Weekend Links & Deals {11.30.13}

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m not one for hitting the stores on Black Friday, but I don’t mind getting some good deals online! Here are some deals you don’t want to miss that are good through the whole weekend!

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

This is the meal planning tool I’ve used for almost 3 years. I love it and this weekend it’s 50% off for a yearly subscription–the best deal you’ll see all year! It’s only $19.50 (or $1.60 a month) for a full year of organization, peace of mind, and healthy eating! Check out Plan to Eat and don’t miss this amazing deal–available through Dec. 2nd.

Vintage Remedies is having a great sale on most of their courses and resources through Dec. 2nd. If you’ve been thinking about taking a course, now is the time! Many of their amazing books are 50% off or more! I highly recommend the Handbook of Vintage Remedies and it’s only $9.49 right now.

And, if you missed the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle sale earlier this month, it’s back! For this weekend only, through Dec. 2nd you can get the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. This is the last time this bundle will be offered, so don’t miss this last chance! Plus, 25% of ALL profits are being given to charities such as Compassion International and Hope for Women!

Links for the Weekend:

Announcing the Jane Austen & Motherhood Book Club: I’m super excited to be a part of this book club where we’ll be going through 6 Jane Austen books throughout 2014. I would love to have you join us!

Intentional Holidays: Advent Planning for 2013: I love how she planned out her advent calendar using themes. We do something similar. Lots of great ideas here!

How to Have a Simple Christmas: Great ideas for simplifying during the Christmas season.

To the Mamas of Littles During the Holidays: A reminder to do less stuff this holiday season. A must read if you have little ones!

How I’m Using My CSA Box {Week of 8.1-8.8}

This week’s box was filled with many of the same things I’ve been finding in my box all summer: corn, tomatoes, lettuce, basil, green beans, summer squash, peaches, plums, and melon. Along with some things I haven’t seen for awhile like: beets, potatoes, and avocados!

I also added on a 20 pound box of peaches! So one of my main goals is figuring out how to use all of them when they ripen all at once! In the past, I’ve ended up freezing a bunch of them for use later in the year and I imagine I’ll do that again, but I also plan to have lots of peach filled goodness for the next couple weeks.

My recent plan has been to do my meal planning for the week after I pick up my CSA box on Wednesday mornings so I can plan my meals around what comes in the box. I like how it’s working for me. So here’s the plan for this week:

Tonight (Wednesday 8/1): Baked Pesto Chicken and Grilled Corn (Using: Corn)
Friday 8/3: Chicken with Rice and Green Beans (Using: Green Beans)
Saturday 8/4: Summertime Peach and Chicken Salad (Using: Lettuce, Peaches)–Recipe can be found here: Fresh: Nourishing Salads for all Seasons.
Sunday 8/5: Zucchini, Black Bean and Rice Skillet (Using: Summer Squash)
Monday 8/6: Gingery Chicken with Peaches with Roasted Potatoes (Using: Peaches, Potatoes)

And for the rest of the Bounty:

Avocados: A favorite lunch for my kids is avocado toast so I imagine that’s how the avocados will be used. But I also know I will have some leftover corn, so I might be tempted to make this Grilled Corn Avocado Salad, which will use up some of the basil as well.

Or, we could end up using the leftover corn with the potatoes on Saturday morning to make this Sweet Corn Hash.

Peaches, Plums, Melon: We’ll end up eating most of this fruit throughout the week–my daughter eats fruit like crazy!

20 pound box of Peaches: As I mentioned, I’m sure I will be freezing some of these peaches for using later in the year in smoothies and other dishes, but I also have dreams of making at least a couple of these delicious looking peach recipes:

As always, if you’re looking for more inspiration for using your summer produce, check out my Summer Food board on Pinterest.

Shared at Your Green Resource, Modern Alternative Kitchen, Frugally Sustainable, This Chick Cooks and This Flourishing Life.

Meal Plan Monday {10.10.11}

Once again, I had to switch things around last week…partly because I needed to use up some produce that was reaching the end of the line and partly because I got to go out with the girls one night (yay!)…so I didn’t end up making the Coconut Chicken Soup or PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps–you’ll see them on the line up again this week. I did make (again) the Autumn Herbed Chicken with Fennel and Squash (because I needed to use up the fennel and squash before it went bad) and a new recipe, Pakastani Kima, that I was dying to try.

