The weather in my neck of the woods: Today it’s sunny and mild ~ in the mid-50s as I type, but I believe it’s supposed to turn colder later in the week, which is OK with me. I think I need it to feel a little more Christmas-y. I wouldn’t complain if there was a dusting of snow, either 😉
Things that make me happy: Cozy socks, fleece sheets, and the new Blu-Ray player my husband bought so I can fall asleep in bed while watching Netflix instead of on the couch, LOL!
Book I’m reading: No time for reading lately. I think I’ll have to return my library books and pick them up another time.
What’s on my TV today: Tonight we’re letting the boys pick a Christmas movie to watch after dinner. I’m also strangely fascinated with the show “Prison Wives.” What are some of these women thinking?
On the menu for dinner: Homemade pizza for the kids (the dough is churning in the bread machine as I type). I’m going to attempt to shape it like a snowman ~ we’ll see how that works, LOL! The grown-ups are having coconut chicken curry, already in the slow cooker. Also splurging on some jasmine rice for that yummy sauce.
On my To Do List:
~ Write out Christmas cards
~ Finish up the last of the holiday shopping
~ Make a few gifts
New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Pesto and mozzarella-stuffed chicken breasts. I plan on making these later this week!
In the craft basket:
~ crochet dishcloths
~ sugar scrubs
Looking forward to this week: My brother-in-law and his girlfriend will be visiting from N. Carolina and we all are looking forward to seeing them this weekend!
Tips and Tricks: Sorry, I’ve got nothing this week!
My favorite blog post this week: If you’re looking for a cute and simple hairstyle, check out this post: The Double Side Twist
Blog Hopping (a new discovered blog you would like to share with the readers): Hopefully I’ll have one to share soon, but I’ve just been keeping up with my current reads.
Lesson learned the past few days: An oldie but a goodie: When you assume you make an ass out of U and ME.
On my mind: Finding a balance between the way we want to eat and the way we can afford to eat. I think we’ll be working back in a little rice, pasta, and bread. I do feel better not eating a lot of carbs, but it’s just too expensive replacing them with other things. I’ve thought about this a lot over the past couple weeks, and my priority is sugar-free (obviously since Drew is diabetic). I will continue to focus on vegetables and protein, but work in small portions of the other stuff. I really do buy into the theories behind the Paleo diet and the book Wheat Belly (which I did finally read), but with three growing kids to feed, all of whom eat a lot, it’s just not feasible to eliminate the grains completely. So the solution I’m happy with is making as much as I can on my own, using whole grains and whole-wheat flours, and not making them the primary portion of our diet. This is something I will continue to struggle with, I’m sure, and since every day there’s something new that is great for you or horrible for you… I figure as long as I’m cooking with whole foods and avoiding the processed stuff, we’ll be doing OK.
Favorite Quote or Verse: “Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.”
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