Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What's for Dinner?- Sausage and Potatoes

Some days we just need a quick and easy meal for dinner. Sometimes we just don't plan out our meals or what we had planned will take more energy than we're willing to dole out.

On Monday, we were busy. I was getting ready to leave in less than an hour, the kids were doing homework and Michael was tired from being a parent volunteer for both Sidda and MJ's classes. It makes for a busy long day.

We really didn't have a dinner planned but we needed something fast. So I opened the 'fridge and saw some smoked sausage, and DING I had an idea.

I started by washing up a chopping 4 potatoes and one onion.

Next, I heated up a little olive oil in a large skillet. After it had warmed up a couple of minutes I added the potatoes and onions. Be sure to add salt to your potatoes. Cook until the potatoes are soft to your preferred texture. If you let them cook a little longer at little higher heat they can get crispy.

 While the potatoes are cooking, chop your sausage into bite size pieces.

Add it to the pan and cook until heated through.

We served it up with a side of scrambled eggs for the kids and fried eggs for the adults. 

Including chopping, this meal took less than 30 minutes from start to finish. It's would also make a delicious breakfast.

So, tell me, what is your favorite go to meal when you are short on time or energy?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Out of the House Date #1

Don't you love when you get to feel fancy and go out with your husband?

It's one of my all time favorites.

And we got super blessed. For Christmas my mom got us ticket to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! 

I know. It's awesome! The show was so much fun to watch. It was funny and entertaining. We had a blast. We had never seen it before so we didn't really know what to expect. It really was a great time.

We had some wonderful friends that took our rascals for the whole night. Kid free night with a show and dinner. Amazingness!

And to top it off, I felt good. It was nice to get dressed up and feel nice about how you look. I even got my new cardigan that I wore on sale for only 8 dollars. It made my night.

Good fun with Michael is just what I needed.

Book Review: The Blood of Olympus

And it's over. The Blood of Olympus is the final installment of The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.

I'm a little sad that it is over. I've been reading through since I discovered Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I love the adventures of the books and after I read each one I listen to the audiobook with my kids.

They love listening to books when we are in the car or cleaning the  house. Especially Sidda.

The Blood of Olympus does not disappoint.

The seven demigods of the prophecy are heading to Athens. They are on their way to stop the ritual that will bring Gaea back to life.

But not without a few hiccups along the way. They must face psyco gods and battles that will make them face their own fears and even their own mortality.

Across the Altantic, Nico, Reyna and Coach Hedge are making their way back to Camp Half-Blood with the Athena Parthenos. They are hoping to make it back before the Roman demigods start attacking the Greek demigods. Their only hope is to make it in time and unite the two camps against the rising earth mother.

I loved reading every minute of this book. And I look forward to letting the kids enjoy this final installment.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

At Home Date #2

It has been a rough week this week.  We have been combating sickness all week. So of course that already slightly derailed our at home dates.

Our second date was supposed to be last Sunday. That did not happen.


Michael got sick. And not just the "I kind of don't feel well" but more like the "102 fever passed out in bed" kind.

Sleeping, sick husband does not make for much of a date night.

And through the week he has been trying to recover and I have caught a cold.

Not fun.

But we did mange to have a couple of mini dates. Michael was still recovering on his day off but since the kids were at school and while Anya napped we were able to spend a little time watching a movie together. And  we were able to fit in a little family movie time that same night.

I can not wait to be over this cold that has seemed to have latched on to Anya and me. My poor baby just doesn't feel good. Luckily, the big kids have been able to keep it away.

I am looking forward to a better week.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

At Home Date Night #1

So, what would my goals be without some accountability? So I will try to stay on top of our weekly in home date night by recording it each week.

Our date nights can consist of really anything at all.  But the biggest thing is that we are spending time together. We are not distracted by our phones or the outside world. The kids are in bed and we just get to be Michael and Jessica together. That's it. We are not mom or dad. We are not inviting anyone else into our time. We had done really well at having weekly date nights but then, as you know, life happens and it fell to the way side. What a bummer. So I am excited that we are making a point to do it again.

