Happy Monday, everyone!!
It's been a long, busy, but great weekend! I think we are all finally getting over our sicknesses and we're on the mend!
Friday I made a double batch of chili with our abundance of tomatoes! And, freezing the tomatoes works!! The skins came off just like "butta" and worked out great in the chili! Rock on!! I'm hoping to harvest all of our carrots today and start the process of blanching them and then freezing them, as well. We've already done all of our corn and have a few more cucumbers to eat. We have already picked lots and lots of apples from our trees, too, and I've made quite a bit of applesauce, but more apples are coming on, so in the next couple weeks our house will smell like cinnamon, again!!
Over the past week, I 've gone through all the kids clothes and shoes, pulled out all the summer ones and packed away all the 'too small' ones and realized they were in need of some more fall clothes and shoes---no better place to start than the thrift stores!! So, Saturday we all ventured out! Mark had to do some work on our other house, so the kids and I enjoyed a day of thrift store shopping! My favorite Value Village is just a couple blocks away from our other house, so the kids and I walked over there and found LOADS of awesome stuff!! Sooooo exciting!! We had a picnic in the park after that, and while Mark finished up, the kids and I went up to the Goodwill and scored on some more great items! It was a great day!!
Yesterday Mark and I worked hard in the kids' room. We pulled out Lukie's "big boy bed!" He's been sleeping in a toddler bed, but to make more room in the closet, we pulled out the single bed and set it up for him. He was so excited! We also pulled out lots of other things, re-organized them and got to work on several other projects in the house. Most of these projects are half-done, but they have all been started and we'll get to them during the week! It was a very productive day! After naps, we went to a local Harvest Fair and the kids had a great time seeing the animals, taking a hay ride and Ava got to ride a horse! Good times!
Since my 3 weeks of meal delivery is over (what a blessing it was!!!!), it's time to get back to meal planning!!! Here's what I've got on tap for the week:
Monday: Chicken Pasta Primavera (recipe HERE) and I'm going to make THESE buttery rolls today to go with it
Tuesday: Meatloaf (already made in the freezer), Baked potatoes and fresh corn from the garden
Wednesday: Chicken Curry and white rice
Thursday: Homemade Mac and Cheese (already made in the freezer), Polish Sausage, green beans
Friday: Quick Homemade Pizza
Hope everyone has a great, productive and frugal week!! :-)