One step forward, two steps back – the struggle of a Neophyte

via Daily Prompt: Neophyte

Neophyte – a newbie, a beginner

I’ve had this blog for over two years. My goal was to make it a daily blog of my journey into becoming a better me, a better wife/mother/step-mother. Things in life got complicated, I got distracted. My journey didn’t end, the path just went a little askew. This week, I made the decision that I’m going to get back on track and even if it’s only once a week….. there will be a post.

Setting goals and being “Ms. Suzy Homemaker” made me the happiest I have ever felt. My husband used to cringe at the thought of me browsing on Pinterest. I was asked the other day if he needed to pick anything up for any projects…. I took that as a hint.

When you start new routines it’s a challenge to let go of the old routine. If you forget to get those eight glasses of water in, the exercise routine, whatever it is… do not just convince yourself you can’t do it. Set yourself reminders or put in extra the next day. Do not overwhelm yourself, take one step a day if you need to.

Here are my successful finds that work for me..

Dog treats – Peanut butter balls – My dog LOVES these!! He’s like a kid that knows where the candy bowl is. When he knows he’s been a good boy, he will stand at the fridge and wait for these!

Dinner – Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes – I was so sick of Manwich! This was a HIT!

Brown Sugar Italian chicken – EASY PEASY! My only wish is that I would have marinated it all day. My husband is already asking for this again.

Yoga- I have been diagnosed with degenerative discs in my back and tight hips. My Doctor suggested yoga. I laughed at first, but IT WORKS!

Tight hips –

Cramps

Sleep

Getting organized – Since getting a full time Night job (7:15P-5A… that is also 35 Minutes away,) my house is chaos. I’m tired, the males are taking advantage of free evenings.

Cleanmomma.net – great blog with free printables

– I chose this one as step one – Reset challenge

Feet TLC – DIY foot scrub

 

All links above are to sites or pins I have found in my quest to better my life, all credits go to original posters. 

 

 

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“I’m Hungry” – Easy recipes for all meals

I love trying new things! Problem…. my husband is picky and my bonus daughter thinks because daddy doesn’t like it she won’t. Honestly, I am 8-0 on foods she’s actually tried. My secret…. I usually try to keep her out of the kitchen so she has no idea what I’m cooking (Its usually about the ingredients with her) and she tries it before she eats it. She claims to hate BBQ sauce but by fibbing and telling her it was a marinade until her plate was clear.

Here are some recipes I have found on Pinterest and they are Keesling household approved.

Breakfast-

Texas toast french Toast – I made a few mistakes by not trimming the crust off and by dividing in two- 8x8s. I ran out of bread on the second dish and had to halve two slices, this one was amazing. I’m guessing the first dish was just too stuffed. My Husband is not a breakfast person but had two!

Sides-

Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges – These are soooo delish! My Husband said they are the best he has EVER had. We had them with Sloppy Joes.

Better than Fries – Super Duper easy and delish

Main course-

Italian Sausage Pasta – There were ZERO leftovers!

Iowa Breaded Pork Tenderloin – Better than any Fair tenderloin I have ever had!! I did not use Panko bread crumbs though… I used Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs – I forgot a few things on my shopping list.. cream cheese, mustard, and cheddar cheese. I did sub with Mozzerella. Hubby says they were okay (I added too much worstershire cause the lid popped off.) He thinks they will be amazing when the recipe is followed.

Crockpot lasagna –