Thursday, April 19, 2018

Creamy Potato & Corn Chowder

Well I never thought I'd be making and posting about chowders in mid-April, but here we are. And if there's anything good that can come out of the winter that will never end it's this creamy soup filled with chunks of tender potatoes, sweet corn, and let's not forget the bacon. 

What You Need:
-1/4 cup salted butter
-1/3 cup flour
-6 cups chicken broth 
-1/2 red bell pepper
-1/2 green bell pepper
-1/4 cup diced jalapeños (I used jarred) 
-3 medium to large russet potatoes
-2 cans sweet corn, drained
-1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (save the grease)
-1/4 tsp minced garlic
-1 1/2 cups heavy cream

What To Do:
1. Dice red and green peppers and jalapeños. 
2. In a large pot, melt butter then the add peppers and jalapeños. Sauté until tender.
3. Add the minced garlic to the pot and stir for ~ 1 minute. 
4. Slowly add flour to the pot, stirring constantly. 
5. Add in chicken broth and whisk until smooth.
6. Peel and dice potatoes into bite sized chunks. Add to the pot and cook for 10-15 minutes on medium heat until tender.
7. Once potatoes are tender, add in corn and heavy cream. Let simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
8. While pot is simmering, cook bacon and crumble. Add 1/4 cup bacon and the bacon grease to the pot. Stir until well incorporated. 
9. Once the bacon grease is added, cook for 5-10 more minutes for the bacon flavor to penetrate the soup.
10. Serve hot and top with the bacon crumbles. 

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Music to Motivate You

It's no surprise that I love a good jam. If I'm feeling tired, unmotivated, or in a bad mood, blasting some loud music can usually snap me out of it. If you follow me on Instagram you may even catch me rocking out to some of my favorite tunes. I don't know whether I should say I'm Sorry or You're Welcome. 

One hard and true fact about me is that I CANNOT workout without music. In the past I've tried reading or watching a show but I don't work out nearly has long or has hard without music. And since I'm always curious as to what other people are listening to, I thought I'd share some of my favorite workout songs.  

I listen to all my music through Apple Music. My husband and I have a family sharing plan and I love that it's an inexpensive way to access all the songs or albums I would possibly want. 
Monday, April 9, 2018

2018 Goals Update: March

Can you believe we're already a quarter of the way through the year? If you're hitting your goals then keep on at it, but you aren't or haven't even started yet, it's not too late. You get to choose the life you want and the kind of person you are. Set those goals, crush them, and even if you fall short, progress is better than perfection. 

//Write down ten things that I am grateful for at the end of every single day//
I'm getting better at it. I'm still trying to find the best time to do this and it seems to be early in the morning, reflecting on the previous day. 

//Complete at least 3 devotionals or bible studies//
I ordered Awaken by Priscilla Shirer after reading so many great reviews about it. 

//Workout at least 4 times per week for at least 30 minutes//
I'm working out pretty consistently and also trying to take walk breaks during the workday if it's nice outside. 

//Lose 20 pounds//
I’ve lost 10.7 pounds since January. I definitely feel better and my clothes fit much better, some are even too big.

//Give up soda for at least 30 days//
I completed this one at the end of January. I'm still really limiting myself and didn't have more than 2 or 3 the entire month of March. 

//Wake up an hour earlier on weekdays in order to have the best start to my day//
I was doing good, the sun was rising earlier, and then daylight savings hit. It's also still in the 20's or 30's here so the dark + plus cold makes it really hard to get out of my warm bed, but I'm trying to be consistent with it. 

//Drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day//
Crushing this one. 

//Read 12 books throughout the year//
I've read 9 books so far this year so I'll reach this one pretty quickly. 

//Declare our house a yelling free zone and create a plan on how we'll do this//
I'm trying to be super intentional about this one and just walk away if I find I'm about to snap at the kids. I've also made their tablet time contingent on them listening and doing their chores which has also helped. 

//Have bi-weekly date nights with my husband. Whether we go out or do something at home, a time carved out for just the two of us to strengthen our marriage//
This month we grabbed Mexican, went to a movie, and spent time together after the kids went to bed catching up on The Walking Dead. 

//Continue to create a budget each month and update the budget at least weekly//
March's budget got a little off track at the end of the month due to Spring Break, but we're all set for April. We ate out and got take out a lot in March so I'm cutting back in April. 

//Create a house where stuff does not cause chaos. Each room will only have things we love and all of those things will have a place//
Despite doing a big purge in January, decluttering isn't just a one time thing and I'm still finding things we don't need or love that I can get rid of. We also completed a few projects around the house (shelving in our guest bath & built in shoe racks) and it feels great to get those knocked out. 

March Feelings: Productive, motivated, inspired, content 
Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Break + Easter Recap 2018

The weather was anything but spring-like during our Spring Break this year, I'm looking at you snow on Easter. Despite the cold and several days of clouds, we made the most of it, including a day trip to Kansas City where we surprised Ben with indoor sky-diving. 

He was just a little bit excited. 

The rest of our break consisted of a tie dye project with eggs, lots of games of Guess Who, cleaning, and getting ready for Easter. 

We also ate one of my favorite pizzas. You haven't lived if you haven't eaten pickled onions and pepperoni pizza. 

Easter morning the boys went through their baskets and then we headed to church. My family came over for lunch and the kids barely made it through the egg hunt because of the cold. We had plans to drive to J's family that night, but had to cancel when it started sleeting and snowing. On April 1st. I'm so ready for Spring. 

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! 

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.