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HAG’s Friday Faves for April

Friday Faves | Hardly A GoddessThis time of year makes me crazy. I need to do list-making brain-dumps all the time. Do you do that? It’s great to get everything out of your head and on paper, so you can start to chip away at that mental “to-do” list and feel a bit less stressed. Although in my case it’s not working. I have too many lists- I have been making brain-dumps all day, every day, so I have piles of lists all around the house! Not ideal. The good part about being busy, is that I am still finding time to do the fun stuff: eating, reading, watching, exercising.

Here’s the low down on what I have been up to and loving for April:

What I Made (Food):

Well, I kind of stuck to my meal plan which looked like this:

Meal Plan for April | Hardly A Goddess

But…I have been loving the mix-up for the Sunday Supper recipes that I have been sharing every Sunday. Last Sunday, I made these…

healthy buffalo chicken kabobs | Hardly A Goddess

And they were a huge hit because they were healthy and kid-friendly! Except the spear that they are on, I don’t mind them for the kids! Actually, I took them off before giving them to the little-ones~ (mother of the year). I am a bit obsessed with Buffalo flavor at the moment. It is kind of a craving that I have been after, so this one fit the bill. Others are my buffalo bites, and Chicken Buffalo Pizza...tonight maybe. Yum!

So Then there are these:

Ridiculously good chips.

And their friend, Mesquite BBQ. These chips have been on my mind since I had them at a nice lunch out…I feel like I need to invest in the company, you know. Like they are so good, I want them to be around forever. I like the small U.S. company product, making good with a gluten free, no GMO, better kind of chip that gives back to charity. In short, I love them.

TED Talks/You Tube/Videos I watched:

This is the only non-work TED talk that I watched this month so far. It’s about how texting is actually changing the use of language and therefore, actual language. One example is the use of “LOL” becoming more a sign of empathy, than of actual laughter. Also, the talk mentioned the phrase “Makes you think” doesn’t show that something or other really made you think, but the text conveys that the person empathizes. I couldn’t agree more! LOL! (oy)

Books Reading:

Well, I finished this beauty of a book, and you can too- because if I read it in 3 days, you can read it in 2! I loved it. As there are lots of book-references in the story, it is great for book lovers, but you don’t need to be a literature fan to appreciate the story and the characters. I loved it.

I am still reading some other things, but I am sifting through my pile(s) still, until next week when I share my entire nightstand!

Shows watching:

There is a new reality show of Alaska (because we needed another Alaskan reality show (not so much!) ), called Alaskan Frontier on Discovery Channel. It is different from all the others, because it is obviously not actors, and there are profiled families in more of a documentary type setting. Quite interesting and in a beautiful setting to watch. I didn’t plan on watching this, so I am happy to have a better show now to enjoy with my reality-show-loving husband! *Warning: there is hunting of animals shown, and outhouse-talk so if the subsistence living thing isn’t your bag, you might not love it!

Image from the show: Alaskan Frontiers on Discovery Channel

DVD rental of Downton Abbey- but didn’t finish and now I am mid-season 5, and have to rent it again. I love it. I am willing to binge watch this show and never sleep. It is so easy to get into and stay into, that I lose track of time while I watch…a perfect show to fold laundry during your binges! I got all my laundry folded! It was a beautiful thing~

Image from Downton Abbey on PBS.

Buying:

Well- not “buying” per se, but our vacuum cord got shredded- kids doing chores- and so instead of trashing it and buying a new vac for $200+, we called the company and they said, they could replace it for free (S&H only) if we sent the old vacuum back. Winning! So for the cost of the box to ship it to them, and the S&H to get the NEW vacuum sent to us…we have a deal. So good! The brand is SHARK, and I am a fan- both of the vacuum and the customer service.

 

Image from the Shark website.

I am looking forward to April vacation with my kids, and seeing and doing a lot more, actually fun things: the aquarium, the zoo, the jumpy-place, bowling, the movies, sleep-overs, girl-days, boy-days, and lots of visits with friends and activities. So it’s not all work and no play around here, my friends!

And playing:

Uno, Trash (a card game with the kids), War (cards), going running, doing PIYO, taking BodyVive classes, and starting the soccer-mom tradition of waiting in my car and on the sidelines for play to start or end for the kids. Sigh. You have to love it.

What are you looking forward to for the 2nd-half of this month?! Let me know in the comments~ I love the sharing and commenting thing, and you shall be rewarded with…a conversation. Something I love. Have a great rest of April, my friends~


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Friday Favorites: A New Year, Week in Review

So, I set some goals. Like we all do. Not resolutions really, since I tend to want to break those immediately. But goals. Of course, you don’t want to read my goals, and I don’t really want to read yours probably. Just saying.

