Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Goals for 2018

The sad thing is I didn't really have goals for last year. I think I just tried to survive. Sometimes that is the best one can do.  Perhaps this year, I can do a little better.  So since I didn't have a traditional goal post like I have done in the past few years, I'll steal a few ideas from a couple years ago.  I hope to check in once a month or every 3 months to see how I am doing.

Personal 
Read 12 books - Most will be read on vacations, sad to say
Make up Routine
Finish Violin Volume 1
Eat Greens daily

Marriage/
Ministry/Family 
Read 4 marriage books
Write a "love" note each week
THM Meal Prep
Write one positive thing a week to read at the end of the year.

Children/Homeschooling

Do 1 fun outing/activity per month
Establish game night 
Special day for each child, once a month
Check work once a week


Blogging

Weekly THM Menu
Try a 1 new recipe a month and blog about it
Write 12 book reviews
Monthly Goals

I also have picked a word for the year. Determination.  That is what I feel I have been lacking the past few years. Discouraging situations and trials have been a real struggle.  This past year I learned more about how I was making it worse by allowing people to treat me badly, instead of standing up for myself. I hope to find myself deep down somewhere, lost in the drama and trama in the past few years that really wreck havoc on my life. So here's so a new year. One that will be better than next year and one that will be better, by HIS grace and my determination.

Friday, December 29, 2017

THM Menu January 1 - 7th, 2018

So this is my first menu that will go along with my New Habits Challenge.  Please come join is with me if you are ready to jump into the new year with some NEW habits. I will run a different habits challenge every 6-8 weeks for accountability.  So here we go!

Breakfast:
Cookie Bowl Oatmeal - THM FP, THM Cookbook p.249
Christmas Cranberry Smoothie - THM E replacing mlk with kefir
Pumpkin Concrete Mixer - THM S - going to use Kefir instead of the milk/protein powder

Lunch:
Zuppa Toscana - THM S - cauliflower instead of potatoes
Mexican Cottage Cheese Salad - FP p.302 THM#1, I put this over spinach
Pear Waldorf Salad - THM E

Dinner:
Chicken Pot Pie - THM S, THM Cookbook p.137
Cheeseburger Skillet - THM S
Cilantro Lime Chicken Meal - THM E

Snack:
Pay Off Day Candies - THM S, THM Cookbook p.380
Treeces - THM S, THM Cookbook p.378
Chocolate Banana Muffins - THM E,THM Cookbook p.283

PS I totally forgot to add 2 other challenges I am attempting to follow along with for a bit. The One E a day Challenge and the THM Book Study group with my friend Judy.  Feel free to hope in and join us!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas THM Week December 25-31, 2017

The last week of December. Wow. can you believe it?  I am hoping to do well this last week. Don't want to go into the new year with a sugar hang over. How about you?  Want to start the new year out with a challenge? Come join my THM New Habits Challenge 2018 over on FB and IG with the #thmnewhabitschallenge2018


Breakfast:
Quick Fix Eggwhite Muffins - THM FP, THT p.332
Cinnamon Pecan Baked Pancake - THM S, THT p.338
Chocolate Nut Crunch - THM E, THM Cookbook p.255

Lunch:
Chicken Lima Bean Soup - THM E
Russian Borscht Soup- THM E
Small Budget Big Taste Salad - THM E, THM Cookbook p.185

Dinner:
Cowboy Grub - THM E, THM Cookbook p. 59
Cornbread Crusted Mexican Pie - THM S THM Cookbook p.132
Spaghetti Squash Boats - THM S - leaving off the bread crumbs

Snack:
Pay Off Day Candies - THM S, THM Cookbook p.380
Treeces - THM S, THM Cookbook p.378
Salted Caramel Gluccie Pudding - THM FP, THT p.351
Bust A Myth Banana Cake - THM E, THM Cookbook p.298

Thursday, December 21, 2017

THM New Habits Challenge 2018

I am wanting to start a few new habits that are THM related. Anyone want to join me? The challenge group will run for 6 weeks. I am going to pick 3 things to do for 6 weeks to help me better my THM journey.  Anyone want to join me?  We will start our challenge on December 31st, 2017 and end February 11, 2018.  THM does not manage or endorse the group’s content.

