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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Holiday anticipation

This is only my second Thanksgiving with my husband. Roles at his parents have already been established his dad makes the Turkey, Sister makes the pies and green bean casserole, Mom makes everything else. Every dinner, we bring the Soda and if any needed the chips. I’m rebelling this year… I love to cook and love desserts. I’m making no-bake Reese’s rice krispie cookies, Pumpkin cheesecake balls, and Magic custard cake. I  can’t wait til dinner.

Most of us in his family see each other or speak on a daily basis. Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only time we are all together in one spot. It gets super interesting. The sibling remind the parents of the mischief they got into. The siblings mess with each other like they are still teenagers. They teach their off-spring to mess with their cousins as if they were siblings. There is not a dull second when the Keesling Clan is under one roof. I love seeing my Husband forgetting about the stress of his job, our financials, the outside issues with those we have children with. I love learning more about my husband childhood. I have never been big on the way holidays are commercialized but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this family life and the aroma of a meal cooked with love.

No bake Reeses Krispy treat cookies – these are super easy to make, require little time, and are delish.

You need

  • 4 cups Rice krispies cereal
  • 1 cup Corn syrup, light
  • 1 1/4 cups Peanut butter, creamy
  • 5 Reese’s peanut butter cups, regular sized
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk chocolate chips

Melt Peanut butter, corn syrup and sugar in the microwave I did 2 minutes.

Pour over cereal and mix.

Pour in Chocolate chips and mix. Let cool for a few minutes.

Break up Reeses and mix in the rest.

Spoon onto wax paper and let cool.

Flatten…. done

Magic Custard cake – This is truely magic! I did not think for a second when I placed it in the oven it was going to turn out. It did and was great except I would add a tad more vanilla and would whip the egg whites AFTER putting the other ingredients together.

My no bake cheesecake balls failed –