Anti-Procrastination

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday

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 Here Are My Goals…What Are Yours?

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ALL MONTH GOALS

~Meaningful Marriage (Love Todd Well/Date Night)

~Meaningful Parenting (Love Kids Well)

~Meaningful Home (Loving Environment + Beautiful Home Atmosphere)

~Computer Clutter (Notes, Reminders, Photos, Emails, Posts)

~Socialize (Social Media Flow + In Real Life Socializing With Loved Ones)

~Computer Clutter (Notes, Reminders, Photos, Emails, Posts)

 

EVERY WEEK GOALS

~Blog Posts Planned For The Week (Work Efficiently)

~Home Blessing Hour (One Hour of Cleaning..Dust, Bathrooms, Sweep, Mop, Vacuum)

~Date With One Of My 3 Lovelies (Girls are Growing Up. Do It Now!)

~Grocery List/Meal Plan (To Feed Them Well)

 

DAILY GOALS

~God Time (journal, Scripture, pray, meditate)

~Move Body (Walk, Yoga, Strength Training)

~Hydrate + Nutrients (Greens & Berries + Vitamins + Water Every Day)

 

~SPECIFIC GOALS LAST WEEK

~breakfast recipe photos

~start on study closet

~work on newsletter

 

~SPECIFIC GOALS THIS WEEK

~one hour rescue laundry room

~work on newsletter

~set up summer editorial calendar

 

HOME ZONE THIS WEEK

Kitchen, Back Porch, Laundry Room, Pantry–(15 minutes/day OR 1 1/2 hours/week in said zone)

 

HOT SPOT THIS WEEK

Desk Upstairs– (5 minutes/day OR 25 minutes/week in said hot spot)

 

COMPUTER HOT SPOT

Inbox, Gmail Important Folder & Immediate Folder–(getting my digital organization on!)

 

LAST WEEK’S MOST CLICKED ON LINKS:

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The Thrifty Woman’s Real Estate Investment Strategy | Harvest Lane Cottage

 

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DIY Electrolyte Drink | Raia’s Recipes

 

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Sweet & Sour Chicken | Lou Lou Girls

 

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Eat to Live Healthy Eating

Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth Plain & Simple

 

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I’ve made bone broth a few different ways, and there really isn’t a right way, but using a rotisserie chicken is by far the easiest way! I simply use the rotisserie chicken meat for a meal, but instead of getting rid of the chicken carcass, I keep it and use it to make a wonderfully good-for-you bone broth. Sometimes I use the meat to add right back into the broth once it is finished which makes the tastiest chicken soup, and sometimes I make another recipe that calls for shredded chicken and freeze the bone broth once it is finished.

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Bone broth is all the rage right now, with bone broth cafe’s popping up in bigger cities like New York. Why? Because of bone broth’s amazing health benefits. It has been called better than botox broth because of the many benefits it contains for skin, hair and nails. Homemade bone broth contains collagen and gelatin that makes your skin plump up & hair shine! It not only makes your outsides glow, but it does amazing things for your inside, too! It heals your gut by coating your intestines and also cushions your joints and relieves inflammation.

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I started making bone broth on a regular basis specifically for brain health.  I love learning what I can do with food to make our guts healthy which in turn makes our brains healthy too! The minerals from bones are wonderful, and this method of making bone broth extracts calcium, potassium & the calming mineral, magnesium, right into the broth.

Why not just use store-bought stock? Sometimes I do if it is organic from a brand I trust, and I need convenience. Most of the stocks you can buy at the store do contain gelatin, but is thinned down with water so the gelatin content is very low.  Cheaper brands have to make up the flavor somehow, so they use additives: salt, yeast extracts and MSG. Even the most expensive, organic brands have super high salt content and you have to pay a pretty penny for them.

