It’s that time of year when Wyoming begins to thaw out. Yes, we will still get those spring snowstorms, but the promise that warmer weather is just around the corner gives us something to look forward to.

Last weekend I went fishing along Clear Creek, the signs of spring were all around. Most of the ice had melted from the creek, the squirrels were jumping from tree to tree, birds were chirping and the first signs of green grass peaked through along the trail. Though I didn’t get a bite, it was a lovely Wyoming spring day.

Feeling motivated by the idea of spring, I decided that I was going to meal prep. For those of you who have never attempted to prepare lunches and dinners for the week ahead, it can be quite the task. Here are a few tips to help cut down on some of the effort.

First make sure you have solid meal prep containers. I like the Pyrex-brand glass containers because you can pop them in the microwave or they can go in the oven, and they are dishwasher safe. If you are not a fan of your food touching, there are several options with dividers. Next, come up with a plan for the week; the key is to use ingredients that can be turned into multiple meals. I like to roast a whole chicken, grill some steaks and boil a couple of eggs so that I have protein sources that can be used in a variety of ways. I also roast a pan of various veggies. Some of my favorites are zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers and onions.

The worst part of meal prepping is the dishes at the end. So if you keep your menu streamlined and use ingredients in multiple meals, you can cut down on the cleanup.

Have some variety with your menu choices so that you don’t get bored. There are several meal prep blogs, Instagram and Facebook accounts that have recipes – Budget Bytes is my go to. Beth of Budget Bytes keeps her recipes easy to follow and full of flavor.

Spring cleaning was also on my mind this past week, and with the rise of super organizer Marie Kondo, I decided to attack my stockpile of clothing. I wouldn’t say that I am a hoarder, but I definitely toe the line. My love for thrift-store vintage finds and random T-shirts is apparent in my overflowing dresser and walk-in closet. Combine those with my day-to-day staples and special occasion pieces, and I have quite the collection of clothing. While many of these items spark joy for me, the frustration of not being able to find anything when I am looking for it outweighed that spark. It takes time to purge and despite the seven bags of clothing marked for a new home, I still can’t find anything. I guess I have a way to go before I can get the Kondo stamp of approval.  

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