Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Farm Fresh Meal Plan | July 16th

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


Last week, we tried to use lots of farm fresh veggies and we have more farm fresh veggies on the menu this week from Song of the South Farm, my hubby's market garden.  Last weekend, hubby brought home a full harvest basket of cucumbers, so on Monday, my sister and I canned a first batch of pickles!  It was a lot of waiting around, but definitely more fun together than me trying to can something on my own for the first time.  Anyone have any other canning recipes for cucumbers besides pickles?

Monday - Burritos/Haystacks and Cake for Salem's Birthday!

Tuesday - Leftovers

Wednesday - Eggplant Parmesan* (using tomatoes from the farm for the sauce) with Noodles

Thursday Healthy Cheesy Potato Soup* after t-ball

Friday - Orange Sriracha Drumsticks with Stir Fried Veggies* and Rice

Saturday - Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs

Lunch: Sandwiches

Dinner: Leftovers

Sunday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner: Seven Spice Roast Beef with Veggies and Fruit


Have a great week!





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Monday, July 2, 2018

Farm Fresh Meal Plan | July 2nd

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


Last week, we tried to use lots of farm fresh veggies and we have more farm fresh veggies on the menu this week from Song of the South Farm, my hubby's market garden.  I'm making a big batch of zucchini muffins to freeze this week, so we'll have some quick breakfasts already baked!

peppersMonday - Scrambled Eggs and Country Potatoes*

Tuesday - Couscous Salad* with Quesadillas

Wednesday - Brats and hot dogs with cucumber salad*

Thursday - Cheesy Potato Soup*

Friday - Potluck with Friends

Saturday - Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch:  Sandwiches

Dinner:  Company's Coming...Gorgonzola Alfredo Pasta with Chicken and Eggplant*, Salad*, and Strawberry and Blueberry Trifle*

Sunday - Lunch:  Sandwiches

Dinner: Seven Spice Roast Beef with Veggies and Fruit


Have a great week!





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Sunday, July 1, 2018

July Goals: Mission to Financial Freedom


Time for an update.  I missed June, but here's where we stand on May's Financial Goals.

May 2018 Financial Goals
  1. Add at least $500 to our emergency fund. - Done
  2. Pay at least $500 extra toward student loans. - Done
  3. Update our budget. - Done, but no budget meeting
  4. Stick to or be under budget for the month.
  5. Start couponing again for diapers and other essentials.  Garage sale more? - Nope
  6. Work on starting or improving a revenue stream.  Side hustle, woohoo! - Nope
Summer is always a weird time for us financially because I am on a nine month schedule and my hubby's businesses only generate revenue during the academic year as well.  I also teach summer classes for extra income, but I don't know from summer to summer how many classes will be open for me to teach.  Usually, I teach two classes per summer.  This summer, I have three, which means extra income to put toward our goals.  This next year, my husband will be opening a CSA (community supported agriculture) business, Song of the South Farm & Market Garden, so we hope to have more consistent summer income from that new venture starting in 2019.  **fingers crossed**

July 2018 Financial Goals

1. Add at least $500 to our emergency fund. 

We are expecting twins in September, and because it's a high risk pregnancy, we have spent a lot of time at the doctor's office getting ultrasounds to check the boys' progress, which means we are also spending quite a bit of money on those ultrasounds and visits that are not part of the normal pregnancy costs.  

I've also read that giving birth to twins is on average 5x more expensive than giving birth to a single baby, and that families have been bankrupted by having complications with twins right after birth.  So I definitely want to make sure we have set aside some funds for medical bills when the time comes.  We are obviously praying that we make it to the magic 37 week mark and don't have any complications, but many twins arrive much before that and must spend time in the NICU.  So far, our insurance has been great, but I'd rather be at least a little prepared, just in case.  

2. Pay at least $500 extra toward student loans. 

Yep, same goal again as May.  We have cut our student loan balance in half in the past few years, but haven't been as diligent in the past year as we should have been.  I'm torn between putting more money in our emergency fund for the twins and paying off loans, but at this point, I think we need to balance the two because interest adds up so quickly.  Especially on graduate student loans.  