Any chef will tell you the key to a delicious soup is a nice, hearty, rich, homemade broth. I am known for my delicious homemade soups and the reason why they are so good is because of bone broth. You now know my soup secret! Making your own is so easy, it will make your home smell wonderful & is cost efficient way to give great boosts to your health through food.

Benefits of Drinking Bone Broth

~it is one of the most nutrient dense, whole foods that you can make

~it is super hydrating

~gives steady energy throughout the day if you drink it in the morning. A cup for lunch gives energy during the afternoon energy slump.

~it is rich in amino acids & trace minerals

~research shows that chicken broth boosts immune function

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Tips For Making Bone Broth:

~Do not boil. Boiling can destroy collagen molecules. A slow simmer is best.

~Use vinegar when possible to pull out the trace minerals & collagen from the bones.

~Use an organic chicken, one with no hormones & no antibiotics. Whole Foods has organic rotisserie chickens.

~Celebrate if you see that the broth become gelatinous when refrigerated. That is a great sign that you extracted all the good stuff from the bones. That is liquid gold!

~Want to pull even more health benefits from the bones? Soak the bones in cold water with the vinegar & vegetables for 15 minutes to an hour before turning on the heat.

~Oftentimes, there will be wonderful gelatin left in the bottom of the rotisserie container if you have refrigerated the chicken before preparing the broth. Don’t let that go to waste! Dump it right into your broth or save it with your chicken to add later to the soup or whatever dish you are making. You can see it in the picture below.

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~Make your own rotisserie chicken in the slow cooker with a Trader Joes Organic whole chicken. {instructions here}

~Bone Broth keeps fresh in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

~Can freeze in mason jars or ice-cube trays.

~Not ready to make bone broth but have leftover bones? Freeze them in a ziplock.

~Not gonna be home for hours? Use a slow cooker instead of the stove. Instructions below.

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Bone Broth Plain & Simple

Rotisserie Chicken Bones & Skin

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 organic carrots, halved

3 stalks organic celery, halved

1 organic onion, halved

6-10 cups water

Kosher salt & pepper

 

Instructions:

Take all meat off a rotisserie chicken. Save the meat and set aside.

Place the carcass & skin in large pan.

Cut up 2 organic carrots, add to the pan.

Cut up 2 organic celery stalks, add to the pan.

Cut an organic onion in half, add to the pan. If organic, can leave skin on.

Add water to the pan, until it comes a few inches above the chicken bones. I never measure the water. It all depends on the size of your pan and the amount of bones you have.

Add the vinegar & pepper.

Optional: Let all soak for 15-1 hour to bring even more gelatin out of the bones.

Bring to a simmer and remove any scum that rises to the top. Remove the scum, but keep the fat.

Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and let simmer for 12-24 hours.

Remove bones from the broth using a slotted spoon, & strain the rest using a mesh strainer until to remove any bone fragments.

Let broth cool, strain, add salt to taste, & store in mason jars. Freezes beautifully!

 

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Slow Cooker Instructions:

Rotisserie Chicken Bones & Skin

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 organic carrots, halved

3 stalks organic celery, halved

1 organic onion, halved

6-10 cups water (or enough to cover chicken bones & vegetables by a couple of inches)

Kosher salt & Pepper

 

Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 15 hours. (I do overnight.)

Let broth cool, strain, add salt to taste, & store in mason jars. Freezes beautifully!

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What do you think? Do you make your own broth? Do you want to make bone broth after reading how simple it is and all of the health benefits it brings?

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Anti-Procrastination

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday

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 Here Are My Goals…What Are Yours?

                                                                                                                              (please share!)

ALL MONTH GOALS

~Meaningful Marriage (Love Todd Well/Date Night)

~Meaningful Parenting (Love Kids Well)

~Meaningful Home (Loving Environment + Beautiful Home Atmosphere)

~Computer Clutter (Notes, Reminders, Photos, Emails, Posts)

~Socialize (Social Media Flow + In Real Life Socializing With Loved Ones)

~Computer Clutter (Notes, Reminders, Photos, Emails, Posts)

 

EVERY WEEK GOALS

~Blog Posts Planned For The Week (Work Efficiently)

~Home Blessing Hour (One Hour of Cleaning..Dust, Bathrooms, Sweep, Mop, Vacuum)

~Date With One Of My 3 Lovelies (Girls are Growing Up. Do It Now!)

