Meal Plan Week 1

So often, when I tell people about my meal plan, or they see the week laid out on my fridge, they say “I could never do that!” Or “meal planning is so hard!”. I hear ya. That was totally me not so long ago. Meal planning was a chore and complicated and I never felt like eating what I had planned anyways.

Since our family grew to two kids though, it was mandatory. I needed a meal plan to effectively get the meals I wanted to eat on the table and to stop wasting fruits or veggies that I bought with no direction or purpose.

I’ll share more about how I meal plan later, but for now, here is this weeks meal plan. Monday- Sunday, just dinner planned this week.


Monday: Cheesy Orzo with Farmer Sausage and Broccoli (but I used green beans)

Tuesday: Broiled Steak (I have never tried this!), Baked potatoes, Brussel Sprouts

Wednesday: Spinach Tortellini Soup with Sourdough Bread

Thursday: White Fish baked with herbs, Butterey Green Beans, Rice.

Friday: Pizza and raw veggies.

Saturday: Leftovers or go out

Sunday: Pancakes and Bacon.


52 Suppers

This week I made two dinners! I figure, there will be weeks we are too busy, or gone and so its a good idea to double up once in a while if I want to hit my goal of 52 suppers.

#2. Wednesday the 13 – Jill and Dawson. This supper was so casual and thrown together. Gary put frozen chicken cordon blue pieces in the oven with a big pan of sweet potato fries. I cut up some veggies and made chipotle mayo. Definitely not fancy or homemade, but hospitality is more about the guests then the food!

#3 Thursday the 14th – Steve, Carmen, Jesse and Isabelle. I put a bit more effort into this dinner and made a dinner time staple in our house. Bacon Cheese Burger Pizza (recipe here) hasn’t failed me yet. It is always tasty and never healthy. I made a small cheese pizza for the kids which was a good idea. I served the pizza with that kale/ brussel sprout salad that everybody buys these days. I am kind of tired of it, but haven’t found an a;alternative yet. For dessert Carmen brought apple pie, and I also made a chocolate bundt cake because that is never a bad idea. (recipe here)




12:30 am. What time is it? How long have I been sleeping? Somehow it feels like so long and not nearly long enough.

Woken up gradually to a corus of coyotes howling along with emergency vehicle sirens that are getting uncomfortably close. Are they off the highway? Coming closer? They stopped. I wonder if there is a fire. I hope there isn’t another fire. Is it someone we know? Is it something of ours?

I didn’t check on Noah before I came to bed. He’s so far away on the other side of the house. Maybe we should start locking the doors. I am going to go check on him. Make sure nobody came and took him. Oh lord, please let him be there.

My house is so scary in the dark. All lights on. The sliding door is open. Cool air in. Necessary. We live far of the road. It’s okay. I hope.

Shit these stairs are creaky. I hope I don’t wake the baby. Oh good he’s sleeping so nicely. I wish I could take a picture of how calm he is. So wild in the day. So precious right now. He’s huge.

Its hot in here. Baby monitor says 80… I don’t know what that means. Air conditioner and fan on. Ugh the screws are loose on this fan. So annoying. It will be fine. I am going back to bed.

I wonder if I can make it down stairs without the stair creaking. Nope.

Lights off, don’t look outside. Too scary.

I gotta pee.

My mouth is so dry. I forgot to write in my supper journal.

I can hear the fan rattling through the baby monitor. Maybe I’ll just fall asleep. It’s kinda like white noise…

Nope, not falling asleep. I need to take it apart and fix it. It’s been on the to do list for ages. Screw this, I am fixing it right now. Maybe I should snapchat this. No that’s lame. What ever, you sister snap chatted you clips of anastatia. Fixing your baby’s fan at midnight is much less lame.

Lights back on. Scary house.

Creaky stairs. Don’t wake the baby.

Take apart the fan. Why can’t Gary ever do this, he is so not handy. He would just buy a new one. Well, we need a new fan anyways, the other one is keeping the tomatoes cool. They need it more then me.

That was easy. So glad Noah didn’t wake up.

Shoot. He is crying. Maybe if I sit here quiet enough he will go back asleep without me having to come hold him. I’ll creep back to bed.

Freaking stairs! If we ever have a light sleeping baby, I am going to need to get these stairs fixed. Lights off. Back in bed. Darn it. He’s not going to sleep.

Lights on. Up stairs. He knows I am coming. He heard the stairs squeak. Where is the soother. Behind the crib. Great. Soother in. Lay down honey. Oh your diaper is soaked! Right. You drank 3 huge cups of water at dinner. Pick up to change. Instantly asleep. Oh well, I’ll change you in 6 hours… And your sheets. Cause they are already wet. Sigh.

Night night baby.

Sqeaky stairs. Lights off.

I should check garys phone and make sure nothing of ours is on fire. None of these texts look crucial. I have to write in my supper journal. Meatballs, rice, no veggies. Too lazy.

I need to start blogging again. I am so hungry. Suck it up.

Drink water. Sleep. 1:30am

Sunday Morning Baked Oatmeal

Happy Tuesday!

Weekend breakfast in my house is generally nothing special. Almost always Gary has to milk and I stay in bed too long and then we are running around like crazy people to get to church on time. Once in a while though, I pull myself together and make bacon and eggs or french toast. There was even a few fantastic mornings when I would wake up to the smell of bacon and pancakes! Gary was actually cooking breakfast! Whhhaaatttt???

Yeah, that happened 3 Sundays in a row. I was impressed.

In actual fact, Gary loves breakfast, specifically bacon and eggs “sunny and runny” with toast and on a good day a few slices of french toast.

Well, this weekend I made baked oatmeal instead

This is baked oatmeal. If you haven’t tried it, you should! Its great to prepare the night before and then throwing in the oven before you get in the shower. This is just a basic recipe that can be made even better by adding fruit, spices, nuts, or peanut butter. Yum!

Baked Oatmeal
Recipe adapted from Mennonite Girls Can Cook

3 1/2 cups Oatmeal
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Coconut (optional)
1/4 cup Oil
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Apple Sauce
1 cup Milk

Mix together ingredients in order given. Pour into a greased 8×8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. This is also great reheated and eaten for many days! Top with milk and sugar.
To make this oatmeal even better try topping with fruit, nuts, coconut, peanut butter, and what ever else you can think of!
* You can also mix all the ingred togther and keep in the fridge then bake in the morning. I like to crumble up the cooked oatmeal in my bowl before warming up with milk and sugar.

Banana Coconut Ceam Pie.

Its 10:35 on Sunday night.

Gary went to a guys night…so obviously, I baked.

I NEEDED to bake actually.
So, I made Joy The Baker’s Banana Coconut Cream Pie.

This recipe is from her new cookbook which I highly recommend! I have made 4 things so far and have only had it two weeks! I fully intend to try every.single.thing.

This recipe is not on her blog as far as I can tell, but is probably worth buying the book for…um actually totally worth buying the book for.

Here is a bad picture of the pie I took with my ipad. Let me tell you. This looks not so pretty. Joys pie looks pretty. Mine is minus the whipping cream and good lighting. But I died from deliciousness. Before I had actually cut into the pie and had just licked the bowl and spatula and stuck my finger in the pie a time…or three, I thought ” holy, I dont even need the crust! Just give me a spoon, I am eating this out of the bowl!” and to be honest, it would be so good that way. But the crust…just kicks things up 100 notches. All coconut-y and kinda chewy and totally good.

So now that I have told you alll about it, I am not giving you the recipe. Mostly because its not on Joys blog, and her book just came out, and you should TOTALLY buy it .. and then maybe come to Seattle with me ( and 3 other friends) for the weekend and get your book signed and actually MEET JOY THE BAKER! AHhhhh SO excited! Anyways. I am not an excitable person but this pie and joy the baker has just got me all fired up.

I need to get this pie out of my house but 9 am. Somebody else has to eat the other 3/4.
( um I only at 1/8th tonight…but you bet I am eating 1/8th for breakfast.)

Maybe I should divide it into 6 pieces and put them on plates and wrap them up and take them to 6 different people rather then just one? Because I really cant decide who I should feed this to.

Chocolate Toasted Coconut Doughnuts

Its been about six months since I wrote and posted my last blog post. I guess I needed to take a break and wait till I knew I could blog once in a while and be ok with one post a week rather then four. Four is too many! That is just too much food for two people to eat and for me to write about and be happy with. So I am going to come back and try and relax and just blog when and how I wanna blog. Ok?


I made Chocolate Coconut Doughnuts. Baked doughnuts actually, in a special doughnut pan.

If you have a spacious kitchen and a addiction to pans, like me, then I highly suggest you order yourself a doughnut pan. Your friends will thank-you, but your jeans…well, they will just get tighter. Sorry.

I am not sorry.

