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Getting Intentional

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One of the goals I set for myself this year was to get intentional about our eating habits. We’ve become lax in eating out, in spur of the moment shopping trips, and in casualness of what we’re eating.  This year, we’re going back to the basics.  Our goal is to shop local, shop organic, shop sustainable, shop fresh.  Farmer’s Markets, co-ops, CSAs, grass-fed ranches.  They’re all around us when we make the time to source them out, do our research, and do the bulk of our shopping away from the grocery store.

This past weekend, DH and I visited a fruit/veggie co-op and a large Farmer’s Market in town. We liked what we saw, and I look forward to our future finds.   For the first real go-round though, we shopped local – as in two of our local grocery stores.  We stocked up on chicken (whole and boneless), ground Angus, organic grains and beans, fresh fruits, and frozen vegetables as dinner staples.  I bought almonds and rolled oats for granola, steel-cut oats for porridge, sliced meat and cheeses for quick sandwiches, and lots of eggs.

I spent time searching online recipes and my cookbooks looking for recipes that won’t need shopping trips for the extras.  I looked at each recipe carefully, asking myself how I could alter it to make it work with what we have.   I spent hours in the kitchen on Sunday afternoon mixing and cooking the ground beef into frozen meals. I realized that DH really doesn’t care what we eat or how I freeze the meat. He just wants to know what we’re having and when.  Then I spent more time searching recipes, sorting dinners, balancing meats and starches to avoid eating too much of one thing at a time while still accounting for leftovers.

Do you know what I’ve learned from all this?  Meal planning is hard work.

But I know it will be worth it.  It’ll reduce dinner time stress when I don’t get home until 6pm.  It’ll force me into the kitchen thawing or soaking. It’ll introduce us to new vegetables, new grains we wouldn’t normally eat. It’ll need me to always think ahead, be aware of what’s in season, what’s on sale.  It’ll be intentional.

Monday, Jan 21

  • Crock pot Roasted Chicken w/ potatoes
  • Mixed vegetables

Tuesday, Jan 22

  • Spaghetti w/ meatballs
  • Peas & Carrots
  • Garlic bread sticks

Wednesday, Jan 23

Thursday, Jan 24

Friday, Jan 25

  • Eggs & Tortillas

Saturday, Jan 26

  • Dinner out with friends to celebrate a birthday

Sunday, Jan 27

  • Sliders
  • Baked fries
  • Garden salad

Monday, Jan 28

  • Meatloaf
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Candied carrots

Tuesday, Jan 29

  • Baked chicken breast
  • Rice
  • Vegetables

Wednesday, Jan 30

Thursday, Jan 31

  • Breakfast for Dinner (bacon, eggs, refried beans)

Friday, Feb 1

  • Homemade pizza
 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Food & Fitness, Homemaking

 

Choices, or the lack thereof

It’s been months since I’ve posted.  I know, I’m a slacker.  Although I had many great posts run through my head from time to time, this blog was not high on my priority list as far as actually taking the time to sit down and type out those thoughts.

There are so many things going on in our life right now that I’ve allowed myself to become distracted and off-track.  I’ve used them as excuses why I couldn’t do this or needed to do that, even when they weren’t really excuses.

But something I heard at church Wednesday night changed my perspective completely.

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Faith, Food & Fitness, Homeschooling

 

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Only 2 weeks in…

I cannot believe how crazy this week has been.  I must be starting to get on the right track because it seems like everywhere I turn it’s nothing but one attack after another.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  — Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

Huh. I was looking for a good scripture on faith and found one on understanding instead, not even realizing it until after I’d pasted and formatted the text.  So yeah, that’s the kind of week I’ve had.

I am relying fully on faith right now, reminding myself that this is all part of His plan and His purpose and I just have to go with it and rely on Him to see us through.  When life spins out of control, it’s all any of us can do.

Both boys have acted out and I need to read Hope for the Weary Mom now more than ever. Because oh, am I weary.

I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. — Psalm 69:3 (NASB)

Alex’s actions are those of a newly turned 18 year old but they have made waves in the household and the tension is thick.  Andy’s actions are far more severe and far reaching, and I don’t think he yet understands the consequences that are before him. But it’s out of my hands; all I can do is be supportive and keep praying.

Hello Mornings and Bible in 90 Days start Monday.  I’m excited and I know I can do this. I’m going to try to blog about it, but no promises.

Week 2 update on my goals for January 2012.

1. Recipe binders. I have 2 binders already filled with sheet protectors and dividers, I just need to collect all the loose paper copies, sort them, and insert them into the binders.

