Monday, November 29, 2021
It’s back to the grind today for most of us, right? Today I am linking up with Heather, etc. here for Hello Monday.
I had a nice 5 days off. My hopes were time with family and friends, time to read and relax, time off from the computer, not to eat too horribly – lol, and that’s about it. I did not do Christmas decor and I didn’t do much shopping and that’s perfectly alright with me.
I love a slow morning. I took the time each day to light a candle and read blogs or my books.
I made a vegetable soup to have for lunch before the big Thanksgiving meal. This is zero points for me and I am also bringing this with some turkey sausage (2 points worth) for our lunch today. I am doing 3 lunches this week and Erica is doing 2. I am doing chicken enchiladas one day and either Greek bowls or egg roll in a bowl on the other day. I weighed Wednesday morning and achieved my lowest weight to date! I won’t weigh again until this Friday morning, December 4th.
Wednesday I had to try out my fall sangria. I used this Trader Joe’s spiced cider and I love the extra bite it gives.
It was pretty cold all 5 days here, but I did manage to sit outside a couple of times.
I had a cider mimosa the next morning, too!
I finished this cute Hallmarky book. The end – or really most of it – was super predictable but it was just what I needed.
I started this and I am liking it so far! I love to get in the mood for the season with my reading!
These are so fun and the perfect little sweet treat – 2 WW points each – lol. I made some to take to both of our celebrations.
On Thursday around 2:00 we went across town to Tom’s sister’s house. I made this caramel cake using a yellow box mix (add an extra egg for a true homemade taste) and homemade, real deal icing – lots of butter, brown sugar, powdered sugar and milk. You have to cook the icing, too, and it is amazing.
My sis-in-law requested that I made mashed sweet potatoes and OMG – I will be doing this again. I roasted the sweet potatoes in my oven at 400 for a long time – like 1.5 hours. You let cool, scoop out the innards, and then mash and add a touch of milk, butter, and brown sugar along with some spices. The roasted aspect makes them not require much.
My 22 year old niece Morgan and I. She was my first niece and I am so proud of her. She is a nurse now and works the night shift.
My second niece, Brooke, is almost a nurse, too! She just got a paid internship with a big hospital group.
Tom and Mason – awww
Jack and Tom’s mom – love that I caught her looking at him like that!
The feast – It was so nice after taking last year off. We had a great meal and a nice day.
On Friday it was time for round 2 with my family and again, this would be our first Thanksgiving since 2019. My mom lives an hour away so we headed there around 11.
I made mashed potatoes,
WW friendly buffalo chicken dip to snack on,
and roasted potatoes that my mom loves.
My sister Kate and I:
Nieces Nora and Samira playing Scrabble with Jack and Mason after our meal:
My nephew Silas was hard to get a photo of because he was busy!
We had a really nice day, but it was also a bummer because my other sister’s family was quarantined. My brother in law tested positive for Covid on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and then my sister Molly tested positive on Monday. They were both pretty sick and the whole family had to stay home, of course. Prayers that we can be together for Christmas if you don’t mind?
The sky on our drive home was beautiful!
Jack and Mason really just wanted to be at home, sleep in, lounge in pjs, and do a bit of homework. It was so nice to have them home. They only have a few more days of classes until Winter Break. It’s hard to believe they are almost halfway done with college. College really does go by faster than high school and that seemed so fast to me, too.
One of my besties, Heather and I cooked up a plan to do “Shop Small Business Saturday” but it really just turned into a boozy brunch and one store. I love one on one time because I feel like we can really talk, ya know? We ended up at Wild Eggs which is in a small shopping center with all locally owned places.
We had a pomegranate mimosa…OMG! This would be great for Christmas! You can’t tell at all that I love a mimosa, can you?
I stuck with my regular farmer’s market skillet!
I’m trying to get better at always asking to take photos!
Tom got invited by his brother-in-law to go to the big rivalry football game between University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. I tagged along to tailgate with my sister-in-law. The game didn’t start until 7:30 and both of us are not late night people. Plus, the tailgate is the best part, ya know?
Proof that we were there…
Jessica, my sister-in-law and I…
And, Sunday was a lazy day at home that also included meal prepping for the week.
I went to the store at 8:30 Saturday morning to stock back up on the healthy foods! Post coming tomorrow about what I’ve been eating/meal ideas. I do plan to buckle down for the next 3 weeks or so. I’m still learning the new WW Personal Points plan. I re-took the assessment and now I have 22 points a day. I was only getting 16 a day on WW Purple. I think I like the new program? I walked one day and did an exercise video indoors one day.
Erica (my co-worker and meal prep partner) hates the cold but I am hoping we can walk at least 2 days a week until the break. I am also trying to start Epic Heat on YouTube, which is free. I don’t think I’m in good enough shape to do the whole thing, but maybe I can work up to it. Any other suggestions are welcome! I do believe it’s about 80% diet, 20% exercise or something like that. I am trying to drink more water and eat more lean protein, too. I tried hard to stay dedicated without being obsessive. I hope you don’t think I talk about it too much here, either.
How was your Thanksgiving Break? I hope you were happy and healthy!