Tuesday, December 31, 2019

9 for 2019 wrap-up

It's the very last day of 2019, and I owe y'all an update on my 2019 goals.  Here's how I did:

  • Make/install chicken swing--Check!  I have since uninstalled the chicken swing, since the girls seemed to be afraid of it, but it's going back out there when/if we ever get new chicks.  I'm hoping that they'll be less afraid if I train them young.
  • Make vanilla extract--Check!  I've even used some of it, for muffins and cookies.
  • Cover a box that I store things in to make it pretty--Check!  I'm even using it for what I intended.
  • Four playdates with myself (Ikea, Hobby Lobby, downtown, Arboretum)--Check!  I decided that Home Goods was an adequate stand-in for the Arboretum, and I sneaked the downtown trip in under the wire, but I got it done.
  • Replace dish cloths--Check!
  • Put together a traveling charger kit--Check!
  • Facts of life book--Nope.  And it's not going to show up on next years' list, either (two years was enough), but I will continue to work on it.

All but one, done.  I learned that I need to get most of my goals done in the first half of the year, before my energy and enthusiasm dessert me.  

How did you do on your 2019 goals?

Here are the ten additional goals that I would add if I was doing 19:
  • Plant a green bean teepee--sort of!  It was a weirdly shaped teepee, but I'm counting it.
  • Grow an amaryllis bulb--nope.  But good idea for next year.
  • Light an outdoor tree--again, nope, but I'm considering this for next year.
  • Make a sugar scrub--Check!  And now I kind of don't want to live without it.
  • Make vanilla mint lip balm--nope, but it's in the running for next year.
  • Make a bacon lattice--No.  What was I thinking?
  • Make reusable food wrap--Also no, but definitely a contender for next year's list.
  • Find a pretty bottle for my mouthwash --Check!
  • Schedule an appointment for Bubby with the orthodontist--Check!
  • Unsubscribe (from magazines and email newsletters)--Check!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Menu plan for the week of December 30

Hi friends.  I am doing so well on my winter break goals.  I've been sledding several times (it helps a lot that we have two excellent sledding spots on our property), I switched to leggings for a couple of hours on Christmas Eve, but aside from that it's been all PJs all the time, and I painted my toenails on Thursday--they're blue.  I am crushing these goals.

Y'all.  I am so excited about this week's menu plan.  A couple of our people are out of town, including our potato hater, and mashed potatoes are a favorite of the people who are left, so we are having mashed potatoes for (almost) every meal!  I don't even eat mashed potatoes most of the time (I do love them, though.  This might be the week I try mashed cauliflower)!  But this is going to be so much fun!  Even though I have to make mashed potatoes every day because they just don't taste as good leftover!  And according to the Idaho Potato people you can only keep peeled potatoes for about 24 hours!

How do you feel about potatoes, my friends?  Will you be joining us in a celebration of mashed potatoes this week?

Here's what's on the menu this week:

  • Shepherd's pie, applesauce, rolls
  • Nachos with taco toppings and guacamole
  • Meatballs with mashed potatoes and probably a vegetable of some kind (although AKD assures me that we don't need any additional vegetables because potatoes are a vegetable)
  • Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli
  • Sunday night stew with mashed potatoes
  • Mashed potato bar (mashed potatoes, gravy, bacon bits, green onions, broccoli)
  • Roast turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, and it doesn't matter after that, because those are the important things.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Menu plan for the week of December 23 (including Christmas!)

Hi friends. 

I have three goals for this winter break:
1. Wear PJs or comfy pants as much as possible.
2. Paint my toenails, and
3. Go sledding.

I'm doing pretty good so far. I went sledding yesterday, and so far I've worn PJs for all except about 2 hours. Yay me!

Here's what's on the menu this week:


  • Fend for yourself/hockey game
  • Nachos, with taco toppings, and of course, guacamole
  • Ham, mashed potatoes, rolls, Brussels sprouts, corn
  • Spaghetti and meatballs, green beans, garlic toast
  • Hot dogs or brats, buns, chips, jello, raw veggies
  • Out to eat
  • Grilled pork chops, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies


* I posted in December, but wrote the post in November.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Menu plan for the week of December 2

Are we ready to think about food again, yet?  I mean, I am almost always ready to think about food--it's one of my favorite pastimes--but are you all ready?

Well, ready or not, here I go!

Here's what's on the menu this week:



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