For the first 6 weeks I want to be consistent in:

Make Skinny Chocolate once a week.
Weekly Meal Prepping.
Eating something green daily.

If this is something you want to join in and keep me accountable, there are 2 ways to do it. Join my FB challenge group or on IG #THMnewhabitschallenge2018.  If you want to join the group I will expect you to check in weekly with pictures or participating in discussions. I want the group to help keep me be accountable. So if you don't plan to post weekly, the IG challenge might be a better fit.  All you need to "join" is posting a picture of your prepping or meal to keep each other encouraged to keep going.  This group is about building new habits to help us in our journey. If we mess up, that is ok. Just restart again in 3 hours.

Once this challenge is over I will hopefully have 3 new habits along with you!  I will take a week break to make SURE the habits STICK, and I will have a new set of 3 habits for the next 6 weeks.

So who is in with me????  I will be posting my progress with meeting my 3 new habits and also some suggestion and encouragement to keep us going.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

THM Menu for December 18-24th, 2017

Its almost CHRISTMAS. Can you all believe it? We have some yummy food traditions for Christmas and they are easily THMified so I won't need to go off plan.  What about you???

Breakfasts:
BAM Waffles THM E, THT p. 342
Chocolate Monkey Crepes - THM E, THM p.267
Fried Eggs with Sausage or Bacon - THM S
Pineapple Coconut Kefir Smoothie - THM E

Lunch:
Ranch Hand Taco Salad - THM E, THT p.200
Zuppa Toscana - THM S - Turnips or cauliflower instead of potatoes
Red Russian Borscht THM S, THT p.168
10 Minute Chinese Chicken Salad THM S, THT p.199

Supper:
Blacked Fish Tacos - THM E, THT p.60
Black Pepper Chicken THM FP, THT p.68
Queso Chicken Bake THM E, THT p.123
Garlic Beef Enchiladas - THM S

Snack:
Skinny Chocolate  with a smear of PB- THM S, THM Cookbook p.377
Singing Canary or Shrinker Gummy Bears THM FP, THT p.421
Pay Day Candies - THM S,THM Cookbook p.381
Chocolate Treeces Poke Cake - THM S, THT p.382
Cinnamon Swirl Cranberry Bread - THM E - THM Cookbook p.200 for the bread recipe.
Thinitos - THM FB

Friday, December 8, 2017

THM Menu for December 11-17, 2017

Here we are half way through December already. Whew!  Seems like time is just flying by.  Still plugging away on the THM plan. How are you all doing this week?  Any new recipes you've tried and loved?  Did you make up your menu plan yet?  If so please share. I love browsing other menus for ideas.

Breakfast:
Mufflets - THM S THM Cookbook p.237
Creamy Grains with Mango THM E - THM Cookbook p.252
Breakfast Cookies - THM S - EKK p.102
Chocolate Nut Granola - THM E - THM Cookbook p.255

Lunch:
Trim Mac Salad - THM S - THM Cookbook p. 181
Sweet Potato and Carrot Chili - THM E - rinse meat and watch oil amounts
Mexican Cottage Cheese Salad - FP p.302 THM#1, I put this over spinach
Smoked Sausage Salad THM S THT p.203

Supper: 
Blackened Chicken with Mango - THM E - THM Cookbook p.66
Taste of Home Casserole - THM S - THT p.144
Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Squash - THM S - THT p. 132
Meatballs - THM S - THT p.129

Snack:
Skinny Chocolate - THM S - THM Cookbook p.377
GGMS or Shrinker Gummy Bears THM FP - THT p.421
Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins - THM E - THT p.367
Pay Day Candies - THM S THM Cookbook p.381

So far picking 3-4 different recipes a week is fairly accurate with what I make/use each week. It is less work and effort on my part if I make extra for leftovers. I also meal prep 2 days a week.  It works better since I have to also meal prep for my husband's daily meals.

