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Scattered Sundays – Sustainable Cooks

This week I acquired the perfect present of all. The present of solo time and silence. Scrumptious, scrumptious silence.

We had deliberate to spend every week at my inlaw’s home at Ocean Shores from Sunday via Sunday. Pals had been going to hitch us for a number of nights however their work schedules modified and the timing didn’t work out.

Seeing a gap in our journey, and the truth that Troy acquired some solo time final week whereas I took the boys to Canada to see Katie, I noticed a gap to get myself some kid-free time. Troy thought it was an awesome concept, and saying I used to be excited was an understatement.

I headed down solo on Sunday afternoon and the boys/Troy joined me on Wednesday. Within the “earlier than occasions” I wouldn’t have instructed this; taking two vehicles to the very same place would have been extraordinarily wasteful.

However with Lando CaLeafian (our new used Nissan Leaf), it abruptly turned one thing that was not solely attainable however tremendous reasonably priced. The battery vary on the Leaf isn’t the perfect in its class AND I wished to check out an EV charging station, so I finished in Aberdeen (Gen Z and Millennials will know this because the birthplace of Kurt Cobain) to make use of the charging station at Walmart.

Sure, I hate Walmart, however it was just about the one charging station round and generally we’ve got to only maintain our nostril and get stuff achieved. Being new to charging stations, I hadn’t realized that there can be completely different “pumps” made for various inputs in vehicles.

I attempted a number of of the “pumps” and was rising more and more involved as I spotted none of them match into Lando. It was then that I observed the pumps had completely different colours and capability numbers on them. I checked out all of them till I discovered which one would match into Lando.

From there, it was tremendous simple to swipe my card, reply a number of questions, and begin charging. Actually, it took much less time to begin the method than many individuals take simply swiping their playing cards on the Costco fuel station.

As soon as Lando was attached, I spotted I had no concept what to do subsequent. What was the etiquette with regards to utilizing a charging station? There have been no different vehicles getting charged on the time, so I couldn’t ask any of the opposite drivers what to do.

I hopped onto the Googs and located that it’s completely acceptable to go away an EV whereas it’s charging. The truth is, the charging station promised to textual content me when the automobile was prepared. So fancy.

It was a bit alarming when it estimated it will take 79 minutes to cost Lando. Um, that appeared extreme. However I spotted shortly that it appeared to under-promise and overdeliver by way of timing.

I went into Walmart to get a number of provisions that our grocery retailer had been out of, and inside about 25 minutes I acquired a textual content from the charging station that Lando was charged and able to go. For the whole worth of $8.60. I freaking love this.

Lando comes with “eco mode” that vastly reduces the acceleration energy however provides about 10-15 miles of distance. After some trial and error, I discovered that anytime I’m cruising alongside at a constant velocity, utilizing eco mode works nicely.

Nonetheless, utilizing eco mode once you’re ready the place you wish to speed up is a joke. The automobile has nearly no get-up-and-go energy at that time. Troy and I’ve began saying “I would like some nos” once we flip off the eco mode. Yep, a Quick and Livid reference as a result of we’re nerds.

I acquired to the home round 3 pm on Sunday and was greeted with nothing however silence. It was unimaginable! I unpacked the automobile, acquired located, after which known as in a takeout order to Bennett’s Fish Shack.

When you ever end up in Ocean Shores or Westport Washington, run, don’t stroll to Bennett’s Fish Shack. They make the perfect veggie burger I’ve ever had, and I make it even higher as a result of I add bacon to mine.

After consuming all my scrumptious meals, I went for a pleasant lengthy meandering 5-mile stroll. I used to be complimented by an aged couple on recumbent bikes that they preferred my blinking security vest. So, you understand, I’m type of a giant deal round right here.

a woman in a baseball cap and yellow safety vest.

That night time I watched Homicide She Wrote and The Golden Women after which deep cleaned the kitchen sink as a result of I actually know how you can social gathering.

Throughout our June journey, I observed my inlaw’s white kitchen sink was getting fairly scratched and banged up. I packed some Barkeeper’s Buddy this time and actually went to city on cleansing the sink. I want I had taken a earlier than picture however the after is fairly attractive. It was oh so satisfying.

Monday discovered me up early as a result of my physique is damaged and that’s simply what it does. It was pretty to only go away for a stroll with out consulting anybody! NOBODY!

Later that morning after realizing that I wanted salad dressing, I took a pleasant 8-mile roundtrip bike experience into city to get some dressing on the grocery retailer and took so long as I wished as a result of no one was ready for me.

I did a number of studying (see the very sturdy “What I’m Studying This Week” part under) and just a little bit of labor via a Phrase doc as a result of the home doesn’t have web. It’s like 2001 over right here.

Tuesday there was much more strolling and I biked into city to see Thor. I’ve by no means been to a film on my own as a result of as an extrovert that appears bizarre and lonely. However the time had come!

Thor wasn’t on the prime of my checklist to see however it’s a tiny theater and was one among solely three motion pictures being proven. And I went on Tuesday as a result of tickets are deeply discounted on Tuesdays and my mother didn’t increase a idiot.

All in all, it was a beautiful reset and I really feel so lucky that we might make it occur. I’m at all times very grateful that we’ve got such a pleasant (and free!) place to go and unwind.

a deer in a ditch with its butt up.

