Monthly Musings: January 2022

 I am so excited to join in with Holly and Patty today for their monthly musings! I just LOVE Valentine's day and everything that goes along with it.   1. Favorite Valentine's memory?  Oh boy I'd be hard pressed to pick just one favorite.  While homeschooling we did Valentine's day up big with heart themed craft projects, Valentine movies, and all sorts of special little treats and surprises during the day.  2. Chocolates, flowers, both?   Both!  Though in all honesty I usually buy them both for myself and not just for Valentine's day either.   3. Favorite romantic date? I love a nice dinner out, just the two of us, at some new and slightly fancy restaurant.   4. Any Valentine's traditions with the kids?  Not really, I tend to change it up and alter what we do as the boys age.  When they were little I'd make a whole special day of it starting with pink heart pancakes and ending with a big family dinner.  One year we put little hearts on their door each night

Encouraging Hearts and Home: Goodbye January

Often January feels like the longest month of the year here in New England and I am so pleasantly surprised that we're very nearly into February already! I try so hard to just enjoy each day as it comes but I find winter to be so long and so boring that it's hard not to wish it away.  We're bracing for a big snowstorm this weekend and keeping warm around the house.  What are your favorite indoor activities? And Now, It's Time for This Week's Encouraging Hearts & Home Blog Hop!     Join your Encouraging Hearts & Home Co-Hosts each week for encouragement and support for your heart & your home . We hope to provide a space that builds each other up and lends a helping hand along the way. With all the negativity in the world, let's shine a positive light! Most viewed from last week: Oven Roasted Delicata Squash and Onions by Scratch Made Food & DIY Homemade Household Some of my favorites from last week: Hiking the Glassy Mountain Trail by Th

What's Up Wednesday (on a Tuesday): January 2022

I was going to skip this monthly wrap up altogether this year since I am taking Wednesdays off from blogging but I just could not resist putting together this fun look back at our month.  I rely on these posts myself when I'm trying to remember certain highlights of our year so I decided I'd just post my What's Up Wednesdays a day earl this year... even if they are a bit redundant with my Friday Favorites and One Sentence a Day posts.  What We're Eating This Week:  We made homemade pasta this past weekend-- both regular and whole wheat and it was delicious!   We also had steak on the grill (yep, we grill even in the middle of winter with ice and snow!) with baked potatoes, asparagus, and salad.  I made burgers and had my veggie burger on a low-cal bun with a side of mixed vegetables.  We made homemade pizzas using the skinnybiz pizza dough.  Lunch most days consists of a large salad with lean protein (like fat free cottage cheese) and a sprinkle of fruit on top.