SAVORY RUSTIC COUNTRY HAM & CHEESE QUICHE

SAVORY RUSTIC COUNTRY HAM & CHEESE QUICHE
CRUST

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
COLD 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon FRESH chopped thyme leaves
+/- 1/2 cup chilled water
2+ ounces chilled Vodka (see notes)

  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Add the COLD butter cubes and using your fingers (my preference) or a pastry cutter work the butter and flour together until you have pea sized pieces.
  • Add the egg yolk and thyme leaves, mixing until combined.
  • Add the water and vodka JUST enough to mix until the dough comes together. If it’s too crumbly add more vodka or cold water 1 teaspoon at a time until dough comes together smoothly.
  • Work dough into an 8 inch disc.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill 30 minutes.

QUICHE
1-2 tablespoons Frank’s original hot sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 bunch green onions, minced
1/2 cup small diced red/orange peppers
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
2 LARGE eggs
1 cup half & half
1/2 teaspoon FRESH grated nutmeg
1 cup grated Fontina cheese
1/2 cup grated SHARP white cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped country ham

  • Roll out dough to an 11 inch round.
  • Carefully arrange crust in 9 inch pie dish.
  • Brush the bottom of the crust with Frank’s original hot sauce.
  • Chill crust while preparing the filling.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Place a raised wire rack on your baking sheet.
  • Add butter to skillet over medium high heat.
  • When butter is melted add green onions and peppers, season with FRESH ground sea salt and pepper, stirring to saute’ 2-3 minutes until softened and golden.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, half and half, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Place the prepared crust on the wire rack on the baking sheet.
  • Toss together the ham, onions and peppers.
  • Arrange half of the ham mixture evenly in the crust.
  • Sprinkle with half of the cheeses.
  • Arrange remaining ham mixture over cheese layer.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Whisk the egg mixture one last time and evenly pour over into the crust.
  • Bake 30 minutes and then turn tray.
  • Bake another 20 minutes, until egg mixture is completely set and crust is golden brown.
  • Cool at least 10-15 minutes before serving.

 

NOTES:

  • We were out of vodka so I substituted REAL SPICE MOONSHINE and it worked REALLY well! The idea of using the alcohol versus using all water is that the alcohol evaporates during baking leaving you with a flakier, lighter crust.
  • The old recipe I used had you brushing the crust with Dijon mustard, but I only do this if I won’t be eating it due to my being deathly allergic to it, so I brushed the crust with Frank’s original Hot sauce instead and we like it even better!

SAVORY CHICKEN BREAD

The picture could be better, but the flavor of this light and airy bread was fantastic. It makes a wonderful slice of toast also.

SAVORY CHICKEN BREAD

1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 ounce package active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 – 3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, cubed
3 green onions, minced
7 ounces homemade chicken bone broth
1 LARGE egg, room temperature

  • In a large bowl combine the sugar, yeast, seasonings and 2 cups of the flour.
  • Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and set aside.
  • In a small sauce pan heat the butter over medium high heat.
  • Add onions, stirring to cook until tender.
  • Add broth and stir to mix until you reach 120-130.
  • Add to dry ingredients and beat on medium 2 minutes.
  • Stir in enough of the remaining flour to for a soft dough. The dough will be sticky, but that’s okay.
  • Turn dough out onto a well floured surface and knead 5-7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat.
  • Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough on a floured surface and shape into a loaf.
  • Place in a greased loaf pan seam side down.
  • Cover with towel and place in warm place to rise again until doubled, 30-60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Bake 18-22 minutes until golden.
  • Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 3 of 2021

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
with our host, Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom


I hope your first week of 2021 was a good one despite the obvious things going on in the world and our own backyard! Personally, I’m still in shock over last week’s events and choose to pray that things will settle down soon!

On the positive side, I’m making a few “little” updates here on the blog to freshen things up I hope.


It’s been gray cloudy and foggy A LOT lately. Last Friday was finally supposed to be gorgeous and yet we spent the day with weird storms moving in and out with intermittent heavy rain so I’m not putting a lot of stock in the weatherman this week. 

