ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving Week!

I wanted to take a minute and thank you for being a reader of New Nostalgia. I can’t tell you what it means to me to have your support! Every time your eyes are on my blog and you read it, share it or click on a link, you are allowing me to continue to do what I love. THANK YOU!

I have some exciting things coming for New Nostalgia in 2018. I’ve been creating behind the scenes with you in mind, and really think you will find what I have in store incredibly helpful!

Here is a little sneaky peak!

 

Anti-Procrastination Free Printable

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Weekly Goals

MEAL PLAN — grocery list +5 meals

DATES — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

DO A PIN —2 Ingredient DIY Lemon Facial Scrub

 

Daily Personal Health Goals

SPIRITUAL — journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

MOVE BODY — walk/jog; yoga or strength training; Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor

HYDRATE & NUTRIENTS — water (80 oz a day); leafy greens & berries, vitamins, powdered greens, seeds

READING — Wheat Belly; This Life I Live: One Man’s..

 

 Everyday Home Goals

{doing these things every day has changed my world!}

MAKE BED

WIPE SURFACES (quick wipe bathroom sinks/counters, kitchen counters, tables)

CLUTTER (quick pick up and a few minutes wherever it is accumulating)

ONE FULL LOAD (dishwasher & laundry–don’t stop until dishes and clothes are put away!)

FLOORS (quick sweep, vacuum & spot clean — if needed)

 

A Chore A Day Goals

{these daily chores have been key to keeping my house clean in minutes a day!}

– Bathrooms (all but the floor…that will come on Thursday!)

– Dusting (“work quickly, top to bottom, left to right” –Clean Mama)

– Vacuuming (just the middles will do)

Th – Floors (sweep & mop)

– You choose! (did you miss a day? No worries. Fridays are catch-up days!)

Sa – towels & sheets (nothing like fresh sheets and towels!)

Su – none (just do Everyday Home Goals listed above)

{Homekeeping Goals Inspired by Clean Mama’s Simply Clean Book}

 

Recipes I’m Making This Week:

I follow a loose guide every week, with these the below themes as my guide. Watch my Instagram Stories to see some of these recipes. I often capture my cooking process!

BREAKFAST FOR DINNER

German Oven Pancake

Oven Scrambled Eggs

Cranberry Banana Quinoa Oatmeal Bake

 

TACO/MEXICAN MEAL

None this week, but you could try: Homemade Enchilada Sauce

OR, how about my fav Homemade Taco Seasoning

 

PASTA NIGHT

Chicken Florentine Pasta 

 

MEATLESS

Spaghetti in Tomato Pasta Sauce–sweetened with carrots!

 

ORGANIC CHICKEN TURKEY MEAL

Fabulous Turkey Cranberry Stuffing Sliders

 

GRASS FED BEEF MEAL

None this week, but you could try Korean Beef Over Rice

 

ORGANIC CHICKEN MEAL

Chicken Florentine Pasta 

 

WILD-CAUGHT FISH MEAL

Seared Cod in Chive Butter

 

INSTANT POT MEAL

Instant Pot Mac N Cheese

 

SLOW COOKER MEAL

None this week, but you could try: Crockpot Bone Broth Use those turkey bones!

 

SOUP 

None

 

SNACKS

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Topsy Turvy Cranberry Cake

Hall of Fame Cranberry Sauce

Banana Pumpkin Muffins

 

ESSENTIAL OILS RECIPE

Fall Blend — 2 drops orange 1 drop cinnamon bark 1 drop vanilla

 

INSTANT POT WEEKLY STAPLES

Instant Pot Yogurt

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Quinoa

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Black Beans

 


WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What are you wanting to get done this week?

What recipes are you planning on making?

Are you on Pinterest? Share a favorite pin you want to accomplish.

 

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RECIPES Sweets

No Bake Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars aka To Die For Bars

No Bake Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars

These No Bake Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars are a play off one of the most popular recipe posts on New Nostalgia. That post is called Best Recipe I’ve Ever Messed Up has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

I’m feeling like a proud peacock because I took the base of that recipe and came up with another delicious recipe that you are going to LOVE! These bars are to die for!

No Bake Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars

My Best Recipe I Ever Messed Up bars are like a chocolate peanut butter fudge base with oats and dried cranberries stirred in. They are wonderful, but I wanted to make an even more decadent, candy-bar-like treat.

