As we rounded the home stretch to our first Whole30 I made my biggest mistake. No weekly meal plan. It resulted in last minute trips to various grocery stores, repeat meals and panicking at the last minute trying to throw something compliant together for a meal. I learned my lesson! In order to really follow the Whole30 you have to have a plan in place, it saves so much time, so much money, and really helps mentally prepare yourself for the coming week.
Here are some of our meals:
My newest favorite kitchen gadget is the mandolin I received for my birthday. It makes perfect french fries, my most favorite food ever! I could have eaten just a plate of french fries alone for a meal!
Stay tuned for our last 4 days, and what our final results end up being!
Happy New Year! I absolutely love this time of year, for me it has always been about fresh starts and new beginnings. I don’t usually do “New Years Resolutions” because I generally set myself up for failure. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be a time to start fresh and a time for thinking ahead to what we can accomplish in the new year.
This year we are looking forward to many things, particularly finding a place to call our “home”. And we have certainly started off the year full force ahead! We visited 8 homes today. Talk about exhausting! In the meantime we have major budgeting goals and will be starting to put into place the debt snowball method. We haven’t checked out Dave Ramsey’s book yet, but if you are interested in learning more about the Debt Snowball Method I would recommend checking out his book: The Total Money Makeover.
In addition having relocated Simply Living to this location, and finally purchasing our own domain, is a big New Year step! Out with the old and in with the new! I’m excited for the potential that this new location has to offer us and I’m excited that you are all along for the journey!
And now, here is how we ended 2015…
That’s right…we made homemade donuts! It’s been years since we’ve done a NYE party, and tend to prefer staying in and enjoying each other’s company instead. So this year we decided on games and appetizers, and then to try a new recipe for dessert. Gotta check off another month, if you’re wondering what I’m talking about, check out my Ravioli post where I talk about my birthday wish.
The best part is how easy this recipe was. You would never be able to tell based on how amazing they tasted. We only needed to purchase one ingredient, we already had the rest in the kitchen, and it took less than 20 minutes from start to finish.
Pillsbury Homestyle Biscuits
Melted Butter (about 1 cup)
Cinnamon and Sugar mixed together, use judgement, we mixed until light brown.
Oil for frying (We used vegetable Oil)
That’s it…told you it was easy!
Cut the donut hole out with a cookie cutter. We didn’t have a circle, so we used a star, and it was straight up adorable.
Warm oil in pan on medium high. Add biscuits and brown on each side. The middle still seems gooey, but I promise that will make them soft and delightful.
Dry and cool fried biscuits on a plate with a paper towel. We fried 4 at a time, so we cooled 4 while we fried the other 4.
Once all biscuits are cooled, dip one side into melted butter. Drip off excess butter and dip into cinnamon sugar. Repeat on other side.
Enjoy! OH wow they were SO good! So good that I need to emphasize with all caps! They were unbelievable warm, but were still soft and yummy the next morning.
I would absolutely recommend this recipe. Not only are they delicious, but they are super easy. They made the perfect dessert with our sparkling apple cider on NYE, but they would also make a wonderful addition to a breakfast or brunch. No messy recipes, no deep frying, easy peasy and YUM!
What are your plans for the New Year?
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