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Menu Plan Monday–4/29/13   Leave a comment

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Took a week off The Farm to work on party prep. Glad to be back this morning. Harvested carrots–nothing smells better than freshly harvested carrots, but I digress–while ZK got some beets. Learned that black widows like the dark foliage on red beets. Good to know. Guess I’ll stick with golden. πŸ™‚ BC took all the carrots that didn’t cut it for bunches and fed them to the pigs. He had a great time and started pulling weeds to feed to them. I was pleased to see that he understood right away what he was told when one of the women working with us told him to take them to feed to the pigs. I never know what he gets until he has to act on it.

So, I haven’t been doing the meal planning because I haven’t been home on Sundays and last week showed it. We ate out way too much. Interesting thing I wonder about is that I was starving all the time. I was so hungry, even when I’d just eaten a burger. If I’m at home and only have a bowl of fruit with yogurt I’m much more satisfied than eating a “meal” at a fast food restaurant, even Chick-fil-A. It served as a serious impetus to my meal planning yesterday.

On to the meal plan…

Monday–Cream Cheese Chicken with Broccoli, Carrots (from The Farm), Garlic Potatoes, Birthday Cake

Tuesday–Leftovers, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches…I got home tonight to find that there was only enough of the chicken left to make lunch from, definitely not enough for 5 people to eat (veg-boy won’t eat, BC only eats carbs). It was very popular. Strawberry Crumble Pie

Wednesday–Pork Loin, (whatever veggies are available at The Farm), Chive Biscuits (if I have time), Fruit for dessert

Thursday–Leftovers, Deep Dish Apple Pie

Friday–PIzza, Salad from The Farm

Saturday–Tarragon Turkey & Pasta, Raw Veggies, Fruit for dessert

Sunday–Mac & Cheese, Raw Veggies, Fruit, Honey Pie

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Menu Plan Monday–4/1/13   Leave a comment

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Menu Plan Monday (Participating in the link-up at

Wow, has it been insane around here…or maybe it’s just me. Either way, it or I are beginning to settle down and refocus. Spent last evening planning out the menu and the week. The middles are off school so they’ll be going down to the farm the three days I’m there. A friend will be spending the day with us on Wednesday and their friend they met at The Farm will be there on Wednesday and Thursday. That should keep them busy and hopefully not arguing. πŸ˜€

We had a nice Easter. The church service was as moving as always. It rarely used to be at the old church, maybe it’s because I knew how so many people there felt about emotions. It’s probably even here but the pastor seems more obviously interested in saving the lost. Novel idea, eh? πŸ˜‰

The kids had a few egg hunts. BC had 6 in as many days, and will have another this week since we don’t have time on Easter morning to do one at our own house. I’m glad the kids have this week off. I plan on dying eggs with them when their friend is here and he can help. Then we can have the hunt that day or Thursday before we go to the farm.

My goal this month is to post more. When I was it kept me more focused on getting the gardening stuff done. I just haven’t been motivated and neglecting the blog has helped that along. I got really motivated last week by some interesting news at The Farm. I was told about a woman in the area who has about the same size property we have which is farmed. She was offered a minimum wage job at a garden store for 30 hrs/wk and her accountant said she’ll make more off her land if she works it full time. It could definitely be a good supplemental income for us. I will write more on my thoughts about this in a post later this week.

OK, now for my menu for the week. (These are all crock pot cooked.)

Monday/Tuesday–Beef with Apples and Sweet Potatoes (onions from The Farm), Salad (also from The Farm)

Wednesday/Thursday–Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Pineapple, Salad (yeah, you know :))

Friday/Saturday–Irish Stew (carrots and leeks from The Farm), Salad (see above)

Sunday–Free-for-all. πŸ˜€

Will be going down with Spock on Saturday to paint his Fairy House in Poway and hope to pick up some seeds for our summer planting so we’ll have to decide what to plant.

One other thing I’m looking for is a good cook book on cooking seasonally, you know, where it uses vegetables that are concurrent growers. Trying to use more fresh grown/picked veggies and fruits. So if you know of one that you like please leave a comment. Thanks. πŸ™‚

God bless your week.


Posted April 1, 2013 by Sara-Stanley in In the Beginning

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Menu Plan Monday: January 21, 2013   2 comments

Menu Plan Monday 1/21/13

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Tuesday–Ham & Potatoes

Wednesday–Thai Chicken

Thursday–Italian Chicken


Saturday–Chicken in Honey Sauce


I know, a week without pizza. Maybe I’ll change Sunday if I’m not too exhausted after everything I have to do that day.

