We are trying to cut down on meat intake around here in 2019. Our rule of thumb is to only make 3 meat dishes a week. The trick is that we have to find vegetarian meals that are as filling as the meaty meals we are used to. The name of the game is to not hear “will there be chicken with this” from my husband. Here are three recipes never posted to the blog that have been approved for our standard rotation.
Weeknight Vegetarian Dinner Recipes
We will be building on this list as we take on our meat limit challenge this year. More to come on our other 19 for 2019 because I am determined to show that there is still some success carried into February at least.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We've been to a lot of weddings this past year and there are several save the dates on our fridge. And we've been shelling out unsolicited advice to everyone (you know who you are) to have a State of Our Union meeting at the beginning of the year or on an important relationship anniversary. We know it sounds corny and ridiculous, but it has been a great help to our personal development, family development, and our marriage. This is a post I wrote in January 2016 (with mentions of President Obama and all). It outlines what we do in our meeting format and provides some examples of our goal-setting.
PLUS, this year I am adding "19 for 2019" -- not sure if Michael is game yet -- based on Happier with Gretchen Rubin. I will reveal my list after our SOOU meeting. In the meantime, why not make your own. List items can be small, like "get an electric toothbrush" or big, like "run a marathon." I made you this handy template on Google Slides, just save a copy and starting typing in your 19. It is 8x10 so you can even print it out, stick it in a standard frame, and use a dry erase marker to cross things off or mark it up.
Click here for 19 for 2019 Template.
And now for a walk down memory lane to January 2016...
Just when you thought you were all Happy New Year'ed out, I hit you with a New Year's post. Today, Obama will give his final State of the Union Address -- it is the start of the New Year and a great time to set some goals for the country. Each year, on or around New Year's day, Michael and I sit down (then stand up and applaud a few times) to discuss the State of Our Union. It's a bit different, but then again quite similar -- we reflect on our democracy's accomplishments over the previous year and discuss our personal and mutual goals for the year to come. If you read this far, you've accepted the cheese factor and recognize the value in formally examining relationships, goals, grievances, and expectations annually to move into the New Year positively and on the same page as your partner. You may want to grab some wine and/or crackers before you get to the next few paragraphs.
With New Year's resolution time upon us, meal planning and prepping are noble means to save money and limit food waste. But, they are really tough too. We plan our menu weekly and there are still weeks that I make too much or we change our plans and I don't think to freeze unused ingredients. So, here's an idea, start one meal at a time. I don't mean one single meal, I mean one mealtime -- breakfast.
We have two breakfast options that we switch between every other week in our household. Both have limitless mix-in combinations and are protein-packed. First, is quiche (check out quiche ideas here and here) and second, is steel cut oats, prepped in the slow cooker. We’ve only tried a few different mix-in options for the steel cut oats and the most successful recipe combo is blueberry banana.
Don’t forget to use a slow cooker liner for fast clean up. Check them out here.
Here’s what you need…
1-1/2 cups steel cut oats
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (optional)
1-1/2 cups frozen blueberries
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 15oz can coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 cup applesauce
4 cups water
Sliced almonds or other nuts for garnish
Let’s get started…
1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Mixture will be very watery.
2. Cook on low for about 4 hours or until consistency is similar to cooked oatmeal. If possible, stir every hour or so to keep oats from sticking to the bottom of the mixture.
3. Enjoy immediately or separate into servings with almond garnish and store for breakfasts. Simply reheat in the microwave.
This warm, delightful treat can be the foray into your meal planning or simply your Christmas morning breakfast offering.
Thanks so much for jumping back on board with me this year. Happiest holidays to you and your family! We will be seeing you in the New Year.
I think there is a lot of pressure on stay at home partners to keep everything tightly organized. When I was pregnant, both Michael and I were thinking it would be no problem for me to manage Luke and to create seamless organization systems for all the things. Not the case from the get-go, but we are trying to find a balance of building Luke’s best life and optimizing household activities from finances, to laundry, to travel planning. And what do you know, it’s consuming and exhausting. So, we wanted to share the tools we use everyday and some ideas for gifts to help new parents in your life too.
Life Organizing Tools:
I plan to do deeper dives into how we use these tools in our household. If you are thinking about trying to use new apps in the New Year, here are some ideas for places to start.
Self-Care for New Moms:
Is it intimidating that my last post wast on June 3, 2017 (yikes 2017)? Yes.
Many have asked if I will be transitioning into the "Mommy Blog" sphere, since leaving my full time job to stay at home with Luke who was born in March. The short answer is, "I don't know." What I do know is that I've listened to many life hacky and motivational podcasts and skimmed personality, work/life balance books to try to find an answer. But guess what, my answer is still, "I don't know." My brain is really trying to believe that I can pick up the blog and maintain the same audience, but I know that since Luke came into the world, our lives have completely changed and my voice and viewpoints will never be the same. When I said to another mom in passing that I am not qualified to be a "Mommy Blogger," she refuted my self-doubt immediately and reminded me that I certainly am because the only qualifier is being a parent.
I want all to feel welcomed, inspired, and entertained, parent or not. So, I will give it a go--writing as a lady, wife, mom, friend, who enjoys making things, doing things, learning things, and sharing the things with you.
Previously in catch up posts, I've listed what's been going on, but today I want to talk through some everyday things I've found myself being thankful for since ... being pregnant, quitting my full time job, having a baby, moving to Philadelphia, moving to another apartment in Philadelphia, and practicing parenthood. No need to be overwhelmed, let's look at this as "just 3 things" in a few categories so you can take-away something quickly (and maybe I can find the time to do another post like this in less than a year's time).
In the kitchen:
Around the house:
In your ears and eyeballs:
And, in other news, Luke.
who : becky yannes.
where : easton, pa.
what : making, hosting, sharing.
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