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No Spend March

Hello, hello again, everyone! Can you believe it’s already March?! Is it just me who feels like 2017 is moving ahead at lightning speed?

Anyway, I was originally planning on making this a March goals sort of post, but to be honest I haven’t had time to set any goals because I’ve been too busy eating birthday cake. Lol. It sounds funny but it’s true.

mrspcuyugan birthday
A thoughtful surprise on the morning of my birthday, a fun day spent watching movies at home, dimsum all you can, two birthday cakes, and crinkles and brownies from Becky’s Kitchen. I could not ask for more on my 34th birthday.

So anyway, I find it serendipitous, that the first of March and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day. And so all of a sudden I know what I need to do.

I usually give up some sort of food item during Lent because, well, I love to eat. But this year, I want to do something different. I’ve been learning to live more intentionally, and be more mindful about how I spend my time, the things I have, and the things I do.

I know for sure that this benefits me, and my household, too. It’s helped us learn to enjoy the little things, and each others’ company. It has helped keep clutter at bay at home (though we honestly still have a long way to go as far as managing clutter is concerned). It allows us to waste less, and also spend less, which is always a good thing.

Mindfulness means understanding that the best things in life really are free. Like this super thoughtful gift that I received from a good friend a decade ago – A book she cherished, passed on to me.

So, for March and for Lent, I feel like I have the opportunity to take the whole mindfulness idea a step further by making this a no-spend month. This basically means that I won’t be spending on anything unnecessary or luxurious.

It means no buying of junk food or takeout meals. It means no shopping for things we don’t really need. It means finding ways for us to spend quality time together as a family without spending anything. It sounds like a real challenge, but it also sounds like a potentially fun undertaking.

I don’t know how big of a sacrifice this whole idea of not spending really is, truth be told. But I do know that it presents a good learning opportunity, not just for me but also for my family. I’m excited to discover how we will choose to spend our time together, and how I will choose to spend my own personal time as well.

I’m up for the challenge of making do with what we have, too. I plan on only spending for what is necessary – food, gasoline, our house payments, credit card payments, and tuition – for a month and a half, until Lent is over. And maybe even beyond that, who knows?

Take note, I am assuming MrC will be on-board with the while thing, because he is usually supportive of me and my crazy ideas. Lol.

Oh, I do have one exception. I have yet to go and buy my parents’ birthday gift to me (I have the money and I know what I want, I just need to go and do it,) and won’t get to do that until this weekend. It could count as something necessary, technically, because it involves our drinking water, but I’ll count it as an exception either way. I’m excited for this, and can’t wait to write about it once it’s here.

And that’s what’s up ahead for me this March, and for Lent. Wish me luck? And follow along on Instagram to see what I’m up to? 🙂

So make me kwento. What are your goals for March? And what are you giving up for Lent? 

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Meal Planning On An Uneventful Monday

A few weeks ago, during a conversation with a random friend, I said that most of my days are now quiet and uneventful. For some reason, said friend thought of this as something negative. I, on the other hand, find that quiet and uneventful is a good thing.

Sure, I sometimes feel like I have nothing to write about because my life could be perceived as boring, but that’s just the way it is for me.

I love those days when I can just stay at home, run my errands, watch my TV shows, and not have a lot of things to do or places to go to. I’ve always been a homebody, and now that I actually have a home to hang out in, there’s really no place else that I would rather be. 

Anyway…

Today is one of those “at home days” because classes were called off. It’s been generally uneventful, thankfully. Told you, I like uneventful. I welcome rest, especially on days like today. We’re coming out of a weekend that was pretty full by my standards, you see. We had a dinner party on Saturday, then Lunch in Tagaytay on Sunday followed by some family time before heading home. Yes, full weekend na yan for me.

 

Today started with French toast for breakfast, and yes, they were gluten free. Then the kid and I have been studying for his exams, which start tomorrow. We ordered fried chicken and fries for lunch because nothing makes study day better quite like junk food can. Right now, we’re taking a break, and I thought it would be a good time to plan our household’s meals for the week.

Truth: I seem to be in a meal planning funk where nothing seems exciting or appealing. I asked the boys last night to let me know what they’d like to eat, and of course their suggestions were all old favorites. Comfort food. So that’s what this week’s menu will be centered on.

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Meal plan for August 15-21

 

I have yet to post any gluten free recipes because I’m still not super duper, 100% happy with my experiments. Hopefully I’ll be able to soon, though. Also, about the spaghetti-style baked rice, it’s this amazing dish I stumbled upon online where you use rice instead of noodles in what would ordinarily be a pasta bake. Hope it turns out good, the way my Mexican rice from a few weeks back did.

 

Mexican rice casserole. #100homecookedmeals #theglutenfreeproject #itswhatsfordinner

A photo posted by MrsC | Patricia Cuyugan (@mrspcuyugan) on

 

Well that’s all for today, folks! What’s cooking in your kitchen this week?

