30 July 2012

Menu Plan Monday

There's something about the beginning of the school year to make you want to get your life organized. Summer will be over in the academic world here in a few weeks. My two children that are still in school are registered for their respective schools. I'm ordering a new agenda for the school year (more on that soon). So...in the whole organized Mama realm I am going to try to be more diligent about meal planning. It truly does save money as an added bonus!

This menu will be on the simpler side as I have a wicked cold and standing in the kitchen isn't my cup of tea right now.

Breakfasts: Oatmeal, Overnight oatmeal, eggs and toast, bacon wraps, fruit smoothies

Lunches: soup and sandwiches, frozen hamburgers and sweet potato fries, quesadillas/nachos, leftovers, pasta salad

Dinners: Salmon cakes, corn on the cob, butter salad with homemade ranch dressing; Roast chicken, skillet zucchini, Nana's rolls; Caesar chicken salad and french bread; homemade pizza; Sloppy Joes and sweet potato fries; Potato bar, salad;

Desserts: Fruit salad, fruit sorbet, possibly a peach pie

28 July 2012

16 July 2012

Missing gene

Today I was sitting on the floor folding the mountain of laundry that I don't know how or when it accumulated on my couch when I realized that I'm sick of cooking, cleaning, laundry, and mothering my husband and 3 teenagers. Part of me doesn't understand why the laundry must be neatly put away as it will just he worn again shortly. Why make the bed when you'll just be getting into it in 12-14 hours? (that question came from my smart mouth oldest son and I had no answer except I told you so.)

Both of my parents are type A personalities. They are perfectly organized. Their house is a perfectly sterile yet lovely house. Their clothes are neat and pressed and hanging in a very orderly fashion. Mother makes binders for everything including appliance manuals! So, if they both have that gene, why did they not pass it on to my sister and I? Maybe it's like a double negative and cancelled them out. Maybe we saw how much effort it takes to be that perfect. I don't know, but I need it!

My husband and his sister are both type A. They like order and cleanliness. Believe you me, my house is bleached clean and pretty picked up, but it's never enough for my husband. I don't blame him as since his sister is the same way, that's their thing. I would give anything if my sister in law lived nearby. She would be a well paid woman and I would be less stressed and have the time to make those binders!

We live in a small home and there are too many people to keep it as neat as a pin all of the time. Also, I would rather hang with my teens while I can than vacuum my carpet for the 3rd time in a week.

How can I change my attitude? How do you keep up? My husband's nagging does nothing anymore. The kids have chores but it's never to his standards which leads to yelling and he works so much I can't ask him to help here too. I've already started asking myself at 5pm before husband comes home, WWMD/WWMSD (what would Mother do/what would Martha Stewart do? Any more suggestions?

13 July 2012

Clean Eating

Clean eating. Local. Sustainable. Back to nature living has become a hot topic. Really, it shouldn't be a new hot topic. It's an old topic as it is how our great-grandmothers and older (and some hippies) have lived forever. My husband is a N.D. (Naturopathic Doctor) he's been going on and on for years about what he calls the R.A.I.N.B.O.W. I don't want to give it away, but basically it's just sensible, natural living (rest, water, oxygen, etc.). Many are trying to get him (i.e. ME as he works like a horse) to write a book or e-book at the very least. I think this is a good idea but soon before the diet coke craze or something like that comes back again.

Basically, it is purchasing what I call God foods. If God made it, then it's clean. Organic is of course the best, but it is pricey, so if necessary for affordability, and if, like me you do not have space or enough sunlight for a garden of your own, then buy whatever you can get. Sometimes I may not be able to spend an extra $ or 2 on organic strawberries, but having plain strawberries is better than Doritos of the same price.

Locally grown foods are far more superior in taste and nutrition than from Australia. Ladies, there is such a thing as airplane hair. Can you imagine what is done to your pineapples?! I go to a farmers market, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's. I'll be honest that I do not buy much produce at T.J. as the peaches, yes I said peaches, come from California. Hello? I'm in Atlanta where the peaches are grown less than 100 miles away. At W.F. there are signs that say where the produce is from and I buy according to that. Everything else I get from the farmers market, including farm fresh eggs, produce, and dairy. I do go to Costco for frozen items. If you're looking for some places to purchase local foods go here.

Both sides of my grandparents growing up had gardens, but I wouldn't say they were radical in natural living, although one grandmother has ever shaved her underarms, ew. Our family friend, the Bell's however were radical. Sara would trade her homemade bread hormone free organic sandwich for my white bread peanut butter and honey sandwich and Doritos. They had a goat farm (so much fun for this modern girl!) and rarely ate unhealthy foods. To this day, she is a total inspiration for me on healthy living.

See a trend with the Doritos? I grew up eating crap foods. It was so hard to go from crap foods such as Mt. Dew and Twix bar for breakfast to oatmeal and homemade ice coffee or tea. It's worth it. Not just the weight loss, health, and radiant skin, but knowing that I'm eating what my body is intended for is where it's at. I'm not going to go all crazy biblical here, but truly, your body is a temple. Would you give Jesus devil's food cake or would you give him organic raspberries from your garden? Hm?

***My Twitter and blog friend Miss Janice has shed quite a few pounds with clean eating. Check out her blog post. Also, I'm always inspired by Muffy's sustainable posts.

09 July 2012

Ohio Vacation

photo taken on I-75 in Tennessee (Mama want that Vespa!)

We traveled from Atlanta to Ohio to visit with my husband's family. We go there pretty much every July 4th week. It is SO wonderful to get out of the big city a few times a year. My in-laws live in the sticks...seriously. It's 10 minutes to town, so it's not that bad, but it's remote. My husband and I both grew up in the country and it's so nice to just check out for awhile. I do not have cell service out there so I really check out. We left on Sunday and stopped in Lexington, KY to stay the night as my honey was pretty beat. We stayed at a Marriott and I got to swim my laps and sit in the hot tub, which was not much fun when the temps are in the 100's.

I had a coupon for Cracker Barrel so we went there for dinner. I was a good girl and had a big salad. In high school I worked in the shop at Cracker Barrel and enjoyed it except we did Christmas trees in June...that was weird.

Will skipping rocks. Very Mayberry-esque.

Once we got to the farm we just relaxed. Yes, it was super duper hot and humid. So humid I swannee we perspired within seconds of being outside. It wasn't much better inside with no air conditioning! So, this lake is where we spent most of our time. Husband, sister in law, various children, and I would get on rafts and float for a good part of the afternoon. Crazily I didn't get burned very badly, just tanned. Unheard of in my life! Maybe it's because it's a Northern sun...

Me shooting

One night we went shooting. This is me holding a gun for the very first time in my life. Even as a Southern girl, I never hunted or went shooting. We shot clay pigeons, and guess what, I got one!!! Others didn't get anything and they own guns! Yes, I'm bragging on myself, but I have a right! :)

Nephew and I alternated between doing the pully thing that shot out the pigeons. Husband was teaching Will how to load the gun. I'll admit, I found this hot of my honey.

My great niece, Baby Reagan, was quite the entertainment for all of us. We are rarely around any babies. She's so tiny and sweet! Will had a blast playing with her at my sister-in-law's farm. He will be a good daddy someday. Oh, Lord, not for a long time though. Last night he was Facebook chatting with a girl!!

My Sister-in-law's chickens

Mini horses at Twilight

This is pretty much what we did there; ate, chatted, sweated, and swung under the big tree. So relaxing! There was a lightning storm on the night of the 4th so the only fireworks we saw was God's creation in the form of lightning! We came home on Friday night. Sometimes we just need to get back to the country and be reminded what it's all about!


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