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In ALL, RAISING HOPS INTO BEERS by Stephanie Klein8 Comments

It’s the first day of September, and it might as well be New Year’s Eve, with less black. I have a stack of resolutions I’m determined to keep, now that my beans are back at school. Re-starting some forgotten habits, getting into good routines. Fresh start. A bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils!

Posting the everyday, even when nothing happens. Even if it’s a photo. Something! Make a record of my life, worth remembering. I realized today that if I’d done this over the summer, I’d be able to scroll and see exactly where the summer went. So, I’m doing it.

Dinner. Oh, dear. I need to be better about doing most of my shopping on a Saturday, cleaning and prepping all the veggies and fruits, cooking at least one soup entree meal on a Sunday, to be enjoyed on a Wednesday. Taco Tuesdays. No more manic Monday? I have friends trying Blue Apron. It’s just so much to always be thinking about dinner, because we eat dinner at the table together about 4x per week. If anyone knows a solution, buying in bulk at the beginning of the week with 3 nights pre-planned? Help.

Gymnasium. I need to go say Hi without the kids.

Doctor appointments. FOR ME! I’m always going with everyone else. But my recent urine lab results came back ABNORMAL. Time to go repeat the test and book it to a new dermatologist who accepts our insurance. Mole check time. Joy. Dentist visit might be advisable, now that my teeth resemble the color of grass-fed butter.

Homework habits. We’re actually really good about doing homework after snack. They work independently in separate rooms, or else there’s too much yelling… from me!

grade 3, for my favorite 2 Quite possibly the most rushed 1st day photo to date. Look and run!

Today was the first day of third grade at a brand new school, on a brand new bus, and with a lot of new smiling faces! Abigail doesn’t know a single person in her class, and Lucas is pretty much in the same boat. But, we really aren’t worried. They’ll make new friends a lot faster than I will. It takes a long time for grown ups! But, I’ll make the effort.

And, we have our first Girl Scout meeting this Thursday! Only, I hadn’t planned on meeting until next week, so I now need to whip up some hands on activities and ice breakers, parent sign up sheets, and pick my way through the calendar hoping to finalize a meeting schedule. I nearly forgot just how much work goes into being a leader. Nearly.

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      Thanks, I will check it out. Do you find you’re left with over-ripe fruit and lettuce that’s turned yellow due to plans made but never executed? That happens constantly over here.

      1. Stephanie – I’ve started using two kitchen things that have really helped with fruit/veggies/herbs. I was so tired of tossing bad produce.

        This herb keeper from Crate & Barrel is awesome.

        http://www.crateandbarrel.com/glass-herb-keeper/s519219

        I usually buy fresh rosemary, basil and thyme… sometimes others. I keep this on the door of my fridge, and the herbs easily last twice as long. I cook with them all the time – pasta, eggs, meat rubs.

        For produce, I bought these fruit and veggie keepers from Rubbermaid:

        http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/tools-products/best-food-storage-cotainers/best-produce

        I prep all the fruit and veggies when I get them home. I store them in the keepers. Really helpful – not only keeps fresh longer, but I (and the kids) can see the fruit more readily and grab more easily.

        By the way, I’m only endorsing these products because I like them so much – no gain for me!

        In other meal organization – I map out meals for the week (probably four or five). Then leave two nights open for carry out, leftovers, whatever. I shop Monday morning for all stuff needed for the meals. Depending on what’s going on, I choose a meal I have time to make.

        I have four kids – two are involved in 3x/weekly sports, so without organization we’d starve!

        Good luck. I love the new school year too.

  1. I’ve taken to putting the fruit/lettuce that’s about to turn in bags in the freezer (cut and washed) and then putting it in my morning smoothie. The drinks turn interesting colors, but the vitamins are all there.

  2. I use the Gathered Table app, and it’s life altering (with the bonus of really delicious food).

  3. Hi Stephanie –

    I used to get so frustrated by evening trying to prep all the food and eat at a decent hour, so I feel your pain. Now, I try to prep most of my meals for the week on Sunday and usually have one big chicken salad dinner, several salad lunches and side salads a week. I recently found out that if I wash and chop my lettuces (especially Kale) then roll individual servings in paper towels and store in a Ziploc bag that they stay fresh for 2 weeks. It is fantastic, I hardly have any spoiling at all. As far as fruit goes, I normally stick with apples, oranges and grapefruit as they don’t go bad as quickly. I also like to take one Sunday afternoon a month and prep entrees to freeze into individual portions. (turkey meatloaf, stuffed peppers, etc.)

  4. Dinner: A Love Story and Dinner: the Playbook, by Jenny Rosenstrach really helped me.

  5. I second cook smarts! The shopping list is great, prep is easily outlined and the step by step “recipe” integrates side dishes with the main dish recipe. So you just mindlessly follow the steps and everything turns out. As someone who could spend hours finding recipes, making lists and planning to prep I love it. You still have the fun of new recipes, but those recipes actually get made. Good luck with the resolutions!

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