Monday, December 31, 2018

Goals for 2019 and how did on 2018 goals!

I made goals last year, but sad to say I forgot and didn't even LOOK at them until a few days ago.  I do remember what a few of my goals were and forgot about the rest. I did pretty well considering.

So, I wrote up my goals with a few new ideas. Mainly because they are things I was working on last year, but didn't do, or even right now. I am hoping I can do better this year and do a monthly update.  

I did use my planner some this year.  I usually updated and used it on Tuesdays during music lessons. Sadly that is no longer a part of my life so I fell out of the habit. I need to make a NEW habit. Not sure HOW to do that yet. I would LOVE to do a weekly goals and updates with my menu for the week. It just doesn't seem to happen. If anyone else has some suggestions I am all ears.



Personal
Make up/Vitamins Routine
Walk/Exercise 3 times a week
Memorize Psalm 37 = 1 verse a week
Start Vlogging - after I get my goals and menus etc consistent on the blog
Seasonal Recipe collection - Finish by November -Single and Family serving
Christmas Countdown in the Fall -Starts in October
Cook and blog/vlog my cook through of Trim Healthy Table.

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

Children/Homeschooling
Special day for each child, once a month, do 1 fun outing/activity.
Establish game night 
Check work once a week-school

Blogging

Weekly THM Menu

Weekly Grocery Hauls - Vlog
Try a 1 new recipe a month and vlog/blog about it
Monthly or weekly Goals/plans!
Vlog 3/4 times a week by December for Vlogmas starting day after Thanksgiving

I have picked a word for this year.  FIGHT!  And before you all jump on the, you shouldn't fight line, just hear me out.  I have choose to just let things go for SO long, I have been in some NOT so good situations. I have had to look at things through lenses I don't like. I hate them actually.  I can't just walk around and think, it will all be ok and work out. I have to be on the ready because the Devil is roaming around trying to seek and destroy my family and marriage (Eph. 6:12).  So, this word it to remind me to FIGHT for my family etc. On my knees first of course, but is some cases unfortunately it will need to be with some strong boundries.  I never wanted to need to do that.  It makes me so sad to NEED to.  Prayers would sure be appreciated.  

My goals from 2018 and how I did with them, despite the fact I forgot about them.  Ooops.



Personal 
Read 12 books - I thinkI read more like 20.
Make up Routine - I lost my makeup bag!  I had to rebuy it and hoping to start again this year.
Finish Violin Volume 1 - Sadly we lost our music teacher.  We were able to find another one, but sadly I can no longer afford lessons for myself.  Maybe in a few years when my children are further along they can teach me again.  I really miss the group lessons especially.
Eat Greens daily - I don't eat them EVERY day, but at least 5 times a week!  So win win on that

Marriage/
Ministry/Family 
Read 4 marriage books - DONE
Write a "love" note each week - FAIL!
THM Meal Prep - I do this most weeks. It has helped when I do. Write one positive thing a week to read at the end of the year. - I think I did this twice so sad.

Children/Homeschooling

Do 1 fun outing/activity per month- I think I did about half. Not bad.
Establish game night - I think this is almost a joke.  I meant table games. Which they aren't fond of. But video games are played all day every day since everyone has phones now. Biggest mistake EVER that I opposed!
Special day for each child, once a month - I still need to work on this.
Check work once a week- I still need to work on this.



Blogging

Weekly THM Menu - I did this!
Try a 1 new recipe a month and blog about it - I sadly did NOT do this.
Write 12 book reviews - I think I did just a couple
Monthly Goals - Um, I don't think I did it even once. How sad is that?


My word was Determination for 2018.  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.
It was a good word. FIGHT this year is just a continuation of it. Just in different form.

My THM Trim Healthy Table Menu for December 31-January 6, 2019


I was watching a neat vlog called Our Tribe of Many and they were going through THT trying each recipe. I thought what a good idea! I have made almost ALL the recipes in the original book and the Trim Healthy Cookbook. This year I am cooking through Trim Healthy Table.  I have made a few recipes from the cookbook, but not as many as I would like obviously.  I don't really have any favorites yet. I have made so few recipes. Exactly why I am making a goal to cook through theWhat cookbook this year! What recipes have YOU tried and  LOVED?
 
