Josh and I recently changed the way we cook. Cooking dinner each night just wasn’t working for two humans and a dog. We just are not able to eat the food fast enough between the two (three) of us- and the result was wasting tons! hate that. Not to mention, we both work pretty long hours and by the time we come home, throwing together an entire meal doesn’t always happen. Unfortunately, cereal dinner nights have become a repeat offender in our house :) hehe.
So, in the nature of being thrifty and not living on cheerios alone, we cook a few main dishes on Sunday and freeze individual sized portions to eat throughout the week. We usually make 10-12 servings of each dish- so as the weeks go on, we really only need to cook two additional meals to freeze and add to the collection. At any given point, we have 5 or so options to choose from.. it works so much better!
Plus, we try to keep things as natural and preservative free as possible. It might be a little cheaper to buy the pre-made frozen meals at the grocery store… but making them myself means I know exactly what goes into the mix and I can leave out things that I cannot pronounce :)
I am pretty sure that there are other mini-families struggling with the whole meal situation, so I thought I would start posting our meal plans and recipes for the week. We are also pretty cheap and trying to save as much money as possible right now, so many of these meals can be done on a dime! can’t beat that, right? I will post this week’s recipes soon!
My Jesus has never let me down.
I’ve been doing a lot of reflection these last few days.. mostly about where I was just this time last year. What a difference a year makes.
This might be slightly more information than you might want, but I feel the need to share what’s on my heart tonight.. total and sincere gratitude.
A year ago today, I was a terrified little girl. Everything I had ever loved the most seemed to be crashing down around me and, no matter how hard I tried to keep it together, I couldn’t save it. I just couldn’t. I’ve never cried myself to sleep more.. my poor friends and family stood with me through it all- I love you guys.
Maybe one day I will go into the details- but I just don’t have it in me yet. What I can tell you is that God carried me and I am no longer afraid. There were so many times that God showed up in such a tender and intimate way.. so many times! i feel like I could really write a book about them all.
However, I will save the book length post for another time :) tonight, I simply want to tell my Jesus how much I love him. Thank you for holding me… you, the creator of the world. Just blows my mind.
I want to start out by saying that cooking has not always been a successful endeavor for me. In fact, that is a really big understatement. During our first two years of marriage, I can distinctly remember many (many) meals that my husband graciously suffered through. He would eat entire plates of things that would make me gag… what a man :)
I think my biggest problem was trying to make things too complicated. People who aren’t naturally talented chefs should stick with recipes and one type of ethnic flavor at a time. Unfortunately, I learned this too late. I would create dishes that included the flavors of every country in the world.. at one time. Asian/Italian fusion, anyone? you see what I mean.
The turning point was when I discovered healthy living blogs. They kept it simple! that was something I could do. Josh and I have drastically changed our eating habits over the last few years, which really helps too. The great thing about clean eating is that you get to enjoy the natural flavor of the food itself, which definitely makes things easier.
This is actually a recipe I made up myself (I know, dangerous territory!).. however, I made sure the ingredients were within the same ethnic category :) I am learning!
Thai Lettuce Wraps
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 lb chopped mushroom
4 mini sweet peppers, chopped
1/4c light soy sauce
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
Sweetener of your choice, to taste (we used agave)
Hot chilli sauce (optional, to taste)
Chopped red onoin
Cook the turkey in a frying pan until halfway done. Add mushrooms and peppers and cook until the turkey is no longer pink. Add soy sauce, sesame oil and sweetener and cook until all components are combined.
Cut a head of butter lettuce in half and seperate the leaves until you have pieces slightly bigger than the palm of your hand. Wash them and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
Scoop the meat and vegetable mixture on top of the lettuce and top with the toppings of your choice. Wrap it up and enjoy!
See mom and dad? we are not starving over here in Colorado :)
Snow and I have a love/hate relationship. In North Carolina, snow is cause for excitement and fun. Anything over half an inch means schools and offices everywhere are closed and people spend the day in front of fireplaces watching movies or out sledding with friends. No one gets in their cars, unless it is to go to the grocery store to stock up on bread and milk- because two inches of snow means being stranded at home- and you have to be prepared. This is what snow days should feel like.
In Colorado, snow happens at the most random times and there is no being prepared. Case in point, today I am wearing sandals and we are going to play tennis after work. Tomorrow I will be wearing my snow boots and scraping ice off of my car. Unless you are skiing, there is no happiness. Anything under 2 feet of snow means 45 minutes added to your commute, muddy carpets and carrying a shovel in your car. There is no child-like joy, only dread.
When I say that snow and I have a love/hate relationship- I mean that I used to love it when I lived in North Carolina, but the second I moved to Colorado, I started hating it. The first time it snowed here, Josh and I walked out of the grocery store and had that same North Carolina excitement… for about 5 minutes.
Thankfully, snow is probably my biggest complaint with Colorado- I love everything else! I think muddy carpets and traffic are a small price to pay to live in such a cool place. That’s it for today :) still no camera!! we won’t be spending our weekend outside like we normally do, so hopefully we will have some time to get it fixed soon. Until then, you guys will have to be ok with Blackberry pictures (sorry!) miss you all!
My family has been asking me for pictures of our new temporary home- so I thought this would be a good place to showcase the pictures we took on my blackberry (eek- sorry! the regular camera died this weekend).
We are learning to art of compromise in our marriage during this whole apartment living situation. While I would have loved to paint every nook and cranny of our apartment, my practical husband was slightly less than thrilled at that idea. He thinks white walls are clean and simple and would be happy to keep them all that way- me, not so much. i know that we’re only going to be in this apartment for a year- but I was having a really hard time accepting the fact that it had to look so plain and apartmenty (new word!). Enter the compromise below.
Now, I am definitely not an interior decorator and it is pretty possible that I have broken some major design rules – but hey, what can I say? I am a rebel :) I just like to make our living space our home- even within limitations. oh and yes, that is definitely a white ceramic elephant in the picture below- josh hates it! hehe.
This is our living area. When we moved to Colorado we were only able to bring our bed, TV and an old record player (you can see where our priorities are- sleep, entertainment and music :) ). Everything else had to be purchased- thank you, craigslist! We got the couch and matching love seat for $400- heck yes.
We have a fireplace! I love it. Unfortunately, it costs money to actually run the fireplace and, being the frugal lady that I am, I only use it on special occasions (like the 15 seconds it took me to take this picture). The wood carvings on the mantel are from North Carolina and I love them! oh, and incase you were wondering- yes, that is another ceramic animal on our mantel. I have a problem.
There you have it, folks! sorry for the poor quality pictures. Josh and I are taking our camera to the geek squad doctors this week so hopefully the blackberry quality will be gone soon enough.
I am learning that I can control my inner interior decorator for one more year while we wait to buy a house- but I don’t have to completely squash her :)
I will try to take pictures of the remaining rooms soon- until then- have a great day!