A good day

Yesterday began fresh, as all days do, with the promise of good food and staying on course. While the kids were sleeping, I fixed myself a cup of tea and warmed up two of the biscuits I made the day before. After topping them with my favorites, butter and cherry preserves, I sat enjoyed and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the house before the day really got started.
with a cherry on top

Once the kids got up, we spent the morning hanging out, tidying up, keeping busy basically. When lunchtime rolled around I had planned to have an egg salad sandwich but decided on a salad instead. My favorite salad is one topped with chopped egg, bacon, and olives then drizzled with a bit of ranch dressing. Thankfully I had hard boiled eggs in the fridge. I don’t know what it is but chopped egg is one of the yummiest things I think you can put on a salad.
salad, lunch 3/31
This was really filling and really held me over until I had a snack later in the afternoon. Oh and what a snack it was!

One of my goals was to make homemade snacks and not buy any at the store. I bought a new cookbook while I was recovering from my surgery and was finally able to make something out of it! I chose chocolate chip cookies. They were so, so delicious! Thin, with crispy buttery edges and a chewy center. Oh man, they were good! The recipe made a ton of cookies, too.
chocolate chip cookies

For dinner, I made shrimp and grits, which you’ve seen me mention here before. This time though, I did something a little different. Instead of using a combination milk or cream with water to cook the grits, I used some homemade chicken broth that was in the freezer. I thought it would make the dish a little bit lighter. I used 4 cups of chicken broth and maybe a 1/2 cup of cream. That was the only thing I did different. It did change the taste but it was good, and the dish didn’t feel as heavy as it usually does.
shrimp and grits

At the end of the day, I felt really good about how I did. The only thing I didn’t accomplish yesterday was doing a workout video but that’s ok. Baby steps. It’s hard to make changes and if all I can do right now is change my eating habits then that’s all I can do. trying to do too much can be overwhelming and self-defeating. Already, today feels like a good day. Like I’m in total control of myself and my emotions. It’s a start!

Homeschooling Mama - I get hungry just looking at the food you make! yummy 🙂 I have heard people mention shrimp and grits but I have no clue what it is! I need to go look it up.

whimsigal - My version is a little different than the usual that people fix. I have recipe on this site somewhere in the archive from last year. I’ll try and find it for you!

carri - Everything looks delicious! Every time you post about shrimp and grits I think, I’m gonna try that. And I never do get around to it. Maybe this time.

You know, years ago I found Flylady and read about how it takes 28 days to form a habit. Since then I have read the same thing in many other places. The idea is that if you focus on changing one habit at a time, in 28 days the new behavior becomes the habit you want. Then you move to the next one. I think it’s a good way to keep from getting overwhelmed when you are trying to make lifestyle changes. Have you heard of this before? What do you think?

whimsigal - I have heard of Fly Lady and get her emails but I don’t remember the 28 days thing. I believe it though. I don’t think the brain can handle more than one change at a time. Thank you for mentioning that. I am going to keep that in mind as I work through all of this.

You should try the shrimp and grits. It’s stupid good.

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