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 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 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!
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.
OTHER 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:
READ & LISTEN 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
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.
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