Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Grocery Shopping / Meal Planning / Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce

Each week, I spend a lot of time looking for ideas for my meal plans.  I always come up short, so I decided to just blog the kinds of things that I am always looking for!

Here is my grocery store haul :

Organic veggies - Radishes, baby spinach, romaine, cantaloupe, Michigan Cucumber, 2 Zucchinis, 3 sweet potatoes, 3 russet potatoes, 3 beets, bananas, cherries, corn on the cob, tomatoes, egg plant, a Florida avocado, 2 peaches, 2 nectarines, 2 lbs of strawberries, a yellow onion
Blueberry pomegranate dressing, organic blueberry spread, organic strawberry spread, dairy free soy free mini chocolate chips, coconut milk, Michigan Honey, lean ground sirloin, chicken breasts, pasta sauce and penne pasta

First thing that I did after putting my groceries away, since AJ was napping so sweetly in his car seat, was make some muffins!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Muffins

2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat graham flour
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup dairy free soy free mini chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins.

I also cooked some dinner... Penne pasta with meat sauce.

Browned some ground beef with some onions and started to boil my water for my pasta.

Need to get the meat nice and browned.
Add in your pasta sauce and deglaze your pan.  Make sure the temperature isn't too high, or step back, it splatters.

Makes 4 big helpings. $8.62/4 = $2.15 per serving!

That's some nice meal planning Mama.  :)

Monday, July 30, 2012

How to Clean out your refrigerator

For fun, I took some picture on how I clean out my fridge.  I don't even pretend to be a photographer, so excuse my terrible photos.

First - You have your nasty fridge.  Embarrassing.

Empty everything and take out all removable shelves.
 Scrub down all surfaces with hot soapy water.

Start washing everything in HOT soapy water. 

All of my food that I didn't throw away from being spoiled or expired.

Husband and AJ supervising... Arie's practicing his surfing skills.
 Nasty nastiness.
 I'm getting distracted by male bonding.
 Really, it's gross.
 Get it all good and clean!

 This is the soap that I use, on the left.  I love Mrs. Meyers... Lavender is my favorite scent so far.  This stuff works great!
 After washing and drying everything off, replace all the shelves

 Put your food back.
And enjoy!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Traveling with an infant in cloth diapers recap

For some reason, Arie wasn't as messy and spit up and drool-y as normal, so I didn't go through that many clothes for him.

Cloth diapering on the road was no big deal at all. Our friends got a kick out of the diaper suitcase.

I washed diapers 2 times while we were there and sunned them once. Unfortunately, while I was sunning them, I went to visit a friend and left Jack to supervise the diapers. We had a HUGE storm and I had to wash them again (so I guess I washed 3 times.)

I used my diaper bag like normal when I was out of the house and used small wet bags like I normally do. I transferred the diapers to a large wetbag back at the house and when the bag was full, I did laundry.

Traveling during the time Arie is normally sleeping seemed to be the best way to go. He slept really well. When he needed to be awake, we stopped and got out and walked the dogs and carried him around. He eats on demand, so whenever he was hungry, we stopped and I fed him.

The only part that is kinda difficult is that because Arie sleeps in bed with us, I know when to nurse by when he starts to root. In the truck, I can't get us pulled over fast enough and get him latched before he wakes up, so that's a little more challenging, but it is what it is.

Our trip was pretty fun, still somewhat stressful with the traveling part, but once we were to our destination and back home, it wasn't bad.

Our drive to Wisconsin was from 3am-1pm and our drive home was from 3pm-12:30am. He slept all but about 3 1/2 hours on the way home. I'm thinking it was because he slept pretty poorly through our whole vacation, so that was a big plus.

We mostly just hung out and played with the dogs and kids.

I would say cloth diapering was absolutely no big deal at all on a vacation. :)