~Grocery List/Meal Plan (To Feed Them Well)

 

DAILY GOALS

~God Time (journal, Scripture, pray, meditate)

~Move Body (Walk, Yoga, Strength Training)

~Hydrate + Nutrients (Greens & Berries + Vitamins + Water Every Day)

 

~SPECIFIC GOALS LAST WEEK

~all laundry done & put away by Friday

~photos of opt-in

~desk & bookshelf moved

 

~SPECIFIC GOALS THIS WEEK

~work on newsletter

~breakfast recipe photos

~start on study closet

 

HOME ZONE THIS WEEK

Main Bathroom + 1 Extra Room–(15 minutes/day OR 1 1/2 hours/week in said zone)

 

HOT SPOT THIS WEEK

Laundry Room– (5 minutes/day OR 25 minutes/week in said hot spot)

 

COMPUTER HOT SPOT

Inbox–(getting my digital organization on!)

 

LAST WEEK’S MOST CLICKED ON LINKS:

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Pimm’s Cup | Unusually Lovely

 

Lemon Layer Cake with Homemade Lemon Curd and Mascarpone Frosting

Lemon Layer Cake With Lemon Curd & Mascarpone Frosting | Table For Seven

 

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Preserving Avocados | Frugal in Florida

 

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8 Simple and Delicious Sandwich Thin Snack Recipes

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It can be tricky to keep calories low when the urge to snack hits. I am a carb lover, and can easily over-do it when it comes to consuming too much when I’m hungry and need a snack. I’ve found that staying mindful while consuming is key to snacking in a more healthful way.

I was recently asked by Weight Watchers® to share that their products can be found at Walmart & how they have made mindful, low-calorie snacking so much easier with a variety of products. They have popcorn, string cheese and more!  My new fav?  Fiber-filled Oroweat® Sandwich Thins!

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I picked up a couple of packages of Oroweat® Sandwich Thins from Walmart, knowing that they are Weight Watchers® endorsed and just 100 calories made me eager to get creative with them. 100 calories each means that half of one is just 50 calories! That is way lower calorie & fewer SmartPoints® than regular bread. With this sort of portion control and low calories, I feel free to top them with all kinds of goodness which makes a satisfying and hearty snack.

Keep reading for fun ways to top your sandwich thins & for a list of specific Weight Watchers® products that you can find at Walmart.

8 Simple & Delicious Sandwich Thin Snack Recipes

8 Simple Sandwich Thin Recipes -Black Berry Cream Cheese Round

CREAM CHEESE & BERRIES SANDWICH THIN

Toast your sandwich thin. Spread with cream cheese. Top with your choice of berries & dust lightly with powdered sugar.

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Cinnamon Sugar Sandwich Thin Round

CINNAMON-SUGAR SANDWICH THIN ROUND

Toast sandwich thin. Spread with butter. Sprinkle with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. I’ve read that the perfect ratio of cinnamon to sugar is 1/4 cup cinnamon to 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cloud Sandwich Thins Recipe

PEANUT BUTTER CLOUD SANDWICH THIN ROUND

This one is delicious! Toast the sandwich round, spread with peanut butter, top with marshmallows. Pop under the broiler for just a minute, until the marshmallows puff and brown to your liking. Be careful…they burn easily!

Herbed Cheese & Tomato Sandwich Thin Round Appetizer Recipe

GARLIC HERB TOMATO SANDWICH THIN APPETIZER

Spread toasted or non-toasted (I liked non-toasted for this one) sandwich thin with a prepared garlic-herbed cheese spread. Cut into triangles & top with a halved grape tomato. So delicious and makes a pretty appetizer platter!

