Thankful for… Days 18,19

Is it Wednesday already?

Day 18- so thankful that Tatum is such a good, calm baby!! She’s really spoiling us in parenthood with how easy she is!!

Day 19- thankful for the crockpot potato soup recipe I found on Facebook. Made that today and it was absolutely delicious and a great dinner choice for a winter day ❤

Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup

Ingredients:
1 30oz. bag of frozen diced hash browns
1 32 oz box of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup (10 oz)
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)
3 oz bacon bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Put the potatoes in the crockpot. Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Cook on low for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.
An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes. Place the cubes in the crock pot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.
Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it's ready to serve.
Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.

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Thankful for… Day 9

Another frivolous thing to be thankful for, but in all honestly it’s a huge help in my life right now. I’m super thankful for my crockpot. Seriously, with a 5 week old and a husband with a broken foot, it’s absolutely MAJOR for me to be able to throw some food in that thing and VIOLA! 6-7 hours later dinner is ready to eat with a minimum of fuss.

Today I did my Jamaican Jerk Chicken with the spices we brought back from Jamaica earlier this year. I usually pair it with rice and black beans mixed together and it’s oh-so-yummy. The other good thing about crockpots is, LEFTOVERS. I may actually have lunch tomorrow. 😉

“New Year, New ???”

I’ve never been one to stick to New Year Resolutions, but this year, there were a few things that I’ve been meaning to accomplish that just kind of came to a head right around the beginning of January.  The one “resolution” I made will be kept a secret, because then if I fail at it, it’s just a personal failure, not a public one.  These other two things that have been on my mind I prefer to call “life changes”.

First and foremost, on everyone’s to-do list every year, is fitness.  I’ve been noticing that since I turned 30 a couple years ago, my metabolism hasn’t exactly been my best friend anymore, and I’ve developed this unpleasant thing around my midsection I’ll refer to as “The Muffin”.

Not trying to be snotty, or brag, but honestly I’ve never had to deal with “The Muffin” before.  The concept is kind of foreign to me.  All through my childhood up through my teens I carried around a stick-like appearance that earned me the nickname of “Twiggy” in high school, and in my 20’s I was always on the thinner side of average (but I was also a LOT more active.)  “The Muffin” has me running scared.

My two main problems with “The Muffin” are motivation and commitment.  I have a hard time getting motivated to exercise as I usually don’t get home from work until 7pm or later, and once I do find some sort of routine I generally don’t stick with it very long.  So this time I’ve tried bribing myself with a gadget – the Fitbit Force.  We’ll see if I can snap my rear into gear when I can see “real time” how I’ve been doing during the day.

My second goal for the year is to cook more meals at home.  Again, my problems here are that I don’t get home until 7pm, so it’s hard to cook an entire meal and get it on the table at a reasonable eating time, and also that I lack the motivation to plan meals out so I rarely deviate from the same standard 4 fall-back meals that I always make.

Boring…

I noticed on one of my “deal of the day” emails I always get a website that does your meal planning for you called “nomoretogo.com”.  We didn’t end up going with that one, but instead one called FoodontheTable.com – where you can customize a little more with what proteins you like and how you like to cook.  So far I get a meal plan every week in my email inbox on Friday, complete with a grocery store list in the app, and I LOVE IT.  Hopefully I can keep this trend going!

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