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

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, December 18th

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From now on, I will share my meal plan on Sundays!  I don’t always have recipes handy (I haven’t blogged about many of them), so I will share the best I can!

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Deli meat or cottage cheese, boiled egg, various veggies (cucumbers, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, celery, and carrots) with hummus or ranch, various fruits (grapes, bananas, or oranges), and Triscuits.
  • Sandwiches and veggies/fruit
  • Organic Mac N Cheese (and veggies/fruit)
  • Leftovers (for the days I’m home)

Dinners:

  • Monday: Breakfast for dinner (bacon, eggs, biscuits)
  • Tuesday: Eating out in San Antonio (probably Zoe’s Mediterranean Restaurant) because I have a psychiatrist appointment at 4:00
  • Wednesday: Grilled chicken thighs (we use a seasoning from a restaurant called Perini’s Ranch Steak Rub), baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli (I steam it in the Instant Pot and use lemon pepper and sea salt)
  • Thursday: Grilled Pork Chops, roasted squash and zucchini, and salad
  • Friday: We will be traveling (picnic lunch with sandwiches, veggies and fruit, and crackers).  Lots of snacks!
  • Saturday, Sunday:  We will be out of state at my inlaws (I don’t know what we will be eating)

The next week:

Let me know if you have any questions!

Grati-Tuesday December 13th

It’s Grati-Tuesday! It’s the day I share what I’m grateful for!

Yummy breakfast cookies!

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My girl took notes at church (terrible handwriting and spelling, but I’m happy that she was engaged!).

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Fun selfie with funny photo bombers! (this was right before family pictures)

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Yummy homemade yogurt in fun jars!

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Easy, yummy dinner!

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Fire in fireplace in the camp office for Sunday night “church.”  We discuss hardships and what we learned by it (how God was glorified).

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My daily docket that helps me be organized and actually get stuff done!

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Easy, short, effective Healthy Habits, Happy Mom strength circuits (will be doing 20 minute ones soon… adding one thing at a time!).

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Amazing coffee that tastes like Christmas!

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A whole gallon bag full of homemade granola.

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Camp Christmas party complete with yummy dinner and white elephant gift exchange!

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2 months of sobriety!!

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She Reads Truth Bible studies!!  These are amazing and I have been doing them for several years now!  Right now they are doing an Advent Study.  It’s fantastic.

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What are you grateful for on this Grati-Tuesday?

Instant Pot Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt (Plus Easy Boiled Eggs)

I received my Instant Pot Tuesday, and I am in LOVE.  I have only used it 3 times, but things have turned out really well each time!!  The first thing I did was make pinto beans, and they turned out perfectly in only 45 minutes (unsoaked… next time I will soak and it’ll take half the time).

I made boiled eggs yesterday and they were perfect!!  There are lots of options out there to make them, but this was the easiest: 1 cup water, place a dozen eggs on the trivet, put the lid on, set manual for 2 minutes, then NPR (natural pressure release… leave in there without opening, basically) for 15 minutes.  Place in a bowl with cold water for a little while (I didn’t time it).  The peel comes right off and the yolk is perfect!  I forgot to take pictures :-(.  Next time I will!

The next thing I decided to make was yogurt!!  I followed the directions from This Old Gal (with a few little changes), and it was super easy!  I added sweeteners and Mexican vanilla to make it the way our family would eat it.  And my gosh, it’s SO amazing!!  It tastes like Greek God’s Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt (which is our FAVE).

I’ll share how I made it, and I’ll share what I used to sweeten it.  It looks different (dark) because of my sweeteners.

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I use HEB whole milk.  Be sure to NOT buy ultra-pasteurized milk as it won’t work correctly.  I bought Fage plain yogurt to use as a starter.

Pour entire gallon of milk in Instant Pot.

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Scoop 2 tbsp of plain yogurt into a measuring cup and set aside.

Press the yogurt button and select boil.

Bring to boil.  When it beeps, check temp.  It must be 180-185.  I had to do 3 cycles to get it to 181 (but the second and third cycles were super short).

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Once it’s 180-185, place pot in a cool bath of water (not ice, just cool water).

Bring temperature down to about 110 degrees.  I have an “iGrill mini” thermometer and it tells me what the temp is on my phone!  It definitely makes this process easier.

When it reaches temp (must be at least 110 degrees, maybe even a couple degrees cooler, but not higher), pour one cup of the warm milk in with the starter.  Stir with a whisk.  Pour back into pot and whisk it all.

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To sweeten it, add 1/2 cup raw honey and 1 1/2 cups sucanat.  Add 1 tbsp Mexican vanilla (or any vanilla… I have to use this type of vanilla because it’s made without alcohol).

Stir really well.

Place pot back in Instant Pot and hit yogurt till it shows 8 hours.  Put the lid on and walk away.

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8 hours later, place pot (covered) in the refrigerator.

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Once it is thoroughly cooled (it took about 6 hours for me), it’s time to strain it (if you want Greek yogurt).

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I used a metal colander, a very large coffee filter (we have these here in the dining hall!), and place those on a bowl.

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Place this back in the refrigerator.  Notice the odd color of the whey.  That’s because of the sucanat, raw honey, and vanilla.  It looks orange here, but it’s more of a brown color.

Let it strain for at least 2 hours.  I let mine strain for 4 hours.

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Pour it into a bowl to make it easier to spoon out into individual bowls.

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This made 11, 8oz bowls of yogurt.  They are very full.  I probably could have used one more and spread it out a bit.

I imagine this will go very quickly and I’ll be making yogurt 1-2 times per week!  The kids love it!

Currently, I’m making homemade granola to eat with this!  Check back for that recipe!