Jessica's Jottings:

On faith, food, family and frugality

Recent Haiku

Now…this is not to say that these are any good. Just to say that they are recent. And that they are haiku. šŸ™‚

The challenge of matching words to a predetermined 5/7/5 syllable format has become a fun (and emotionally satisfying) exercise as of late.Ā  If you appreciate haiku and have any suggestions, please leave a comment. Or, if you’d like to share your own, please leave a comment.

12/24/13

You, rooted beneath
Wintry waves, your branches raised
Like a cry for help

12/29/13

Arm wrestling words
Forcing them into a place
Relieved when they fit

12/29/13

Fire shut up inside
My bones groan and my heart aches
How long, O my Lord?

12/29/13

Clinging to your hand
The water threatens my breath
Trust spreads wideĀ  my lungs

12/29/13

Write down the vision
and make it plain. Make it sing
A constant refrain.

12/29/13

Silent and solemn
Pensive thoughts cause furrowed brows
Folded hands lie still

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Family Meal Plan, 12/28 – 1/4. Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 28Ā 

Breakfast: Pancakes or waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Hot dogs
Dinner:
Turkey Basmati Rice Pilaf and Thalipeeth

Tasks: Soak pintos, black-eyed peas and chickpeas during the day; cook overnight. Make chicken broth in the stock pot. Thaw out the creamer in the freezer and make more creamer ice cubes. Thaw out 1 pkg. of frozen grated cucumber.

Sunday, December 29 – Birthday boy’s menu! And the birthday boy has requested an orange cake with chocolate frosting. Wait, strawberry frosting! Wait, both! (I talked him down to a chocolate cake with orange frosting on one side and strawberry on the other. :p )

Breakfast: Eggs and toast
Lunch: Chicken soup with carrots and chicken and broccoli that’sĀ  melted down like the broccoli soup we had that had bread in it. (His words, people, his words.) And strawberries.
Dinner: Mushroom and onion pizza and cake

Tasks: Bag up and freeze the cooked beans.

Monday, December 30

Breakfast: Leftover waffles
Lunch: Christmas with family
Dinner:
Christmas with family

Tasks: Get on the road as quickly as possible.

Tuesday, December 31

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs
Lunch: Spaghetti and meatballs
Dinner: Okra Raita, Every Day Yellow Dal, and Black-eyed pea Salad

Tasks: Thaw out a pound of ground beef and okra in the morning. Soak oats for breakfast. Thaw out and use some of the liver cubes in the meatballs.

Wednesday, January 1

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Baked Tilapia and broccoli

Tasks: Thaw out chili. Pack N’s lunch.

Thursday, January 2 – get a birthday card in the mail to Poppa W.

Breakfast: Paleo Pumpkin, Lemon Poppyseed, Banana, and Cherry Muffins
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chili and cornbread, Peach ice cream for dessert

Tasks: Pack N’s lunch. Freeze half of the leftover muffins. Thaw out chicken.

Friday, January 3

Breakfast: Breakfast rice with raisins
Lunch: Leftovers or sandwiches
Dinner: Roasted Chicken, sweet potatoes, and Brussels spouts

Tasks:

Saturday, January 4

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Cheeseburger Pie and salad

Tasks: Make new meal plan/go grocery shopping.

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Two-ish Week Meal Plan or…What we’ll eat until we leave

Two-ish Week Meal Plan:

My goals are to get us planned out through our upcoming Christmas trip, minimize grocery shopping trips, and increase the amount of sanity flowing into December. (It beats the alternative, right? šŸ˜‰ )

Monday, December 2 – Cello lesson night

Breakfast: Yogurt and fruit salad, scrambled eggs
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Turkey kale soup, make up a recipe using onions, celery, and leftover butternut squash

Tasks: Make and bake bread. Thaw out a pound of ground beef.

Tuesday, December 3 – Evening Mom’s Group Christmas Party

Breakfast:Ā Banana muffins and Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
Lunch: TurkeyĀ  Salad with Coconut Flour Crepes
Dinner: Eggroll in a Bowl

Tasks: Make three dozen cookies for the party.

Wednesday, December 4 – work from home day!

Breakfast: Egg and cheese biscuits
Lunch: Tuna salad
Dinner:
Chicken stuffing casserole

Tasks: Make a Pumpkin Crisp.

Thursday, December 5 – a.m. Homeschool Christmas Party, evening hosting of small group

Breakfast: Fisherman’s Breakfast
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks: Make Slab Apple Pie, Cranberry Apple Walnut Cake, and Oatmeal Raisin cookies for small group

Friday, December 6

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Casserole
Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, veggies
Dinner: Meatloaf, salad, and sweet potato fries

Tasks: Thaw out a pound of ground beef. Soak oats for Sunday’s baked oatmeal.

Saturday, December 7 – a.m. Volunteering at Abba House, afternoon violin lesson

Breakfast: Pancakes or waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks: Prepare baked oatmeal in p.m. for an easy Sunday morning breakfast.

Sunday, December 8 – serving at the 6 p.m. service

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal
Lunch: Ham and cheese Sandwiches, veggies
Dinner: Chili

Tasks: Thaw out chili for dinner.

Monday, December 9

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and biscuits
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Salmon Patties, Veggies

Tasks: Soak oats for breakfast. Thaw out chicken legs.

Tuesday, December 10 – Guitar lesson night

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, carrot sticks
Dinner: Baked Chicken Legs, veggies

Tasks:

Wednesday, December 11 – work from home day!

Breakfast: Pancakes
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Baked Tilapia, veggies

Tasks: Soak oats for breakfast.

Thursday, December 12 – small group Christmas social

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chicken soup and biscuits

Tasks:

Friday, December 13 – Company Christmas Party

Breakfast: Breakfast leftovers
Lunch: Ham and cheese sandwiches
Dinner: Leftovers

Tasks:

Saturday, December 14 – afternoon violin lesson

Breakfast: Pancakes or Waffles, Chef’s Choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks:

Sunday, December 15

Breakfast: Leftover waffles/pancakes, fried eggs
Lunch: Sandwiches
Dinner: Taco salads with Spanish rice

Tasks:

Monday, December 16 – Cello lesson?

Breakfast: Egg casserole – find recipe
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Chef salads

Tasks: Soak oats.

Tuesday, December 17

Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Leftovers

Tasks:

Wednesday, December 18 – Packing, packing, packing!

Breakfast: Leftovers
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks:

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