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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes stir fry, cheeseburgers and biscuits with gravy! Come see what else we're cooking up in the kitchen.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 2-19-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan includes stir fry, cheeseburgers and biscuits with gravy! Come see what else we’re cooking up in the kitchen.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes stir fry, cheeseburgers and biscuits with gravy! Come see what else we're cooking up in the kitchen.

We are finally over the hump of another round of odd sickness. Even I had three days straight of some strange bowel thing. I am pretty much over this winter and will welcome spring with open arms any time.

It actually feels like spring this weekend (hooray for lots of time outside in the sun!!). But I know it’s not here to stay.

Fun in the Kitchen

Slowly but surely we’ve been finding more time for fun in the kitchen. Last week we even made a couple batches of play-doh! The kids had a blast with that.

This week I hope to find time to make a pie (since my husband has been asking for pie for a couple months now). I might have to make a new batch of graham crackers too. We’ve been enjoying them (a lot!). This time I want to make my pumpkin spice version.

Healthy Living

In case you haven’t seen it yet I wanted to be sure you heard about The Thyroid Secret coming up in March. I know so many women who are impacted by thyroid problems (including myself). I can’t wait to tune in. Sign up HERE so you don’t miss it.

Nourishing Food

I’m planning simple meals as always. But still focusing on nutrition. If you don’t already come follow me on Instagram and get a better look at what we eat throughout the week.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for this week. What are you eating to nourish yourself and your kids?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan includes stir fry, cheeseburgers and biscuits with gravy! Come see what else we're cooking up in the kitchen.

Sunday
B – coffee cake, yogurt
L – crockpot roast beef, potatoes, carrots
D – hot dogs, veggies with dip, chips
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – cereal, fruit | toast with sunbutter, fruit
D – chicken noodle soup, muffins
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – sweet and sour beef stir fry over rice
prep: boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled egg, toast
D – cheeseburgers, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – breakfast cookies, fruit
D – pork chops, buttered noodles, beans
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – biscuits and sausage gravy, peas, peaches
prep: 
notes: 

Saturday
B – biscuits and gravy, peaches
D – Kids’ choice and kids prep (TBD…)
prep: make pumpkin spice graham crackers, bake cherry pie
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting over sickness (again!) and continuing to restock our homemade pantry staples. And of course we'll celebrate Valentine's Day! It's a great excuse to show love.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 2-12-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting over sickness (again!) and continuing to restock our homemade pantry staples. And of course we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day! It’s a great excuse to show love.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting over sickness (again!) and continuing to restock our homemade pantry staples. And of course we'll celebrate Valentine's Day! It's a great excuse to show love.

Not Again…

Fever strikes again. Didn’t we just get through a round of this? I keep telling myself…we’re half way through February. Just a few more weeks until the weather starts to shift and we can get outside more and get rid of the sick germs.

So far it’s only one child. We’ll see if it spreads or not.

Working Light

I’m keeping my kitchen work fairly light just in case others get sick. If we end up with extra time we can add in some fun baking projects, like chocolate chip cookies and homemade Golden Grahams®.

You may notice that the blog is pretty quiet lately. I’m hard at work on other projects. Hopefully in time I’ll be able to share more recipes and natural health posts with you. In the mean time you can browse through my hundreds of recipes and check out this Women’s Wellness series over at Kitchen Stewardship. It is amazing!

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. I’m still trying to think of a special Valentine’s Day treat. Maybe some homemade chocolates. What’s on your menu?

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting over sickness (again!) and continuing to restock our homemade pantry staples. And of course we'll celebrate Valentine's Day! It's a great excuse to show love.

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | toast with sunbutter, fruit
L – crockpot ham, scalloped potatoes, beans
D – hot dogs, veggies w/ dip, chips
prep: make chocolates
notes: easy/early dinner?

