Lent Day 39 and 40

As I mentioned in an earlier post – this is the first time I’ve observed Lent and didn’t realize that there are only 40 days of Lent because you’re not supposed to count Sundays. No matter – the point is, we’re still progressing along as best we can! One more week until Easter Sunday! We’ll be heading to an Easter brunch with Bruce’s Dad. We love this tradition.

I’ve also mentioned that we’ve decided to keep off the refined sugar as much as possible. We’ve noticed such a difference in the way we feel. None of us want to go back there. We won’t be as strict, but better than we were before. We’ll continue to shop on the outside aisle of the grocery store…Bruce and I went today – it’s so much faster shopping now. We just go through the produce section (that takes the most time), then the dairy for milk and plain yogurt and cheese and then we hit the meat (we don’t buy much there even) and then we find a few lower sugar, whole grain breads. We haven’t been buying as much of that as we used to. We have no reason to go down the other aisles except when we need coffee or beans. The occasionally pasta and sauce, but rarely now.

We have cheated a little this weekend with the alcohol thing. You know how I mentioned that I was craving a glass of wine on Friday night? Well, my hubby came home with a bottle when he came home from work. We each had 1/2 the bottle! LOL! Tonight, we’re sampling a glass of his homemade wine that is pretty much ready. Soooo good! Look! It’s almost gone!

 

Saturday Menu

Breakfast: – simple, slow (but still early!) getting up. Rye toast with natural peanut butter

a.m. snack: – a variety of fresh fruit (cantaloupe, kiwi, etc)

Lunch: – homemade macaroni and cheese, fresh veggies (broccoli, carrots, cucumbers) and dill pickles

p.m. snack: the lunch was later and lots, so we skipped this

Supper: homemade meat loaf, mashed cheddar potatoes, peas from my mother’s garden! 🙂

 

Sunday Menu

Breakfast: today, I splurged in the sugar department – I made homemade 1/2 whole grain biscuits, we did have a little whole berry jam on them. The kids complain when we don’t have the sugary jams. They don’t like “chunks” in their jam. Too bad! LOL! That’s the only kind we’re having from now on.

a.m. snack: missed this today with the later breakfast

Lunch: slice of rye bread with cheddar cheese

p.m. snack: almonds

Supper: Bruce made a delicious roast prime rib with carrots and potatoes. He made fresh whole grain bread and quinoa salad to go with it. Sooooo very good!! I ate way too much! LOL! A perfect Sunday supper!

Lent Day 33 and 34

Sunday was a nice day at home. Day 33 – we were experimenting with vegetables in our juicer! Bruce was working, but was able to come home for lunch.

Sunday Menu:

Breakfast: smoothie and homemade oatmeal (I put the last bit of my cranberry sauce experiment in mine! It was delicious!)

a.m. snack: didn’t have one – I drank a pot of ginger tea which was nice

Lunch: The kids and I had turkey sandwiches on the last of the whole grain buns. We added lots of veggies to our sandwich and a slice of cheese.

p.m. snack: snacking on veggies!

Supper: we juiced various veggies – carrots, celery, etc (I don’t know what Bruce was putting all in there! A lot anyway!) We also had fruit juice as well. Lucas had an orange one and Rebecca an apple-lemon one. I made a black bean veggie salad with a lime vinagrette. Doesn’t it look colorful!?

Back to work and school on Monday for Day 34 – did a 4K run at lunch time.

Monday Menu:

Breakfast: Bruce made poached eggs, bacon and slice of toast for everyone

a.m. snack: Greek yogurt, blackberries and hemp seeds

Lunch: I had the last of the yummy bean salad

p.m. snack: banana

Supper: grilled chicken caesar that Bruce made

Lent Weekend!

A whirlwind weekend! Friday was Day 17 of Lent and here we are on Sunday, Day 19! I was only on the computer to play Zuma’s Revenge with my little buddy this weekend. As of Friday, I had our best friends’ kids over for the weekend. It was a big weekend for our friends. Hubby surprised my BFF with an amazing get away for the weekend that he had planned weeks ago! I wanted to make sure that the kids didn’t miss Mom too much, so we kept busy all weekend with a variety of activities; plus we had to keep their new puppy from getting too lonesome too.