Monday-Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili (never ended up making this last week)
Wednesday-Today’s my baby’s birthday! We’re making pizza and I’ll also be making these Carrot Cake Cupcakes. (My friend Kara made the ones pictured above for Isaac’s 1st birthday last year and they were so good I decided to have them again this year!)
Thursday-Dinner Party with friends! I’m bringing dessert…not sure what yet.
Friday-Coconut Chicken Soup from Nourishing Traditions (originally planned for last week).
Saturday-PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps (originally planned for last week).
Sunday-Sausage Zucchini Bake (a new favorite around here!)

I’m participating in the Plan It-Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge over at Keeper of the Home.

Meal Plan Monday {10.3.11}

Last week didn’t go exactly as planned, and I never got to try the Magic Sauce recipe from 101 Cookbooks…so I moved it to this week. Here’s the lineup:

Monday-Leftover Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup (frozen from last week)
Tuesday-Omelets and Potatoes with Magic Sauce
Wednesday-Restaurant Style Meaty Marinara Sauce (pictured above)
Thursday-Grilled Rosemary Buttermilk Chicken
Friday-PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps (This is a new recipe for me but I’ve been wanting to try it for awhile…I love PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps and I’m hoping these will turn out just as good!)
Saturday-Coconut Chicken Soup from Nourishing Traditions (another new recipe I’m trying)
Sunday-Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

I’m also planning on trying out these Pumpkin Muffins for breakfast one day this week.
Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat Come try out Plan to Eat, or if you’re already using it, let me know so we can share recipes!

I’m participating in the Plan It-Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge over at Keeper of the Home.

Meal Plan Monday {9.26.11}

This week I’m taking it easy on myself and doing lots of crockpot recipes…we’re going out of town this weekend so I know it will be a busy week preparing to leave. I love my crockpot!

Monday-Leftovers from last night (Autumn Herbed Chicken with Fennel and Squash)
Tuesday- Omelets and Potatoes with Magic Sauce (This is a new recipe I’m trying for the first time this week, but I’ve always loved everything I’ve tried from this website.)
Wednesday-Skinny Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Thursday-Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup (I’ll freeze half of this and have it next week when we get back from our trip, so I won’t have to worry about making something on the night we get home.)
Friday-Out of town until Monday…so no more meals planned until next week!

Have you tried out Plan to Eat yet? You can try it out with a free 30 day trial…it’s where I keep all my recipes and do all my meal planning. You can add me as a friend if you join and have access to all my recipes (kjeldy).

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

I’m participating in the Plan It-Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge at Keeper of the Home…come check it out for links to more meal plans.

Meal Plan Monday {9.19.11}

Monday-Spicy Eggplant Eggplant is in season right now, so it’s the perfect time to enjoy this dish. This can be a side dish, but we just serve it over brown rice and call it dinner!
Tuesday-Tangy Otsu Noodle Salad from the Nourishing Salads for All Seasons Cookbook.
Wednesday-Sausage Zucchini Bake
Friday-Thai Salad with Spicy Dressing (The dressing doesn’t have to be spicy…make it according to your preference…it also keeps really well in the fridge.)
Saturday-Grilled Chicken with Orange Ginger Marinade
Sunday-Autumn Herbed Chicken with Fennel and Squash (pictured above)

I’m also planning on making some of these Chewy Granola Bars sometime this week to have on hand for breakfasts, snacks, and school lunches.

I’m participating in the Plan It-Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge at Keeper of the Home…check it out for links to more meal plans.

Meal Plan Monday 9.12.11

I’ve been meal planning for a while now…because that’s the kind of girl I am. I love planning. I love list making, etc. etc. I’ve been toying with the idea of posting my meal plans here and since Stephanie at Keeper of the Home is doing a 6 week Meal Planning Challenge, I thought now would be as good a time as any. I use Plan to Eat and love it. I have almost 250 recipes on there, so if you’re on there too, be sure to add me (kjeldy) so we can share! Or try a free trial for 30 days. I’ve included links to all the recipes on this week’s meal plan. Enjoy!

Monday: Mango Salsa Chicken (pictured above)
Tuesday: Black Bean Tacos
Wednesday: Grilled Rosemary Buttermilk Chicken
Thursday: Gnocchi and Sausage
Friday: Dinner at Mom’s (Thanks Mom!)
Saturday: Out
Sunday: TBA (My husband’s out of town for the weekend…that’s why the weekend looks a little bare.) Next week we’ll have a more complete meal plan!

Linked up with Meal Plan Monday.