35 before 35 ‚Äď April 25, 2019 ‚Äď Update 7

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1. 46/105 new recipes

 

 

39. Veggie Chile Rellanos with Avocado Salsa and Zesty Crema (Hello Fresh) – This was super good.
40. Roasted Broccoli and Potato Chowder with Pepper Jack Cheese and Garlic Toast (Hello Fresh) – This was good, maybe the best soup like this I’ve ever had, but the toast was boring.
41. Smoky BBQ Veggie Burgers (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz)¬†– These were super good. A little crumbly but still extremely good. The ones that had fallen apart were extremely good the next day all crumbly in a sort of burrito bowl.
42. Miso Soup – I just looked at some general ingredients and threw this one together. But I’m still counting it because I had never made it before! :D
43. Bok Choy Namul (https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/bok-choy-namul-korean-bok-choy/) – Oh I loved this A LOT. So simple and delicious.
44. Dobu Jorim (https://www.abeautifulplate.com/traditional-korean-braised-tofu/) – I used this specific recipe because this wasn’t something I specifically SHOPPED for and I had everything for this particular one. It was fine but I would like to try some others!
45. Katsu Curry Sandwiches – I wasn’t going to include this because it’s just me putting a bunch of pre-packaged stuff together. The Gardein veggie-turkey cutlets reminded me of chicken katsu sandwiches so I made some Golden Curry sauce and got some sweet Hawaiian buns and it was really tasty. Steamed some broccoli and made frozen steak fries to go with it. I want to remember that I made this and it made me pretty happy so I’m putting it in my 35 before 35, so there!
46. Tofu Curry with Mustard Greens (Afro-Vegan) – This was outrageously good. I love greens so much. I burned the tofu (first time in almost a decade!) so I used some pre-packed seitan in its place. I can’t wait to remake it properly!

3. A Weekly Effort 

 

4. Saturday Night Movies

 

20. Ocean’s 8
21. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I’m feeling pretty good about what I have been working on lately, and I’m enjoying seeing it all put together on Patreon.

13. Play more Video Games

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I have played lots of Breath of The Wild, but even though there is a camera function in the game there’s no good way to share the pictures. OUTRAGEOUS. Anyway, I started a new Stardew Valley farm and I’m using the super cute guidebook and I’m enjoying it a lot. I’m feeling like playing some sims and revisiting some Bioware games right now, though, the nostalgia is so strong and comforting. I just installed Dragon Age Origins on my laptop, so that’s exciting.

17. Monthly Date Night

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Had a nice one last Friday night, things are pretty busy and hectic right now but it’s always nice to sit down for some curry together.

18. Work on the House/Yard

 

I got a new toilet seat and replaced the fill valve in our toilet! I’ve also been working on the yard a lot the past few weeks.

20. Yoga Goals

I’m definitely doing less than I want to be doing right now. My shoulders have been acting sketchy and I’ve been being very careful, as well as being super active in other ways lately.

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35 before 35 ‚Äď March 25, 2019 ‚Äď Update 6

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1. 38/105 new recipes

31. Tofu Chorizo I googled tofu chorizo and combined and adapted 3 recipes to make some yummy taco filling.
32. Spicy Roasted Paprika Chickpeas with Mac-n-Trees Made this one up and it was really too fancy not to include. I used a daiya cheese for the mac.
33 & 34. Balsamic Dressing and Honey Mustard Dressing I forgot to buy dressing when we were having guests so I made some myself and it was way better than store bought. Balsamic: https://barefeetinthekitchen.com/best-balsamic-vinaigrette/ Honey Mustard: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/honey-mustard-dressing-recipe-2011614
35. Cheezy-Rice Mexican Casserole – Made this one up and it was a delight. Rice and veggies and beans and daiya. Topped with crumbly chile-lime chips. A little too salty, but a good start.
36. Thai Baked Sweet Potatoes (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz)¬†– I made these with the next recipe & rice noodles for guests with a bit of an adapted version of the tahini sauce because it wasn’t quite to my taste. It was really seriously delicious.
37. Thai Quinoa Meatballs (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz)¬†– Yeah, this whole dinner was super good. I hate rolling up doughy balls but they’re always so tasty, it’s worth it. Since these are gluten-free they aren’t heavy at all, which is probably the worst thing about most vegan meatball recipes.
38. Mediterranean Baked Veggies with Couscous, Almonds, and Feta (Hello Fresh)¬†– I’m still mad about how much I enjoy everything we make from Hello Fresh. It’s great. >:(

2. Bullet Journal 2019

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I really enjoyed setting up the first few weeks of March but I took Spring Break off (even though it was a busy week full of things I probably should have written in my bullet journal, OH WELL.)  Trying to use my stickers more!!

3. A Weekly Effort 

I definitely put in more effort every single day than I did before I started this (the real goal!) but I never remember to take selfies, SHRUG. Look, I even wore MAKEUP last week.

