Thankful Thursdays #34 – February 18th, 2021

It is important that we spend time reflecting what we are thankful for. It’s important that we express our gratitude. Whatever we send into the universe, comes back to us multiplied. So the more we express our gratitude into universe, the more it comes back to us.

I have a lot to be thankful for this week, and I hope everyone does, too.

Here is my list…

  1. My boyfriend had a snow day, so he didn’t get to go to work that day, instead we just got to hang out together. Which is always fun!
  2. We also watched Tarzan, I haven’t seen that movie in awhile. I really enjoyed that movie.
  3. I am thankful that I got to spend the day watching my favourite show. I love watching Grey’s Anatomy. I’m trying to get myself for its return next month.
  4. I am grateful for spending more time cooking, I love cooking. Yesterday, I even got to watch my show while I cook.
  5. I am thankful that things are getting better with my boyfriend and myself. We have a lot of disagreements lately, but I am glad that things are better now.

Day 38

Day 38 was from Sunday.

My boyfriend and I were having a lot of disagreements throughout the day. I think to think that perhaps the game brought us a tad closer together throughout the day. We were still mad a bit on Monday (the next day). Things got a bit better throughout as the week went by.

Something that also brought us together was that I tried this new recipe — steak poutine! For those who don’t know, a poutine is French fries served with melted cheese, and gravy. It’s one of our favourite things to order out since we have cut back in ordering take out, in order to save up, and pay down our debts. I was just planning on making a steak dinner, and a poutine on the side. But I decided to combine the two sides together. It was a delicious meal, perfect for the BIG game!

Trying out new recipes are a lot of fun, if not necessary to spice out your weekly rotations.

Today, I will try to find new recipes to cook. New foods will add a bit of happiness throughout the day. Having different meals, can bring you closer with the people you have it with, or at least that worked out for my boyfriend and myself.

Day 18

It’s important to try and schedule a day, or a half day of relaxation once a week. To have a day where you can truly enjoy yourself is a great feeling. I know they are people who are parents, and may have a difficult time being able to find time to relax, especially with young children. But hopefully you are still able to find some time to yourself. It can do wonders to the body.

My day has always been Sundays because I love eating great food and watching football. I have always loved watching football. It’s one of my favourites past times. I also like to relax by reading, taking a bath, and cooking.

Today, I will find time so I can relax throughout my day. It is important for us to unwind, and not have time to worry about errands, or anything else.

Thankful Thursdays #29 – January 14th, 2021

I cannot believe how fast January is moving on by. It feels like it is just going by too fast.

I love writing and talking about what I am thankful for. I feel like I have a lot to thankful for. Here is a list of things that I am thankful for. I would love to hear what you are all thankful for.

  1. I got to unwind last weekend, by watching all of the football games. I love watching football! It’s one my favourite sports to watch. Although I am sad, because it is almost the off season again.
  2. I got to babysit my niece. Her and I always have a lot of fun together. I love her so much.
  3. She got a plastic musical tea set for Christmas, so her and I had a mini “tea” party. She is almost two, so it was all pretend, but it was still fun. The plastic set also comes with pieces of cake, and plates.
  4. It was a nice enough day so I was able to take her to the park. She loved it.
  5. My boyfriend and I have been enjoying our home cooked meals since we have been cutting back on take out. And cooking is a lot of fun. I have been cooking in the crock pot, which means I cook and prepare in the mornings, and don’t have a lot of dishes to do later in the evening.

Day Ten

I will understand the importance of making a to-do list for the day, or for tomorrow. I will make sure that I keep it to a list of a maximum of four things. That way it is an easier to accomplish your list. And when you schedule yourself to do too much, you often feel overwhelmed, and thus, setting yourself up for failure, or for procrastination. Normally, whenever you see a long, daunting list of errands, and chores, you don’t really feel motivated to get things done, but when you see only three items, you feel more motivated to actually want to accomplish those chores.

For instance, on my to-do list for tomorrow, I have this planned for my day…

  1. Go grocery shopping
  2. Clean the bathroom
  3. Cook dinner

These tasks shouldn’t take up too much of my time, probably no more than two hours. And the bonus part is that I’ll be able to get my walk in to the store. Getting my exercise in is important. I’m starting to exercise more which has been fun.

Today, I will learn to make to-do lists with no more than three items. This will ensure that I prioritize my most important tasks. By only having three things each day, I am able to focus on things that actually matter, and that they will get done.

Advent Calendar of Kindness 2020 Day 8

This is Tuesday’s post. Sorry about that, just been busy.

Make a loved one something to eat. I always appreciate someone cooking for me. I have a lot of fun of cooking for others, too.

I feel like the time and money spent on this dinner, is better than a gift. You get to spend time together, and enjoy each other’s company over a delicious meal. To me, that provides me more joy than opening a present.

Beef Soup

I love cooking, and I have promised to post some of my recipes.

This is something my mama used to make us every winter. I love it so much.

Ingredients

  • 2 onions
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 parsnips
  • 4 potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 pound of stewing beef, or any type of beef
  • 8 cups of beef broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp orageno
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 bay leaves

This recipe serves about 12, which works for me because I live with four other people. Make some adjustments if needed.

I cook this in my crock pot, and I’m able to cook everything inside the pot of the crock pot. If anything you might need to use another pot to cook everything in.

