First, I wanted to share this photo that Kara, one of my readers, sent to me. She said that during all that snowy, cold weather she made my recipe for Mexican White Queso Soup. She served it in this fun Disney mugs. I love it! Thanks for sending the photo, Kara!
We don’t go to the movies very often, but over the Christmas break we managed to see three! They were all really good too. I hate paying to see a movie in the theater and finding it only mediocre. These three were winners though.
This one is fun! Lots of good music, beautiful animation and I loved the way True Love is portrayed in this film. As a bonus, there’s a fun movie short at the beginning with the old-fashioned Mickey and friends.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I saw a trailer for this a while back and I couldn’t wait for the movie. It was worth the wait too. This is a movie that will inspire you. We took the whole family and we all liked it, especially the older kids. Mia, who is only 11 didn’t find this one quite as interesting. She still enjoyed it, but I think some of the larger themes were lost on her. As for me, I’d go back to the theater to see this one again.
Saving Mr. Banks
Jim and I went to see this movie together. The story is so well told. I’d give this movie 5 stars. It’s simply excellent. It’s not a kid movie though. Some of the themes are too heavy for younger kids.
A while before Christmas, I heard about a service called Scribd that’s like Netflix for books. So I sent Jim a link, saying it would make a perfect Christmas gift for me (hint, hint). He didn’t get it for Christmas, but did give me a subscription for our anniversary. I’ve only just begun to explore, but so far I love it! You can add books to your library (like adding movies to your Netflix queue).
They don’t have everything, but they have lots. What do I mean by that? Well, if you go looking for something specific you may not find it. But if you start browsing, you’ll find all kinds of books you’d like to read. I found several that have been on my to-read list for a long time. And I found some new ones too. If you like to read, you might want to check it out. I’ll share more of my impressions on it after a few months of use.
Whole 30 Report
My Whole 30 has been a little up and down. Actually, my cooking has had some issues lately, which affected our Whole 30. I think we’ve experienced a slight brown-out at our house through this cold snap. Three days in a row, I’ve started dinner, but dinner hasn’t wanted to finish cooking. Once, the crockpot didn’t cook the food after 6 hours on high. And twice, the oven let me down. It’s been frustrating.
And, sad to say, one of those nights led me to make whole wheat pancakes for dinner. Not on the Whole 30, but it was quick food. I did end up with a headache the next day. But it’s hard to know if was a result of the pancakes or just me.
Then the next night we celebrated Meredith’s birthday. I did have a little bit of pasta and small piece of cake. So, I’ve strayed off the plan. But since then, I’ve tried to stick to it.
I know I’m not a very good example. On the other hand, I’ve still managed to reduce the amount of sugar I usually eat so that I’m now having next to nothing. I eat a lot more fruits and veggies now than I usually do. And I’ve pretty much stopped snacking at night. If I do have a snack, it’s a handful of cashews.
As I write this, I’m only on Day 8. I’m a long way from drawing any real conclusions from this experiment.
I hope you have a great weekend! Leave a comment letting me know about movies or books you’ve enjoyed or how your Whole 30 is going.