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Scattered Sundays – Sustainable Cooks

Scattered Sundays – Sustainable Cooks


This week marks the primary of two of the busiest weeks of the whole summer season for yours actually. Between work and a large soccer occasion that I’m serving to to plan, my plate was very full.

On Sunday evening, Troy stated “I’ll deal with every little thing with the boys on Monday and Tuesday so you possibly can simply concentrate on work”. Such a luxurious. However within the film enterprise, that is known as foreshadowing…

A mere 5 hours later, he was up and feeling like crap. The second he stated “I’ve this intense headache”, I banished him to the inlaw suite within the basement. My dad hasn’t been right here for a couple of weeks, so it was empty and remoted.

And naturally, as a result of that’s the means issues all the time go, he took a rona take a look at at 7 am and it was aggressively optimistic. The timing couldn’t have been worse, however that’s life, proper?

Should you bear in mind, that is nearly 12 months to the day when he received it final 12 months. Fortunately, this time he isn’t almost as sick. It’s come down to only feeling like a foul chilly.

On Tuesday, I labored, stored everybody entertained and fed, after which went off to a 90-minute dad or mum information evening for one among Jack’s courses that he begins within the fall.

It was 92˚F, muggy, and had been an excellent busy day. All I used to be wanting ahead to was collapsing on the sofa with some Oreos and slightly Hulu as soon as the children had been in mattress. I received residence, solely to see these buttfaces had eaten all of the Oreos for his or her dessert.

I imply, there wasn’t a ton left to start with, however they cleaned every little thing out. I advised them that after I died, I used to be coming again to hang-out them due to this. Then I positioned an Instacart order for some groceries, together with Oreos, for 7 am supply the following day.

a stuffed animal in a pantry.
Issues had been getting loopy right here in Cook dinner’s Covid Cove.

It was so dang scorching and humid in Seattle this week. I actually don’t perceive individuals who select to dwell in humid locations. I can’t deal with it and my physique revolts. And other people always LIVE LIKE THIS.

We frequently get a couple of weeks of utmost warmth over the summer season (however by no means had that rising up…), nevertheless it’s not normally humid. The combo was so pointless and impolite. Unsubscribe. 0 stars!

Final week I discussed some gadgets that saved my butt throughout our soccer tournaments, however I forgot the point out crucial one. And it’s fully free!

We’ve an older half-gallon juice bottle that travels backwards and forwards with us to all occasions. I fill it 75% stuffed with water and freeze it. It’s THE BEST ice pack in our cooler, and because it slowly melts we are able to use it to refill water bottles and we prime off the bag of ice water the place we preserve cooling towels for the staff.

Even once we’re feeling lazy and don’t unpack the automotive at evening, the juice jug continues to be 50% frozen the following day. I’m telling you, everybody wants an outdated juice jug of ice!

a living room full of toys.
I wanna burn all of it down.

Within the Backyard This Week

I rapidly pulled a lot of the inexperienced beans this week as a result of the warmth zapped them. And I used to be too busy to take care of or mourn them. Possibly sometime I’ll be bummed. Proper now, I’m simply relieved.

We picked some tomatoes and cucumbers as wanted, and I ate blueberries straight from the bushes as I used to be out watering. Aside from that, nearly all my backyard stuff this week concerned watering and attempting to maintain issues alive within the warmth and humidity.


Lengthy-time reader, Sandy, left this five-star evaluate on our brand-spanking new Creamy Hen Pasta {pin this recipe}:

I might inform after I learn the elements, my household would love this! It was an important weeknight meal (first day of faculty) that I stretched with extra rooster and pasta to offer loads of leftovers for varsity heat-up lunches! My mistake was not including extra tomatoes and spinach. We gained’t speak in regards to the quantity of cheese I added. So delish! Thanks for one more tasty, easy winner!

a white skillet with creamy chicken pesto pasta topped with shredded parmesan.


I suppose this week the theme was “colorless meals”. We had a brand new quinoa recipe and a few pickled ghost broccoli.

Instantaneous Pot QuinoaMake excellent Instantaneous Pot Quinoa for a quick facet dish that the entire household will love! Made in a flash in a stress cooker, this scrumptious quinoa recipe pairs effectively with so many dishes. {Pin this recipe}

a white bowl with Instant Pot Quinoa topped with chopped parsley, sitting on a wooden board. There are small bowls of seasonings and parsley on a white marbled surface.

Pickled Cauliflower – This fast Pickled Cauliflower is a quick and straightforward option to protect this tasty and wholesome vegetable! Take pleasure in these scrumptious and quick spicy cauliflower pickles with out the trouble of canning. {Pin this recipe}

a weck jar of pickled cauliflower, red peppers, and dill.


This appears early, however for the primary time in all of 2023, the highest 5 posts are all about canning or preserving. The pears shocked me as a result of usually that’s canning that occurs later within the fall.

Additionally, it appears clear that I actually get pleasure from taking images of meals in jars. That spaghetti sauce must get with this system and bottle itself.



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