Friday, December 1, 2017

THM Menu December 4-10, 2017

Its December already. Do you all have snow yet? It doesn't seem like winter until I have snow on the ground. Silly I know. Can't take the north outta the girl I guess. So what's on your menu this week?  Anything good I should add to mine?  Trying to get a few more E meals in mine. I can do S meals just fine, but I am Es are more of a struggle.

I have found that I need to choose 3 different recipes each for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks. I make one to eat and then save one for the next day.

So without further chit chat here is my menu!

Breakfast:
Christmas Cranberry Smoothie - THM E
Carrot Cake Overnight Oats - THM E
Breakfast Cookies - THM S -EKK book p.

Lunch:
Spicy Tuna Avocado - THM S -EKK p.
Grilled Chimichurri Chicken Salad - THM S - Chimichurri - THM S
Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Soup - THM E - sub yogurt instead of sour cream

Supper:
Cumin Rubbed Chicken Black Bean with Corn - THM - E
Cabbage Apple Grape Roll Ups - THM E
Firecracker Fish - THM S - THT p.
Cowboy Grub - THM E THM Cookbook p.59

Snacks:
Pumpkin Roll - THM S
Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl - THM S sub out the sweetener and use this for the crust-  Ginger Snaps - THM S
Chocolate Banana Muffin - THM E - THM Cookbook p.283

Monday, November 27, 2017

THM Menu for November 27 - December 3, 2017

Thanksgiving weekend FLEW by for me. How about you? Here's my menu for the week. I'm off to get it prepped and ready to go. I am participating in a 10 Day THM Challenge on IG. Come join us. Today is the first one!

Breakfast:
Pumpkin Concrete Mixer - THM S - going to use Kefir instead of cream cheese/milk.
Raspberry Ricotta Breakfast Cake - THM S from EKK
Cranberry, Kvass, Spinach, and Orange Kefir - THM E

Lunch:
Ham and Bean Soup - THM S sub out potatoes with cauliflower
Taco Soup - THM S
Pear Waldorf Salad - THM E

Supper:
Cheeseburger Skillet - THM S
Cilantro Lime Chicken Meal - THM E
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Pasta - THM S - going to use glucci to thicken and use over spaghetti squash instead of pasta noodles.
Sweet Potato Bar - THM E

Snacks:
Pumpkin Donuts - THM S
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - THM S
Chocolate Pecan Pie Muffins - THM S


Hope you all have a successful THM week everyone!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2018 Calendar from Briana Thomas!


Come see my favorite calendar for 2018!

You are all in for a TREAT!  Briana Thomas has done an amazing job on a calendar for 2018.  Each month has a brand new recipe to try.   This year my daughter and I are doing THM together. Can't wait to try all the new recipes each month. It is hard to not go ahead and try that already, but we'll try to be good and wait... I think.

So hurry on over to Briana's store and check out her Calendar and grab them before they are gone. And if you don't already own her cookbook, Necessary Food, might want to snag one of those as well!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

THM Menu for November 20-26, 2017 Thanksgiving week

Getting a head start on my menu for next week. I want to prep this weekend for myself so I don't get derailed too much. I want to do even better than last year.

Breakfast:
Pumpkin Concrete Mixer - THM S - I am going to make with kefir instead of the milk/cream cheese.
Apple Cranberry Oatmeal - THM E
Chocolate Pecan Pie Muffins - THM S

Lunch:
Ethiopian Spinach Lentil Soup - THM E
Ham and Bean Soup - THM S sub out potatoes with cauliflower
Taco Soup - THM S

Supper:
Cilantro Lime Chicken Meal - THM E
Garlic Beef Enchiladas - THM S
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole - THM S

Snacks:
Pumpkin Donuts - THM S
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - THM S
Salted Caramel Cupcakes - THM S p.379 THT

Saturday, November 11, 2017

THM Menu for November 13-19, 2017

Last week I did very well with 3 recipes in each one, so I am going to try it again. Thanks for hanging out with me again this weeks. Happy THM week to you all!

