Goodness, it has been a hot minute since I have written on this site. I miss it!
This past summer had me living day by day, minute by minute…and I have loved it. It was a strange feeling as I am usually a planner and like to think ahead and stick with the plan.
When God is in the minutes, living moment by moment is so very fulfilling and I feel more present than I ever have in my life. Minute by minute is a great way to live well!
It is not natural for me and the fall is bringing rhythms I am thankful for, but even now, I am enjoying a more fluid schedule and the unknown adventure each day brings. I will share more about what I’ve been doing in these more fluid moments soon, but for now…lets talk YouTube videos!
Here are some fun YouTube videos I have loved that have helped me live well in the moments lately. I love watching YouTube videos while relaxing in the evening.
Notice how many involve food! Ha!
I hope you enjoy them too!
12 YouTube Videos To Help You Live Well
Pour Over Coffee
I have been doing this Pour Over Coffee method months now and now know what an exceptional cup of coffee tastes like. It may have made me a bit of a coffee snob…or at least able to really appreciate a fine cup of coffee! No more expensive, plastic K cups or a machine taking up valuable kitchen counter space in our small kitchen. I always wondered if it would affect my health drinking coffee every day that had passed through plastic, and now I don’t have to worry.
A two ingredient daily sink scrub makes me a very happy lady every time I use it! My sink has stayed clean and shiny with no built up gunk!
When I sprinkle this scrub into my rinsed out sink, the aroma that drifts up is great. It hits my senses and is very awakening. I used Purify by Rocky Mountain Oils in my scrub, which just smells like—clean! I love it!
Although it is a new year, quinoa is still my favorite breakfast. I just can’t get over how satisfying it is thanks to 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in just one cup!
Quinoa is technically a seed, not a grain, and packs all nine essential amino acids your body needs. It contains iron, vitamin B, and my fav–the calming mineral, magnesium! This is just a few of the nutrients in quinoa, there are many more!
See 3 different ways to prepare quinoa for breakfast here.
Just placing that photo into this post made my mouth start watering, and I decided that it is what’s for dinner tonight! I want to make something quick, filling, and delicious. This recipe is perfect.
The steak is well seasoned and smells amazing while cooking. Between the scent of seasoned steak and the aroma of the bits of cheese that fall from the tortillas into the pan, your home will smell amazing and your people will come running!
We are not huge steak eaters around here, so having a few bite-sized bits of steak in a crispy tortilla was perfect for our family. We also don’t do a ton of cheese in our meals, so I love that it is easy to control the amount of cheese in this dish. Just sprinkle your preferred amount!
2017 was the year of the Instant Pot here at New Nostalgia. You all welcomed it with open arms — 5 of my top 20 posts from 2017 are Instant Pot recipes!
These Instant Pot Blueberry Yogurt Jars are so yummy that it makes me want to eat one right now as I write about it. This post takes you step by step through the process and gives a video at the end–the very video that made me brave enough to make my own yogurt.
I just motivated myself by rereading this decluttering post. There are so many great tips– if I do say so myself! I do think the #1 best tip to declutter is simply GET RID OF STUFF. Otherwise, you are spending time organizing clutter & will have to do it over and over again.
I’m still in the process of purging out home but 2018 is the year where I will conquer all the clutter in all rooms, closets, and drawers. I want to up my game when it comes to cleaning, and you can’t clean well if you are too busy tidying all the stuff! Cheers much easier cleaning because of clear surfaces and clear floors!
A healthy, naturally sweetened fruit compote is a great thing to have on hand. It is amazing how many ways it can be used! I like that it keeps me from reaching for and wanting processed sugar treats–I can get my sweet fix naturally in many different ways using this blueberry compote recipe. Don’t care for blueberries? You can substitute, and frozen fruit works great!
See the many ways you can use a fruit compote here.
It’s been a great year of sharing at New Nostalgia! I am so thankful to call this little place in cyberspace home. I’m so thankful to YOU for making it possible by reading my words. I love doing these end-of-the-year roundup posts consisting of the most popular content of the past year.
In January, I will be posting the Top Recipes of This Past Year, the Top Home Living Tips, and the Top Posts From My Heart, so keep checking back to see what resonated the most with all of you!
If you want to see the most popular posts of 2015, you can check them out here, and 2014’s are here!
Who knew that the very underrated Sloppy Joe would be so very, very popular on New Nostalgia? This recipe has a ton of repins on Pinterest and is now loved by many. It makes my heart happy because it is my Mom’s recipe and has brought much comfort to me over the years– as only recipes from Mom can!
If you want simplicity, efficiency and ways to save money in the kitchen, then this post is for you! Freezing lemon slices, making your own taco seasoning, and using cloth napkins are just 3 of the 7 great tips.
This post has been popular, but went crazy popular the day before Thanksgiving when everyone was making their Perfect Pumpkin pies! There are actually 2 secret ingredients in this pie, and a fun story about how the recipe just keeps on giving.
This was one of my more controversial posts. Parenting can always bring on different opinions and I welcome them! I love looking back and seeing glimpses of my girl’s room, and how much it changes as she grows up, even in just a year’s time!
I want to go on a decluttering spree after reading about all that can be thrown away. It is amazing how many things we really can get rid of that are just sitting around and taking up space and our energy. January and February are great months to declutter, making spring cleaning a breeze!
The photos in this post make me realize how far I’ve come with photography this year! I’m really trying hard to create beautiful images for you and improve my photography, and I think it is starting to pay off. I so want to go edit that chia jam photo so that the white table is well…white, instead of that yellow/grey hue. I will leave it and celebrate improvement over the past year! Oh, and this jam? It’s so my jam. Delicious!
It was fun to share my professional “cosmetology past” with you all in this DIY Pedicure post. I love getting a professional pedicure, but I usually skip it and do it myself to save money. Follow the exact routine outlined in the post for the perfect pedicure!
As I reread these posts on anxiety, I feel like they just might be some of the most important ones I have written. As much as I wish anxiety was not part of my story, reading comments and remembering the emails I get in response make it worth it. Sharing a bit of my very personal journal and journey has brought so many of you to share yours with me, and that makes it all worth it. I received an email from a teenage reader on Christmas night that shared her own anxiety story and thanked me for this post. Yes, it is worth it.
I usually find myself giddy about the start of a brand new year but this year I am especially excited to say goodbye to 2015 and have a brand spakin’ new 2016! 2015 was a hard year for me, as an extreme anxiety overtook my body & it took much of the year to figure out what it was and what to do about it.
This little blog of mine took a hit, as my writing voice and stamina was lost during much of the year last year. It was survival. I am so thankful to have found it again & it is slowly returning to something that feels familiar and “me.” As I continue to find my voice & my bravery, I will share with you more of my struggle with anxiety, not to spotlight struggle, but to hopefully give hope to others who find themselves surprised by the same battle.
Despite a hard year, you all were so great and supportive to continue to read New Nostalgia. Looking back over the posts of the last year, I see God’s goodness in helping me produce some content despite my struggle. I hope you enjoyed this little roundup of last years bests posts, and if there is anything that is of use to you, know that was my Heavenly Father carrying me through and helping me create, despite hardship. What a great, sweet & faithful God! All praise and glory goes to Him.
Super moist pumpkin muffins– you will not believe there is no oil in these muffins. The moisture comes from applesauce and bananas. The perfect amount of cinnamon spice and just a bit of chocolate chips make these muffins a family fall favorite recipe.