For these Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars, I kept out the oats and dried cranberries, divided the base recipe into 2 layers, one with chocolate, one without, and added some crispy rice cereal to the top chocolate layer.

No Bake Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars

Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars

I made these the day after Halloween because I needed a peanut butter chocolate fix that was considered clean eating, and that would keep me out of my girl’s candy stash. These bars did the trick! I think they are even better than that one popular peanut butter chocolate bar that comes in the orange package and has a bazillion artificial ingredients and preservatives in it!

The coconut oil is a healthy fat and is a must in this recipe. If you don’t like coconut, try this recipe anyway! The coconut flavor disappears into the chocolate and peanut butter and it gives these bars a super smooth consistency. It is also the ingredient that helps the bars set up when refrigerated. Make sure you keep them refrigerated unless you don’t mind sticky chocolate!

The layers in these bars make them a feast for the eyes, but if you are desperate for a chocolate peanut butter crispy fix, you can skip the dividing and layering part and mix all ingredients together, adding the crispies last.  I’ve been known to do this and have been desperate enough to not even wait for the bars to set up–in other words, yep, I ate straight from the pan.

But if you want an impressive presentation and fun little layered crispy square bites, then follow the recipe below.

Don’t forget to tell me what you think after you make them!  I think you might just be hooked!

No Bake Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars

No Bake Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars aka To Die For Bars

1 cup peanut butter

2/3 cup honey (I use raw honey)

1/2 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (regular size is fine too, this brand is my fav)

1/2 cup crispy rice (I used gluten-free)

 

Melt peanut butter, honey and coconut oil over medium heat while stirring.

Pour 1/2 of the mixture into a small dish–I used a 6×4 pyrex glass dish. Put in the freezer (keep it level) for about 15-20 minutes or until solid. Does not need to be frozen, just solid.

Meanwhile, add chocolate chips to the remaining peanut butter mixture in the pan, stir and let melt. Once the first layer has set up, then add crispies to the chocolate mixture and spread onto the first peanut butter layer, once that layer has set. Put into refrigerator and cut into squares when solid. Store in the refrigerator.

Halloween Meals RECIPES

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili With Dark Chocolate

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili with Dark Chocolate

This Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili with Dark Chocolate has been a family favorite for a while now. I’ve wanted to make an Instant Pot version and did so last night. It turned out great and was such an easy process.

Last night was Halloween AND our first snow of the season. It was so pretty with great big snowflakes drifting down. I sent a group text to my three teens letting them know dinner would be ready at 5 and that Grandma would be joining us so that she could see their costumes.

My oldest and her boyfriend dressed up to serve little kids candy at a church party. My girl teaches Kindergarten Sunday School every Sunday and was hoping to see some of “her kids” there. It was crazy seeing my girl in scrubs–it may be a glimse into the future as she wants to go into the medical field.

My youngest 2 girls dressed up and went trick-or-treating and to visit their cousin. It may be the last time they trick-or-treat, and it was crazy to watch them drive away on their own. Halloween feels so different now that they are all grown up!

Todd and I bundled up and walked our neighborhood streets, reminiscing about how it seemed like just yesterday that we took our 3 little girls were trick-or-treating down the same streets. My Todd would keep them out until the last porch light went out and they would come home with gobs of candy and spend the next hour sorting and trading.

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili with Dark Chocolate

Cincinnati Chili & Cinnamon Rolls

I knew my girls would be out and about on Halloween, so I was purposeful in bringing the family together early in the evening to eat some nourishing chili. When my Teagan heard we were having chili, she asked…”are you making cinnamon rolls?”

Did you know that is a ‘thing’ in Nebraska? It is. My local grocery store was out of cinnamon rolls and the grocer said…” sorry…I’m all out…lots of people eating chili on this snowy Halloween!”

The combination of chili and cinnamon rolls reminds me of the popular combo of chicken and waffles. Salty, spicy & sweet. I do think chili is a great excuse to make cinnamon rolls, but it seemed a bit much on Halloween when sweet candy will be in abundance, but my girl asked for it, and it IS tradition, so I stopped at another store and bought some, and that made her very happy.

