Let’s talk about May for a second.

May is a wonderful month to fill with wonderful things. School lets out, seniors graduate, and everyone and their dog wants to get married. (Don’t get me wrong; I’m glad my friends are getting married. We totally got married in May . . . I’m just tired.)

Like I said, all of these things are wonderful. Filling one single month with 75% of the world’s wonderful occasions, however, tends to put my brain into “nothing-but-survival” mode. We drive all around the state, eating crappy travel food, and we gorge ourselves on delicious wedding food. We deal with all of the end-of-the-school-year chaos immediately after getting home from said weddings on Sunday night. We cart toddlers all across town to parks and playgrounds because we don’t have backyards.

Okay, so maybe that’s a Bonk-specific example, but still.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, “Oh sweet peaches, June! I have never been happier to see a month in my life!”

The pile of dishes that has been a constant in our lives for about a month now is gone. I am miraculously sitting down at the computer to write a blog post, and we actually made dinner and ate at the table tonight. That feels nothing short of amazing over on my side of things.

Something on the To Do list that I posted last time was to meal-plan. Well, not only have I made a meal-plan, but I based it around seasonal veggies from the Farmer’s Market . . . and that hasn’t happened since last summer. I know I’ve got some friends who feel like they’re desperately grasping for new recipes, so I thought I’d post my first meal-plan of the summer. Am I going to stick to this and make this a regular post? That would sure be cool, but honestly I have no idea. I’m going to take heart in the fact that I’ve actually made a planand actually written a blog post. We’re going to call this a win. 🙂

I don’t like to schedule meals, but rather provide the week’s options. Sometimes Tuesday just doesn’t feel like Burger Night, you know? Here’s what I’ve got, along with all the ingredients I need for a grocery list:

Corned Beef and Veggies:
Corned beef, turnips, potatoes, carrots, onions

Falafel Salads:
Spinach/greens, Falafel mix, cucumber, Feta cheese, plain Greek yogurt, red onion, radish

Asparagus-Bacon Quiche:
Asparagus, bacon, eggs, milk, feta cheese, cheddar, flour, oil

Peanut Chicken Noodles:
Chicken breasts/thighs, frozen stir-fry veggies, baby bok-choy, thin whole wheat spaghetti, peanut butter, soy sauce, Sriracha, honey,

Steak and Roasted Veggies
Steak, beets

Garlic Scape/Basil Pesto Pasta & Steak
Garlic scapes, Basil, pistachios, parmesan cheese, olive oil, spaghetti, steak

It’s kind of a bare-bones list, but it seems to work pretty well for me. I’ve been keeping track of the things we eat in a Word document, so that I can just go back through and find all our recipes/ingredients in one place. Hopefully I can keep this up! If anybody wants a recipe for one of the above meals, let me know and I’ll get it to you.

Here’s to a more intentional Summer!