"The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands". Prov.14:1 (NASB)

Friday, December 31, 2021

Goodbye 2021~ Welcome 2022

Well, it's time to say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022. It has been another crazy year for sure but, Praise the Lord we made it through! My family usually does our usual thing of taking down Christmas décor and eating Fondue throughout the day. This year will be a different one. This year we will snack on a Charcuterie platter and move into the new home we just bought. We closed on it a few days before Christmas. YAY!!! Don’t know if I’ll be blogging anytime soon because I’ll be very busy in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Much thanks to all who stopped by to read my blog all through this year. I’m so grateful for each of you. I hope you and your loved ones have a fun and safe New Year's Eve~Day. I pray your 2022 is filled with many reasons to give God thanks each day. With all that being said be blessed.


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Thursday, December 23, 2021

From my family to yours…


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Monday, December 6, 2021

The Simple Woman {Dec. 2021}

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For Today: 12/6/21
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Looking out my window
It’s cold and cloudy outside. Our high for today is 45 degrees.

I am thinking
About how busy I’ll be this week making Christmas goodies. I plan to bless a handful of people this year.

I am thankful
That my hubby found him a good deal on an air fryer/oven. He had been wanting to get one, but for the longest none were within our budget. So far we love the one we chose.

One of my favorite things
Looking at Christmas lights when we’re driving around at night.

I am creating
Just this Simple Woman Daybook post and setting up my planners for next year :)

I am wearing
A black long sleeve T-shirt and green jeggings.

I am reading
Nothing at the moment.

I’ve been watching
Lots of old/Classic Christmas movies. My hubby’s favorite is “It’s a Wonderful Life”. My son will always love “A Charlie Brown Christmas” till he’s old and gray. LOL I love watching all the black and white films. I always have to see “Sound of Music” even though it’s not a Christmas movie. They always play it on T.V. this time of year and it never gets old for me.

I am listening to
The lovely sound of my clock. It plays Christmas music every hour.

I am hoping
The price of things doesn’t get any higher than it already has. It feels like I just took a trip to some fancy shop when all I did was go grocery shopping.

I am learning
To be grateful my hubby likes to buy me nice things. I’m so tightwad frugal that I don’t like buying nice things for myself.

In my kitchen
Making a batch of oven bacon to have on hand this week. YUM!

More Of Value
Do you and your church or family observe Advent? We started doing Advent back when my son was 7 or 8 years old. If you don't know what to do, here is some information on what Advent is and how to incorporate it into the Christmas season.

Post Script
Last week I shared my health journey and weight loss update. I invite you to come and check it out if you missed it.

Shared Quote
“God’s gifts often take the place of God Himself and the whole course of the man’s life is upset by the monstrous substitution!”

~A.W. Tozer

A moment from my day
Just took some pics this morning to compare from last year.

Closing Notes
I hope you have enjoyed reading through my Simple Woman Daybook posts this year. Feel free to leave me a comment because I do read and respond to each one.
FYI~ I do block spammers and don’t allow disrespectful comments to go through. Before you go don't forget to visit and read other ladies' Simple Woman Journal posts that are linked up through our gracious host Peggie.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

December 2021 Weekly Meal Plans

Hi everyone.  For those of you in the U.S., I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and kept safe. The Christmas season is here! I love this time of the year. Have you put up any decorations yet? I have the majority of mine already put up :-)  Winter begins in mid-December. That means I will change up the menu plans just a little for the cold weather ahead.

Things are still going well with Intermittent Fasting and OMAD. On the weekends I do eat 2 meals. I will definitely continue with OMAD to see how I do on it for a full year. If you were wondering, I no longer do portion control. That WON'T work with this W.O.E. (Way of Eating). You have to eat enough to sustain yourself until your next feeding window. That's why I have to be sure to get in enough protein and healthy fats daily. I'm glad I'm doing this because I've never felt so good and energetic the way I do now. I also shared my 1 year health journey a while back. I said I would come back to share an update. Well, here is a 6-month update of my weight loss progress.




I’m so happy that I’m no longer up in the 200 lbs. weight range. I held onto that weight for 20 years and I finally got back under that. I’ve lost over 40-45 lbs. since I started my health journey in June last year. The weight is not falling off fast as I want it to. My age (mid 40's), having gone through menopause very early (late 30's), and other health factors play a part in how fast or SLOW losing weight can take. But, praise be to the Lord that I’ve come this far and did shed those pounds! Meal planning, meal prep, portion control (in the early stage), changing the types of foods I eat, and daily fasting have all contributed to my success. I also exercise at home 3-5 days a week via YouTube videos. I won't be joining any public gyms because I feel more comfortable in the privacy of my own home.