Breakfast:
Zucchini Muffins - THM S
Banana Oatmeal-Muffins THM E
Egg Breakfast Cups - THM S

Lunch:
Fennel Walnut Chicken Salad - THM S
Asian Chicken Cranberry Salad - THM S
Carrot and Sweet Potato Chili - THM E

Supper:
Chicken Burrito Bowls - THM E
Sausage Spaghetti Squash Boats - THM S
Big Mac Casserole - THM S - Russian Salad Dressing - THM S

Snacks:
Pumpkin Donuts - THM S
Cottage Baked Apple - THM E
Salted Caramel Cupcakes - THM E p.379 THT

Saturday, November 4, 2017

THM Menu for November 6 - 12, 2017

Although I haven't posted a menu in a while, I am still plugging away at eating well. I just haven't posted a menu because its been more of a eat what I can grab from fresh from the garden, that I was able to visit twice a week. Planning ahead just didn't work.  I also have been prepping meals for my husband totally separate from the rest of us. As a result, my meal prep for the week gets pushed back to another day. But thankfully my schedule has changed so I can now meal prep for 2 menus, instead of one. I hope I can keep up the pace!

Breakfast:
Peaches and Cream Smoothie - THM E
Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats- THM E
Mango Ginger Smoothie - THM E

Lunch:
Mexican or Cajun Cottage Cheese Salad - FP p.302 & 303 THM#1
Pear Waldorf Salad - THM E
Southwestern Turkey Chopped Salad - THM S - I am going to  use chicken instead of turkey

Supper:
Pad Thai Spaghetti Squash - THM S -with chicken and stevia instead of honey
Primavera Spaghetti Squash - THM S - with chicken
Caprese Spaghetti Squash - THM S - with cottage cheese

Snack:
Acorn Squash With Fruit and Nuts - THM E - watch the nuts and oil amounts. Sweeten with Stevia and not honey.
Pumpkin Concrete Mixer - THM S
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies - THM S

Sunday, September 17, 2017

THM Menu Sept. 18 - 24th 2017

We finally have a few weeks of school under out belt and into a routine for the year. Hopefully we can stick to it right?  The Trim Healthy Table cookbook finally arrived last week and I am having fun trying a few new recipes. I had to giggle at least once, because one of my favorite breakfasts is in the cookbook.  Only I didn't get it from them, I just did it on my own. YAY!

Breakfast:

Hash N Eggs - THM S p.335 THT
Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats - THM E
Apple Oat Cakes - THM E 

Lunch:

Leftovers
Mexican Cottage Cheese Salad - FP p.302 THM#1
Cajun Cottage Cheese Salad - FP p.303 THM#1
Pear Waldorf Salad - THM E

Supper:

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo with Zucchini noodles - THM S
Pearl's Chili - THM S p.328 THM #1
Balsamic Chicken  - THM E - reduce oil and use stevia instead of honey
Cilantro Lime Chipotle Meal    - THM E
Blackened Fish Tacos - THM E p.60 THT

Treat:

Pumpkin Treat S - p.388 THM#1


Sunday, September 10, 2017

THM Menu September 11 - 17, 2017

Half way through September. How's school going for everyone? It seems that fall sneaks up slowly here in the Midwest, but this year it came in with a BANG on Sept. 1st. WOW Yikes, bring on the coats and pants already. Whew. Apples and pumpkin everything. And of course SOUP is now on the menu again.  YES!  I am doing things a little different this week. I really want to TRY to make a few things ahead of time for breakfast. I hate breakfast so I might just survive if I make it ahead right? If I don't I end up just eating egg, bacon, and squash. hehe.

Breakfast:
Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats - THM E
Apple Oat Cakes - THM E 
Caramel Apple Overnight Oats - THM E
Zucchini Chard Muffins - THM S - subbing out the flour for the baking blend.

