Week of 7/18 - Urban Homestead Meal Plan

I'm a day late on posting our meal plan, friends. No need to point it out. While I am not totally convinced that your world stopped spinning because you weren't privy to the meals we're eating, I understand that I should be a little more timely. 

It's summer, folks. I'm giving myself some grace. 

Over the weekend John and I hung out with my family in Northeast Iowa. I'm including a few crappy quality cell phone shots for you to check out the happenings of the weekend. 

Our pups got to hang out with my parents' dog, Josie, and my brother's famous so-ugly-he's-cute dog, Eddie. This meant they were exhausted at the end of the day. 

We also spent a good chunk of time on Saturday working our bees, and guess what?! We harvested a frame of honey!

In a couple weeks I will harvest another frame or two from our strong hive. One of our hives is a little weaker than the other and I likely won't harvest anything from it this year. I am really hoping it survives the winter, but it'll be a toss up. We will keep a watchful eye on it, because I am thinking maybe the queen isn't laying or is gone altogether.

On Sunday my dad's side of the family gathered for our huge annual family reunion. My sister and I won the award for Hot Hair. Not really, tho.

The food was great, catching up with family - especially my cousins! - was amazing, and I already can't wait for next year.


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 - Zucchini boats with beef, onions, panko, and parmesan
Tuesday - Grilled turkey brats and green beans from the garden
Wednesday - Chicken tacos/chicken taco salads
Thursday - Homemade frozen pizza and a salad from the garden
Friday - Zucchini fritters (maybe with some leftover chicken or beef) and a salad from the garden
Saturday - Veggie quiche and fresh pico de gallo from the garden
Sunday - Grilled pork chop and green beans from the garden

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!

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