What's for Dinner: October 11 - October 17

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I posted a poll to my Instagram Stories earlier today... and I asked my followers to respond "yes" or "no" to the following statement:
I often feel guilty about spending money on the things *I* need rather than on the things others need.
As of now, the poll has only been live for four hours. But 90% of the people who've responded so far have said "yes". On the one hand, I'm relieved I'm not the only one who feels this way. But... on the other, I'm sad for those of us who feel badly about taking care of our own needs.

After spending a year pushing myself to complete my 40 Before 40 challenge, I realized I needed to devote more time to myself... that it was okay to nurture my own interests and passions. That it was permissible to provide myself with basic essentials.

Take last week, for example. Doing something simple like buying new underwear for myself took a lot of convincing. I made myself so anxious about spending money on me that I nearly canceled my order. I almost allowed myself to believe that it would be better to save the money for something else.

But when I finally confirmed the order, it felt like I achieved something major. Like I made a huge accomplishment. And, wow! What a difference this little act made to my mood!

I decided to push myself and address another need today, and I couldn't do it. I had to call up a girlfriend for a pep talk... to get outside validation that I'm worth enough for new things. 

I realize I have a lot of work to do in this department. That knowing I'm worth it and believing I'm worth it are two totally different things. But I'm going to put the work in. Because if I know and believe this to be true, then I'll be in a better place to teach my kids the same.

Still with me? Good. 😘

Now that I've gotten that off my chest, I can switch gears and concentrate on making dinner. But before I head into the kitchen to make a mess, here's what I've planned for dinner at our house this week!

A Week of Dinners: October 11 - October 17

  • SundayInstant Pot Whole Chicken and Gravy with Bacon-Fat Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Corn

  • MondayRoasted Butternut Squash Soup with Warm Baguette

  • Tuesday: Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers with Red Leaf Lettuce and Tomato and French Fries

  • Wednesday: Leftovers

  • ThursdaySimple Chicken Cacciatore over Egg Noodles

  • Friday: Whole Wheat Pizza with Chorizo Chicken Sausage, Spinach, and Caramelized Red Onions

  • Saturday: Take-Out

    Yes, absolutely. It's time for another Take-Out Night. I'm hoping I can convince the family to order Indian food... 🤞

What do you have planned for dinner at your house this week?

Need Help Menu Planning?

  1. Check out my previous menu plans for ideas.
  2. Read these helpful meal planning tips.
  3. Follow my Meals from the Menu Plan Pinterest board.
  4. Join my What's for Dinner? Facebook Group.


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