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot split pea soup with ham, muffins, crackers with cheese
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – bagel with cream cheese, fruit
D – IP mac ‘n’ cheese with ham, roasted cauliflower
prep: bake cookies, boil eggs
notes:

Wednesday
B – hard boiled egg, toast
D – chicken, noodle, pea casserole, roasted purple cabbage
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – cereal, fruit
D – pumpkin meatballs over buttered noodles, broccoli
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – scrambled eggs and sausage, coffee cake, roasted carrots
prep: bake coffee cake
notes: 

Saturday
B – coffee cake, eggs, fruit
D – squash and sausage soup, biscuits
prep: make biscuits
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include our usual activities, Super Bowl and restocking my pantry with homemade staples.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 2-5-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include our usual activities, Super Bowl and restocking my pantry with homemade staples.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include our usual activities, Super Bowl and restocking my pantry with homemade staples.

Getting Back in the Kitchen

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to do much baking. But it’s something that I LOVE to do! And since I’m trying to focus on a little self-care and making time for things I enjoy I went on a little baking Frenzy Friday afternoon (when my little one would not nap again!).

I made two batches of breakfast cookies, brownies and chocolate chip bars. And it made me realize I haven’t made some of our staples in a while. I want to restock. So this week I’m hoping to make a batch of graham crackers and granola bars. Maybe next week I’ll make homemade Golden Grahams®.

I’m also hoping to make corn bread and homemade tortillas this week. Though we’ll see how things go. That’s a lot to fit into an already busy week!

We’re Expanding

We continue to try new foods for my kids as they heal. Last week we reintroduced oats for my son. And my toddler tried carrots. No noticeable reactions for either!!

This is a HUGE step for my toddler. She has reacted to all roots (carrots, potatoes, garlic, onion, beet, etc.) since she was nine months old. I am ecstatic to be adding some back!! I’ll give carrots another week or so and then try another. Maybe potatoes.

Putting on my Writing Cap

Now that it’s February I’m trying to dig my heals in and write my new book! The hardest part is getting started. My goal is to have the book totally ready by the end of March. So I need to get going! Pardon the silence on the blog while I work on the book.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. Of course we’re starting with fun party food. How about you? Any game day treats?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include our usual activities, Super Bowl and restocking my pantry with homemade staples.

MENU

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | breakfast cookies, fruit
L – crockpot pork chops, rice, peas
D – IP mac ‘n’ cheese, 7 layer dip and guacamole with chips, crackers with cheese, jello
prep: make granola bars
notes: 

Monday
B – granola bars, yogurt
D – beef vegetable soup, crackers with cheese
prep: boil eggs
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – IP chili, corn bread
prep: bake corn bread
notes:

Wednesday
B – bagels with cream cheese
D – sloppy joes, roasted potatoes, broccoli
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – cereal, fruit | breakfast cookies, fruit
D – tacos, beans, spinach
prep: make tortillas
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – pancakes, bacon, peas and carrots
prep: 
notes: 

Saturday
B – pancakes, bacon, fruit
D – at birthday party
prep: make graham crackers
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include easy meals, time with friends and my first trip to Aldi!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 1-29-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include easy meals, time with friends and my first trip to Aldi!This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include easy meals, time with friends and my first trip to Aldi!

Everyone is back to normal. How wonderful to have kids eating and sleeping regularly again.

A First…or Second

This week we don’t have much going on out of the ordinary. Though I am super excited to try Aldi! It’s actually my second time…but my first time was about eight years ago. I know things have changed a lot since then. I’m really hoping I find good stuff and can start saving some money by shopping there.

In the Kitchen

We have yet to find time to bake a pie. That idea was put on the back burner during sickness. Maybe this week since we are having guests. It’s great motivation. I also have to brainstorm Super Bowl snacks for next Sunday. My husband likes to have munchies to watch. Got any good recipes?

Last week was pretty exciting as my toddler ate both homemade ice cream and sardines with no noticeable reactions! Raw cream and sardines are two super nutrient foods. It makes this mama very happy.

I am still working on recipe creating for my new book! A few to go and then it’s time to start writing.

As usual I’m going with simple meals this week. Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan. What are you eating?This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include easy meals, time with friends and my first trip to Aldi!

