Getting a Couple More Weeks Out of Your Haircolor

GRAY AWAY

One of the unfortunate side effects of getting older is the addition of grey to our hair. At some point maybe I’ll embrace the silver hair that is growing in my head but I doubt it. I believe that I’ve said that I will go to my grave with my current color hair or hair (or something similar)!

In addition to the grey, I’ve found that my regular hair color has really turned into a mousy brown. Not that you would know it from the color that everyone sees! For many, many years I colored my hair at home. A while ago I did decide to start letting my stylist color my hair (actually her assistant since it was cheaper!) In addition to the grey, my hair seemed to be getting a little drier and more brittle. Since I’ve been getting it colored in the salon I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in the texture.

The down side to getting my hair colored in the salon is I have some (figurative) chest pains every time I pay the bill. One of the things I do to combat the expense is to try and squeeze an extra week or two between colors. When I had only a bit of grey it was easier to do. At this point I’m probably about 40% (or more as my stylist liked to say) grey – that’s a lot of grey showing!!

Weekly Menu and Goals

Welcome to another week.  What beautiful weather we are having here today in Wisconsin!  I’ve been pretty quiet the last couple of weeks due to a nasty cold that I caught and couldn’t shake.  Whatever was going around hit me pretty hard with me being in bed for almost a week with exhaustion, aches and hot flashes.  The second week I felt better but I still feel like I’m trying to hack up a lung.

Last week was a pretty busy week for us here.  With graduation around the corner Belle and I had some college things to take care of.  We met with a counselor and walked around the campus of the school she’ll be going to this fall.  I can’t believe my baby is graduating high school.  Where has the time gone?  Back when she was being a “strong willed child” I really never thought this day would come.  The years really do fly by.

This week should be pretty quiet for us, there isn’t to much on the docket so I’m hoping to get some stuff accomplished around the house.

Brie Crostini with Fig Jam

Brie Crostini with Fig Jam

I really enjoy entertaining.  Not only because spending time with friends and family is my favorite way to relax but because I also get to try out new recipes.  Usually to the delight of my guests.

A few weeks back I entertained The Chicks, which is always a treat.  Since we blog together, they’re always up for being guinea pigs for my new recipes.  This tasty appetizer is inspired (that’s a fancy word for copied :) ) from one of my favorite wine bars.  I loved it so much I wanted to recreate it for my own guests.  Trust me, the finished product did not disappoint!

Due to the fact that one of the Chicks has a gluten intolerance I used gluten free cracks instead of French bread as the base for the ones that I served her.

Weekly Menu and Goals

Hopefully everyone enjoyed a nice, relaxing day with family this Easter.  Our was very enjoyable – my ham was delicious!!  I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes with the leftovers

Weekly Menu

We’re expecting another Plated.com box this week so I’ll be doing some experimentation.  Last week’s winner was the Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps with Basil Rice – definitely a keeper!

Thai Beef Lettuce WrapsThe other meals were so-so, which means that they are probably not going to make it into our regular rotation.

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps with Basil Rice

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

As Mike and I have been on our food journey this year, one thing has become very evident.  We really like Thai food.  Yes – over the years we’ve loved going to our local Thai restaurants to eat, but cooking it at home really changes things up.  That plus the variety of dishes that we’re cooking versus the old stand-by we usually order at the restaurant.  You you also like Thai food, be sure and check out my recipes for Peanut Chicken Curry and Chicken Khao Soi

This recipe came in our Plated box last week.  I can’t remember if I actually chose it or if it was picked by the company.  At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how it came to be in our kitchen, it was definitely a keeper!

2015 Goals Update

Goal Planning

At the beginning of the year I posted three concrete objectives I wanted to achieve for 2015, if you want to read the original post you can click here.  To save you some time, here are the three main points of focus for 2015.

1.  Be healthier, more relaxed and strengthen our marriage.

2.  Improve our financial state – long term I’d like to be able to live on one salary.

3.  Grow Wonder Woman I’m Not.

In the first three months of the year this is what I did.

Weekly Menu

Another week in the books – I hope it was a good one for you.  The week was fairly quiet for me, which was good because I wasn’t feeling the best.  The weekend, however, was jam packed!  Mike was home this weekend which usually means we’re super busy.  On top of it we had a 50th surprise party for one of The Chicks plus we had our annual girls trip to see a Broadway production.  Both of which were a good time!

On the cooking front I did quite a bit of it.  Lately I’ve been getting in the habit of cooking something for Mike to eat most nights when he gets home.  If I didn’t cook something he’d like or a “real meal” I’ve been throwing chicken on to bake about 45 minutes to an hour before he gets home.  That way when he walks in the door he has some hot food waiting for him.  I better be careful though because he may get used to that :)

After a few week hiatus I have another Plated box coming.  It’s been a while so I’m super excited.  I let them choose the meals so it will be interesting to see what we think of them.  I’m a little apprehensive about at least one of them but we’ll see.

De-cluttering the Mail Box

Mailbox Decluttering_WWIN

Simplifying my life is really what this blog journey has been all about.  When I started blogging I felt a bit like I was at the end of my rope and wanted some accountability to keep me on my journey.  Over the years the hard work has been paying off.  I finally feel like I have some balance and fun in my life versus the constant stress and overwhelmed feelings I use to have.  Although I still have a way to go on my journey, it’s gratifying to see the results.

One of the areas that has still been a pain point for me is the mail box.  Most of our bills are paid online so we don’t get a lot of “real” mail.  However, it seems like our mailbox is always overflowing with credit card offers, catalogs and fliers.

When I decided to tackle the mailbox I started with doing some online research.  I found a website from the Federal Trade Commission with information on how to stop unwanted solicitation.  They provide information for mail solicitations as well as phone solicitations.

Thai Peanut Chicken Curry with Sticky Rice

Thai Peanut Chicken Curry

 

This is the first recipe from Plated that I’ve tried on my own.  I absolutely LOVE the fact that they send you all the ingredients pre-measured and all you have to do is take a lid off.  Since we’ve already tried this recipe and loved it I wasn’t to apprehensive about buying all the ingredients to make it again.

Finding all the ingredients was another story.  Although my grocery story carries a wide selection of food, I could not find sticky rice or gochujang.  After stopping in at a local Oriental foods store I found out that gochujang is usually sold under the description of red pepper paste.  Oh well, I know have enough of red pepper paste and sticky rice to last me a lifetime :)

This recipe does have a bit of a bite.  While I’m not a complete lily lips, I don’t like overly spicy food.  This was border line for me in terms of spice.  If you don’t like spicy foods I would halve or leave out altogether the red pepper paste.

Now that I have the majority of the ingredients, I’ll probably be adding this into a somewhat regular rotation.  Now if I could just find someone to pre-measure all the ingredients……..