Scattered Sundays – Sustainable Cooks


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One other weekend, one other soccer match. Which sounds exhausting, however I’m simply being dramatic. It’s our second and final match of the 2023 summer-fall season.

Fortunately, this match was inside each day driving distance, so I didn’t must pack something extreme and we didn’t must get a lodge room. My pockets is thrilled about that.

I did get just a few issues earlier than the final match to make my life simpler. The complicated we had been at was HUGE, we needed to transfer fields after each recreation, and Troy wasn’t capable of come. So I’m actually grateful that we now have a wagon so I may haul all the things round on my own.

We have now had a 12×12 pop-up cover for years that takes up half my trunk and is absolutely unwieldy to haul round. I needed one thing that offered shade from the solar each overhead and from the perimeters. I lastly settled on this smaller cover that comes with zip-on sides.

It was a HUGE hit, and the shade on the perimeters was so appreciated within the afternoon. Our assistant coach has a 9-month previous and when her husband isn’t at video games, I get to observe that little smooshy face.

My little buddy and I and some different smaller siblings frolicked in my pale folks shade palace. And her canine even joined us for a lot of the afternoon.

a woman with a baby with emoji over his face.

The opposite factor that saved my bacon over the weekend was this belt bag. I’ve prevented the belt bag pattern for years, however lastly see the worth in utilizing them. I’m preserving my regular each day purse, however plan to make use of this one for tournaments, holidays, and many others.

I attempted a number of luggage earlier than deciding on this one. The opposite ones weren’t large enough, didn’t have sufficient construction, or sufficient pockets, or functionally had been simply not working with my wants.

This one has a number of compartments with pockets and zippers, card slots so I don’t must pack a pockets but in addition don’t have to fret about money and playing cards falling out. It additionally has a useful dandy little pen slot as a result of I’m the nerd who at all times has a pen on me.

And most significantly, it has a retractable key fob. I can not stand fumbling for my keys and I hearken to sufficient true crime that I do know with the ability to get into your automobile in a flash could be essential.

I do know the bag could be worn round your waist, however I put on it as a cross-body bag with the purse portion within the again. If I’m in a crowded space, I change the compartments to the entrance.

a wagon full of soccer stuff.

I stumbled onto this text on Wednesday evening and it’s a extremely highly effective learn. It’s all about lecturers sharing incidents with college students that modified their insurance policies. It’s an train in humanity, humility, and empathy.

An extended-time reader, Erin, who teaches center faculty, informed me it’s known as Culturally Responsive instructing. My mother taught at a really poor faculty and spent numerous her personal cash on her classroom and for the youngsters. And a part of it was simply assembly the youngsters the place they had been.

I’ll always remember watching her purchase snacks for her classroom and I requested why she was feeding her college students. She checked out me and stated “hungry youngsters can’t study”. That proper there was a mind-shift change for me on realizing that not each child was afforded the privileges that I had.

Within the Backyard This Week

This week discovered Bennett choosing tons and plenty of blueberries. He could be on the market for an hour and nonetheless, solely decide about 10% of what’s ripe. Selecting blueberries is a full-time job within the Cook dinner family throughout this time of the summer season.

a kid picking blueberries.

I’m additionally freely giving cucumbers and zucchini at soccer apply like it’s my precise job. Inexperienced beans are thriving, however then getting too huge as a result of I’ve been too busy to choose them. Whoops. The chickens are having fun with the massive pods although.

Tomatoes and burrata (Dealer Joe’s has the perfect costs if you happen to’re close to one) are on repeat, and my coronary heart and abdomen are each full and comfortable.


Pamela, reader, and sister of the notorious Hey Diet Girl, left this five-star evaluation on our Frozen Berry Cake {Pin this recipe}:

Wonderful recipe, and wholesome sufficient that it’s on common rotation for a fast breakfast for my youngsters. I make it the evening earlier than and it’s sooooo good chilly out of the fridge. I usually use 100% complete wheat flour and it seems simply nearly as good. It’s even forgiving if you neglect so as to add the butter. Oops! 

frozen berry cake on a plate with a fork topped with yogurt and a sprig of mint


We took a wee break from the “protect all of the issues” posting this week, to deliver you some hen dinner recipes.

Creamy Rooster PastaThis Creamy Rooster Pasta is a straightforward dinner of scrumptious home made consolation meals. Even higher, this hen pesto pasta makes scrumptious leftovers, and that makes you a meal prep legend. {Pin this recipe}

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

Air Fryer Rooster TaquitosThese scrumptious Air Fryer Taquitos are full of tons of taste. Baked, not fried, they’re excellent for quick dinners and cook dinner in solely 9 minutes! No air fryer? You’ll additionally discover oven-baking strategies within the publish. {Pin this publish}

a plate of air fryer taquitos topped with cilantro, tomatoes, and guacamole


You possibly can inform it’s late summer season when 80% of the highest 5 posts are about preserving.


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