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili with Dark Chocolate

Cincinnati Chili with Dark Chocolate

Cincinnati chili is typically served over spaghetti noodles and topped with cheese, onions, and crackers. We skip the pasta but enjoy a bit of cheese and crackers on top.

The reason I LOVE Cincinnati chili is that the flavor is so rich and complex, thanks in part to dark chocolate. It also has cinnamon, cloves, allspice, a bay leaf, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in the recipe. These layers of flavor make the chili dark and delicious!

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili with Dark Chocolate

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili with Dark Chocolate Recipe

I love having an Instant Pot version of this recipe. It pressure cooks for 10 minutes, then uses a natural release.

You can make this in a pot on the stove, but it will need to simmer for 3 hours. If you make it in the crockpot, it can cook for 8 hours on low and 4 hours on high.

Instant Pot Cincinnati Style Chili with Dark Chocolate

{for your pinning pleasure!}

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

2 tbsp oil (I use avocado oil)

2 small onions or 1 large, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1lb ground beef

3 cans bean– I use kidney, black, and pinto

1 15oz can tomato sauce

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 (1 oz) square dark chocolate

1/4 cup chili powder

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp allspice

1 bay leaf

1-quart water–more or less depending on the consistency you would like

 

Saute onions in oil on saute function on the Instant Pot until translucent. Add garlic and ground beef and cook until browned. Drain if needed.

Drain and rinse beans in a colander.

Add beans and the rest of the ingredients into the pressure cooker (can eyeball the water and use more or less depending on desired consistency) and stir well.

Pressure cook for 10 minutes, then use natural release. Open the instant pot and stir. If you need to thicken the chili, set to saute and let bubble until desired consistency.


Have you tried Cincinnati Chili? What do you think of chocolate and cinnamon in your chili? How about Chili and Cinnamon Rolls?

ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Did you see (on Instagram) that I got to visit my beautiful friend in California? We had the most amazing time together. I came back with a full heart and so refreshed by all the beauty I saw and experienced.

Getting back into my life routines has not been easy after traveling! I came home to a flooded basement and it just seemed to just take me a really long time to find my rhythm again. I don’t do well without rhythm, so I am loving a new week and a Monday to get all my ducks back in a row!

This weekly Anti-Procrastination post really helps me get back on track and look over my goals and plan my meals for the week. I hope it inspires you, too!

 

Anti-Procrastination Free Printable

Anti-Procrastination Free Printable

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Weekly Goals

MEAL PLAN — grocery list +5 meals

DATES — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

DO A PIN — Basic Garlic Butter Tomato Sauce

 

Daily Personal Health Goals

SPIRITUAL — journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

MOVE BODY — walk/jog; yoga or strength training; Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor

HYDRATE & NUTRIENTS — water (80 oz a day); leafy greens & berries, vitamins, powdered greens, seeds

READING — The Little Book of Hygge; Wheat BellyChasing SlowThis Life I Live: One Man’s..;

 

 Everyday Home Goals

{doing these things every day has changed my world!}

MAKE BED

WIPE SURFACES (quick wipe bathroom sinks/counters, kitchen counters, tables)

CLUTTER (quick pick up and a few minutes wherever it is accumulating)

ONE FULL LOAD (dishwasher & laundry–don’t stop until dishes and clothes are put away!)

FLOORS (quick sweep, vacuum & spot clean — if needed)

 

A Chore A Day Goals

{these daily chores have been key to keeping my house clean in minutes a day!}

– Bathrooms (all but the floor…that will come on Thursday!)

– Dusting (“work quickly, top to bottom, left to right” –Clean Mama)

– Vacuuming (just the middles will do)

Th – Floors (sweep & mop)

– You choose! (did you miss a day? No worries. Fridays are catch-up days!)

Sa – towels & sheets (nothing like fresh sheets and towels!)

Su – none (just do Everyday Home Goals listed above)

{Homekeeping Goals Inspired by Clean Mama’s Simply Clean Book}

 

Pumpkin Maple Latte Syrup

Recipes I’m Making This Week:

I follow a loose guide every week, with these the below themes as my guide. Watch my Instagram Stories to see some of these recipes. I often capture my cooking process!

