Can you believe it is already 2018? Neither can I.
For Christmas, I got myself a meal planner. As I mentioned in my review of 2017, I am going to begin a weight loss challenge/ fitness challenge at work starting on Friday. I want to get a jump start on the challenge so I got myself a Skinnytaste Meal Planner. Actually Mom and the Wee One got it me for Christmas.
It is neat because it has a spot for the meal plan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and then an actually tracker of what you have eaten with a spot for calories or Weight Watchers points. The planner also has a spot for a grocery list.
There is also a spot for an exercise tracker which is great.
I’m hoping this meal planner will help me with my goals.
Every year, we have sauerkraut and pork for dinner on New Year’s Day so that is on the menu for Monday.
If you look at the planner, you can see what I have planned to cook for the week.
A couple of the dinners are from the freezer. I made freezer kits for my slow cooker a few weeks ago so I’m going to utilize those for a couple times during the week.
Two of the dinners will be made in my instant pot while four of the meals will be made in my slow cooker. I love using those two appliances to help me make sure dinner is on the table in a reasonable time.
After I planned the meal, I went to the Kroger Clicklist to order my groceries for the week. With the cold weather we are currently having, it is easier to order the food. Associates will then bring the food out to your car. Convenient during these cold winter months.
So without any further ado, here is my menu for the week.
Pork and sauerkraut, roasted potatoes, honey glazed carrots
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken with black beans and rice
Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Taco Soup w/ Cornbread
Mexican Pinto Beans w/ Cornbread
Garlic Mint Pork – Sides to be determined
Breakfasts – Hard boiled eggs, fruit, baked oatmeal, omelet muffins
Today’s the last post about Monday of our trip. After dinner on that Monday evening, we went back to the same place we saw the sunset on Sunday.
It was another gorgeous sunset. Afterwards, we headed back down to downtown Folly for some shaved ice. Yummy!
While we were in downtown Folly, I checked my Facebook. I found out one of my students from my first few years of teaching was going to be a father. What a memory from our trip.
Once again, I’m going to share it via a slideshow.
Join me next week for the Tuesday of our trip. It was a beach day for us. However, I walked down the beach early in the morning, met up with Hubby for an early breakfast date, and visited the Morris Island Lighthouse. We also went back to see the sunset which was once again gorgeous. So there will be several blog posts highlighting our beach day.
This year I changed the focus of my blog from recipes to more of a diary.
As I looked at my stats from last year, I noticed one thing. One of the blog posts that got the most hits was a recipe from long ago. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, I get a lot of hits on this simple recipe – honey glazed carrots in the slow cooker.
Today I am going to share my top blog posts from this year. These are the ones that got the most hits. However, I get a lot of likes from the WordPress Reader. However people do not always actually go to the blog post so it does not register as having visitors which is frustrating.
Romance, Ghosts, and Mystery – This was a book review about The House on Tradd Street such a good book. In the book, you’ll meet Melanie who has inherited a house. This house comes with a mystery and a ghost.
Port Orleans – French Quarter – While we were down in Walt Disney World in 2016, we visited Port Orleans, one of the moderate resorts. Such a beautiful resorts.
As I said, these are the blog posts with the most hits. I wish I could have a way to track the posts with the most likes.
Most of my likes this year were from my travel blog posts with lots of photographs.
My favorite blog posts to write this year were my travel blog posts. I’m known by the family as being a shutterbug. I love to take photographs especially when I am traveling .
My two recent travel series are the ones from our family’s trip to Folly Beach and my trip to western New York. I also wrote a series about our trip to Orlando, Florida; Holland, Michigan; and Berea, Kentucky this year.
During 2018, I’m going to complete the Folly Beach and Western New York blog posts. I need to also write about my trips to Hershey, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. I may also share photos from our 2016 trip to Niagara Falls. I have only shared bits and pieces about the trip not the whole trip.
I am also going to continue to share menu plans because those attracted a lot of attention. My work is going to have a fitness/ weight loss challenge that runs from January 5 until mid March so I will be sharing my progress with the challenge. It may be on this blog or on My Food Journey. If I do it on My Food Journey, I’ll put a link to the blog posts in the sidebar so you can visit the blog posts.
During 2017, I crushed my Goodreads reading challenge. If you have not heard about the challenge, you basically decide how many books you want to read during the year. You can edit the amount of books during the year to increase or decrease the amount. I believe I started with wanting to read 20 books and then edited it to be 35 books. During 2017, I read/ listened to 41 books which is 117% of my goal. In 2018, I need to share more of the books I have read or listened to through Hoopla.
Having those kits in the freezer has been helpful because I ended up getting sick. It was easy to put the food in the slow cooker and then set the slow cooker to cook the food. There was not much thinking about what we were going to eat for dinner. Believe you me, Hubby is happy to have dinner.
After we were finished with the Aquarium, we decided to visit downtown Charleston. We found out that in certain areas you can park for free. Okay, you have only an hour to be parked there. But not paying anything to park is great.