Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas/New Year’s break was an enjoyable time. We had a quiet Christmas with the Arthur fam, ate a delicious brunch and had a leisurely visit.
My sis and nieces came to visit on Boxing Day and stayed through New Year’s Day. We played some new games, watched movies, crafted, ate loads of snacks and generally trashed our sleep schedules. We rang in the new year with our midnight silly string battle on the front lawn. It was fantastic.
One of my goals this year is to reduce our food waste, so we’ve decided to limit our dinners on the menu to four per week. This gives us a night to eat out, a leftovers night and (let’s just be honest), a night to eat popcorn and call it dinner! #reallife
Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies – New Recipe! These little babies are delicious! (I used these chocolate chips.) I slightly overbaked them at 25 minutes. The next time I make them, I’ll start checking for doneness at 20 minutes.
Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup – New Recipe! This recipe is very forgiving. For the veggies we used kale, sweet potatoes, carrots and celery. We didn’t have any Old Bay seasoning (my brother will be ashamed of me), so we used Italian seasoning and subbed brown rice for the wild rice. Basically, we used the recipe as a jumping off point and then went totally rogue!
Autumn Pear Salad – Tried and true! Very customizable. Add what you like, leave out the rest.
Greek Chicken Soup – A favorite. The lemon juice adds a nice brightness to this dish.
Dijon Baked Salmon – New Recipe! I’m excited to try this one as flat leaf Italian parsley is one of my favorite fresh herbs.
Perfect Roast Chicken – Hello, old friend! I love a meal that you literally can’t mess up! I mean, I suppose you could if you forgot to turn the oven on, but outside of that happening…
I’m still loving the organic hummus from Aldi, so I’ll snack on that this week along with cucumber slices, bell pepper strips and carrot sticks. Nothing revolutionary, just easy snacks during my busiest season at work.
Stovetop Cinnamon Apples: New Recipe! My sister made a version of these while she was here and left us a bag of apples to enjoy. I’ll leave the maple syrup out of this; the apples add enough sweetness.
Let’s have another look at those breakfast cookies, shall we?
I hope your new year is off to a great start and brings only good things!
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