Well, it’s officially 2023. I know many people are against setting resolutions, it’s cliché, but I love it. I love writing down goals for the year and trying my best to stick to them. The important thing is to not beat yourself up if you don’t stick to them or if they aren’t going to plan. I mean, on the first day of the new year, I had a cookie for breakfast without even thinking about it, and I laughed about it. But then, I hopped on the peloton (after trying to convince myself I’d do it on Monday) and had a salad for lunch. It reminded me that balance is key, and this new year is about eating cookies for breakfast and salads for dinner. My goals are pretty simple. I want to work out more (other than just walking), eat less artificial foods, dine out less, watch less t.v., and be the best mom I can be. Pretty simple goals. 😊 This past week has been relaxing, filled with walks, good food, and my new favorite hobby, bread making. As I type this, I have a jalapeño cheese sourdough in the oven, a cinnamon honey sourdough bread cooling, and four more loaves rising in the corner. I cannot be stopped! I love trying new sourdough recipes and making changes to figure out how to make the absolute perfect loaf of bread. I’ll share everything I’m learning, and I can’t wait to write a big blog post on my new sourdough bread journey!
One thing I’ve been doing every day this past week has been a Peloton workout. I still have to fit my workout in today since Bug’s sleep schedule was a little off this morning, but I’m making it a goal to do 4 rides a week and 3 strength/or yoga classes on the off days. Some of you have followed me on Peloton, but my username is hellotaralynn if you want to join in and keep this motivation going! I will follow back and give you a high five if I see you on! I wonder if we can take the same classes at the same time? Let me know if that’s a thing!
I have been trying to eat more throughout the day and less at night. It helps me sleep better, and I feel more energized. So after my workout in the morning, I make myself an easy breakfast. I’ve been doing parfaits, eggs with potatoes, protein fruit smoothies, or my protein oatmeal.
The day after Christmas, we had our decorations down, and it felt good to have a clean and decluttered space again. I love that Tux felt comfortable sitting in the living room again after the tree was down. This year, we had hardly any space in our living room since we had a giant playpen, an oversized coffee table, and a Christmas tree. I feel so much better with my space back.
I have a lot of random dinners thrown into this recap post from the week.
This was one of those nights where we just tried to use up all the produce and didn’t have much protein to eat aside from eggs, but I can only eat so many eggs in one day. I made spaghetti squash with shredded parmesan, sweet garlic green beans and zucchini, garlic broccoli, and kielbasa.
Bugs is obsessed with coffee cups. I have a photo from almost every day of him taking my empty coffee cup and pretending to drink it. It’s the funniest thing ever! I think I posted one in my last recap blog. I bought him his little coffee cup so we can have it together. Gosh, I love that boy so much!
Usually, an hour or so after he wakes up, he’s ready to go back down for a nap. It’s like he wants to finish his sleep. When I put him back down, I get on the bike for a 30-45 minute ride. I used to sit and enjoy coffee during that time, but I want to make it a habit to work out instead. I know it’s only been a week, but I’ve had so much more energy after working out, which seems counterintuitive. It’s probably the endorphins and just being proud of myself for completing it. One of our favorite meals to make is turkey burgers. We flavor them differently each time, but the jalapeño cheddar ones are our favorite, and they are so good the next day, too!
This time, we added white cheddar, jalapeños, and red onion! Of course, I’m a ketchup and mustard gal.
He’s been obsessed with the piano since he was a newborn. He gets wild, banging all of the keys and laughing as hard as he can. Of course, I’ll put him in piano lessons one day, and he’ll most likely hate it. Isn’t that how it works? lol
Sticking to those resolutions with cooking at home! I love making salmon in the air fryer, roasted potatoes, and sweet green beans! I started going to Trader Joes’ every two weeks for my food hauls because it’s much more affordable, and they have much better produce (as long as you eat it quickly!)
