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May 8, 2009 in Life, Parenting | Tags: attachment parenting, culture, economy, food, frugality, menu, menu planning, motherhood, mothering, natural, Parenting, rhythm, self discovery, stress | 1 comment
As wonderful days tend to do, they end. I’m left looking at the areas where our rhythm failed us after our near perfect day on Monday. I’m left looking at the windows of time lost to Ivy being cranky. The joy falling from Deladis’s face as Ivy climbs my back and tries to take the book from my hands during our story time. Wondering endlessly whether or not I have the girls going to bed too late or not. I’m contemplating how one simple thing like an unplanned, but necessary trip to the chiropractor can throw things off for days. Work left undone. Like a bridge in a song, where the music floats off into a tangent… but the notes always come back around into the previous arrangement.
I am not frustrated, only bemused. I didn’t expect magic. In all things there are flaws, and the flaws in our rhythm can be made better. I’m going to press onward with what I have down a few more days. As I see more of what is working and what isn’t, I can make changes. I know I am not feeling as pressured even when our rhythm goes asunder. I’m finding myself a more patient mother because even I need to know that there are other hours in the day and right now is the only right now we have. Deladis seems more content. She sleeps now beside me, us having to forgo the bedtime routine because Wednesday night church had us out too late. I left church early without feeling guilty because Ivy needed to go and the good Lord understands babies, and mamas, and life – even when they interrupt prayer time. To nurture and provide a comforting foundation for my children is my job right now, and I am determined to do well at it, as I am determined to be well-rounded and fulfilled in my personal life.
There is too much food in the refrigerator because I overcooked using our little menu… somehow. It’s weird. So, I only have to cook breakfast tomorrow. Lunch and dinner are covered with our lovely leftovers. I served Deladis two runny eggs this morning and she ate every last bite as did John and I. Yes, I made six eggs. I didn’t want to make us make do with just eating one. Again, things to figure out and work to be done. There are far worse things than an evening where it isn’t necessary to cook, though it has become one of the joys of my life.
I’m researching more into our way of eating, and trying my best to fit our dietary needs into our budget. I believe I can do it. As old habits are hard to break, food ruts are too. I’m stuck wanting nuts and cheese at lunch eventhough those are two of the most expensive things on my store list. I’m eating my leftovers, which are yummy too and looking forward to a week or so from now when leftovers become my new lunch habit.
Today, I don’t have all the answers, but I have a start and the will to try. Another thing I have is time to get it right, and well, if time is up for me tomorrow then I did my best and someone else can pick up where I left off. That’s what counts. We may be a little off balance, but we can always recover if we are willing to try.
May 5, 2009 in Life, Traditional Foods | Tags: Appalachia, budget, cooking, culture, diet, economy, food, food budget, frugality, menu, menu planning, natural, natural health, recipes, Traditional Foods, whole foods | 4 comments
Planning a menu for John and I is easy. We aren’t picky eaters in most areas. John has a fairly plain palate when it comes to breakfast – for instance, no veggie omelets. However, I’m becoming increasingly worried about how my girls will fair with these adjustments. I know it’s going to take some major trial and error. Deladis will be an especially hard one to please. Breakfast being more grain heavy will be hard for her. She so loves her morning over easy eggs. I hope she will eat what we have before she lets herself get too hungry and I have to feed her cheap food from the standard American diet just to get her to eat.
Menu for the week of May 4th – 10th: (This menu was planned based on my Sat. shopping trip and what I already had on hand.)
- Breakfast – Banana Bread/Sausage (Using very ripe bananas left over from last month’s budget. The goal is no waste.)
- Lunch – Nuts/Cheese… Chicken Nuggets/Carrots for Deladis (I am buying some non-traditional foods for Deladis as she has become very picky since her stay in the hospital in February. She has a short list of what she will eat consistently. This bothers me and I want to improve her diet so much.)
- Dinner – Pork Chops/ Fried Potatoes and Onions/ Appalachian Soupbeans (Pinto)/ Cornbread
- Special Preparations – Make chicken bone broth.
- Breakfast – Leftover Banana Bread/Sausage
- Lunch – Leftover Soupbeans/Cornbread… Leftover Pork Chops or Bologna/ Corn for Deladis
- Dinner – Roast Chicken w/ Potatoes, Carrots, Celery/Peas
- Special Preparations – soak kidney beans for baked beans
- Breakfast – Eggs/Bacon/Yogurt… Oranges for Deladis (she’s dairy allergic)
- Lunch – Chicken Salad (leftover chicken on baby greens)… Chili Mac or Spaghetti for Deladis
- Dinner – Split Pea Patties/Cauliflower Rice/Baked Beans
- Special Preparations – soak oats, soak black beans
- Breakfast – Oatmeal/Sausage/Banana and Raisins
- Lunch – Leftovers or Nuts/Cheese… Noodles w/ Earth Balance Margarine for Deladis
- Dinner – Black Bean Soup/Cornbread
- Special Preparations – soak whole wheat flour for pancakes, soak rice
- Breakfast – Pancakes/Sausage/ Yogurt and Maple Syrup
- Lunch/Dinner – Leftover Soup… John has an art opening that evening so we are combining this meal. Eat good.
- Special Preparations – thaw salmon
- Breakfast – Rice Pudding/Sausage
- Lunch/Dinner – Leftovers and Finger Foods (We’ll be spending the day out and about mostly.)
- Breakfast – Eggs/Sausage/Banana or Pineapples
- Lunch/Dinner – Salmon Fillets/Fried Sweet Potatoes/Salad (We eat dinner after church so the rest of the day will be snacks.)
My main concern is the grains. It certainly is after reading this on Nourished Kitchen, but I don’t see any way around it right now. I’m debating on what is a more crucial choice to make about our egg situation – keep the current menu style or switch to purchasing conventional eggs so we can cut back on the grains for breakfast. What is the lesser evil? And poor Deladis… I so hope we get our chickens soon.
If anyone sees anything I’m missing, or has any suggestions on how to feed Deladis better foods, or our overall dietary health as a family, please feel free to comment. I appreciate advice.