It has been a very cold and snowy February in Wisconsin. Nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of soup. I love this soup because it is great alone or mixed with pasta, used as a gravy, or used in casseroles.
Directions -water sauté onions until translucent -add mushrooms and sauté until the liquid has evaporated -add garlic and sauté for another minute -add almond flour making a roux -add almond milk and mix until smooth -mix in herbs, salt, and pepper -simmer or 20 minutes on low and enjoy!
Optional add-ins: thyme, nutmeg, and nutritional yeast
I love experimenting in the kitchen and creating new recipes. I try to eat a mostly whole plant based lifestyle. I have recently been in love with baked oatmeal. It is like cake for breakfast. I played around with this recipe and found that if I turn the oats into flour I can turn it into a quick bread. This bread is mostly nice with just a touch of naughty. Truly a warm stick to your ribs comfort food for a cold February day.
Its Monday again….. Why does this make you sad? Is it because you spent your weekend enjoying yourself and now have to face the fact that you are completely unprepared for the week? Your house is a mess, you have no idea what you are going to eat, and you have this feeling that you are supposed to do something important this week and can’t remember what it is. Or did you spend the weekend cleaning, meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal prepping. You are ready for the week (yeh!), except you didn’t take time to enjoy the weekend and are sad you missed out. Or you just hate your job, in that case this probably isn’t the blog post for you.
I have had all those reasons for dreading Mondays at different times in my life. I have found ways to be prepared for Mondays while having time to enjoy the weekend. I have lowered my anxiety, know that my household is under control, and Monday is no longer my nemesis. I have set up routines that help get all my tasks done. I always know what I have to do for the day, house is mostly clean and organized, and I am no longer overwhelmed. Now I can enjoy myself on the weekend and not feel guilty or unprepared for Monday. Everything is not perfect but neat and manageable.
Routines are the best weapon to make sure that everything is under control. I have routines for everything. Here are a few of my routines. I was inspired by the website http://flylady.net/.
Morning routine includes: making my bed, showering and getting myself ready for the day, wiping down all the bathroom countertops and a quick swish to clean the toilets, pick up my bedroom, collect all the laundry and do 1 entire load of laundry, eat breakfast, unload dishwasher, feed dog, check what is or supper (in case I need to thaw, or put something in slow cooker), check calendar and bills. Before or after this I like to do S-A-V-E-R-S from the book Miracle Morning, By Hal Alrod. I get up 2 hours before I need to leave for work and I am able to accomplish all of this in that 2 hours. https://www.miraclemorning.com/
Evening routine includes: make dinner, set out clothes for tomorrow, get lunches ready for tomorrow, clean kitchen, start dishwasher, shine my sink, sweep and spot mop kitchen, make coffee for the next day, do a 15 minutes in my cleaning zone, enjoy some time with the family and relax, wash face/ brush teeth, and go to bed.
Weekly house cleaning: sweep and mop all hard floors. vacuum all carpet, dust, clean windows and mirrors, empty all the garbage in the house, and wash bedding. This takes me about 60-90 minutes to get done. I also try to clean out my purse and car quick.
Zone cleaning- Also inspired by the Fly Lady. I have divided the areas of my house into 6 zones. I spend a week cleaning each zone for 15 minutes a day during the work week. This way every area in my house gets deep cleaned every 6 weeks. I always know what to concentrate on and know that everything is deep cleaned every 6 weeks.
Meal planning: I used to spend hours on this. I have made a meal planning binder that houses this weeks meal plan, meal ideas, and recipes sorted by type of protein for my carnivores. I have a plant based section for me. If I make a new recipe that my family loves I print it up and put it in the binder. It make planning really simple. This is usually done on Thursday or Friday. So I can shop on Friday or Saturday
Bill Bill paying routine: I pay bills weekly and use an app called Prism that takes me only minutes to pay my bills.
I also love making lists. I now keep all my lists on my phone. I use the Google Keep app that has an ongoing to do list among other lists. The List Ease app is great grocery list app. Finally, the FlyLady Plus app to keep track of my routines. I can access my lists wherever I am, plus I never leave my phone home so I always have my grocery list with me.
I hope that you found this helpful and make your weekends memorable and Mondays not so intimidating. Stacey 🙂
When I was 11 years old I was not happy moving out of my childhood home. I loved that home,loved the green fields, large yard, and living next to my cousins. This was the only home I ever knew. I was depressed about the whole situation.
Trying to move beyond my sadness, I decided that every morning, I would remember all the good things that happened the day before. What was I thankful for? I cant remember my first list but it went something like this: We had a pretty flower garden. I could walk to school. I did well on my spelling test. I was invited to a birthday party.
I did this practice every day before school. I felt much better doing this. The more I did this the better my day was. I started looking for the good in my life. I had figured out one of the secrets to happiness as an 11-year old kid. This was long before I read a self help book or ever heard of a gratitude journal. If only we could keep a that optimism and resilience we had as children.
As I grew older I almost forgot about this routine. When I prayed I would give thanks for my family, home, and health. However, it was not true gratitude, it was only repetition. I If you follow the happiest, most successful people in the world you will find that most of them take time to give thanks.
I have found the magic of gratitude once again and make it part of my daily routine. The more grateful I am, the happier I am. I encourage you to do the same. You can do it in prayer, in a journal, or just say it to yourself. I personally do this several times a day especially when things aren’t going great. I also like to do this when I wake up in the morning before my alarm goes off. The key is to truly feel gratitude. It is almost impossible to feel anger, sadness, or hate when we have a grateful heart.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have more to express gratitude for.” Zig Ziglar
I challenge you to 30 days of gratitude. I guarantee this simple habit can make a positive impact on your life.
My name is Stacey, I am a mother, wife, and full time cancer nurse. I am not wealthy, famous, or well traveled. I am however, one of the happiest most content people you will ever meet. I believe you can find balance in your life by nourishing your body, mind, and soul. Finding balance in this crazy thing called life is extremely hard. Finding time to care for yourself is extremely difficult.
It is time to slow down and simplify. Put your oxygen mask on first! Stop trying to live up to those impossible expectations you put on yourself. I hope to inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Follow me as I offer my healthy routines and simple healthy habits to live a simple healthy life.