  • Week 1: Gather recipes. There’s no telling where all I have them stacked at. Done!  My loose recipes are in the top drawer of my cart (where I keep my future reading and blank journals). I also printed out some of my favorites from online along with a few that I hope to try soon and added them to the stack. I did not include Alex’s handwritten-on-sticky-notes recipes because they’re in his shorthand and for everything he himself is responsible for making (like italian bread and tortillas). At some point I’ll have him write them neatly on notebook paper or type them up but at this point it doesn’t bother me to leave them out of the book.
  • Week 2: Sort the recipe pages into categories and label the dividers. Done! I haven’t actually labeled the dividers themselves but I did put the recipes into sheet protectors and sorted them into categories with sticky notes where the dividers will go.  I have: breads & muffins, sweets, condiments & dressings, side dishes, soups & stews, entrees.  At some point I may need to break entrees into beef/poultry/pasta but I’m not going to do that now.
  • Week 3: Devise a method of indexing the recipes. I’m thinking the easiest way to do it may be to put page numbers in the corners and then just keep an alphabetical TOC by category at the front of each binder.  I want to be able to quickly find the recipes I’m looking for, but at the same time I don’t want to constantly be shuffling pages around either.

2. Start 5K training.  Our high school is having a 5K fundraiser for our graduating class on March 3. That gives me 9 weeks to complete an 8 week program. M-W-F will my training days and I know I can do this.

  • Week 1: Charge the iPod, leash the dog and run. No excuses!  Done!  Okay, I didn’t start until Friday BUT all of last week I was dealing with a spider bite under my arm and any form of exercise, or even simple movements, were extremely painful. I’ll spare you the details because it’s just too gross to share. You’re welcome. 😉  By Friday had infection had cleared up so we leashed the dog and Alex ran with her while I set the pace with my iPod and homemade playlist.  Which worked very well I might add. It’s nice to run to music I know and like, and I knew when the song changed, it was time to run/walk again.  Our total was 24 minutes and 1.4 miles.
  • Week 2: Keep up with the 5K program. Run inside to the Wii when it rains tomorrow. Done!  I actually managed to run Monday night during a break in the rain.  Andy and I even saw a crawdad wandering across our path.  🙂   Wednesday night I didn’t run because of the day’s drama and I really wasn’t in the mood.  Last night I went out for coffee with a friend and didn’t think about it.  I’d like to make time to get a 2nd run in tonight or tomorrow but we’ll see what happens.
  • Week 3: Start week 2 of the 5K training program.  Register for the race on Friday.

3. Organize my kitchen.  We added new furniture and new appliances to an already messy and chaotic kitchen. It drives me crazy to work in there when I can’t find what I need.  So I’m going to clean it up and clean it out and retrain my kids to keep it that way.

  • Week 1: Spice shelf; it’s what bugs me the most.  Done!  Okay, so this didn’t actually get done until tonight, but again, it wasn’t something I was going to tackle when I felt so horrible earlier in the week and yesterday we were busy all day long. But it’s done and that’s all that’s matters right?
  • Week 2: Tupperware cabinet. I’m hoping the presence of storage bins will help keep the odds-n-ends in one place.  Not done yet.  I have the bins, I just haven’t made the time to sit down and go through everything.  Going to try very hard to get this finished Sunday.
  • Week 3: Pantry cabinets.  My pantry is a mess and needs to be cleaned out and organized.  We have too much of some staples and not enough of others and I can’t go shopping without knowing what I need.
 
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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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My week in review

The tagline for this post should be: Have I actually learned anything?

That would be a YES.  🙂

I’m halfway through my ADD book, Driven to Distraction, and I’m wishing I’d bought the book instead of checking it out of the library. There’s so much I’d love to highlight for future reference.   I’m understanding just how many of those little things I do that drive myself and everyone else around me crazy is due to the ADD.   I’m learning to put some of the things I read about into practice – like the short bursts and baby steps – and am glad to see how much more productive it can help me be, or at least how much more productive I feel like I’m being. Sometimes that’s all that matters.

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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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Hello 2012!

I decided to play along and pick my one word for 2012: understanding.  

Understanding ADD and the impact it has on me, my kids, my marriage, and my friendships. What I’ve learned so far makes explains so much about myself and I can’t wait to dig deeper.

Understanding the intricacies of new job responsibilities, responsibilities that I think I want to take on permanently.

Understanding where I’m at my spiritual walk and how my Heavenly Father wants me to move forward.

Understanding social media and savvy blogging and how to make it work for me. Who knows, I might even manage to blog something that isn’t 3in30 related.  😉

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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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3 in 30: October week 1

3 in 30: October week 1

It’s hard to believe we’re already a week into October.

Fall temperatures have {mostly} arrived to my little town, although today feels more like summer than fall. A week in though, and I’ve barely made a start to any of my goals.

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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Blogging, Food & Fitness

 

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3 in 30 ~ October goals

3 in 30 ~ October goals

Let’s do a quick September recap and wrap-up before we move on to October.

{Full details on my September goals here.}

Goal #1 – Clean up my Google Reader account {blogging}

My reader is still clean, and now I just have to remember to go check it for anything that I don’t already get via email, Facebook, or twitter.  It doesn’t get checked often. 😉

Goal #2 – Clean up my favorites/bookmarks {blogging}

It’s so much easier to find what I’m looking for, but I’m seeing a need for a 3rd level of subfolders, especially to split out my baking and desserts recipes, and I should probably go ahead and split out the entrees and sides folders while I’m at it.

Goal #3 – Get started on meal planning {meal planning/homemaking}

Week 1 went well, weeks 2-4 not so much. But they did show us the benefit of and need for menu planning.

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Posted by on October 2, 2011 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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