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Planning for the Week, Meals, Freezer Cooking & Home Projects

Good Morning Friends!

I am working on my first cup of coffee, desperately trying to shake the Benadryl fog I woke up in this morning. We are at the peak of my worst allergy season, tree pollen and the last few days have been rough.


I use Monday mornings to plan the rest of my week. I like looking at the fresh slate of a new week spread out before me. I sit down with coffee, colorful pens, and my Erin Condren planner and start drafting up a general idea of what my week will look like. And this week I thought I would share my weekly planning here with you.

On my reading pile…. 

I am currently chipping away at a Mystery Suspense that actually isn’t all that great while I wait for a copy of Kind Is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously, by Candace Cameron Bure to come in from the library. The Amazon description reads:

As a woman in today’s world, you know what it’s like to feel pressure on all sides from clashing cultural expectations. How can you stay true to who God has uniquely created you to be in the face of the script you’ve been given? What’s more, how can you stand your ground with grace?

The classy confidence you know and love—whether it’s on set at Full House or Fuller House, Dancing with the Stars, The View, or Candace’s Hallmark films—is no act. But it hasn’t come easy. In fact, learning to stay true to herself with grace has been one of the biggest fights of Candace’s life.

The secret, she has learned, is kindness: it’s classy, unexpected, even counter-cultural, and ultimately wins the day.

In Kind Is the New Classy, Candace reveals the thought patterns and practices that have empowered her to stay centered in who she is while practicing radical graciousness toward others. Whether you’re navigating major life choices, questions of calling and career, relationships, or personal goals, this book will show you how to

Kind Is the New Classy is your permission to go off-script, to say goodbye to society’s “should’s”, and to step into a new way to flourish as a woman today.

Because I have only read 1 other book by Candace Cameron Bure I also went ahead and put a few of her other books on hold, which will most likely be in before Kind is the New Classy.

What I am Working On….

This week I have a few irons in the fire as far as blog work goes. I have found myself in a dinner rut, and I am focused on getting myself out of it,  so, my personal theme for the week seems to be meal planning, grocery shopping and budgeting, and meal prep. So I am just going to roll with it and work on blog posts for The Vintage Housewife that fit into those categories. Look for posts on my favorite vintage dinnerware, freezer cooking, and meal planning next week!

On the menu for this week….

Monday: BLTs and pasta salad
Tuesday: Tacos, Mexican Rice, and corn
Wednesday: Ham and Cheese Tortellini, and broccoli
Thursday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches, fruit, and salad
Friday: Pork and Pepper Stir Fry
Saturday: Prom Night, Dinner Out with Friends
Sunday: BBQ Chicken, Salt Potatoes and fruit salad

For the Freezer:
2 batches of Mongolian Beef and Green Beans
2 batches of Chicken Parmigiana
2 batches of Chicken Stir Fry Kits


On my to-do list…. 

  • Get Laundry Caught Up (I’m so far behind)
  • Place Grocery Order
  • Shop for last-minute prom stuff with my oldest daughter
  • Clean Fridge
  • Clean Car
  • Freezer Cooking (Thursday)

Looking forward to this week…. 

Prom!!! My oldest daughter is going to her first prom! She is actually going with her boyfriend who lives in a different school district, and his mother is hosting a “pre-prom party” for the 4 couples who are going and their families. I am really looking forward to the whole day of hair, make-up, and pictures.

I am excited to tackle my first freezer cooking day in a long time. I have set aside a little bit of money on top of my typical weekly grocery budget for 6 freezer meals, that will be served throughout the course of the rest of the month. I bought the book Seriously Good Freezer Meals hoping this will be something I can implement in coming weeks/months to help tame my grocery budget and eliminate mealtime stress.

Looking around the house….

The realization that my kids only have 6 more weeks of school occurred to me this morning, and I still have plenty of projects around the house that need tackling. This week I will be putting together a plan to check off these large projects before the end of the school year, which include:

  • Priming and painting my youngest daughter’s bedroom
  • Painting kitchen backsplash
  • Sew curtains for back porch (this will be a fun project, I bought 2 garbage bags full of lace fabric at a rummage sale look for a post soon!)
  • Paint trim in the living room and front hallway

My one big goal for this week…

To get back into the routine of exercising! I had started an exercise program a few weeks ago, and was feeling great and had started losing weight, and then I sprained my foot. The injury is actually what is known as “turf toe” and I assure you I was not playing football, but rather slipped on a wet surface and hyper-extended my big toe. It bruised and hurt like crazy, and after babying it for 2 weeks I feel like I am ready to get back into the swing of things, which is always easier said than done for me with exercising. I know I feel good when I exercise, and actually, do enjoy it, but I just have a hard time justifying it with baskets full of laundry around, and dishes that need to be dealt with. Anyone else have this problem?

Random Picture From My Camera….

What does your week look like? Do you do your planning on Monday? Sunday? Maybe a totally different day…

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shirlee smith

Thursday 16th of August 2018

I do these types of lists continuously, and I rarely tick two things on the list off. I have my soon to be divorced daughter and two grandbabies here, so I guess I shouldn't be that upset LOL.

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