Catchup+ Recipe Roundup

Well hey there! Been a few months (not that that surprises you at the rate I’m going these days!). If you remember I posted awhile back about how I’m going to start blogging when I feel like vs. when I feel like I should be (read about it here). It’s worked out well. Blogging is back to being a sense of joy for me. Which let’s be honest, it should be! This blog is not a source of income for me nor do I expect it to be.

You may also remember that the last time I posted I was in the thick of coaching soccer and studying for my Series 7 and Series 66 (read about that struggle here!). Well good news – I passed both my exams in October and officially started my new career early November!

(Here’s a pic of the sunset from my hotel room during training week – hello new Vikings stadium!):


Last week was my last week of training and now I am officially a Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial. I have been LOVING it so far. A great mix of challenge + flexibility. It’s great being able to help people meet their financial goals and stress less about money.

Speaking of money, getting financial affairs in order is one of the top resolutions every year. Just like you, I’ve got my own ‘resolutions’ (aka goals) and one does revolve around money. Being where you want to be financially is a journey, and one that I embark on just like everyone else!

Here are my 2016 goals:


I’ve gotten more deliberate about setting goals and breaking them into smaller steps ( helps with this too!) and it will be fun to see how it all unfolds. I’ve also been enjoying the book ‘The Compound Effect’ by Darren Hardy. It’s a great reminder of how the small daily habits we have really add up and can make a big difference.

What are your 2016 goals? Would love to hear about them!

So what else is new?

A few things in fact.

1) I started upcycling furniture and it is SO MUCH FUN! Talk about instant gratification. I’ve completed two pieces so far (you can check out my Etsy store here!) and am currently working on my third. It’s a former printer/copier cart that I’m turning into a rolling kitchen island/bar cart. I love scoring Craigslist for free furniture and then giving it a new life.

I completed this nightstand earlier this winter (complete with a cool chalkboard top!).


2) I attempted the Paleo diet this Fall (and I mean attempted in a big way).

As I’m all for trying new things I thought I would try Paleo out after the soccer season ended. I learned that

a) I don’t like meat that much (no surprise as I was a vegetarian for a short time in my past)

b) I never felt satisfied


c) I had the worst stomach aches!

As you may or may not, I already have enough stomach issues (which a lot have been fixed by omitting almonds from my diet!) and the cramping and intense gas I had during trying Paleo was just not worth it. Not to mention I felt like I was getting too restrictive and slipping back into eating disorder land. And that is certainly no good.

I did discover some yummy recipes while attempting it, like this chorizo butternut squash egg bake (based off this recipe):


It was super yummy (even the husband loved it!) and I would definitely make something similar again. I also made this cauliflower fried ‘rice’ recipe that was good too (my husband actually liked that one more than I did!).

Overall though, it certainly wasn’t for me. I have gotten to know my body better and know that sugar, alcohol and fried foods treat it the worst (lethargic, irritable, etc.), and carbs in general are typically not the problem.

So what else have I been making these days?

This vegetarian sweet potato and quinoa chili was super yummy (I added 4 cloves garlic).


I also made a potato chowder (with leeks, caraway havarti cheese, and crispy panchetta – yum!) that was delicious as well!


I’ve been prepping veggies to enjoy all week (like this roasted butternut squash on avocado toast)


and the husband and I finally used our pasta maker (for some homemade spaghetti and meatballs).


Hope you enjoyed today’s catch up + recipe roundup!  :)

Hope your 2016 is off to a great clean-eating start!



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