Reading Challenge Book 13 – The Lazy Genius Way

2022 GoodRead Challenge – Book 13 of 50

The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t, and Get Stuff Done by Kendra Adachi. I picked this book because it was talked about on a vlog and it was available on Libby. It was an easy listen and I for the most part listened to this at a normal speed. I found a lot of the suggestion was very practical. One suggestion I thought was clever but due to the way I do laundry it is not applicable at this time. I wrote a post titled Laundry Rules and I admitted that I never really learned how to do laundry. I mix all our clothes and do not separate by color, delicates, etc. One of my rules is, I do not wash my clothes with towels and sheets. Kendra suggestion instead of separating the clothes with like items but focus on one area of the home. You wash the clothes by rooms. Example: If I would keep my kids clothes in their room. I would wash a load of just Y’s clothes so I could put them away at the same time. I would wash the boys clothes together and put them away. This eliminates having to go to multiple places as you put clothes away.

One other thing I found intriguing was sticking to a set of ingredients you use and only making meals based off those items. Planning, shopping, and cooking is one of the most stressful things in my life. The rise of prices makes it even harder to meal plan and trying to not be completely reliable on processed food. I know we will be entering a seasons that I won’t be able to do a lot of the cooking I enjoy doing but it’s only for a short time. I love when I can use the ingredients I buy for one recipe and use the rest for another recipe. There was a time in my life that I didn’t really care much if I wasted something. It was the way of life but now I hate when I discovered something in the fridge that I never got to and have to throw it away. Typically if this happens it’s because I didn’t realize how much time has passed since the last time I used that item.

If you would like to have some practical ways to life I would recommend listening/reading this book. I believe there is a podcast but I don’t know if I’ll listen. I have a handful of podcast I am working on at this time. There are some things I felt like I already knew but sometimes it’s nice to hear it from another person. According to the GoodRead app I am one book behind my reading schedule but I’m working on a few audiobooks and one was picked because my husband got a hard copy and was planning on reading it. My husband enjoys to read but doesn’t do it often, I have never shown interest in what he choose to read. I figured it would be nice to be able to talk to him about the book once he finished it (which he did while he was traveling).

One Day Prepping – Round Two

The week is almost over and we are still drawing from the food I made on Sunday. I love this system but it is challenging with young kids. We still had some chicken left over for chicken quesadillas but I didn’t include it in the picture, but we had that for dinner the next day.

Dinner Menu Week 2:
Grandma’s Chicken and Dumpling
White Bean Chili
Pasta Sauce
Taco Meat
Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta (double portion)
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

I did make another batch of salsa to go with the chicken quesadillas and tacos. I made the spaghetti for the pasta sauce on the night I made the boys spaghetti. I’m not a fan so I ate something else but everyone else enjoyed the dish. My favorite part is the cookie dough for dessert but that may be coming to an end until I have the babies. I made the Grandma’s Chicken and Dumpling for the first time and it was REALLY good. I also know when we got a winner because my husband will ask me to make it again and he usually mean asap. Now that I made it I know what I am going to do differently and I may try to make another slightly different batch since I have enough chicken to do two pots.

What are your to go to meals?
How far in advance do you plan for meals?
How do you stick to a budget?

One thing I found that is helpful when it comes to making multiple meals in one day. Picking one meal to do in the crock pot. Depending on the recipe you have a large reservoir and once you get into the pot it pretty much done. We don’t get paid until Tuesday so I will have to wait to do my next one day meal planning. I also should know at that point if I need to seriously implement a gestational diabetes diet.

Cooking Style

My MIL would have been a great stay at home mom/house wife. She LOVES to cook – she will cook the whole time she is visiting and typically she makes food I don’t normally make because I don’t typically eat red meat. I don’t mind cooking and I do enjoy it from time to time. There is a new recipe I want to try but due to the “snowstorm” I couldn’t find a whole chicken but that is on my list for next week.

How do you handle dinner at your house?
Do you like to cook a new meal each night?

I had it in my head that it’s not a meal unless you have three separate things unless it’s a dish that is an all for one. There are also other combination that you can’t have without the other. I will not eat just tomato soup or a grilled cheese sandwich. I have to have them both together or not at all. I don’t like mashed potatoes unless I have brown gravy. If we are going to have a meat that is not included in a larger dish I will make sure we have two sides. I am not sure where I picked up this mindset but there are times I have to convince myself to just make things without worrying about extra things. Now that I said all that I am wondering how many people feel they need to make a hot/new meal each night? I am the type of person who likes to take one day and cook multiples meals so I can pick and choose during the week. My MIL is not that type of person she would rather make something each night.

I get stressed out each day when it comes to meal times. The most easiest is breakfast because the kids typically have the same thing each. morning, unless it’s the weekend and we have big family breakfast. Then again even that is easy because both Saturday and Sunday we have turkey bacon and eggs. Then one day we have pancakes and the other day we have French toast. I would get so stressed out at lunch time I finally made a list of foods that I can make for the kids during the week. This helps with planning and I no longer stress about what to make the kids. Then there is me and if I don’t have leftovers I am usually making something that I shouldn’t be eating.

I decided to spent most of the day making multiple foods so all I have to do is heat everything up. This is also a challenge because we don’t have a microwave (by choice) so it takes a little longer but I have gotten so used to it – that it often doesn’t seem like it take as much time as you may think. Here is a list of what I made:

Homemade Mac & Cheese – it’s my grandmother’s recipe
Spicy Ramen Broth with Mushrooms and Shrimp
Bean Soup – Red Kidney, Black Beans, and Great Northern Beans
Cajun Chicken Pasta (Homemade Cajun Seasoning)
Chicken Spiced with Taco Seasoning for Quesadillas
Homemade Salsa
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

I still need to make cornbread to go with the bean soup and shredded the cheese for the quesadillas. I am so excited that I don’t have to worry about what to make for lunch and dinner that it will help me to be able to focus on other things this week. This is a system that works for me but I don’t always get to make food in one day. I just try to shot for that goal and when I achieve it then my mind is at ease.

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