Meal Plan for August 15-31

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As boring as this might be for you to read, it’s a necessity for me. As our lives seem to speed up it’s mandatory for me to have a list somewhere I can turn to for answers. I am thankful that even though our time slots are filling up we make the time to eat as a family. And we have a new addition to our little family- my sister! She is staying with us while she gets her footing in a new city, new job and can save up/ find a place to move into.

Fun for me because I LOVE her. But also because she’s a vegan and that has proven a fun challenge for me. A lot of you have asked how I ‘do it’. Well, here is our menu plan to read. I’ll label the meals and how they are/could become vegan friendly.

Some of you have also asked does Emma actually eats the healthy meals? The answer is most of the time. She has a ‘thing’ with spinach. (hates it) So I try to sneak it in as much as I can. She eats brown rice, crusts of sandwiches and unhealthy amounts of hummus. However, the vegan pizza is a no go. Plain cheese only. Or the stir fry- just meat and rice.

15th: Veggie/Vegan Pizza: spinach, basil leaves, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms. Cheese added on our separate pizza.

16th: Camping

17th: Camping

18th: Tuna Melts (vegan: avocado melts) with fruit kabobs.

19th: Beef Enchiladas in green sauce, cold black bean/cilantro/corn salad. (vegan: black bean enchiladas/vegan cheese)

20th: Hamburgers/Vegan Burgers, Corn on the cob, BBQ Beans, cucumber salad

21st: Tortilla Soup, Mexican Salad (greens/corn/salsa/tomatoes)

22nd: Grilled Cheese/Tomato Soup

23rd: *pre-made and frozen* Stuffed Bell Peppers (rice, salsa, corn, black beans, spinach).

24th: Pineapple/Chicken Stir fry with brown rice. (vegan: all veggies with rice)

25th: Black bean patties, cold homemade potato salad (tons of dill)

26th: Any non vegan leftovers.

27th-31st: SEATTLE

For Desserts these next two weeks:

Fresh Blueberry Cobbler (dairy/GF)

Chocolate Banana muffins (vegan)

Adult Blueberry/ White Wine Popsicles

 

Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney World

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*Warning: Overload of Disney World pictures* 

We spent two full (over 8 hr) days in Disney World, Magic Kingdom and could post at least a week of all we did and saw. But I think I’ll shrink it down to a couple posts. Yes it was amazing, awesome and totally wonderful! It was great having a child at the perfect age for meeting and loving all the Disney princesses. In fact, you could say we went and did a princess tour.

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 Travis was so patient and even mapped out and scheduled for us when certain princesses would be available for us to meet. And you know what? I was excited to meet the princesses too! Disney has a way of bringing out the inner child in us all that’s for sure!

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 While we were there we lived it through her eyes and found it even more magical.

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Her favorite: Ariel. Travis got her the special outfit and Emma HAD to go back, stand in line again- just to show Ariel Emma’s new tail. My heart melted. (thank goodness Emma didn’t notice it was a different Ariel hehe)

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and now….camera pictures!

979966_10151457950212379_1304805765_oI wish I had someone who pushed me around the whole time! Sheesh! ;)

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Out of order pictures, but this is Emma on the airplane. You better believe we dressed her up in a princess outfit for the journey! Everyone ooo’d and awww’d over her and she ate it up. She smiled, twirled and told them where she was going. Not that the Mickey ears gave it away. :)

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We Mielonen ladies FROZE with the air conditioning! That is why her blankets are up to her chin. We stayed at the Coronado Springs Resort and had a serious ball.  It was an exhausting but amazing day.

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Mayfield Park: Austin, TX

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I had the chance to research fun things to do in Austin, TX before our trip. I’ve been there many times, but this trip we had two little ones in tow which altered the places we visited. This one I’m showing you today is free and relaxing. Choose a morning to visit- it can be pretty hot in the midday/afternoon.

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 It’s kinda set up into two parts. A nature walk which they made to look native. Local wildlife everywhere. Tons of tree cover and a nice flat path to follow. Every so often you’ll hear a peacock yell keeping you searching for them through the bush. The second part is a large house and well kept grounds, which is where 90% of the peacocks actually are. There are many trees keeping you cool as you stroll on a wide slate path sharing it with the peacocks. Large pools with koi give it an extra relaxed atmosphere.

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Yes, they are proud.

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 All in all a great place for the whole family. And did I mention it’s free?!

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Mayfield Park

3505 W 35th St

Austin, TX 78703

Blueberry Muffins

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*last post using my phone as my camera. So sorry!*

There is nothing as relaxing as eating a muffin. I don’t know if it’s just me (which is highly likely) but when I see a plate of muffins, I know the other person likes me.

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 And if they’re fruit muffins- they love me. :) I’m so weird because I would never say this to a friends face…..probably because it would come out sounding slightly psycho. I mean who says those things? Why is it more acceptable to read them on a persons blog?

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All I can say is to find a good, safe muffin recipe and experiment. These are basic blueberry/cinnamon muffins. My mom’s recipe actually. We’re visiting her this coming weekend for a wedding and so in honor of her I made a batch.

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* disclaimer: DO NOT BAKE if you also have no air conditioning and is crazy hot in your home. Learn from my mistakes- don’t bake on hot days. It seriously ended up hotter inside our home than outside.*

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1 Egg

1/2C Milk

1/4 Oil

1 1/2C Flour

1/2C Sugar& 1 Tsp Cinnamon

2 Tsp baking powder

1/2 Tsp Salt

1 C Berries

Beat egg. Stir in milk and oil. Add dry ingredients. Mix. Add blueberries. Grease muffin cups 2/3 full and bake at 400′F for 20-25 min. Serve warm.

Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

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*My apologies for the quality of this picture. Phone picture. :) *

I made up this recipe last night because I was already half way through making a dessert only to realize I didn’t have a couple items. Yikes. Time to get creative! And throwing out what I had made wasn’t an option. I hate- HATE- throwing out ingredients.

This ended up surprisingly more dense (but not too much). The oatmeal really adds a more chewy texture. And even though butter is used in this, it didn’t turn out greasy. We enjoyed it with some strong coffee and Star Trek. Enjoy!

 ***You could easily make this vegan by switching out the butter/chocolate chips for vegan  friendly ones. And as always, a great substitute for eggs are 2T ground flax seed and 5T water. Give it time to ‘goop’ and you have 2 egg substitutes**

1C Butter

3/4C Sugar

3/4C brown Sugar

1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla

*beat all above*

Then add: 2 eggs

Then add: 2 3/4C Flour

1/2C Quick Oats

1 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Salt

1/2C Coconut flakes

Chocolate Chips (however chocolaty you like it)

Bake at 350′F for 20ish min in 9’13 pan.

Standard Pancakes (American Style)

 

I’ve been looking for a great pancake recipe that I can make in Poland which doesn’t require buttermilk. Not because I can’t find it there or even make it there…I’m just lazy. lol Honestly. I also want something that’s a bit healthier. However if you find those recipes, most are complicated or doesn’t taste how you hope. 

Well, to this date, this is the best one I’ve found. And it’s already made my paper recipe book so you know it’s good. Super good and straightforward. The hardest part is finding a syrup now that doesn’t contain crazy sugar. Did I mention this was a sugar free pancake recipe? :) I’m interested in making coconut whipped cream with fresh berries. I know. Yum right?!

Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

Pancake Recipe:

1 3/4C Flour

1T Baking Powder

1/2t Salt

1 1/2C Milk

2 lrg Eggs

3T Veg. Oil

Mix all the dry ingredients first then add wet. Remember to not over mix. 

This is for plain simple pancakes. Some fun flavor ideas: Ginger and Cinnamon Spices, Berries, 1/4C Pumpkin Puree, 1/4C Sweet Potato Puree, Chocolate Chips, swirl in a mix of melted butter/brown sugar/cinnamon, 1/2C oatmeal, etc. The sky’s the limit. :)  

Starbucks Oatmeal

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I was going through our local Starbucks recently, and my hubby gushed about how awesome their oatmeal was. (love my healthy babe) I saw it on their menu and my jaw dropped when I saw the price. Um, no. Then I had a little hissy fit- why does healthy food have to be so expensive?! I ordered the pumpkin scone. Principles over health. ;)

So I decided to make my own a little afterwards. Learn from my mistakes friends: add the berries AFTER the water/brown sugar thing. I was overly excited and mixed it with the dry stuff. Even though it tasted great, the water turned purple. Kinda different. (might be fun for kids?) And this recipe all depends on you. Some like their oatmeal nuttier, sweeter or thicker than this recipe. Experiment and enjoy!

 

Blueberry/Nut Oatmeal

1/2 C Quick Oats

3/4 C Hot Water

2T Brown Sugar

2T Your Favorite Crushed Nuts  

1/4C Blueberries (again, any favorite berry you like)

Mix the oats, sugar and nuts. Then add hot water. Mix and wait a couple minutes. Afterwards add the toppings.  Make this with a hot cup of tea and feel smug that you saved yourself about $5. (BTW, I’ve have had Starbucks oatmeal and yes, it’s amazing. hehe)