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September Food September 6, 2008

Filed under: General,Modern Homemaking,Shal's Monthly Menus — mothersandothers @ 7:22 am

There’s a lot of food stuff going on around here this month. First, some dang good food reading! After having to check this in and out of the library about four times, I’ve finally finished it. It’s a beautiful piece of non-fiction, and if it doesn’t have you planting asparagus in your front yard, nothing will. Read it!

So I’m only a week late on getting this up. If this is serving no purpose for others, the self-imposed deadline is keeping me accountable to this hungry clan that I want to fill with Godly goodness. Woohoo! I’ve said it before, this is a task I simply hate–the planning! I figure it to be about 79% of the battle in the kitchen for me. Typically I’ll spread out with my binder of recipes, magazines, and any library cookbooks I’ve checked out. Then I sweat, panic, rustle papers, write things, erase things, get distracted, stare at my hands, get sucked into magazine articles, and then, with all that out of my system, I bust it out.

There are so many things I try to take into consideration when feeding us–what’s in season and hasn’t traveled far to reach us (i.e., what grows in this area instead of say Chile), what is minimally processed, contains as little dairy and meat as possible, what was raised and harvested (er, slaughtered) humanely, and so on. It drives me crazy that finding simple, fresh, straight-out-of-the-dirt, neurotoxin-free, antibiotic-free food has become so difficult that eating well, eating in way that not too long ago was considered normal, is now elitist and a counter-culture notion. Grrrr…

Meanwhile, back at the menu…

Once I pencil it all in I make copies of all the recipes. I put all the recipes behind the menu, and that all goes into a plastic sleeve and hangs on the fridge. A menu packet! This way I don’t have to pull out any cookbooks, binders, etc. over the course of the month. Shal, you’re probably asking, why not just put your originals in your nifty packet? Why all the copying? And the answer my friend, is because at the end of the month I can then file away the entire packet which can be pulled out at any time to be used again. That way we can be at the park instead of waiting for me to meal plan! LOL. This month I’m also going to include a shopping list (it’s waiting for me to type it) because that takes me awhile as well. I broke it down into two weekly shopping trips. I think Saturday and Wednesday will work for us just based on our Farmers’ Markets and when shelves get restocked. Also, if anyone wants a packet e-mail me. It will save you a month’s worth of planning!

Lastly, some friends and I signed up for the Green Smoothie Challenge. Want to do it with us? It’s just adding a green smoothie to your diet everyday for a couple of weeks. They send you the recipes. Come on, your insides will thank you for it! You can start with this one, courtesy of my mom. Thanks mom!

Happy Eating!


6 Responses to “September Food”

  1. noelle Says:

    i am overwhelmed.

  2. Auntie Vickie Says:

    One question….do you REALLY accomplish all preparing all of those tasty and well thought out meals???? Whew…you are amazing.

  3. Jen Says:

    It’s hard for me to feed my family. I rolled an empty cart all around the supermarket the other day and left with NOTHING! Throw Chris’s food allergies and frequent, unpredictable absences into the mix, and it’s a real hoot to menu plan. (This partially explains my frequent cookie eating.)

  4. mothersandothers Says:


    I do pretty well. Things come up. Though I’m trying new recipes all the time, I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting the prep time just by reading it. The smoothies fall into the zero prep category, nut butter sandwiches are easy, hummus and things to dip are all zero prep. Also, I’m finding that any stress from cooking (which I really enjoy and consider spiritually satisfying, though hard at times with kids) does not even come close to the stress I was feeling every day trying to answer the question, “What do I cook tonight that’s healthy and safe?”

  5. mothersandothers Says:


    Come over, have a green smoothie, relax….

  6. Jason Says:

    Good on ya girl! The menu is superb. Good food makes good people(that is not to say that those who gestate on Big Macs and Taco Supremes are not quality humans.) I love this web blog online information page of crafty clever calamity!!!

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