What We Ate in a Day And What I’ve Been Up To

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I realize that it’s been a little bit since I’ve posted something brand new here on the blog and I hope that you will forgive me for that. You see…I’ve been up to something for the past year and I got a bit burned out.

But I am happy to finally share here with you first that my new book, Living Slower will be released on April 12th, 2022! This book has truly been a labor of love and I hope you are able to get your hands on a copy when it comes out! I’ve been so happy to be working with Baker Book House for this book and although it’s still in the editing stages I can finally taste the finish line.

After I finished the intense part of writing the book, I needed a little break to refresh and get back on track. Also over the past year I have lost any desire to post on social media, even my personal pages. In staying true to what my heart was telling me, I’ve backed off and have never felt better about that decision. I still feel like this blog is the best place to stay up to date with you all, even if blogs are considered old and outdated now. 😉

Back to the post title! I thought it might be fun to share a glimpse of what we eat in a day. I always enjoy these peeks into other people’s lives and so maybe you will enjoy this peek into ours. I know that each person is different in what they have access to and what you enjoy eating but either way, I hope you like seeing this little glimpse into our home life.


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Breakfast Sandwiches

This morning we had breakfast sandwiches. (Side note, YES we use paper plates on busy summer days and today was one of those days!) The breakfast sandwich was simple, just an English Muffin, one of our fresh eggs, some local cheese, and some leftover lunch ham. Easy and filling!

I use gluten free English Muffins that we get from our food coop but you could also make these with English Muffin Bread. Easy easy and very little mess for cleanup. Mornings are very busy on hot days because we need to get chores and other things done outside before it gets too warm.


Flatbread Pizza

Lunch is one of my family’s favorites right now! Flatbread pizza on the flattop grill. I just cannot cook in the house in the summer because we don’t have air conditioning and it heats things up way too much so the grill is my summertime BFF.

For these pizzas, I use this gluten free flatbread recipe (minus all the extra rolling up steps). I top the pizzas with whatever we have on hand. Today it was olives, garden fresh peppers, onions from our coop box, pepperoni, and more of that local cheese. I’m extra lazy and don’t can pizza sauce (I may have to this year) so I just do a tomato sauce base and sprinkle oregano and basil over it. No one complains!

I served these pizzas with some fresh peaches.


Ok so this is not a picture of supper but it is a picture of what I did all day. I was so tired from being on my feet that I forgot to get a picture of supper.

For supper, we had salads with fresh greens, cooked shredded chicken, onions, tomatoes, and dressing. Simple but healthy and filling and we didn’t have to cook in this heat!

I did make a little video of some of the meals we had today and how I made them if you are more of a visual and auditory person 🙂


Sorry I got distracted from writing for a while…a little goat needed my attention and a bottle and the garden needed watering before the sun went down.

I hope this blog post gives you a little glimpse into our life here. I don’t make fancy foods (especially not on days when it gets to 100 degrees!), we like to keep things simple and as easy as possible. Summer days are long and hard but when winter comes around again we are always thankful for the work that we put in to them!

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Until next time,


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    1. I too keep cooking simple in summer as you say it heats the house up. Dc fan in bed with a wet face towel . Don’t feel like burning up generator. Run it late afternoon to blow hot air out of house with fans and than it is in bed to be up early for the cool air and chores.

  1. Awesome! I need to try that pizza. I occasionally spring for GF English muffins, but for some reason, I never think to make sandwiches from them! Next time.

  2. So excited for the new book! I use your first one every week. Yes, I’m a bit tired of this crazy hot summer, we are finally getting a bit of relief (and some extremely needed rain) here in AZ. I do lots if salad or throw extra meats on the smoker to use for multiple meals. Or, there’s always a possibility of ice cream for dinner..lol

  3. Don’t you feel bad about not writing for your blog and I’ll try not to feel bad about not checking my emails as often as I have in the recent past! I am in the process of rebuilding my Grandparents’ 1940 wood-frame farmhouse and I have had to cut out some of the flooring and joists due to a combination of water and insect damage. I can really appreciate the fact that water heaters installed inside on wood flooring now have to have a “pan” underneath them for leaks! Anyway, I’ve been busy too and I don’t think that I have gone directly to any of the blogs that I follow lately. If I don’t see an update from those blogs via email, then I have been missing out on any news from them. As fate would have it, I got to see your email update this morning (Tuesday, July 20, 2021 01:20a.m.) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep up the good work and we will be here when you are available.

  4. It sounds like you had a busy but fulfilling day. I like your meals for the day. I used to do canning. Bread and butter pickles are my favorite. You baby Nubian goat is so cute.

  5. Congratulations on your new Book! This post embodies our summer here as well, its been SO hot so a lot of paper plates and no-cook inside meals have been on the go. I’m looking forward to checking out your No-cook meal ideas list for more ideas. Happy Summer!

  6. Your meals are what my kiddos loved, they’re grown now but I still fix the breakfast sandwiches for hubby and me using English muffins. When my kids were small we made pizza out of the English muffins as well. We use paper plates at times too and I don’t feel a bit guilty about it. Enjoy your summers and the life you have, it will go by so fast.

