The Sustainable Couple

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 148 + URBAN HOMESTEAD MEAL PLAN!

Hey guys!

Thanks for being so supportive as I wrap up the rest of my August "away" from blogging. I posted every Monday for Mostly Homemade Mondays, but used the rest of the week to get back into the swing of the school year. I am a mentor (or coach) for brand new teachers, and we are ALL eager to kick off the school year on the right foot.

Are you ready for this week's meal plan and blog hop? Remember, in the meal plan some items are bolded, which indicates a homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. We have leftovers for lunch, and we rarely have desserts. Many times on weekends our lunches include eggs from the ladies. 
  • Monday - Brats on the grill with sauerkraut and a loaded kale salad 
  • Tuesday - Pork chops on the grill, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers with hummus
  • Wednesday - Out with friends, or homemade frozen pizza
  • Thursday - Fried egg, toast and jelly, squash and quinoa 
  • Friday - Grilled cheese sandwich, baby carrots and hummus
  • Saturday - Oven-roasted whole chicken with something on the side ;) 
  • Sunday - Chicken quesadillas with homemade pico
Anyway, on to the party:



Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:


Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. 
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we're pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.
Here was our favorite post from last week: 


A special thanks to The 104 Homestead for linking up The Back To School Natural Lunch Box to Mostly Homemade Mondays! Feel free to grab this "I've Been Featured" button and share the great news with your readers, family, and friends: 
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 147 + URBAN HOMESTEAD MEAL PLAN!

Are you ready for this week's meal plan and blog hop? Remember, in the meal plan some items are bolded, which indicates a homegrown or local item from our urban homestead. We have leftovers for lunch, and we rarely have desserts. Many times on weekends our lunches include eggs from the ladies. 
  • Monday - Kale salad with grilled chicken and veg from the garden
  • Tuesday - Brat burger, baked sweet potato and kale salad
  • Wednesday - Spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce and, you guessed it, a kale salad
  • Thursday - Frozen, homemade BBQ chicken pizza
  • Friday - Breakfast for dinner (something with eggs, maybe some sausage links?)
  • Saturday - Zuppa Italiana soup in the slow cooker
  • Sunday - Whole roasted chicken and buttered carrots
Anyway, on to the party:



Mostly Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts:


Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. 
  • What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
  • Link back. Share the love by adding a link back to this party with your readers so they can see all of these great ideas as well.
  • Follow our Pinterest board. Remember to check out our Mostly Homemade Mondays Pinterest board where we're pinning some of our favorite posts from the week.
Here was our favorite post from last week: 


A special thanks to Reviews, Chews, and How-Tos for linking up 120 Days Challenge: Eating to Live Well to Mostly Homemade Mondays! Feel free to grab this "I've Been Featured" button and share the great news with your readers, family, and friends: 
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Refocusing. And a Hiatus.

Hey party people!

I wanted to check in with you regarding a little hiatus I am taking for the next two or three weeks. I am back to work for the school year, and am eager to reconnect with my teachers and colleagues. Every fall, when the new school year begins, I am zapped from all energy as I try to adjust to my schedule.

Let's face it. For the next 9.5 months, I am going to be working balls to the walls. Every.single.day. I know you have a teacher in your life that will give you the deets on how challenging our schedule is, so I won't belabor the point.

Because that isn't really the point of this post.

The point is, I am going to only be sharing the Mostly Homemade Mondays blog hop for the next 2 or three weeks. You won't find a new post on Thursdays for a bit, but you will still find me on Instagram and Facebook.

You know I can't withhold garden haul pics and chicken selfies from you guys. 
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