Welcome to Small Victories Sunday! This bi/weekly post will recap for you the reading I’ve done during the week, the recipes I’ve cooked, the posts I’ve written and the small victories I’ve celebrated in my personal life. When I started this blog over a year ago, I wanted a place where I could focus on those accomplishments in my life, both big and small. It’s helped me to focus and gain a healthier, more positive attitude as I juggle my 3 boys and the physical impairment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (a chronic and incurable illness). I thought Sunday would be a perfect day to reflect on the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead.
This Past Week I:
I have had a good couple of weeks with reading and listening to audiobooks. I finished and reviewed At Least You’re in Tuscany by Jennifer Criswell, a humorous yet realistic look at what happens when a single American woman moves to Tuscany to pursue her dreams. It was a fun and easy read.
I also finished reading Accidentally Green by blogger Hilary Bernstein. Hilary details how she became “accidentally green” making small lifestyle changes over the past few years to make less toxic choices in the personal care items and cleaning supplies she purchases. She shares her insights too on the more informed choices she makes in her and her family’s medical care. At 89 pages, it’s a fast read and packed with helpful information on making greener choices. Visit her Accidentally Green blog for more info. Full review coming soon.
On audiobook, I listened to Orange is the New Black so that I could participate in Love at First Book and The Book Wheel’s Book Club discussion. They are two of my favorite bloggers so I was glad I found this on audiobook so that I can participate. It was a great audiobook, I couldn’t stop listening. Blond-haired, blue-eyed Smith College grad Piper doesn’t fit the prisoner stereotype but lands herself there for 15 months after some poor choices and 10 years after the crime. It was very interesting and she is pretty insightful on the problems with the penal system. Full review coming soon.
On audiobook I also finished listening to Lethal Circuit by Lars Guinard for a blog tour. It was a fast paced thriller. I really enjoyed the narrator’s portrayal of the various characters, full review coming soon when it’s my turn on the tour!
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff 3* I used a commenter’s recipe who made quite a few modifications. It was good and meat was very tender.
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken 5* Absolutely fabulous baked sweet and sour chicken. My boys asked for seconds and thirds of this sweet and tangy chicken. With a little Chinese chili-garlic sauce on top, it gives it perfect amount of spice and tastes just like P.F. Chang’s Spicy Chicken. No leftovers on this one! I made this with the Perfect Brown Rice recipe and it is perfect!
Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches 5* Fall off the bone tender meat with the jus and garlicky bread was a great combination. Will be making this again!
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas 5* It was carnitas time again, perfect meat for tacos, quesadillas, nachos and even when when I need a meat for a Rice, Cheese, Broccoli and Chicken Casserole. I bet it would taste great on homemade pizza too, hmm….
One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds book review – the author even stopped by and offered up her advice and email for support on my journey to get my home more organized!
The Last Romanov by Norbert Mercado – I posted and shared this review with the author and was surprised that he took my suggestions into consideration and apparently updated the e-book.
OTHER SMALL VICTORIES
* Saved 70% on my grocery bill using coupons!
* Started working on reorganizing the kitchen and made a mail and calendar station to corral incoming mail.
Next Week I Plan To:
READ & LISTEN TO:
MENU PLAN – hmmm, not sure yet, what are you cooking?
BLOG POSTS IN THE WORKS
Sign up for the Clean Your E-Reader Challenge and NetGalley November Challenge. Perfect timing since it was my mental goal to read my backlog of books on the Kindle and read more NetGalley books I had requested.
* In funner news, my Superhubby won tickets to the Bon Jovi concert so we’ll be going this week, just the two of us! I haven’t been to a concert in ages and Bon Jovi was one of my favorite bands growing up. My boys even know some of their popular songs since we play them on Lego Rock Band.
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