Weekly Menu Musing #28

Welcome to the 28th Meal Plan (food ideas in bold). Weekly Menu Musing

Well, I wasn’t planning on taking a week + off the blog, but Jonathan went out of town to T4G (Together for the Gospel) Conference, and I was the sole parent for five days during spring break. It just seemed like I didn’t have a lot of sitting time. We were out at several different parks, went on walks, rode bikes and scooters a lot, visited with lots of people, had friends and family over, had a few doctors checkups, did a little shopping, had more park time, worked in the garden, enjoyed the sun, and more! I kept up with my Bible reading and the housework, but I didn’t do any posting. I thought I would have about five new posts out during spring break. HA!  I worked a little on each post, but I couldn’t sit down and read through anything in its entirety. By the time it was bedtime, I would read a book and fall asleep. The kids and I also had a night where we stayed up late, watched a movie (Ella Enchanted ), and we slept in the family room. I hardly had time to catch a breath.

It wasn’t worth making a menu last week since we were out and about a lot (although we didn’t eat out much-just one outing), and we were just on a different schedule. We ate a lot of the same things at home like smoothiesrefried bean burritos, and sourdough pizza crafted into stromboli. So for this week’s menu:  Continue reading

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Wise Planting Tip from an Organic Farmer, Our Garden in Pictures, and an Update on Back to Eden Gardening without Weeds

The other day I was talking garden with a few friends, and we were sharing our personal plans for this year’s vegetable gardens. The conversation included my friend Cheryl who formerly owned an organic farm with her husband and sold produce at farmer’s markets. She shared a wise tidbit that struck me, and I asked her if I could share it here.

Wise Tip From An Organic Farmer

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A Week of Hotel Workouts: How to Thrive Without Kettlebells

Traveling can throw a wrench in your training plans. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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What do you do when you don't have any of these available?

What do you do when you don’t have access to all your training equipment? One of the things that I like about training with kettlebells and bodyweight movements is it enables me to train almost anywhere. That was the case this last week, as I was out of town at a conference for pastors back east. Sadly, the hotel fitness center (which was great) did not have any kettlebells. And I was reminded why I prefer kettlebells to dumbbells (the gym didn’t have any barbells), but the kettlebell lover can still get a pretty fantastic workout with some hotel dumbbells and a little creativity. But I knew this beforehand, and planned my workouts accordingly.

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Weekly Menu Musings #27

Welcome to the 27th Meal Plan (food ideas in bold). Spring is here! I love feeling the warmth of the sun on my back. I love that I just went on my first run (okay, jog/walk) with my new nine year old. I love breathing in deeply the smell of freshly cut grass and barbecue from my neighbors. I love seeing our neighbors again after months of hibernating. I love that spring means hope, newness of life, and growth.

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Our Tip for Eating Frugal Organic Chicken and Crock-pot Seasoned Drumsticks

Today I am sharing how we eat organic chicken on a budget and a recipe for crock-pot seasoned drumsticks. This is the most frugal way I know at this time to get organic chicken.

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Frugal Crock-pot Shredded Chicken

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At the end of last year I stopped buying organic whole chickens. I had been buying them all year at Costco where they were $2.49/lb. which is a great price for organic whole chickens.  I really thought buying a whole chicken was the most economical way of eating chicken. And I still do think that…mostly. Now I definitely believe buying the whole organic chicken is the cheapest way to get your hands on some white meat. If you buy them independently, organic chicken breasts can be about $5.99/lb. That’s a lot of money! So to pay $2.49/lb. to get the chicken breasts and dark meat is pretty good. Plus you end up with organic bones to make a bone broth. Can’t beat that. Continue reading

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