A Look Into Our Notebooks | Week 18 in 2021

Happy Wednesday! I usually publish this post on Mondays, but this week’s blog schedule is going to be off-kilter. Something happened to our internet on Saturday afternoon and our provider was able to send someone out to fix it on Tuesday morning. Well – we had a quite detox period, let me tell you! We only stream our television viewing and don’t even have a DVD player anymore – so the kids have watched nothing since Saturday, which went much better than expected. And now it’s fixed and I’m already missing the quiet!

Last week was just strange. I completely lost my reading mojo the second half of the week which shifted the dynamics totally. And when we lost our internet over the weekend, I had to kick up my mothering mode a bit and we did even more reading aloud than usual – lots of picture books and some of our current chapter book, The Hobbit – and we did more physical playing in general. I crawled into bed each night, thankful for a rest.

My morning journaling streak is still alive – I reached the 400 day mark on Monday! That’s 400 days of waking up early, settling down with a hot drink and a pen, and filling a page with whatever is cluttering my brain. This morning marked 137 straight days of meditation, so that practice is also going strong. Stacking those two habits together has been a surefire way to keep those streaks. 

I’m trying to be more consistent about including the quotidian tasks that I complete each day: tidying, caring for the chickens, packing up lunchboxes and backpacks (for Colton), laundry, and bath times. I don’t fuss with it too much on the weekends though!

Meals last week
I’m going to start including the meals we ate for a couple of reasons: 1) to keep me accountable to meal planning; and 2) I find it endlessly helpful when real people share their own meal plans. You’ll notice a big theme in my planning: “easy”!!

  • Monday: Sesame Noodles – this is one of the easiest meals ever and everyone here loves it (even Colton!). Even better, I can usually making it without any planning because we almost always have all of the ingredients on hand. 
  • Tuesday: Tacos – simple ground turkey with all of the toppings we happened to have in the fridge: cheese, sour cream, and pickled jalapeños (my personal favorite).
  • Wednesday: Cilantro Lime Chicken – a super fast crockpot meal that is perfect with rice. It’s a massive hit here.
  • Thursday: Leftovers – we had a little bit of everything left from Monday-Wednesday, as well as some of our weekend meals to choose from (grilled chicken & potatoes and creamy Italian pork chops with egg noodles). It was easy to whip up lunches and dinners from what was in the fridge!
  • Friday: Pizza – Matthew is the pizza chef around here and I don’t know what recipe he uses for his dough. But he usually mixes it the day before and makes bulk pizza sauce from a big can of crushed tomatoes that he freezes and defrosts as needed. It’s always a success!
  • Saturday: Baked Ziti – another super simple meal that we all love. It’s creamy and cheesy and delicious! I used the ziti as the recipe instructed, but Matthew commented that he might like it better with penne regate, so noted for next time (and for you, if you’re interested in trying it).
  • Sunday: Chili – this is my favorite chili recipe and is so easy. It’s about a half an hour of putting things together in the morning and then you get to smell it warming up all day in the crockpot. We paired it with green chili and cheese cornbread and it was perfect. This might be our last chili meal until Fall, so we are definitely going to enjoy the leftovers in Frito pie form! (Frito pies = bowl of corn chips covered in chili, topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, and optional pickled jalapeños.)

I hope you find a meal here that inspires you to cook something new in the next few weeks. I usually share what I’ve been reading on Wednesdays, but it will be easy to get you all caught up next week. I’m planning to be back on Friday with a few joyful things to get back on schedule! Until then – take good care!


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  1. I am jealous that your kids will eat all of these meals! I am hoping my kid grows out of her pickiness — she really won’t eat much with any spice or flavor. And she complains about the fact that we often eat the same things for dinner all the time, but anytime I try to make something different, she complains about that, too! I’m hoping to get her more involved in the cooking this summer, with the hope that maybe if she’s done the cooking, she’ll be more likely to try something new. Making our own pizza dough is definitely on the list!

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  2. Ugh… no, internet sounds like a lovely interlude but the reality of that is not that! Ha! I am glad you survived! I love your meal planning… we had a discussion about trying to be more planned last week as well!

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  3. Ok so I am a poor Brit who has no idea what Zitis are, please could you explain? Congrats on coping with no internet. No idea how husband would cope at all. Wouldn’t bother me, I do have recorded stuff to watch and books. Not sure if the grandchildren would manage.


  4. I’ve got a 16 day meditation streak going! I have come to realize that I need it like someone would need their daily medication or vitamin. it’s making a big difference.

    So I clicked on the cilantro lime chicken thighs, which look great, but it is a grill pan recipe. How do you make it in the crock pot? I don’t use my crock pot very often so I need a precise recipe, LOL.


    1. I’m so glad you said something about the recipe, because I linked the wrong one!! Here’s the correct link and I’ll fix it in my post: https://damndelicious.net/2017/07/07/slow-cooker-cilantro-lime-chicken-freezer-meal/

      You literally throw everything in at once (except for the lime), set the crockpot on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours, and it comes out tender and delicious!

      And I’m so glad to hear that the meditation is making such a difference. It is for me, too! 16 days is incredible! Enjoy!

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  5. Your streaks are certainly going strong – yay! With I would love to start meal planning again – we got lazy about that when it was just us and we were limited for getting out for groceries. Now that Sara’s here, and we’re vaccinated, I’m ready to get back to plans. (I am almost halfway through No One Is Talking About This – we might need a conversation when I’m done!)


    1. I hope you’ll share some of your favorite recipes – I need all the inspiration I can get!

      I decided to give NOITAT 2 stars (you might have seen on GR). I’ll wait until you finish before I start spewing my hatred :p


  6. I noticed this post was missing on Monday but since I was just getting back into blogging I wasn’t sure if you were still doing it. I totally know the pain of losing internet, I’m glad it’s all back to normal now!
    I hit a 76 day journaling streak before I forgot one night but I picked it back up and we’re up to 7 so far. You are such an inspiration for me, and I really do find that a journaling practice has been really helpful, so thank you so much! I’m glad your streak is still going strong.

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    1. 76 days! Kath – that’s amazing. Truly! And I’m impressed that you immediately began again when you missed that day – that’s the hardest part.

      Thank you for your kind words – I’m so happy to hear these journaling posts have been helpful for you. I’m always a little bit worried that I’m annoying people and that they won’t care about it, but then I remind myself that people can easily choose not to read my blog!! But I’m so glad we’ve connected over the last year 🙂


    1. Thanks, Juliann! Good luck with the meal planning… it comes and goes around here, too. As the weather warms up, we tend to go with sandwiches for most meals. I’m hoping to keep things a little more interesting this year!


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