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Grace Week and Parties

David’s birthday was last week, so the menu planning was all about his birthday dinner…

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He wanted paleo shepherd’s pie and blondies. And that’s what we had 🙂 It was great! The rest of the week consisted of a big pot of chicken soup.

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The rest of the week looked like chicken salads…

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Or a plate like this (ready in 10 minutes)…

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I call that “grace week.” What is that?? It’s where I cook with no plans. Take a week off from menu making 🙂

We also both have been sick and we are happy to be feeling better finally! Hoping everyone stays well! This was our first sickness really this season. I conveniently had a lot of turkey broth to drown the sickness in… And I also bought a more natural remedy…

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I made sure to hydrate with herbal teas, get in probiotics (kraut and kombucha), and that syrup pictured above. I took Mucinex once and Benadryl twice. I was curious to see how my body handled sickness now that my gut health is better. Although I knew this bug was a tough one from friends, so patience was a big part. And a sick day and a half. Beauty of a real job now!

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We got our Christmas cards! How exciting is that… I can’t wait to send them out 🙂 My sweet friend Jamie took the photos and made the cards, I love them. Merry Christmas to you all 🙂

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Have y’all finished decorating?? I still have a few things I intended to put out but I guess they will just stay in the box. David did surprise me with that Scensy! I have had my eye on it since my friend showed me her Scensy book… But talked myself out of it. Well David walked in with it last week. Love him 🙂

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Leo still loves our tree 😉

Okay, now menu time before it’s a grace week all over again!

Weekly Menu
Breakfast Options
Bacon, eggs, and frozen fruit; a new recipe for paleo granola; spice muffins towards the end of the week
Monday
L- Chicken soup (recipe here)
D- Taco salads with cauliflower rice, salsa, and avocado
Tuesday
L- Taco salads
D- Short ribs with carrots and greens (using a recipe from Against All Grain)
Wednesday
L- leftover short ribs with sautéed greens and carrots
D- Meatballs and cabbage with sweet potatoes
Thursday
L- Meatball leftovers
D- meatball salads with roasted veggies
Friday
L- Beef stir fry
D- paleo pizza
The Weekend
More Christmas parties 🙂

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Got that at the Candor Christmas parties for the ladies… Pjs and an ornament swap. Scored the bacon and eggs 🙂

Y’all have a great week!!

Happy December!

Can you believe Thanksgiving has come and gone and now we are 25 days from Christmas 🙂 This is our first year in our home, so we were so excited to get some outdoor decorations for the front porch. And of course a tree!

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Leo thinks the tree is cozy… And thinks the tree skirt is a new bed 😉

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Our front porch has garland, lights, and wreaths!

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David and I had a wonderful paleo Thanksgiving at my parents’ farm. I made the stuffing and pecan pie then helped my sister cook when we got there! Here are some pictures from Thanksgiving.

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The pie had some… Chocolate chips in it 😉

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It was a wonderful dinner… And since we got the turkey locally from Goose Pond Farm, I made some good turkey stock!

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It gelled beautifully… And filled up my 6 blue Mason jars my mom gave me.

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When a broth gels… It is a big deal! I was so excited… My grandma thought I was awesome and my parents thought I was crazy. Check out this gelatin rich broth… Talk about some healing power in it.


The jar version grosses people out (that whole jiggle haha) but I just put a jar full in a pot with celery and carrots. Warmed it all up and enjoyed. So good… And perfect for this cold I have.

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So that was Thanksgiving 🙂 Now what to have this week!

Weekly Menu
Monday
B- Buffalo Chicken muffins from Balanced Bites and avocado
L- Leftover paleo pizza and a salad
D- Roast with celery, beets, onions, and sweet potatoes (crock pot all day)
Tuesday
B- No grain-ola by David with almond milk and berries
L- Chicken wraps with collards
D- Kale sauté with roast
Wednesday
B- Buffalo Chicken muffins with some berries
L- Roast leftovers
D- Taco salad
Thursday
B- Last of the muffins with berries
L- Taco salad
D- Cabbage sauté with bacon and sweet potatoes
Friday
B- Paleo parfait
L- Taco salad
D- Cabbage sauté leftovers
Weekend Ideas
B- Waffles… a market hash… this coffee cake
L- Rainbow collard wraps… Chili
D- Chili with “corn”bread… Crockpot something

That’s it! Hopefully you have a great menu ready for the week too 😉 Happy December!