Meal plan for March 18th - 24th

Scene: driving to preschool, 7:20 am, busy city street
Jack: Mommy, when we get to precshool, can I please have a hug?
Me: Absolutely buddy!
Jack: And, Mommy, can I please have a baby brother?
Me: Um, well, eh, hee hee, well, no, not right now.
Jack: But I really want a baby brother!
Me: Even if your Poppy and I were ready for another kid, there is no guarantee it would be a boy.
Jack: (thoughtful contemplation) ok, well, will you make me some pudding tonight.
Me: That I can do darling!

Saturday morning was quite productive for our little micro farm!  I mowed the lawn before it started raining (I win!), weeded, and laid down some more cardboard in the non-main garden, and then covered it with straw.  In my weeding, I discovered lots of worms under the straw I had laid down last fall; happy worms (I'm assuming they're happy.  Hard to tell since you never know if you're looking at their face or their butt) means good soil.  I'm so glad I started using the straw last year.  It has made a huge difference in terms of limiting my weeding, and not having to hardly water during the summer.  It's pretty darn cheap too, considering my garden is pretty small.
The materials for my chicken coop that didn't get started because Troy was sick

Lilac tree (right) and mini dwarf apple (left).  New blueberry bushes will be to the left.
Blueberries that were put in last year
My raspberry bed is coming along gangbusters! I started with six plants last year, lost three, and ended the season with three main canes, and a bunch of additional "bonus" canes.  Well, weeding in-depth in the bed showed me that we have at least 20 little "volunteers" coming up.  I can't wait until we start harvesting.

In a moment of genius yesterday, we got Jack involved in house cleaning.  I was cleaning the bathrooms, and Troy was doing the floors.  Jack was bored and driving us both nuts.  I asked him if he would like to wash the windows.  Getting to spray something and pretend it was a gun?  A big hit.  He cleaned the bottom part of two big windows, and half of our sliding glass door.  He was busy cleaning for 20 minutes, and we got to clean in peace.  How could I not have thought of this before????

Meal plan! Reminder, I only plan dinners, because breakfast is always smoothies or eggs with something, and lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday:: leftover roasted chicken (roasting it tonight, and we're having leftovers tomorrow), salad, garlic bread.

Tuesday:: Cashew chicken, fried rice, and lumpia (from a friend!)

Wednesday:: Salmon cakes, onion rings, and salad

Thursday:: Dinner at my in-laws

Friday:: Popcorn dinner.  Yes, seriously we eat popcorn for dinner.  It's popcorn, leftovers, cheese slices, fruit, and cut up veggies.  Everyone gets as much as they want, and no one leaves hungry.  I adore Fridays because it is the easiest night of the week for making everyone happy!

Saturday:: Homemade pizza.  My nephew is spending the night, and we want to go for a sure winner.

Sunday:: Family dinner!

This week I spent $36 at Costco, $8.50 at the farm for raw milk and local eggs.

Whatcha all having this week?