January 10, 2023

Menu Monday 1•9•23

Anyone else still trying to find their way back to better eating in the new year? Or at least back to creating a weekly menu plan and sticking to it! Just me? 

One thing Im working on this month is to get back to having my menus planned before the weekend, so I can get my shopping done before the Sunday rush situation we have going on in the house currently. Im pretty ok with sticking to the menu, its the executing of shopping that messes me up. Partly because I am unable to drive myself to the store. And partly because I procrastinate and throw my list together on Saturday in a huff. Yeah, I need to be better about that part. 

This weeks menu

This week was close. If we are IG friends, you might have seen the whole curbside drama. I love our local grocery store, but going in to the store is like fighting a whole cackle of hyenas. The store is packed and its hard to get up to the produce bins. So I usually do curbside, but their shoppers have been slacking so, I need to make a plan moving forward. Plus if I go in to the store there is a little shop there by the exit that my wallet would appreciate me avoiding. Le sigh.  

OK lets talk menu.  Here is what we have lined up this week!

Quinoa Enchilada Casserole.  Figured its about time to get back to meatless Mondays. Partly for health and maybe a little because why the hell are groceries so damn expensive. Shoot! I have made this many times before but usually add chicken. But the original recipe is meatless. And with it being so flavorful, you don't even miss the meat! A winner in our book!

Baked Chicken Thighs. I saw a video somewhere of a lady cooking up some pan fried chicken thighs and southern green beans with bacon.  I didn't save it but I have been thinking about it since, so Im going to see what I can come up with and pray it hits the spot! But Im going to bake them, because there will be some fried food this weekend. Balance y'all!

Cheesy Baked Tortellini.  The last time I made this, was our first time having tortellini. The boys were instantly in love. Im not a bit fan of pasta sauce, so for me it was ok. But the dish was requested again for this week and its easy and one of their new favs so who am I to say no?!

Kalua Pork and Cabbage.  Now this is a dinner I can get behind. Not only is it one of my childhood favorites, its quick and easy because its made in the Instant Pot. I have mine with cauli-rice and the boys will ask for white rice Im sure. UGH its so good. I can't wait!

Sausage Sheet Pan.  This is a quick dinner for one of those nights I just want to make something and get it over with.  I know Im not the only parent who needs a break from cooking dinner every day right?  Alex asked me the other night if it got boring cooking every single day. Yes son, thats why I beg for take out on the weekend. Not because I want to eat junk but so I don't have to dirty my kitchen. Selfish maybe. Im calling it self care!

Grandmas Fried Chicken.  As much as I like not having to cook, its cheaper to just do it at home.  So this weekend I think I might fry up some chicken legs at home and serve them with some salads and other veggies. 

Menu Plan Monday

Im still working on making meals both the boys and I can eat.  I have been dealing with more pain and nausea lately so Im trying really hard to be even more mindful of what I am eating. I will probably skip the sausage and stick to just veggies. And will probably end up eating leftovers from something instead of the fried chicken.  My nutritionist said I was ok to have my shakes just not to use them as a meal replacement, so that helps when I am not eating complete meals.

Whats cooking in your kitchen this week?


January 3, 2023

Balance • My one word for 2023

I used to be a New Years resolution kinda girl. Then after years of making them and failing miserably I changed the way I welcome and work though the year. Now I narrow it down to one word. By picking one word for the year and using it as a guide for the next twelve months, I was able to zero in on what I wanted to do, and break it down in baby steps.  Which just works better for me. 

Last years my word was heal. I spent day after day working on sorting though moments and memories that I have been hiding away in a closet it the deepest parts of my heart and letting go of so much that had been holding me back. I learned a lot about myself and accepted a lot too.  It wasn't easy work, and its not done but Im ready to move forward. And all the healing I did paved the way for this years word.

This years word is Balance. 

In learning more about myself and making peace with who I am, I really wanted to keep moving forward with my healing but I needed to come out of the dark space it put me in. I was able to think about who I wanted to be and what I needed to do to become my truest self. But how do I continue healing and working on happiness at the same time?  Exactly...

My one word

Ive always been one to go all in on things. Even if I failed, I was up to the challenge. But I see that one of the reasons I kept failing was because I was never able to focus on more than one thing.  Last year when I was working on healing, I got lost in the dark of it.  When I tried to lock down my nutrition, I couldn't stay consistent with working out. When I try to be a better mom, I forget about being a wife too.  SO, I want to work at balancing all the things that make me, me. Because I am more than just one thing. And I know I deserve to work on myself as a whole and not just one piece at a time. I feel like this years word will be the perfect place to start.

How do I be a good wife and mom while being my own self too?

How do I push myself to be healthy but give myself grace for being sick?

How do I tear down the walls of trauma but put up some boundaries at the same time?

How do I take care of myself and others in general?

How do I commit to nutrition and movement and mental health all together?

How do I allow myself to rest but push myself out of my comfort zone at times?

How do I show up for my loved ones and take time for myself?

How do I enjoy the things that make me happy and what makes them happy?

So many things to do, and I want to do them all without burning myself out.

