Small Victories Sunday {6} – The One Where Karma Goes Bad and We Rocked to Bon Jovi

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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:


karma gone bad

I had a cold last week so I didn’t get much read but I did finish Karma Gone Bad by blogger Jenny Feldon. A sometimes humorous, sometimes offensive travel memoir about living in India for 2 years, I’m still trying to wrap my thoughts around this one to share with you.

I didn’t listen to any audiobooks so though I donwloaded Count of Monte Cristo from the library, I didn’t even start it!




With a cold, I did some cooking from scratch but also relied on meals I had previously frozen.  That said, we still ate pretty well without having to eat out. Click on the pictures to be taken to the recipe’s home page.

baked spaghetti

Photo Credit: Baked Spaghetti from Taste of Home

lazy greek baked chicken

Photo Credit: Lazy Greek Baked Chicken from The Rachael Ray Show

mediterranean quinoa salad

Photo Credit: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad from Skinnytaste

Photo Credit: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala from Cooking Classy

Photo Credit: Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala from Cooking Classy








Baked Spaghetti from Taste of Home, 4*. Kids love this baked spaghetti, it makes a ton and gives us enough to have for dinner a couple times and to heat up in the morning for kids to have a hot thermos lunch. It freezes and reheats well also, a comforting casserole!

Baked Greek Chicken is my own easy concoction but I used the crumb topping and baking instructions from the Rachael Ray Show recipe pictured and Mediterranean Couscous Salad (substituting couscous for the quinoa recipe from Skinnytaste.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala from Cooking Classy, 5* This recipe is fantastic and tastes as close to my mom’s as I can get! I had frozen the leftover curry the last time I made it. I cooked up some cubed, fresh chicken breast in a skillet and added it to the partially frozen curry in the slow cooker. Reheated on low for an hour or two and it tasted like I had just made it. Small victory!


Signed up for Netgalley November reading challenge

Accidentally Green by Hilary Kimes Bernstein Book Review – easy read that inspired me to make small changes towards a healthier home and lifestyle

Lethal Circuit by Lars Guinard Audiobook Review and Giveaway – stop by, it’s an exciting spy thriller and 6 chances to win and e-book or audiobook.


moms small victories

We won tickets to the Bon Jovi concert and watched in style from Superhubby’s employer’s suite, complete with leather chairs, a lounge area and room to dance! It was a fantastic concert and a fabulous date with my gorgeous Superhubby. We danced and partied like when we met in college, a great way to reconnect and he spoiled me rotten with a rockin’ red T shirt and wine. I’ll definitely go see them in concert again, it was a great show!

* I’ve been trying to teach my boys to cook so we’ve been having fun in the kitchen. They are excited to help and even more excited to eat what they make. Score!

* I’ve been tracking what my kids and I read together towards my goal to read 1,000 books with my kids during my lifetime.  I am keeping track on Goodreads, and we have rated/reviewed 20 so far. Those are just what we read for homework, that doesn’t include all the ones we read at bedtime! But we are off to a good start and my sons like to give me their thoughts on what to write. If we aren’t already Goodreads friends, send me a friend request!

Next Week I Plan To:


I’ll be knocking out some more of my author review and Beating the Lunchbox Blues for my Netgalley challenge so I can catch up!

MENU PLAN - some of the yummies I plan on making next week

Photo Credit: PF Changs Lettuce Wraps from

Photo Credit: PF Changs Lettuce Wraps from

Photo Credit: Tempting Tuna Parmesano from TLC Cooking

Photo Credit: Tempting Tuna Parmesano from TLC Cooking







I will probably make French Toast and Hash Brown Casserole for breakfast and some Jerk Chicken with Roasted Peppers and Onions from Rachael Ray’s Yum-O Cookbook too.

This post is linked up to Saturday Sharefest with The SITS Girls, Spread the Love Linky Party with Love at First Book, Mommy Monday Blog Hop with Squishable Baby, It’s Monday, What Are You Reading with BookJourney and Little Things Thursdays with A Beautiful Ruckus. Click on the buttons to be taken to their blogs and see what others have to share.

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Grab my button if you’d like to share on your blog or a Small Victories Sunday post to share it with me. Need inspiration? Click here for Small Victories writing prompts, but the sky is the limit so share whichever Small Victories you want to celebrate! Ready? Share your link below and let’s celebrate our small victories together! Remember to visit as many of the other participants as you can and cheer them on.

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    • Tanya M says:

      Lol, you’ve got good taste in crushes. That’s so cool you wrote him a letter, did he ever respond? What I loved about the concert was he was not only a great entertainer, getting the crowd into the songs, but he was also so humble and thankful for his fans. A lot of his newer songs are more about faith, which I thought was pretty awesome too.

    • Tanya M says:

      Thanks Savvy! To be fair, they are not my food pictures this time. I did give photo credit to the blogs/websites they came from so if you click on the picture, it will take you to the recipe. While I wish my food looked that great, it’s my small victory that my family gobbles it up anyway!

      They have requested the Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken AGAIN this week, so we’ve added that and jalapeño burgers to our menu plan.

      Bon Jovi was awesome, I really need to write about it! :)

    • Tanya M says:

      The baked spaghetti would be really easy to freeze half cause it makes so much. Normally I just freeze the leftovers once my family gets tired of eating it and before they go bad. It at least helps to have something good to reheat for a simple lunch or dinner.

    • Tanya M says:

      Thanks Jeannine, glad you enjoy the recipes. It’s easy for me to forget what I have frozen but it certainly came in handy when I need dinner in a pinch and didn’t feel like going out to the grocery store. Thanks for linking up again this week!!

    • Tanya M says:

      You should just add your link, I have been sharing them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest :) just copy and paste one of your favorite links, enter your name..easy, peasy, no need to wait!! :) would love to have you join us!

    • Tanya M says:

      I haven’t made spaghetti squash before. Is it as hard to cut as butternut squash? I have given up on trying to cut butternut squash, it’s too hard on my hands. But I love the taste of it.

      Thanks for stopping by One Mommy, hope you will stop back by and add a link to the linky!! I’ve been sharing on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook too.

    • Tanya M says:

      Only after they are in bed. In the dark. On a kindle. Then I can stay up as long as I want enthralled in a good book.

      I appreciate your kind words Kelly Sue. I love recipe hunting and sharing what works for my family. Collecting recipes is a bit of an addiction, good thing many of them are online now! I hope you’ll stop back by and add a post to the linky!

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews says:

    That Bon Jovi concert sounds truly awesome! I have loved this group since I was a teenager, and I think they’re still going strong :) I’m happy you and hubby had such a good time.

    I am so busy with school work these days it’s hard to visit your blog as much as I would like to! four weeks more, and then the semester is over.

    Happy reading, Tanya :)
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