Urban Homestead Meal Plan - Week of 12/5

It's getting closer, guys! We're packing and sorting and purging and disassembling for our big move. Unfortunately, our home on our acreage isn't going to be ready until late spring/early summer. This means we're moving into a rental and putting the bulk of our belongings into storage until our home is ready. I am kind of sad about this, mostly because I don't want to move twice. I will also miss the space to stretch out. Living in a rental for just a few months will be a little uncomfortable, but nothing we cannot handle. 

Because we're in the midst of a significant downsizing, we are also doing our best to only grocery shop for the fresh produce we need for the week. We won't have our deep freezer in our rental either, so we are eating up frozen veggies and other pantry staples to make our move a little smoother. This is what my dad calls, "Eating down the cupboards." Weirdo. 
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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 - Smooshed taters with cottage bacon (both from the farmer's market) and steamed veggies from the freezer
Tuesday - Turkey pot pies from the deep freezer
Wednesday - Slow cooker chili
Thursday - Eggs, diced sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions, garlic and whatever veggies I can throw together in a skillet
Friday - My sister's bachelorette party. I will probably eat on the run or grab something with the ladies. 
Saturday - My sister's bachelorette party…day 2. I'm going to try my best to make healthy choices!
Sunday -  Homemade pancakes with home canned strawberry syrup

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!








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Because I love you: Free Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace!

It was only 3 or 4 years ago that our good friend Courtney introduced me to essential oils. I was having a terrible time with the emotional healing process after having a medically traumatic miscarriage that landed me in the ER. Essential oils were just becoming more mainstream, so I decided to turn to social media (where else?!) to ask for opinions on brands to try. God puts the right people in the right places, and without so much as a second thought I asked Courtney to ship us a Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit.


If we were going to try something - anything - to heal my broken heart and sooth my anxious soul, we were going to do so with all our might. Nothing half-assed around here. 

And let me tell you, John and I don't regret that decision for a moment. We're confident that Jesus, a therapist, and essential oils were key factors in my emotional healing. Knowing this, can you see why I simply have to share my testimony with you?

If they support my emotional healing, I am confident Young Living Essential Oils can do so for you too. 

Essential oils serve more purposes that aromatherapy (although that's a huge role!).

  1. You can cook with oils. Have you seen our Vitality line, labeled specifically for safe ingestion? 
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  3. Better yet, Young Living has several FDA approved over-the-counter items. This is HUGE because no other essential oil company can make this claim. 

There are several ways you can get started with Young Living. You can purchase an oil or two at retail price, but to be honest this isn't the most cost effective method. Most folks start out just like John and I did a few years ago: The Premium Starter Kit.

The Premium Starter Kit comes with your choice of diffuser, 11 different essential oils, samples of Ningxia Red and other essential oils, small sample bottles to share oils with friends or to keep in a second location, and a ton of literature to get you started. The very best part is that the Premium Starter Kit gives you a Wholesale Membership to Young Living - you receive 24% off all future products.


To sweeten the deal, between now and December 24th anyone who purchases any of the Premium Starter Kits will get a FREE lava rock necklace!

I've partnered with Jenn's Lava Creations, a small business in Eastern Iowa, to offer you any necklace of your choice under $25 FOR FREE with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit. I will even coordinate with Jenn to ship it to you for free.

I'm even going to pay for your necklace and the shipping out of my own pocket. I truly believe in these oils, so why not offer an extra incentive to get them into your hands? 

To use this essential oil diffuser necklace, you simply put a drop of oil on your fingertips and rub it on the lava rock. The lava rock will absorb any undiluted oil and will emit the scent for a couple days. It's a beautiful and functional way to wear your essential oils, not to mention great for children who can't bring oils to school with them or people with sensitive skin. 

Are you ready to get started? 

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Urban Homestead Meal Plan - Week of 11/28

I can't believe Thanksgiving Break is over! Is it really Monday? Is December really coming this week? We've had such awesome weather in Iowa that it's hard to believe that December is only a few days away. Last year I remember scrambling to get some carrots out of the ground before our first big snowfall in mid-November.

Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? John and I stayed home to pack, eat, and go to the dog park with the pups. We had dessert with John's family later in the evening. 



On Black Friday (I don't know why I even call it that, I don't partake in any sort of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving) we trekked to my hometown for my grandmother's 80th birthday party. My momma is the 2nd from the left. Gram is in the middle. 


It was awesome to see family that I hadn't seen in years and introduce them to John. Although I haven't seen a few cousins since I was in middle school (I know, right?!) it was so easy to get in the groove. Thanks, Facebook! 

This weekend was also a sad one: I took my chickens to live on my brother's farm. We're not professional livestock haulers by any means, so I grabbed the biggest moving box we had, added a thick layer of pine shavings, and let the ladies hang inside in the backseat of John's truck on the drive.


It got a little smelly, but I felt better hearing their little clucks and coos on the drive. It's ok. You can laugh at me. 

Did you see our Facebook Live video? My brother was gracious enough to keep our birds until spring, and actually has a really nice set-up for the growing flock. I may or may not have texted him daily since dropping them off. 

"Do they miss me? Do they seem happy? Are they eating? How many eggs did you get? How is the molting one doing?"

Alas, this is also a big week for John and I. We celebrate our wedding anniversary, and will also continue downsizing and packing for our big move. Our meal plans will focus on eating a lot of the veggies from our deep freezer since we won't have it in our rental that we're living in for a few months. I also have quite a bit of canned goods that I want to put a dent in so we don't have to pack as much. 
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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 - Turkey and Wild Rice Soup from Broth and Stock and leftover pumpkin cornbread
Tuesday - Korean beef with soba noodles and steamed broccoli/cauliflower
Wednesday - Butternut squash with bacon and brown sugar and a veggie from the freezer
Thursday - Porcupine meatballs (maybe I'll finally update that post with some nice photos?) and a veggie from the freezer
Friday - Breakfast burritos
Saturday - Game night with friends! It's a potluck. 
Sunday - Not sure yet. It will be a 'pantry meal' using what we have on hand. 

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!








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