Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thank You!

When I first started this blog, I figured a whole ten people would view it.

I am amazed that we now have over 39,000 views!  Many thanks to,, and  for mentioning this blog and sending some nice readers with great comments my way!

I am sorry I can't answer every comment individually, but please know that Tom and I read them all! I am very grateful for all the helpful suggestions, tips, and encouragement sent from all of you. 

This weekend Tom and I tried to come up with a plan on how to shuffle food prep around in order to make things run more smoothly.  I thought if I go grocery shopping on Saturday, chop vegetables the same day, and then Sunday spend the day cooking off meats, it might be easier.  The last few weeks I've done the shopping on Monday, the chopping on Tuesday, and cooking meats on Wednesday. Not efficient, I 'll grant you, but I did have to manage to squeeze all of this in within a three hour time-frame, so we had to spread it out over a few days. 

Saturday we had a very busy day, so there was no opportunity to go to the grocery store. So much for "The Plan".  I ended up going to the grocery store today (after Mass and during that part of a Sunday where you're happy to be lazy, but you're also really bored), with Elizabeth in tow, and we stocked up. Btw, I think I was the only person whose cart did not include Super Bowl snacks of soda, chips, and dips. Not gonna lie, I was a little jealous of the guy with the fried chicken and the cheetos bag!

Anyway... came home and thought I'd just put everything away and chop it up tomorrow. Then I realized, my fridge wouldn't hold all the stuff I bought unless I cut it up anyway.  Sweet.
Well, I figured chopping veggies is pretty relaxing, so I did this for a few hours. 
And then I decided I might as well cook up some of the meat I bought and let that bake while I cut-up the rest of the vegetables.
At some point, I realized I could cook roast and the turkey at the same time. And if I'm going to do the roast and turkey, I might as well crockpot the ribs, and cook the chicken soup on the stove. 
And as long as I was chopping vegetables, I should probably take out my new mandoline  and make squash, zucchini and sweet potato chips, and throw the into the dehydrator.
And before I knew it... everything was washed, chopped, baked and put away. 

Well, my feet hurt, but I am really hopeful the meals this week go a little smoother. Now my awesome husband is cleaning the kitchen which is full of dirty dishes and messy counters. 

Tomorrow is my second official weigh-in. So let's hope the scale shows some good results!


  1. That's awesome! Your blog has inspired me to go back on a primal eating plan (we used to do Doug Kaufmann's Phase 1 which is much like Mark's-in fact, he frequently has Mark on his show!), so my Sunday was very similar to yours. In fact, last night my husband and I had the same conversation that you and your husband had. I was trying to figure out the easiest way to make this work. We went shopping yesterday but didn't end up having the will power to spend the rest of the day chopping and cooking, so I will have to do it sometime today. I bet you have to prepare a lot of food with all of your children doing it too. I have 4 children (3 of them are boys) and it is difficult to keep up with their appetites. I'll try to put some of my recipes on my blog (assuming I can figure them out since I don't always go by a recipe). I would love to see more of your recipes too!

  2. I am a big proponent of the prep day! Granted I don't have children to deal with (unless you count the one I am married to or the three furry ones) but my Sundays involve a major amount of cooking. I also find it therapeutic. I work out in the morning, head to the grocers, and then prep away along with doing the laundry for the week. I find it works for me and we are stocked up for the week with no excuse to grab convenience foods!

  3. It's sure helped me. Very happy you guys started this. I had been looking at giving up gluten for many reasons anyway, and this came along just in time. Good job with avoiding the Superbowl snackies. We blew it like most people. Now I feel horrid, physically. Not a good idea.