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Journey Journal: Days 88-91

Day 88: Friday, March 29, 2013

An amazing Good Friday service tonight at church, beginning the celebration of our Great Savior Jesus Christ! So thankful that my sins–all of them–have been nailed to the cross!

Day 89: Saturday, March 30, 2013

Left early for our drive to Ohio to spend Easter weekend with my family. Thank goodness for granola bars, bananas, nuts, and…Starbucks. Of course, the real reason for the trip was to meet my newest niece…who is so sweet and adorable, especially when she coos!

Day 90: Sunday, March 31, 2013

Went to church with my brother and his family, then shared Easter dinner with the whole family (except for my brother in law). Mom made a delicious ham topped with cherry jam, mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans, butter-dill red potatoes, and a beautiful mixed greens salad. After dinner, dad pulled out the projector and old slides and we had some good, nostalgic laughs from the 80s and 90s. Finished up with some coffee and pie.

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Easter Dinner

Day 91: Monday, April 1, 2013

Bryan and I had breakfast with mom and dad at Bob Evans. I spent the morning with my mom and sister, while Bryan graciously watched the nephews. Then spent the afternoon with my sister in law and her new baby! Dinner with my folks, sister and her family, followed by more time with my brother and his family in the evening. I’m thankful for the time to get to know my sister in law better.

Meal Plan for July 14 thru July 20

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Scallions, Flavor Supreme Pluots, Romaine Lettuce, Flame Seedless Grapes, South Carolina Peaches, Crimini Mushrooms, Parisi Farm’s Cantaloupes, Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes, Bio-way Farms’ Zucchini, Parisi Farm’s Red Sweet Potatoes, Parisi Farm’s Green Bell Peppers, and Belton Farms’ Corn.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

Dinners:

Meal Plan for the Week of July 4th!

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Contained South Carolina White Peaches, North Carolina Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Haden Mangos, Jumbo Yellow Onions, Parisi Farms Jalapeno Peppers, Hurricane Creek Lettuce Medley, Hurricane Creek Pak Choi (aka Bok Choy), Carrots, Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes, Parisi Farms Sweet Potatoes, and Bioway Farms Bicolor Zephyr Squash (see Zucchini recipes in meal plan below).

This Week’s Meal Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

(Check out the fabulous Red, White & Blue Dishes on July 4th!)

This Week’s Recipe List (plus see the Recipes Archive page):

Pancake Buffet (thinly sliced fruit, chocolate chips, jams, syrups, butter)

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan: June 16-22

This Week’s Basket (from Milk and Honey Organics) Included Hurricane Creek’s Lettuce, Parisi Farms’ Cherokee Purple Tomatoes, Parisi Farms’ White Sweet Potatoes, Bioway Farms’ Garlic, Bananas, South Carolina Peaches, Red Delicious Apples, White Mushrooms, Beets with Beet Greens, Local Collards, Apricots, and Jumbo Red Onions.

This Week’s Meal Plan (using PepperPlate.com):

Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan:

  • Carnitas with Black Beans and Cilantro Lime Rice (“Carnitas” not included in this week’s plan, but feel free to add it as a delicious accompaniment to your beans and rice!)
  • Tomato Egg Cups
  • For Cheesy Grits, follow package instructions and add 1/2 c. of shredded cheddar (or your favorite cheese) during the last 2 minutes of cooking; a few cloves of minced garlic is also a nice addition.
  • For the Garlic Toast, I highly recommend mincing fresh garlic and spreading it on your toast with butter before broiling. Yum!
  • Fettucine Alfredo (homemade Alfredo Sauce)
  • Brown Rice Bar (aka “Unfried Rice”) - a great way to use up leftovers!
  • And, see M&H’s Recipes Archive page!
  • Bananas make a great snack, or peel them and freeze them to add to a quick breakfast smoothie!

Weekly Basket and Meal Plan

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Hurricane Creek Farms‘ Romaine Lettuce, Parisi Farms‘ Kale, Local Chef’s Greenhouse Tomatoes (Wait until you see these Beautiful Italian tomatoes!!), Watsonia Farms’ Green Cabbage, Covington (NC) Sweet Potatoes, Lemons, Bananas, Red Onions, Shallots, and Cauliflower (Not shown, but in most baskets: Valencia Oranges, Kiwi, and Ataulfo Mangos; we received extra of other items instead).

This Week’s Meal Plan (via PepperPlate.com):

Featured Recipe of the Week:

Caribbean Sweet Potato and Banana Bread (contains coconut and pecans)

The rest of the recipes from the meal plan can be found on the M&H Blog’s Recipes Archive page. Bon Appetit!

Weekly Recipes and Meal Plan

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This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included: Braeburn Apples, Green Beans, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, Local Lacinato Kale, Kiwifruit, Romaine Lettuce, Golden Nugget Mandarins, White Onions, Cara Cara Red Navel Oranges, Parsley, and Local Covington Sweet Potatoes.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

via PepperPlate.com

Recipes from This Week’s Meal Plan:

A Merry Christmas Basket and Meal Plan!