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit
L – crockpot meatloaf, roasted potatoes, peas
D – leftover pizza, veggies with dip, jello
prep: make jello 
notes: 

Monday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot hobo dinners, pearsauce
prep: boil eggs
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, fruit
D – cheeseburgers, carrot fries, roasted potatoes, spinach
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – bagels with cream cheese, fruit
D – spaghetti, garlic toast, salad
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, fruit
D – honey herb chicken, roasted red cabbage, rice
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – roast beef, scalloped potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, peas, pearsauce
prep: bake pie, make ice cream
notes: 

Saturday
B – scrambled eggs, toast, fruit
D – waffles, sausage, broccoli
prep: 
notes:

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Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Spice Cake

Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Sometimes you just need chocolate. Am I right?

And sometimes you need dark chocolate…with a twist.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Something New

I recently got to try the new Stonyfield double cream yogurt and some fun spices from Simply Organic. I paired these unlikely sidekicks in a unique dark chocolate spice cake.

The cake is very mildly sweet with a hint of spice. But plenty of chocolate!Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Kid-Friendly

My kids couldn’t get enough. I thought they would be hesitant to try chocolate with cumin added. Boy, was I wrong. They could hardly wait for me to take pictures before they tried it.

And of course they all wanted to help make the cake. My toddler did a lot of sampling.

I also added some mini chocolate chips (this is the brand we love because it is allergen free) to provide another burst of chocolate and some texture.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Change It Up

We enjoyed it plain as a light dessert. Dark chocolate spice cake would also be very good topped with a simple butter cream or homemade ice cream (vanilla, chocolate or salted dark chocolate would all be great choices!).Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Yogurt and Spice and Everything Nice

I’m so glad we got to try the double cream yogurt from Stonyfield. It is just what it says…double the cream (you know I’m always in favor of more healthy fat!). It’s like yogurt and sour cream had a baby…super creamy and mildly tangy. The perfect combination.

On the down side now regular yogurt (even though we buy full fat) doesn’t seem as creamy.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

I’ve been using Simply Organic spices for quite some time now. But I’m pretty boring. I stick the same basic herbs and spices. So I was excited to see some unique blends like adobo and garam masala. Looks like I’ll be doing more experimenting!Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Allergy Friendly

If you’re looking for a chocolate-y treat that won’t give you sugar overload try my gluten free dark chocolate spice cake. It is loaded with healthy fat and real ingredients but free of gluten, nuts and eggs.

Have you ever mixed chocolate and spice? What combination would you try?Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Spice Cake
Serves 12
A mildly sweet dark chocolate cake that combines cocoa, cumin and cinnamon for a unique twist.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white rice flour
  2. 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp. cumin
  6. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  7. 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  8. 2 tsp. grassfed gelatin
  9. 1/4 cup cold water
  10. 1/4 cup hot water
  11. 1/2 cup Stonyfield Double Cream Yogurt
  12. 2 Tbsp. honey
  13. 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8" baking dish.
  2. Combine the gelatin and 1/4 cup cold water. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, cumin, salt and baking powder.
  4. Add the 1/4 cup hot water to the gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.
  5. Add the gelatin water, yogurt and honey to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 min.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes
  1. Serve plain or topped with ice cream, butter cream or vanilla yogurt.
  2. For extra flavor mix whole raspberries into the batter before baking.
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 I am working with Stonyfield Yogurt and Simply Organic spices on this post. I have not been paid to provide positive comments.Do you ever mix savory and sweet? This dark chocolate spice cake combines dark cocoa with cumin and cinnamon for a unique yet satisfying flavor.

In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. It will not change the cost of any products or services for you.

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include catching up in the kitchen and getting back to regular activities.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week of 1-22-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include catching up in the kitchen and getting back to regular activities.This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include catching up in the kitchen and getting back to regular activities.

Last Sunday I posted that we were over the hump with sickness. I guess I was wrong. It continued on for the rest of the week. The girls seemed to have a regression every other day. I’m praying it’s gone for good and we can get back to normal this week. I have a lot to catch up on!

Back to Busy

This week we start back up with Kindermusik two days a week. So that adds a bit more busyness to our schedule. But it’s good to have all three kids learning music again.

We skipped most of our kitchen work last week due to illness. Maybe this week we’ll finally get to make pie and ice cream!

Recipes Galore

I’m also still working hard on my new book. Hopefully soon I’ll have all of the recipes created and photographed so I can start writing!!

Here is our kid-friendly real food menu for this week. Lots of staple meals for us. What’s on your menu?