It took me a year to cook through the THM Cookbook. I have attempted to schedule the WHOLE book for the year and I haven't finished yet.  I am kinda afraid to commit to a year schedule because we tend to shop and cook with the ingredients that I find on sale or cheap. So although I am sure that works well for some, it does not work for my family and budget. I did a schedule for a month at a time the past few weeks and I struggled to finish up the menu. For this season in life I need to shop weekly to get the best price for the produce etc.

So without more chit chat, here is the menu for our week.  All recipes are from the Trim Healthy Table Cookbook unless stated.  Please check out our Mixing With Michelle Facebook page and our New Habits Challenge Facebook group for even more encouragement.
 
 
Breakfast:
Hole Eggs THM S p.332
Fennel and Figs Feel Better Shake THM E p.485
Tropical Secret Smoothie  THM E p.483
Lunches:
Dreamy Chicken Lazone THM S p.50
Chicken , Broccoli, and Mushroom Stir Fry THM S p.75
Snacks:
Singing Canary Truffles THM S p.418
Frappinccino Cake THM S p.374

Suppers:
Hangry Pockets THM S/E p.320
Deconstructed Fajitas THM E p.56
Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers THM S p.54
Red Russian Borscht Trimmy Bisque THM -S p.168
Tuna Pepper Poppers THM S p.313

Sippers - FPor S
Hello Healthy Sipper p.451

Friday, December 21, 2018

THM Cookbook Menu for December 24 - 30, 2018


I was watching a neat vlog called Our Tribe of Many and they were going through THT trying each recipe. I thought what a good idea! I have made almost ALL the recipes in the original book, but not the Trim Healthy Cookbook. I have Trim Healthy Table, but there are SO MANY recipes in Trim Healthy Cookbook that I haven't even tried yet. So, I am going to try cooking a few more from the Cookbook and see how far I get.  I have made some, so I am going to skip over those, but there are SO MANY I have never tried.  What recipes have YOU tried and LOVED?

I am hoping that the end of summer, August, I will be finished cooking through the THM Cookbook.  Its been fun. I think most things I have left are desserts. I didn't realize how MANY there were in this cook. WOW.  There are a few favorites that I can see myself making again and keep making. Obviously I am STILL working on the cookbook so here's to hoping that I will finally finish in December!

Breakfasts: -
Avo Cream Pudding THM S p.341
Not Naughty Rice Pudding THM FP or S p.349
Orange Sherbert, Peanutty, and Chocolate Covered Strawberry Trim Freeze THM Sp.360

Lunches:
Light Nutty Noodles THM FP p.79
Chewy Chotein Logs THM S p.390

Snacks:
Crunch Puffs THM FP p.460-462.
Crema la Toppa Squares THM S p.331
Pretzel sticks THM  FP p.463
Ice Cream Sandwiches THM S p.371
Cheesy Kale Dip THM FP/S p.467


Suppers:
Coconut Thai Chicken THM S p.45
Troodle Casserole THM S p.135 
Salisbury Steak THM S p.174 with Princess Tators THM FP/S p.220
Wonder Fish Tacos THM -S/FP/E p.170-172

Sippers - FPor S
Vanilla, Chocolate, and Green Vibrancy p.440

Friday, December 14, 2018

THM Cookbook Menu for December 17-23, 2018


I was watching a neat vlog called Our Tribe of Many and they were going through THT trying each recipe. I thought what a good idea! I have made almost ALL the recipes in the original book, but not the Trim Healthy Cookbook. I have Trim Healthy Table, but there are SO MANY recipes in Trim Healthy Cookbook that I haven't even tried yet. So, I am going to try cooking a few more from the Cookbook and see how far I get.  I have made some, so I am going to skip over those, but there are SO MANY I have never tried.  What recipes have YOU tried and LOVED?

I am hoping that the end of summer, August, I will be finished cooking through the THM Cookbook.  Its been fun. I think most things I have left are desserts. I didn't realize how MANY there were in this cook. WOW.  There are a few favorites that I can see myself making again and keep making. Obviously I am STILL working on the cookbook so here's to hoping that I will finally finish in December!

