I can't believe Thanksgiving Break is over! Is it really Monday? Is December really coming this week? We've had such awesome weather in Iowa that it's hard to believe that December is only a few days away. Last year I remember scrambling to get some carrots out of the ground before our first big snowfall in mid-November.
Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? John and I stayed home to pack, eat, and go to the dog park with the pups. We had dessert with John's family later in the evening.
On Black Friday (I don't know why I even call it that, I don't partake in any sort of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving) we trekked to my hometown for my grandmother's 80th birthday party. My momma is the 2nd from the left. Gram is in the middle.
It was awesome to see family that I hadn't seen in years and introduce them to John. Although I haven't seen a few cousins since I was in middle school (I know, right?!) it was so easy to get in the groove. Thanks, Facebook!
This weekend was also a sad one: I took my chickens to live on my brother's farm. We're not professional livestock haulers by any means, so I grabbed the biggest moving box we had, added a thick layer of pine shavings, and let the ladies hang inside in the backseat of John's truck on the drive.
It got a little smelly, but I felt better hearing their little clucks and coos on the drive. It's ok. You can laugh at me.
Did you see our Facebook Live video? My brother was gracious enough to keep our birds until spring, and actually has a really nice set-up for the growing flock. I may or may not have texted him daily since dropping them off.
"Do they miss me? Do they seem happy? Are they eating? How many eggs did you get? How is the molting one doing?"
Alas, this is also a big week for John and I. We celebrate our wedding anniversary, and will also continue downsizing and packing for our big move. Our meal plans will focus on eating a lot of the veggies from our deep freezer since we won't have it in our rental that we're living in for a few months. I also have quite a bit of canned goods that I want to put a dent in so we don't have to pack as much.
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 - Turkey and Wild Rice Soup from Broth and Stock and leftover pumpkin cornbread
Tuesday - Korean beef with soba noodles and steamed broccoli/cauliflower
Wednesday - Butternut squash with bacon and brown sugar and a veggie from the freezer
Thursday - Porcupine meatballs (maybe I'll finally update that post with some nice photos?) and a veggie from the freezer
Friday - Breakfast burritos
Saturday - Game night with friends! It's a potluck.
Sunday - Not sure yet. It will be a 'pantry meal' using what we have on hand.
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!