April Goals

Happy April Fool’s Day! Any big pranks on the docket in your world? Nothing here. We’re driving to New Orleans, and planning to do some exploring this afternoon.

March was a great month. We had adventures. We ate delicious food. We tried some new beer. Can’t ask for much more than that!

IMG_20140308_11403620140308_134914Goals recap for the month:

  • Bottle the peach wine: Done! I put my sister to work helping me, and now have 30 bottles of peach wine hanging out in my basement.
  • Start another batch of wine: Done! Blackberry/blueberry/elderberry wine is in the carboy. We’ll see how it turns out!
  • Core exercise: Done! More days of the month than not, so yay.
  • Plan the garden. Make a list of what we want to grow. Order seeds! Done! We’re doing the Square Foot Garden thing. Stay tuned for more updates.
  • Finish my latest knitting project. Done! See the picture below. He’s adorable.
  • Go to a yoga class. Didn’t happen. Sigh.
  • As always…practice practice practice! Yes! Feeling better and better about the whole concerto thing.
  • Bonus goal: I finished our 2013 photo book. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

IMG_20140311_195334On to April-the month in which Spring may finally make it’s grand arrival!

  • Practice, practice, practice. 6 weeks to go until concerto performance.
  • Start running to build up to 5K distance in preparation for next goal…..
  • Register for a triathlon. This is the year!
  • Keep up ab exercising. Strong core=strong body. I found this 30 day challenge, and it’ll be perfect for this month.
  • Start prepping the garden–repair fencing, fertilize, etc.

I wanna know: What are you up to this month?

Chicken and Fettucini Alfredo


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I love pasta. It is the ultimate comfort food. It’s “curl up on the couch in your sweat pants and watch a good movie” food. It’s “invite the people you love, and serve a big pot of happiness” food. True fact: nothing says, “I love you,” like pasta and cheese.

20140319_191711Homemade Chicken and Fettucini Alfredo

Serves 3-4

You’ll need:

  • Half a box fettucini pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • Dried parsley

1. Get your chicken cooking. We did ours on our George Foreman grill, and it worked pretty well. You could also bake it in the oven or pan fry it in a skillet.

2. Prepare the pasta according to the directions on the box.

3. To make the sauce, melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add cream, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add garlic powder, stir. Mix in Parmesan cheese–keep mixing until there are no more lumps. Keep pan on low heat until ready to serve. Sauce is based on this recipe.

4. When pasta is done, plate each serving. Slice the chicken breasts, and layer over pasta. Drizzle with sauce, and sprinkle parsley on top.

Double or triple as needed. Enjoy!

Saturday Small Talk

Happy Saturday afternoon, dear reader!

IMG_20131119_201051I’m spending my day in beautiful Manistee, on the coast of Lake Michigan. I’m accompanying 10 talented high school students who advanced past districts to State Solo and Ensemble. Unfortunately, it’s much too cold and windy out to enjoy the lake on my lunch break, so I’m here at a cafe, enjoying a lovely bowl of soup.

Some exciting news in my world: I am a selected blogger for Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze’s new book, Smart Money Smart Kids, which will be released in a month. If you’re interested in raising money-wise children, this is the book for you! Pre-order it, and you’ll get over $50 in bonuses! Not sure you want to hit the order button? Read a sample two chapters here.

Creating Your Life Plan. Two of my favorite authors are teaming up for an online course on prioritizing your life; about living purposefully and creating meaning. I can’t wait for it to begin.

Speaking of Shauna Niequist–the importance of gathering and community.

On a much lighter note, have you ever thought about keeping chickens in your backyard? One of these days, I’ll get there. The Nourished Kitchen shares 6 reasons why you should consider it.

What are you up to today? Is it spring-like where you are?


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