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include catching up in the kitchen and getting back to regular activities.

Sunday
B – cereal, fruit | toast with sunbutter, fruit
L – crockpot pork roast, potatoes, carrots
D – grilled cheese, roasted purple cabbage, smoothies
prep: boil eggs
notes: 

Monday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast, fruit
D – porcupine meatballs, broccoli, peaches
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – tacos, beans
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – bagel with cream cheese
D – sweet and sour pork stir fry over rice
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – toast with sunbutter, fruit
D – squash and sausage soup, muffins
prep: kids cook sausage, kids bake muffins
notes:

Friday
B – yogurt, granola bar
D – pancake and sausage muffins, roasted cauliflower, fresh fruit
prep: kids bake pie, kids make ice cream
notes: 

Saturday
B – pancake and sausage muffins, fruit
D – sausage, pepper and olive pizza, salad
prep: kids make pizza dough, kids make salad dressing
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include getting everyone back to full health, spending lots of time in the kitchen and filling the freezer with pork.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 1-15-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include getting everyone back to full health, spending lots of time in the kitchen and filling the freezer with pork.

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include getting everyone back to full health, spending lots of time in the kitchen and filling the freezer with pork.

I’m happy to start a new week! Last week we had a yucky virus run through all the kids (partly while my husband was out of town!). Thankfully everyone is past the worst of it and getting back to normal.

Kids In The Kitchen.

This week I’m anxious to get in the kitchen and do some baking and recipe creating. It feels like it’s been a while. My oldest is asking to do more and more in the kitchen too. So I need to give her some challenges. I think this week it will be making pie crust!!

That specific skill isn’t covered in Kids Cook Real Food, but all of the necessary skills to try it are. The kids can all use more practice measuring and following a recipe.

Find out how you can teach your kids to cook here!

New In The Kitchen.

We also get our pork order for the year this week. I’ll be happy to have my freezer stocked again. It’s always good to have more options when meal planning.

Slowly but surely I’m plugging along with my new cookbook. My kids sure are enjoying the process! I can’t wait to share the finished product with you. Hopefully I can find the time to complete it!!

Here is our kid-friendly real food menu for the week. Lots of fun, kid-friendly and nourishing foods. What’s on your menu?

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda include getting everyone back to full health, spending lots of time in the kitchen and filling the freezer with pork.

MENU

Sunday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
L – crockpot beef roast, seasoned rice, cauliflower
D – chicken noodle soup, chocolate spice muffins
prep: bake muffins, boil eggs, chop veggies
notes: 

Monday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast
D – beef stew, crackers with cheese or muffins
prep: soak oats and teff
notes:

Tuesday
B – oatmeal/porridge with blueberrires
D – cheesy chicken, broccoli and rice, roasted cauliflower
prep:
notes:

Wednesday
B – cereal, fruit
D – crockpot stuffed cabbage unrolls, pearsauce
prep:
notes: prep ahead dinner

Thursday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – crockpot pork roast, roasted zucchini, roasted potatoes
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – toast with sunbutter, smoothies
D – sausage and cheese quiche, muffins or biscuits, squash, peaches
prep: make pie crust, make cherry pie, skim cream, make ice cream
notes: 

Saturday
B – quiche, muffins, fruit
D – homemade pizza with sausage and peppers, smoothies, salad
prep: make pizza crust, chop veggies
notes:

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on fun in the kitchen, homeschooling and new activities. It's going to be a busy week!

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 1-8-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on fun in the kitchen, homeschooling and new activities. It’s going to be a busy week!

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on fun in the kitchen, homeschooling and new activities. It's going to be a busy week!

It’s a new week. A week for new experiences on the farm. Although we are finding farm life is a lot of work (and we don’t even have animals or a garden!) we love it. I am so grateful we get to call this place home. We even went cross-country skiing across the property yesterday!

Back To School!

We enjoyed our first week back to school last week. All the kids are having fun learning (or at least that’s what they tell me). This week we add piano lessons, Spanish immersion co-op and one-on-one Spanish conversations to the mix.

Cooking Up A Storm.

