Meal plan for September 16th - 22nd

September is such a tricky month.  The leaves start to change, the spiders come out (:shudders:), and I start using the covers again at night.

Then, we get 90 degree weather for two days and I'm sweating my balls off (right off apparently!) all over again. 

September is bewitching.

September is also the time of year that gives me such false confidence in what I can grow to feed my family.  This is the time of year that I stand up and yell "come and get us zombies, we're ready for you". 
And then in February I'd be begging them to just eat us because we'd be so hungry.

September, you're a tricky bitch.

This week, The Homegrown Collective sent me their latest box, and it is all super foods (like chocolate!) and detoxifying.  There are so many yummy things in this box that I practically licked it when I picked it up at the post office.  It included tea, chocolate (CHOCOLATE!), a fresh pomegranate (yum), finishing salts, epsom salts, a sprouting kit, and other awesome things for getting your cleanse on.

I canned five pints of Marinara from the book Food in Jars (thanks mom for the Christmas present!), and continued to pick lots of fall raspberries each night.  My child is a berry monster, and I've even managed to freeze an entire gallon of them.  I'll turn them in to jam later in the fall when the idea of standing over a hot boiling pot of water isn't so frightful.  And perhaps some raspberry pancake syrup?  I've only ever done blackberry, but I'm thinking raspberry might be on the agenda for this year.

Meal plan time!  Reminder, I only plan dinners.  My breakfast of choice has changed, and I'm now obsessed with homemade Greek yogurt with tons of cut up fresh fruit, and a homemade granola bar crumbled on top.  It's delicious and keeps me completely full and satisfied until lunch. Lunches are always leftovers.  We rarely eat dessert during the week, and our dinner drink of choice is water kefir soda.

Monday:: enchiladas, black beans (from the freezer), and spanish rice (from the freezer)

Tuesday:: working late.  Eating at work.  Sigh.

Wednesday:: play date

Thursday:: it is my mother-in-law's birthday, and we're heading over to their house for din din.

Friday:: Popcorn dinner.  Yes, seriously we eat popcorn for dinner.  It's popcorn, leftovers, sliced cheese, 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, served with grilled veggies.

Sunday:: family dinner at my parent's.  I'll bring something, someone will make something, and everyone else will bring something.  It's cooperative like that, and usually hammered out via email a few days before.

This week I spent $3.50 on raw milk (half gallon), $11 at the farm stand (they close after next weekend.  Sob), $30 at Costco, and $17 at the grocery store.

What are you having this week?