Sunday’s Meal Plan, Today!

This past week has been not what I expected. My anxiety over current events and my own life has been high, and last week my husband lost his job. We are dealing, but I am also feeling a bit more inspired than normal to plan well and wisely for meals. I have also started calculating the cost-per-meal of what we make, which makes my spreadsheet-loving heart sing.

Saturday was a bit of a blur as we tried to organize and clean, but I found time when my son and husband went to watch (half of) the Super Bowl to put together a meal plan based on what we have available.

 

2/6/17 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Eggs Coco Wheats Eggs Cocoa wheats Eggs
Lunch Quesadillas Halusky 🙂 Spanikopita Shepherd’s Pie Hmm
Dinner Halusky Friends house! Vegetarian shepherd’s pie Garlic and white wine pasta with brussels sprouts Birthday!
Tacos
Cake
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Saturday’s Meal Plan, Tuesday

This weekend was not a particularly fun one. Anxiety and illness are not my favorite companions for a weekend, but they took their time departing. Even so, we did manage to forcibly create a meal plan this week which I will share in hopes that it might be of help. I’m particularly excited about the colcannon and the opportunity to use my cabbage in general. I always find cabbage rather exciting.

Happy Tuesday!

 

1/30/17 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Eggs & toast Oatmeal Eggs & toast Oatmeal Eggs & toast
Lunch Chili cheese fries Cinnamon chicken Colcannon (and pork?) Noodles, hopefully Sandwich
Dinner Cinnamon chicken Colcannon and pork chops Lime shrimp dragon noodles Pizza Leftovers

 

To do this weekend:

 

Saturdays

Every Saturday (when we are not out of town or otherwise totally off schedule) we take some time to look at our week’s schedule, what food we already have, what sales are on, and what sounds good and make a meal plan. I thought I’d start sharing what we put together in case it might be of help and to help me stay on track. So, here it is!

1/21/17 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast Eggs & toast Oatmeal Eggs & toast Oatmeal Eggs & toast
Lunch Jambalaya Enchiladas Pork roast Pasta? Sandwich
Dinner Black bean/avocado enchiladas Pork roast Pasta with spicy seafood sauce Pizza Leftovers

To prepare this weekend:

Cleaning the house

The house is actually a lot cleaner than it has been in quite some time. I can both remember the last time I swept the floor (or, my husband swept the floor…) and the last time I cleaned the bathroom. And the living area is pretty clutter free. But the more I do, the more I feel like I will never be on top of the space or the cooking in the kind of self-sustaining, regular, don’t-have-to-think-about-it way I envision when I think of accomplished homemaking. Meals I don’t have to scramble to make, laundry that manages to be simultaneously clean and in a drawer. Though it is currently clean and spread through the house. So that’s something.

Potentially what I am expecting to happen is not a real thing, or takes significantly more practice than I have thus far put in. But whatever the case, there is a big rift between my imagination of how my house could (should?) be, and the reality:

Right?

Top left: “Rubbermaid Homefree Series Closet Kit 3G59” by Rubbermaid Products CCL
Bottom Left: “Basement Pantry” by Susy Morris CCL Other photos mine, edits mine.

Well, my first problem is probably thinking that my reality should be in line with set photography from a storage system manufacturer. I think that’s a good thing to realize. I hope, in the next couple of weeks, to develop more realistic homemaking goals and strategies. To do so, I plan to implement three things:

1. Tracking my time. I will try to see how I spend my hours, and see if there are some things (looking at you, 800 times I check Facebook daily) that can be cut back on.

2. Praying. I will be specifically praying for God to show me what my priorities really are and should be, so that I can stop trying to focus on everything at once.

3. Sitting down with Mr. B. and figuring out some ways we can tackle weekly tasks with teamwork. This was his idea, and I am so grateful that he comes up these kind of practical ideas. I’ll plan to post an update on what we come up with.

I love homemaking (at least theoretically, and hopefully more and more, in reality) and look forward to being able to do it with less of a sense of futility.

So, what about you? Has anyone else dealt with a disconnect between the way they want their life to look and the way it does look? How did you or are you dealing with it? Inquiring (nosy?) minds want to know.