Happy New Year!

A few days late, but Happy New Year from our family to yours! I thought I’d share our most recent family photos that we took between Christmas and New Years.

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We had an exciting end to 2016 and are looking forward to slowing down in 2017. Looking back at my personal goals for 2016 I met some of them and some of them are getting added to the 2017 goal list.

Here was my list from 2016…

  • Read 3 Books(I’ve managed to read one in the last 15 months) SUCCESS!!
  • Hang pictures on our walls SUCCESS! (Even on our new house!)
  • Work at becoming fitter. I’ve gotten back into crossfit, but I need to put more motivation and effort into it. SUCCESS, even while pregnant! 
  • Make my 2014 and 2015 family album books. Adding it to 2017!
  • Start my own photography business. Hopefully I’ll have more on this soon! Success, but I now I need to re-vamp because we’ve moved. 

2017 Goals-

  • Continue with my fitness and wellness journey.
  • Print personal pictures to hang around the house.
  • Make family photo albums.
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Our Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

We enjoyed a quiet day celebrating just the three of us which was much different than the house full of family we had last year. Of course, we cooked way too much food, but it was all delicious.

Addy helped with some Thanksgiving prep and cooking. She loved watching the Macy’s parade and of course eating pumpkin pie!

Making Cranberries

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She’s a great pie crust helper!

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Way too much food! We had biscuits, cranberries, broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and a turkey that we smoked on our new smoker.

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Someone could not wait to dig in!

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Meal Planning

I’m a planner, especially when it comes to the meals we eat. We eat most of our meals at home and I thought that I would share our meal plan for the meals that we ate in September. I’ll do my best to link to recipes that I have used and share pictures. We have had visitors for the past month and towards the end of the month life got a bit hectic and I didn’t record or snap pictures of the meals. All the pictures are iphone pics, so sorry!

Our meals consist of high protein, lots of veggies, some fruit, usually low dairy,  and low to no gluten. You’ll notice a lot of ground beef this month, it’s because that’s pretty much all we had left of our quarter cow we purchased at the beginning of summer. I buy most of our groceries at HEB, our local grocery store. I also visit Costco and Trader Joe’s about every other month.

I should also mention I cook enough for us to have both dinner and leftovers for lunch the next day. Addy eats what we eat. Her favorites below are ribs, pizza spaghetti pie and meatballs with marinara!

Here’s what my planning looks like. I usually plan out in 4-5 day increments for grocery shopping and defrosting meat. IMG_1495

1st-Fall Harvest Chicken SaladIMG_1257

2nd-Meatballs and Marina: Recipe HereIMG_1192

3rd-Sirloin, Brussel Sprouts, Beans and Potatoes

4th- Grilled Chicken, Brocoli, Salads, Sweet Potato

5th-Crock Pot Tri Tip Roast: Recipe Here, Carrots, Salad

6th-NY Strip Steaks with Sun dried tomato sauce, Baked Potato, Roasted Mushrooms, prosciutto wrapped AsparagusIMG_1209

7th-Ribs and Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted BroccoliIMG_1225

8th-Beef  Broccoli and Rice Bowls: Recipe HereIMG_1232

9th- Meatza: Similar Recipe Here and SaladsIMG_1280

10th-Roasted Pork, Beans, and Potatoes- This was from a magazine recipe. I can’t find it online, but it was so good!IMG_1274

11th- Spicy Burgers: Recipe Here, Green Beans and SaladsIMG_1236

12th- Turkey, Brocoli and Sweet potatosIMG_1284

13th- Tacos

14th- Pizza Pie: Recipe Here and SaladsIMG_1318

15th-Stuffed PeppersIMG_1327

16th-Spicey Ribeye with Cilantro Butter, Beans, and Sweet Potato bitesIMG_1323

17th-Grilled Chicken, Grilled Zuchini, Fall SaladsIMG_1254
18th-Chicken Fajjitas

19th-Burgers, Salad, Chips, Home made apple crisp

20th-Crockpot Roast, Fall Salads and VegetablesIMG_1335

21st-Grilled Chicken, Brocoli and Sweet PotatosIMG_1340

22nd-Mexican Beef: Recipe Here

23rd-Orange Glazed Chicken Kabobs: Recipe Here, Salads, Beans

24th-Date Night!! Taylor’s parents were in town so we went to Hubble and Hudson in The Woodlands for dinner. Yummy!

25th-Steak, Salads, Beans, Sweet Potatos

26th- Wings: Recipe Here, Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Recipe Here

27th-I forget!

28th-Tacos

29th- Shrimp Bowl: Recipe Here/Chicken for TaylorIMG_1358

30th-Sirloin, Roasted Mushrooms, Fall Salads, roasted carrots

 

Hope this inspires you if you’re stuck in a rut!

St. Arnold Brewery

Last Thursday my Mom, Uncle Dave and Addy went on an adventure to explore more of our new city. We started with a lunch stop for some BBQ and then we headed over to a local Houston Brewery for a few hours until we needed to pick up our next guest Jeanne Ann from the airport in the late afternoon.

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We headed  St. Arnold Brewery located just north of Downtown Houston. This outting exceeded our expectations. It was fitting that Addy had her first brewery outing with her Great Uncle Dave, as he is a fan of beer tastings.IMG_0527

We walked into the brewery and paid $10 a person for 4 tastings and a tour each. We got our first tastings and sat down in their giant brew hall. It was a popular place, but there was plenty of room for everyone to sit and it was very child friendly. We ended up not going on the tour and just sat and tasted our beer and people watched.

Our Beer TokensIMG_0521 Yummy TastingsIMG_0520Baby Girl Enjoying her BottleIMG_0524IMG_0522IMG_0539This Bike was 200 Years Old.IMG_0540St. Arnold-Patron Saint of BrewingIMG_0519IMG_0529 IMG_0531The Brew HallIMG_0532

My favorite tastes were the Weekwacker and Fancy Lawnmower.

Tasting MenuIMG_0534 IMG_0535This is a place that we can’t wait to take more guests back to and visit!

Houston Eats: Molina’s and a Farmer’s Market

We had our first food adventure in Houston this week with some Tex-Mex and a fun trip to a farmer’s market with Nana.

Our first Texas Tex-Mex experience was at Molina’s Cantina at the Washington Avenue location. We chose this resturant because it popped up on numerous top resturant lists for the Houston area. It was known for the Jose Dip(queso), enchiladas, and Mexico City combo platter so we thought we’d give it a try!

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We enjoyed our meal and had good service. Baby girl loved it too! We started with the famous Jose Dip and chips and salsa, I had the CW Special which included an enchilada and a taco al carbon and rice and beans. Nana went with with the Mexico City Platter, which was actually 2 plates of food. She had a taco, enchilada, tostada, a tamale and rice and beans. She thought she’d need a to-go bag, but some how everything on her plates disappeared.

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After lunch we headed to a local farmer’s market at City Hall. We were catching the tail end of the market as things were wrapping up, but there were a handful of vendors. We purchased some fresh blueberries, a large cinnamon roll, and some cookies. This market had many food vendors and food trucks and would have been a great lunch stop if we hadn’t eaten already.

A stroll at the MarketIMG_0511IMG_0510 IMG_0509All and all a great day out!