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Back to reality!  To be really honest, I am not feeling up to it.  Today is actually still a day off, as my two school-age kids are at their cousins’ house for the day.  It seems so quiet around here with Jason and the two oldest gone.  Who knew that having a four-year-old, a three-year-old and a baby would cause a calm in the house!

Here are the meals I have planned for the week:


Baked Apple Oatmeal, Maple Icing

Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Breakfast Cookies, fruit

Yogurt, Oatmeal or Granola, fruit or smoothie x 4


Bean bowls (refried beans topped with tomatoes, avocados, and cheese), veggies, corn chips

Baked potatoes, broccoli, apples

No-Bake Energy Bites, veggies

Omelets, veggies, fruit

Granola Bars, veggies, cheese

PB sandwiches (with jelly or banana and honey), veggies



Cabbage, Ham and Mashed Potatoes (unbelievably, my six-year-old son has been begging for this!)

Chili Burgers (delicious veggie and bean burger) with tomato and avocado, steamed corn, fruit

Tuna Pockets (I have high hopes for these – I’ll let you know how they turn out), steamed peas, fruit

Spanish Rice, refried beans

Chicken Soup (not sure which one yet – too many yummy versions to choose from!!), steamed green beans

Pizza Fondue, Breadsticks


I hope that doesn’t overwhelm me – I’m trying to ease myself back into our regular routine.  We’re all a little ba-humbug about it :).

Are you having a difficult time adjusting to the post-holiday regular-ness, or are you relieved?

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CHRISTMAS WEEK!!!!!!!  Very exciting.  I just love weeks where special meals are part of the plan, don’t you?


Oatmeal/granola/yogurt x 2, fresh fruit

Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits, Maple Icing, fresh fruit

Soaked Waffles, Homemade Blueberry Syrup

Crockpot Overnight Steel Cut Oats, fresh fruit

Leftover Andrew’s muffins (Pumpkin Chocolate Chip), fresh fruit

Christmas Morning Breakfast: Egg Bake, Caramel Rolls, Blueberry Coffee Cake


Cheese Omelets, steamed green beans, cucumbers, carrots

Andrew’s Muffins (Pumpkin Chocolate Chip), fresh veggies

Millet, Sausage and Spinach, fresh fruit

Chili, cornbread (friends coming for lunch and they are bringing the meal :)!), veggies and fruit

Baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, apples with PB

Sandwiches, veggies

Christmas Day! (Adults are usually still stuffed from the breakfast feast, and kids will have leftover Taco Joe’s)


Leftovers & Whatevers

Cream of Chicken Soup, mashed potatoes

Vietnamese Fried Rice, fresh fruit

Pizza, veggies and fruit (really hoping for take-out here)

Beef and Barley Stew, crackers, fresh fruit

Taco Joe’s, chips, shredded cheese, guacamole, tomatoes, black olives (kinda like a sloppy joe, but with meat and beans and taco seasoning – you eat the whole thing in a bowl with the chips)

Ham dinner (with my amazing pastured pork from R Family Farms!), Baked Apples and Cranberries, Cheesy Potato Casserole, steamed green beans

Yum.  I cannot be the only one really looking forward to food this week.  I think tomorrow is our day to finally make the Peanut Butter Blossoms that are so bad for you, but so good :).  Have you finished your baking already?  What are your favorite Christmas treats this week?

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When I sit down to meal plan for the week, I love knowing that all of you are going to be reading it.  It inspires me to be balanced and creative every week.  You are my meal planning accountability partners!  So, thank you :).

Here are my plans for this week:


Yogurt, Oatmeal or Christmas Cookie Granola, fresh fruit x 4

Waffles (I bought a new mix from Country Life that is made of oats, corn and sesame seeds – should be interesting :).  I nearly broke my waffle iron last time I tried a new recipe.  It was more like dental cement than waffle.  Fingers crossed this time around . . .), blueberry syrup

Smoothies, cereal bars

Coffee Cake, fresh fruit


Eggs, fresh veggies

Baked Potatoes, cheese, steamed broccoli, apples and PB

Lettuce Rolls with tuna or PB & J (I know it sounds really weird, but all four of my table food eaters really like it – definitely worth a try), cheese, fresh veggies

Pizza, fruit and veggie smoothies

Beef and Barley Stew, fresh fruit

Turkey Sandwiches and apples to share at church pot luck

Leftovers and Whatevers


Lentils and Spinach with fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, fruit and veggie smoothies

Cottage Mac and Cheese, steamed corn

Roasted Chicken, Garlic Carrot Potatoes, steamed peas

Lemon Tuna, steamed green beans, fresh fruit

Cream of Chicken soup served over mashed potatoes (hoping to resurrect the potatoes from Wednesday night – we shall see)

Mexican Mix-up (beef, bean and corn tortilla casserole thingy), fresh veggies

Christmas Party with my husband’s side of the family!  I’ll be bringing cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, and Cracker Toffee.

