The 40 Hour Work Week Challenge – Sunday

Whew! It’s only Day 1 and I’m exhausted. First thing this morning, I ran out to Friendly Haven Rise Farm to pick up the soy free/corn free chicken food I ordered. Arriving home around noon and seeing Joy and the kids hard at work cleaning up the kids’ rooms, I knew it was up to me to make lunch! I had thrown a chicken in the crockpot (recipe forthcoming) last night after dinner to have some cooked chicken on hand and pulled some chicken stock out of the freezer, so I threw together some soup for my hungry workers!

I recently started making mustard from scratch, which the kids are nutso for (recipe forthcoming). We went through the first jar like it was nothing. So I knew we’d want some of that around this week. I also wanted to make mayonnaise for my homemade ranch dressing (recipe forthcoming) to put in the kids’ lunches with carrot sticks and for our salad at dinner. So I did.

I finished up with those three right around 2:00 pm, which was the perfect time to start the duck for dinner. Hungry Mouse has by far the best recipe for crispy duck I’ve used. Labor intensive, but worth it for a Sunday night dinner!

Our table set for dinner

Ready for dinner!


We’ve an abundance of kale growing in our garden right now (the cool weather is good for something!). I made kale chips (I subbed duck fat for olive oil to be GAPS legal) to pack in the kids’ lunches tomorrow. Luckily, the duck roasts at 300 degrees and kale chips can also be made at 300 degrees! Two birds, one stone.

I heated up some honey glazed carrots (recipe forthcoming) leftover from last week and made a big salad to go with our crispy duck. Served with pink kraut, it was a feast to be sure.

After dinner, I mixed up a batch of zucchini bread took the dog for a walk while it sat. Upon our return, I popped it in the oven and made the last of the kale into kale chips.

Meanwhile I had the chicken carcass from last night simmering away since I got up in my big crockpot and yogurt incubating since last night in my small crockpot. My final tasks of the night included straining and jarring up the stock, dripping the yogurt, starting stock with the duck carcass, and plopping a frozen hunk of meat into the big crockpot to thaw before I cook it tomorrow. I just have to remember to turn the crockpot on is all.

Waking up to a messy kitchen is an absolute nightmare, so one thing I absolutely always (try to) make sure to do every night is put the kitchen to bed. You don’t let your kids go to bed in their day clothes and with unbrushed teeth, why would you let your kitchen go to bed with dirty dishes all over the place and unwiped counters? Putting the kitchen to bed includes:

  • Loading up the dishwasher and setting the delay timer (so we don’t have to hear it running while we’re trying to go to sleep)
  • Rinsing and stacking the dishes that didn’t fit in the dishwasher
  • Putting the dishes on the drying rack away
  • Wiping down all counters
  • Putting all leftovers away
  • Making sure the oven is off! (this one is important!)

What do you do the night before to make your mornings easier?

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