Back To That Martha Stewart Glow

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Sweatshirt: J. Crew; Jeans: American Eagle; Shoes: Converse at DSW; Bobbi Pin:
Sweatshirt: J. Crew; Jeans: American Eagle; Shoes: Converse at DSW; Bobbi Pin:

Darrin and I were incredibly diligent meal planners during the first few months of our marriage. We had brand new cookbooks, an apartment kitchen to utilize, and the best, lovey-dovey, newlywed attitudes about the whole idea of eating and cooking together. Everything in the kitchen had what I like to call the โ€œMartha Stewart Magazineโ€ glow: our meals were planned, our appliances were cute, and even cooking toast together was an occasion to celebrate.

Now, donโ€™t get me wrong, Darebear and I still love cooking together after 2 + years of marriage {I know. Still sort of newlyweds. But weโ€™re newlyweds with experience ๐Ÿ˜‰ }. Darrin blasts Iggy Azalea {yesyoureadthatcorrectly} from his computer while I chop vegetables and he, wearing my Anthropologie apron, cooks the meat {Anthropologie looks good on everybody, folks}. We still browse our cookbooks and utilize the tiny space our apartment complex likes to call โ€œa kitchenโ€ and adopt a lovey-dovey attitude. Lately, however, weโ€™ve been lacking in the โ€œmeal planningโ€ department. Our schedules have been strange, graduate school has been stressful, and we {most of the time} just forget to plan out the meals weโ€™d like to make together. And you know how stressful grocery shopping can be when you donโ€™t know what you need to buy. Thereโ€™s a whole lot of standing in front of the avocados or bananas section, debating about whether or not youโ€™ll need avocados for dinner this week because, well, the last two you bought turned brown and mushy in two days and we just canโ€™t have that mess happening again.

So. Meal planning. One of those mundane, boring goals that โ€œmarried peopleโ€ get super excited about achieving. But hey! We like our little โ€œmundaneโ€ married life. So, Darrin and I are getting organized and resourceful with our meals, and Iโ€™m confident that somewhere in this great wide world, Martha Stewart is smiling and giving me a โ€œRock on, girl!โ€ fist pump.

Right back at ya, Martha Stewart.

Do you guys schedule your meals for the week? Praise the Lord itโ€™s now seasonally acceptable to bring out the olโ€™ crock pot! Iโ€™m ready for a whole lot of stew and โ€œthrow whatever weโ€™ve got into the potโ€ recipes!

Also, this sweet โ€œMerciโ€ sweatshirt from J. Crew is superย on sale! Happy happy Tuesday! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Reply Christina September 16, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I do try to schedule meals for the week, some weeks it goes better than others ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Gaby September 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Such a great and comfy outfit. Love the sweatshirt! <3

  • Reply By The Shore, Life & Style September 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I’m pretty nerdy like that… love me some good meal planning. I’ve started to do it more & more in the last year. Mainly, because we save money that way, and our week feels that much more organized. Plus, love that sweatshirt. So darn fab on you!! xo

  • Reply Cynthia Hoyt September 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    We try to plan meals, but lately it’s been such a mess with our schedule, I’m lucky to even have time for dinner! I definitely agree, anthro looks good on everyone! And Avacados are tricky little devils, they never stay ripe enough to eat them!


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    • Reply Grace Beekman September 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Oh I’m SO with you, girl. Avocados are so dang tricky. It’s always a surprise when you cut them open! I’m always praying that they’re still green! Haha.

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