We’ve been busy in the kitchen getting back to work with the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse. My kids never want to miss an opportunity to help in the kitchen. Last week we practiced flipping skills and made pancakes. I think this week I’ll have my eight year old make cheeseburgers for dinner one night to keep perfecting her skills.

I’ve been enjoying experimenting with food photography in our new house. I’ve got lots of recipes to create and photos to take for my upcoming book!! Stay tuned for more details.

Kid-Friendly Food.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. Lots of delicious food kids love and that they can help make!

Have a wonderful week full of healthy food.

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on fun in the kitchen, homeschooling and new activities. It's going to be a busy week!

Sunday
B – cereal, friut | cabbage, cheese, scones
L – crockpot roast chicken, mashed potatoes, beans
D – hot dogs and brats, peppers and cauliflower with dip, chips, carob sunbutter smoothies
prep: 
notes: 

Monday
B – toast with sunbutter, blueberry smoothies
D – cheeseburgers, french fries, peas
prep: 
notes:

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola bars
D – chicken noodle soup, muffins, smoothies
prep: bake muffins
notes:

Wednesday
B – chocolate “milkshakes”, bagel with cream cheese
D – grilled cheese, sauteed broccoli, smoothies
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – sunbutter filled dates, squash cherry smoothies
D – sloppy joes, sauteed nappa cabbage, jello
prep: soak oats and teff
notes:

Friday 
B – oatmeal |teff porridge with blueberries
D – quiche, muffins, roasted cauliflower
prep: make pie crust, bake cherry pie
notes: 

Saturday 
B – quiche, muffins
D – pumpkin pasta, garlic bread, spinach, beans
prep: make homemade pasta?
notes:

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Every year I take steps towards breaking the chains of anxiety and OCD. Every year I learn more about myself and grow closer to God. This year...I'm going all in.

Going All In This Year

Every year I take steps towards breaking the chains of anxiety and OCD. Every year I learn more about myself and grow closer to God. This year…I’m going all in.

Every year I take steps towards breaking the chains of anxiety and OCD. Every year I learn more about myself and grow closer to God. This year...I'm going all in.

2016 was quite a year. There were so many amazing things that happened (I wrote about it here).

That doesn’t mean 2017 will be a let down. Far from it! I have some fun goals for this year. More importantly, God has good plans for me.

Fun Things Ahead.

Here are a few of the things I want to accomplish this year:

  1. Write a new book! I already have the topic. I just need to find time to make it happen. You’ll be the first to know when it’s ready.
  2. Settle into a home school routine. We’re starting fresh this year now that my son is home too. So we’ll be seeing what does and doesn’t work, figuring out the best layout for our classroom and finding some fun ways to learn.
  3. Have fewer doctor appointments. I am thankful that lately this hasn’t been too much of an issue. My daughter is now going to the orthodontist only once every six weeks. And we’re still deciding if she needs to continue with the functional neurologist. Aside from that it’s just regular check ups or a trip to the ped if a child is really sick. My goal is no allergist appointments this year!!
  4. Get the house totally unpacked and settled. I’m amazed at how much we accomplished in three weeks here. We’re down to odds and ends boxes left to unpack. We’re still adding a few decor items.
  5. Adjust to farm life. I think come spring it will hit me a little more that we live on a farm. We’ll be cleaning the barn, starting a garden and hopefully getting chickens. Maybe a few bunnies too. Then reality will sink in!
  6. Make new friends. It’s my priority this year to make sure my kids have plenty of interaction with friends even though we home school. Plus we want to meet the people that live around us and develop new friendships when we find a new home church. It’s exciting and scary for this shy introvert!
  7. Spend more time together as a family. Now that we don’t have cable, we’re not as busy and we home school my prayer is that we have a lot more family time. We’re already trying to figure out where to go on vacation! I’m including in this extended family too – just yesterday I talked on the phone with my dad for a while. He broke his knee cap and had surgery a few days ago. I don’t live near by so I can’t really help much, but I can talk to him!
  8. Make sleep a priority. I probably say this every year. But I really mean it. I know it is the missing piece to my health puzzle. Now that my toddler has been sleeping through the night regularly for a month I am amazed at how much better I feel. I need to allow myself to sleep in sometimes and go to bed early sometimes. To-do lists can wait. I kicked this off yesterday with a nice Sunday afternoon nap. And going to bed early!