This is not me telling you about my goals. It is about a recap of the good and inspiring things of my week- A welcome-back week at work, after a super long and fun break. This is what I remember anyway (since it is really just all a blur!) of all the memorable takeaways of this week so far:

What I Made (Food):

Spit Pea soup from: Pattie Tierney’s Blog

*notes:

I didn’t use the bay leaf because I didn’t have it.

I used my immersion blender after the additional 60 minutes and before adding the ham meat back in. Un.freaking.believable.

I am NOT putting in a pic of this. Not that it doesn’t look lovely in person…it just looks like baby doodoo on the web. So…you’re welcome.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread from me. A standby. That and the Chocolate Chip Banana bread are my current constants in this house!more chocolate bread

Chicken with Trader Joe’s Masala Sauce..omggggggeeeee. yes. And basmatic rice. I almost forgot that part.

Prepped Cilantro/Lime Chicken for fajitas whenever I feel like grilled chicken again, from:
Pack Momma Blog

Ham Salad Panini from Rachel Ray’s cookbook, My Year in Meals (2013). I am not a huge RR fan. However…this was fantastic.

*notes:

This linked recipe is a bit different from the book.

My recipe differed from the book, in that I added pickled peppers instead of her “red Fresno chile.” What?! Yes, my pickled peppers did the trick. Also, I added 1 Tbsp. of light mayo, 1 Tbsp. pickle relish, and I used cheddar, not gruyere cheese. I didn’t use asparagus. Still delicious. As in, sososo delicious. I wish my mom could have had some-she loves ham salad. Yum.

TED Talks/You Tube/Videos I watched:

Changing the Game, John O’Sullivan. This guy’s video is the sha-zam. I loved it. Kids and sports related.

5 Ways to Listen Better, Julian Treasure, TED talk. For sure, I need help here!

Meet Mena Trott, Original blogger, as in the originator of blogging, TED talk. Inspiring.

Books Reading:

The Marriage Plot is my audio book for the 3 days that I commute for 3 hours each day…so it is fun reading!

And Marian Keyes, The Woman Who Stole My Life (I love her) is my nighttime reading. Her writing reminds me of a grown-up Bridget Jones type of main character, and I looooove it in small but delicious doses. Right now, it is my thing.

Shows watching:

Biggest Loser. I hate that they eliminate anyone. Can we just say, how wrong that it is, but the fact that they give them support via a year paid membership to a gym IS a big improvement for what they used to do…plus I love that they get psychologists helping them while they are there. That is very sensible, and I love this show a little too much. The husband however, refuses to watch, so I go upstairs and indulge my Biggest Loser sensibilities.

The Affair. Obsessed. Showtime is awesome. I am waiting for Homeland, am excited for Billions, and love but also hate The Affair. Sometimes it is hard to watch. Honestly. Like watching a Larry David lookalike lawyer, defend a douchebag cheater husband, who is a really good dad. I am torn. It is pure entertainment.

Buying:

I just joined up with Cartwheel from Target. Seriously? Seriously. I have no smart phone, but you can print out the savings pass and well…I save $25 on a $70 shop. Yes. That is a win. I love Cartwheel, and the jury is still out on Target. We shall see.

I also just received UGGs for my kid. Ridiculous, but she is brand, brand, brand obsessed. Karma is a beeeeatch. Parenting is hard. She normally hates us, but Santa was kind. There is that. And the fact that she now is going to return them (her choice) for the non-brand…because they are better. Yes. The fickle mind knows what it wants- some of the time. Until it doesn’t.

This is it.

That is the extent of my exciting week. Fun? I think so! It was a good week all in all. I managed to get outside every day for a walk. Being outside every day even when it is super cold is a goal of mine this winter, so I feel great about being able to do it. I also, read for one hour every day this week. Another goal. Not a bad start to a new year.

How’d you do? Any awesome or fun things you want to share? Tell me about it in the comments!


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Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Recipes

I am posting some of my favorite pumpkin recipes that I have done here on the blog, before I completely get tired of pumpkin altogether! If you are still loving pumpkin or want a nice fall treat this weekend, these are a few of my favorites from the blog:

Pumpkin Spice Latte 

Nutella Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies

nutella stuffed pumpkiin cookies

Pumpkin Wheat Loaf

pumpkin wheat loaf

Pumpkin Granola

Pumpkin Mousse Mini Bites pumpkin mousse

Pumpkin Chip Oatmeal Cookies

pumpkin oatmeal cookies


Have a wonderful weekend! I am sharing my favorites over at Life In Leggings , A Dish of Daily Life, Somewhat Simple today, if you want to check them out too for some faves~