For 40 Days and 40 Nights

Wednesday began the tradition of Lent.

Since I can remember, I always made an effort to give up something for the tradition and not eat meat on Friday’s. While I have not been to church in quite some time, I remain spiritual.

Religion is not what this post is about, though!

This is about what I am choosing to do for Lent.

Rather than give up something, I have decided to make better what God has given me. That means, taking care of myself and giving myself a better image.

Eating better, not slumming around in pajamas all day, being more active, sparking creativity, challenging myself, and making that climb to a happier and healthier Kellie.

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Here are my steps to getting back on track!

1. Clean eating –¬†This is not as difficult as it sounds. After doing some quick reading, I realized that most of the time, we are already doing this as a family. Now it’s just a matter of being more portion-conscious.

2. Breakfast – I’m really terrible at this. I was making smoothies almost every day and when I was, I was feeling better. This is something I want to get back into doing. They were delicious, filling, and gave me that boost that breakfast gives to you.

3. Drink More Water – I’m pretty good at this, but I could be doing better.

4. A Power Hour – I’m usually getting up with my little brother in the morning, and for a while, I was getting up at 7:00 AM to have coffee and me time before the hustle and bustle of getting off to school started. I need to get back into doing this.

5. Dress With a Smile – It’s important to fill every day with positivity. Smile when you wake up. Tell yourself that you’re beautiful and worth it. Remind yourself that you matter and that people love you.

Keep at it and don’t get discouraged. Everything takes work and if you’re willing to put in the time, the results will be amazing!

Food For Thought

Maybe one day I’ll be posting my own creations, but for now, I’m thanking Betty Crocker for this recipe.

Sometimes I’m at a loss at what to make my family for dinner. Usually my Mom guides me along since my step-siblings can be rather picky on their choices. To be honest, though, it’s not as difficult as I make it sound. I can make spaghetti, chicken, potatoes, chicken nuggets, and other simple foods and everyone is happy. When it comes to vegetables, it can be a bit more difficult. Especially for me, who absolutely loves anything and everything vegetables.

So what do I do when my the little bro comes along and asks for scalloped potatoes with dinner?

Tell him no problem and then tear through the internet to find something to make with said side dish and chicken.

Usually, for me, scalloped potatoes go with pork chops and peas. It’s been a staple my entire life, and one that I really love. However, we run into the problem of people not liking pork chops. Okay. I can still make it work!

What do I find on the back of the scalloped potatoes box? A recipe for Creamy Chicken Stove Top Casserole.

While I modified it to my family’s liking, it was a quite the hit!

Rather than chicken thighs, I used skinless chicken tenders and my veggie combination included peas, carrots, snow pea pods, and baby corn. I think, aside from the butter since I use skim milk, it was a pretty healthy meal. We even omitted the cheese and bacon and everyone ate their veggies! That is always a plus in my book and I think my Mom would be proud.

My list of things I want to try making has grown quite a bit over the past few months. I desperately want to learn how to make my own donuts and bagels. I would love to try making a frittata. I want to get better at roasting vegetables after the recipes I keep seeing.

I can’t go gourmet, but I’m hoping that I can slowly introduce some new spices, flavors, and food groups to my family!

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