Setting My Sights High.

Probably my biggest goal is to finally slam the door shut on my anxiety and OCD that I’ve battled for years. I have made huge progress on them over the past ten years. But I’m ready to say goodbye completely.

This is only possible by the grace of God. Last year he laid it on my heart to be fearless. And that is my goal heading into 2017 as well. Following God’s path is not always easy, but it leads to blessing beyond measure.

Every year I take steps towards breaking the chains of anxiety and OCD. Every year I learn more about myself and grow closer to God. This year...I'm going all in.

My Words This Year.

Every year I pick a word for the year to focus on (or should I say God picks a word for me). This year I have two:

FEARLESS

HUMBLE

Last year I felt lots of change coming. This year feels like it will be calmer. But still big. I anticipate more time just being still and quiet instead of constantly on the go. I look forward to the blessings and surprises God has in store for myself and for my family. And I pray that I will approach everything fearlessly and with humility.

Lest I question this choice, my sister-in-law bought me a “Be Fearless.” sign for Christmas and just yesterday after I had just finished writing this post my toddler was walking around saying “humble, humble, humble…”. Sometimes God speaks loud and clear!

This year I’m going all in. I pray God will guide me through the challenges and the joys that lie ahead.

Do you have any goals for this year? I’d love to hear about them!!

Every year I take steps towards breaking the chains of anxiety and OCD. Every year I learn more about myself and grow closer to God. This year...I'm going all in.

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This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting back into routines, starting school and making nourishing food.

Kid-Friendly Real Food Meal Plan Week Of 1-1-17

This week’s kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting back into routines, starting school and making nourishing food.

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting back into routines, starting school and making nourishing food.

Happy New Year!! It’s hard to believe we’re at the start of a new year.

Getting Back On Track.

For now I’m focusing on the new week. And I’m so excited to get back into routines and start school again. The kids are too! We have so much to learn and explore, including new presents.

I’m hoping to get my New Year’s goals posted soon. Bear with me…life has been slightly busy. At least I did get my end of year thoughts written out.

Getting Back In The Kitchen.

This week I’m going to try my new instant pot (only my third time!), make frosting for cupcakes (for an event) and use some of our new beef (just got a freezer full of beef a few days before Christmas).

I am making sure we start the year with good nutrition. A great way to do that is by adding more broth to our diet. GAPS Diet Journey is hosting a 30 day broth challenge if you need a little help making it one of your goals.

Sign up for the broth challenge here.

I’m trying to get my kids in kitchen too with the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse.

You can check out the FREE knife skills classes here!

Kid-Friendly Meal Plans.

Here is our kid-friendly real food meal plan for the week. You may notice it looks slightly different. I still eat rotationally for the most part, but I know it can be confusing and overwhelming for others to see. So I’ll leave that part out for you. And as we expand our diet I’ll have more variety on the menu as well. Enjoy!

What’s on your menu this week? Did you include any broth?

This week's kid-friendly real food meal plan and agenda focus on getting back into routines, starting school and making nourishing food.

Sunday
B – toast with sunbutter, clementines
L – crockpot roast beef, carrots, potatoes
D – beef and broccoli stir fry over rice
prep: make broth, grind and soak teff, make gummies, boil eggs
notes: 

Monday
B – hard boiled eggs, toast | leftover stir fry
D – goulash, beans, peas, applesauce
prep: make teff crackers
notes: 

Tuesday
B – yogurt, granola, fruit
D – beef vegetable soup, crackers with cheese
prep: make frosting, soak oats
notes: early dinner

Wednesday
B – oatmeal/porridge, fruit | leftover soup
D – IP meatballs, broccoli, buttered noodles
prep:
notes:

Thursday
B – cereal, fruit | leftover meatballs, broccoli
D – tacos, peas
prep: 
notes:

Friday
B – toast with sunbutter, banana avoacdo shakes
D – roast chicken, roasted purple cabbage, roasted potatoes
prep: 
notes: prep ahead dinner

Saturday
B – fried eggs, toast, fruit
D – pumpkin chili, chocolate zucchini scones
prep: bake scones
notes:

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