Sandwich Thin Round Appetizer Recipe

Sandwich Thins Garlic Bread Recipe

GARLIC BREAD SANDWICH THIN ROUNDS

I made spaghetti for dinner tonight and served these garlic sandwich rounds along with it. Much healthier for you than a big hunk of french bread. Did you know these Oroweat® Sandwich Thins have 5 grams of fiber and no high-fructose corn syrup? That makes me happy.

Sandwich Thin Round Pizza

PIZZA SANDWICH THIN ROUNDS

My teen girls gobbled these up as an after-school snack. Toast the sandwich thin, top with pizza sauce (I just used spaghetti sauce), sprinkle with cheese & stick under the broiler until the cheese melts. Top with a chiffonade of basil.

Simple Sandwich Thin Recipes - Grilled Cheese

INSIDE-OUT GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH THIN

This was so gooey and satisfying! Spread the inside of the sandwich thin with butter. Place buttered side down on a pan over medium heat. Sprinkle with cheese and top with the other buttered half. Flip when browned on one side, and cook until the cheese is melted.

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I plan on using these easy snack recipes during our late afternoon snacking sessions. My kitchen is full of teenage girls every day after school who are all looking for a hearty snack, so I will keep these sandwich thins around so they can get creative themselves.

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Want more after school snack ideas?

You can find the below Weight Watchers® products available at Walmart. There is even an iBotta offer up to $4.00. 

-Weight Watchers® Endorsed Jolly Time Healthy Pop microwave and pre-popped Popcorn
-Weight Watchers® Ice Cream Novelties
-Weight Watchers® Sweet Baked Goods
-Weight Watchers® String Cheese

& of course

 -Weight Watchers® Endorsed Sandwich Thins (Arnold®, Orowheat®, and Brownberry®)

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A few other ideas for Oroweat® Sandwich thins:

Peanut Butter Banana Chia:

~Toast & spread with peanut butter. Topped with sliced bananas & a sprinkle of chia seeds.

Breakfast Thin Sandwich

~Make a breakfast sandwich–sandwich thins are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack! Fry an egg within the confines of a round mason jar lid ring to make it into a round shape. Top the egg with cheese, place within a toasted sandwich thin and enjoy!

Bruschetta Thins

~Dice some tomatoes, add a bit of olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with a bit of garlic salt. Mix. Place on toasted sandwich thins & sprinkle with a bit of pepper.

Parmesan Pesto Thins

~Toast a sandwich thin. Spread with prepared pesto. Top with a few shavings of parmesan cheese.

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Follow Weight Watchers® On Facebook for more snack ideas!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Weight Watchers®. The opinions and texts are all mine.

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Documenting My Preteen’s Room Before Updating

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We just updated my Avery’s room & I’m in awe of how time just keeps passing us by. I am eager to share the update with you, but before I do, I want to document what her room looked like BEFORE the update, when she was still a pre-teen.

I took these photos January 2015.  Avery requested a room makeover for Christmas so “Santa” brought her the new bedspread you see in the photos, the dot pillow, new containers for her shelves to hold all the things, a soft pink blanket to keep at the end of her bed, and the big furry prop up pillow you see her relaxing on. He also brought her the fuzzy robe you see hanging below, the blue side-table lamp, a soft new puppy with floppy ears, & even those fluffy socks you see on her little feet–that have grown a full size since these photos were taken!  She was really into cozy comfort those days and as you can tell, loves all the “soft, fuzzy, fluffy, furry & floppy” things.  She was delighted!

Her pile of Christmas gifts that year was huge, especially compared to her sister’s gift piles, who are both older so their Christmas gifts turn into Christmas GIFT–singular–like a new phone or a new guitar. If you don’t have teenagers, know that when you do their gift lists get much smaller but more expensive!

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