I bake in yoga pants. A while back, I read something about how women who wear yoga pants all the time actually gain more weight compared to women who don`t. Now this was probably not some special study or anything, but still. Doesn’t it make a bit of sense? You would have no idea that your hips were expanding (or your thighs in my case) until it was much too late. I was just going to say something about hole-y crotch yoga pants, but I am not going there today. (Yes there has been such thing once in my life…they were my fav)

Anyways, I took the doughnut pictures with my iPad are kinda…blurry? Or is it me?

Here is the step by step:

 First, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda
Whisk in sugar, nutmeg and salt. 
( I know nutmeg seems weird, but trust me, 
it is the difference between these tasting like 
cupcakes or doughnuts) 

Scoop two tablespoon of coconut oil into the dry mixture and rub in with your fingers until crumbly and well combined. ( You can totally use butter, but I lllooovvveee coconut oil! ) 

Kinda like this. 
(Note to self, yellow bowl + bad light = not good picture) 
Pour milk, yogurt, vanilla and egg into a small bowl or measuring cup and stir and until well combined. 
Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently with a spatula until just combined. 
Think, muffin method. 
Fit a piping bag with a medium round tip and fill with doughnut batter. 
Grease doughnut pan and fill 1/2 full with batter. 
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. Let cool in pan for 1 minute and remove from pan. 
Let cool completely on a wire rack. 
Dip in a glaze of icing sugar and milk. and sprinkle with toasted coconut. 

Recipe adapted from Lara Ferroni’s website.
She published a book all about doughnuts a while ago so she must be an expert!

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Toasted Coconut

1 cup Flour
2 tbsp Cocoa
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
2/3 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup Buttermilk
1/4 cup Yogurt
1 tsp Vanilla
1 large Egg

1. Sift first four ingredients together into a medium sized bowl.
2. Whisk in sugar, nutmeg, and salt.
3. Rub coconut oil into dry ingredients until crumbly and well combined.
4. Mix wet ingredients together in a small bowl and pour into dry ingredients.
5. Stir carefully until just combined.
6. Scoop into a piping bag fitted with a medium tip.
7. Pipe into a greased mini doughnut pan.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
9. Let cool in pan for 1 minute and then remove from pan. Let cool completely and dip in glaze or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Optional: sprinkle with toasted coconut, sprinkle, nuts, what ever you like!
*Keep in an air tight container, best eaten within a couple of days.

A Whipped Cream Disaster

The other day I made Gingerbread Scones. They were so amazing, and perfectly spiced and sweet, but not too sweet. I was impressed with myself and Allrecipes for another tasty dessert.

[gingerbread scone in limited day light]

I couldn’t just eat a scone and be happy though. I wanted to improve my skills or learn something new. I decided to try caramelizing pears. Sounds easy enough. And it totally was. I didn’t take any pictures, but basically you melt butter in the frying pan, throw in your pear quarters and soften a bit then add some brown sugar and cook till the sauce is thick and the pears are tender. Easy peasy.

Then this happened…
I just wanted to whip a little bit of whipped cream to top my tasty dessert. 
Apparently my container was a bit too small. 
My computer is still sticky. So is my phone.
Facebook is open…yes. 
Messy hair, grade 12 PE shirt, disaster kitchen…everyday life. 
It looks kinda gross. 
It tasted really good though! mmm
So finally, here is the recipe for the scones. Add pears, add whipped cream, or just eat with some butter and a pumpkin spice latte. Mmm. 

Gingerbread Scones, adapted from 
2 cups Flour
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Ground Ginger 
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt 
1/2 tsp Cinnamon 
1/4 cup Cold Butter
1/3 cup Molasses 
1/4 cup Milk 
1 egg
Sugar  for sprinkle over top 
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, ginger, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. 
3. Cut in cold butter until it is the consistency of course crumbs. 
4. In a separate bowl, combine all the wet ingredients until smooth. 
5. Add to flour mixture and stir till just moistened. 
6. Turn out onto a floured surface and kneed a couple of times. If the dough is way to sticky, add a bit more flour about 1 tbsp at a time. 
7. Pat out into a circle about 1/2 inch thick and cut into wedges. ( I pat into a rectangle and cut with a biscuit cutter to get round scones. ) 
8. Place onto a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Brush with milk then sprinkle with sugar. 
9. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes and then take directly to preheated oven. 
10. Bake for 10-15 minutes until they bounce back slightly when touched. 
 * serve warm with whipped cream or butter, cream cheese icing on top would also be amazing*