Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Welcome back! I am officially, really back! Did you have a chance to check out my 2020 Themes, No Spend 2019 Update, or my 20 for 2020 articles? If not, check them out. I like to start each year with a plan and intention. I am thrilled that my 2020 theme is Slow. I have already started to re-evaluate my to do list items. I found myself the first weekend in January looking at my list and then looking at my family snuggled on the couch and decided to skip the remaining to do list items for the night. The left over to do list items were there for me the next day as they promised. Plus dinner was already in the oven so nobody would mind.

  • Best Podcasts of the Week
  • What’s Cooking
  • What am I reading?
  • House Hack
  • Random Stuff

“You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.”

Hillary DePiano

Best Podcasts of the Week

Frugal Friends Podcast really hit me this week. Minimalism can be cut throat. Do you live in a 1,000 square foot house? Great because someone is living in a 250 square foot tiny home? Even better because someone is living out of a backpack? Who is the better minimalist? Jen and Jill along with their guest Desirae tackle this very question.

Episode 89: Letting Go of Material Possessions to Save Money w/ Desirae Endres: Combating the desire for material possessions is crucial in our ‘debt-payoff and other financial goals’ journey! And it’s this desire for ‘stuff’ that is really at the heart of impulse spending and can be such a barrier to seeing real shifts in our budgets. So today we’ve invited Desirae Endres from the Minimalish podcast and blog to share her personal story of scaling back on possessions and the impact this made in her life!

Frugal Friends Show Notes

Honestly, I didn’t really like Cal Newport‘s book Digital Minimalism but every time a podcast discusses his book I love it! On Go Help Yourself: A Comedy Self Help Podcast, hosts Misty and Lisa reviewed Digital Minimalism. I loved their commentary and a reminder of the things I really did like from the book.

On We Love You (And So Can You), hosts Kristen and Jolenta talked about professional jealously.

Bonus: Other People’s Success: Remember Kelli’s episode? Kristen and Jolenta really felt those professional jealousy emotions Kelli was going through. And in this special bonus episode, you’ll hear all about their own stories of dealing with that little green monster. 

We Love You (And So Can You) Show Notes

What’s Cooking

Keto/Paleo/Grain Free Beef Stew… it’s a really easy dump it in the crock pot and for get about it for 8 hours recipe. Here are the ingredients and the order that you put them into the crock pot

  1. 15 ounces of beef bone broth or beef broth
  2. 2 to 3 lbs of beef stew meat or you can cube an eye round roast
  3. cut up one carrot
  4. cut up about 4 stalks of celery
  5. sprinkle 1 teaspoon of garlic
  6. sprinkle 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika (regular will work, I’m just addicted to smoke paprika for the moment.

Cook the beef stew for 8 hours on low. I served mine with mashed potatoes or baked sweet potatoes.

What am I reading?

First off, I set my 2020 reading goal on Goodreads to be 52 books this year! Five of those books must be fiction since I am usually drawn to the self improvement area. Kicking off the new year is The Body In Question by Jill Ciment and Hillary Huber. I am currently about a quarter of the way through this book. It moves fast, gives details about the trial, and love affair without either topic monopolizing the book.

Summary from Goodreads:

From the author of Heroic Measures (“Smart and funny and completely surprising . . . I loved every page” —Ann Patchett), Act of God (“A feat of literary magic”—Booklist) and, with Amy Hempel, The Hand That Feeds You (“An unnerving, elegant page-turner” —Vanity Fair), a spare, masterful novel.

The place: central Florida. The situation: a sensational murder trial, set in a courthouse more Soviet than Le Corbusier; a rich, white teenage girl—a twin—on trial for murdering her toddler brother.

Two of the jurors: Hannah, a married fifty-two-year-old former Rolling Stone and Interview Magazine photographer of rock stars and socialites (she began to photograph animals when she realized she saw people “as a species”), and Graham, a forty-one-year-old anatomy professor. Both are sequestered (she, juror C-2; he, F-17) along with the other jurors at the Econo Lodge off I-75. As the shocking and numbing details of the crime are revealed during a string of days and courtroom hours, and the nights play out in a series of court-financed meals at Outback Steak House (the state isn’t paying for their drinks) and Red Lobster, Hannah and Graham fall into a furtive affair, keeping their oath as jurors never to discuss the trial. During deliberations the lovers learn that they are on opposing sides of the case. Suddenly they look at one another through an altogether different lens, as things become more complicated . . .

After the verdict, Hannah returns home to her much older husband, but the case ignites once again and Hannah’s “one last dalliance before she is too old” takes on profoundly personal and moral consequences as The Body in Question moves to its affecting, powerful, and surprising conclusion.

Goodreads

House Hack

Have a monthly meal plan. Ok I know it sounds terribly stressful but hear me out. I planned 4 special meals aka a diversion from the usual grilled/baked chicken this month. This allows me to pick up the meat for these special meals in advance if I find a deal. Plus I can pick up the shelf stable ingredients in advance if I find them on sale.

Traditionally I make about 3 large meals a week and we eat left overs. With the monthly meal plan, I am now adding in a 4th meal in smaller quantity to be enjoyed one night of the weekend.

Random Stuff

Snuggling with my little family.

Enjoying the meals that slowly cook in the oven over a couple of hours.

Wondering if I lost my mind since I just waited for the snow to fall in order to start running.

“Every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all of our lives.”

Steven Spielberg

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