 

BREAKFAST FOR DINNER

Scrambled Eggs & Trader Joes Pumpkin Pancake Mix

Cranberry Banana Quinoa Oatmeal Bake

Maple Pumpkin Latte Syrup

 

TACO/MEXICAN MEAL

None this week, but you should try: Homemade Enchilada Sauce

 

PASTA NIGHT

Spaghetti in Tomato Pasta Sauce–sweetened with carrots!

 

MEATLESS

Spaghetti in Tomato Pasta Sauce–sweetened with carrots!

 

ORGANIC CHICKEN MEAL

Sesame Chili Udon Noodles — I’m adding chicken to this favorite recipe.

 

GRASS FED BEEF MEAL

Cincinnati Style Chili – Making it on Halloween night! A little spice to go with all those sweets.

 

WILD-CAUGHT FISH MEAL

Seared Cod in Chive Butter

 

INSTANT POT MEAL

I will make my Cincinnati Style Chili in the Instant Pot this time.

 

SLOW COOKER MEAL

None this week, but you could try: Crockpot Bone Broth

 

SOUP 

Pasta e Fagioli Soup

 

SNACKS

Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

Homemade Granola Bars

“Best Recipe I Ever Messed Up” Bars 

 

ESSENTIAL OILS RECIPE

Fall Blend — 2 drops orange 1 drop cinnamon bark 1 drop vanilla

 

INSTANT POT WEEKLY STAPLES

Instant Pot Yogurt

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Quinoa

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Black Beans

 


WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What are you wanting to get done this week?

What recipes are you planning on making?

Are you on Pinterest? Share a favorite pin you want to accomplish.

 

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Cancer Journey HEALTH

Breast Cancer Awareness That I Can Get On Board With

It is October, which means it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a breast cancer survivor, I am passionate about getting the word out for organizations that not just raise awareness, but also give to research.

I think of my 3 beautiful girls and how their chances of getting breast cancer are higher because of my own history. I think of one of my dearest friends whose has metastatic breast cancer and is actively fighting for her life. I think of countless women who have emailed me telling me their stories after reading my cancer story on this blog. I think of those I knew who are no longer here because of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Survivor

Yes. Continued research is a MUST.

The type of pink I promote is important, and I take it very personally when I see something as terrible and personal as breast cancer used as a way to raise money for the wrong things and in the wrong way.

Megabus and Breast Cancer Research Foundation Partner Up

Megabus.com is doing it RIGHT in their donation and support efforts for Breast Cancer Research with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a foundation that I trust.

They have partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in a super fun nationwide contest by encouraging people to share their story, or the story of a loved one affected by breast cancer who deserves a weekend getaway with literally a busload of friends and family.

CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW FUN THAT WOULD BE?

For every contest entry during the month of October, megabus.com will donate a dollar to BCRF, up to $10,000. The contest runs from October 2, 2017- October 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. CT.

To participate, you must share a story about how you or a loved one have been affected by breast cancer. You must also tell where you would like to go on your trip, and include a photo.

Official rules can be found here. The winner will be chosen and announced via megabus.com social channels —see their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter—on November 15, 2017.

Megabus Cares

I love that megabus.com chose the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as their cause. I very much appreciate that megabus cares. They know the disease has affected many of its employees and their families, not to mention the thousands of passengers who use the megabus service to connect with loved ones every day. I am thankful they are doing something about breast cancer that matters and will make a difference.

Ride Megabus

In need of a bus? Have a trip coming up? Consider riding megabus!

I just checked fares for a trip to Chicago to see a sweet friend and was delighted with the price. I would love to board a bus (with wi-fi none-the-less!) and a few hours later arrive in Chicago. No worrying about stopping or paying for gas, no driving, no maps! I could write a couple of blog posts or read a novel or watch movies on my Kindle or take a NAP! I’m thinking all of the above!

Megabus.com is the first, affordable, express bus service to offer city center-to-city center travel for as low as $1 and operates service to/from more than 120 major cities in North America. Since its launch in April 2006, megabus.com has served more than 50 million customers. Megabus.com is a subsidiary of Coach USA, one of the largest transpiration companies in North America.

Keep your eye out for a pink megabus! It will be traveling throughout the month of October and be stopping in various cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., New York, Albany, and Boston.

Don’t forget to check out megabus.com and submit your story!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of megabus.com. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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