It’s time to baby-proof the house! Send all the links my way in the comments. This baby is fast and eager to flop, drop, and crawl. Is it a thing for babies to seek thrill? He can now pull himself up to stand, which I didn’t think would happen at eight months, but apparently, it does. This is why we have the giant playpen, to keep him safe from all the hard floors and pointy corners. It’s so cute how obsessed he is with the dogs. He likes to watch them play (he thinks it’s so funny!), and he can’t get enough of Leo.
I purchased a Sourdough Cookbook for Beginners after getting interested in making our bread. We were at our local grocery store, and I picked up a half loaf of bread off the shelf. It had around six super thin cut slices. It was $7. I was like…what?? I know inflation is a thing, but that is crazy! It inspired me to start making homemade bread, and I’m so happy I did. I do have a slight addiction now, but it’s a good one to have! I may have found a new hidden talent of mine. I posted an Amazon board of everything I bought to make homemade bread.
I decided to make my starter since I was too impatient to wait for it to come in the mail. I followed the directions in the book and did the six-day process, and it turned out perfect. I have a sourdough starter coming in the mail later this week, so I can see if that one makes any difference, although my bread has turned out so good. I have about five jars of starter on my countertop because I’ve been making like six loaves a day. It’s so much fun!
I’ve been hooked on the Trader Joe’s salad kits this week. I add some extra toppings from leftover meals, and it makes lunch super easy! Last Saturday, it was rainy and chilly, so I made some homemade biscuits for breakfast sandwiches. Let me know if you’d like this recipe! Homemade biscuits are so easy to make and 10x better than canned ones. You will never go back! They are so good with butter and jelly. I’m in my “make everything at home” era. The only missing thing is a chicken coop, a house out in the country, and my vegetable garden. My husband said no way to the chickens and the farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, but yes to the vegetable garden! We are building the boxes this month!
The eggs were scrambled with Havarti dill cheese.
After breakfast, we took a family trip to Costco! Bugs loved riding in the cart, and I can’t believe how fast time is going that he fits up there! I bought the cart cover on Amazon and it’s great! I throw it into the wash after the store trips. It helps keep all the cart germs away!
Before leaving, I fed my starter, which was getting all bubbly and sour! I was so excited.
On New Year’s Eve, Kyle wanted to make Crunchwrap Supremes! We got the recipe from Delish. They were so easy to make, and I cannot get over how much they tasted like Taco Bell, but better. You have to try these! These are so easy to make gluten-free, dairy-free, and even vegan if you wanted to!
We ended up watching a movie, drinking Kombucha, and diving into some Macaroons on New Years’ Eve. Of course, we were in bed by 9 pm.
On New Year’s Day, I tried to talk myself out of the workout, but felt so much better after just getting it done! We put the bike upstairs in the guest room, so it wasn’t so cold/or hot in the garage. I use my AirPods so it doesn’t wake up the Bug while he’s napping.
For lunch, I had salmon, a salad kit from Trader Joe’s, rice crackers, and avocado added in! SO GOOD!
Another day of feeding my starter! There’s something so rewarding about making your own.
I love Cody’s classes! He is so freaking funny. I did his N’SYNC class, and his commentary was incredible.
On Monday, I made a quick breakfast and another batch of healthy chocolate chip cookies! Kyle loved them and kept asking me to make more! They are so chewy, even when kept in the freezer!
I added cranberries, chocolate chips, and almond extract to this batch, and they were INCREDIBLE!
After the cookies came out of the oven, we walked to the park to swing. Bugs could swing for hours! He is so obsessed, and his laughs are the best part.
Another day closer to bread! I set the alarm on Alexa to remind me to feed the starter every day at the same time for six days.
I made some pepper jack turkey burgers on Sunday night! 😋 If you follow me on Facebook, I like to share videos of these recipes! I’ll be sharing this one later this week.
