Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds

Recipes, devotional thoughts, and other cool things I come across.

Check-In (January #1) January 16, 2018

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Okay, y’all it’s time for my first check-in.  (Yay!!  That mean’s I’m already doing a bit better with consistency.)  We’re not totally back on THM yet (hopefully next week), but I am trying to keep us mostly healthy.  (Though not entirely, as you’ll see.)  I also thought that this might be a good place to add in any other things that catch my eye, so you’ll see those at the end.

Recipes we tried this week:

– I’ve been waiting to try this Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal from Briana Thomas for a couple of weeks.  It’s not a hard recipe, but I wanted to try it fresh, and it requires an overnight soak so remembering to prep it at night eluded me for a bit.  Anyways, I finally put it together last night and tried it this morning.  It definitely smells incredible while it bakes, but I can’t say the texture was my favorite.  Then again, I’m not actually a big baked oatmeal person.  My hubby is the real fan, so I’ll try to remember to update you once he’s tried it.

– Do you remember these lemon brownies I made a couple years ago?  My best friend and I have been trying different flavors on and off when we get the chance.  We’ve tried lime and, just this past week, we tried orange for a movie night.  Both lime and orange were good, but we’ve definitely decided that lemon is unbeatable.

– We’ve also been enjoying the shepherd’s pie from the THM Cookbook this week.  I made up the meat mixture and the mashed cauliflower topping ahead of time, and then I’ve just been baking a little bit off when we’re ready for dinner.  It’s very flavorful and full of healthy ingredients, and it’s actually my first shepherd’s pie!  My stomach has this weird issue with most potatoes (fried potatoes in the form of chips or French fries seem to be the only exception – and even then it depends on how they’re cut and cooked), so I’m glad that there’s a yummy version both my hubby and I can enjoy.

– As you probably already know, I love a good slow-cooker recipe.  Since it’s pretty cold here this week, I tried out a new one this past Sunday.  It’s this Mexican Chicken Soup from Seasonal Cravings, and it’s very yummy.  To keep it THM (told you I’m trying), I swapped out the chicken thighs for breasts and left off the fatty toppings, which makes it an E.  We’re eating it topped with some fat-free Greek yogurt and a few baked tortilla chips.  Other than the fact that I didn’t season it enough at first (always trying to err on the side of caution), it’s really tasty.  If I can remember to take some pictures of it, I’ll definitely be sharing the recipe.

Other Fun Finds:

– I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I really LOVE reading!  If you follow me on instagram, I share a lot of cover photos of recent finds.  I recently finished the second book in the Theodosia Throckmorton series by R.L. LaFevers, and I’ve got to say that it’s one of my favorite series right now.  Theodosia is a young girl who practically lives in a museum of antiquities and has lots of adventures lifting curses and saving her parents and England from a host of interesting calamities.  I’m not even telling you half of the good parts, so I seriously suggest you check out the first book, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos.  (FYI, this is actually a book for middle-schoolers.  I unashamedly read a lot of middle grade literature.  Part of that is because I enjoy that style of story telling and fantasy, but one of my favorite perks is that you don’t have to worry about running into politics, foul language, or “adult” situations.  Obviously, not all middle grade is the same, but I love the good quality stuff.)

– I mentioned earlier that my best friend and I had a movie night; what I didn’t tell you was what we watched.  I’d really been looking forward to watching Home Again, and it worked out that we got to do it together.  Though it wasn’t as hilarious and re-watchable as I was hoping, it was still a good movie.  It’s PG-13, so it didn’t get too intense, and I enjoyed the “finding yourself” aspect of it.  Definite a solid 3.5 (maybe even 4) stars.  If you haven’t seen it, you can check out the trailer here.

– I’ve started seeing commercials for a new Peter Rabbit movie that looks hilarious!  I couldn’t find the right one to link to, but definitely keep an eye out.

– Lastly, I have to share a show I’ve been really enjoying.  A couple of years ago, I saw this show named Good Witch streaming on Netflix.  Something about it intrigued me, and I gave it a try.  It’s a Hallmark show, so it’s definitely a bit predictable and too good to be true, but there’s also something so cozy about it that I just love.  It actually started out as a bunch of Hallmark movies, but I’m kind of glad I started with the show.  It’s a little more refined than the first few movies, so it gives you a better sense of what it will be (and I was able to watch the whole first season and understand everything without having watched the movies first).  The first 2 seasons of the show are on Netflix, and I’m currently watching the 3rd season that I got from my library (where I also got the first several movies).  It’s not really about witchcraft, it’s more that the protagonist magically knows how to help others get exactly what they need.  It’s very feel good, and since everything works out, it’s kind of nice to not have to worry about the drama that you get from other shows.

P.S. Can you tell how much I love my library?!  I go once a week, and it’s not just for books.  I regularly grab books to read, cookbooks to look through and get inspiration from, CDs to listen to, and movies and TV shows to watch.  How can you beat free entertainment?