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Last week we were on vacation with John's sisters and their families. We went to Lake of the Ozarks (we camped, they stayed in condos) and had an amazing time. Bruce and Manny traveled with us and enjoyed hanging in the camper and going for walks around the campground.
While we were in Missouri we visited Ha Ha Tonka State Park and saw a natural bridge, a beautiful spring, and a castle. This was my favorite part of the trip: Being outside and hiking.
We also had a few big family dinners. There were 18 people in our group, but we still managed to have dinner together a few times while we were vacationing. The best part about the bars and restaurants on the lake is walking the boat docks and checking out the fancy boats.
On our last night of vacation we stayed at our campground and cooked over the fire.
It was so nice to have a peaceful evening, a simple meal, and to hang with the pups.
There's really nothing like a vacation that includes a campfire, amiright?!
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 - We had home-canned marinara sauce with ground pork over zucchini noodles
Tuesday - Black bean tacos with cilantro lime rice
Wednesday - BLTs and green beans from the garden
Thursday - Asian-style pork spareribs and carrots from the garden
Friday - Eggs, toast, bacon (if we have any leftover from Wednesday) and a veggie from the garden
Saturday - Potluck with friends :)
Sunday - Smoked salmon mixed in with leftover cilantro lime rice
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!