And, just like that…we are about to turn another calendar page! One-fourth of 2022 already in the history books. One minute that seems impossible but, I will admit, there are a few days (weeks) that I think, “Is it still March?” Especially when winter wants to hang on so tightly!! Three days ago, we had snow showers and then almost an inch of sleet that gathered on our lawn. The poor spring blossoms. They were so happy just a few days before (and so was I!!) Oh, the weather is a fickle thing, to be sure. But the turning of those calendar pages? Well, that is dependable and regular as ever! I’m a day or two early – but let me be the first to say, “Welcome April!! Please come in. I am so ready for you!!” Before the month is completely gone, I have time to document things – a little doing, a little cooking, and, of course, always something for which to give thanks.
DOING. The last few weeks, I have (almost) obsessively been reading, studying, watching videos, and somewhat overthinking everything I can about keto. Ketones, Ketosis, Carbs vs. Net Carbs. And the list continues. The science – which typically is only marginally above math in terms of interesting to me – behind this lifestyle or way of eating has been fascinating for me. I know more about MCTs, macros and electrolytes than I could have imagined. And, yes, after (far too much) resistance, I finally jumped in with both feet. I realize “saying no to bread” (and keto is much more than that!) might not be for everyone…..and that’s fine. But for the sake of this post, it has pretty much what I have been doing and what has consumed my thoughts (and free time) in March. If, by chance, you do enjoy keto, I would love to hear about your experience – and especially any of your favorite recipes. I have made some delicious dinners but I’ve just scratched the surface with all the yummy recipes out there. I have also been eating breakfast again. Ah breakfast, I have missed you!!
COOKING. Did I mention that I have been trying new keto recipes? You can be sure this blog will not become a keto forum but the new dishes have been (90%) successful and tasty. It has been fun just trying new things. I do cook separately for my husband but that has not been a problem. And I enjoy baking every once in a while. I usually make something sweet when we have a fellowship at church. Last weekend, I made a chocolate trifle (basically layers of devil’s food cake, caramel sauce and cool whip!) which was a huge hit. So easy but I always come home with an empty bowl. Earlier in the month, I made this chocolate chip cake for our ladies’ fellowship. Again, only brought home the crumbs. I mentioned cooking separately for my husband. He is a man who enjoys his sweets:) And he is so easy to please. Last night, I made him some Jello pudding. From the little square box. With (leftover) Coolwhip on the top. He was such a happy camper!!:)
GIVING THANKS. I’m grateful for my family (especially my husband) who support me as I try new things….and make major changes. Everyone needs at least a small cheerleading section on the sidelines – and I’m grateful for mine. I’m thankful a friend asked me to help her plan and prepare a bridal shower for her daughter. I really enjoy doing that and it has been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity. We had a great time brainstorming and sharing ideas over dinner! My husband and I have been invited to three weddings this summer! Remember when gathering for special events was a big no-no? Yea, me neither. Hooray for celebrating life together again! I’m especially thankful for the friendships that I have made through blogging. I also enjoy the connections but this month, in particular, they have been especially nice!
I noticed on February’s post for doing, cooking and giving thanks, that I ended with a comment about winter. Good grief. No more complaints or snide comments about winter (at least for six or seven months!). It’s all sunshine and warm breezes from here. We have several family birthdays in the weeks ahead and, of course, my fun trip/girls’ getaway that I have mentioned more than once or twice here on the blog. Be prepared to hear about it again. I do look forward to April. And birthdays! Oh, and this little guy….is one month already and just keeps getting cuter. Here’s to a beautiful month full of blessings ahead.