Directions

  1. Peel and wash the carrots, parsnips, and potatoes.
  2. Next slice them into smaller pieces.
  3. Wash and slice celery, onions, and garlic.
  4. Cut the beef into smaller pieces.
  5. Heat up the crock pot, or cooking pot on medium-heat. When hot enough, begin browning the beef. Add a bit of salt and pepper
  6. When it’s no longer pink, add the onions, and garlic
  7. Let that cook for five minutes.
  8. Add celery and let that cook for another three minutes.
  9. Add carrots, parsnips, and potatoes, let that cook for five minutes.
  10. Add the spices, and Worcestershire sauce.
  11. I actually use 4 beef bouillons, and eight cups of water. Although I add the water first, and let it get hot, before adding the cubes.
  12. Give it a taste test, and sure you are satisfied.
  13. Add in your bay leaves.
  14. I would recommend that you let it cook on low for at least six hours, you can even do eight, or ten hours, if you have the time. Although if you are pressed for time, you can cook on high for four hours.
  15. Once done, remove bay leaves, and serve immediately!

Top Ten Tuesdays #10

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Non-Bookish Hobbies. This post is to help us get to know each other. The list of hobbies should not be books or reading related.

  1. Cooking
  2. Watching movies and TV shows
  3. Listening to music
  4. Travelling
  5. Playing games on my phone
  6. Hanging out with family and friends
  7. Practicing yoga
  8. Making scrapbooks, and other art projects (painting, colouring, etc.)
  9. Relearning French
  10. Studying astrology and Tarot cards

I would love to read all about your hobbies in the comments. 🙂

October Preview

Okay, so I have thought of four simple goals that I want to work this month. I know there are many habits I want to obtain, but for now I will be focusing on three things to work on. By doing these four things, it will give momentum to add more goals and habits to my routine. The best part is that these are really small changes into my routine.

Goal Number One
I want to complete a Sudoku puzzle* every day. I remember wanting to do this for a long time now. My Grandparents used to do one every day, in hope that it would help my Grandma with her memory since she has Parkinson’s Disease, which then progressed into dementia. She is doing alright now, but my Grandpa thinks that she isn’t going to get any better, so her not getting any worse is good. I was inspired by Grandparents to complete this one goal. I finished my puzzle today.

*There are logical puzzles where you have to place numbers 1 through 9 in each row, column, and box, without duplicating any numbers. It tests your patience and logical, but it can really calming and relaxing, at least that’s how I feel.

Goal Number Two
I would like to add 20 minutes into my day being more spiritual by practicing meditation and yoga. Although I would start by doing 10 minutes of yoga, and hopefully 10 minutes of meditation (practicing meditation at the beginning can be challenging, but once you start practicing more frequently, you start improving). I’ll try this one later tonight.

Goal Number Three
Set at least 30 minutes reading every day. I have been this, but it hasn’t been every day. If I read every day it wasn’t for 30 minutes like I had hoped. By reading for 30 minutes I would be spending less time doing something else, like watching TV. This habit will help me keep my mind active.

Goal Number Four
This one is going to be challenging, but my boyfriend and I are only going to have take away twice this whole month. Not only will this help us by spending less money, but it ensure that we are eating healthier. This goal ripples into other aspects of my life, too. And I am willing to share with you my recipes, too.

I am quite happy with these goals. I’m going to be documenting my goals in a bullet journal.

My blog posts are going to remain the same, but I was thinking about writing more personal posts. In order to do that I may be getting rid of Eckhart Tolle Fridays to accommodate writing more personal posts. But if everything those posts may return at a later date.

What are your goals and anything you wish to accomplish this month?

French Onion Soup

As promised, I am posted a recipe that I made not too long ago. And since it’s Autumn, which is Soup Season! I’ll be posting some soup recipes in the upcoming weeks. This season I vow to make and eat new soup recipes. I love trying new foods.

Here is my chicken noodle soup recipe, threeyellowdaisies.ca/2020/06/16/chicken-noodle-soup-4/

French Onion soup is a really easy recipe. What I like about making it, is a lot of ingredients are already on hand. I always have onions and spices it requires.

Ingredients
8-10 small onions, or 6 large ones
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons of thyme
2 teaspoons of basil
2 teaspoons of parsley
2 teaspoons of oregano
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
6 beef bouillon cubes
12 cups of water
1 cup of Sherry (optional)
Bay Leaves
French baguette
Gruyere cheese, shredded

Directions
1. Slice the onions in circular shapes
2. In large pot, or in your crock pot bring to melt the butter
3. Once melted, add the onions. Make sure your onions caramelized, usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes to become a golden brown
4. If you like to cook this in a crock pot, now is the time to transfer everything into your crock pot
5. Once everything has transferred into your crock pot, you can start making the broth
6. By using the same pot you had used to caramelize your onions, you help deglaze your pot, ensuring you have all of the amazing flavours of the spices in your soup.
7. Bring the 12 cups of water to a boil
8. Add all of your spices
9. Once the water is boiled, add your beef bouillons
10. Once dissolved you can transfer the broth to the crock pot
11. You can allow this to cook on low for 8 to 12 hours, or on high for 5 hours, although this is the best soup to slow cook, so I always prefer to slow cook
12. When the soup is ready to be served, you can begin to shred some cheese to place on your baguette. I like to butter the baguette with garlic butter
13. If you have any ovenproof bowls, you can serve your soup in that, and place your baguette on top. Allow it to broil for 3-4 minutes.
14. If you don’t have any ovenproof bowls you can let the baguette broil on a baking sheet. Cut in portions to place on top of the soup.

Chopped onions
Onions with the spices
Final product of the soup.

My crock pot has a setting that lets me sautee and brown my ingredients, so I don’t necessarily have to use another pot to cook my meats, or sautee anything and then transfer everything over into my crock pot.

I am so happy because next time I make this again, I will be able to use my French Onion Soup Bowls that my mama gave me. I am so excited! 🙂