Posted January 21, 2013 by Sara-Stanley in In the Beginning

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Menu Plan Monday: January 14, 2013   Leave a comment

Hmm, it’s been a week. Normally I’m better at posting but, then, normally I’m bettter period. Been sick. Hope to catch up on homesteading stuff later this week.

OK, so here’s the Menu Plan for the week.

(All in the Crockpot, unless otherwise mentioned or obvious. :D)

Monday: BBQ Chicken

Tuesday: Chicken & Veggies

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Scalloped Potatoes & Ham

Friday: Thai Chicken

Saturday: Apple Brown Betty for breakfast…yeah, we’re so healthy. Pizza for dinner. I’m gonna get this pizza thing perfected this month, I can feel it. πŸ˜€ (PS this is the “obvious” I mentioned)

Sunday: Leftovers.

Well, I’m going to go back to freezing and y’all have a good week. ;D

Menu Plan Monday: January 7, 2013   2 comments

Linking up with Menu Plan Monday again.

First, a review of last week. It didn’t quite go as planned. NYE day ended up being crazy…including locked keys in cars. The latter is ironic because I haven’t done this in years *and* I just got rid of Β (temporarily) my cellphone. But it was very neat the way God worked it out. I was at Sprouts and asked one of the fellows in the front if I could use the phone (because there are no payphones to speak of anywhere). He was very, very nice, even checking out in the parking lot for AAA from time to time. He gave BabycakesΒ a pop, which made him happy, though it was grape and not his fave, but he played with it for a very long time. Sometimes it’s just nice to get help and be reminded that everyone in the world isn’t as self-consumed as we sometimes think. All that to say, we didn’t eat what we’d planned coz I still had to pick up Stan & the kids over at the yogurt shop.

The rest of the week was somewhat similar, but we did get pizza done on Thursday. It was The Teenager’s birthday so I was motivated. I also made a pie for him. It was pretty good stuff. We’re really enjoying all this home-cooked/non-processed eating (except Braniac) so it’s good motivation to at least make something instead of eating out or boxed. About the time I went to make the whipped cream for the pumpkin pie I got really, really tired. I thought it was from all the work I’ve been doing here and at the farm, but, alas, it was not. I’ve been sick since then. That kinda through everything else out coz Β I didn’t even get to the store. But, today is back to school so I have to get out. It’s also Spock’s birthday. Unfortunately, it’s a super busy day with music lessons for The Teenager and Cub Scouts for Mr. Great-heart, not to mention after school ASL class for the three middles, so we’ll have part of his stuff today and part tomorrow. He gets his presents today, and some pork, smothered with garlic. Tomorrow I’ll make cupcakes and take them to school for his birthday as well as for Mr. Great-heart, whose birthday is on Christmas Eve so we haven’t had a school party for him yet.

Alright, enough chit-chat, here’s my menu.

Monday: Porkloin with a garlic & herb rub. Carrots–from the farm. Mashed potatoes (cheating and going with TJ’s boxed). No salad. Totally forgot to pick it up at the farm today. We no longer eat that store bought paper green stuff they try to pass of as lettuces. ;D

Tuesday: Spaghetti. Possibly bread if I have time, otherwise we’ll use Udi’s with garlic butter. Plus, of course, I have to make cupcakes & decorate them (I’m cheating on that too and just using decos.)

Wednesday: Herbed Turkey Roast (in the crockpot) with veggies. Possibly salad, if I remember to pick some up.

Thursday: Leftovers.

Friday: Pork Pot Roast (also in the crockpot) and veggies.

Saturday: Pizza–We’re having Spock’s grandparents over for his birthday and The Teenager’s that day after the air show. Maybe I’ll try another pie if I have time on Friday.

Sunday: Leftovers.

We’ll see how things go this week. I rested all weekend but there is no more time to rest. Just have to pray I get better, and quick. There are no sick days for moms. πŸ˜€

Have a blessed week.

