut butter yogurt dip + apples
Dinner- homemade quiche (cheese, bacon, broccoli), roasted asparagus
Breakfast- homemade grain-free “cinnamon toast crunch” cereal and milk
Lunch- egg salad in a bowl, pepperoni slices, clementines
Dinner- Cheeseburger meatballs, salad + homemade ranch, sweet potato (chips, baked, whatever)
Breakfast- creamy fruit smoothie (add coconut oil)
Lunch- ham + cream cheese pinwheels, homemade nut clusters, yogurt
Dinner- Beef brisket, pepperoni pizza casserole, steamed broccoli
Breakfast- soft boiled eggs + sauasge
Lunch- grain-free bread for pb + j, apples + cubed cheese
Dinner- grilled salmon, wedge salad + homemade blue cheese dressing, green beans
Breakfast- yogurt parfaits in dishes (berries, yogurt, granola crumble)
Lunch- Daddy McMuffins (cloud buns, egg, bacon/sausage) fruit
Dinner- date night (fish sticks for kids)
Breakfast- (Grain-free) Pancake Saturday! (Serve with berry sauce and whipped cream)
Lunch- Tapas Party: hard boiled eggs, veggies and homemade crackers with cheddar + bacon dip, fruit, nut clusters, cucumber + cream cheese, pepperoni chips, etc.
Dinner- Bobby makes dinner before his meeting
Breakfast- banana nut porridge
Lunch- tuna salad, carrots, peanut butter + banana sandwiches
Dinner- Mom’s house: taco salad and chocolate cloud dessert (we’re bringing dessert!)
Do you do some sort of meal planning? Does it work??
the sleepy time gal