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Meal Planning {Week of November 26}

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and some extra time off to spend with family and friends.

We had an easy, low key Thanksgiving. We started the day off by spontaneously deciding to run a local 5k Turkey Trot as a family. We had a great time and the kids surprised me with how much their endurance has improved. Of course, there was most definitely lots of whining and complaining during that 3.1 miles. They are six years old after all! I ran/walked mostly with my son as he took off at the start line. Ron stuck with our daughter. She ended up getting 3rd place in her age group. She was quite excited about that. Until she learned she didn’t get a prize for it. Boo!


Four days off from work, blogging and overall being lazy went by way too fast. But I had a great time so that’s all that matters. Edited to add: I just noticed that I titled this with the wrong date. Hahaha! I had my fill of turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted side dishes, dips and pumpkin pie. In fact, I made my first ever pumpkin pie. Actually it was a Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream and it was I used Frontier Co-op Vietnamese Cinnamon and I swear it takes every recipe to the next level. I will be making that again for sure.


Now it’s back to the regular grind. Or at least semi regular because the Holiday season is in full force now. I always say I’m going to start Christmas shopping in October so I’ll be done before Thanksgiving. Well guess what? It didn’t happen again this year. Lol!

A good place to start to make it feel like it’s back to normal eating is with meal planning.

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Salmon + Roasted Asparagus

Monday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday

Wednesday: Crockpot Whole Chicken + roasted butternut squash and purple potatoes

Thursday: Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole

Friday: Pizza night

Saturday: Leftovers/wing it!

How was your Thanksgiving?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?


Meal Planning {Week of November 20}

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I still can’t wrap my head around that Thanksgiving is this week.

Wasn’t it just Labor Day?

I know I saw this a lot but time is on warp speed and it needs to s-l-o-w down.

We had a few days of unseasonably warm temps which didn’t help in facing the fact that it’s mid November. It felt more like September except there’s no leaves on the trees. So maybe it’s better to say it felt like April? Either way, it was pretty fantastic to wear shorts on my runs.

Speaking of runs, I’m feeling the pull to do an ultramarathon. I never, ever thought I’d say I’d do one but I’ve been running with new friends who are going in that direction. I haven’t had the best luck with marathons on the road but my body feels so much better on trails. And the trail running community is just so laid back and cool. I almost committed to a 50 miler yesterday while running with new friends (can you say peer pressure? Lol). But it turns out that I’ll be gone to a wedding the weekend that it is. It did get me thinking though…

It’s Sunday so that means it’s meal planning day. I’ll have to sit down and fully plan out what we’ll be having for Thanksgiving dinner later today. I would happily have all side dishes but Ron and the kids are asking for turkey. I’m sure some of THESE recipes will make it to the table.

Sunday: Salmon + Butternut Squash Apple and Cranberry Bake

Monday: Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday!

Wednesday: Veggie stir fry + Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls

Thursday: Thanksgiving

Friday: T-day leftovers

Saturday:  Date night

What’s for dinner at your house this week?


Meal Planning {Week of November 13}

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I hope you are having a fantastic weekend enjoying whatever it is you like. I had a great run with friends yesterday morning. It was my first long run in 5 weeks! It’s hard to come back after a sinus infection that had me glued to the couch or bed on more days than not. But you have to start somewhere, right?

Besides running, I cleaned out my kid’s playroom (finally!), did a little shopping and settled in for family game night and a movie. Today is my son’s last flag football game of the season (yay…we are all so glad it’s over with!). Fingers crossed we’ll be able to take a little walk in the woods in the afternoon. Not the most exciting weekend, but low key weekends are the best. Plus, after the roller coaster week of emotions, it felt good to be kind of lazy.

It’s Sunday, so it’s meal planning day.

Here’s what’s for dinner this week

Sunday: Roasted Salmon + massaged Kale, apples and goat cheese salad

Monday: Butternut Squash Apple Soup + grilled cheese sandwiches

Tuesday: Fish Tacos

Wednesday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili

Thursday: Pesto Chicken + roasted asparagus and baby potatoes

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night

Saturday:  Wing it!

What’s for dinner at your house this week?