Overwhelmed by 'Things'.

John and I went on a vacation in early June. We lived in our camper. We cooked over the fire every night. We spent a great amount of time outdoors.

It was much like our vacation last summer, but there was something a little different when we returned.

When we came back, I had this feeling that there was too much.

To much to take care of, to maintain, to worry about, to fret over. It wasn't the outdoor space of our urban homestead, rather the indoor space.

Too many floors to sweep, dog hair to clean off the furniture, dishes and plates (that we don't use) in the cupboards (half of which are empty).

Week of 7/18 - Urban Homestead Meal Plan

I'm a day late on posting our meal plan, friends. No need to point it out. While I am not totally convinced that your world stopped spinning because you weren't privy to the meals we're eating, I understand that I should be a little more timely. 

It's summer, folks. I'm giving myself some grace. 

Over the weekend John and I hung out with my family in Northeast Iowa. I'm including a few crappy quality cell phone shots for you to check out the happenings of the weekend. 

Our pups got to hang out with my parents' dog, Josie, and my brother's famous so-ugly-he's-cute dog, Eddie. This meant they were exhausted at the end of the day. 

We also spent a good chunk of time on Saturday working our bees, and guess what?! We harvested a frame of honey!

In a couple weeks I will harvest another frame or two from our strong hive. One of our hives is a little weaker than the other and I likely won't harvest anything from it this year. I am really hoping it survives the winter, but it'll be a toss up. We will keep a watchful eye on it, because I am thinking maybe the queen isn't laying or is gone altogether.

On Sunday my dad's side of the family gathered for our huge annual family reunion. My sister and I won the award for Hot Hair. Not really, tho.

The food was great, catching up with family - especially my cousins! - was amazing, and I already can't wait for next year.


In this week's meal plan (which is sometimes a photo of our menu board in our kitchen, sometimes a screenshot of my Real Plans, sometimes a simple list with links to recipes), you'll find several homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. Of course, there will be a few repeats throughout the week since we try to eat in-season and lots of leftovers for lunch. Breakfast is usually a smoothie or steel cut oats; something that can be prepared quickly in the morning. 

Monday - Zucchini boats with beef, onions, panko, and parmesan
Tuesday - Grilled turkey brats and green beans from the garden
Wednesday - Chicken tacos/chicken taco salads
Thursday - Homemade frozen pizza and a salad from the garden
Friday - Zucchini fritters (maybe with some leftover chicken or beef) and a salad from the garden
Saturday - Veggie quiche and fresh pico de gallo from the garden
Sunday - Grilled pork chop and green beans from the garden

It might seem complicating to eat locally and in season, but we actually get the bulk of our meal plan ideas from Real Plans. You can go here to learn more!

5 Reasons to Love Second-Hand Shopping (at Treasures Quality Resale Shoppe!)

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions herein are mine. The Treasures Quality Resale Shoppe store manager is my sister-in-law, and she invited me on a tour and to shop the store for a small discount.

Raise your hand if you are frugal.
Keep your hand raised if you love a good deal.
Keep your hand raised if you are very conscious about where you spend your money.
Keep your hand raised if you have dabbled in shopping second-hand.

I see, er, I guess I feel, that most of you still have your little hands up in the air. That's a good thing. That means you are reading the right blog. It means you are a frugal, possibly eco-conscious shopper.

I took a tour of Treasures Quality Resale Shoppe the other day with store manager Julie Lane and was really inspired by the mission of Treasures and Bridgehaven. I am eager to share a little bit of that with you today.

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