Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tasty Tuesday

I sort of got off the bandwagon for a little while and I did NOT like it. Life is a little simpler when I have a plan and I don't need to worry about what's for dinner every night. So I'm back on the wagon! There's not really anything new on this weeks menu, though I will be making an Earthquake Cake this week so you'll see that on the blog sometime soon.

My little sister-in-law is celebrating her 10th birthday this week, so I won't be cooking Friday night (yay!!). Other than that, it's my basic, low-carb weekly menu =)

Sunday - Atkins Meatloaf

Monday - Almost "Bourbon" Chicken

Tuesday - Crustless Spinach Quiche

Wednesday - Baked Chicken Breast

Thursday - Asian Pork

Friday - Mikallie's birthday party (pizza!!) 

Saturday - Mexican Chicken

As always, my menu is subject to change, which it already has! Last night, even though I had planned on the "Bourbon" Chicken, I forgot that it had to marinate all day and was unprepared when dinnertime rolled around. So we had Parmesan Chicken instead. Tomorrow's Baked Chicken Breast will be replaced with pizza because I forgot we have a literacy event at the kids' school that night, so it's pizza twice this week for us!

I shared the original menu to show how sometimes our best laid plans go awry, but it's always easier to go with the flow if you have some sort of plan already in place =).

Have a yummy week!

Monday, February 17, 2014

52 Weeks - Week 7: Things That Make You Feel Healthy

Oh hello. You might think it's been 8 weeks since I started this little adventure, if you've been keeping track, which I imagine everyone is...

You'd be right. But I skipped a week. I didn't post much of anything last week so here we are, at week 7, which I'm ok with! I figure it's my life and if I want to do week 7 on week 8, I will!

Truth be told, this little adventure might become "52 Weeks of Lists Stretched Out Over Two Years." I'm also ok with that =).

This weeks list is "Things That Make You Feel Healthy: Mind, Body, and Soul." There are just some things that feel good when you do them, or see them, or feel them. They feel right, like they're just feeding your mind or body or soul (or tummy!). This weeks list is about those things. You can find the original 52 Weeks series on Moorea Seal's blog HERE and you can find the rest of my lists HERE.


1. Writing
2. Reading
3. Helping Nate with his homework
4. Trying to figure out something new on my own
5. Listening to Nate explain a different perspective
6. Playing word games like Scrabble or crosswords


1. Making good eating choices
2. Getting up and going to the gym
3. Parking further away from the store entrance
4. Dance parties with my kids
5. Remembering to take my vitamins
6. Heading to the park to walk around and take pictures


1. Going to church
2. Singing
3. Watching my kids cuddle or play together
4. Spending time with people that I love (friends and family)
5. When Nate compliments me
6. When I make a good decision even though it was hard

Monday, February 3, 2014

52 Lists - Week 6: List The Ways In Which You Can Love Others

I'm sad that I missed the weekend in terms of blog posts. I don't usually do much anyway, but I couldn't even do that much this weekend. It was just jam packed full of activities. Between birthdays and game nights, we pretty much went non stop from Friday night to Sunday night. It was a crazy fun weekend, but it's nice to get a breather.

And now it's Monday, and time for another list! With Valentine's Day coming up, the topic is certainly appropriate. Valentine's Day is traditionally a romantic holiday, but I really like to expand the theme of love to encompass all types. It's a really good time to emphasize to the kids not only how much we love them, but how we can show love to others.

The original 52 Lists series can be found on Moorea Seal's blog HERE and you can find my other lists HERE.

So what are some of the ways I like to show love to others?

Tell them! Have I mentioned how much I love my husband? And my kids? And my awesome sister? What about my amazing friends?! I think we could all stand to express our love and appreciation with words a little more.

Gifts. I'm a big fan of gifts. Not because I like "stuff," but because to me it represents the fact that someone took a moment out of their day, with me in mind, to find something they thought I would appreciate and enjoy. I like knowing I was on someone's mind, and I usually feel that if I like something, someone else probably does too.

Notes and cards. Talk about the basics, right? But I think taking a moment to write something down is special. There's just something lovely in the written word, especially when those words express love and appreciation. They can be saved and cherished, reread when someone is feeling down.

Acts of service. What better way to express love than to go out of your way to do something for someone else? When words don't say enough, actions speak volumes. 

Cook something. Or bake. Or de-frost... I think it feels pretty good when someone makes a point to know what I like and prepare it for me. Doesn't that combine a lot of things into one amazing act of love? Thoughtfulness, acts of service, gifts... 

Spend time with someone. Hang out with them. I'd like nothing more than to make people feel wanted and appreciated. I want them to know their presence and company is valuable.

Hug someone. I love hugs. I don't get enough hugs (just sayin'). I love holding my kids. I love feeling my husbands arms around me. Of course, not everyone is as touchy-feely as me, but I think most people appreciate a kind touch or gesture.

Speak well of someone. Sometimes it's easier to show love to someone when they're right there, but harder when they're not around. I think it shows great love and respect if you can speak well of someone when they're not around.

I'm sure there are many other, more specific ways to show love, but I think these are the basics. No matter how you do it, the most important thing is to show love to someone in some fashion. Let people know they matter. 

Have I mentioned I love you? Yes, YOU! It means so much to me that you took a moment out of your day to read these words. Thank you  =)