Thursday, May 28, 2015

MENU: 5/28/15 - 6/3/15

I'm not trying any new recipes this week, but I did try one last week.

* Greek  cabbage salad - This salad, with feta and thyme, is simple and light, perfect for the warm days of summer.

Here's what we plan on eating in the upcoming week.

ADVANCED COOKING (These aren't always planned, so they'll often be things I did the previous week.)
* I'll make peanut butter and crockpot beans, just like I do once or twice every week.

BREAKFASTS
* Rebeccas's granola
* doughnuts at church
* oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, homemade peanut butter, maple almond butter, raisins, dried cranberries, fresh or frozen fruit, huh-koe-pee milk, and/or energy mix as optional toppings x5

DINNERS
* leftovers 
* tacos - seasoned meat from the freezer, crockpot beans, and some other toppings served in a tortilla or bowl, as a salad over a pile of greens, or with mound of rice
* hearty chicken & veggie soup (raw from the freezer, crockpot)/toast
* lentils & rice
* pizza at a birthday party
* roasted broccoli/rice (I made this last week and mixed in a bunch of parmesan. It was good and we still have more raw broccoli to use up, so I'll make it again.)
* sweet & sour meatballs (plain meatballs from the freezer)/rice/garlic green beans (we skipped this last week and had an extra night of leftovers)

SNACKS & DESSERTS
* lemon bread
green hummus for veggies
* produce
Crunchy Flax cereal (We've scored a few cases of 12 for $4.99 at a local discount store over the last few months, so we've been using it as a snack. We either eat it with milk as a cold cereal, over yogurt with fruit, or mixed into homemade granola.)
* popcorn with seasoned salt (kernels from the WinCo bulk department that get popped in my Lodge Dutch oven, but you can see my thoughts on both the wonderful Dutch oven and the fantastic West Bend Stir Crazy in this post)


(This post contains affiliate and/or referral links. Thank you to those who use them!) 

5/28/15 - THANKFUL THURSDAY

I'm thankful for the books we get from The Book Man - the ones we keep and enjoy ourselves, the ones we get to share with our friends, and the ones we put on the freebie corner to get snatched up by people walking by.

What's something that you're thankful for?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

FARMER'S MARKET 2015 KICKOFF

The first Woodburn Farmer's Market (here's their Facebook page) was tonight, so all 6 Ws walked down after dinner. It was a small event, which we expected because it's brand new, but the weather was perfect and we had a great time. There was live music playing, a couple fresh flower booths that brightened the place up, food booths that were sweet and savory, a hazelnut shell vendor, a place for kids to get their faces painted, and someone making things out of balloons. There was definitely a shortage of fresh produce, but they've worked really hard at bringing some in and I'm hoping there will be farmers who are willing to jump in once they see what kind of a crowd the market draws. 

As for our family, the Ws all did some combination of face painting, juggling, playing with or wearing balloon creations, running around, doing stunts, eating treats, and playing catch with a football we brought. I introduced myself to a lady that Silas had met previously and talked with her for quite a while. Tim ran into someone he knows from a local school and who he plays basketball with, so I got introduced to that man and chatted for a while. We also visited some friends who had walked down. 



We ended up spending about two hours there, just hanging out and having a good time. I'm looking forward to going next week and we'll probably bring some board and/or card games to pass the time while we interact with other people who are there. If you're local, then be sure to walk or drive over any Tuesday between now and 9/8/15 from 4:00-8:00. Bonus points if you come during the library's summer concert series, which will overlap the market and is right across the street!
 

Friday, May 22, 2015

PHOTOGENIC

Some families always look good in pictures. I don't mean to sound arrogant or anything, but our family is one of them.

Wide smiles.


Strong jaw lines.


Big eyes.


Nicely pursed lips.


Round cheeks.


Relaxed tilt of the head.


We're definitely a photogenic family. No doubt about it!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

MENU: 5/21/15 - 5/27/15

I only made one new thing, but I experimented with two other recipes and made a spontaneous batch of coconut scones.

* creamy bean casserole with lime and cilantro - This was a concoction I came up with for lunch one day that used up some odds and ends in the fridge. Bake, dollop, cut, mix, eat ... that's how it went.

almond coconut granola - We tried this with rolled oats, which we always have on hand, instead of the quick oats it calls for. It turned out just fine, which means we'll make it more often, which means the little Ws will be happy.

* chewy brown sugar cookies - We recently made these for the first time, but ours turned out much flatter than the ones pictured on the site I got the recipe from. We're trying a couple different things to figure out if we can get ours as puffy as the originals. Cookie experimentation - it's always a sacrifice, right?

ADVANCED COOKING (These aren't always planned, so they'll often be things I did the previous week.)
* I'll make peanut butter and crockpot beans, just like I do once or twice every week.

BREAKFASTS
* Western omelette casserole (I may bake one of our yeast bread recipes for this.)
* doughnuts at church
* oatmeal with brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, homemade peanut butter, maple almond butter, raisins, dried cranberries, fresh or frozen fruit, huh-koe-pee milk, and/or energy mix as optional toppings x5

DINNERS
* mac & cheese/new recipe
* green salad with do-it-all chicken (raw chicken in marinade from freezer, crockpot)/e-z drop biscuits
* roasted broccoli/rice (I may actually throw these in a pan with some cheddar and make a casserole instead.)
* sweet & sour meatballs (meatballs from the freezer)/rice
lentil bean chili/tortilla chips (this got skipped last week because we had leftovers twice)
* tacos - seasoned meat from the freezer, crockpot beans, and some other toppings served in a tortilla or bowl, as a salad over a pile of greens, or with mound of rice
* leftovers 

SNACKS & DESSERTS
* banana chocolate chip bars
* green hummus for veggies
* produce
Crunchy Flax cereal (We've scored a few cases of 12 for $4.99 at a local discount store over the last few months, so we've been using it as a snack. We either eat it with milk as a cold cereal, over yogurt with fruit, or mixed into homemade granola.)
* popcorn with seasoned salt (kernels from the WinCo bulk department that get popped in my Lodge Dutch oven, but you can see my thoughts on both the wonderful Dutch oven and the fantastic West Bend Stir Crazy in this post)


(This post contains affiliate and/or referral links. Thank you to those who use them!) 

5/21/15 - THANKFUL THURSDAY

I'm thankful for cookies.

What is one thing that you're thankful for?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DADS & DAUGHTERS CAMPOUT - 2015

After a three year hiatus, Tim and Naomi were able to take part in a portion of this year's dads and daughters camping trip. They headed out Saturday morning, then spent the rest of that day and that night with a group of dads and daughters at Milo McGiver. They had to head out the next morning, but had a great time hanging out, fishing, roasting marshmallows, and so on for the 24 hours they were able to join in the fun.