After my morning ride on Tuesday, I headed out with the dogs to have coffee and watch them play. The weather felt like a crisp spring morning. The birds were chirping, the sunrise was gorgeous, and an eagle was sitting on the power line overlooking the neighborhood. These are the small things in life that make me so happy.
I made a protein smoothie for breakfast with strawberries, mango, banana, protein powder, and water. I gave Bugs a sip and then had to make him a kid-friendly one because he wanted to drink the entire thing. He had just fruit, some formula, and no protein.
I couldn’t get enough of the weather, so we headed to the park for a morning swing session.
OBSESSED with these two!
A few weeks ago, we decided to completely cut out T.V. for him. We used to let him watch Ms. Rachel or Super Simple Songs, but every time the t.v. was on, he’d get irritable or stare at the screen in some trance. Since cutting it out, he’s been independently playing with all of his toys; he’s learned to clap, crawl, and climb, hardly ever gets fussy, he says mama, and his sleeping pattern has been incredible. He’s sleeping 12 hours at night. I’m not saying it’s correlated, but I think the TV does more harm than good for him. I know it’s amazing to give parents a break, but he’s learned to play alone in his playpen, and he seems happier. I read to him more, and we listen to music, go on more walks, sit outside on the porch with books, and, I hope him not watching T.V. while he’s little encourages him to read more when he’s old enough or to use his imagination more. I was addicted to the T.V. as a kid, and I don’t want to let that happen to Bugs.
Of Course, we’ll watch a movie together on Friday night or have designated screen time, but no free range. I love that we don’t have the T.V. on all day anymore. I can’t tell you the last time I watched a show during the day, and honestly, it’s better for my mental health, too! And absolutely NO SHAME to anyone who has the T.V. on for their littles. I get it! I’m just sharing what we are doing.
Leftover turkey burger with the Trader Joe’s salad kit! 😋
He’ll do anything to make his way to Leo.
Another morning another ride!
In the morning, Bugs likes to crawl to the toys, bring me one, and then crawl back to get another. He does this until all the toys are out of the bin. It’s so funny! He also claps when we clap, which is so cute! It’s truly insane how fast this time with him is going. I can’t believe I have an 8 month old.
I love making roasted vegetables or potatoes with olive oil. I like to mash them with formula for Bug’s lunch or dinner. He’s an amazing eater. I’ve been documenting everything he eats for an upcoming blog post.
My first loaf was ready to go on Thursday!
I made a mistake by accidentally using tap water when mixing the starter. I wasn’t thinking, and I know the potential chlorine in tap water could kill the yeast. It still turned out amazing, but it wasn’t as fluffy as I intended. I also made the mistake of taking off the lid too soon. I didn’t give it enough time to cook in the center, so I had to put it back in.
We toasted it and dipped it in a parmesan pesto sauce! It had olive oil, garlic, basil, pepper, dill, Italian seasoning, chives, and parmesan. It was delicious!
My second loaf gave me the confidence I needed. It turned out PERFECT! It was amazing, and I couldn’t wait to make more that day and try out other flavors.
My mom stopped over on Friday, and we headed out for a long walk and park date with Bugs.
I decided to try another sourdough recipe, using the one from the Sourdough Cookbook for Beginners. I loved that the measurements were weighed because it helped with the accuracy each time. I think I preferred this recipe! I did a few different things with letting the dough rise, but overall it turned out incredible.
I used a proofing bowl to get the lines like that.
On Friday, I made a honey cinnamon, jalapeno pepper jack & cheddar, and a plain one! They are soooooo amazing toasted with butter. We have a pesto parmesan in the oven and another jalapeno, so I can overnight them to Kyle’s mom.
I hope you guys have the best weekend. Thank you for stopping by to read! ♥️ Let me know your questions about sourdough so I can put them in my beginner’s sourdough blog!
Questions for you!
- Do you ever make your own bread?
- Have you been sticking to any of your New Years’ goals?
- Did you watch a lot of T.V. when you were younger?