Category Archives: Plans

Digital Inspiration

It’s gotten really hot this afternoon. I’m just roasting. I wouldn’t dream of turning on the stove and you couldn’t paaaay me to use the oven.

Although, it’s already so hot that it probably wouldn’t make it any less comfortable in here….

Anyway, Mike put a pork roast in the slow cooker, so we’re pretty much covered for dinner tonight. And for that, I’m thankful, but I kind of had a hankering to browse a few new cookbooks. I want a little inspiration on deck for a couple of weeks from now when it’s either bake cookies or turn on the heat for winter. I’m not going to want to turn on the heat yet.

I love Pinterest and Google as much as the next person, and I have a wealth of magazines available to me through a magazine reader app, but I wanted a cookbook or two. I enjoy a good cookbook. They can be inspiring as well as instructional and a good one is also a fun read.

The only things standing in my way were one still-napping child and a complete lack of desire to drag the kids across town to the library. My solution: e-books borrowed from the library!

I checked out and downloaded three to my iPad and added another twenty or so to my wish list. Bring on the cooler weather (please, please, oh, please!) I’m ready!


Never Say Diet

I hate the word “diet.” It brings along so many negative things with it for me. For instance:

“I can’t eat THAT–I’m on a diet.”

There’s this idea that dieting means deprivation. I don’t like depriving myself. I’d like to think that I’m resetting my ability to consume in moderation. Nothing is off-limits for me, but you can bet I’m going to be thinking about my choices.

“Oh, God, I neeeed to go on a diet.”

Somehow dieting has become something that’s pretty near an unattainable goal to be started tomorrow. I want to commit to something. I want to do it. I already started and it’s ongoing. Again, I’d rather think of it as a reset.

Women diet.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like dieting is for women and it’s specifically done for appearances. Appearance is important to me, I won’t lie, but it’s also about comfort and health. And we’ll get to pay less for health insurance if I can get my BMI down by the time our company has health testing in September.

Diets center on specific foods.

Grapefruit. Cabbage soup. No carbs. No fats. No egg yolks. Shakes in cans. Green tea.

Nope. I’m not eating all something and none of something else. I know that there are certain “bad” foods that I’ve eaten in excess and certain “good” foods I’ve ignored. I’m not going to flat-out eliminate anything and I’m not going to make rules about what I can and can’t eat. I’m reducing my caloric intake in order to use stored energy. I’m eating more vegetables. Snacks are more likely to be picked than baked. I’m being thoughtful about what I put in my mouth.

I’ll never say “diet,” but I am being super careful about what I eat for a while.

Whatever works, eh?

I Got A New Slow Cooker!

We picked up a new, programable slow cooker last week and I need to test it out before I leave it alone all day and expect it to make us dinner. Similar models weren’t particularly highly rated, which makes me a little nervous.

Tonight I’m going to make oatmeal–something I’ve never done before. I’ll find out if the new slow cooker has any major defects and we’ll have some lovely breakfast to eat first thing on Friday morning. What a great way to start the weekend, huh?

On Saturday I’ll make some barbecue ribs while we’re out and about enjoying the last days of summer vacation. Nothing is simpler than barbecue ribs in the slow cooker–barbecue sauce and ribs, that’s it.

These two test runs will give me an idea about how this slow cooker performs before school starts and I’m relying on it to keep us fed on a tight schedule and budget.

NEED To Plan

I have only four full days left until school starts and our days get too busy. It is necessary for me to get a plan in place for our food. I’ll need to figure out what we can eat for breakfast, snacks for Zef’s daycare, snacks for me, lunches for me, after-daycare snacks for the boys, and dinners for all of us at a reasonable hour.


The plan also needs to happen because we honestly just don’t have the money to spend frivolously on food. If I end up running to the store to grab a few things it’s pretty likely that I’ll just grab a few more things. Takeout isn’t cheap either and lunch on campus won’t do.

I need a plan and it’d probably best if that plan covers the whole semester. For our health, for our bank account, and for our sanity, I need a plan.

Doing Inventory

Every so often I go through my cupboards, fridge, and freezer and just write down everything I have on hand. I don’t keep meticulous records of my pantry items. I don’t have a white board on the back of my pantry door so that I can mark things off as I use them. I don’t need to do that, but every couple of months I’ve found that it’s good to take inventory.

Sometimes I find surprises.There’s an extra bottle of ketchup that I didn’t know I had or maybe the nearly empty bottle in the fridge is the only one we have left.

Sometimes there are things that are past their prime and need to be tossed and sometimes there are things that are getting close to expiring. I always get ideas for how to use what I have on hand.

On a day-to-day basis I have a pretty good idea of what I have on hand, but taking inventory is still a useful tool.

Bad Day

Today was a bad day for food around here. I’m not even going to tell what we ate, but rest assured, we didn’t eat well. We didn’t have a plan and we were lazy.

Tomorrow will be different.

Tomorrow there will be healthy food. Tomorrow there will be planning and prepping for the coming week. Most importantly, there will be planning and prepping for the week after next–when I’m back in school full time.

Today was not a good day; tomorrow will be better.

Rain Or Shine

I’ve been pretty obsessively checking the weather forecasts this summer. I really hate the heat, so if my phone says it’s going to be hot I get a second opinion and sometimes a third opinion.

Tomorrow the forecast is for rainy, cool weather and I’m going to be watching a friend’s little girl in the afternoon. I think this calls for some kid cookie baking. Maybe a movie with popcorn too.

Popsicles when it’s hot and on the rare days it’s cool, we bake.

Ooh… if it’s cool enough, I might make soup for dinner too!! Gosh, I love a cool summer day!