My favorite type of post to write or read from others…a 5 thoughts post filled with thoughts and little bits of life! They can be a bit scattered and brief and I love that.
Podcast version available here.
1. Food I’m loving
Recently I had a stomach ulcer (or that’s at least our best guess). Thanks, 2020. And it totally tanked my appetite. After a few weeks on meds my appetite is thankfully returning and I’m finding a restored pleasure in food now since it doesn’t leave me in pain afterwards. Here are 2 recipes I’ve been making on repeat.
First, we’ve been making Once Upon a Chef’s Chicken Chili and it is great. A few changes I make:
- Add a couple chopped up zucchinis in with the poblanos and onions.
- Leave the jalapeños out because we don’t love spice and I’m trying to give my poor stomach a break.
- Just before serving we mix in 3/4ths a block of cream cheese.
This was readily accepted by everyone the first time we served it, since then we’ve had it 2 more times and the 3 yo hasn’t touched it. So it goes. And speaking of soup, if you live in Houston, Local Foods has an apple + butternut squash soup that it probably the best thing I’ve eaten this winter.
We’ve also been making Once Upon a Chef’s Pumpkin Pancakes a lot. I whip up the batter and then store the leftover batter in the fridge in a mepal, aka the most beautiful food storage container ever hah. The colors they come in are so great. Anyways. We grease a pan with butter, add in the batter and drop in some mini chocolate chips and banana slices. Then top them with a spoon of cookie butter and maple syrup.
2. Books I’m reading
I’d like to read a bit more this year, mainly fiction. Here are the first 5 books I have for the beginning of this year:
I’ve started with The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and so far I’m really enjoying it. I heard it was How Sweet Eats favorite book and that intrigued me.
The Midnight Library appealed to me because I like any book relating to time travel or if you would’ve gone this path, life would’ve look like x. I think you get an interesting take on life when you can jump forward and back.
Dept. of Speculation is about marital strife and piecing things back together/things falling apart. I found it highly rated Good Reads.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. I’m going to listen to this one on Audible. I’ve appreciated and found the content Emmanuel Acho has put out over the last 6 months to be helpful for me and where I’m at.
100 Cookies. Okay it’s a cookbook and not a book book, but I’ve never been more happy with a cookbook. Of all food, cookies are my favorite thing to make and eat. I actually don’t always love cooking, but I always enjoy the process of mixing, baking and eating cookies.
Have you read and liked any of these?
3. Religious Fasting After Eating Disorder Recovery
I mentioned this on Instagram, so if you reached out there, no need to reach out again, but I’m writing a post on religious fasting. I would love to get experiences from you if you have chosen to fast or chosen to abstain from fasting since recovering from your disordered eating days. I will email you questions in early February to understand your experience. If you’re interested in participating, comment below letting me know or send me an email at: immaEATthat@gmail.com
4. Routines > Projects
I was listening to the podcast A Slob Comes Clean and she mentioned that routines will have a greater impact than projects when it comes to keeping a home’s content under control. Meaning, loading and starting the dishwasher every night and unloading it every morning will have a greater impact than a random closet organization project. She advocates when overwhelmed with a home’s mess, don’t do a project…just get back to focusing on routines.
Disclaimer: I don’t love that podcast (which is why I didn’t put a link). She is pretty self-deprecating when it comes to her body size…makes me cringe for her sake. And I hate the word “slob”…it’s lacking self compassion, which can motivate change in me way more than negative self talk. Regardless, it is a podcast geared towards those who don’t innately like cleaning/decluttering/organizing and for that reason I appreciate it, because that is me :)
5. God is anti-sin, not anti-happiness
At my anti-anxiety med check in, we were teasing through the reasons I don’t love taking medication – mainly, what if there is something for me to learn in the suffering and I side step it? And my doctor said, “can sanctification only happen when you are suffering?” And my mind was blown. I had never thought about that before. So that’s given me something to ponder. I found this article interesting, especially when it said: God is anti-sin, not anti-happiness.
Thanks for reading! I appreciate you being here :)