Thursday, April 18, 2024

Scattered Sundays – Sustainable Cooks

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One other weekend, one other soccer event. Which sounds exhausting, however I’m simply being dramatic. It’s our second and final event of the 2023 summer-fall season.

Fortunately, this event was inside every day driving distance, so I didn’t need to pack something extreme and we didn’t need to get a lodge room. My pockets is thrilled about that.

I did get a number of issues earlier than the final event to make my life simpler. The complicated we have been at was HUGE, we needed to transfer fields after each sport, and Troy wasn’t in a position to come. So I’m actually grateful that we have now a wagon so I might haul all the things round on my own.

We have now had a 12×12 pop-up cover for years that takes up half my trunk and is de facto unwieldy to haul round. I needed one thing that offered shade from the solar each overhead and from the perimeters. I lastly settled on this smaller cover that comes with zip-on sides.

It was a HUGE hit, and the shade on the perimeters was so appreciated within the afternoon. Our assistant coach has a 9-month outdated and when her husband isn’t at video games, I get to look at that little smooshy face.

My little buddy and I and some different smaller siblings frolicked in my pale individuals shade palace. And her canine even joined us for a lot of the afternoon.

a woman with a baby with emoji over his face.

The opposite factor that saved my bacon over the weekend was this belt bag. I’ve averted the belt bag development for years, however lastly see the worth in utilizing them. I’m preserving my regular every day purse, however plan to make use of this one for tournaments, holidays, and many others.

I attempted a number of luggage earlier than deciding on this one. The opposite ones weren’t large enough, didn’t have sufficient construction, or sufficient pockets, or functionally have been simply not working with my wants.

This one has a number of compartments with pockets and zippers, card slots so I don’t need to pack a pockets but additionally don’t have to fret about money and playing cards falling out. It additionally has a helpful dandy little pen slot as a result of I’m the nerd who at all times has a pen on me.

And most significantly, it has a retractable key fob. I can not stand fumbling for my keys and I take heed to sufficient true crime that I do know having the ability to get into your automotive in a flash may be essential.

I do know the bag may be worn round your waist, however I put on it as a cross-body bag with the purse portion within the again. If I’m in a crowded space, I swap the compartments to the entrance.

a wagon full of soccer stuff.

I stumbled onto this text on Wednesday night time and it’s a very highly effective learn. It’s all about lecturers sharing incidents with college students that modified their insurance policies. It’s an train in humanity, humility, and empathy.

An extended-time reader, Erin, who teaches center faculty, instructed me it’s referred to as Culturally Responsive instructing. My mother taught at a really poor faculty and spent quite a lot of her personal cash on her classroom and for the children. And a part of it was simply assembly the children the place they have been.

I’ll always remember watching her purchase snacks for her classroom and I requested why she was feeding her college students. She checked out me and stated “hungry youngsters can’t study”. That proper there was a mind-shift change for me on realizing that not each child was afforded the privileges that I had.

Within the Backyard This Week

This week discovered Bennett selecting heaps and many blueberries. He may be on the market for an hour and nonetheless, solely decide about 10% of what’s ripe. Choosing blueberries is a full-time job within the Cook dinner family throughout this time of the summer season.

a kid picking blueberries.

I’m additionally freely giving cucumbers and zucchini at soccer follow like it’s my precise job. Inexperienced beans are thriving, however then getting too massive as a result of I’ve been too busy to select them. Whoops. The chickens are having fun with the large pods although.

Tomatoes and burrata (Dealer Joe’s has the perfect costs should you’re close to one) are on repeat, and my coronary heart and abdomen are each full and completely happy.


Pamela, reader, and sister of the notorious Hey Vitamin Girl, left this five-star evaluate on our Frozen Berry Cake {Pin this recipe}:

Wonderful recipe, and wholesome sufficient that it’s on common rotation for a fast breakfast for my youngsters. I make it the night time earlier than and it’s sooooo good chilly out of the fridge. I typically use 100% entire wheat flour and it seems simply nearly as good. It’s even forgiving while you overlook so as to add the butter. Oops! 

frozen berry cake on a plate with a fork topped with yogurt and a sprig of mint


We took a wee break from the “protect all of the issues” posting this week, to convey you some hen dinner recipes.

Creamy Hen PastaThis Creamy Hen Pasta is a straightforward dinner of scrumptious do-it-yourself consolation meals. Even higher, this hen pesto pasta makes scrumptious leftovers, and that makes you a meal prep legend. {Pin this recipe}

a white skillet with creamy chicken pesto pasta topped with shredded parmesan.

Air Fryer Hen TaquitosThese scrumptious Air Fryer Taquitos are full of tons of taste. Baked, not fried, they’re good for quick dinners and cook dinner in solely 9 minutes! No air fryer? You’ll additionally discover oven-baking strategies within the put up. {Pin this put up}

a plate of air fryer taquitos topped with cilantro, tomatoes, and guacamole


You may inform it’s late summer season when 80% of the highest 5 posts are about preserving.

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