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Meal Planning: Weeks 9 & 10

Yay!  I'm actually getting this up and going early!  Headed back to work at the end of next week, so I've gotta be organized so I can spend my extra time sleeping--not wracking my brain trying to work around a grocery shortage! Breakfasts: Again, we're alternating scrambled eggs with real-food protein shakes as our morning protein.  We have a new rooster to add to the flock!  I can't wait for October(ish)!!!  Shredded stuff and a "carb of choice"--english muffins, bagels, cereal, or fried baked potatoes.Lunch: Leftovers and/or sandwiches depending on leftover status.Dinner Menu, Week # 9 Sunday: Leftovers.  I've decided to start "compensating" for leftover day by making it DESSERT day!  Going to try homemade Larabars (new recipe) and make my ever-popular Joy Bars.  One good thing about this heat is that my coconut oil is already pre-melted, making this SO easy to make!Monday: Baked Potato Bar with Broccoli.  Load those up all the good stuff: sour…

Protein Shakes, Real-Foodie Style

We have been sorely missing having ALL our chickens in full production.

We started with eight Rhode Island Reds...then lost 6 to a raccoon massacre.  Lemme just say, after that, all those little boy hats and sweaters for autumn with raccoons on them...yeah, no longer cute.  I would scowl when I walked by them in the store, lemme tell ya.  At the time Little Man was learning sign language and loved the Baby Signing Time videos.  Nerdy momma here decided that "evil raccoon" needed to be in his vocabulary.  True story.

Then we got ten Golden-Laced Wyandottes.  Due to a hawk attack in the city, a dog, and some chicken stupidity, we are finally down to just our 4 current hens.

When raising chickens is to expect to lose some.  Anything that can replace itself in its respective population on nearly a DAILY basis (that daily egg, y'all) is likely to be quite low on the food chain.

Our new batch of fifteen Barred Rocks need to hurry up and grow!

In the meantime, I tried to come…

Bean Dip

I was inspired to try to create my own bean dip after our anniversary dinner at an upscale Cuban restaurant here in town.  Their bean dip was AMAZING and Dan commented how he could've eaten a whole meal of it.  Being the frugal one, I decided to run with it! It's hard to get meat-less meals that satisfy hardworking man-appetites!  I will say that this did not have the same consistency of their bean dip, but it was very easy, tasty, and high in calories from all the whole milk products.  I am ALL about whole milk.

Plus, it's an easy crockpot meal!  Double score!

Or am I up to triple or quadruple...
Crock-pot Bean Dip 2 lb pinto beans, soaked overnight then rinsed.
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
6-8 c. chicken stock (or can use water, but it won't be as yummy)
2 tbsp. cumin
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1 (8oz.) package cream cheese
1 1/2 c. sour cream
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz. shredded Monterey Jack (or Pepper Jack) cheese
Hot sauce (opt., to taste)
4 Tbsp taco seasoning mix
Salt, to …

Meal Planning: Week: 7 & 8

After a long hiatus due to reasonable things like moving, remodeling, and having babies (thanks for all the meals that were lovingly brought to and provided for us!), I'm ready to get back into the meal-planning groove! Being in the country is awesome and my new kitchen is spectacular--but it does have a few new challenges. The distance from store is now a lot more than the quick 2-mile jaunt from our house in town. Add in an extra kid and gas money and suddenly all this meal planning becomes MUCH more important!  For that reason, I've decided to try to meal plan in 2-week increments and try to minimize the marathon that is now grocery shopping!  (p.s. Sorry this is late, mostly, just to keep myself organized and give you ideas for YOUR next meal planning! :) )

Breakfasts: We've been enjoying having our chickens moved--as have they.  Sadly, we did lose one hen and our rooster when our coop door fell/got knocked shut during a hot day.  We're alternating scrambled eggs w…

Joy Bars

This is an all-time favorite "dessert" recipe for us. During my breastfeeding days, I almost consider it to be a "vitamin" of sorts as it is an awesome way for me to get the daily recommended 1-2 Tbsp of coconut oil in my diet. Usually, that's quite hard as it is a bit nauseating to me plain and I don't like it in my smoothie.

Combine that with some good vanilla, raw honey, and a dash of sea salt, and you basically have a super-food, in my opinion. Although this is ridiculously good, I can be pretty easily satisfied with just 1-2 squares--a quantity that I was NEVER happy about with a plain candy bar. One of my real-food friends and I think it's because it's actually satisfying a nutritional need, not just making a sugar fix. 
Joy Bars 1 c. Coconut oil 2 c. Shredded UNSWEETENED coconut (we tried regular sweetened stuff...no good) 1/4 c. Honey 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp (or less!) sea salt 8 oz dark chocolate  25 whole almonds, preferably soaked/dehydrate…