1. Leftovers, quick meals, colds…
Not much went on in the kitchen this past week. At least not much that is worth noting.
We ate leftovers for a good bit of the week. I was slammed with a bad cold on Monday night. Jim was out of town, the boys were working and Mia and I were coming back into town after a volleyball game. By that point all I wanted was some soup and my pajamas and to be able to breath again. We swung through Chick-fil-A for a bowl of soup to go. The drive thru is not my favorite way to get dinner, but on that night, it was about all I was up for.
The rest of the meals for the week were:
- Ham (leftover), scrambled eggs and biscuits
- Ravioli with jarred sauce and Italian sausage that I browned and added to the sauce
- Rotisserie chicken, pretzel rolls and salad from Costco
- Something unknown that I have no memory of
This was not a stellar week of meals, but I’m back in a routine now. I hit the grocery with the Traditional Weekly Meal Plan and I’m all set to do better this week.
2. Simple Advent Wreath
I was inspired by the Sorta Awesome Podcast to try doing an Advent wreath and simple readings this year. We’ve done this in the past, when the kids were young, but we’ve found it difficult to keep up every night. And I can never remember where we’ve stashed the Advent wreath.
On Sorta Awesome Podcast Episode 36, Jerusalem Greer was the guest and she talked about doing Advent in a simple way. She suggested making an Advent wreath by using something round, four candles, something living (like greenery, water or cranberries etc). In the Sorta Awesome Hangout on Facebook, people started sharing photos of the Advent wreaths they put together and I realized that I could do this.
It doesn’t have to be complicated.
I spent about five minutes pulling this together last Sunday evening. I used a glass cake plate, four partially burnt candles, some pink and purple ribbon and a few sprigs of rosemary. In the spirit of simplicity, I did a google search for Advent readings that were short and only once a week. I knew we wouldn’t be able to keep up with more than that. Although, there’s no shame in starting and falling behind. It’s more important that we start than that we tick off every night on the calendar.
I found this Advent devotional on the Billy Graham site. My intention is that we will light the candles and do the reading on Sunday evenings this month.
3. December Scripture Writing Plan
Earlier this week Mary Beth, our editor for Weekly Meal Plans, shared this on Facebook. She didn’t know where it came from, but a few days later I saw on Instagram that Christy from Southern Plate had tracked down the source. The plan came from the blog Sweet Blessings and I’m so grateful that she shared it. I’m really enjoying copying the verses in my notebook each morning. It doesn’t take long and it’s a good way to focus on Advent for a few minutes at the start of the day.
What’s working in your kitchen this week?