Busy Weekend with Some Self Care Mixed In

This has been an extremely busy weekend so far!!

The kids did most of the cleaning on Friday.  I just did some touch up.  I am so thankful that they can do that because I had so much cooking and food prep to do.

We had HAF (“home away from”) Homes Friday night with some summer staff.  We had homemade carnitas, pinto beans, Spanish rice, homemade guacamole, banana pudding, and coconut oatmeal cookies.  And sweet tea and hibiscus mint tea.  So I was in the kitchen allllll afternoon and evening.  It was so fun though!

The kids helped in the kitchen (well, Karis and Ethan).

The carnitas look pretty in the Instant Pot (one of these days I’ll get around to sharing the recipe!).  We also had my favorite corn and wheat tortillas and Spanish rice made from a package (everything else was homemade… just not the rice).  Robert makes the best homemade guacamole.

The summer staff and my kids played Mario Cart for a long time after dinner!

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One thing that made me happy was when one of the summer staff told me that my home is very warm and peaceful.  I have been told that before and that is always my goal!  I want people to feel comfortable here.

That night I had a LOT of anxiety.  I’m not even sure why, I just know that I had a hard time breathing.  I have been much better since, though!

Yesterday I slept in a bit (like 8 or 8:30), then I cleaned up again.  I didn’t do the dishes on Friday and the floor was dirty, etc.  

Yesterday I made some peanut butter pies, then got things ready to have people over again.  We had a meet and greet last night for a prospective maintenance tech and his wife.  It went so well!  We all loved them!

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Then I did a ton of prep work for the week!

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I cut veggies for the week and took the grapes off the vine.

I made whole wheat pumpkin banana muffins (for the week) and pumpkin banana bread (for the meet and greet, and no one touched it…).

I had a piece of the bread and it was soooooo amazing.  I know it’s a little early for pumpkin, but I get ready for fall super early since it’s my favorite season!

My neighbor gave me a sweet gift and card yesterday.

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The candle is fall scented.  It smells amazing!  And I love the lotion and I needed some chapstick.  The little booklet that she gave me has ways to handle issues with kids including the scripture to go with it.  So cool!  This gift meant SO much to me.  I often feel like I’m annoying to others because of my anxiety so receiving a gift just encouraged me so much.

Today is going to be a nice, relaxing Self Care Sunday.

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I’m writing this blog post and another one coming up.  I’m planning to read.  Maybe take a nap.  I will do a little bit more prep including baking some bread (which I love doing), but not much else!  I might also do one load of laundry.

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This coming week is going to be pretty laid back.  Tomorrow I am having some more summer staff over for dessert and coffee (my “Fruit Group,” which is some ladies).

The kids will continue to do their reading and math every day.  I will keep up with the house by doing a load of laundry a day, having the kids do their chores, and tidying each day.  We will do one hike/nature walk this week, probably in the evening with Robert again.  It was so nice last week.

We leave on the 19th to visit my inlaws, then go to Family Camp at Glorieta in New Mexico (which is our yearly vacation)!  I am beyond excited.  I am not even that anxious about it this year because I’m not drinking anymore and I know what to expect!  It’s a very fun and relaxing week!  There will be arrow tag, hiking, mountain biking, nerf room, blacklight dodge ball, foam pit, ice cream, coffee shop, good food, putt putt golf, mountain scooters, drift trikes, 50’s night, western night, dances, a date night, white water rafting (if we can afford it, it’s an additional fee), waterfront, inflatables, naps, games, and most importantly worship!  We will also have a counselor assigned to us!  And a lot of our friends here at Camp Eagle are going too so we will get to have fun together!

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OH!  And today is 9 months sober!!!!  This is HUGE!  It feels like yesterday that I went into La Ha, but it’ll be a year before I know it.  I am so much healthier than I was.  I have grown so much over the past 9 months!

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What are your plans this week?

Any plans for a vacation soon?