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Source: Memedroid

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3. Update our budget and have a budget meeting.

Our budget is pretty consistent each month with the biggest variables being costs for electricity and food.  We spend less on gas in the summer because my husband doesn't have to commute an hour every day, but our biggest downfall lately is, you guessed it, restaurants.  I've been super tired during this pregnancy, and it's so easy to just pick up pizza or go out and have someone else serve us dinner.  But, it has to stop.  For real.  NO MORE EATING OUT!  



4. Stick to or be under budget for the month.

May the odds be ever in our favor.


5. Start couponing again for diapers and other essentials.  Garage sale more? 

Garage sales are hard work here in South Carolina where roads make no sense and it takes 15-20 minutes just to drive between sales, so garage sales may not be in my future, but I'm going to start monitoring for sales with essentials like kids' clothes.  

Couponing may be possible, it just seems to take so much more time.  Why?  Who knows.  Probably because of the three screaming children running circles around me.  Ha!  At the very least, I'd like to get a diaper stash started for the twins because nobody likes running out in the middle of the night for more diapers.


6. Work on starting or improving a revenue stream.  Side hustle?


Does selling used kids' clothes to Once Upon a Child count?  I don't think so, but that's the most progress I've made on this one.  Maybe this month we can brainstorm better ideas!

Related Post: Three Crazy Ways to Make Extra Money


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Monday, June 25, 2018

Farm Fresh Meal Plan 6/25

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


Last week, we tried to use lots of farm fresh veggies and we have more farm fresh veggies on the menu this week from Song of the South Farm, my hubby's market garden.  I'm making a big batch of zucchini muffins to freeze this week, so we'll have some quick breakfasts already baked!


Monday - Grilled cheese and Pioneer Woman's Tomato Soup after tee ball.  (I plan to throw the soup ingredients in the crockpot on the way out the door to the game, so it's ready by the time we get home.)

Tuesday - Dinner @ the in-laws!

Wednesday - Gorgonzola fettuccine alfredo with chicken and summer squash (from the farm!), along with a quick walnut, craisin, pear salad, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (soooo amazing!)

Thursday - Crockpot Chicken and Squash with Rice after tee ball.  (Another crockpot meal attempt for after tee ball.  Chicken and squash will go in the crockpot, and rice will go in the instant pot right before we leave for the game.)

Friday - Chicken tikka masala for Alexander the Husband's birthday

Saturday - Breakfast: Zucchini Muffins

Lunch:  Sandwiches

Dinner:  Leftovers

Sunday - Lunch:  Sandwiches

Dinner: Seven Spice Roast Beef with Veggies and Fruit


Have a great week!





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Friday, June 22, 2018

Five on Friday

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Hello Friday!

It's that time of the week to share five anythings.


1. Twin Update

We have officially hit 24 weeks today!  The twins are doing great and moving around A LOT.  Bump update coming soon!

Harvey Ever After - Twin Baby Bump
Get this Jessica Simpson Maternity Top HERE
And that super cute apron HERE


2. Song of the South Farm

My hubby's market garden/mini farm means lots of farm fresh veggies on our meal plans for the rest of the summer.  Yay!  They are so much tastier than store bought veggies.  Sorry, Aldi.  I still love you.



3. Maternity Clothes

I'm loving my new maternity clothes.  It's so hard to feel cute and super twino preggo all at the same time, but I'm so thankful for my wonderful husband who took my shopping last week.


My current favorite maternity shirt is this Teal A-Line Sleeveless Top.  It's super cute and comfortable.  I'm crossing my fingers that it gets me through the rest of the pregnancy since it's not a stretchy fabric.  Even if not, it may make a great post-partum piece.


4. Twin Boy Nursery Themes

My mom makes the most wonderful quilts for all of my babies, plus all of her friends' babes as well, and she's been asking me about themes for the babies.

Well, I wanted to do a different theme for each of the boys.  It must be hard enough to be an identical twin, so I want to encourage them to be their own unique souls from the start.  But, I also wanted to have something that's somewhat unifying as I decorate their nursery room.

