Monday, February 18, 2013

The Whole Thing

One of the things that I've had to revisit over and over in this crazy, messy, beautiful life of ours is figuring out our priorities.  The thing is, you think you know what your priorities are, until something happens to make life even crazier, busier, and more beautiful than you anticipated.  Then one day you wake up and realize that you really don't have the time or energy to live up to all your ideals.  You have to figure out what is really important.  I mean uber important.  Like so important that you will lose sleep for it.  Or give up alone time for it.  Or your last five dollars for.

And I don't have it all figured out, by any means.  I'm just learning what works for us, and what's worth fighting for.  And so we are in this season of change....learning how to live out what is important to us.  Because there is nothing that points out your inconsistencies like parenting a pre-teen!

And this brings me to ....the menu....because whole food is one of those things that got put aside for a wee bit while we were getting used to having five.  And when I say "put aside" I just mean that we perhaps ate out more than we should and started taking some shortcuts that allowed me less time in the kitchen, but meant more processed food.  But no more!  Baby may be crawling and teething and needy, but we need to be healthy!  So I have dove right back into the kitchen with menu in hand.  And I'm pleased to be able to tell you that it's been a few weeks and I'm sticking with it.'s the menu for the week....made with almost all organic ingredients with the music turned up and a baby on the hip....

S - Hardboiled eggs and homemade almond scones
      Roasted garlic chicken (crockpot) with roasted brussel sprouts and spuds
      Spinach Lasagna with Italian salad

M - Whole wheat pumpkin waffles
      Pesto grilled cheese and sliced apples
      African Pineapple Peanut Stew

T - Oatmeal with raisins and nuts
      Pesto pita pizzas and raw red peppers
      Black bean and Sausage soup with whole wheat corn bread muffins

W -Eggs and toast
     Leftover soup and corn muffins
     Beef and Broccoli stirfry with brown rice

Th - Oatmeal with raisins and nuts
       Peanut Butter and Fruit Sandwiches with carrot sticks
       Brats and Kraut and Roasted spuds

 F - Whole wheat blueberry pancakes
      Leftovers and yogurt fruit smoothies
      BLTs with sweet potato fries

S - Eggs and homemade biscuits
      And the rest of Saturday will have to be whatever random thing I can make with what is left in the fridge and pantry....

So there you have it!  What's cookin' at your house?


  1. Yay, food!!! We've been having the pesto grilled cheese that Ani fell in love with at your house (she doesn't think she likes pesto. but she loves pesto GC. you know how it is.). Also had an African peanut soup last week, a little different than this, with tomatoes (Sundays at the Moosewood). We've been eating a lot of chili and tamale pie lately - found a local source for nixalized (SP?) organic masa and we're loving it!!! even made tamales a couple of weeks ago...roasted chicken and veggies...fried rice...lots of veggie soups...trying to only do meat once or twice a week. love the ideas; i've been in a bit of a rut!

  2. Oooh! Tamales! Yum! I love it that you are only doing meat once or twice a week. I am hoping to work toward that over the next few months. It has to happen slowly since the mancubs will need to adapt to it....