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Josh and I decided (well, really, I decided and told Josh) that we were going to become members of Mason Jar Nation.  We were going to Pinterest-up our breakfast and lunch within an inch of its life and eat everything out of glass containers.  When we first proposed it to the kids, they mocked the idea.  But the ChickieNob has since switched sides and joined Mason Jar Nation (which is like Tiny House Nation, except with lunch in a jar), leaving her brother alone in Sandwichland.

Every week, we decide on a single salad and then make dozens of copies in the mason jars.  In the morning, you just grab a jar and go.  The whole meal is inside the jar, like this:

Salad (from bottom to top): peanut dressing, edamame, noodles, red and yellow pepper, cucumbers, and crunchy noodles

When you’re ready to eat, you just mix it all up.  Nothing gets soggy because the dressing is at the bottom and a nonabsorbent protein is layered on top of the dressing.

We also make refrigerator oats, but those are gross-looking while delicious-tasting, so no pictures.

Even more joyful is making up songs about being part of Mason Jar Nation and singing them to Linus.  He cannot become a member because his head would likely get trapped in the jar, but we involve him by giving him bits of vegetables while we chop.

Year of the mason jar.  Best meal plan ever.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

The Road Less Travelled has a post about the “he needs a cousin (brother, sister, etc)!” chant with a twist: People are talking about a dog.  But the post calls into question why we say these things, and how it sounds to the person on the receiving end.  She writes, “‘Now where have I heard THIS before?’  I thought, rolling my eyes and biting my cybertongue before typing out a light-hearted response along the lines that Puppy seems to be enjoying having all the attention to himself, thankyouverymuch.”  I think I like Cristy’s comment best: “It’s always interesting how fast others are to saddle someone with responsibility.”

It is NIAW this week, and I’ve seen many fewer posts than in past years.  Infertilityhonesty has been doing a series all week.  In one, she writes about eight ways you can support a person with infertility.  A great post to share as a link on social media, hint hint hint.

Lastly, Bent Not Broken has a post about the grief she feels this spring in particular, a time when she imagined she would be ensconced in soccer season, not missing children who aren’t here.  It’s a beautiful, brief post.

The roundup to the Roundup: Mason jar lunches.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between April 21st and 28th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Jenn P { 04.28.17 at 8:09 am }

I need to eat mor salads and if I batch prepped that would help. How well do they mix? How long do they stay good? I have 4 jars of fermentation going. I highly recommend adding that to your Mason Jar Nation repertoire! Oh, and my sick cat is on a raw meat diet. I thaw the ice cubes in a mason jar over night. So she can come to MJR, too!

2 Jenn P { 04.28.17 at 10:01 am }

Sorry for the typos. My brain is not functioning right. I decided to look some things up and it appears most everyone turns the jar out onto a plate or bowl. That would just make more dishes for me and defeat the purpose of assembling ahead since I eat at home. I want to eat out of the jar!

3 Lori Lavender Luz { 04.28.17 at 1:05 pm }

Except for the peanut dressing, that looks/sounds delicious!

I snorted my coffee at this: “Even more joyful is making up songs about being part of Mason Jar Nation and singing them to Linus.”

I’m sure Linus is joyous, too :-).

4 Beth { 04.28.17 at 2:12 pm }

That salad sounds delicious. I don’t know that I have it in me right now to do all the prep but I can get behind the plan of choosing one fabulous recipe and making it dozens of times. My family is a big fan of finding something we love and eating it over and over. And the assembled jars are so pretty.

5 Jess { 04.30.17 at 3:10 pm }

Your salad looks yummy, and makes me rethink “salad.” I worry about leaves getting soggy or crunchy things less, but the layering technique sounds very scientific and logical… I never take salad for lunch because of my worries about sogginess and rotting leaf edges, but maybe I could try the mason jar…

I loved Deathstar’s post about finally finishing her son’s Life Book, and how she felt about it versus her son’s reactions, and just loved every single word and it made me cry. It was beautiful.

6 Geochick { 04.30.17 at 10:32 pm }

I need to do this. I love how you call it Mason Jar Nation!

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