Posted January 7, 2013 by Sara-Stanley in In the Beginning

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Birthdays on a Money Diet   Leave a comment

As I previously wrote, we are participating in the Money Diet this month. We also have two birthdays this month. It’s actually turned out for the best since it’s forced us to get creative…and we didn’t have to take Babycakes to a restaurant. (I can’t be the only mother of a 3yo who doesn’t find that a relaxing time. :D)

So, yesterday was The Teenager’s birthday. Since he’s a teenager he likes pizza. He also doesn’t like traditional birthday cake (or anyone singing to him). For this reason, when I came home from the farm I was pleased to find that my order from Williams-Sonoma (yes, I’m that kind of snob) had arrived.


This is a pastry cloth and rolling-pin cover. Let me just say that this is probably the least expensive, best thing I’ve ever bought from WS. I love it. I can’t wait to use it for sugar cookies today. Β But I’m getting ahead of myself. πŸ™‚


First, the funny part. For prepping the cloth, it says to “spill a goodly amount of flour…” I’m not sure what a goodly amount is. It also used words like “hence.” It’s like reading a Jane Austen novel, only shorter. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I figured it out, I guess, coz it worked great.


In fact, maybe it worked too well. I’ve never had that much left over crust before.


Store everything around the pin. It claims that washing it is unnecessary if you scrape it properly after each use. Not sure how long I can take it though. Maybe as long as it takes me to find a “washboard” and figure out what a “Turkish towel” is. (Instruction words)


BraniacΒ helped me with the filling. Maybe that’s what went wrong? OK, I don’t think that’s it, but the pie didn’t come out the same. I was disappointed. I’m not sure if it’s because the crust was thinner, or if it was because I forgot to put the foil around the edge of the crust, or if it was because I didn’t have the light on the whole time inside the oven. These are the three things that were different than the one I made for Christmas Eve which came out perfectly.


A rare picture of me taken by Braniac. Yes, it’s a W-S apron. Hey, it’s very good quality. And, yes, my kitchen window (and all my windows) could do with a washing. πŸ™‚


Then it was time to get the pizza’s ready. We used the Bob’s Red Mill recipe for GF pizza crust (but used Gluten-Free Pantry flour).

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Yes, we need three pizzas. Cheese, with two slices with garlic; pepperoni, mushrooms, and half-pineapple; pepperoni, garlic, bell peppers, and pineapple.

It came out pretty good. The kids all liked it except for super-picky Braniac. I will add some seasonings to the crust next time though to give it a bit more flavor since the kids don’t like a lot of sauce coz it just makes the cheese fall off….come to think of it, I feel the same. πŸ™‚

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On to dessert. The pie was a disappointment. It was edible, fortunately, but the filling didn’t solidify like it should. The whipped cream was great though. I use regular sugar, and a lot less of it. 1 TBSP/cup heavy whipping cream. It makes it sweet without being grossly sweet. It’s baker’s sugar so maybe that’s why it’s not gritty like you would expect from regular sugar.

No pics of the teenager, he’s afraid of cameras. Maybe I’ll sneak in and get a pic of him sleeping. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, we got him The Weekend Homesteader by Anna Hess for his birthday. I wasn’t expecting such a fancy binding. It’s got huge margins too. Maybe to write notes in? Anyway, praying it will serve him well.

Posted January 4, 2013 by Sara-Stanley in In the Beginning

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Menu Plan Monday: December 31, 2012   1 comment

Linking up with Menu Plan Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie to keep me honest. πŸ™‚


(Credit where credit is due…Menu plan page found at

Since we are still on Christmas break this menu will be far more elaborate than anything else I will do…ever again. πŸ˜‰

I found that writing in our calendar of events on my planner really helped. For example, I planned to make pizza with the kids on Friday afternoon, then I realized we would only be home in shifts so that won’t work. We’ll make it on Thursday instead.

I’m trying out my new cookbookΒ (which I got for less than 1/2 price in store–it’s apparently not a breach of etiquette to mention that sort of thing on a homesteading blog :D) while I have the opportunity. Once school starts back I’ll pretty much have only time for the Crockpot.

Monday: Chicken & Rice.

Tuesday: Happy New Year! Will be making donuts and visiting the USS Iowa. Dinner: Soup & Sandwiches

Wednesday: Pesto Pork Roast

Thursday: Pizza using Bob’s Red Mill recipe, though not their flour–I’ll use their xanthan gum, though, so it’s OK, right? πŸ˜‰

Friday: Breakfast: Ham & Eggs. Dinner: Left overs & odd n ends. πŸ™‚

Saturday: Herbed Roast Beef

Sunday: Leftovers

Posted December 31, 2012 by Sara-Stanley in In the Beginning

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