New Year, New Goals

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After a bit of a hiatus from the blog and writing I am back and hoping to kick start this blog again. I forgot how much I love to write and I am going to make it more of a priority this year.  I decided to jump back in and recap my 2015 and what I hope to accomplish in 2016.

As I sit here and think about the New Year ahead I cannot help but look back and ponder the past year. It was full of changes. The good, the bad and the so-so. I really shouldn’t say any of them were bad changes just a few I wasn’t overly excited about. So many blessing over the course of the year too.

The biggest change is that I went back to work after 6 years of staying home with my girls. They are now both in school full time and I couldn’t justify staying home any longer. Man, this was a hard one for me. I loved being home and taking care of my house and family and now I have so little time to do any of these things. I am not adjusting well to this change. The blessing in this change is that I work at their school and see them a lot and I get to be off when they are off, including the summer, June cannot come soon enough. I know it seems as if I am ungrateful for the job I have and I do like what I am doing just wasn’t how I expected to feel about it.

So way back in January of 2015 I told myself that I was going to step outside my comfort zone during the year and do things that I always wanted to do. So in April of last year I started Taekwondo at the same studio where my girls take classes. I was so nervous to start but I had been sitting on the sidelines watching for a year and it was time. So glad I made that choice. It has been such a great thing for my mind, body and soul. I have made a bunch of new friends and have learned some things about myself too. Getting up in front of a studio full of your classmates, an audience and judges every two months to test for your next belt is a nerve wracking experience but I have survived and persevered through four of them so far. The nerves are becoming less but I still get anxious for it.

Another part of this martial arts journey for me was starting Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in August. I can say I absolutely with out a doubt love it. I actually miss it when I can’t make it to a class or there is a break for some reason. We call it having the “jits”. HaHa! This is our humor and another reason I love it so much.  My body has made tremendous changes from this sport. I have gained strength and had weight loss from it. Total stress reliever too. I love when I can do something I love and reap some amazing benefits from it. If you don’t know what Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is you should check out the Gracie University and learn more. I highly recommend it.

Ever felt like you were missing out on things in life? Yup, me too. I realized this past year that I was looking at my phone more than I was looking at the world around me. Including what was going on with myself. So wrapped up in what wasn’t important that I was missing out on what is important. I know I am not alone in this and it was another change that I didn’t like. I wish that I had realized this change sooner and turned it around but the past is the past. Right?!

There are so many things that changed over the course of the past year and I cannot even begin to think of all of them. I do know that this year I want to be more present with myself, my family and my friends. Put down the phone and really be part of what is going on around me. Reignite relationships that have fallen flat and start some new ones. I really don’t like resolutions because they never seem to last. I guess I would rather just try my best and be better than I was last year all around.

How about you…do you have some resolutions or goals for 2016?

Here is to a new year and a fresh start!!!


Menu Mondays~Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast

 

Almond crusted chicken

 

Looking for a great chicken recipe? Look no further. This dish is simple and tastes great. It can be prepped ahead of time and ready to eat in 30 minutes. I cannot remember where I got this recipe from but I made a few changes for  my family’s taste and they love it. I love that you can play around with the seasonings to make it your own.

Menu Mondays~Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast
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Servings Prep Time
4-6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Menu Mondays~Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4-6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time
30 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven to 400 and spray baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place pecans or almonds in food processor along with flour, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, salt and pepper. blend until pecans are finely chopped and all is combined. With processor running drizzle in olive oil.
  3. Place mixture into a shallow dish.
  4. Whisk egg whites in another shallow dish.
  5. Place chicken breasts in egg whites and turn to coat.
  6. Once covered in egg whites place in pecan mixture and coat evenly.
  7. put coated chicken in baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes.
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Menu Mondays ~ Menu Planning Tip #8

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Now that my girls are on summer break and home everyday for all meals I needed a way to alleviate the bickering that was associated with figuring out what to eat for lunch. One wants this and the other wants that. I decided to create a lunch menu for the summer. I think that it has sparked a bit of creativity for me as well. I am determined to find some new and fun lunch meals for my kids. Pintrest here we come!!

I also created a schedule for who gets to help each day make lunch. I figured if they were involved in the process it would be more fun for all of us. My girls are 7 and 5 so there is plenty they can do in the kitchen. Both have learned to use a pairing knife to cut fruit and a few other things as well. I love to cook so teaching them is a great way to connect and pass on some of my skills.

Happy summer and menu planning!!!