Dinner Menu for the week of January 19th

Dave reminded me on Friday that we do not have to work on Monday due to the holiday.  I nearly cried.  I limped into the weekend.

My favorite meal of the week was the broccoli cheddar soup.  It was so easy, and came out really great.  Even the boys loved it!

I spent most of today doing prep for the freezer.  I shredded some blocks of cheese from costco, and made another batch of applesauce in the crock pot.

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I plan to do some freezer stocking tomorrow, and also prep the veggies for our morning juice for the week.  Yay for productive days off!

Here is what is on the docket for the coming week:

Sunday:  Broccoli cheddar soup from last week out of the freezer

Monday:  Whole chicken in the crock pot with parmesan zucchini and wild rice

Tuesday:  Chicken and Broccoli pockets (using left over chicken from Monday)

Wednesday: Super easy bean, cheese and avocado roll ups.  Using these beans from the freezer.

Thursday: Quinoa Stuffed red peppers

Friday:  Sauteed scallops with quinoa and orange and avocado salsa  (I am a huge fan of making a large batch of something, and then making two meals.  Hence the second night of quinoa.  I use the amazing stock from our whole chicken carcass to make quinoa and wild rice.  The flavor is ridiculous.)

Saturday:  Roasted asparagus with a runny egg and bacon.  Inspired by this recipe.  We LOVE this meal.

Hope everyone has a very enjoyable week.

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Dinner Menu for the week of January 12th

What a week!  The first week of the month is usually FULL for me.  I have a few meetings that consistently meet in the first week, so it always takes planning, and grace from Dave.  I was out of the house 4 of the 7 nights.  Yikes!  The evenings this week should slow down considerably.

Oh…having the Chargers AND the Forty Niners in the playoffs for the last two weeks has done slight damage to our obedience to 100% real food.  There may or may not have been a snack or 7 that are not technically “allowed” in the rules.  We will imagine this did not occur, and there will be grace all around.  kthnxbye

Last week’s menu had some real winners.  My favorite item was the crab cakes.  They were a bit of a labor of love, but so so worth the effort.  I used a large biscuit cutter to shape them, and used bread crumbs in place of panko.  They turned out really delish, but next time I make them, I will have to do something about the breading.  It was a little crumbly.

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My second favorite was the beef pot roast.  I ordered a grass-fed beef roast from my local CSA.  Honestly, grass-fed beef has such a different flavor.  The only change I made was to add potatoes to the crock pot for the last hour.  Pretty yum!

Here is what is on the docket for this week:

Sunday:  Left over pot roast from Friday.

Monday: Seared Scallop salad

Tuesday: Cilantro chicken and wild rice (using avocado oil instead of veg)

Wednesday: Broccoli cheddar soup

Thursday: A slightly modified version of this spicy peanut chicken salad.  I plan to use whole wheat noodles and less kick.

Friday:  Veggie tacos inspired by this recipe.  I will make home made corn tortillas.  Yay!

Saturday:  Filled pancakes with strawberries and blackberries.  Will used the rest of the cream from the soup to make a bit of honey whip cream.

It is a goal of mine to slowly reduce our wheat consumption this year.  Looking at this menu makes me think that it will be quite a struggle.  Oy!  Baby steps though.

Enjoy your food adventures this week!  🙂

Reflections on 2013, and the choices of 2014

I started my blog in January of 2013 as a way to journal about my personal struggles to determine my value.  Value as a woman, wife, mom, employee, friend…you get the picture.  These particular struggles stem from old tapes that play in my head that try to tell me that my value is limited.  I have to continually remind myself that these lies do not define me.

As I mentioned last year, I do not typically make resolutions, though it worked really well in 2013 for me to have a “theme”.   I closed my very first blog entry with the following statement:  “So 2013, be good and gentle with me and my family, and may I be met with constant reminders of my declaration to return.”  I cannot tell you how many times throughout the year I was reminded that I declared to return.    Here is very brief summary of how well I did in my return to these areas in 2013.

Sanity:  Depends on how much I sleep, and what I eat, but the fog continues to lift.

Sensibility:  We are acutely aware of our chemical burden.  This continues to be an area of passion and research for me.  We made a huge change in April of 2013 to cut processed food from our diet, and switch to what is considered “Real Food”.  Still a battle to eat wisely each day.  Budget…continues to be a struggle.  More to come on this in 2014.

Service:  In early 2013, I began serving on the board of a large local mother’s club.  I am coordinating a program which organizes meals and other service-related tasks for moms that welcome new babies.  Food, and new mamas.  Perfect fit.

My God:  I wander.  Therefore, I am not sure that God will ever stop calling me to return.  It is something that I hope to be a life-long pursuit.  Both Him calling me back, and me chasing hard after His goodness, love and scandalous grace.

This new year, I plan to pursue more perspective in the things that really matter in my life.  Often, it takes a great sacrifice or tragedy to put life into perspective, but I am not waiting.  I am choosing over the next 12 months to sacrifice selfishness in search of character development.  I will not always get to control my circumstances, or the outcome of my trials, but  I do have a choice about my attitude, and response.  This will be my 2014 theme.  The ability to choose.

I plan to begin 2014 in January by choosing stillness.  This will initially mean developing a discipline of giving the first portion of my day to God in quiet and prayer.  I LOVE sleep, so when I tell you that this is a sacrifice, please believe me.

Honestly though, this is about SO much more than morning quiet time or prayer.  How will my relationships, parenting, work/business life, budget change if I choose to be still?  Can I be a better listener, think/pray before making a decision or purchase, pause before speaking, consider others before acting?  Will the manufactured hustle that I create in my life subside?  What will I learn about myself in the silence?  What will God speak to me in the quiet?

Looking forward to January’s journey and the insight.

~S

Dinner Menu for the week of January 5th

It is 2014.  This is my year.  Pretty sure I say that every year, but I do have big plans.  Personally, spiritually, and also in business.  Looking forward to getting my plans down on paper/blog and then mapping out activities to reach my goals.

Last week, I was so eagerly anticipating the crab cakes, but they had to be moved to this week due to some scheduling issues that prevented me from having time to shell the crab.  Tomorrow…

My favorites from the week were the pot pie and the meatballs.  These are both go-to meals, and each time I make them, I remember why they continue to land on my menus.  I had a slight issue with the pot pie this time around because I let the pie crust get too warm before rolling it onto the top. Here are pictures of the yummy filling, and the top-crust FAIL.

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Another fail this week was that I did not get to make stock out of my chicken carcass.  I stripped the whole chicken that I cooked in the crock pot for the pot pie, and left everything in the pot to make overnight stock.  Forgot to turn the darn thing on when i went to bed!  It crushed me to have to toss it into the compost in the morning.

This week, we plan to cook up this yumminess:

Sunday:  Take two on crab cakes.  Also planning on cooking a LARGE pot of Chili for the freezer.  I modify this chili recipe quite a bit.  I leave out the sugar, bacon bits, hotsauce, corn chips and beef boulion.  I use one whole beer.  Honestly, this turns out AMAZING.

Monday:  Chili cooked on Sunday.

Tuesday: Chicken cobb salad with egg, avocado, bacon and cheese.  (Can you say chicken stock redemption this week?!?)

Wednesday:  Chipotle Chicken potato skins.  (Sweet potatoes for me and boys, and russet for Dave)

Thursday: Grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato bisque

Friday: Beef pot roast

Saturday:  Spinach, cheese and bacon omelettes

Have I mentioned that I am excited about 2014?!?!

Happy and healthy eating this week friends!