I start and end my day with my apple cider vinegar drink. I sometimes put the concoction in some sparkling water. It reminds me of the taste of kombucha. I drink LOTS of water and have a cup of hot herbal tea or black coffee as well. I enjoy a Zevia drink from time to time with my meals. Well, let’s get on to the meals. Here is a quick rundown of next month’s menu plans:

Breakfast- (for my son)
Boiled egg and bacon slices
Steel Cut Oats, ham slices, and boiled egg
Egg Muffin cups (with bacon)
Chaffles with “Maple” syrup and sausage links

Lunch-
Keto Gumbo
Keto Pizza Casserole
Keto 3 Meat Chili (with ground Beef, ground Turkey, and Pork Chorizo)
Keto Pizza Bowls

Dinner-
Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast
Apple Baked Pork Chops
Beef Stew
Keto Dirty “Rice”

***If you missed it, here is a look back at the monthly menu from December 2020.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

November 2021 Weekly Meal Plans

Hi dear readers.  I mentioned last month that Fall is my favorite season. I love that it leads right on into one of my favorite holidays. I look forward to Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season right afterward. Can y’all believe my hubby won’t let us sing any Christmas tunes until Thanksgiving has come? LOL 😁

Well, I have some news. My husband has joined me on the OMAD (One Meal A Day) train. He got used to eating 2MAD (2 Meals A Day) and wanted to finish the rest of the year doing OMAD with me. We’re both losing more weight and feel great. I have had to go down in dress, shirt, and pants size again since April. Say what???

I bought some new cookbooks at the store to help with the way we eat now. Keto foods are very tasty and don't make us feel like we don't have a lot of food variety. In the pic, you see 4 of the 6 that I purchased. They were marked down to under $5-$10 each. I found these Keto cookbooks on sale and had to have them. They will come in handy for the upcoming holidays so we don’t eat anything that will cause us to jeopardize our weight loss progress. Well, let’s get on to the meals. Here is a quick view into next month’s menu plans:

Breakfast- for my son only
Boiled eggs with bacon or sausage links
Steel Cut Oats and boiled eggs
Homemade Mc Griddles (with eggs, cheese, and bacon, ham, or sausage patties)
Mini waffle breakfast sandwiches (with eggs, cheese, and ham or sausage patties)

Lunch-
Meatball Egg Drop Soup 
Pulled Pork BBQ Pizza
Spaghetti (w/Zoodles and homemade meat pasta sauce)
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (Keto)

Dinner-
Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers(Keto)
Chuck Roast or Pork Chops
Seafood Chowder
Keto Pizza Casserole

***If you missed it, here is a look back at the monthly menu from November 2020. Looking back I notice how the way we eat has drastically changed.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The Simple Woman {Oct. 2021}

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For Today: 10/5/21
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Looking out my window
Leaves are starting to cover the ground. Outside there’s a slight breeze, we have scattered clouds, but it feels nice. Today’s high is 78 degrees.

I am thinking
About all the things we’re facing in these troubling times. My heart aches to see the division running rampant in the body of Christ over such things :(

I am thankful
To be able to enjoy another Fall season.

One of my favorite things
Beautiful Fall Tree
I love this picture of a tree in our town from a few years ago. It’s one of the many things I love about Autumn.

I am creating
A “TO DO LIST” of some things I want to work on around the house.

I am wearing
A rose print dress and flip-flops.

I am reading
Father God’s Holy Word. I’m participating in the Psalm 119 online ladies Bible Study.

I’m watching
I have been catching up on some Clutterbug YouTube videos.

I am hoping
By some miracle to not have to deal with suffering from bad allergy headaches this year. Haha…It’s okay to wish sometimes right?

I am learning
To be okay with a head full of gray hairs. It's like I see more gray patches every few months when I'm looking in the mirror. I know...maybe I'm getting wiser *wink *wink

In my kitchen
I have been making homemade mayo for a few years now. I like the taste much better than any I buy at the store. Maybe because I actually know what’s in it. Here’s a recipe I use:

1 Large whole Pasture-Raised egg ( or 2 Egg Yolks)
1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1 Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar
2 tsp. Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1/4 tsp. White Pepper
1 cup Avocado Oil (or any neutral tasting oil)

I use up to a quart-size wide mouth Mason jar to add everything but the oil. Then I take my handheld stick (Emersion) blender to blend everything in the jar. Last I slowly add the oil and pulse up and down to get it to a thicker consistency that resembles mayo. It lasts a few weeks in the fridge if I even have it that long. LOL

Post Script
  Last month I watched a week of "Get Organized HQ". I learned so much. While going through the website last week, I came across something interesting. I love this idea of organizing small things with photo boxes.

Shared Quote
“It is not the absence of sin, but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors.”
~Arthur Pink

A moment from my day
Just a day of decluttering and keeping the home :-)

Closing Notes
  Thank you for stopping by to read my Simple Woman Daybook post. Do feel free to leave me a comment. I do read and respond to each one. Just know that I do block spammers and don’t allow disrespectful comments to go through. Before you go don't forget to visit and read other ladies' Simple Woman Journal posts that are linked up through our gracious host Peggie.
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