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30 August, 2013

Seven Quick Takes {1}

So my What I'm Loving Wednesday link up hasn't happened in over a month. I think I'm going to move over to the Seven Quick Takes with other Catholic Mama Bloggers for a little more community.. So here goes my first attempt :)


Football season starts this, tomorrow!  I'm not super plan-my-weekends-around-games type fan, but we usually try to watch most of them with friends and family.  Our The Shirts came in this week.  Even Evie is ready to cheer for Old Notre Dame.


We had hired a nanny for the Fall, but she was offered a job to start in September so after only a month she's leaving us. Fortunately with enough notice I was able to find Evie a MMO program that still had openings for the year. When I took her in for a tour, the director agreed that she could actually do the Pre-k 2 program since it was a young class this year and Evie is old for her grade. The hours work great for my work schedule, and the cost is (obviously) cheaper than an in-home nanny for one child.


I'm back to work, full swing for the Fall Confirmation season.  We are three weeks out of closing out registrations and we already broke our record breaking class.  This year we have 207 candidates....and counting.


Because I'm back at work, which sometimes includes evening meetings, we did some batch preparations for CrockPot using mamaandbabylove's new fall cookbook. LOVE her recipes because they're seasonal, use real food and they're grain free.  We estimate we cooked the entire Fall cookbook for $175-200, including meat.


I don't think I've mentioned it parents bought a boat. A pontoon boat with a ski package. I'm kind of giddy.  Evie and I have used our "day off" to bum around the lake with my parents eating ice cream at the marina for lunch. Rough life indeed.


We've had a hint of the summer cold go through the house. Nephew Zachary brought it with him from Savannah and gave it to Miss Evie, who lovingly passed it on to her Mama. So far nothing more than mild fevers and a little head congestion.  Hopefully my obsession over Emergen-C will prove beneficial.


Last weekend I went on the Freshman Retreat with our parish. Normally that's something Eric does as a volunteer but somethings got mixed up on his schedule and the participant number jumped at the last minute so I decided to go. I hadn't been on a retreat that I wasn't in charge of in YEARS.  It was super fun. Unfortunately I forgot my mudpit and ropes course attire (and a pajama shirt) due to last minute packing, so I photographed the afternoon fun!  It was great to sit in a small group and to hang out in the cabins with the girls.  It was SO fun :)


  1. Regarding #4- There are only six recipes in the cookbook, right? That means you spent over $30/per meal. That seems a bit pricey to me, yes? Even with well-sourced meat that seems kind of high. Am I missing something?

    Also, is her first cookbook grain-free?


  2. Oops, sorry. I just saw that her first cookbook is 95% grain free

  3. Yes, each recipe actually makes TWO complete meals. Some of which are large enough for lunch leftovers too!

    This did include well sources ingredients, and we had to replenish some of our spices, which I included in the rough total.

    So it's more of $15 per meal or less depending on what you have on hand.

    (and this still might be high, I wish I had done a more accurate count)

  4. Oh! And we kept most of the veggie scraps from preparing the meals and put them in the crockpot to make 8-10 cups of veggie broth to use in future recipes. I froze them in 1 or 2 cup servings.

  5. Ahhhh, that makes more sense


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