Lola’s first week of pre-maternity leave.

Welp, it’s Friday night and guess what I’m doing?

If you guessed that I was sitting in the recliner, watching TV, and eating my thawed out 15 month old wedding cake while my husband accused me of poisoning myself and our unborn child, then……

You guessed correctly!

Yep, today while cleaning out the freezer, I came face to face with the top tier of our wedding cake.  I’d saved it after our wedding, but then when we went primal we sort of forgot about it.  Today I really needed to clear some space out of our freezer, and what can I say, I unleashed the crazy pregnant woman in myself and allowed myself to eat it….gluten and sugar be damned!

And you know what?  I don’t feel the least bit guilty.  I live my life by the 80/20 primal theory.  So today wasn’t the healthiest of days… there is always tomorrow.

Anyway….

I am amazed at how quickly my first week of pre-maternity leave passed.  I wish I could say that I’d checked off everything on my to-do list, but such is not the case.  I did knock out a couple of pretty big items, however…

I planted my mini-garden!  Just a small, simple garden this year.  Tomatoes, bell peppers, and herbs.

I completed the task of stocking our freezer.  Last month Oatmeal bought a half of a cow from a rancher nearby.  We had the rancher make sure that the cow was entirely grassfed and then we had it butchered, and we split it with Oatmeal’s brother.  Having so much meat on hand has been so convenient, but I wanted something besides just red meat.  So, I went to Costco and loaded up on organic chicken.  I know it’s not from a local farm, but hey, probably better than what I’ve been buying at the regular grocery.  This week I also contacted a local farm and bought 25lbs of farm fresh pork.  It’s so nice to have all of this hormone-free, antibiotic-free, farm-raised meat!  No pink slime here!

Behold… our freezer.

Beef:  We have ground beef, stew beef, sirloins, roasts, ribeyes, t-bones… and more.

Frozen chicken breasts and thighs….

And a large variety of pork… pan sausage, breakfast links, pork chops, pork butt, pork shoulder, etc.  (If you live in the Houston area, you should really look up Yonder Way Farm in Brenham, Texas.  They deliver to the Houston area, and they humanely raise all of their animals free of hormones and other harmful chemicals that you have to deal with when you buy store-bought meat.  It’s owned by a young couple, and the customer service is excellent.  The farm is beautiful, and they have 4 daughters!  Ha, you know that farmer was probably really hoping for a boy!)

Yep, so unless we are craving seafood, we are pretty much stocked in the protein department.  I also stocked up on necessities (spices, olive oil, nutss, toiletries, paper goods) so that hopefully I don’t have to make any significant grocery trips immediately following Poppyseed’s birth.  Oatmeal can just make a few trips to the farmers market or grocery for produce each week and we’ll be good to go.

I also made a week’s worth of meatloaf and chopped 10 onions and froze those, too.

(I may or may not have chopped the tip of my middle finger off in the process, screamed lots of words that I hope Poppyseed never utters, and cried huge crocodile tears during the process.)

Hey, meatloaf ain’t fancy, but it’s easy to make in bulk.

Also, I finally went to Warrington!  This weekend the big antique festival begins, and I have to admit that despite my 10 years of Texas living I had never been until today.  It was a lot of fun.   Sara picked me up this morning, and we spent the better part of the day walking around and exploring all of the various tents and shops.  It was HUGE!  I found some cool furniture (too bad I didn’t have an extra $2200 to buy that cool chair) and some cute western onesies (I did fork over $22 for one of those).

So, the work week is a wrap, and I loved it!  Have a great weekend everyone.

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