Thank you for dining with us!


For the last two weeks I’ve been creating a weekly menu (Monday-Thursday, Sunday I just cook whatever I put my hands on). I got the idea hereย my first week onย Pinterest.ย I’ve found this to be very cost effective as it helps me to prepare a better shopping list as I know what I will be cooking. It also encourages me to cook! I can take out the meat the night before and put it in the fridge or the same day early in the morning because I know what I will be cooking. That way I don’t get frustrated trying to figure out what to cook and end up taking out meat too late and then dinner is also late and rushed.

This menu also makes me get creative with what I’ll be cooking as you don’t want to repeat meals too often. I’d say I spend a good half an hour or more just trying to think of meals for 4 days! Also I try not to cook too much wheat as it’s one of the foods that I’m sensitive too but I just try not to indulge too often. That means I’m left with potatoes, rice or rice pasta.

Last week’s menu looked like this:

Monday: Lamb stew with rice and peas (in Barbados, rice and peas are cooked together so in the future this is what I mean when I say rice and peas)

Tuesday: baked pork chops, macaroni pie (basically baked mac & cheese) and potato salad

Wednesday: Sautรฉed chicken strips and riceย 

Thursday: Home-made fried chicken and chips (we were travelling the next day)

This week:

Monday: “Shepherd’s Pie” (made with idaho and sweet potatoes and turkey not beef)

Tuesday: Chicken chow meinย 

Wednesday: Beef stew and rice and peas

Thursday: Spaghetti and ground beef (mixed together)

I try to think of meals that will be easy to pull together as I don’t always have a lot of time to prep and prepare meals. When I went to the supermarket on Monday, I found fresh diced onions. I jumped for joy (on the inside) and grabbed the white and red onions. This was amazing as Iย hate cutting onions, and I use them in every meal so this has made me hop into the kitchen faster. I hope to keep this up and not drop it within the next two weeks. As it is, my husband and I check each other’s schedules on Sunday to know how the week will go so I’ve added this menu planning to that. It’s so much easier to have a general idea of the week ahead instead of diving head first into it and just scrambling for the rest of the week. Hope I helped you with your planning this week :).

xx

De-cluttering


Today I started what I hope to be my week of Spring Cleaning. I cleaned the windows in the master bedroom, cleaned the master bathroom, removed all of the shoes in our closet, vacuumed and packed them neatly again while taking out pairs I know I won’t wear again to give to goodwill. I plan to go around the apartment and do at least 3 major things every day until I’m done. It will be hard but this needs to be done as we may be moving in the Summer, and I need to start getting rid of crap before. I like to hold onto paper stuff but I can easily get rid of shoes and clothes that I know I will no longer wear. It’s a process but I like to think that at least I’m not hoarding everything.

This morning I started my day with a glass of lemon water. I want to try this for the week and see if I notice a difference. I’m trying my best to not eat flour whenever possible which I attempted last week and saw a noticeable difference. I also need a detox for all of the alcohol I’ve been consuming socially recently! I’m putting a stop to that as I really need to make sure my diet is in order as I’ll no longer be training with a personal trainer at the end of next week. I want to do this on my own and be proud of my achievements. De-cluttering of body, mind and surroundings is something I need to achieve by the end of this month to move forward peacefully. I normally have an idea at the beginning of the year what the year would involve and those plans came in late but I want to be ready for everything that comes my way. And now that I know what is in store, I want to be able to not have to stress about my diet and exercise and whether or not I come home to a clean house.

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.” Abraham Lincoln

Amen to that! One day at a time is all I need right now, and all I can look forward to. Even though I get caught up in planning ahead, at least I know that the future only gets closer one day at a time and that’s the only way to tackle every obstacle that heads my way…

xx