Weekly Meal Plan, Week of February 27-March 5

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Breakfasts

  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker) and Greek yogurt
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Eggs in corn tortillas with cheese and salsa
  • Sprouted English muffins (in the freezer) and eggs
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Omelets
  • Pop tarts 🙂
  • Cereal
  • NutriGrain bars

Lunches

  • Chicken salad, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwich, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Dining hall on Saturday

Snacks

  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges, or a fruit cup)
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • HEB brand Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)

Dinner

  • Monday- Baked chicken thighs, mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli
  • Tuesday- Southwestern soup (basically taco soup with black beans)
  • Wednesday- Potato ham cream cheese soup (recipe to come)
  • Thursday- Instant pot homemade hamburger helper (with cheddar and mozzarella), salad
  • Friday- Homemade pizza
  • Saturday- Burgers
  • Sunday- Instant Pot Chuck Roast and Veggies (mashed potatoes instead of potatoes with roast)

Prep

  • Thaw meat
  • Cut up veggies
  • Boil eggs
  • Grocery shop

Instant Pot Pork Tacos

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Ingredients:

  • 2-3 pounds of pork (HEB sells Carnitas like the ones pictured)
  • 2 small oranges, halved (or one large)
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 handful of cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (not pictured here… I forgot it when I took the pic!)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon cumin

First, mix seasonings in a small bowl.

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Finely chop cilantro

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Finely chop jalapeño and place on top of cilantro.

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Dice red bell pepper and place on top of jalapeño.

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Dice onion and place on top of everything.

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Mix veggies

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Pour 1/2 cup of water on the bottom to start with some liquid (you could also use chicken stock).

Place a layer of carnitas meat, sprinkle seasoning, veggies, and garlic.

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Second layer of meat, seasoning, garlic, and veggies.  Squeeze the orange and lime and place into the pot.  If you use a pork roast or something similar, you won’t be able to do layers.  Totally fine!

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Cook for 50 minutes and natural pressure release for 20-30 minutes.

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This is what it looks like cooked.

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Pull the meat out into a bowl.

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Shred the meat.

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I imagine this would work fine in a crock pot.  It would just need to cook 6-8 hours to make it to where it falls apart and is easy to shred.

We eat this on some locally made flour tortillas or corn tortillas.  We typically have Mexican brown rice and pinto beans (I’ll post this recipe soon, I promise!).

This meal costs maybe $8?  It’s a pretty inexpensive meal!

It’s one of our faves!  Enjoy!

Here are some easy-to-follow directions!

  1. Mix seasonings in a small bowl.
  2. Finely chop cilantro
  3. Finely chop jalapeño and place on top of cilantro.
  4. Dice red bell pepper and place on top of jalapeño.
  5. Dice onion and place on top of everything.
  6. Mix veggies
  7. Pour 1/2 cup of water on the bottom to start with some liquid (you could also use chicken stock).
  8. Place a layer of carnitas meat, sprinkle seasoning, veggies, and garlic.
  9. Second layer of meat, seasoning, garlic, and veggies.  Squeeze the orange and lime and place into the pot.  If you use a pork roast or something similar, you won’t be able to do layers.  Totally fine!
  10. Cook for 50 minutes and natural pressure release for 20-30 minutes.
  11. Pull the meat out into a bowl.
  12. Shred the meat.

Weekly Meal Plan, Week of February 20th-26th

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Breakfasts

  • Nutrigrain bars
  • Oatmeal (just plain old Quaker) and Greek yogurt
  • Green protein smoothie
  • Breakfast tacos
  • Sprouted English muffins and eggs (in the freezer)
  • Kodiak Power Cakes pancakes (in the freezer)
  • Omelets
  • Pop tarts 🙂

Lunches

  • Tuna salad, boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Cottage cheese (or lunch meat and cheese), boiled egg, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Peanut butter and honey sandwich, veggies and hummus, Triscuits
  • Leftovers
  • Dining hall on Saturday

Snacks

  • Sandwich crackers
  • Sriracha cashews
  • Dry roasted almonds
  • Veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers) with hummus or ranch
  • Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges or a fruit cup)
  • Veggie straws
  • White cheddar Cheez-its
  • Annie’s bunny snacks
  • Homemade Greek yogurt
  • Granola bars (plain old Quaker)
  • Z-bars
  • Clif bars

Dinner

  • Monday- Burrito bowls (pinto beans, brown rice, avocado, tomato, sour cream, and cheese)
  • Tuesday- Scrambled eggs and cinnamon biscuits
  • Wednesday- Finger foods (summer sausage, gouda, raw veggies, and fruit)
  • Thursday- Dining hall, Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, corn, and salad bar
  • Friday- Dining hall, spaghetti
  • Saturday- Dining hall, Chinese
  • Sunday- Instant pot BBQ drumsticks, baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli

Prep

Instant Pot “Boiled” Eggs

I love having an instant pot! The most common things I make is homemade Greek yogurt and boiled eggs (along with many dinners!).