  7. I am so glad to hear from you ! And I am thrilled to know you have another book I will be purchasing. I recently quit my job where I earned 2/3 of our family income because I am burnt out of working in corporate America all while raising a family of four kids. I know your book on simplifying will come in handy on my own journey.

  8. Thank you Merissa for the update, I must say I have missed your emails lately. Hope you have a well earned rest! Look forward to getting your new book ( I live in England so I hope I can get it on Amazon). I love Little house living.

    I made some moisturiser cream from your DIY page and it turned out great. I put coconut oil, vitamin E oil, raw honey and some organic beeswax pellets. I have given some to my daughter, and will give some to my sisters and friends. I want to make some of your homemade shampoo and other things. Thank you so much. God Bless


  9. Congratulations on the new book! I can’t wait to read it! Love your ideas for easy meals – will definitely be trying them.

  10. Such exciting news! I can’t wait to get my hands on your book when it comes out!!!!! Thank you for doing the what we eat in a day…they are so fun to see what other people are eating and get some fresh new ideas to mix up our meals!

  11. Oh Merissa, I can’t wait for your new book! I have your first one and love it. Any new updates on the Community Cookbook Project?

  12. Looking forward to your book. I love reading your blog and looking at the pictures you post. Don’t stop.

  13. That’s so awesome, congrats on your new book! I have your ” Little House Living” book and I love it. I can hardly wait to purchase your new one. God Bless!

  14. Glad you unplugged for a little while.
    Thanks for the recipes and glimpse into your day. I cannot wait for your new book, I enjoy your other writings and am so glad that you share it with others.
    Be well!

  15. I can’t wait to read your book.
    It’s been so hot here, I’ve been making our meals early in the morning, and just re-heating them.
    God bless!

  16. Gardening was strange this year in our part of Missouri. We planted later than usual because it stayed cold and wet well into May. Everything is doing well, though. I love the fact that you have a new book. Yea, for all of us. I am going out to plant French beans that I got from Burpee. Haven’t planted these before so excited to see how they do. Have a great day.

    1. Gardening has been odd here this year as well. It was super hot early on in June and it did funny things to my plants. I’ve just decided I’ll be happy with what we get and I’ll find the rest in bulk from our coop to preserve.

  17. I commend anyone who can deal without air conditioning, I keep mine firmly set at 70 here in Georgia! I love simple food too…sometimes a sliced tomato is just the best vegetable side dish. Looking forward to your book! Greetings from an old pal from TWW!

  18. I cannot wait for your new book! I loved your first one and have used the recipes in it and have bought some as a gift for family. I can say your book and website had been one of the catalyst on my journey to simple living. Looking forward to the next book and I’m glad you took some time to nourish your soul.

  19. Too funny,that kit counter looks like mine. I also can full meals. I work and my husband is retired,so when I don’t feel like cooking after working late, he opens one up and Wala he has dinner. I love canning. I just purchased an All American, it’s glorious. I wish I would have done it years ago. Have a good summer

  20. Love your blog😉 and love to see you follow your heart and pull back from social media. I just started my own ‘slow living, homestead-ish’ blog and I hope to have it be successful without being consumed with technology. It’s very new, but I would love if you would give it a look. http://www.rubberbootsandspatulas.com
    Your blog is inspiring❤️

  21. First congratulations on your book! You have a beautiful, engaging and helpful blog, I can only imagine how lovely your book will be. I just have a question…are your children salad eaters? I would love to just have great big salads for supper with lots of veggies and a protein, but my children just don’t eat that. They do eat lots of veggies, but not really mixed up or with dressing or in a salad. Any tips?

    1. Yes, my kids love salad! We always try to include lots of toppings for them to choose from and have a “salad bar”. Each of them has a favorite that I always try to include as well to make it extra enticing. (For example, one loves hard boiled eggs so I have to include those for him to like his salads. 🙂 You could try other kinds of salads too like taco salads to switch it up a bit.

  22. I have quit social media entirely, and it was the best decision of my life. Don’t worry about new posts, etc. I believe that most of us that follow you on this blog truly understand that you are a real person with a full and busy life; a slower, wholesome, DIY lifestyle takes tremendous work. That may seem like a contradiction, but it’s not. I believe the work of a slower lifestyle leads one to be more in touch with our blessings. We’re not angels: gardening and cooking in the heat and daily repetitive tasks feel like drudgery and chains on down days. On the whole, however, we are a satisfied bunch! Hang in there! Will be praying for you all. Can’t wait for the book!

  23. I follow you whenever I see you on. And don t feel guilty for taking a break. You are a great blessing to your family and the rest of us. Even though I am a Great Grandmother (8) I find useful information. Thank You.

  24. Congrats on the book! And life getting hectic and oops I forgot that picture lets us know you are a real human. I like that! And oh my ~ you were busy. That’s a lot of canning for one day. Glad you are well.