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I’m Baaaaaack!

Wow it’s been a long time. I didn’t actually mean to quit blogging, but it just kind of happened. Lately I have been really missing it. It’s interesting that I started this blog when Lochlyn was a baby, and now I have baby number two at home, and I feel like I need this creative outlet again. Oh, by the way, I had another baby! I don’t think I have blogged since before I was pregnant. I have so much to update here.

The main reason that I want to blog again is because I have really started to focus on my eating habits. For awhile there I didn’t really think a whole lot about food, or weight, or whatever. Maybe that was partially why I stopped blogging. Lately, it has been a bit of an issue for me, and I am giving my relationship with food some more attention. It is most likely because I am learning to love and be comfortable with this post-baby body of mine.

Before I get into my relationship with food, or my body, or just life in general -I need to back up a bit, actually a whole lot. I think it will be best to start fresh, like this is the beginning of Honestly Angela all over again. This will make it so much easier, as my life has changed a lot.

Basically, I am here to say welcome to Honestly Angela. If you’ve been here before, thanks for checking back in, and if you’re new, thanks for stopping by. Oh, and if there is no one here reading this, that is great too. More than anything this blog is therapy for me, and a way to track my memories as a new mom. Well, here it goes!

lochlyn angela mom snowman cake diy

October 27th-30th Meal Plan

So I haven’t shared a meal plan on the blog for awhile, and I wanted to get back to it. My meal planning has changed a little bit. I have been creating two plans a week instead of one, and grocery shopping twice. I decided to switch up the way I meal plan as I was finding that some of the produce I was buying was going bad. Also, we would end up not always making what I planned and would have too much food.

We have been tightening up the budget lately, and groceries was one of the major things we chose to cut back on. I have heard that doing groceries multiple days a week can lead to spending more money, but it has been working for us. My goal is to spend $50/grocery trip, or $100/week. We also do a big Costco trip once a month where we aim to spend no more than $300. We buy most of our meat from Costco.

Speaking of meat, you may notice that this week’s meal plan is fairly meatless. Lochlyn isn’t a fan of eating meat at the moment, and I have never particularly enjoyed it, so we have decided to make more vegetarian options. Josh is still a carnivore, so dinners have meat added to keep him happy.

 

Here is Monday-Friday’s meal plan – recipes courtesy of Oh She Glows!

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

Grocery List

  • Bananas (a lot) – $4.04
  • Lemons (2) – $1.54
  • Lime – $0.33
  • Pineapple – $2.97
  • Avocado (2) – $1.94
  • Carrots – $2.27
  • Cucumber – $1.00
  • Cauliflower – $4.47
  • Lettuce – $1.47
  • Bell peppers (3) – $3.47
  • Spinach – $2.77
  • Yellow onion – $0.87
  • Sweet potato – $2.72
  • Russet potato – $0.49
  • Chickpeas – $0.97
  • Crackers (for Josh) – $2.48
  • Tofu (2) – $3.94
  • Chocolate milk (for Josh) – $5.85

Total: $43.92

I realize this list doesn’t include everything needed to make these recipes. We already had quite a few ingredients on hand, and I also made some substitutions to save a little cash.

I’ll be posting another meal plan this weekend.

Questions about Life…

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how Josh and I have decided to de-clutter. We are looking to The Minimalists 21 Day Journey to Minimalism to help us get rid of some stuff. To be honest, Josh doesn’t really need much help. Although he has lots of stuff he could get rid of, he can easily just chuck it into the trash and not miss it. In the past, he has even thrown out his TV because he felt like he was spending too much time watching it!  I get pretty sentimental and attached to things, and have a harder time letting go. I think this process is more for me than him, but he is definitely on board.

We are on Day Two of the journey, which involves planning how you hope to achieve you personal “musts”. I wrote about my “must list” here if you want to check it out. Part of the planning process involves answering a series of questions. My answers to these questions are below.

1.What is standing in the way of my musts?