The boys got here on Wednesday and we did our regular routine of tons and many bike rides, some mini golf, ice cream, walks, and s’mores. Nonetheless, the very first night time they had been right here become one thing from “The Conjuring”.

Bennett awakened round 11:30 pm screaming from a mixture of what appeared to be an evening terror and goodness is aware of what. It went on for half-hour. It was madness. He was thrashing and screaming however awake.

We couldn’t get him to “reset”. It was like one thing from a Nineteen Fifties film the place there was a “hysterical” girl…and very similar to these outdated scenes we nearly needed to do the entire shaking whereas yelling “snap out of it” factor.

We lastly get him calm and again to mattress after which I hear this low voice talking another language however it’s actually distant so I can’t perceive what they’re saying. I examine the boys and Troy to see if anybody is on gadgets. Nada.

We lastly tracked it all the way down to a radio within the storage that randomly turned on and was blasting a Spanish discuss radio channel. No person had turned on the radio and it hadn’t been enjoying up till that time.

It was an journey. A spooooky, spooky journey.

2 photos: a mom holding a baby and that same baby 6 years later being held by the mom in the same way.
I completely needed to bribe him to take this second picture.

We’re heading again residence at present after which Bennett has his last week of summer season day camp earlier than we go into “lockdown” mode main as much as his long-anticipated tonsil surgical procedure on August twelfth.

We’re glad to enter and keep within the bubble in order that we now not must cope with this youngster’s fixed colds and viruses. Farewell, tonsils – don’t let the door hit you within the butt (let’s simply faux that tonsil have a butt) on the way in which out.


I downloaded an audiobook from our library and listened to that on my two-hour drive to Ocean Shores.

I listened to L.A. Climate by Maria Amparo Escandon and I actually loved it. I don’t hearken to a whole lot of audiobooks however this was an awesome one to listen to as a substitute of studying.

Most of the characters and meals intersperse Spanish with English and listening to it in a correct accent relatively than studying it with my very very white eyes actually added to the story. I really feel like I might have missed out on a number of the nuances by studying it.

What I’m studying this week

a deer looking through a window while someone reads a book from a Kindle.

E book One: I completed Two Nights in Lisbon and actually loved it. I guessed a part of the “large reveal” fairly early on, however 1) it didn’t cease it from being a page-turner, and a couple of) nonetheless discovered some elements of the twist to be a enjoyable shock.

The beginning of the ebook is sluggish. I encourage you to recover from the mundane descriptions of stains on folks’s shirts and keep it up. You’ll get a enjoyable learn out of it.

E book Two: A reader really helpful The Maid (not Maid which can be on my checklist) to me and I completed it in a day! It’s a thriller (primarily) set in a resort and whereas it’s by no means explicitly addressed, the heroine seems to be on the Autism spectrum.

The ebook addresses what others see as her “quirks” however she sees them as belongings to doing her job very nicely. In my view, she is proven in an excellent mild. I feel it will be nice for somebody on the spectrum to learn this and see themselves because the hero in a ebook.

E book Three: Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson was a advice from a visitor on a podcast that I used to be listening to. It’s been such a fascinating story and I feel it’s a must-read for everybody. Set off warning: the ebook offers closely with being pregnant loss and youngster deformities.

Damnation Spring is a fictional story (although most likely principally non-fiction) a couple of city in Northern California within the late 70s. It’s a logging city and the individuals who dwell there are harvesting the final of the native redwood timber.

And secondary to the plot is the truth that the logging firm, the state and federal authorities, and the forest service are all spraying DT locally to maintain down blackberry bushes and different weeds.

The ebook examines the intersection of blue-collar jobs and environmental activism however from the angle of the loggers and their households. It’s been SUCH an awesome learn and I feel that it’s an vital one for everybody, irrespective of the way you view local weather change.


Megan left this five-star evaluation on our Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos {Pin this recipe}:

I’ve to follow-up on my remark under. First, I misinterpret the recipe so my query was pointless. Second, this recipe was ah-mazing. So, really easy to cook dinner the shrimp from frozen and really tasty. I’m going to make this once more tonight however use the shrimp in “sushi bowls” as a substitute of tacos. Maybe I’ll skip the cumin and add ginger to make it lean extra Asian.

a platter of shrimp tacos with lime cabbage slaw.


Corn PizzaTake pleasure in your favourite tastes of summer season with this unimaginable corn pizza. Roasted candy corn, bacon, garlic, and cheese come collectively in a scrumptious and easy do-it-yourself pizza recipe. {Pin this recipe}

homemade corn pizza on a cast iron pizza stone topped with Parmesan, bacon, and sliced green onions.

Peach CompoteSelfmade Peach Compote is a scrumptious sauce or topping for ice cream, waffles/pancakes, or take pleasure in it as a facet dish. This tasty do-it-yourself condiment is so easy to make with only a few substances. {Pin this recipe}

a glass jar of peach compote on a white board with a spoon and cinnamon sticks.

Drying PeachesBe taught all about drying peaches in a meals dehydrator or in an oven. Dehydrating peaches is a straightforward mission for adults and youngsters and makes wonderful wholesome snacks. {Pin this recipe}

a grey bowl filled with dried peach slices.


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