These “boiled eggs” are so easy!

I use boil 14 eggs to fit in my plastic carrier, but you can just use a dozen if you want.

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Measure 1 cup of water.

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Pour water into pot.

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Place eggs on trivet.

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Put lid on, and make sure vent is closed.

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Set manual 2 minutes.

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Natural pressure release for 15 minutes.

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Place eggs in an ice water bath (I accidentally broke a few…).

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Ready to stick in the fridge!

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They peel easily and have a fantastic yolk!  Enjoy!

Weekly Meal Plan, 2 Weeks

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Robert and Ethan will be at Big Bend for 4 out of 7 days next week, so Karis, Levi, and I will be fending for ourselves.  You would think it would be easier to go to the dining hall, but it’s actually easier to stay in and eat easy foods.  So that’s what we’re doing.

Breakfasts

Lunches

  • Sandwich on homemade bread (or a pita), veggies, hummus, and fruit
  • Cottage cheese, boiled egg, veggies, hummus, and Triscuits
  • Leftovers

Snacks

  • Nuts
  • Triscuits
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Apple sauce
  • Homemade Greek yogurt

Dinners 

Week of January 16-22

  • Monday-Wednesday: Dining hall
  • Thursday: Breakfast- Cinnamon biscuits (treat) and scrambled eggs
  • Friday: Hot dogs
  • Saturday: Finger foods (uncured salami, boiled eggs, Gouda, veggies, and fruit)
  • Sunday: Instant pot roast, potatoes, and carrots

Week of January 23-29

  • Monday: Burrito Bowls (pinto beans, brown rice, tomato, avocado, sour cream, and cheese)
  • Tuesday: Instant pot meat loaf, mashed potatoes, and corn
  • Wednesday: Grilled pork chops, steamed broccoli, and salad
  • Thursday: Southwestern Soup (will share this recipe soon)
  • Friday-Sunday: Dining hall

Preparation

  • Bake bread
  • Cut veggies
  • Make green smoothie cakes
  • Make breakfast taco filling

Homemade Pulled Pork in the Instant Pot

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Start with homemade BBQ sauce (not pictured here is the molasses… I forgot it!).

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You’ll need 2 cups of chicken broth (this is homemade).

4lbs of pork shoulder.  This particular one is in pieces.

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Place broth and pork shoulder in instant pot.

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Spoon some of the homemade BBQ sauce on to it.

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Cook manually for 70 minutes, NPR for 15-20 minutes.

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Shred.

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Add more BBQ sauce.

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Enjoy!  I use whole wheat buns (sometimes homemade, but not this time), mayo, and pickles.  Yum!

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Our Awesome Weekend… Quality Time and Prep for the Week

The weekend was fantastic!!

The boys received awards for getting all A’s and B’s (Levi only got one B!).  Karis was close… she made a 76 in math and A’s in everything else.  She’s working on math!

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Karis and I made pizza together (she’s browning sausage in this picture!).

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We played a game.

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Then we had pizza and popcorn while watching The Secret Life of Pets!

Saturday morning, Karis got ready in her fearless, strong, brave, and bold shirt and wore lipstick!

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We were ready for our girl day!

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We saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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We went to Chili’s and she got her favorites: chocolate milk, grilled chicken, and corn.

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My meal was pretty amazing as well!  I got my favorite meal: 3 courses for $10!  Ribs and fries, salad, and mini dessert!  Yum!

We went to Starbucks and got Karis a hot chocolate (they were out of her favorite cake pops!).  We also bought her Minecraft Storymode for the Wii.

Sunday was fantastic as well.  Levi and his daddy went to see Rogue One and they went to his favorite restaurant: Schlotsky’s!

While they were gone, Ethan played outside all day.  I worked on my blog and played Super Mario 3 with my girl.

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I prepped for the week by making some more muffins.  I also cut up some veggies (I didn’t need to cut many up because I still had some from last weekend).

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I made yogurt (it didn’t end up turning out… it was chunky AND runny somehow, so I’ll have to make more today).

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I made a yummy dinner of homemade pasta sauce with ground beef, zucchini, and yellow squash; whole wheat pasta; and roasted broccoli and cauliflower.

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And today’s prep work:

Usually I go to AA on Mondays, but this week will be different since I have a doctor’s appointment in San Antonio tomorrow.  I will be doing my Monday and Tuesday routines today to make up for not being home tomorrow.

This morning I started with my typical morning routine (though I haven’t followed the time very well that I wrote down on my daily docket, whoops!).

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So far I have: Started laundry, moved it over to the dryer, started sheets and towels in the washer, done my morning Bible study and prayer journal, showered, and now I’m working on this blog post :-).  I still need to take my meds and supplements, dust, fold and put away laundry, dry and put sheets on beds, do the dishes, bake bread, prep lunches for the week, read my AA step work, blog for tomorrow (Grati-Tuesday), re-do yogurt, pick kids up, do homework with them, make dinner, and do bedtime routine with the kids!  Whew!  I’m tired just typing that out!  See ya!

Weekly Meal Plan, January 8th

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I had to make some adjustments to my meal plan for this week, so I thought I would reflect those here :-).  We are actually eating dinner in the dining hall several days this week, so I moved some of the meals that we would have had this week to later in the month.

Here is my meal planning calendar (with events) for this month and the first few days of next month:

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DH stands for dining hall.  We would have had more meals in the dining hall, but when Robert and Ethan are gone, we’re going to just have easy meals at home.  It is easier to stay home when Robert isn’t here.

This week!

Breakfasts

Lunches

  • Wraps (Joseph’s pita) or sandwiches (on sprouted bread) with creole mustard, cracked pepper turkey, Tillamook cheddar cheese, lettuce, pickles; veggies with hummus; fruit
  • Cottage cheese, boiled eggs, veggies with hummus, fruit, Triscuits, homemade Greek yogurt
  • Canned chicken noodle soup (I have a few cans from when I did THM, so might as well eat them!)
  • Leftovers

Snacks

  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Cheese sticks
  • Homemade Greek yogurt
  • Austin cracker sandwiches
  • Organic cheddar “frogeez”
  • Organic animal cookies
  • Central Market sea salt popcorn
  • Whole wheat Goldfish
  • Triscuits

Dinners

  • Monday: Pulled pork with homemade BBQ sauce in the instant pot, roasted veggies
  • Tuesday: Cheese enchilada stacks (corn tortillas, cheese, Old El Paso canned enchilada sauce), pinto beans in the instant pot (recipe coming soon!), brown rice
  • Wednesday: Easy Chili and cornbread
  • Thursday: Fish tacos and homemade coleslaw
  • Friday: Dining hall Chicken Alfredo, roasted broccoli, salad
  • Saturday: Dining hall beef fajitas
  • Sunday: Dining hall chicken tenders, corn, mashed potatoes, salad

Prep for the week

  • Bake muffins
  • Freeze leftover ripe bananas
  • Cut broccoli and cauliflower (still have veggies left from last week)
  • Prep lunches
  • Make homemade Greek yogurt
  • Make boiled eggs

Meal Planning Sunday, January 1st! (Two Weeks)

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Breakfasts

Lunches

  • Sandwiches on sprouted bread with Hormel natural deli meat and Tillamook cheddar, veggies and hummus, fruit
  • Cottage cheese, boiled eggs, veggies and hummus, fruit, Triscuits
  • Leftovers

Dinners

Week of January 2-8

  • Monday- Chicken and Dumplings in the Instant Pot
  • Tuesday- Pulled pork using our homemade BBQ sauce (for our summer staff that will be here)
  • Wednesday- Dining hall
  • Thursday- Dining hall
  • Friday- Pizza
  • Saturday- Pasta and homemade meat sauce (recipe coming!) and steamed broccoli
  • Sunday- Creamy cauliflower and potato soup

Week of January 9-15

  • Monday- Burrito bowls (brown rice, Instant pot pinto beans, avocado, tomato, cheese, and sour cream)
  • Tuesday- Cheese enchilada stacks (corn tortillas with shredded cheese and canned enchilada sauce) and brown rice
  • Wednesday- Easy Chili and corn bread
  • Thursday- Fish tacos
  • Friday- Pork chops (grilled) and roasted veggies
  • Saturday- Hot Dogs
  • Sunday- Roast, potatoes, and carrots in the instant pot

Snacks

  • Breakfast cookies 
  • Fruit salad
  • Veggies
  • Cheese sticks
  • Homemade Greek yogurt
  • Austin cracker sandwiches (treat!)
  • Organic cheddar “frogeez”
  • Organic animal cookies

Weekly Prep

  • Bake breakfast recipes
  • Cut veggies for lunches and snacks
  • Make fruit salad for the week
  • Bag up veggies and fruit for lunches
  • Make yogurt