I thought the answer to this would be time, money, energy … you know, resources. In reality, when I took the time to really think about it, I realized that wasn’t the case. I lack motivation, and the desire to actually follow through with what I want in life. I also lack faith that God will come through for me. I don’t always trust that my musts are really best for me.

I also tend to feel guilty about spending time doing what I want to do and taking care of myself. I am so used to taking care of my little family, but I realize that I need to take care of myself too so that I can be a better wife, mother, and friend.

I have a hard time opening up to my husband, which makes it difficult to work on our marriage. I have a hard time building relationships because I fear being rejected, or abandoned by other people. I also fear not having enough time to myself when I share my time with others.

I am afraid to commit to something and give it my all because that means I could fail.

 

2. When did I start giving so much meaning to possessions?

For as long as I can remember, I have given possessions quite a bit of meaning. When I was really little, I had a special “treasure” box. This box consisted of a torch I received at the Olympics, which I visited as a baby, a box with two little lovebird eggs, a silver bar, an old dress my mom wore as a baby … and some other items. I would take each item out when I was alone, and handle them lovingly, before carefully packing them all away again in their special box. I am pretty sure I still have that box buried in a storage room somewhere.

As I grew older I became pretty independent. I bought most of my own things except for clothes as a young teenager. I didn’t drive, so it was a big ordeal for me to get to the mall to go shopping. I didn’t have a ton of money either, so I kept everything in case I might need it.

As a young adult I moved to a new town, and had even less money, and relied on friends for transportation. I slowly ran out of clothes, and couldn’t really go buy more. I didn’t have a lot of possessions, and held on to everything that I had.

Now, living in a little townhouse with my husband, I think I drive him crazy. I keep so many items “just in case” we might need them, or because they are sentimental to me.

 

3. What is truly important in life?

My faith is number one in my life. After that comes love and relationships. I value and cherish both my immediate and extended family. I think happiness, joy, and fun are all super important to me. I want to spend my life loving others and receiving love. Ultimately, I want to live my life the way God calls me to, and help my family do the same.

 

4. Why am I discontented?

Who says I am discontented? Haha, okay maybe I am a bit or I wouldn’t be going through this process. I feel discontented because I am constantly doing little tasks around the house that never seem to get done. Always doing … never finished.

I spend so much time doing things that I don’t want to do. I know this is life, but maybe it doesn’t have to be?

I am also discontented because i feel like Josh and I are at an “in between” phase in life. We are waiting for a big change, but it hasn’t happened yet.

I feel like God has more in life for my little family and I want to find out what it is.

My house is full of things that I don’t love, that I spend my time taking care of.

I want more time to do fun things. I want to spend less time doing wasteful things like reading social media.

I guess I spend too much time on things that aren’t actually that important to me.

 

5. Who do I want to become?

I want to be a loving, caring, peaceful person. I want to have time for people, and build good relationships. I want to be happy, content, free, and easy-going. I want to spend my life in love with Jesus, and I want to be the best wife and mother that I can be.

 

6. How will I define my success?

This is a tough one. I will define my success by how I spend my time, and by my personal thoughts and feelings. I will also define my success by my relationship with God, my family, and my friends.

 

7. How will life improve if I own less stuff?

I hope that I will spend less time taking care of it! I also hope that life will be less stressful, with less clutter. I think that having less stuff will also make my husband much happier. He easily gets overwhelmed when the house feels cluttered. I also want to teach Lochlyn about material possessions, and not to hold on to things that aren’t needed.

I am hoping that once we de-clutter we will be more careful about spending money on things we don’t need, and have more money for trips and other fun experiences.

lochlyn cooking

While answering these questions I realized that this whole 21-Day Journey isn’t necessarily about the things that we have, or our resources, but about ourselves. I have everything that I need to live the life that I want, I just need to change my mindset about it. The things that are truly important to me, are all available and within my grasp, and they aren’t material objects. I need to shift my mindset, and the way that I spend my time, in order to obtain what is actually important to me.

De-cluttering is simply a step in the right direction of living a more purposeful life. It is not the focus, and it is not the solution.