Breakfasts: -
Jigglegurt THM FP p.345
Choco,Choconut, Berry, Green, and Sensitive Secret Big Boy THM FP p.415
Chocolate Glazed Coconut Cake THM S p.293 

Lunches:
Two Minute Nutty Noodles THM S/FP p.79
Spinach Lane Soup - THM FP/S p.121
Swiss Loaf THM FP p.198

Snacks:
Skinny Chocolate Truffles (mint) THM S p.384-385
Mad Melbas THM FP p.454
Thinnies THM S p.455
Crispy Addictions THM S p. 458-459
Mazing Marshmellows THM FP/S p.389

Suppers:
Pearl's Easy Meatloaf THM S p.158
Chicken Parmy THM S p.161 with Non Starchy Bake THM S p.227
Popeye Power Soup THM FP  p.104 with Trim Corn Bread THM S p.199
Sausage Balls THM S p.159

Sippers - FPor S
Tumeric Toddy Trimmy p. 433
Salted Caramel Creamy Ooolong p.434
Foundation Milk p. 439

Friday, December 7, 2018

THM Cookbook Menu for December 10-16, 2018



I was watching a neat vlog called Our Tribe of Many and they were going through THT trying each recipe. I thought what a good idea! I have made almost ALL the recipes in the original book, but not the Trim Healthy Cookbook. I have Trim Healthy Table, but there are SO MANY recipes in Trim Healthy Cookbook that I haven't even tried yet. So, I am going to try cooking a few more from the Cookbook and see how far I get.  I have made some, so I am going to skip over those, but there are SO MANY I have never tried.  What recipes have YOU tried and LOVED?

I am hoping that the end of summer, August, I will be finished cooking through the THM Cookbook.  Its been fun. I think most things I have left are desserts. I didn't realize how MANY there were in this cook. WOW.  There are a few favorites that I can see myself making again and keep making. Obviously I am STILL working on the cookbook so here's to hoping that I will finally finish in December!

Breakfasts: -
Spongy Peach Puddin THM E p.354-256
Peanut Puff Cake THM S p.292
Chocolicious, Berrylicious, Matchalicious, Mintylicious, and BBBBThin Thick THM FP p.424

Lunches:
Egg in a Nest THM S p.83
Pink Salmon Chowder THM S p.96
Quicky Quick Portein Power Balls THM S p. 390

Snacks:
Zapple Crumble THM S p.337
No Bake Cookies THM S p.316
Chocolate Chunk Wigglemallow Pie THM S p.328
Crunchers THM S/FP p.451

Suppers:
Peanut Popper Chicken  THM S p. 164 with Not Naughty Mac N Cheese THM S p.228
Comfy Cozy Chicken Dumpling Soup THM S p.94
Bone In Roast Beef THM S p.160 with Cheddar Herb Biscuits THM S p.197

Sippers - FPor S
Chai Trimmy p.402
Vanilla Rooibos Trimmy p. 433
Tumeric Toddy Trimmy p. 433

Saturday, December 1, 2018

My review of Keto Soups & Stew by Carolyn Ketchum

I was really looking forward to her newest released cookbook, Keto Soups and Stews! And it didn't disappoint!  I LOVE eating soup all winter long. Of course my family would disagree. They think they need things like tacos, spaghetti, and pizza. Silly family. LOL!

My favorite recipe so far is the Pumpkin Soup. We love pumpkin anything dessert, but we were very hesitant to try the soup. But hey, we will try anything once right? We were pleasantly surprised. I think it might NEED to go on our fall menu now. Who know the famous pie of the fall would make a delicious soup?

Carolyn has some neat features in her books that I bet you didn't know about. Did you know she has a picture index in the back?  I wish all cookbooks did that! I can easily look though the pictures and recall the recipe.  I think its one of my favorite things about her books.

So if you haven't already gotten a copy of her cookbook RUN out and get it NOW!  Soups and Stews are made for winter... and it is winter!

My THM Trim Healthy Table Menu for February 18-24, 2019

I was watching a neat vlog called  Our Tribe of Many and they were going through  THT trying each recipe . I thought what a good idea...