Well I certainly hope that everyone had a far better Memorial Day weekend than I did! Ugh. The only bright moment of the past few days was that we all hopped in the car on Saturday and headed home to Oklahoma to visit with family for a day. My Aunt drove up from Texas with her kids and super cute granddaughter, Elle. Aunt KimIt’s pretty rare that we are able to coordinate our weekends for a visit to Granny’s house. I wish we could do it more often, but such is life! I absolutely love spending time with my Granny. She is the sweetest, most loving individual on the planet and I just can’t get enough of her. She is the heart and soul of our family. Seeing her with my kids is an absolute joy. Sigh…I miss her so much already!Granny and Cohen

I decided to take Friday off so we could have a garage sale before we move (IN TWO WEEKS!!). It was a sad little garage sale. We had enough stuff to make a mountain on our dining room table, but once we got it all moved outside it looked…well…pathetic! ha. We sold a few items, and I suppose we made a small dent in the pile. I promised myself that NOTHING would come back in the house, so I ended up donating most of it to Goodwill. Overall, I would have much rather spent my day at work!

Saturday was family day in Oklahoma, which went great, but poor Makenna just wasn’t herself. She was mopey and quiet for the majority of the day. Two things that girl never is! Sure enough, she woke up the next day with a fever. I was very glad I shared my water with her at the park the day before. Don't Share

I managed to prep most of the food by lunch time on Sunday, but about as soon as I stopped moving, I started feeling like absolute crap. Next, came the chills, really intense body aches, lethargy and little nausea. Fun! I joined Mak on the couch and was down for the count. Ugh. It was miserable! All I could think was, I just contaminated ALL of our food for the week with this lovely bug, and how awful I was for thinking Mak was just being difficult and rebellious, and, of course, who was going to get sick next….Cohen or Justin?? About the same time I hit the couch, Justin had finally finished smoking the rest of the salmon.  He was so proud of it too, I felt bad that I could hardly look at it, much less eat it. Our bug had some really bad timing!

So Sunday was a wash, Monday was much of the same. I felt better, but Mak was still running a fever, so we stayed in….again. The house was an absolute wreck (this tends to happen when I am sick or gone…can anyone guess why?? haha) so I took the day to clean the cabinets, pack more boxes and finish prepping the food for the week. Needles to say, I am thoroughly enjoying my day at work away from the house!

Contaminated Food Options for the Week

Friday

Salmon is a fish I usually only enjoy raw and sushi-fied. I’ve only ever prepared the fish myself a couple times and was never blown away. For some odd reason, Justin and I were both craving it, so we decided to give it a go again. Justin found a Bobby Flay recipe that looked interesting and I served it with an impromptu quinoa and asparagus pilaf. Salmon

Saturday 

We woke up early, had leftover steak with some eggs, then we were off to Oklahoma! We packed some Cranberry-Pistacchio Protein Bars, (a new test recipe I am experimenting with!) some apples, bananas and water. I knew full well that going to Granny’s meant there would be some cheating, so I figured I could at the very least, pack healthy snacks. For lunch, we had pizza from Mazzio’s, my FAVORITE! No cauliflower pizza crust served there! I tried really hard not to enjoy it, but that’s just an impossible task. For a snack, we had ice cream and for dinner we had some of my Granny’s cornbread with Beans and Ham. Comfort. Food. 

Sunday

We started our day off with our usual paleo breakfast spread before the food prepping began. Paleo BreakfastBy lunch I was done. Justin enjoyed his smoked salmon with leftover quinoa pilaf from the night before. For lunch, I moved from the couch to my bed and stayed there until after 530. I knew it was 530 because Justin said “hey babe, it’s after 530”. Those were the words that came out of his mouth, but this is what I heard, “hey babe, it’s getting close to dinner time, I’m hungry, are you getting out of bed?” I don’t remember if I responded at that moment, but by 630 Justin began cooking our dinner of steak, green beans and sweet potatoes. It’s not that he can’t cook, he certainly can, he’s great at grilling, but something about him cooking in my kitchen stresses me out! I’m a bit of a control freak. Just a bit. 

Monday

It’s Mak’s last week of preschool, so I made her some sausage cheese balls and served them with scrambled eggs and fruit.  For lunch we had more steak with steamed broccoli and for dinner we had pulled pork  zesty grilled chicken, creamy cole slaw, Japanese sweet potatoes and homemade pickles! I’m so glad we grilled the chicken earlier that day, because the pork was NOT doing what it was supposed to be doing. I put the damn thing in the oven at 8 am and I pulled it out at 9 pm only because I wanted to get to bed at a decent hour. I needed it to cool enough for me to pull apart. I have made this exact recipe multiple times, so I am baffled as to what happened. I really hope my oven isn’t going out on me?! Zesty Chicken

Tuesday – Friday

Leftovers all week. Our goal is to eat our way to empty fridge in time for our move! I can’t wait!!!

I’m looking forward to making this week outshine our looooong holiday weekend…should be pretty easy!

Until next week, happy eating!

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