I won’t write down all the food we ate. We still stayed pretty close to our no refined sugar diet – it was good for the other kids too! We did sneak away (me and the 4 kids) and have an A&W burger treat. I skipped the milkshake, but I did eat the onion rings! LOL! And tonight, I was too exhausted to come up with anything good for me, so we opted for frozen McCain’s pizza (I know, preservatives and likely sugar – I didn’t even look. I know it’s better than some of the other ones, but still…)

I did make homemade pancakes: replacing the white flour with bran flour and replacing the sugar with an equal amount of agave nectar. The kids made them disappear! They had a little bit of syrup and jam on theirs. I skipped the pancakes and had a veggie omelette. All in all, we stayed pretty close to our plan. Lucas was at a birthday party and commented tonight how he didn’t feel too great because of all that sugar. We are learning to let it go!

TV stayed off, we didn’t watch too many movies even, we were too busy. We did play the computer game, but that was something that me and the little guy could do while the girls were being crafty. He wasn’t too interested in that.

The sun shone all weekend, and it was a fun weekend – mostly just play. That’s a good thing, no matter what else happens. 🙂

Lent Day 14

vegetarian chili with guacamole

 

Yesterday was a snow day! Everyone in our house ended up staying home. We spent the day catching up on things around the house and some time outside digging out! The kids dug tunnels and enjoyed the fresh air too! We ate lots of good food too! I’ve added some recipes to this post!

Menu:

Breakfast: Since we were all home and had time, we built a big breakfast: poached eggs on rye toast, sausage and a few hashbrowns

a.m. Snack: we all drank plenty of water and got moving!

Lunch: The kids tried the new rice macaroni and cheese that I’d picked up for them to try. They didn’t even notice anything different about it. I had left over chicken breast and spaghetti squash

p.m. Snack: we had about 5 of these crackers that Bruce picked up from Costco – they are wafer thin, you can see the seeds and nuts and grains in there too. They don’t have any sugar – they pretty much are these nuts and things stuck together into a crunchy wafer. We also had homemade hot cocoa that had zero refined sugar too!

Supper:I made a vegetarian chili and fresh guacamole that everyone seemed to love because there wasn’t much left over!

Recipes:

Hot Cocoa

  • Add 1 tsp raw cocoa and 2 tsp agave nectar to your mug
  • Add 1 tsp hot water and stir until smooth
  • Add 1 cup steamed milk

Vegetarian Chili

  • Heat 1 tbsp organic canola oil in your chili pot
  • Add 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped green pepper (or whatever color you have), 2 diced carrots and chili spices (your preference for this!)
  • Stir and cook until onions are clear (about 5 minutes)
  • Add 1 large can of stewed tomatoes, 1 can black beans, 1 can kidney beans (you can really use whatever beans you want – the mixed ones would be good too)
  • Cover and simmer for at least 15 minutes – stir occasionally

Fresh Guacamole

  • Mash 2 ripe avocados in a bowl
  • Add 2 tbsp of Greek yogurt and a splash of lemon juice
  • Add 2 tbsp Epicure Guacamole spice mix – I love this and it’s additive free compared to the ones you buy in the store
  • Stir together and chill for at least 10 minutes (while the chili is cooking!)

 

Lent Day 11

Tonight is Date Night! I’m so excited! I’ve been looking forward to it for days! I didn’t get my hair colored, but I did get a lot of other stuff done today.

When was the last time you had a “Date Night”? Is it something that you do? Leave a comment. Krystal and I did a little experiment with Date Night on our Simple Life Celebrations website. Read more about it here: Get Lucky 7

We’re going out for supper tonight – this will be a test to see if I can find something without refined sugar or at least very minimal. We’re also going to hang out at Chapters – we’re such nerds! We love to do that! I’ll let you know how the date goes!

Menu:

Breakfast: I got up before everyone else today, so quietly had an apple and a hard-boiled egg. Of course, I always have my lattes!

a.m. Snack: missed this, I was busy – on the weekends I sometimes forget to eat.

Lunch: ham and cheese on a toasted whole wheat english muffin. I really need to find better alternatives to breads…suggestions welcome! I like my sandwiches & wraps!

p.m. Snack: a piece of my raw chocolate that I made with my daughter. It sure is good and you can just grab a piece out of the fridge

Supper: heading to a restaurant tonight…we’ll see how it goes! Wish me luck!

I downloaded a new album this morning: Ashes Remain – What I’ve Become – I simply cannot get enough of this song: