3 Things that Work in the Kitchen This Week – Plus what I’ve been watching

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3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  Pizza Night for New Year’s Eve

It had been a long time since we’d made homemade pizza, but New Year’s Eve seemed the perfect time.  Our kids had a couple of friends over, but it was a quiet night for us.  I’ve been dealing with a sinus infection and pink eye most of the month of December, so I was happy to not have big plans and to have enough energy to make pizza.

Homemade Pizza slice

I made a fresh mozzarella pizza, pepperoni and added some onions and peppers to a few of the pizzas too. You can read about how I make pizza at home here.

2.  Pressure cooker before church.

One of my favorite times to use the Instant Pot is on Sunday.  It’s so easy to throw a meal in there to have ready when we get home.  I usually let it cook under pressure before we leave and let it have a natural pressure release.  Then it switches to “keep warm” and is perfect when we get back.

It’s similar to using the crockpot, but I don’t have to get up as early to get it started.  This week I made White Chicken Chili.  I did learn that beans need longer than the guidelines given in the recipe booklet that comes with the machine.  We were able to eat them, but they would have been better with a longer cook time.

Look for Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker recipes coming to Weekly Meal Plans in February!

3. Healthy Kickstart Shopping


You can find out all about Healthy Kickstart here.  The enrollment for this group is only open until January 10.  I’ve started sharing extra content in the private Facebook group and it’s been fun to get to know the other women there.

I also downloaded the first week of plans and did my shopping with the grocery list.  I’m all set for healthy dinners this week!  And I’ll be adding some videos in the private Facebook group showing you how I put together the meals and giving you tips for making the process faster.

I’d love to have you join us and kick your year off to a great, healthy start!

What I’ve been watching:

Since I’ve been sick over Christmas break, I’ve done a lot of movie watching, most of it from the couch.  I did make it out to one movie in theaters though.  We saw Sing a few days ago and it was a lot of fun!

Here’s a list of other movies I’ve watched recently, all on Netflix.  This list is kind of embarrassing just because it’s so long!

The Legend of Bagger Vance – This was my favorite of all the movies I watched.

Imitation Game – Good movie with an interesting story based on true events.

Pleasantville – Interesting and different. It’s filed under Romantic Comedies, but I wouldn’t put it there. I’m not sure where I’d categorize it, actually.

Christmas in the Smokies – light hearted Christmas movie

Last Love – an independent movie that takes place in Paris. It was fun to see Paris and the story line was interesting.  It could have had a happy ending for everyone too, but since it’s independent it didn’t really.

We’ve also slowly been re-watching The Crown with our oldest daughter and her husband. If you haven’t started that series, go watch it!  It’s fantastic and I’m really enjoying it the second time around too.

I’d love to know what’s working in your kitchen and what you’ve been watching.  And I’d love to have you join me for Healthy Kickstart too, if it’s a good fit for you!

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  1. Hey this is a nice article! And that’s exactly what I too have been doing in the holidays! 😄 Happy new year!

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