Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thankful Thursday

01:  Date nights with hubs: Buffalo Wild Wings to watch UNC football, Bike riding in Santa Monica and a trip to Yogurtland.  Life has been really full for us lately so we do our best to squeeze some quality time into our schedule. 

02:  The plants in my window box are still alive!  And, I'm nursing my mums back to full health {they went a few days without enough water}.  :)

03:  Trying out new recipes - Hubs and I really love cooking together so it's fun to try new things.  As you know, we are flexitarian so I've been trying a few new meatless dishes recently.  Some of our favorites are Mexican Lasagna and Creamy Garlic Noodles.  {Check out my November meal plan for more ideas}.

04:  Getting to attend the Entreleadership Conference.

05:  Our life group from church, Complete Joy.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November Meal Plan, 2013

At the inspiration of Life in Grace, I decided to create a meal plan for the month.  Usually I create a plan for the week, and it turns out to be a bit stressful because I don't know what to make or I start to feel like we've been eating the same thing over and over.  Planning for the month was surprisingly fun and pushed me to be creative in what we'll be eating.  
We have been making a push to eat mostly vegetarian and as much unprocessed food as possible {it's important to us that we avoid hormone-laden meat, especially since we have a little one on the way}.
{Image found here - Wouldn't you just love to have a Thanksgiving table this beautiful!?!?}
Week 1

·         Monday, November 4 – Spicy Vegetable Soup, Baked Potatoes
·         Tuesday, November 5 – Out to eat {Mediterranean CafĂ©}
·         Wednesday, November 6 – Creamy Garlic Shells, Asparagus, Farmer’s Salad
·         Thursday, November 7 – Mexican Lasagna and Mexican Rice
·         Friday, November 8 – Dinner at church
·         Saturday, November 9 – Quinoa burgers, French fries, corn on the cob
·         Sunday, November 10 – {Grace’s Birthday Party}  Potato Soup, Crusty Bread

Week 2

 ·         Monday, November 11 – Sweet potatoes, Hoppin John, Green Beans
·         Tuesday, November 12 – {Take meal to the Li’s} Baked ziti, Asparagus, Crusty Bread, Pineapple Poke Cake
·         Wednesday, November 13 – Leftover Mexican Lasagna, Rice and Salad
·         Thursday, November 14 – {Family Dinner} Cheese Tortellini Soup, Chocolate cake
·         Friday, November 15 – Beef Stew, Egg noodles, Collard Greens or Salad and Incredible Edibles
·         Saturday, November 16 – {Anna’s Birthday Celebration} Homemade Pizza, Salad, Mike’s Apple Pie.  I hope you get to come over to try my hubs’ pie sometime.  It is really a special treat!
·         Sunday, November 17 – Roasted Veggie Wraps, Mexican Rice, Key Lime Pie

Week 3
·         Monday, November 18 – Lentil Dish
·         Tuesday, November 19 – Quiche and Farmer’s Salad
·         Wednesday November 20 – Lentil Wraps
·         Thursday, November 21 – Patty Melts
·         Friday, November 22 – Dinner with Complete Joy
·         Saturday, November 23 – Leftovers plus a Mixed Greens Salad with Pomegranate seeds and Gorgonzola
·         Sunday, November 24 – Spaghetti alla Carbonara or Marinara, Green veggie option

Week 4

·         Monday, November 25 – Homemade Pizza
·         Tuesday, November 26 –  Autumn Chopped Salad and Baked Potatoes
·         Wednesday, November 27 – Spicy Veggie Soup and Grilled cheese – I want something easy for today since it will be filled with cooking preparations for our big Thanksgiving meal.
·         Thursday, November 28 – Traditional Thanksgiving meal {still deciding our meal plan}
·         Friday, November 29 – Leftovers
·         Saturday, November 30 – Vegetarian Chili, Cornbread
·         Sunday, December 1 – Spicy Noodles
Let me know if you want recipes for anything without links.  I'm happy to share!  Would love to hear what you're eating these days.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October Goals

Image found here
School started this month for hubs.  It's been both good to be back in a Fall routine, but tough at the same time because it means I have to share my husband with the library.  We've had a few days of crisp, Fall weather which has been a welcomed surprise {since there aren't really seasons in Southern California}.  I have even managed to pick up a few PSL's as a special treat.

Anyway, I figured I would try something new and share my goals each month.  Even though we're midway through October, here's what I'm working on:

Schedule dentist appointments for me and hubs
Read Start 
Write outline for a performance management manual at work
Buy mums and a pumpkin for our patio
Order Christmas cards
Participate in Strong Marriages Successful Ministries class
Make bed everyday
Exercise twice a week
Clean out my closet 

What about you?  Any goals you're hoping to accomplish before the end of this year?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lovely Thoughts

When I was in fourth grade I memorized this verse in Missionettes {it was a Bible class for girls...yes, the name is a bit cheesy}, and I really believe the words were written on my heart.  Over the past twenty years or so this scripture comes back to mind every once in a while.  I've been thinking a lot about these words the past couple of weeks and so desperately wanting to live by them.  

It has been a surprisingly difficult task for both me and hubs to think on the lovely, true, excellent things, but we are working on developing this discipline.  For us, it's a process of reprogramming ourselves to think positively, speak positively and be full of thanksgiving.

Tonight I'm going to hang this print somewhere in our house where we see it often.  Sometimes we just need a visible reminder.

P.S. I downloaded this beautiful print for free from French Press Mornings.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Hi there.  I can hardly believe it's been 9 months since I've written anything on this thing.  It's not because there hasn't been anything to say - just a lack of time.  There is so much to update any of you sweet readers that may still be checking to see if there's anything on here.

Today I'm just going to say that I'm thankful.  I'm thankful that even though the day started out a bit rough, I don't have to let those circumstances dictate how I live.  I can choose gratitude.  I am continually learning the power of a grateful heart.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

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