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Friday, May 22, 2015

May Garden Update

Hi friends! My apologies for not posting much beyond the weekly Mostly Homemade Mondays posts the last couple weeks. I am finishing up the school year with 15 first- and second-year teachers, and we're all in survival mode right now. It feels great to make major headway with my teachers, but it's also very exhausting.

One of the things that rejuvenates my spirits each day is spending time in our backyard. I'd love to show you what's growing and blooming!

My peony bushes are budding, but not quite in bloom just yet. Bruce, however, is very excited. Can you see him? 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 133 + 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 - Cheese quesadilla, chips and salsa
  • Tuesday -Jalapeno brats and sweet corn from the freezer (this is our last pack of brats! Noooo!)
  • Wednesday - I have a work event late, so John is on his own. 
  • Thursday - Korean beef with broccoli and cream cheese rangoons from the freezer
  • Friday - Chicken wings, sauteed greens from the garden
  • Saturday - Potluck with friends. We're bringing a big bowl of garden-fresh greens and fixings for a salad. 
  • Sunday - Graduation party for our niece! 
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-To's for linking up Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto 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, May 11, 2015

Mostly Homemade Mondays - Week 132 + 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 - A big ol' spring salad with lots of toppings, like sunflower seeds, avocado, assorted cheeses, olives, garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes, hardboiled eggs, and homemade croutons
  • Tuesday - Sausage, pepper, onion, and cheese breakfast casserole
  • Wednesday - Baked spaghetti with marinara and sausage sauce
  • Thursday - Grilled chicken wings and sweet potato
  • Friday - Jalapeño brats over the fire and s'mores
  • Saturday - Grilled ham steak and grilled broccoli
  • Sunday - Family dinner. We'll hash out a menu via text. 
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 Grace Garden and Homestead for linking up Strawberry Oat Bars 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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