As of now today is supposed to be cloudy after the fog burns off, but dry and then we’re supposed to get 2 inches of rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Either way, highs are supposed to be in the high 40’s/low50’s with lows in the 30’s and 40’s, gray, cloudy and intermittently wet. 😀


Hot Water, mixed berry yogurt and cheddar cheese slice

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING & PROJECTS
  • Just a load of sheets/towels and one of jeans and socks
  • Finish painting first coat of paint on bathrooms and start the second coat
  • Finish installing and leveling new subfloor in back bathroom – the new flooring has been delayed until the 16th, but you just never know these days with shipping.
  • Finish removing old shower stickers and adhesive
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS
  • I’m starting a new delivery service for 3 recipes a week so need very little at the grocery store and only have 2 errands so will be home most of the week.
  • Hubby does have a doctor appointment Monday afternoon and we’ll pick up our favorite pizza for dinner.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS I have a couple letters that need written and a couple phone calls I’m hoping for a live person to help with.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING We’ll see how the delivery service goes, but I’m afraid like so many others we’ve tried before, the recipes will begin to repeat all too soon and I’ll be back to full recipe planning.

WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX There are a couple movies that were supposed to go to theaters that will be released that we’ll try to catch.
  • PRIME There are a couple movies that were supposed to go to theaters that will be released that we’ll try to catch.
  • DISNEY+ I’ve been playing with this during the day and watching Evermoor and Evermoor Chronicles
  • HULU We’ve been watching the OLD ODD COUPLE with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman at night.
  • CABLE A few of our favorite shows are back for a new season and I have a couple movies taped to watch. Blue Bloods, Magnum, Macgyver, L&O SVU, Chicago series, Young Sheldon…


This week I’m reading SINS by Nadia Lee. It had good reviews on Amazon, but I’m having trouble really getting into it.


Hubby cleaned up the old sub floor and then painted it to seal the previously wet areas before starting the new sub floor. Every time hubby and I work on a house, we leave our mark and we try to surprise each other to bring each other a smile. 

I couldn’t resist that blank slate of new paint. 😀 Here’s our latest work on the sub floor. And it doesn’t matter that it will be covered by the new sub floor because we’ll know it’s there! 😀

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
*BBQ BEEF SAUSAGE & DEEP FRIED ONIONS
CHICKEN & APPLES
BEEF & BEAN ENCHILADAS
C.O.R.N. CLEAN OUT REFRIGERATOR NIGHT
GINGER TAMARI CHICKEN & VEGGIES
BEEF & NOODLES
MONTE CRISTO SANDWICHES
DESSERT
*ROASTED APPLES w/ SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

  • BEEF & BEAN ENCHILADAS
  • CHICKEN & APPLES
  • UPDATED EGG SALAD
  • SAVORY RUSTIC HAM & CHEESE QUICHE
  • SAVORY CHICKEN BREAD

SPICY HONEY RIBS

SPICY HONEY RIBS
3 pounds baby back ribs
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 cup honey
1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos
1/4 cup Dijon mustard (optional – see notes)
5 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 limes, juiced

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Remove the membrane from the back side of the ribs.
  • Generously season ribs all over with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Wrap each rack of ribs in heavy duty aluminum foil.
  • Place on rimmed baking sheet and bake 2 1/2-3 hours until meat is tender.
  • While ribs are cooking whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a SLOW boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until sauce is reduced by half.
  • When you remove the ribs from the oven, move the oven rack to the top and rack 6-8 inches from the broiler.
  • Preheat oven to broil.
  • Open foil and place ribs bone side down.
  • Generously brush ribs with sauce.
  • Broil 3 minutes.
  • Generously brush ribs again with sauce.
  • Broil 2-3 minutes more.
  • Serve with remaining sauce.

NOTES: I’m deathly allergic to mustard so I substitute Jalapeno ketchup for the mustard and omit the Sriracha sauce.

ROSEMARY THYME BUTTER SAUCE CHICKEN

ROSEMARY THYME BUTTER SAUCE CHICKEN
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders equivalent
1 + 1 + 1 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon FRESH minced rosemary
1 tablespoon FRESH thyme leaves
3/4 cup diced sweet onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup SMALL diced carrots
1 cup SMALL diced YUKON potatoes (turnips make a great substitution)

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet over medium heat.
  • Sear chicken 2-3 minutes per side until cooked through.
  • Transfer to plate and keep warm.
  • Add another tablespoon of butter to pan.
  • When melted add in onions, carrots and potatoes.
  • Season with FRESH ground salt and pepper, stirring and cooking 5-7 minutes until softened.
  • Add wine to the skillet, scraping bottom to loosen the seared bits.
  • Add cream and bring to SLOW, LOW boil.
  • Reduce heat and cook until sauce slightly thickens.
  • Add in rosemary and stir to coat.
  • Add in remaining better, stirring until smooth.

CREAMY LEMON CHICKEN SOUP

Need a FRESH start to the new year?  Try this soup full of tender chicken, crunchy snap peas and a tangy lemon bite to wake up your senses.

LEMON CHICKEN CREAMY SOUP
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons WONDRA flour
3/4 cup small diced red onion
2 1/2 cups chicken bone broth
Juice of 2 LARGE lemons
2 cups diced rotisserie chicken
1 1/2 cups trimmed and halved sugar snap peas
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped Italian leaf parsley
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped rosemary
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped thyme
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  • Melt butter in sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, sauteing 2-3 minutes until soft.
  • Sprinkle with flour and stir well until smooth.
  • Add lemon juice and broth gradually.
  • Generously season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes until it begins to thicken.
  • Stir in chicken and peas, simmering another 5 minutes until chicken is warmed through and peas are crisp-tender.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in cream, simmering just until the cream is blended in and heated through.
  • Season to taste.
  • Serve immediately.

NOTE: I like to serve it with my Savory Chicken Bread 😀 That recipe will post tomorrow.

PAN SEARED PORK with BRAISED TURNIPS & PARMESAN

I recently caught an episode of The Kitchen and instantly fell in love with this recipe from Geoffrey Zakarian. Turnips are one of the MOST under utilized vegetables in my opinion.

I did make a couple of changes due to allergies and likes, but it is AWESOME! The pork doesn’t appear seared in the picture, but it is – maybe too much flash too close! 😀 Turns out hubby doesn’t care for cooked turnips, though he loves them raw with salt, but I LOVED it!

PAN SEARED PORK with BRAISED TURNIPS & PARMESAN serves 4

1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic salt 
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
8 thin bone-in pork chops 
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper
2 tablespoons avocado oil 
3 green onions, minced 
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1 cup turnip dice (1/4-inch), tops reserved (see note)
1/2 cup white wine 
1 cup chicken stock 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
1/2 teaspoon fresh tarragon or rosemary, minced 
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Chopped fresh chives, for garnish 

  • Combine the cumin, garlic salt, and oregano in a small bowl.
  • Sprinkle the pork chops on all sides with salt and pepper, followed by the rub.
  • In a large saute pan, heat the oil over high heat, then turn down to medium.
  • Add the pork medallions and sear until caramelized on one side, 2-3 minutes. Flip, then sear on the other side until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 150°, 2-3 more minutes.
  • Remove the pork and set aside covered with foil to rest.
  • Return the pan to the heat and add the scallions and garlic. Cook over low heat until softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the turnips and cook, stirring to coat the vegetables, for 1 minute.
  • Add the white wine and chicken stock, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat and reduce by three-quarters, about 5 minutes.
  • Chiffonade 1/2 cup of the turnip greens and add to the sauce with the butter and tarragon.
  • Return the pork and any accumulated juices to the pan, turning to coat the pork chops.
  • Remove from the heat and top with the Parmesan cheese.
  • Divide among plates and garnish.

NOTE: Turnips in the stores around here are already trimmed of their tops so I substituted chiffonaded spinach leaves.

LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN WINGS (AIR FRYER)

Using the air fryer to make these chicken wings is, in my opinion, THE best way to prepare them. They are PERFECTLY seasoned, SUPER crisp, salty, peppery and garlicky ALL at the same time! They have crisp salty skins with a hint of garlic, lemon and pepper in EVERY bite. These are seasoned to perfection and cook so fast with no marinating required!

LEMON PEPPER CHICKEN WINGS (AIR FRYER) serves 4

1 pound chicken wing drummettes
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon Frank’s Original hot sauce
2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Hidden Valley ranch powder

  • Thoroughly pat dry chicken wings with paper towels and place in a mixing bowl.

  • Whisk together the hot sauce and avocado oil.
  • Toss to coat in oil and hot sauce mixture.
  • Sprinkle with garlic salt, lemon pepper and ranch seasoning.
  • Toss to evenly coat with seasoning.

  • Place on air frying basket, spacing evenly and air fry at 400˚ for 7 minutes per side, a total of 14 minutes, or until chicken wings are crisp and golden brown on the outside.
  • Serve with a side of your favorite ranch or bleu cheese dressing.  We use Bob’s Big Boy.

HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 2 of 2021

GOOD MORNING HAPPY NEW YEAR may 2021 bring us ALL the much needed relief & joy that we deserve. I have high hopes for 2021, but also realize that the changing of the number from 2020 to 2021 doesn’t really change anything, we still must be vigilant and cautious to outlast this pandemic. I do hope that it changes a few attitudes though! I hope you had a quiet, but wonderful New Year’s celebration at home and are all in good health.

I spent the weekend sorting, packing and purging Christmas decorations getting ready to do a deep clean this week. Hubby began prepping for the new tile project in the back bedroom bathroom so that the worst of the mess was done before deep cleaning. We ordered the tile, bought the paint and a few supplies, but then as he was prepping we found a small issue and will need to make another trip to Home Depot so we can deal with it 🙁

I HATE that USPS delivers AMAZON on Sunday. Whatever it is can wait one more day in my opinion!  BUT, I do appreciate our delivery people. I happened to be walking by the front door yesterday when one of our regular carriers rang they bell. I always give them a little time to pick out a treat and then walk away before I open the door. As I opened the door he was just getting back into his truck and yelled out a thank you and telling me what a nice thing it is to have the treats and drinks available. I thanked him for thanking me and decided that I won’t take it down now that the holiday season is over, but leave it up since we are getting more things delivered during the pandemic and delivery people are working harder than ever. It isn’t much, but it is something I can continue doing. I’ll cycle in more seasonal drinks and treats as we move through time.

Be sure to join us for Happy Homemaker Monday and link up
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OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE, WHAT I’M WEARING & HOW I’M FEELING THIS MORNING BIG surprise, but we’re supposed to have another cold and rainy week here in the Pacific North West. I’m going to do the grocery shopping this morning, so I’m wearing Levi’s, a soft pink hoodie and my favorite rain resistant clogs.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE Hot water, mixed berry yogurt and an apple

THIS WEEK’S TO DO LIST, PROJECTS & APPOINTMENTS
  • LAUNDRY & CLEANING I need to finish taking down the tree and sorting Christmas decorations for donation before doing a deep clean. There are a couple loads of laundry to do before we kick this week into high gear and tackle some painting in both bathrooms.
  • GROCERIES & ERRANDS I just need a little produce and dairy as I continue my quest to clean out the freezer and pantry to start the new year off fresh.
  • PAPERWORK & PHONE CALLS Just a couple.
  • RECIPE RESEARCH & MENU PLANNING February is done and I’m working on March. There are a couple of tutorials I’m working on for January.  I hope to do one or two each month in 2021 in an effort to clean up all my notes and desktop. 😀
WHAT’S ON THE DVR/TV
  • NETFLIX There wasn’t much on last week and we watched a few movies (some of which were older); CHRISTMAS BREAK IN with Danny Glover was cute, KNOCK AROUND GUYS with Vin Diesel was good for an older style mobster movie, 3 DAYS TO KILL with Kevin Costner was really good. Several friends recommended SCHITT’S CREEK and we’ll start it this week probably.
  • REDBOX LOVE & MONSTERS was pretty good for a comedic horror film and HONEST THIEF with Liam Neeson was quite good also.
  • PRIME DEATH OF A SHADOW is a science fiction WWI film was pretty good except it was all in German.
  • HULU We finally finished Melissa and Joey
  • DISNEY+ We just signed up for this and there are several movies in particular that we want to watch as well as the Mandalorian series that everyone is raving about.
  • CABLE Not much but cooking shows last week – Kid’s Baking is back. Most of the shows we like will be returning later this week and there are even a couple new shows starting over the next couple of weeks. We did see HANCOCK with Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Justin Bateman on SYFY and it was really good – not sure where we were in 2008 when it first aired. WORST COOKS began a new season last night and EVERY season I ask how there can be so MANY oblivious people out there!

I’M READING

  • Let It Be by Marie Force, a novella of her Vermont series

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA We were surprised by a nearly professional grade fireworks show that a neighbor just over the back fence and across the highway had on New Year’s Eve. He started quite early and between the FOG and SMOKE from the fireworks, the pictures aren’t great, but it was fun to watch none-the-less. 😀

INSPIRATIONAL

LIFE TIP In an effort to break a few bad habits acquired during the pandemic of the last 9 months I’ve joined Martha over at Seaside Simplicity in NOT making resolutions this year, but doing Lifestyle changes instead.  You can read about it here. So this life tip seemed appropriate AND true!

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
DINNER
LOGGER’S PIZZA with homemade RANCH DRESSING
SAVORY STUFFING BREAD & LEMON CHICKEN SOUP
ITALIAN FRITTATAS
  C.O.R.N.   clean out refrigerator night
ROSEMARY BUTTER CHICKEN
STEAKS ON THE NEW GRILL
HAM & GRUYERE QUICHE
DESSERT
CRANBERRY UPSIDE DOWN CAKE

SUCCESSFUL RECIPE LINKS FROM LAST WEEK

FEATURED PARTY LINKS FOR THIS WEEK

RECIPES TO LOOK FOR THIS NEXT WEEK OR SO

  • ROSEMARY BUTTER CHICKEN
  • LEMON CHICKEN SOUP
  • SAVORY STUFFING BREAD

BROILED LOBSTER TAILS

We were gifted with a fantastic OMAHA STEAKS box of Sirloins and Lobster tails for Christmas. We ate 2 of the steaks for Christmas Eve and saved the other 2 and Lobster tails for New Year’s eve and day.  What a great way to finish a horrific year and start the new one.  Thank you so much Brent and Dawn 😀 we really enjoyed our gift!

This is a simple recipe, but as my FIL always said, sometimes simple is the best way to bring out the even better flavors!

BROILED LOBSTER TAILS

2 Lobster tails
4 tablespoons butter
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 LARGE lemon, cut into wedges

  • Preheat broiler, position top rack 3-4 inches from heat source or preheat grill to medium.
  • Butterfly tails by cutting down through middle of hard shell with a sharp knife. Cut through flesh but not underside membrane.
  • Hold tail in both hands and open flat.
  • Brush lightly with melted butter.
  • Season with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Place lobster tails on sheet pan wrapped in foil shell side down.
  • Broil for 6-7 minutes.

NOTE: For grilling, place flesh side down on grill and cook for 7-9 minutes, flipping when necessary if flare up occurs.

BLOODY MARY SHRIMP COCKTAIL

BLOODY MARY SHRIMP COCKTAIL adapted from Ree @ Pioneer Woman
1 cup jalapeno ketchup
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish 
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
1/2 teaspoon Bragg’s liquid aminos 
1/2 tablespoon vodka 
1/2 lemon, zested and juiced 
FRESH ground sea salt & black pepper 
16 peeled, de-veined and cooked extra-large shrimp (about 1 pound), tails on
1/2 celery stalk, finely diced, plus 16 small celery stalks with leaves, for garnish (optional)

  • Mix together the ketchup, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, liquid aminos, vodka lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the sauce to 16 shot glasses, then top each with a shrimp and a sprinkle of diced celery.
  • Place a celery stalk with leaves into each glass.

2021 A New Year and ALL the Possibilities

2020 has taught me to really appreciate life and all it has to offer as well as ALL it has to throw at me with a positive attitude.  There is always something to be thankful for – even when bad things happen.

While we have some control in our life, we are NOT IN control, God is!  I am stronger than I give myself credit for MOST of the time and when I’m not, it is perfectly fine to ask for help from others in my life, those that love me will help even in the worst of times. The acts of prayer and faith can give me the strength to overcome my own thoughts, doubts and fears.

So with all of this in mind, I’m entering 2021 with a renewed spirit and faith that it WILL be a better year!

AT 12:01 AM tomorrow morning IT WILL OFFICIALLY BE THE FIRST TIME EVER THAT HINDSIGHT IS OFFICIALLY 2020!

Just 3 years ago I underwent life changing surgery that they promised me would get easier and better to live with as time went on. I’m here to tell you that this was only partially true 🙁 SOME days I feel “normal” and can even eat relatively normal, but MOST days I’m still afraid to eat most things and I’m still having some severe reactions that can shut down my day at a moment’s notice.

So, when my friend Martha over at Seaside Simplicity suggested replacing resolutions with 30 day challenges I had to jump in with both feet in an effort to “regulate” my life and have an element of control over my life in general. I’ll even pop back in periodically with a progress report to hold myself accountable.

I don’t normally do “resolutions” per se, but if ever there was a year that needed to be changed it would be 2020.  So for 2021 we’ll call it “life style” changes for the better.

She gave a suggestion link to 100 different ideas to do as 30 day challenges. The challenges were listed with a side note of easy, medium or hard.  As I went through the list I found 19 that I already do:

  • Menu Plan
  • Morning & Bedtime Routines
  • Set a list of Daily Priorities
  • No Alcohol
  • No sugar & No Fast Food – this one gets a side note – sometimes this is just plain unavoidable especially during the pandemic if you had to travel at all, but this is NOT a way of life for me.
  • Stopped watching the news.
  • No credit cards.
  • Started multiple blogs
  • No smoking
  • Make or Build something
  • Make bed daily
  • Practice Gratitude – Pay It Forward
  • Random Act of Kindness
  • Talk to a Stranger – something I do that irritates hubby to no end sometimes!
  • Take a photo EVERY day – also something I do that irritates hubby to the other end sometimes!
  • Read Everyday – I always read as I fall asleep and in the car and in waiting rooms…

And another 66 I don’t want to do 😀 EVER

So that leaves these 15 or so that I am going to try and incorporate into 2021. There will obviously be some overlap since there are only 12 months in a year, not to mention we are hopeful for a BIG move for a new project house in 2021, but I will start with this list and all the good intentions hat go with it. I’ll then adapt as necessary as some are more involved than others. Many are also not just 30 day challenges, but lifestyle changes to be incorporated into a daily life.

  • Keep a Daily Food & Sugar Level Journal so I can continue trying to figure out trigger foods and/or times to avoid the dumping syndrome reactions as well as the hypoglycemic reactions caused by trying to eat “normal” food.
  • Learn to Program this is something that has always intrigued me and I know just enough to work my blog and get myself into trouble sometimes 🙂 so would like to know more.
  • Meditate this is something that I think will help with my health issues and food issues if I could learn to slow down and take things easier on myself.
  • Detox House I really want to be more ecologically responsible with using simple vinegar based cleaning products and staying away from chemically produced products. I’ll be making my own dryer sheets with essential oils and things like this.
  • Learn A New Skill… oil painting, wood burning... Learn to Draw This is also something I’ve always wanted to do better.  Included in this category is learning to paint with alcohol inks.
  • Write in my Journal Daily This category will also help with the meditation I think. I’ll split my time between a regular journal and my faith based journaling. I already do meal plan journaling.
  • Cook a New Recipe Every day This category is one that is ALMOST one I already do, but I want to do even better at. BUT, EVERY day is a super stretch as it leaves no room for pizza or hubby cooking so I’ll settle for 3 weeks out of the month or so. 😀
  • Practice Minimalism As we prepare for the BIG move this one is really important to me. I’m beginning with the Christmas decorations and sorting to donate a good portion of the decorations and artificial tree.
  • Eat Vegan (plant based) for a Month This category is going to take some research, not to mention some coercing on hubby’s part, but I really think there could be some serious health benefits by doing this.
  • 10,000 steps daily I’m usually pretty close to this, but I want to make a concentrated effort for the DAILY part of this statement.
  • Burpees daily & Whole Body Fitness Challenge We joined a gym last year and then the pandemic hit so never got into a good routine. This too will require a little research at first, not to mention some serious discipline to do it at home, but is TOTALLY doable!
  • Clean Up Digital Clutter We really need new computers, something I’m trying to put off until after the move and after I clean up all the files and photos. But, I also want to clean up my blogs and their recipe categories.