 

Day 3 in our journey is happening next weekend, which means we will be packing up our entire house! I am feeling both excited and nervous. 

Let me Never Forget…

Never let me forget…

funny hair lochlyn The way that your hair sticks straight up when I take out your ponytail.

stroller run

How one hug can make everything better.

lochlyn's funny smile

The funny smile you took on for a few weeks when you got your first molars.

happy after bath

The way you shriek and scream when you get excited.

 

How proud you were the first time you made it up the entire flight of stairs.

How fast your arms shake up and flail when you are dancing to music.

The tight grasp you get on my ears when we are cuddling.

eeyore lochlyn soother

How you whisper when you say “kitty” and only pronounce the “k” and “t” sounds.

lohclyn josh's birthday

How you light up when daddy homes home.

lochlyn reaching eating

The excited look on your face when I pick you up from childcare, and how you crawl all the way across the room to get to me.

lochlyn and bah

The hugs and kisses you give all your stuffed animals, especially your kitty.

watching tv with grandpa

The way you breathe really heavy when you are concentrating on something.

happy in crib

The big cuddles I get first thing in the morning.

scrunched face lochlyn eating

How you tilt your head to side and smile coyly when you are happy with yourself. A move you picked up from me.

lochlyn stuffed kitten

How you carry your favourite treasures all over the house with you while you are crawling.

Your voice saying “mom” over the baby monitor, when you wake up from your nap.

lochlyn box closet

The way you love to empty out the cupboards so that their contents are spilled all over the kitchen floor. Then you try to put everything away in completely different spots.

The middle of the night wake ups, where all you want is me in the room with you.

How firmly you hold my fingers using them to support your first steps.

lochlyn playground

The way you try to copy everything that I am doing.

lochlyn cuddling me

The cuddles you want when you aren’t feeling fell.

How you play with your hair while you sleep.

lochlyn in laundry basket

Never let me forget all the amazing, simple and sweet moments I share with you daily.

Sometimes I wish I could pause time and be the mama of a 13-month-old baby Lochlyn forever, but you have so much more of life to experience, and I have so much more of you to get to know.

playing at park

I love you my Loch-a-lee Broc-a-lee!

Meal Plan for April 13th

I am super late with meal planning this week. I usually figure it out on Fridays, but last Friday was hectic since I was trying to get ready to go away for the weekend. This post will be short and sweet, but I wanted to pop in with the week’s meal plan. Two posts in one day, who am I? Please check out my other post from today because I am pretty proud of it – My First Race Ever!

lochlyn spring sunglasses

Breakfast Ideas

Lunch Ideas

Dinner Ideas

This post took forever to go up. My computer keeps getting a pop-up saying that I have a security issue and need to call some random number that claims to be “Apple Care”. If you get this pop-up – don’t call the number! It is not Apple Care. I called the number and it was sketchy so I hung up. Anyways, I fixed my computer all by myself, because I am a rockstar (it was easy, but I am still proud of myself).

Have a great Monday!

 

What is your favourite birthday desert? Josh’s is apple pie with vanilla ice cream every time. I can never make up my mind. I love carrot cake, and cheesecake. I also love Saskatoon or cherry pie. I haven’t had rhubarb crisp is forever, and that sounds pretty amazing too. I am a lot more indecisive than Josh!

Have you ever had that window come up on your computer? Ever fallen for a similar scam?

April 3rd Meal Plan

This has been a hard week. I am glad that it is almost over.

The week started off with Lochlyn waking up with a really bad stomach flu on Monday morning. She has had a cold for a few weeks, and has been teething like crazy, and the stomach flu was just the icing on the cake. I won’t go into too many details, but I was in for a big surprise when I headed into her room in the morning. I had to wash everything, and vacuum, and then wash everything again. Gross. I felt so bad that she slept through the night in that mess. All Lochlyn wanted to do on Monday was cuddle and sleep.

asleep in high chair

Lochlyn is doing a lot better now, but she still isn’t herself. She isn’t eating very much, and she is really tired. I think her teeth are hurting her a lot. She has needed a lot of extra love and attention this week.