This year’s Christmas basket included Granny Smith Apples, Sweet Potatoes and Yukon Golds, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Oranges, Green Beans, Pomegranate, Butternut Squash, and Sweet Onions.

And here’s this week’s Meal Plan (using PepperPlate once again):

The first recipe that came to my mind when I walked in the house yesterday and saw these beautiful Granny Smith Apples from my Milk and Honey Organics weekly produce basket was the Marcia Adams’ Granny Smith Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce! It’s a family favorite around the holidays and a quick dump cake that is delicious every time! The last time I made it, I used buttered ramekins, so each person got their very own apple cake and could put as much or as little caramel sauce atop as they liked. This cake would also make a beautiful homemade gift for neighbors or friends. If it doesn’t turn out exactly as beautiful as you would like, just drizzle some caramel sauce on top and pipe some whipped cream on it! (Yes, I confess, I have done that before.)

Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of The Chew episodes. It’s a fairly new morning talk show on ABC featuring four chefs and a fashion stylist. It’s pretty funny, most of the time, and has a lot of good recipes. Here are a few that I saw over the last few weeks that would be great to feature this week’s basket in:

(Other Recipes from the Meal Plan can be found in past Weekly Meal Plan posts).

What will likely happen in my house (and perhaps yours), is that you’ll plan your Christmas Dinner as your main meal for the week and then snack and attend parties and family gatherings for the rest of the week.

Leftovers will likely be a part of this week’s menu for all of us, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be every bit as delicious as the feast itself. Enjoy plenty of  beautiful, organic produce this week! Keep it light and healthful and enjoy the time with family and friends even more than you enjoy the food! I hope you have a blessed and peaceful holiday season, full of family, food, and festivities!

Merry Christmas from My Journey to Lean!

Weekly Recipes and Meal Plan!

This Week’s Basket included Garlic, Ginger, Ruby Grapefruit, Satsuma Mandarins, D’Anjou Pears, Kiwis, Jonagold Apples, BioWay Turnips with Greens, Parisi Green or Red Cabbage, Hurricane Creek Cucumbers and Tomatoes, and Parisi Lettuce and Sweet Potatoes (the sweet potatoes were an extra in my basket because I blog for M&H, plus I got a few extra kiwi and pears that aren’t shown). Needless to say, this was a really excellent basket this week!

I used PepperPlate.com to create the meal plan, once again. I’m liking this site/app more and more every time I use it!

This Week’s Recipe Ideas:

Other recipes on the meal plan can be found in the Recipe Archives on the Milk and Honey Organics blog. Here’s the recipe for the Turkey Feta Meatballs and Tomato Caper Pasta (an original favorite of mine). Enjoy!

And here are some tips on Turnips and their Greens! (I recommend storing them separately in air tight containers or bags.) I hope you enjoy some delicious produce this weekend!
My weekend will be spent finishing up last touches on Bryan’s Christmas gift and hopefully getting Christmas cards in the mail (fingers crossed)! Oh, and I plan on posting a giveaway on the blog soon!!! So stay tuned! How do plan on spending your weekend?!

Weekly Meal Plan and Recipe Ideas

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Granny Smith Apples, Satsuma Mandarins, Jumbo Sweet Yellow Onions, Pomegranates, Celery, Bananas, Carrots, Ataulfo Mangos, Silver Dollar Mushrooms, Hurricane Creek Lettuce, Kem Radish Microgreens, Parisi Farms’ Beets and White Sweet Potatoes.

I am so excited to try the Satsumas! They’re a type of mandarin or orange, and a variety I have never had the privilege of tasting prior to this. And, of course, I love beets and sweet potatoes!

Here’s the meal plan I created using PepperPlate.com. I have to say, the more recipes you add, the easier it is to meal plan. You simply go to the planner tab and type a word (like “beets”) and every recipe that has that word in the title pops up for you to select the recipe you want.

And here’s the list of recipes:

Bon Appetit!!

Weekly Recipe Ideas and Meal Plan for November 4-11

This week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics included the following: Bio-Way Scallions, Bio-Way Mustard Greens (hiding off to the left hand side of this picture), Macintosh Apples, Golden Tangelos, Parsnips, Bananas, Seedless Crimson Grapes, Leeks, Spring Mix, Parisi Farms Green Peppers, Parisi Farms Sweet Potatoes, Parisi Farms Eggplant (mine are green).

This Week’s Recipe Ideas:

And finally, check out this week’s Meal Plan:
For an interactive PDF with recipe links, click on the meal plan above or here.

Go ahead and wash those grapes and toss them in a freezer for a fast, fun snack! I can’t wait to try the “Crustless Mini Pies” using last week’s butternut squash tomorrow night! I might just have to go ahead and make it tonight!

By the way, if your eggplants were green like mine, eggplants don’t change color as they ripen. Some are purple and some are green, so go ahead and throw them in some curry or grill them with olive oil and seasonings. Whatever you do, enjoy them!

Bon Appetit! And have a great weekend!