One of my (not) resolutions this year was to be more physical. We’re nearing the end of January and let’s just cut to the chase – it hasn’t happened…yet. I’m adding that yet because I have to get it together. It being my life.

Last night I suddenly remembered that The Ethiopian had had some blood work done a few weeks ago and that I never looked at the results so, since we were together I figured we’d look. Turns out he has borderline high cholesterol. We’d previously been made aware that his cholesterol was a little elevated but it seems to have gone up slightly. Enough that I’m starting to think about all of the lifestyle changes we need to make as a family in order for us to lower it. I do largely think his is hereditary because we’re not big beef eaters and we don’t eat meat every day but there are changes we can make as we try to get it down without the help of medication.

So with that and the fact that I haven’t even begun to commit to my (not) resolution – I’m having to step back and really look at the big picture. It’s like I just woke up and realized that I am knocking on 40’s door and things just don’t get easier as we get older. I’m not going to make any huge, sweeping changes because I find that those only serve as a pipeline to eventual failure but I’m thinking more and more about becoming a pescetarian or maybe even exploring vegetarianism again. Mostly, these are just embryonic ideas based on my own state of mind and fears about my husband but they’re certainly worth investigating further.

Man, being an adult is just – sometimes I just have to stop and laugh and wonder how my Mom did it all and didn’t drop us off at a fire station and meanwhile I’m in a two person household and trying not to go curl up in a corner and cry. I guess that’s when you fully become an adult, right? When you start to empathize with your parents? I’ve got a long road ahead.

This week finds me laying in bed and trying to stay warm as the east coast digs itself out from nearly two feet of snow. Thankfully, cabin fever is lost on me. I’m happy to be at home surrounded by my things – LOL! 

Other weekly highlights include getting a Costco membership. You guys have to teach me your ways – I love their rotisserie chicken and I did get some wild salmon and boneless/skinless chicken thighs but tell me what you love from there! 

Here is this week’s look at what I cooked. Starting to contemplate using my nicer camera if I’m going to continue these but then, effort. We will see! 

   Barbecue popcorn I made as a snack last night. I LOVE popcorn. A lot. This is stove-popped with a littke butter and canola oil. The seasoning is a a mix of: onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and sugar. I never measure it but equal parts (except the cayenne/salt) is roughly it.

 hot chocolate, also from yesterday.  Half and half, milk (I used 2% because that’s my jam), vanilla, some semi-sweet chocolate chips. Sincerely do not understand why anyone would sink the powder when this exists and is just as easy.

  Cheesy vegetable chowder. So good. So  filling. Recipe can be found on my pinterest board called souper. I used red potatoes because they were here and added a chopped red pepper.

 Huevos rancheros were Saturday morning breakfast and I swear I could eat them every day. In fact – I’m mad I didn’t do it again today :(

  

Sesame chicken rice bowl. Rice bowls are kind of my current food obsession. They can go so many ways and by the time you prep what’s going on top of the rice, the rice (I use a rice cooker) is ready.

 Breakfast for one – rusted potatoes and a fried egg. I probably have this at least once a week.

  

  Ugly food is delicious. Because I can never fit as many enchiladas I’m a pan as I’d like, I often make it lasagna style. These were sooooooooooo good. We ate them with a side of refried black beans.

 Because some nights the easiest thing to do is bake a sweet potato and have a big salad!

   Salisbury steak meatballs which were served with mashed potatoes. This was a total and complete bust. Partly, I think because I tried to shortcut by using Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs. Lesson learned.

 Last night, although I prepped  a pasta to bake – I decided on finishing the veggie chowder and we had grilled turkey and cheese sandwiches to go along.

All in all, a pretty delicious week. I hope that you had a good one and if you were in the path of the snow storm – remember to be careful still! 

  
This is absolutely not a perfect photo but I love it beyond words. Shiro and her papa at the window, checking out Mother Nature’s mighty handiwork. I might even frame this one.