Week of 8/15 - Urban Homestead Meal Plan

I survived my first week back to work after summer vacation. It was an adjustment getting back into 'school mode'. Did you know that your brain is 2% of your body weight, and it consumes more than 80% of our energy during the day? This means last week when I was in professional development and was workin' my brain super hard (official description) I had every right to be exhausted and throw my meal plan out the window. 

So what if we had takeout pizza one night?

And french toast another night. 

And 'snacks' one night as well. 

My brain was tired, people. This week I am being much more practical with my meal plan. I threw in a breakfast option, a slow cooker meal, and side dishes that can be prepared quickly. 
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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 - Black bean and veggie tacos
Tuesday - Slow cooker beef stew (Daniel Plan recipe that we reduce for two people)
Wednesday - dinner out or leftovers (I have an obligation out of town after work)
Thursday - French toast or eggs and toast
Friday - Baked salmon, wild rice, carrots from the garden
Saturday - Zucchini boats
Sunday - at my parent's house; we're hoping to harvest honey!


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!








Week of 8/8 Urban Homestead Meal Plan

I went back to work yesterday. Summer break is over. 

Don't get me wrong, I like my job and all, but summer break is amazing. It's hard not to be a little sad when it's over. 

I spent last week with ZERO obligations. I had lunch with a friend who is moving to Minnesota, we had home cooked meals, I cleaned out our attic and closets (did some MAJOR PURGING guys - felt wonderful), and John and I did some hiking. 



I can't wait to tell you a little bit more about this beautiful hiking spot. Stay tuned. 

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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 - Steak & veggie kabobs with veggie quinoa
Tuesday - BLTs and green beans from the garden
Wednesday - Not sure yet. We're teaching a backyard chicken class around dinner time. 
Thursday - Baked salmon and a kale salad
Friday - Mozzarella stuffed cheeseburgers with sautéed mushrooms, peppers and onions
Saturday - Birthday party!
Sunday - Something in the slow cooker - maybe a soup or a roast of some sort so we have leftovers for next week. 


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!







How to Start COOKING with Essential Oils.

There's this really common natural progression of comfort when folks begin using essential oils. I am talking with and supporting people on my team daily when it comes to getting the most out of their Young Living essential oils, and every person jumps right in with using essential oils in their diffuser. It's the easiest way to get awesome benefits from these precious oils.


Then, when people get more comfortable with their oils, they start to apply them topically on their skin, either neat or diluted.

When they really gain their confidence, and by this time they are completely convinced in the power of essential oils to support their emotional and physical wellness, they begin to ingest essential oils. Yep, you can put a drop of lemon oil in your glass of water, for example. You can also cook with essential oils and that, my friends, is pretty fun.

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