I also haven’t been feeling that great this past week. I thought it was because I haven’t been eating very healthily. I was blaming my stomach issues on too much dairy and sugar. With Lochlyn needing so much extra attention, my meals have been consisting of whatever I can quickly grab out of the cupboard. On Thursday I was feeling especially sick. My whole body was aching and I was freezing cold. By Thursday evening I realized I had a stomach flu. Thursday night I ended up sleeping on the couch, so I didn’t wake Josh up with all my trips to the bathroom. Bleh.

On top of us being sick, and cooped up in the house all week, it is snowing and grey and gross outside. This weather gets to me and I find myself start to feel depressed. I just want it to be spring out there!

lochlyn in swing

I really hope that we are all healthy next week, because on Saturday I am running a 10k race in Calgary. This is the first official race I have ever run. I have done 5k races for fundraisers and stuff, but nothing that I trained for. I am starting to get nervous!

I haven’t been paying too much attention to nutrition when it comes to my running, and I want to change that. I tried to keep my race on Saturday in mind with this week’s meal plan. My goal for the week is to eat a lot of satisfying and healthy meals, and try to lay off the dairy and sweets. I am lactose intolerant, and I find I feel better without the extra cheese. I also need to find some healthier snacks for the week, since as I mentioned last week, my snacking choices haven’t been the greatest.

Breakfast Ideas

  • Scrambled eggs with spinach and sweet potato
  • Apple crock pot oatmeal
  • Egg white pancakes
  • Egg Sandwich
  • Banana Egg White Oatmeal

Wow – that is a lot of eggs…

Lunch Ideas

  • Turkey Sandwich with tons of veggies
  • Bean/grain salad
  • Humus wrap
  • Friday: Egg salad sandwiches

Dinner Ideas

  • Saturday: Spaghetti with meat sauce
  • Sunday: Wing it
  • Monday: Chili Lime Shrimp Bowls
  • Tuesday: Salmon, roasted sweet potatoes and veggies
  • Wednesday: Asian Peanut Noodles with Chicken
  • Thursday: Egg scramble
  • Friday: Leftover spaghetti with meat sauce (I will freeze some from Saturday)

 

This meal plan is super specific for me. I am hoping to reuse it the week leading up to my half marathon if it works out okay. 6 weeks to go!

 

 For all you runners out there – do you put much thought into race day/week/month nutrition? Does it make a difference?

 

Intuitive Eating Progress

Let’s head right on in to another round of Intuitive Tuesday shall we? Thanks for joining me!

intuitive tuesday

I am not exactly sure when I made the decision to start eating intuitively. This blog has been around for over six months now, and I know that I was committed to eating intuitively before I started the blog, so it has been a little while. I thought that this would be a good time to check in with you guys and let you know how my journey with intuitive eating is going.

First of all, let’s recap what intuitive eating means to me.

Intuitive eating is eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are full most of the time. It is allowing yourself to eat what satisfies and nourishes your body, without restricting certain foods. Intuitive eating means rejecting dieting, and all the thoughts that go along with it. It is accepting your body where it is at, and learning to love it. Intuitive eating is a journey, it is not about perfection. To learn more about intuitive eating, I highly suggest you check out this book (not an affiliate link).

intuitive eating book

Before I talk about if intuitive eating has been working for me, I want to share with you how I have been doing with it. I have been using the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating to help me on my journey. These principles are guidelines to help you learn to eat intuitively. They aren’t set in stone and don’t need to be followed 100% of the time for intuitive eating to work. I am proof of this!

1. Reject the Diet Mentality

I was doing great with this and then a couple of months ago I started looking up calorie recommendations online and kept an estimate of how many calories I was eating in my head. I definitely didn’t actually eat the recommended amount of calories, but the diet mentality was still there, resurfacing. This was triggered by reading a couple blogs that talked about calorie recommendations while exercising. I need to start skipping over triggering posts since this is still an area of weakness for me. I am happy to say that this didn’t last long, and I am no longer counting calories! I know that it absolutely doesn’t work for me, and actually leads to weight gain, and obsessive tendencies.

diets fail

 

Source

2. Honor Your Hunger

I tend it eat on Lochlyn’s schedule, not my own. I am getting better about knowing how much to eat so that I can make it to the next meal without being crazy hungry … with a few exceptions. I have to admit I drink coffee in the morning to satisfy my hunger while I wait for Lochlyn to wake up to have breakfast. I don’t like making breakfast while she is still sleeping because I am loud and tend to wake her up. I need to have some snack foods on hand to nibble on in case I find myself really hungry before it is breakfast time for us.

3. Make Peace with Food

I have a bad habit of eating Josh’s cereal and granola bars as a snack when I am not that hungry and don’t really even want them. They are Josh’s foods, and I feel guilty eating them. I think that “rebellious eating” could be why I always reach for them for a snack. I need to give myself permission to eat them. Josh doesn’t actually care, and we can always buy more. I also sometimes feel bad for eating a ton of less nutritious foods. This is mostly because I don’t feel great after eating them, and I know it will affect my running. I would like to work more on not seeing food as “good” or “bad”.

ready for cake

4. Challenge the Food Police

My progress with this is really tied to the last point. There are a few foods that I still view as “bad” or “off limits”. This is mostly because they are Josh’s, or will negatively affect my performance while running.

5. Respect Your Fullness

I feel like this is where I have made the most progress lately. I am proud to say that I am no longer a member of the clean plate club! I am learning to stop eating when I am full, and recognize the feeling. There have been a few nights recently that I haven’t eaten the dinner I made for my family because I was snacking too much before, and realized I wasn’t hungry. I am not proud of the snacking, but I am proud about not overdoing it! I still overeat from time to time, and sometimes if something is amazingly delicious, I give myself permission to overeat. Last weekend Josh and I ordered the most amazing dessert to share, and I ate more than I needed to. I definitely don’t regret that decision. It was amazing.

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Source – I didn’t get a picture but this was what it looked like. White chocolate flatbread with cheesecake, berries, brownie crumbles and chocolate sauce. Topped with the most creamy vanilla ice cream. How could you not want to overeat with this?

6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor

This is so hard for me! I am trying to remember to ask myself what I feel like eating  and then taking the time to really enjoy it. Limiting distractions is something that has helped me with this, but here has still been the odd meal or snack eaten in front of my computer, or phone. Like I mentioned above, it’s progress, not perfection! I love eating and reading at the same time. It is the perfect way to escape the real world and not feel your feelings…

7. Honor your Feelings Without Using Food

I didn’t realize that I ate my feelings until I started intuitive eating. I am learning to feel my feelings, even when I do turn to food if that makes sense. I still eat emotionally sometimes, but I am trying to figure out what I am feeling even if I do eat when I feel emotional. Some of my greatest triggers are stress, exhaustion, and loneliness.

emotional eating

 

Source

8. Respect Your Body

Ahh, yes. This is tough, but oh so good. I feel like I do respect my body the majority of the time. I am taking this one step further and trying to learn to love my body. I am not there yet, but I will be!

9. Exercise – Feel the Difference

I got this. I love exercise. I have also learned that over-exercising can be a bad thing. There have been quite a few workouts lately that have been cut short, made easier, or even skipped because my body was telling me I needed to take it easy. I have also changed up my strength training routine because I recognized that coupled with running, it was getting to be too hard on my body.

10. Honor Your Health

This is a work in progress. I know how to eat healthy, and I would like to fuel myself with healthy foods as I know that it affects my running performance. I am working at paying attention to how my body feels after eating less healthy foods. It is encouraging me to fuel with healthier options for sure. I don’t eat healthy all the time, but I do try to make healthy choices if my body isn’t craving anything specific. When I am craving chocolate like crazy, I still eat it. I just try to choose something healthier if I am not craving it specifically.

 

Wow, that was a long update. I reviewed all of those points because I wanted you to see that I am not a perfect intuitive eater. I don’t follow the above principles all of the time. I still struggle with almost every single aspect of intuitive eating at some point during my day. The intuitive eating principles are there to help you out, not to hinder you or make you feel inadequate.

Now that we have gone over that, does intuitive eating actually work?

I have been working at intuitive eating for over six months now, and I can say without a doubt that, despite all of my weakness, intuitive eating has absolutely worked for me.

Since I started eating intuitively I have

  • Given up dieting. I have relapsed a bit into the diet mentality, but I haven’t gone on an actual diet, and that is so great.
  • Stopped binge eating. I haven’t binge ate since I started intuitive eating. This is my most favourite result of learning to eat intuitively. Giving yourself permission to eat is so rewarding.
  • Cut back on overeating. I still overeat on occasion, and sometimes I even give myself permission to overeat. Overall, this habit has been squashed and I feel so much better now that I don’t have the shame and guilt that is associated with it.
  • Not obsessed about food. Now I can actually live my life and food doesn’t have power or control over me. Thank God.
  • Started respecting my body. My body can do amazing things. It is healthy, and it is mine. I don’t need to change it to be loved or accepted.

As you can see, intuitive eating has changed my life for the better. If you would like to improve your relationship with food, I would highly, highly suggest giving it a fair try. The book I mentioned above is a great starting point!

I also want to talk about something that a lot of people have asked me about since I started intuitive eating. Weight gain and weight loss. This post is long enough as it is, and I have a lot to say about the subject, so I am saving it for next week. Stay tuned because I plan to share with you whether I have gained or lost weight while intuitive eating!

 

If you have any questions about my journey or progress with intuitive eating I would love to hear them!

Meal Plan for January 31st

Long time no see! Blog posts haven’t been happening around here the past couple of days. On Thursday Lochlyn was awake super early, which is when I usually write my posts. On Friday I wrote out an entire post, and then WordPress crashed before I got a chance to post it. I thought I saved a draft, but I can’t find it, so I guess that didn’t happen. Does this happen to anyone else besides me? I am thinking I should start writing posts in a word processor so that I have a back-up copy.

Anyways, I am here today, to share my meal plan with you for the week. Like last week’s plan, I am basically following Anne’s meal plan that is part of the Winter Shape-up program. I followed week 1 last week and I really enjoyed it. It features a lot more meat-free dishes than I typically eat, and gets me to try new and very delicious recipes. Also, I have a ton of leftovers! My freezer is getting stocked up with yummy and delicious meals, that will be perfect for weeks when I am extra busy, or don’t feel like cooking.

You can download Anne’s meal plan here, and I highly recommend you check it out. I have included a version on this page, just to keep me organized.

Breakfast

 

Lunch

Dinner

Lochlyn’s New Foods

  • Couscous
  • Kale

Meal Prep

  • Wash and chop veggies
  • Make Almond Butter Breakfast Bars
  • Make Blueberry Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Bread

By the time this post is published, I will have had my groceries done for the week, and I will most likely be getting ready to go to work. It is hard for me to get used to having to work all weekend, but I am hoping it is short-lived. I am lucky I have a fun job, and get to work with some pretty great people, so it could be worse.

Hope you have a great weekend!

 

Are you following the Shape-up program at all? I am not following the workouts, but I am so enjoying the meals!

Meat-free meals… how do you feel about them? I really enjoy not eating as much meat, but my husband has other ideas. He isn’t a bean fan, and often if I make a vegetarian dish, I have to cook some meat for him on the side. This makes for a lot of work!

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

My family didn’t have gingerbread cookies at Christmas time when I was a kid. I am not really sure why that was. My mom made a lot of Christmas baking, but I guess gingerbread just didn’t make the list. Maybe this is why I have never been a huge fan of gingerbread during the holidays. I love gingersnap cookies, but I wouldn’t choose a gingerbread Christmas cookie over all the other options.

soft gingerbread close up

At least, this was how I felt until I tried Josh’s Aunt Kathy’s gingerbread cookies. She lives a couple provinces away, but always sends us up a big batch every year at Christmas. Josh’s Aunt is a fantastic baker, and these cookies are never a disappointment. They have the perfect blend of ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Aunt Kathy rolls out the cookies extra thin, and cooks them long enough to give them lots of crunch.

The only thing I would change about Aunt Kathy’s gingerbread? I like chewy cookies. I realize that gingerbread is traditionally crunchy, but I don’t care. I prefer it soft, and chewy, and slightly crispy around the edges. I still enjoy Aunt Kathy’s cookies a ton, but when Josh asked me to make her recipe a few years ago, I knew I would be switching it up a bit.

soft broken gingerbread

Here is my version of Aunt Kathy’s gingerbread cookies. They are soft and chewy, with a bit of crispiness around the edges. The perfect blend of spices is still the same, but they are slightly thicker and  even a little bit cake-y. I would recommend them if you are a soft cookie kinda person like myself. Josh also prefers his cookies chewy, so my recipe is a pretty big hit!

Cut-out cookies are a lot of work, and a lot of mess. I only make these once a year, and they disappear fast! I need to hide some in the freezer so there are still some left at Christmas!

broken gingerbread close up

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 cups flour
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cream butter, brown sugar, and egg in a mixmaster or handheld mixer until smooth
  3. Beat in molasses
  4. Beat in soda and spices until thoroughly combined
  5. Add flour, mixing in a cup at a time. You can start mixing it in with a mixmaster, but you may have to mix it by hand. This dough gets pretty thick
  6. Store cookie dough in the fridge for a minimum of three hours to make it easier to handle. I like to store mine overnight
  7. Roll dough into a ball using lots of flour on your hands so the dough doesn’t stick
  8. On a floured surface and with a floured rolling pin, roll dough out until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick
  9. Using a floured medium-large size cookie cutter, make your cookie shapes one at a time from the dough and transfer them onto a non-greased cookie sheet using a spatula. Remove the cookie cutter from the dough once it is on the cookie sheet to retain the cookie’s shape better. Make sure that the cookies are spaced out at least an inch and a half apart. They spread out a bit.
  10. Once your first cookie sheet is loaded up, place it on the middle rack in your oven and back for 4-6 minutes. I bake my fairly large size cookies for 5 minutes.  You don’t want to over-cook these, so watch really closely. The very edges of the cookie should be just starting to slightly brown. They will continue to cook a little after you take them out.
  11. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes, and then transfer them carefully to a wire rack to cool completely
  12. Once you have the first cookie sheet in the oven, continue with step nine for the second cookie sheet. Make sure that you still keep an eye on the cookies that are baking. It goes a lot faster cooking one sheet at a time so you can load up the second while the first one is baking

This recipe makes about 24 medium-large sized gingerbread men. I usually double it because Josh is a gingerbread cookie monster and I like to have some to give away.

stacked gingerbread

Do you prefer gingerbread cookies to be soft and chewy, or thin and crunchy?

What is your favorite Christmas cookie? My favorite Christmas baking would be butter tarts, nanaimo bars, or date squares (I can’t decide!). I don’t think I have a favorite Christmas cookie though.

 

 

 

Meal Plan for Oct. 14

I have a pretty short and unexciting meal plan this week. We are away for a few days so I only have a couple of days to plan for. Here are some of my easy meal ideas for while we are unpacking and getting reorganized after our trip. P.S. Tuesday’s recipe is fantastic!

mom and baby 7 months kiss selfie

 

Tuesday: Cauli-Power Fettuccine “Alfredo” 

Wednesday: Homemade ground turkey soup with rolls/bread

Thursday: Salmon, kale chips, coconut rice

Friday: Wing it

 

Lochlyn’s New Foods

  • Pears
  • Apricots

baby 7 months eating lunch

 

Meal Prep

  • Chop fresh veggies for lunches (salads and sandwiches) and snacks
  • Bake apricots for Lochlyn and mash/puree

edamame salad

 

And that is it! Short and sweet!

 

I need some fall recipe ideas! Any suggestions?