Meal plan for November 18th - 24th

So you know how I said I had been having Jack sleep in my bed when Troy was gone?  Well, yeah, that is over.

The other night, I asked Jack if he wanted to sleep in my bed when I was ready to go to sleep.  This is the standard conversation we have at bed time each night.

A few nights ago, Jack said "no mommy, I'm staying in my bed tonight".  When I asked him why, he looked at me in the eye, touched my face and said "mommy, I'm a big boy now.  I'm growing up, and I need to stay in my bed all night now.  I'm sorry, but I'm getting bigger".


That's what I get for buying him new cozy flannel sheets from Costco.  Little shit is too comfortable in his bed.

And speaking of random things, I've realized, my Christmas cactus if actually a Thanksgiving cactus.

Also, see the photo in the back?  Is that not the best Santa photo sequence ever?  We could only afford to pay for the one picture, but the woman working the desk said that we needed all three of them, and so she comped us the other two.  I am so thankful to this day for that woman!

On Thursday night, Jack picked out Love You Forever as one of the books he wanted to read before bed.  I laughed when I saw it, and said "your grammy Q used to cry whenever she'd read that book".  He asked why and I said "because she is silly".

Joke was on me, because two pages from the end, and I was sobbing.  Jack looked at me and said "I guess you're silly too mommy".

So true buddy, so true.

This week Jack realized he could climb up on the counter.  And that he could open the glass container containing chocolate chip cookies. 

Three year olds are so kickable and frustrating, but man, four year olds are crazy resourceful.

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:: Chicken gyros with Asian slaw on the side.  Call it fusion.  Call it lazy.  I call it dinner that can be made the night before.

Tuesday:: Ham and cheddar strata.  Found the recipe in some magazine; I'll share it if we like it.  Brussel sprouts on the side.  Another night of fusion.

Wednesday:: The World's Second Best Baked Potatoes, with tomato soup that I canned from this summer's garden.  Leftover Asian slaw on the side.

Thursday:: My in-laws feed us.  My, how I love Thursdays.  Someone else cooking and taking care of the details.

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:: Winging it.

Sunday:: Family dinner at my parent's with extended family.  The menu gets hammered out via email during the week - my dad makes the main dish, and we each contribute sides.  Another day of the week that I love!

This week I blew my grocery budget.  I know I spent $12 at Trader Joes, $3.50 for raw milk, $50 at Costco, and god knows how much at Central Market (I was getting stuff for myself and three other families, so I refuse to add up how much I spent for myself) because Central Market is the best store ever and is so far away that I stock up like crazy when I'm there.  The store has stuff that I can't find anywhere else in my hood.  When I was in the bulk spice section, an older woman was next to me just staring at everything.  I said "kinda like a candy store, huh"?  She told me she was from Canada and they didn't have such a store and she was a bit in awe of the selection.  She kept saying "7 kinds of curries.  7"!!!

What are you having this week?