Have You Eaten?

My Auntie Ollie would greet everyone with a giant hug, a kiss on the lips, and always the same question: “have you eaten?” It didn’t matter if the answer was yes, you were about to get fed. Homemade baked goods, some form of roasted meat, cheese, nuts, her famous pickles and meatballs, she could pull together a gourmet plate in two minutes flat.

I know that food isn’t actually love, but sometimes it feels an awful lot like it.

I had a bit of an odd day. I woke up and finished reading Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, which left me feeling discombobulated and a bit raw. It was a well-written book, and I enjoyed it, I just wasn’t expecting to connect so emotionally with the story.

My emotional hangover and the pouring rain set the tone for the day. I started with buttermilk pancakes shaped like Mickey Mouse and dotted with chocolate chips for Grady, followed by a shrimp omelette for Shawn. I spent hours stirring Poppy’s favourite pasta sauce as it simmered away on the stove. I hard-boiled eggs and layered them with bacon and local tomatoes and baby spinach for packed lunches. I washed peaches and blueberries and contemplated picking blackberries before the rain picked up and kept me inside.

Food isn’t love, exactly, but we all need to be fed and there’s something beautiful in the simple act of feeding others.

Meal Plan 07/22/19 - 07/26/19

We just got home from a lovely long weekend away where a lot of potato chips and not a lot of vegetables were consumed. This week is going to be veg heavy is what I’m saying.


Monday: Farfalle with Zucchini and White Beans

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Shawarma served with grilled onions and zucchini, fresh tomatoes and cucumber, and some sort of garlic dipping sauce.

Wednesday: Baked Salmon Cakes served with green salad.

Thursday: Leftovers (said in a sing-songy voice because there is nothing better than leftover night when I don’t have to put an ounce of effort into thinking about the food my family is going to put into their faceholes).

Friday: it’s Grady’s 8th Birthday (WUT?!) so he gets to choose what’s for dinner. If I had to guess, I’d say it will probably be pepperoni pizza from his favourite pizza place.

Meal Plan 07/14/2019 - 07/19/2019

It’s a HelloFresh week this week, thank goodness, because my inspiration and motivation are gone. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I feel scattered and disorganized and discombobulated (like, more than usual). HelloFresh to the rescue. The only thinking I had to do was choose three meals out of ten options. I can do that. That is the level of participation I am looking for right now.


Monday: HelloFresh Fragrant Aloo Gobi with Cauliflower, Potato Curry and Cilantro for meatless Monday.

Tuesday: HelloFresh Lemon Chicken and Goat Cheese with Crisp Pear, Arugula, and Citrus Vinaigrette

Wednesday: Barbecued Cheeseburgers with a side of responsibility salad.

Thursday: HelloFresh Brown Sugar and BBQ Glazed Turkey Breast with Corn and Bell Pepper Hash.

Friday: out

What’s on your meal plan this week? If you haven’t tried HelloFresh Canada yet, you can get $40 off your first box using my code (disclaimer: I will get $25 off my next box if you use my code).

Meal Plan 07/08/2019 - 07/12/2019

The weather network tells us we’re going to have a wet week, full of drizzle and a summer storm. I’m digging up some autumn recipes is what I’m saying.


Monday: Barbecued cheeseburgers served with kale salad.

Tuesday: Curried Lentil, Tomato, and Coconut Soup

Wednesday: Classic Beef Chili served with cornbread and green salad.

Thursday: leftovers or sushi depending on how the week goes.

Friday: Shawn’s playing an outdoor, all-ages gig so the kids and I will pack a picnic snacky dinner to eat while we enjoy the show.

What’s on your meal plan this week?