I don’t know what it is, but the last three Mondays have been dreary. The cold weather and cloudy skies make me want to curl up under my heated blanket and watch romcoms all day. I’m really looking forward to the warmer and greener days. I keep looking back at summer photos of my flowers, and I’m craving it so much. I’m excited to get back to planting, reading books on the porch, and enjoying backyard barbeques. I get into this strange winter funk during January and February. I’m trying to stay as busy as I can to prevent the winter blues. Does anyone else get like this late in the winter?
The good part is that I get to watch Bachelor after logging off here. Honestly, I did not think I would love this Matt guy as much as I do. I think he’s so genuine, and his laugh is contagious. I don’t have any favorite girls yet, but I usually start getting attached during the fourth or fifth episode! Last Monday was another gloomy one. After a morning project, I took Grumples out for a walk. Now that the construction is done on our street, I can finally walk them! Leo goes on my four to five-mile walks, but Grumples goes a mile around the block. We are actually going to be painting our porch concrete this weekend! It looks funny with the cement color, but we are thinking either sage green or beige. Eventually, we’d like to have someone install tile that looks like wood planks. The painting will be a quick fix for now! It’s officially week five of eating low carb. I love that it has forced me to cook more, eat completely different than I used to (I was eating a lot of frozen processed foods), and it’s opened up my eyes to how much-processed sugar I was eating on a daily basis. I never thought I’d be eating a low carb diet, but after my doctor told me to see how my body/hormones responded to it, I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s not that hard or as miserable as I thought it was going to be. Luckily there are a lot of products out there now that make it easier. And to be completely transparent, I’ve lost five pounds, I’m eating way more than I used to, and I think I’m going to stick to this for a while. I have fewer mood swings, I’m not as tired in the afternoon (could also be because I reduced my coffee to one cup a day for over a month), and I do not crave the sugary and high carb snacks anymore! I did at first, but that went away after a week.
After my long walks, I usually have two slices of low carb bread with avocado. I also have a protein shake about an hour afterward. I eat a ton of vegetables with a protein source for dinner now. I love the Siete taco seasoning! It goes perfectly with ground chicken, peppers, onions, cabbage, and thrown into a lettuce wrap. These are the types of dinners that take about 20-minutes to make, and they are perfect the next day for leftovers. One food that does get me through when I feel like I need chocolate is my almost no carb chocolate barks! You can find the recipe here. This time, I used peanuts and walnuts. 😋 I usually have these in the afternoon with a decaf coffee or after dinner. My camellias are still blooming! ♥️ I know this isn’t very pretty, but leftovers have been my favorite lunches lately. I always use Tessemaes dressing on top! The habanero ranch is so good. A delicious dinner we made recently was roasted red peppers with tessamae’s dressing, roasted balsamic brussels sprouts, onions, and kielbasa. Morning walks! 💜 Hardboiled eggs with everything but the bagel seasoning is my new favorite. I added a new plant to the family! 30-degree early morning five-mile walk with sweet Leo! I love that my neighbor and I hold each other accountable for our morning walks. My mom and I had such a fun day on Thursday while shopping for her mother of the bride dress. We started our morning at First Watch! I can’t believe how big their menu is. Dangerous, they are only a few miles from my house! I can’t wait to go back. I saved my first cup of coffee for breakfast. I ordered the egg white omelet with peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach, kale, and bacon. 😋 A day after shopping! ♥️ I actually found my wedding shoes, so it was a win for me! They are everything I was looking for in a wedding shoe and from one of my favorite designers! 💜 And my mom actually found her dress! It looks so dang pretty on her, and I can’t wait to see her wear it this summer. It’s one of the dresses in the black and white photo. Such a fun day! I will share more wedding style blogs later this summer. I will be answering a few of your q&a questions on my Instagram later this evening!
I had some of you asking about this top! It’s this top from the LOFT!
I made a yummy chicken and veggie lettuce wrap for dinner on Thursday night. If you follow me on Instagram, I post a lot of the recipes as I go. This one had peppers, onions, bok choy, chicken, freshly squeezed orange, pepper, onion salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, and green onion on top. So tasty! Kyle and I went to our favorite spot, Killington’s, on Friday night for Caesar salads and chicken wings! 😋 They have one of the best caesar salads! I made French onion soup on Saturday night. Kyle was craving it, and then I started craving it! I will have to post this recipe soon! I finished it off in the oven with mozzarella and croutons. We had such a random dinner night. I made zucchini pizzas for my side, and Kyle had leftover Udi’s pizza. Oh, and Caesar salads!Random, but it worked. On Sunday, I spent the entire day filming recipe videos and working on old popular recipes that needed a makeover on the blog. I have the carbless chicken nuggets and peach frosé recipe coming up this week! 😁 Don’t forget to try out the new recipes I posted last week! Cinnamon rolls, the best blueberry muffins, and cranberry chocolate chip cookies!
I hope you all had an amazing weekend!
Questions for you!
- Do you ever get the winter blues?
- Are you going on morning walks?
- Have you been cooking more at home or less?