This week was not the most creative but it was still a lot of fun!  We watched a movie.

The best part?

Getting to watch and laugh and talk with Michael. It was just what I needed.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Review: Shopaholic to the Stars

Where do I even begin?  I love, love, love the Shopaholic series.  I love reading about Becky Brandon (Bloomwood) and all of her antics.

But maybe it's time for Sophie Kinsella to put it to bed.  I feel in Shopahlic to the Stars Becky just gets in to one mess after another and none of the problems are really solved. It just kind of ends. It is left with a huge cliff hanger that means there is going to be a follow up novel.  And in truth I will read it because I have to know what happens.

Now even though it wasn't one of my favorite shopaholic novel doesn't mean it didn't have great moments or funny moments or that it was over all bad.  Just not the same. But now, let's get to what happened in the book.

Becky and Luke have moved to Hollywood. And Becky is beyond excited. She wants to rub shoulders with celebrities and walk the red carpet. But more than any of that she wants to become a celebrity stylist. It's really the perfect fit. She would get to dress the Hollywood elite and get to shop to make it happen.  It's really a dream come true. If only she could get her foot in the door.

Luke is working PR for Sage Seymour a very popular actress. Becky is trying to make contact with her but Luke is keeping Sage away from Becky. (Smart guy.) But then Becky catches Sage's rival, Lois Kellerton, shoplifting and it's her way in to get in with Sage.

But Hollywood life is not all that it's cracked to be. Becky's daughter, Minnie, is in a prestige preschool but the head of the PTA is none other than Alicia Billington, Becky's own rival from her years as a financial journalist. Alicia has convinced everyone that she has changed but Becky is not so sure.

Overall I would rate this about a 3 1/2 out of 5.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Goals

As I looked over my goals I set for myself last year I realized how much I really didn't accomplish.  I was able to complete 13 of the 32 items on that list.  I am super excited for the things that I did accomplish.  I really failed in the areas of losing weight and creativity.

I started the year off with good intentions. I ran every day for 100 days.  I was good with drinking my water. I tracked my steps. But with all of that I wasn't staying on top of my diet and so no weight was lost.  I did not gain but none was lost at all.  What a downer. A lot of my exercise stopped completely after Michael's grandfather passed away. Life just changed and it was hard to get a routine back together.

So it really seems that for the last half of 2014 I really didn't accomplish anything.

But that's not completely true. It just wasn't the goals that I had even considered.

A couple of months ago I started crocheting for the first time in at least 10 years. I never really liked it when I was younger. But as I've been starting to get into it again I really feel I have a knack for it.  I love when I get to be creative and this is a way I can do it.  I was ecstatic! I love that I can make things for my friends and family.

Also, funnily enough, my husband and our kids church helped me accomplish a back of my mind goal and I have finally memorized all the books of the Bible in order.  Sidda, MJ and I all learned them together.  I can now get through those minor prophets with ease!  Woo-hoo!

So now for this year. It's time to accomplish some new goals.  Renew some old goals and change my way of thinking on how to accomplish them.

  1. Write at least one blog post a week in 2015
  2. Read 12 books.
  3. Read 24 books.
  4. Crochet a blanket
  5. Sell one crocheted item.
  6. Drink 100 oz of water in one day.
  7. Drink 100 oz of water a day for 7 days
  8. Drink 100 oz of water a day for 30 days
  9. Run 1 mile without stopping.
  10. Lose 10 lbs.
  11. Lose 24 lbs.
  12. Lose 36 lbs.
  13. Go down on dress size.
  14. Potty train Anya
  15. Go on 6 out of the house, kid free dates with Michael.
  16. Have weekly in home dates with Michael
  17. Try a new food
  18. Try a new recipe
  19. Start a vegetable garden.
  20. Play an RPG video game.
There we have it.  I have less goals this year than last year, I want this year to be a success.  I'm ready to start.  I'll start small at expand on my goals as needed. It's time for new. It's time for change in some areas and more focus in others. I'm looking forward to 2015 being a great year!