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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Creamy Potato Leek Soup

For 2019 my husband and I want to focus on getting back to whole, unprocessed eating. With our youngest leaving for 6 months, it will just be the two of us.  With this in mind I have to learn to downsize my daily meals since I am no longer feeding 5 people but just two. 

Since its Winter up North it means soup season. I decided to make this delicious creamy potato leek soup. I have had this recipe for years so I can't locate the exact credit. I believe it came from Organic Valley since it has their products as suggestions.

Creamy Potato Leek Soup
(This makes a big batch that fills a pot)

1 pound red potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 c. Chicken broth ( I used turkey broth)
1 leek (large)
1 c. sliced celery
1 c. washed and chopped swiss chard
2 TBS butter
2 c. sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp paprika
1 1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp salt


  • In a saucepan combine the cubed red potatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 10 min or until they are tender. Do not drain. Cool slightly.
  • Transfer potato mixture to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside
  • Wash leeks and chard. Cut leeks into thin slices and chop swiss chard into fine pieces.
  • In a large saucepan, cook leeks, chard, and celery in butter for 4 min or until tender. Add sweet potato, and spices. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 min.
  • Stir in pureed potato mixture, milk and salt. 
  • Top with your favorite shredded cheese.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

One Word 2019

It's that time again. A new year is here and time to do some reflecting and looking to the future.. In 2018 my One Word was Commit. I posted about it HERE.

This year's word I have chosen is INVEST!

I have been doing One Word since 2011. This has really helped me reach many goals over the past 7 years and want to keep doing it.

I chose Invest this year with my upcoming yearly goals in mind.

Invest in my own mind, body and home. It's so important to invest in yourself. It's not selfish to think that way. Putting effort into making yourself better helps those around you. When you are feeling good about yourself you tend to want to help and contribute. I know I do.

Here are some goals I am looking to achieve this year. Writing it down helps me stay accountable. I have a goal planner that is helping me stay on track.

  • To complete my second half marathon in mid June with a PR around 2:50:00.
  • Earn at least 2 race medals a week for the year through virtual running
  • Run consistently a 10 min mile
  • Build muscle
  • Eat clean, get back to unprocessed
  • Run 1,000 miles by end of year
  • Blog more weekly
  • Learn my camera and get out there to photograph more
  • Paint my home, start a garden and look into getting chickens for our home
  • Learn brush lettering and loom knitting
  • Complete my temperature crocheted blanket and tshirt quilt (both have been started)
  • Never forget to laugh, and enjoy the company of family
  • Go on one intentional date each month with my love of 21 years

So here is my list to keep me motivated to make all these goals a reality.

Do you have a One Word that will help you in 2019?  Would love to hear yours..

Monday, December 31, 2018

Neglected But Now Transformed

For awhile I haven't been blogging. I thought around April I would start a new blog and leave this one alone. I did start one but ended up not posting much because I was working 50-65 hour weeks at my job. Recently I finally quit after working at Hobby Lobby for a year and a half as their Assistant Store Manager and Home D├ęcor Department Lead. I loved my job but I love my family more. I didn't see them much working as many hours as I was so in late October I put in my notice to come back home full time. November 2nd was my last day.

The month of November and December I decided to focus on my fitness and running goals since I neglected them a lot being tired when I returned home from 10-12 hour shifts. Other than that I just took this time to not add any projects or commitments and it's been nice unwinding and refocusing.

With refocusing, it gave me the opportunity to readdress my blogging future. I have had this blog since 2008. A lot of my posts ended up being deleted because I lost the hosting for my photos and without photos I didn't have posts so it looks like there isn't many. Great news is, I am back at it again with full desire to make this blog great again.

I have decided to focus on:

DIY projects:
Once I get started in the New Year. We just purchased a house in May so I have a lot of things to do to make this house our home and would love to share those with you over the coming year.

Fitness goals:
I will be shared here as well. I do have a blog I just started that will be solely for my running and you can check it out here at LOVETORUN4FUN.

Fitness wise I have started a whole body workout program called Body Boss. It has 4 weeks of pre-training. Getting used to all the moves, and then a 12 week intense program. Using only your own body weight with occasion arm weights. I am currently on Week 2 of the main program with 10 1/2 weeks left. I have truly built some muscles in the 6 weeks so far and already see improvements in my running as well.

After the initial program is done in mid March I will be moving onto this one above by Body Boss called Body Boss Tone. This is a body toning weight program using physical weights. I will be working on this alongside my training for my 2nd half marathon which will take place late June.

Healthy Living:
This is another passion of mine. Eating right because 80% of your effort is your diet while only 20% is your exercise so if you don't have your diet under control you can't make up for it in the gym. I plan to post recipes that we've enjoyed and some healthy living tips that I have gleaned along the way.

Country Life:
We purchased our new home just south of town in the county. Living on over an acre of property. We have plans to make it a mini homestead of sorts. Love to share what we do as we get started!

With a new home comes new organization. I love to organize things and share what works and doesn't. Look forward in the New Year to share what I am doing along the way.

Thanks to all the loyal followers that have stuck around over the past year. I look forward to putting the effort in making this blog something you enjoy to come back to... See you all in the New Year...

Monday, November 19, 2018

Craft Room DIY Makeover

This past month with a lot of thought and prayer I decided to leave my full time job and come back home. This was a tough decision to make as I loved working where I did. I just didn't like the 50-65 hour weeks and not being able to be home with family and to enjoy my new home we purchased back in May. So now that I am home full time I decided to tackle some home projects to make this house a home. First stop...... Craft Room.

Hubby has so generously given me two full rooms to do as I please since he now has a Man Cave Shop on the back of our garage. Heated to boot..

One of my rooms needed to be a hobby/craft room. I decided to make the room with the cabinets this room. Hoping to utilize the counter space and cabinets to my crafting advantage.

First stop was cleaning this room out. Since moving in, I tried to make it an office but it was bigger than I needed to pay bills and store some files so it ended up being a collect all of everything since I had no time with working to do anything with it all.

As you can see from the above photos. Lots of stuff just piled around

So it got cleared away and left me with this cabinet with counter. What to do?

Photos above show the room cleared and ready to make magic!

I decided to strip the cabinet doors off and paint the base an antique white finish.

I then painted the room a creamy caramel color.

I decided the cabinets needed more. I wanted it to feel like they were meant to be in the room, not forced.

I added some easy, inexpensive peel and stick back splash to the walls behind the counter top. They came in 10X10 sheets so I cut them down to fit my needs and they overlapped beautifully to give it a seamless look

I felt it needed a little more so I purchased these decorative trim pieces at Home Depot. $5.38 an 8 foot section and added it to the top part of the backsplash. I then painted it the Antique White that matches the cabinet base. For the final touches I sealed it with caulking top and bottom.

To finish up the room it got all new floor molding. Original molding was quarter round and small compared to the room. I wanted taller more pronounced molding so I purchased this 3 inch floor trim at Home Depot at $1.27 sq ft.

I am playing around right now with my existing furniture pieces to see how I like the layout. I still have a long way to go to get all my craft items in here and organized but for now I am happy with the overall update makeover.

I will update photos of my organization ideas and finished room layout here soon. Stay Tuned!