And this week, my five year old helped me decide on themes for the boys.  We considered dinosaurs, robots, and superheroes, but decided on...

Explorers! 

One of the twins will have space exploration for his theme, and one of the twins will have earth exploration for his theme.

  Map, Explorer, Travel, Vintage, Nautical, Background  

Now it's time to get nesting and shopping for these little guys.  I'm hoping to post some inspirations and progress on their themes and room in the next few weeks!


5.  __________________

I have nothing for five.  I'm blaming it on pregnancy brain.

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Have a wonderful weekend, ya'll!




Thursday, June 21, 2018

Garden Fresh Meal Plan 6/18

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


My husband has started a market garden (it's been a long time coming), and we are starting to get lots of produce from it!  Just look at these beautiful veggies!  So this week, I'm trying to incorporate lots of farm fresh veggies into the menu and find some easy meals for after tee ball on Mondays and Thursdays.


Monday - Out after tee ball

Tuesday - Leftovers

Wednesday PW's Bowtie Chicken Alfredo (Adding farm fresh eggplant and zucchini to the pasta)

Thursday - Stir fry with flounder and farm fresh veggies, zucchini, string beans, yellow squash, etc. with rice

Friday - Southwest Chicken Salad

Saturday - Breakfast: Zucchini Muffins

Lunch:  Sandwiches

Dinner:  Leftovers

Sunday - Lunch:  Sandwiches

Dinner: Seven Spice Roast Beef with Veggies and Fruit


Have a great week!




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Monday, June 11, 2018

Meal Plan June 11th

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)


We had company this past weekend and tried to keep it healthy, but you know how it is when company is around.  Fun times, but not the healthiest food.  And I'm okay with that, but now it's back to veggies and healthy yum yums around here. 


Meatless Monday - 

Dinner: Couscous salad with quesadillas

Taco Tuesday -

Dinner: Leftover pork burritos

Witalian Wednesday -

Dinner: IP Keto Butter Chicken with Rice and my take on Indian greens

Fish Fursday -

Dinner: Leftovers after teeball

Pizza Friday -

Dinner:  Homemade Pizza!

Saturday Scramble - Breakfast: Muffins

Lunch:  Sammies

Dinner:  Burgers, Fries and Marinated Cauliflower Antipasto Salad

Sunday Roastday - Lunch:  Out?

Dinner: Seven Spice Roast Beef with Potato Salad and Fruit


Have a great week!




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Monday, May 14, 2018

Paleo Themed Weekly Menu 5/14

Our Weekly Meal Plan (Whole30, Paleo)

Well, we are back to Paleo eating around here.  There was a fun (not so much) foray into veganism and then to vegetarianism and then to whatever-goes-ism.  But Paleo works for us.  I'm not here to give some amazing testimonial about my health or anything; we just want to feed our children more fruits and veggies and avoid so many processed carbs.  Cereal and pasta are the things I miss most, so you'll see them pop up around here every once in awhile.  Honestly, my goal is to be 80% Paleo.  A little yogurt, no problem.  A few black beans, cool.

But seriously, I need a better Paleo pizza crust recipe.  I've tried cauliflower crust and sweet potato crust, but they just don't cut it.


Meatless Monday - 

Dinner: Fresh Corn and Zucchini Chowder (Yes, this was on the menu last week, but I didn't even get to taste it because we were out.  The kids and my MIL had it, and it must have been good because there were no leftovers!)

Taco Tuesday -

Dinner: Couscous Salad with ??? (We usually have cheese quesadillas, but I'm looking for something healthier to add in here.  Hmmm....)

Witalian Wednesday -

Dinner:  Rosemary Chicken, Bacon, & Avocado Salad

Fish Fursday -

Dinner: Japanese style dinner with flounder, beans, bulgar, and veggies

Pizza Friday -

Dinner:  Homemade Pizza!

Saturday Scramble - Breakfast: Banana Almond Chia Pudding with Bacon

Lunch:  Sandwiches and Salads

Dinner:  Saturday Scramble (i.e. make something with the leftovers)

Sunday Roastday - Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  No Bun Burgers!  Yum!


Have a great week!




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