The last couple of years have been hard.  For everyone. As if life as a parent and just as a human living in this world wasn't hard enough, the pandemic brought out even more heaviness.  Being a mom is hard. Living with chronic illness is hard. Just surviving is hard. I get it. But Im ready to push back against life. Im ready to show up and make my own happiness again. Im ready to find my balance.

December 16, 2022

Family, flowers and finally some sleep!

One of the biggest things I have missed about this little space of mine is Friday Happiness posts. Sharing all the little things that made me smile though out the week. Sometimes its easy and I could go on for ever and some weeks I have to really dig deep just to come up with a handful of moments that brought me some happiness. But its just such a mindset shift when I go back over them and realize they are there. And seriously, even if you don't write it down, especially on the hardest weeks, take a minute to find even just one thing that made you smile.

What made me happy this week

This week marks week 2 with the new puppy and the last week of school before Christmas break for the boys. So needless to say, its been a bit of a doozy. Thunder is learning his place and manners.  And both of the boys are tired of studying for all the finals they squeezed in before break. They are a little burned out and in need of this break. And on top of everything, I feel like I am fighting off some kind of bug. My throat is killing me and I am just drained. But I know there are so many bright moments in this week.

So, what made me happy this week? Here are some things I am thankful for this week.

December 14, 2022

Meet our new Great Dane Puppy!

It has been three years since we lost both out dogs.  And while we have had a dozen of foster puppies since then, our hearts have been a little empty with out our own pups. When we moved the boys said they would not complain as long as once we got settled in the new house we would get a dog.  And as I sat and emailed my rescue hook up, David sat across the table from me in a meeting, where he was laid off.  Needless to say, all hell broke loose for a minute and I didn't feel right bringing in a new family member into that craziness, so we backed out of that adoption. Heartbroken but it was the right choice. 

Fast forward a year and I popped on Facebook one night and while I was scrolling I saw that the rescue was looking for transport for a family of Danes they were saving, so I shared the post and prayed someone would step up. Never did I think, one of those puppies was going to be mine.  But then a few days later I got the text that said "I got your boy! And hes chonky!" 

Baby Thunder

It took a few more weeks before we could pick him up. Its always a little iffy with puppies coming in to the rescue, because they aren't always in the best shape.  Many dogs come in beat up from living on the streets or in a not so loving home, they have been hit by cars or are infested with fleas and other parasites. The ugly truth is that they can't all be saved. So I waited to see if my boy would. I got word that he did in fact catch some kind of bug and wasn't doing very well at all, but after a few weeks and lots of work, he pulled through.  And we picked him up last week. Yall...

Meet Thunder.

Thunders Boys
Look at those smiles!

Anthony and Thunder Nap
Life is Ruff

Alex and Thunder Napping
Keeping "an eye" on the dog...

Hammock Hog... I mean Dog
He took over the hammock!

Clearly he loves his sleep.  I swear he plays too.  But after he plays, its time to get serious and sleep. In his chair, my hammock, with the boys...but almost never in his bed.  And we aren't going to mention the kennel. Don't say it out loud. Kidding. We are working on it. Its just not his favorite thing, yet.

His name was decided years ago. Years ago, I had a dream I had a dane named Thunder. I saved the name and never brought it up when we named fosters.  I just kept it in my back pocket. There is also the fact that Thor, is the God of Thunder. Hes my fav. And lets be real, he makes just as much noise and actual Thunder! Especially when hes going up and down the stairs.  It fits him just as well as he fits us!

There are so many photos to come, but its time for a potty break.  Gotta love the house breaking stage! So much fun, said no one ever.  Hes been really good though and any accidents were not his fault.  Having a puppy is exhausting but its so worth it. Plus its nice to have some company again. Being home alone was kind of getting to me. And now I have some responsibilities and a push to keep myself busy during the day. 

Send all the coffee, patience and belly rubs.  The first two are for me by the way. 


December 12, 2022

Menu Plan 12•12

This weeks menu is going to be short at sweet.  For those of you who follow me on IG, you might have seen that we have a new addition in the house and he been keeping me busy. But we are so in love with him so we are adjusting. If you aren't following me and love puppies, come hang out with me HERE. Ive been trying not to just spam everyone with photos but I kinda think Im just going to give in, hes to cute not to share.

Menu Plan

Before I get distracted, lets talk food.  I started seeing a nutritionist at the Liver Clinic and she is awesome. I will admit, that I was going strong for a while there and really dialed in but the last few weeks have been a little iffy.  So, I pulled out the papers she gave me and made sure that I had enough of everything for my meals and came up with dinners for the boys that I could enjoy too. That whole two separate meals plan was great when it worked, but it was just so hard to maintain when I got behind.  Which, happens, so I said peace out to that. Here is what I came up with for this week.

November 1, 2022

November Goals

There are officially TWO months left in the year.  2022 is coming to and end.  And I need to get myself right with it. Anyone else fall off the train the last few months?  No?  Just me! I just haven't been able to get myself going again and its about time I did something about it.  

November Goals

I don't have any monthly goals from October to cross off.  I was pretty much just putting one foot in front of the other and getting through day by day. Knowing damn well that its no way to live.  And not the kind of life I am trying to live.  But its a new month and Im ready and excited to get this show on the road.