‘Tis the season for celebrating and holiday parties.  Which means it is also the season for holiday eating.  Anyone else starting to be overwhelmed by sugar :)?

Don’t forget – all this week you can still enter (multiple times :)!) to win a book on food dehydrating, an all natural lotion and a handmade bar of soap!

Happy eating!  Are you trying any new recipes this week or sticking to the standbys as the holiday craziness ramps up?

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Ah, Sunday night.  A little later on Sunday night than I would prefer to be typing this post.  No ones fault but my own though, because I refused to put down The Help before 10:00pm.  SO GOOD.  Now I just need to not pick it up again before I hit the pillow tonight!

So, here is my plan for the week:


Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits with Maple icing, fresh fruit

Baked Apple Oatmeal, fresh fruit

Cereal bars and smoothies

Peach Raspberry Granola Cobbler, Banana Walnut Ice Cream

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats, fresh fruit

Christmas Cookie Granola, yogurt, fresh fruit x 2


Baked potatoes, broccoli, apples

Eggs, fresh veggies

Leftover Turkey Wild Rice Soup, fresh veggies

Andrew’s Muffins (Pumpkin Chocolate Chip), fresh veggies

Lunch at my grandma’s house to celebrate Christmas 🙂


Granola Bars, Church Pot Luck


Chicken and Broccoli Rice, Steamed Corn, fresh veggies

Turkey Wild Rice Soup, fruit

Lasagna, Steamed Green Beans

White Chicken Chili, fresh veggies, fruit

Black Bean Taco Bowls

Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup and Christmas Movie!!


Are you trying any new recipes this week?  Doing any Christmas baking?

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Thanksgiving week!  I am hosting this year – yay!  Any chance to see my insanely adorable nephews (and my brother and his wife, of course) is exciting.  And of course the Christmas boxes begin their ascent from the basement as soon as the crowd disperses.  My kids (well the ones who have no concept of time anyway) were all asking me repeatedly today if Thanksgiving is tomorrow.

Another reason to love Thanksgiving week is the abundance of leftovers.  Love leftovers.  Planning my entire week around leftovers.

So here we are:


We always eat fruit or have a smoothie with breakfast.  And one of the following:

Yogurt, oatmeal or homemade granola x 5

Cereal bars (once a week treat for me and the kids – they like to eat them, and I love pulling a box off the shelf and not a pot :))

Blueberry muffins (Thanksgiving morning treat!)


Lunch is always served with fresh veggies, and sometimes fruit.

Leftovers x 3 – Oh, that makes me happy!

Cottage Mac and Cheese

Cheese and crackers (a lighter snacky lunch on Thanksgiving Day)

Egg boats (otherwise known as deviled eggs), ants on a log

Yogurt bread, peanut butter or butter


Hamburger Vegetable Soup, fruit

Tuna, Spinach and Rice, steamed corn

Mexican Chili Dip, corn chips, cheese (This is a new recipe for me – I’ll let you know how it turns out.)

TURKEY and accompanying feast :)!

Pizza and Christmas movie night (extremely pumped about this)

Leftovers x 2 (equally pumped about this)

This is a week off of school for us, so hopefully we will be taking advantage of more flexibility.  The kids have big plans to play Legos, read books, paint, draw, sew, cook . . .  We’ll see how many of their plans we can squeeze in!  We have three new Christmas books from the library, so watch for my opinions on those later this week.  I’ll also be posting some of my best tips for making and freezing stock.  Don’t forget to save that turkey carcass – or beg it off your hostess :)!

What are you eating this week besides turkey?  Are you hosting or are you being hosted?

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After a busy weekend, I am ready to stay home this week and enjoy the comfort of routine.  And the comfort of good food.  Here’s what I have planned:


Yogurt and fruit x 3

Chocolate Smoothies, fruit

Overnight Crockpot Steel Cut Oats, fruit

Oatmeal or granola, fruit

Cereal Bars – Tessa’s pick for her birthday, fruit


Scrambled Eggs, fresh veggies and fruit

PB & J, fresh veggies and fruit

Lettuce Wraps, fresh veggies and fruit

Deviled Eggs (or Egg Boats, as my kids call them), fresh veggies and fruits

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, fresh veggies and fruit – Tessa’s pick for her birthday

Baked Potatoes and Cheese, bring cookies to share at church potluck



Lentils and Spinach, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, fruit

Sloppy Joes, steamed corn, fruit

Minestrone Soup, bread and butter

Baked Salmon, steamed green beans, sweet potatoes

Black Beans and Rice, tomatoes, cheese, avocados

Cottage Mac & Cheese – Tessa’s pick for her birthday, fruit, CAKE!!

Leftovers & Whatevers


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