Welcome to Small Victories Sunday! This bi-weekly/weekly post will recap for you the reading I’ve done during the week, the food 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 finished Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie for my book club. I loved the main character, 11 year-old Flavia. The youngest of 3 girls, she was spunky, clever, determined and independent. Totally reminded me of my little Daredevil, let’s hope he doesn’t use his incredible intellect for chemistry to torture his older brothers like Flavia does! 4*
I finished and reviewed Morning Light. I gave it a 2.5 stars, although the ending was exciting and unexpected, I couldn’t emotionally connect to the characters.
I breezed through Monsoon Memories, a story of an Indian family torn about by a dark secret. Will they be able to recover and reunite? I was mesmerized by the intriguing story and could not put it down. I drooled over the descriptions of the food, nostalgic of my last trip to India 20 years ago and sad when the book was over. A 5* in my book but full review coming soon.
WAS LISTENING TO
I finished listening to Bright Lights, Big Ass is the second installment in Jen Lancaster’s humorous nonfiction. I really enjoyed listening to the first book, Bitter is the New Black, on audio. It sounds like the same narrator and while humorous, I did not enjoy it as much as the first. 3*
I started One Year to an Organized Life before and had gotten half way through it. Now that I am staying home and can dedicate more time to getting organized, I borrowed it again on audiobook and the hard copy so that I can take better notes. Month 1 is the kitchen, I have a large kitchen but the cabinets are full of stuff. It’s gonna take me longer than a month to reorganize it! The audiobook is narrated by the author who calls herself a “Zen Organizer” and she has the perfect soothing voice to keep me sane while I undertake the monstrous task of getting my house organized.
* Homemade Nutella and Strawberry Toaster Pastries
* Fruity Pebbles and Greek Yogurt Parfaits
* Cooking Classy’s Buttermilk Waffles 5*
* Allrecipes’ Fluffy Pancakes
* Chorizo and Egg Tacos
* Skinnytaste’s Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore 5*
* Cooking Classy’s Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala 5* Tastes like my mom’s but easier since it’s in the slow cooker!
* Aayi’s Recipes’ Batate Talasani (Sauteed Potato Straws) 4* I love these garlicky, fragrant Indian potato side dish to the Chicken Tikka Masala.
* Cate’s World Kitchen’s Revolutionary Mac and Cheese, the easiest homemade and only way I mac and cheese anymore. Goodbye to the boxed, powdery stuff!
* Taste of Home’s Baked Spaghetti. 4* This makes a ton of spaghetti, I usually end up freezing half even though oldest took it for lunch in his thermos every day. He loves it and needs the extra carbs!
* Skinnytaste’s Mexican Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas with Rice and Pigeon Peas (recipe off the Goya can). 5* Eat as a burrito bowl, in a pulled pork sandwich, ncahos or in a quesdilla, there are lots of ways to use the leftover meat.
I’ve been cooking up a storm since my last Small Victories post, be sure to follow my Pinterest page where I normally pin the recipes I want to try and move them to my Favorite Recipes board once it’s family approved!
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book review
* Free Weekly Planner Printable based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book
* If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mine: Feature & Follow 6: The Book Thief Stole My Heart
Next Week I Plan To:
and read Catching Fire before the movie comes out!
* Figure it out tomorrow, it’s triple coupons starting Wednesday. I usually try to do a pasta dish, a slow cooker dish and one of hubby’s favorites for dinners.
* Around the kitchen, I also used baking soda and peroxide to clean my toaster oven. It took some heavy duty soaking and scrubbing to clean off the grates and pan but it almost looks like new!
WORK ON THE BLOG
* Continue updating book reviews in the Ultimate book blogger plugin
* See where I will be talking about the organizing tools I use for my blog
* Share my favorite blogging resources
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What are you reading, cooking or blogging about? What are you planning to do next week? What accomplishments are you proud of this week? Be sure to leave me a comment and a link to your Small Victories Sunday post for the week! I’d love to hear from you and cheer you on in those small victories you are celebrating!
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