I decided to take a month break from facebooking and blogging, but I've since realized blogging is a great tool for me so I'm back. I'm keeping my promise on the facebook break though, I'm realizing more and more how unhealthy it really is. Also right now being positive is difficult for me with all that is going on, so deep posts for now will go into my private journal where I can vent and let loose without judgement.
So with me being pregnant, cooking and cleaning has went on the back burner. Every smell is making my stomach turn, I even had to unplug all of our glade plug-ins... anything that has a smell, is too much! Cleaning products (even natural like vinegar) makes me sick. The smells of food makes me sick. Somedays I wonder if I'm really just pregnant or if I have the flu.
To describe our house into a nutshell, it's a disaster.
So for the last two days I have willed myself to clean and cook, and things are slowly going back into order. I find I have to push myself to just breath out of my mouth and try, otherwise things will fall apart. It's hard being pregnant!
So in order to help myself, I have put into place a few new rules that I hope slowly will turn into habit...
Dishes, not a single one is allowed in the sink! Never. Ever. Ever! LOL...
It goes STRAIGHT into the dishwasher. This use to be my rule, but I got sick and tired and let things go... thinking Joel would pick up my slack. And he does help, occasionally, but in less cleaning and doing dishes are a habit, doing it occasionally will not cut it and soon I'll find myself with a pile of dishes to do. Also since I'm pregnant, I've been buying paper plates and plastic cups. As much as the hippy in me wants to NOT buy these things, I have since let go of the guilt and allowed myself the luxury. Hopefully soon my new "no dishes in the sink" rule will help me get rid of the disposable plates and cups.
Cooking: This has been an absolute challenge! Just looking at a cook book, pinterest or anything with food makes me ehhh. But it needs to be done. Our eating habits have slowly turned to take-out or not eating at all (me) because I can't stomach it. It's not healthy and I have to bite the bullet and do it anyways. So, today I'm drawing up a new master list of meals to choose from that will weed out all of the gross foods I've had to stare at lately.
Here goes, our Master List for Meal Planning (edited frequently)...
Chicken Pot Pie Soup & Biscuits
kabobs in the oven
French Toast casserole
whole wheat fettuccini alfredo & veggies (or chicken)
baked BBQ chicken
baked teriyaki chicken
chicken and dumplings
pineapple, bacon bbq burgers
chicken pot pie
grandma Geuy's chili
pot roast & veggies in the crock pot
bbq pulled pork sandwiches in the crock pot
light broccoli cheese soup
healthy homemade chicken tenders
sweet peas, sausage and potatoes
Kyle's Crap (my brother in law's recipe, cabbage, italian sausage, onion & potatoes)
Bahama Mama's sausage, potatoes & Sour Crowd (sp?)
mushrooms in butter
baked sweet potato
green bean casserole
cheese ball & crackers (catalina/onion)
baked sweet potato
homemade glazed donuts
homemade sinful cinnamon rolls
crock-pot baked apples
sinful banana pie
Photo Credit: Zdenek Pachl