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Life gets busy

I was just looking back at my post on Baked Chicken Meatballs to remember what I wanted to do differently this time, and it made me realize it’s been quite a while since the last post.

Basically, like everyone on the planet, I get busy. There are too many ways I want to invest my time, and unfortunately blogging falls low on the priority list. But I don’t want to erase what’s already been published. You probably just won’t hear from me much.

Updates:

  • I started working half-time at the end of May. It was a good decision. I love my job, and I also love that there’s time leftover to play mommy and wife and housekeeper.
  • Baby is now mobile. She army crawls everywhere, picks up every speck off the floor, and is now interested in trying to pull herself up (and has, once). In short, she requires more careful supervision.
  • Cooking has been less adventurous lately. New recipes get tried occasionally. I’m hoping to start doing more freezing of meals as my work schedule changes and I’ll be working some full days. That will require planning! I must plan to make a plan.
  • The hunt for a granola bar recipe has stopped, or paused, anyhow. But I have become a big fan of the granola cereal from 100 Days of Real Food. A batch lasts me about a week of breakfasts (and some snacks), and I’ve taken to making double-batches now so I don’t have to make it as often.
  • My dream of making all my bread from scratch is also on hold. My husband didn’t seem to be eating it. And now, we just aren’t eating that much bread, anyhow.
  • Summer has meant learning more about farmers markets. Our vegetable consumption is still not what it needs to be, but my recent interest is baked squash. I’m stocking up on local squash now while they’re in season. Found someone who sells farm eggs for a decent price, and just today found honey produced in town for a decent price, too.
  • Newest struggle is feeding a baby. I’ve had some guilt about feeding her formula about half the time, when she could have breast milk if I just worked harder at pumping. Solids are now entering the picture, too. I froze some peas, beans, squash, sweet potatoes, and peaches, but end up giving her applesauce often because it’s easy and she loves it. She’s also entered the world of puffs. We breezed through the world of cereal, because I found it boring — and irritating. Have you ever looked how many ingredients are in the average box of baby rice cereal? Makes me uncomfortable. I’m feeling generally uncomfortable about feeding non-food chemicals to this brand-new little body (and then eat them myself).
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It’s April: Time to Quit Fooling Around

This morning, after I finished my grocery shopping list, I took out another piece of paper and started a second list of goals. The particular list was for this week, but it’s part of a larger focus for the month on reform.

“April 1,” my husband and I have quipped, regarding the usual exercise and diet pledges. (Of course it’s been shifted now to April 2, because who starts things in the middle of a weekend?)

The two general areas of reform in question are spending and health — what else? Now that our baby is here and we’re settling more into a routine, it just seems like it’s time to settle into better routines while we’re at it.

My goals for this week:

1. Take the baby on at least two walks.

2. Try out our cloth diapers, starting Monday afternoon after our newborn class.

3. Serve a veggie with every supper this week.

4. Make a batch of twice-baked potatoes to freeze.

5. Clean out the fridge.

6. Order a smaller garbage bin.

7. Only two trips to the coffee shop this week!

8. Research laundry detergent recipes.

UPDATE: I made this dishwasher detergent last week. I’m undecided so far on how much I like it after about four loads. The first two were without salt in the water softener, so I’m reserving judgement one more week. Note if you do make it, it really does clump up and try to turn into a rock right away. I did as someone suggested and left my container open on the counter for a few days, stirring frequently, and it came out okay.

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