Saturday, April 25, 2015

5 Meals

My favorite post-Whole30 food is honey toast.
I can't get enough, though I limit myself to one slice a day.
Great Harvest Bread Co.'s honey whole wheat bread (just 5 ingredients!),
butter, and some local honey.

I finally got back into my 5 Meals again.
The Whole30, sickness, recovering from sickness, travel...all threw me off for a bit.
Lucy helped me come up with our 5 Meals for the week.
1.  I made a pot roast on Monday.
So nice to have that cooking away while we went about our day.
**lazy girl method...I did not brown my meat first.

2.  We also made these fabulous Creamy Chicken Tacos.
In Whole30 fashion, I passed on the tortillas and put mine over a
bed of lettuce and topped it with cilantro and avocado.

This meal was a guilty pleasure for the week.
3.  Penne Alfredo + Caesar Salad + french bread

Here's how I make my alfredo sauce:
Alfredo Sauce:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper

Heat butter and cream in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted.  
Stir in cheese, salt, and pepper.  Serve over 8-12 oz of pasta.

I added avocado and passed on the croutons and the french bread.
Worth every bite of pasta.
*note the small portion of pasta
**insert painful emoji face
***I could have eaten a big bowlful

4.  We also made tacos.
I just brown my ground beef in olive oil with a chopped onion and add
chili powder and cumin when it's done browning.
Again, I passed on the tortilla (I really love tortillas), and just tossed up a big taco salad.
#imforty #carbs=pounds

5.  Today I'm making meal 5...the best Potato Soup you have ever tasted!
We love potato soup, and I was making mine vegetarian
(no bacon) for a long time.
No bacon = no flavor.
You will LOVE this soup!

MJ's favorite breakfast is a toasted hard egg sandwich with sausage.
I'll have to get a picture of that sandwich sometime.
It's quite a sight, and he makes it all himself.

Have fun in the kitchen!

XOXO Tiffany

"...it's not hard to decide what you want your life to be about.  What's hard, she said, is figuring out what you're willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about."
Savor by Shauna Niequist

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Keeping busy...

I have been loving my real food diet + Whole30 inspired meals.
I've tried several recipes from my new 100 Days of Real Food cookbook
and all of them have been well received.
Nobody was excited about these little pizzas, but I made them 
and then nobody could stop eating them!
They were delicious!  Here's what you do:
Mini Whole Wheat Pita Pizzas
Use a bag of Trader Joe's mini whole wheat pitas and top with marinara sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add dried basil (my addition), and bake at 425 for 8 minutes.
Chewy and crispy all at the same time...delicious!
We ate these with a side of veggies and dip.

Daisy turned 14 this month.

And then we celebrated Easter at my parents.

Great Plains Sauce and Dough Co in Ames IA
Last weekend, Daisy and I went on a road trip to Kansas City for her soccer tournament.
We enjoyed a wonderful girls weekend.
16 hours in the car with my teen was a win for me.
(I think she enjoyed it too)

A beautiful weekend!

This week, I hosted a table at a Women's Gathering at our church.
We had a fabulous dinner, listened to author/speaker 
Michelle Anthony, and had tea and dessert.

I got to spend the evening with my mom, mother-in-law and friends!
The kids and I went to Minnehaha Falls for a spring hike with 
my auntie Nancy and 3 cousins.
A beautiful day for a hike.

XOXO Tiffany

"When we stop to gather around the table and eat a meal made by someone's hands, we honor our bodies and the God who created them".
Savor by Shauna Niequist

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I'm reading...

In the morning, I've been reading a daily devotion from Savor by Shauna Niequist
and then also reading the chapter in the Bible that she references.

In the afternoon, I've been reading 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake.
I have been a huge fan of Lisa's blog for some time now.
Our family was on an exclusive Real Food diet at one time.
Basically, I got tired of my family whining about Doritos and Oreos and "good" snacks for their friends,
so I laid off the Real Food diet, against my better judgement.
Lisa's cookbook came out this year and I held off buying it, I suppose I just wasn't ready.
This book is so much more than just a cookbook...it describes the lifestyle of a Real Food diet.
I have officially warned my family, we are going back to Real Food.
The bad habits that we have acquired over the last year or so need to go.

In the evening, I've been reading The Joy of Less by Francine Jay (for the second time).
This is hands down THE best book on decluttering/organizing that I have ever read.
As I work through this book, I'm hoping to work through my home.

XOXO Tiffany

"When we're not longer chained to our stuff, we can savor life, connect with others, and participate in our communities."  The Joy of Less by Francine Jay

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Sick Day...

I'm in bed, sipping throat coat tea, with a hot rice bag on my feet, water on my night table, and two advil in my tummy.
The girls and I came down with some sort of yuck this week that you would not wish on your worst enemy.
We are on Day 4 and this beast is showing no sign of a surrender!

I leave you with my new favorite quote (above).  I texted it to Matt last week while he was traveling and asked him to read it through a couple of times and to let me know what he thought.  I totally expected him to say, "that is awesome...what a dream!".  But, instead he said, "sounds like you wrote it...lol".  Another gentle reminder of how different we are.  I'm thankful for our differences because when we work through those differences, they cause us each to grow.

I have "simplify" on my mind as I lay here helpless.  Hoping to share more on that next week.

I'm out of here...stay healthy and have a wonderful Easter!

XOXO Tiffany

"She knew if she kept it simple, Stone House would be just what people would want to get away for a rest."  A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy