January 5th: Waking up to the lake every morning is so serene.
January 6th: Spent the day with this little munchkin… my niece.
For the past couple of years I see so many people embarking on a challenge called Project 365. Have you heard of it?
Well it is a way to document an entire year of your life by taking a photo a day. Yea… I know. Sounds like a HUGE commitment. I see so many people start off by taking pictures every day and posting them but after a while life gets in the way and people fall off the wagon. You’re probably asking yourself… “Uhhhh Tasha don’t you think you have enough on your plate, why on earth would you want to add more?”
The answer is simple really, for the past couple of years time has been zooming by quicker then I can say supercalifragilisticespialidocious and if you ask me what happened in those years, I don’t know if I would be able to remember all of it… and that is a BIG problem for me. Call it old age, call it running around with kiddies and everything, but its true. I want to be able to look back at 2013 and see what made my year so amazing and remember all of the beautiful things that happened. I know that God has some serious stuff he is working on in me and through me and I want to have it documented….
Do I sound looney? Maybe… but I’m kind of excited to share with you all a picture a day…
Here are days 1, 2, 3, & 4
January 1st: Me starting P90x and making the decision to challenge myself physically.
January 2nd: Gathering some delicious healthy recipes to add to my repertoire.
Casseroles are so easy and simple to make. I love the ease of making it the day before that allows me to just wake up in the morning and throw it in my oven. I wanted to make something special to start off 2013 well… and because I had some extra eggnog in my refrigerator I decided that instead of it going to waste why not make an Eggnog French Toast Casserole.
How does that sound for starting the new year off right????
That sounds pretty awesome to me! I also thought that my kiddies needed something special to begin their own year off right and who can turn down french toast, of any kind, and a full tummy surely does the trick.
2013! Wow can you believe it… I can’t. A new year usually means its the one time in everyone’s life where so many different resolutions are being made, I’m sure each and everyone of us have all made resolutions at one point in time– I need to make more money, I need a new job, I need to lose weight, I needs to get married, I need to have patience with my kids and/or husband/wife, I need to be healthy. These are just only a few to name the list can go on and on…
Just yesterday my son turned to me and asked what my New Year’s resolution was going to be? Of course I have been contemplating what I would choose to make as my resolution the minute that ball dropped at 12:00am last night. The conclusion I came up with was simple… To not make a so called “resolution” but a “decision”… A simple yet difficult decision ” TO BE A BETTER ME.” That means in all aspects of my life.
Yes, like the resolutions listed above I want so many of those things for example… I have decided that in order for me to be a better mother and wife I need to be a healthier and better version of Tasha. That means getting back on my regiment of working out each day, making healthier choices and being more active. Yes, I fell off the wagon last year but I think it has to do with not doing it for me. Starting my own personal 90-day challenge that enables me to lose the amount weight, which I will share with you all after my 90-days, with before and after photos… Eeekkkkk lord give me strength to show you all that. Completing my first 5k run in 2013 is another goal, and of course getting my sexy back is not a bad thing either.
But do not think that because I will be challenging myself that I will stop sharing all of the yummy food I make… Of course I will, that will never stop or change, a girl still has to eat… Just smaller portions and better choices!
2012 is done and I can honestly say good riddings… I am so ready to tackle 2013 and make it a year of bettering myself!
Although it has been a crazy year the one thing that has truly and always brought me joy has been sharing yummy recipes, my family, friends and my life with you all.
It was so hard to narrow down some of our favorites of the past year but I think we got it, well at least 16 of them… Here are just a few of ThatsSoYummy‘s bests… hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed making and sharing them with you all!
Let’s check them out…
I think I have come to the conclusion that anything dipped in melted chocolate is absolutely yummilicious! I mean there is nothing more festive and fun then hanging in the kitchen with friends and family talking and dunking pretzels, oreos, potato chips and chocolate Milano cookies in dark and white chocolate. To add more sparkle you can always sprinkle crushed peppermint candy canes on top.
These would add more sparkle to any New Years Eve table for friends and family to enjoy!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas this year. Life has been crazy busy with a whirlwind of different events happening each week. I know that it has been a few days since we last spoke and although we have all been so busy these days I wanted to share with you all a special gift. Candy Cane Chocolate Thumbprints. That’s right…
I used to wonder why during the holidays different varieties of thumbprints would always be made, and this time for one of the many holiday parties we went to, I wanted to add to the extensive repertoire out there in the blogosphere. Now of course you could of added what ever you wanted in the center of these cookies, like chocolate ganache, M&m’s, and different kinds of Hershey kisses. I wanted to add candy cane kisses to the center for extra holiday cheer.
These cookies were great on their own also just make sure you have a tall cold glass of milk!
I know that for some out there this holiday season has been very difficult to celebrate or even feel holiday joy. I ask for all of us to just say a small prayer for all of the loved ones missing and not here. For those of you who are fortunate to have yours with you squeeze them, hold them tight because you do not know what tomorrow brings.
From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panera Bread. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am a HUGE french onion soup fan. I love the caramelized onions with the oozing melted cheese and crunchy seasoned croutons… I’m drooling as I type. I moved to Orlando almost four years ago and it wasn’t until I moved that I started eating at Panera Bread. I remember the first time I walked in I knew I was going to get a soup and sandwich, you know their infamous “You Pick Two”. So I went with the French Onion soup (of course I have to get extra croutons and Asiago-Parmesan cheese), and the Chipotle Chicken Sandwich.
When I was invited to visit my local Panera Bread and enjoy a bowl of soup and talk about my experience I jumped at the chance. You see when I walk in to my local Panera Bread I am always greeted with a smile and the local employees are always so welcoming.
Especially with the seasons changing and the weather dropping, well it can only drop so low in Florida, but you know what I mean… sometimes you just want a nice cup of soup that warms your heart and fills our belly.
My kids especially love walking in and seeing their freshly baked goodies waiting to be inhaled by little ones like themselves.
I want to discuss how yum and delicious truffles can really be. I never realized how easy they were to make until I decided to make some for the holidays. I rolled mine in a few different things like, crushed candy canes, chopped pecan pieces and good ol fashion cocoa powder. Let’s just say that before I even started rolling these babies into truffle balls I was having a hard enough time not eating the entire chocolate cream cheese mixture… It was that good!
These truffles would make a great addition for any teacher holiday gifts this week, which by the way will be combined with Homemade Hot Chocolate!
Twelve years ago I met a man who knew the way to my heart was through a delicious meal. This man is my husband. I remember the first time he ever cooked for me, it was a Pasta Alfredo with Jerk Chicken… quite delicious if I do say so myself. Of course over the years things have changed and as time went by I was the one doing all the cooking which I guess kind of just happened. Not that I’m complaining or anything because I actually LOVE to cook but it was kind of nice finding a man who could cook and cook well on top of it.
Now as you can imagine the kitchen is my domain, one of the many places where I am BOSS, hehehe… but for real it is. So you can imagine to my surprise when my husband said that he was going to cook dinner one night and surprise the family with his special dish. Now this special dish has actually become a family favorite in our house and we absolutely love it… he wanted to do his version of stuffed chicken breasts with crispy bacon, feta, and spinach. They are rolled up tightly and rolled in egg wash and Italian breadcrumbs and baked in the oven.
Simple and easy to make.
Sharing and demonstrating my Love for food and to showcase different meals I have come across either through word of mouth, research, or coming up on my own. Introducing a community for all types of people who have the same passion as me, Food.