What’s for dinner?

My husband and I go through phases of either being really good at planning our menu for the week, going grocery shopping for only the items we need and sticking to the menu OR not doing any of the above and sending a text asking “What’s for dinner?”. Add in my travel schedule for work and my husband’s odd schedule and it can be hectic. Please tell me this sounds familiar to you too!

We skipped meal planning/grocery shopping yesterday afternoon and instead spent the time with some friends. We had a lot fun and the last thing I wanted to think about when we got home was our meal plan for the week. Luckily, the ideas came to me pretty easy today and grocery shopping after work was a breeze.

Here is the plan for the week. It does not include today’s lunch and I should note I am traveling 3 days this week so it calls for using things for leftovers that we would not always have last as long.

Monday >
Dinner: Mixed vegetable and pesto lasagna

Tuesday >
Lunch: Lasagna leftovers
Dinner: Crockpot whole chicken with potatoes, carrots, and onions

Wednesday >
Lunch: Salad with leftover chicken
Dinner: BBQ chicken flatbread (using the leftover chicken)

Thursday >
Lunch: Last of the lasagna leftovers
Dinner: Meatball sub

Friday >
Lunch: Grilled bratwurst
Dinner: Eating out

Veggie Lasagna

imageHere are the ingredients for tonight’s lasagna. I do need to get better at taking pictures but for now they are coming straight off my phone.

My veggie lasagna always changes slightly but here is a general recipe:

1 box of lasagna
2 cloves garlic
a few handfuls of spinach
2 bell peppers
1/2 onion
16 oz ricotta cheese
1 cup pesto
2 cups alfredo sauce
2 cups of cheese (I usually use Six Cheese Italian)

1) Boil lasagna according to directions on box.
2) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3) Dice garlic, bell peppers and onion. Saute them in the pan with the spinach.
4) Layer the lasagna in the pan as follows: lasagna noodles, alredo and pesto sauce, sauteed veggies, and ricotta. I usually have 2 layers. On top of the second layer, I put another layer of lasgna and a little bit of the alfredo and pesto sauces and sprinkle on the shredded cheese.
5) Bake the lasagna

For tonight, I’m also going to make a version with marinara sauce and have some flat bread with olive oil and garlic. Once I’m done cooking, I’ll post the photo on Istagram. Do you meal plan? Do you have any go-to recipes?

Tidbits from the week

Thanks to Pinterest I have finally joined over half of the adult US population and downloaded/read a book on my iPad. I saw the pin for BookBub and decided that my upcoming work trip was as good of a reason as any to finally try it out. The service is really easy – register and answer a few questions. I was immediately able to see books available that matched y interests and every day I get an email of new books that are available.

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I’ve always enjoyed the feel of an actual book but it was really convenient when waiting in the airport and not having to carry the extra weight of the book.

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I took advantage of the nice weather when I left work and made a pit stop by Homegoods to look for a rug for our living room. I did not find one but did pick up a few goodies:

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– Mr. Bar-B-Que Cordierite Grill Stone: We love to grill and I’m looking forward to making a pizza on this soon.

– Multi-color Keyboard Note Pad: I’m hoping this will be a good change-up to my desk organization rather than the post-it system I currently use.

– Fun, floral thank you cards because you can never have enough

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Check out my Instagram @BloomsintheBreeze

National Infertility Awareness Week 2015

Today marks the start of 2015’s National Infertility Awareness Week. This week was founded by Resolve, the National Infertility Association that tirelessly advocates and raises awareness on topic of infertility. It’s an area of medicine that the general public does not know much about because it’s one that is rarely discussed in an open forum. Quite frankly, while I always had a gut feeling that it would be difficult to get pregnant, I was blissfully unaware of how common this issue is and how many hurdles there are for those who are trying to have a baby.

The theme for this year’s awareness week is “You Are Not Alone”. It was part of the inspiration to finally begin speaking about our struggles. My husband and I have tried to have a baby for a little over 2 years. After a year, I made an appointment with a specialist and all of the standard tests came back normal. You never realize how much you do not want to be described as ‘normal’ – because if everything was how it’s supposed to be, then why had we not had any success?

Fast forward a month and I made the decision to have a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. It was during this surgery that the doctor found a uterine septate and Stage 2-3 endometriosis. Surprisingly enough it was a relief to have a ‘reason’. Other symptons that I was never able to tie to anything started to make sense, especially the exhaustion when I was doing everything right – getting enough sleep, eating right, and exercising. My doctor estimated that the endo would grow back within 6 months and that was the best window to try on our own. Eleven months later we still have not had the joy of a positive pregnancy test. We’ve grieved, struggled cried, and tried to buy time with staying busy, although it was always in the back of our minds.

The last two months have been a breakthrough per se. I cannot say exactly what happened but know that with a lot of prayer and soul searching, we are in a better place? Do we have the end result we want? No. But we are taking this time to enjoy each day. I’m hoping that blogging about our journey will help me process my thoughts as we decide where to go from here. And while the data says that 1 in 8 women struggle with infertility, I wonder if it is more common or if it’s just happen chance that I know quite a few women who are walking this journey. I believe these women are in my life for a reason and I am so thankful for the wisdom and support. I hope that they will share their story on here someday in hopes that we all know – we are not alone.

Here’s to the journey…

The journey of blogging. It’s something I never thought I would do but it’s exactly what I find myself doing this Sunday night. I’m up to 8 tabs open with comparisons of different themes, how to’s, etc. WordPress has a Blogging 101 series that says I should just throw my thoughts down and worry about the rest of it later. So here is to the journey rather than the results.