Monday, April 1, 2013

2013 goals, March roundup

I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend. We enjoyed time with both sides of the family, while also spending quality time just the three of us. Too bad Brandon doesn't get every Friday off work. It was really really nice having him around an extra day!

So here's the March breakdown of my 2013 goals. . .

Better-than-takeout chicken fried rice - I wouldn't say this was better than takeout, but it was pretty good. Just make sure you can differentiate between 4 cups cooked vs. uncooked rice in the instructions. Or else you will be eating rice for the entire month. I may or may not be speaking from experience here.

Molten Lava Cakes - I made these lava cakes for my dad's birthday dessert and they were AWESOME.   I was really nervous to make these, because Ive heard that lava cakes are hard to get just right...perfectly done on the top and sides but runny in the middle. I cooked and served them in the ramekins, as show on the blog, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. I cooked them for 12 minutes (recipe says 10) and they were spot on. We had lots of family in town so I doubled the recipe. Oh my goodness this is my new fav dessert and will be requesting it for my 31st birthday, or next holiday, or next anything, because they are that good.

Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon - Pregnancy did funny things to my fish eating abilities. Pre-pregnancy I LOVED salmon, shrimp, tilapia, etc and then BOOM that all changed once I was carrying Clara. The thought of fish just sent me over. the. edge. I am slowly working my way back to my fish loving days. That said, this was good & had great flavor, but I had to inhale it before I thought about it too much and decided to throw it in the trash. Brandon loved it though! And he helped me cook it. Because I am scared to cook fish. The End.

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes - Basically you wash and dry a few potatoes. Wrap potatoes in foil, put in crock pot, and cook on low for 8 hours. When the timer goes off, take potatoes out, unwrap and eat. Done. Yep - I just claimed the above as one of my new "recipes."

Scripture memory:
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

And then I decided to continue on with verse 4 as my second memory verse for the month, as I thought it was too good to overlook.

"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the rock eternal."
vs. 4 (NIV)

all together now. . .

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4 (NIV)

I started Created To Be His Help Meet. It is good, I just wish it didn't use the King James Version when it sites scriptures. Not dogging the KJV, I am just more of a NIV girl. But overall this book has some good information and reminders on how to love and treat your spouse.

Still reading daily in Jesus Calling, which I will be doing all year. LOVE IT. I know a lot of you know of this book, or have already worked through it in years past, but if any of you are needing a short, daily devotional, I highly highly recommend Jesus Calling.

I won't discuss this goal every month, but for now I will say I have been connecting more one on one with readers, behind the scenes, which has been really neat. I love how God uses our stories to bring his people together, for His good.

I have had a great response to the "Life With An Eating Disorder" series that will most likely start the end of April. There are a few spots left if there is anyone else interested in writing a guest post. If you or a loved one have experienced any form of an eating disorder, and you would like to share your story, (or parts of it) feel free to email me. Family members, friends, therapists. . .  all are welcome to share.

Computer clean up:
I think I deleted four pictures off my computer this month. That is all I will say about that.


  1. Keep up the good work... and the good recipes :)

  2. Nice progress!! Ever since you posted about the Life with an Eating Disorder Series I've been going back and forth about whether or not I want to share my story (my mom and two of my sisters have battled various eating disorders). I'm not sure if they would be thrilled with me putting it out there in the public sphere.. but I'm thinking about it!

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family! xo

    1. Ok well no pressure of course but would love to hear your story!

      Have a great day!!

  3. Hahaha, 4 pictures? Well, it's a start. I totally need to do a computer clean up and transfer so many pics from my camera and phone to my computer, and delete many I am sure.

    The molten cakes sound so good, those are always fabulous with ice cream, yum :)

  4. Sometimes I wish I could work 10 hours a day Mon-Thur and take Friday's off every week! Can't wait to read more on your series and learn about the various disorders.

  5. Crock pot cooking counts, not matter the amount of steps in the directions. And way to go on the fish!! Tried a new recipe and learned new cooking skills! Yay!


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