Happy Holidays! Have you recovered from all of the busy-ness that Christmas brings? Fortunately, moving out of our home on the 23rd allowed us to focus more on the meaning of the holiday, rather than the consumerism of the season. There was no majesty or glitz in our home this year due to the move.
That's right, we're all moved in to our little apartment. I want to show you around. Don't mind the photos; we're almost unpacked, but still have items that need a home.
Regardless, this apartment is suiting us just fine.
Most importantly, the pups and houseplants all have their place in this 700 square foot apartment. The carpet is brand new. We have our meaningful furniture and art arranged.
And the kitchen is set up and ready for scratch-cooking, thanks in part to my friend Brandi and mother.
Our bed fits perfectly in the narrow bedroom, and we greatly downsized our clothing, shoes, and accessories in preparation for extra-small closets in our new home.
The dogs are adjusting to apartment life decently. They LOVE the carpet (as opposed to the hard surface floors in our old home) because they can get the zoomies and run around like crazy.
They do spend a lot of time at the door, listening to the neighbors entering and leaving their homes.
The washer in our apartment took a shit on our first night there, dumping about 5 gallons of water on our brand new carpet. Without launching into the whole story on that, just know that we have a lot of dirty laundry piling up and hope to get some resolution soon.
Aside from that one problem, we are enjoying our transitional time in this cozy apartment. It's only about 150 square feet smaller than our future home, so in many ways it is supporting us in prioritizing our belongings for the new place.
Look for a few posts coming up in January on how we're composting and recycling in an apartment that doesn't offer such services. You can bet that we're stepping outside the box on this one!
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 - Chicken thighs and "Healthy Green Slaw" from The Grain Brain Diet Cookbook
Tuesday - Eggs in Purgatory and cauliflower with lemon/parsley butter
Wednesday - Turkey meatballs and marinara, leftover cauliflower
Thursday - Salmon with a mustard glaze and spicy sautéed vegetables
Friday - Thai pork lettuce cups
Saturday - Kale and bacon frittata
Sunday - Salmon with a balsamic reduction and steamed vegetables
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!