Reminiscing on 1 year in a pandemic + A menu featuring my favorite “quarantine” foods

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I’m sure we all have some memory or story from March 13, 2020. Mine might be similar to yours — I went to work and within a few hours of being there, I realized that I wouldn’t be returning to the office for a few weeks,but it could be as long as a few months. I later realized that “15 days to slow the spread” was going to take a little longer than 15 days…

I’ve always loved cooking — if you’ve been following my journery for more than a few minutes you know that cooking is one of my favorite pastimes. Although cooking for my family is something that I’ve always done, cooking was starting feeling like a chore as I balanced motherhood, social activities, life, and working. One good thing that emerged from all of my time at home was getting to slow down and just enjoy cooking. I made bread, learned to smoke meats, and even had the time to test and develop new recipes (a few of which are featured in this week’s meal plan).

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Weekly Menu Featuring Recipes You Didn’t Know Were Gluten Free!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, “gluten free recipes”? Some people might automatically think they’re overly healthy, lacking flavor, aren’t filling, or are boring. This does not have to be the case. A lot of times recipes we love and enjoy are already gluten free.

Some of our favorite household meals are pan seared fish with roasted veggies, baked chicken with mashed potatoes, or a hearty grain bowl… all of these meal are gluten free and half the time we don’t even realize it!

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Meal Planning Tips + Weekly Menu Featuring Past Meal Plan Favorites

Meal planning doesnt have to be hard. I’ve been meal planning for our household for more than 6 years and it’s actually something that I enjoy. I wanted to share a few tips that are helpful for me when I’m meal planning and grocery shopping for the week.

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