Lunch:
Chicken Lima Bean Soup - THM E - I am using chicken breasts
Green Chili - THM S - I am just not coating the roast
Fire and Ice Salad - FP
Spinach Salad with Honey Bacon Dressing - THM S - I am using stevia drops instead of honey

Supper:
Almond Crusted Lemon Chicken - THM S
Lasagna Roll - Ups - THM S
Mediterranean Chicken - THM E
Zucchini Pizza Casserole - THM S

Saturday, September 2, 2017

THM Menu for Sept. 4th - 10th, 2017

The first week of September is here. Hope you all have a fantastic Labor Day.  Here's my menu for the week!

Breakfast:
Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats - THM E
Apple Oat Cakes - THM E
Fried Eggs, Bacon, and summer squash - THM S

Lunch:
Leftovers
Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad - THM E
Summer Vegetarian Soup THM E
Roasted Beet and Cucumber Salad - THM E


Supper:
Instant Pot Indian Butter Chicken - THM S - I am serving it over Zucchini noodles
Mediterranean Chicken - THM E
Tacos - THM S
Zucchini Pizza Casserole - THM S

Saturday, August 26, 2017

THM Menu for August 28 - September 3, 2017

Fall is almost here. Time to get out those apple and pear recipes. We picked both last week, well we picked up the windfalls off the ground.  I can't believe fall is just around the corner!

My menu for the week:

Breakfast:
Friend Eggs with bacon and summer squash  - THM S
Caramel Apple Overnight Oats - THM E
Zucchini Chard Muffins - THM S - subbing out the flour for the baking blend.

Lunch:
Leftovers
Broccoli and Cheese Soup THM S
Chicken Cucumber Salad - THM S

Supper:
Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Salsa  - THM E
Lasagna Roll - Ups - THM S
Stuffed Chicken Meal - THM E - reduce oil
Zucchini Pizza Casserole - THM S

Sunday, August 20, 2017

THM Menu for August 21 - 27th, 2017

Thanks for sticking with me and visiting my blog. I am enjoying getting back into the grove of writing up my menus and sharing them. I eat better because I plan. How about you?

Breakfast:

Peach Cobbler - THM E with vanilla greek yogurt
Peach Smoothie - THM E with yogurt/kefir and Almond Milk
Peach Spice Overnight Oatmeal - THM E - I am using yogurt with Almond Milk for protein.

Lunch:

Carrot and Sweet Potato Chili - THM E - rinse beef
Broccoli and Cheese Soup THM S
Chicken with Creamy Dill - THM E or FP

Supper:

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken "pasta" - THM S - going to use glucci to thicken and zucchini noodles
BBQ Chicken - THM E
Spinach Artichoke Chicken - THM S
Chicken Marsala - THM E
Zucchini Pizza Casserole - THM S

Snack:
Lemon Zucchini Muffins - THM S - I am going to make them into muffins

Thursday, August 17, 2017

THM Cooking Session 18

Its been a while since I posted a OAMC menu. I have done several, but they are repeats of ones I have already made so I felt silly REPOSTING that I made them again.

Spinach Artichoke Chicken - THM S
Broccoli and Cheese Soup THM S
Moroccan Chicken Tajine - THM S
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken "pasta" - THM S - going to use glucci to thicken and zucchini noodles
BBQ Chicken - THM E
Chicken Marsala - THM E
Carrot and Sweet Potato Chili - THM E - rinse beef
Mexican Bean Soup - THM E , rinse the beef

I'm making my shopping list, and I will share later with pictures and a link.

Monday, August 14, 2017

THM Menu August 14 - 20, 2017

Another week has FLOWN by and I am up to my eyeballs in produce. This week I have cabbage and zucchini coming out my ears along with cucumbers. As usual I use Pyure instead of sugar if the recipe calls for it.