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The Gluten Free Project + This Week’s Meal Plan

August is here, which means it’s time to get started on our gluten free project.

 

Champorado mornings. #theglutenfreeproject

A photo posted by MrsC | Patricia Cuyugan (@mrspcuyugan) on

 

It’s official, I now truly believe that this works. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been slowly cutting back on bread and pasta at home. I noticed that, on wheat-free days, the kiddo’s skin was not as red, and not as bumpy as those days when he had bread and pasta dishes. He also told me that he didn’t feel as itchy. SUCCESS!

I’ve been observing myself, too. I noticed that I was a lot less gassy, and that my usually fussy stomach was more quiet on days when I avoided bread and noodles. Guys, this is major. Hyperacidity is my enemy. It’s my stress indicator. It shows up when I don’t eat right. I’m almost always suffering from it. For me to not be bloated and gassy is amazing. It feels so good. So, yes, I truly believe now that gluten freedom is a good thing.

Plus, here’s a realization: Going gluten free isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, and that’s because we Filipinos are basically rice-eaters. There are also a lot of GF flour alternatives in my favorite baking supply store – Rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch and almond flour. Winner!! Plus, I find that I don’t miss bread so much because it’s so easy to make puto and bibingka at home. Thank God for rice cakes.

 

My main issue is soy sauce. I’ve been told that it contains gluten, and we just have to have our adobo. There’s always white adobo, but I know that every once in a while I’ll still make a pot of the classic stuff coz it’s just not the same. Worcestershire sauce is another concern (because, guys, salpicao,) as is my favorite sinigang mix. Truthfully, I think gluten in sauces and seasonings is something I can live with. Hindi naman ako hardcore. At least for now. Besides, I don’t use a lot of them, and I don’t use them all the time. So ok lang yan.

This month we begin. Slowly but surely, because I am still in the process of transforming my pantry into a GF-friendly space, and I don’t want to throw things out just because. But we’ll see. Because right now, my box of pasta really doesn’t look appealing. This is so weird. Good, but very weird. At least for me.

So here’s what’s cooking in my kitchen this week. I promise to share recipes of successful experiments!

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Meal Plan for August 1 to 7!
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Busy Week, Late Meal Plan

Hey, guys! What’s everyone been up to lately?

I’ve had a pretty busy week. There has been a lot of writing going on my life, but, obviously, it hasn’t been for this blog. Well, what’s important is that I’m back today (naks, important) and with a new (sorry it’s late) meal plan, too.

Confession: I only got to accomplish half of my chore list last week, and I wasn’t able to make it to the market when I planned to go. I finally ended up food shopping just this past Tuesday, which is also one of the reasons why I’m posting my meal plan late.

The husbandry says that I’m really bad at assessing my time, and figuring out whether or not I can actually accomplish all that I’ve set out to do in a day. It looks like he may be right, unfortunately. Oh, well. One more thing to work on, in my eternal quest towards self-improvement.

But enough about me, let’s move on to this meal plan. So, I’m super excited about it because I got to buy a lot of fun stuff at the market. I have a nice rack of pork ribs. I also got a nice pork loin that I had the butcher roll up for roasting. There’s tapa marinating in my freezer now, too. I used Michelle’s (Momma N Manila) tapa recipe again, because we really, really love it.

 

You’ll see in my meal plan that our family gets a double treat this week, which is/was something to look forward to. Was because one of them is over – My mom’s birthday was yesterday. We had dinner at Neil’s Kitchen, and or course I ordered the arroz caldo and tokwa’t baboy. Then, this weekend it Father’s Day, and we usually celebrate that three times – Once with my grandfather, then with my dad, and finally with MrC. Fun!

Plus, the husbandry and I get a movie and lunch date this weekend, since the kiddo will be sleeping over at my parents’ house. Woohoooo! Me Before You, here we come!

So, yeah, I include these “eating out” days when I plot our meals for the week because they give me something extra

to look forward to. I can’t say, though, if it’s the eating out, or the fact that we don’t need to prepare and clean up, that excites me more.

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Meal plan for the week of June 13-19

 

There you go. Just a short and sweet post for today. 

One final note. I’ve been seriously thinking about a reboot for this blog, because of course I want it to grow and move forward as I grow and move forward in life. This past year of living in our own home has seen our family change in so many ways. I can say for sure that my ideas, and even my interests are so different now from when I started this blog.

The change of blog name, and other little adjustments that I’ve made over the last few months were only the start. Now I have a better idea of where I want things to go as far as my writing here is concerned. I’m at this analysis-paralysis phase, though, and I really don’t know where to start. I’ll get there. Hopefully soon. Hopefully, you’ll be there when I do.

 

So, what’s cooking in your kitchen this week?

PS In case you wanna cook along with me, here are some of the recipes I’ll be using this week: