the week in food 16/52

from top: eggs, greens and olives; miso soup; zoodles and pesto with sausage; coconut milk ice cream!; fritatta; zoodles and meatballs; eggs, bacon and brussels; breakfast remnants; persian beef and butternut squash 

I made my first batch of ice cream this week you guys!  It turned out great and I'm getting ready to make my second one today.  If this one turns out good, I'll be sharing the recipe with you soon.  We're also going to try grilling pork chops for the first time this week with ginger sugar!  

How is your week going?


summertime picnic

Today I had an amazing time on a picnic outing with some friends.  There was great food, amazing weather and little baby hands in everything.  It was such a fun time.  I hope you're all enjoying your week!  Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?


grow: seven months in

No one really talks about their New Years resolutions after a certain point in the year.  They've either given up on them, or forgotten them completely.  It's understandable.  I mean, honestly I think that New Years resolutions were purely made up to get you through January and February until the sun starts shining again.  Everyone needs a little motivation during the winter, but once summer starts its all over.  This year, I set a different type of goal for myself.  I chose one word to define my year and that word was "grow."  I wanted to take a few minutes to give a progress report.

You can read a little bit about why I chose the word "grow" in this post.  This year has seen all kinds of growth in my life and I'm so thankful for that.  I have excelled in certain areas (making our house more of our own) and still need to work on others (socializing...big surprise).

::our garden::  The most obvious growth has been in our garden.  We almost doubled the size of our plot this year and are sharing crops with friends and neighbors while still able to keep enough food for ourselves.  It feels so good to give a little piece of our garden to those we love.  Growing food is such a joy and I really do feel like it makes me whole.  Next year we have goals to expand even more and start selling crops and cut flower bouquets!

::our marriage:: One of the things I wanted to work on this year was our marriage.  It's our first year as a married couple and I wanted to make sure we grew together.  Honestly, it's been a great first year!  Of course we've had ups and downs, but we've grown together in so many ways.  I look back to that first year we were together and I can see how far we've come and it's very encouraging.

::our home::  We've spent a lot of time talking about our home this year.  We had some work done to waterproof our basement in January and since then it's given us the push to make the house more of "ours."  Justin moved into this house before me so a lot of what has been done to it was done before I moved in.  I think that our goal is now to make our house reflect us as a couple and I think the things we've done this year have really shown that.  It's nice to have art on the walls that we both love.  We're talking about starting to rebuild the guest bedroom downstairs in the fall and I'm excited to see where it ends up.  I have a feeling it will end up being a pretty cool space.

::socializing::  Okay, honestly I've tried here!  I've deepened my friendships with the friends I've made here, but it has been hard to meet new people!  I've accepted the fact that I'm a true introvert and I'm okay with that.  I've got some really amazing friends here whom I love and that alone is enough to make me happy.  I don't need a million friends, just a handful of awesome ones will do!

::finances::  We've made lots of strides in the money department too.  Some real "adult" decisions were made this year regarding a retirement fund (woah! look out!) and a credit card (which I talked about here).  We're on our way to some pretty exciting things next year because of our smart decisions this year!

Well, there you have it!  I've still got some work to do in the next five months, but I'd say I'm sticking to my goals pretty well.  How are you doing on your New Years resolutions?  Did you stick with them, or did you throw them out the window long ago?  I hope whatever you did, it was the right thing to do and that you're happy with your decision!

PS: I'll be back with the week in food later this week--time has a way of running away on certain days!