Breakfast:
Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Salsa
over a bed of Swiss Chard and Cabbage
Overnight Raspberry Oatmeal - THM E - I am going to use almond milk instead of coconut milk
Zucchini Chard Muffins - THM S - subbing out the flour for the baking blend.
Fried Eggs, Bacon, with summer squash - THM S

Lunch:
Chicken Cucumber Salad - THM S
Summer Vegetarian Soup THM E
Roasted Beet and Cucumber Salad - THM E

Supper:
Cumin Chicken with Black Bean Salsa  - THM E
Lasagna Roll - Ups - THM S
Stuffed Chicken Meal - THM E - reduce oil
Gnocchi with Swiss Chard - THM S  - with Zucchini noodles, and using the baking blend instead of the flour.
Zucchini Pizza Casserole - THM S

Snack:
Lemon Zucchini Muffins - THM S - I am going to make them into muffins

Sunday, August 6, 2017

THM Menu for August 7 - 13th, 2017

I think I missed last week. But that is ok. That just leaves me running behind at a snails pace. And no working oven makes it even easier... right? Or maybe that is harder? I am confused already I guess.  I still have lots of fresh veggies from the garden, especially zucchini I am using up this week.  The one thing I do like about summer.

Breakfast:
Peaches and Cream Overnight Oatmeal - THM E
Zucchini Chard Muffins - THM S
Fried Eggs, Bacon, with summer squash - THM S


Lunch:
Chicken Cucumber Salad - THM S
Spaghetti Squash Tater Tots - THM S -with zucchini instead or spaghetti squash, served with deviled eggs
Summer Vegetarian Soup THM E
Leftovers

Supper:
Lasagna Roll - Ups - THM S
Teriyaki Chicken with Zoodles - THM E - using THM sugar
Chinese 5 Spice Zoodles - THM S - Using ground beef instead of turkey, Pyure instead of sugar
Gnocchi with Swiss Chard - THM S  - with Zucchini noodles, and using the baking blend instead of the flour.
Zucchini Pizza Casserole - THM S

Snack:
Lemon Zucchini Muffins - THM S - I am going to make them into muffins

Sunday, July 30, 2017

THM Menu July 31 - August 6, 2017

Last week I didn't make as many things as I wanted to. So here is to a NEW week and finishing up what I didn't make last week.

Breakfast:

Fried Eggs, Bacon, with summer squash - THM S
Peaches and Cream Overnight Oatmeal - THM E
Zucchini Chard Muffins - THM S
Overnight Raspberry Oatmeal - THM E - I am going to use almond milk instead of coconut milk


Lunch:

Summer Vegetarian Soup THM E
Polish Pickle Soup - THM S
Roasted Beet and Cucumber Salad - THM E
Leftovers


Supper:

Ukrainian Beet Green Rolls - THM S - sub cauliflower rice for rice.
Tacos with Taco Slaw - THM S
Caribbean Chicken with Black Bean, Kale, and Pineapple Salad - THM E - reduce oil
Zucchini Pizza Casserole - THM S

Sunday, July 23, 2017

THM menu for July 24 - 30, 2017


My garden is very abundant. Now the key it so use it up!  I am subbing the sugar/maple syrup for Pyure and flour for THM baking blend.  I also make myself a gallon of GGMS with True Lime I found at the local Dollar Tree.


Breakfast:
Peaches and Cream Overnight Oatmeal - THM E
Overnight Raspberry Oatmeal - THM E - I am going to use almond milk instead of coconut milk
Zucchini Patties - THM S
Zucchini Chard Muffins - THM S
Broiled Veggies with Eggs - THM S

Lunch:
Polish Pickle Soup - THM S
Cabbage Borsht - THM S
Chicken Cucumber Salad - THM S
Summer Vegetarian Soup THM E
Roasted Beet and Cucumber Salad - THM E

Supper:
Gnocchi with Swiss Chard - THM S
Turkey Burger with Cloud Bread with  Slaw  - THM S
Tacos with Taco Slaw - THM S
Caribbean Chicken with Black Bean, Kale, and Pineapple Salad - THM E - reduce oil
Stuffed Chicken Meal - THM E - reduce oil
Ukrainian Beet Green Rolls - THM S - sub cauliflower rice for rice.
Zucchini Pizza Casserole - THM S

Snack:
Lemon Zucchini Muffins - THM S - I am going to make them into muffins

THM Menu for February 19-24, 2018

    This week starts the 2nd round of my THM New Habits Challenge . Are you joining us?  I have a FB group page if you would like to joi...