Personal Initiatives for 2016

I’m sure a lot of people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions. If you made a resolution to better yourself, keep going! I don’t really make resolutions, but there are a few personal initiatives I have for the new year.

1. Finish settling into the house.

My biggest pet peeve with the state of the new house is that there’s nothing on the walls yet. It’s nerve wracking to put the first holes in brand new drywall. For now, our large decorations are leaning against the walls roughly where we think we’ll want them and our smaller ones have either been stashed away or placed on a shelf. More than just decorating though, I’m looking forward to getting some additional organization systems in place, like adding shelves in the laundry room and putting up hooks. Settling in is also going to include putting in a yard, landscaping and either a deck or patio.

2. Be smarter about vegetables.

Typically the vegetable is the last part of the meal that I plan… last as in everything may already be cooked and on the plate before I think about vegetables. Usually we end up throwing spinach and tomatoes on the plate and calling it a salad. I want to make more use of our steamer and add variety to our vegetable options. Which really means I just need to get better at planning ahead!

3. Get back to carb counting well and better manage my diabetes. Continue reading

In Photos Lately

Life’s been busy with the usual stuff.

This weekend we had beautiful weather. It decided to be summer again. We had a summer work event for Brad’s company the had us playing games at Dave and Buster’s on Saturday afternoon. We discovered the fun that is four-person air hockey and had some fun with skeeball, which is probably my favorite arcade game.

After the event, we were invited to go swimming and hang out with some of Brad’s coworkers so we spent the afternoon and evening in and by the pool.

My company does a tool drive for Habitat for Humanity every August and had a donation from a client arrive on Monday. We were light in the office on Monday anyway and the shipment arrived just before noon. The driver asked for some guys to come unload the truck… He got three petite women. We unloaded the shipment that contained 700 pounds work of heavy duty tools. Even though it was all brand new, our hands were black when we were done. Continue reading

Better Than Pasta Salad Side Dish

It seems like a staple at most summer cookouts and/or potlucks is pasta salad.

Carbohydrate-filled pasta is not what I want to spend my carb budget on for cool, refreshing summer foods.

For your next summer side dish, consider nixing the rotini and bringing this low-carb option instead.

Ingredients: Continue reading