Encouragement for Your Wednesday

Happy Hump Day! This week has been a bit of a whirlwind on my end, with wrapping up Thanksgiving plans, coordinating my schedule around the holidays, and then gearing up for Christmas. My husband and I also took a little weekend getaway which was quiet, but we still had a blast. Now I’m back in the swing of things, but it’s really not much of a status quo because things are so hectic with the holidays.

Hectic, but good…

Things I’m Loving Lately

My sweet little puppy is still in his chewy stage, and his favorite things to chew are stuffed animals. However, as I’m sure all you puppy owners can relate, his favorite thing to do is rip all the stuffing out of the stuffed animals, making a huge mess of whatever room he is in. While I don’t mind throwing away some fluff here and there, I mostly get concerned when he swallows it, as that can cause an intestinal blockage and make him sick.

A friend of ours had some leftover baby toys which she donated to Finnegan, and one of them was this plush elephant blanket. It’s not really a blanket, more so a fluffy cloth square, but regardless…he loves it and there’s no stuffing the swallow. They aren’t cheap, but no quality dog toy really is.

Shortcuts for a Simpler Life

I love eating out at restaurants, but I really don’t like days when I’m so busy and stressed that cooking dinner feels like a chore. Of course, I still have days like that, but I try to avoid grab-and-go food as much as possible because it makes me feel crummy, and most of all because it’s really expensive.

Recently, I discovered some of the pre-marinated meats at Trader Joe’s and ALDI, and they have been weeknight game changers. They’re a little pricier than the regular cuts of meat, but they’re still cheaper than ordering takeout. The different flavors of marinades are really yummy. Usually my quick meat go-to is baked chicken thighs, but the marinated chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, pork shoulder, and other products at ALDI have helped us break the rut of chicken…chicken…chicken.

I cooked this herb-marinated pork tenderloin (I think it was like $4 at ALDI) in our Anova Sous Vide and it came out amazing. I simply placed it in a Ziploc Freezer Bag, lowered it into the pot of water at 145 degrees, and left it alone for 2.5 hours (but you can do anywhere from 1-4 hours). I still don’t believe how easy it is to make incredible tasting food with the sous vide

After I took it out of the water bath, I seared it for 90 seconds on each side in a cast iron. Perfection.

Healthy, Happy, Whole

I know I look grumpy in the photo below (it was a selfie taken for another purpose besides this blog) but I would’ve looked even grumpier if I couldn’t breathe. I of course understand why masks are encouraged, but as someone who struggles to breathe this time of year anyway thanks to allergies, adding a few layers of fabric over my nostrils really just doesn’t feel good.

A few months ago, I was buying some more face masks on Amazon, and I found these breathable running/riding masks. I was amazed by how truly breathable they are. They don’t suction against my nose, and the silky cloth material is really comfortable. It also doesn’t get moist from my breath, and is WAY easier to breathe through than some of the other masks I’ve used. I definitely recommend them if you struggle to catch your breath while wearing a mask, especially when you’re moving around a lot.

Wednesday Word

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17

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