What a weekend! I feel pretty strung out from some intense work around our urban homestead. Most of our weekend was spent insulating John's detached garage. This is a project he's been wanting to do, but finding reasons not to, for over a year. His excuses were always noble; we were paying off the camper, or saving money for a different home project, or wanted to make an extra mortgage payment. However, Menards was running an 11% rebate sale, so I told John it was now or never, and that he needed to buy the damn supplies already!
Whatddya know, homestud bought the materials he needed and banged the project out in 24 hours. It was a hot, sweaty, swear-word-laden 24 hours - but the finished product is pretty sweet.
He can hardly wait for winter to fire up his cast iron woodstove. (Here's how he installed it.) John's garage will stay toasty warm while he tinkers and builds all winter long.
Now to replenish our stockpile of wood for the winter. (Did you know John knows exactly how much wood he needs to cut and stack to get him through a long Iowa winter? How he calculated it I will never know, but he's been spot on the last 3 years. I love this man.)
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 - Marinated chicken thighs and mixed vegetables from the garden - all cooked on the grill
Tuesday - Zoodles with marinara sauce (I am jazzing up some tomato sauce from last year's garden)
Wednesday - Marinated pork chops and mixed vegetables from the garden - all cooked on the grill
Thursday - Black bean and veggie tacos
Friday - Grilled cheeseburgers and a garden salad (we didn't have this last week)
Saturday - Homemade pork eggrolls from the freezer and a garden salad
Sunday - Breakfast for dinner? Something in the slow cooker? Not really sure.
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!