4. Saturday Night Movies

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I got hit by my movie anxiety (basically I just wanted to comfort watch Parks and Rec, and we did, we rewatched the whole series in the past month or so) and we only had one movie night this month, but it was a super good one. I loved this movie a lot.

19. The Shape of Water

5. Finish 5 TV shows

I guess re-watching Parks and Rec doesn’t count. :D We started the second season of Legion last weekend and I think it’s one of my favorite shows ever. Wild. I did some sorting in my TV Time account¬†and I’m feeling like really getting into watching TV again. Oh and the first five seasons of Murder She Wrote are going to be on Prime April 1st? I mean, I was on Season 10 when it left Netflix, but I’m very pumped to do household chores while JB solves crimes.

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I got all of my February posts up in the first week. I’ll have more to share next month, for sure!

8. Keep my website updated

I added several photo sets this month! Fuji Instax Wide 001, Winter 001, Self 002, and Kodak Cameo Motor-EX 001.  I added a day from last August to my day in the life page.

13. Play more Video Games

I’m well aware that this is just too much but I didn’t put very many game pictures in my update last month so I over-compensated! I played a bunch of Final Fantasy IX (COMFORTING), Kingdom Hearts III (Sora selfies!!), one play through of Dream Daddy (got with the coffee dad, mmm), so much Sailor Moon Drops on my phone before it ends (I am SO SAD), a little Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition on my iPad, a little Hue (until it got TOO HARD, platformer puzzle games, my dudes) and started Breath of the Wild (oh no, it’s so fun!)

So have a gallery of THAT:

 

Yay!

17. Monthly Date Night

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Yeah, we chutneyed.

 

20. Yoga Goals

I didn’t do as much as I wanted to, but I found a good routine at the beginning of the month. I’m working on other things a lot more than I was a few months ago and I’m more active because of it, but it makes it harder to do yoga!

 

35 before 35 – February 25, 2019 – Update 5

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1. 30/105 new recipes

It was kind of a slow new recipe month but I’m finally getting some baking done in the new oven!

27. Garlic ‚ÄúCheddar‚ÄĚ Herb Biscuits (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz)¬†These were a bit too Nutritional Yeasty for my taste and a little dense (my fault!) but they were super good dipped in soup!
28. Simple Carrot & Curried Lentil Soup (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz)¬†The maple syrup made this too sweet as it was written, but I remade it a couple of weeks later without it and it’s a new favorite for Shaun.
29. Heirloom Tomato Flatbreads with Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic Greens (Hello Fresh)¬†I loved how green these were. I’ve been craving the heck out of a salad lately and getting it on a pizza was dreamy.
30. Roasted Garlic Herb Penne with Asparagus, Tomatoes and Crispy Capers (Hello Fresh) Capers are the best thing that has ever happened. Crispy Capers are like superhero Capers. Caped Capers. 

 


3. A Weekly Effort 

I’ve been going to school with Shaun once a week and working in his office. It kind of defeats the idea I had that I would be more productive AT HOME if I pulled myself together a bit but the whole experience has definitely been good for my brain. I never remember to take pictures. It’s where I am today though, so here’s a fresh selfie! The freshest!

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4. Saturday Movie Night

We skipped one Saturday this month because I took my mom, brother & Shaun out for a big birthday dinner. 

 

16. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
17. Incredibles 2
18. Isle of Dogs

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

My output it significantly less than it was last year, so this one has become super easy! I’m feeling pretty motivated to get film developed soon. It’s what I think about when I let myself have a ~creative break~ so that’s exciting, actually.¬†

13. Play more video games

This has been a great video game month! Kingdom Hearts III came out at the end of January. Shaun and I have been taking it pretty slow because we are playing it together and we don’t have as much overlapping video game time but I’m actually enjoying the pace. I have so many feelings. I love that I get to take lots of pictures in the game! I’m not at home so I can’t get them off of my account to put them in this post and I’m full of regret. I’ll put a million Sora selfies in my update next month!

I have gotten super-duper into Sims 4 again. I started a new legacy challenge style game and I have been really working on building cute houses. 

 

I got Final Fantasy IX for the Switch this past month too. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have gotten this game, haha. My brother got the first copy for me for Christmas 2000! I like the PC version because of the modded background improvements and there are some glitch fixes but I honestly haven’t been bothered by any of this playing it on the switch, especially when I’m playing it handheld.

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17. Monthly Date Night

It still counts as a date night if my mom & brother are there, right? Family date! I love my birthday kids!

 

18. Work on the house/yard

I got a lot of stuff figured out in the kitchen. I’ve switched a bit of my mental house effort into helping my mom get the house she is moving into livable. It needs a lot of work!

20. Yoga goals

This took a total backseat to everything else this month. I haven’t been home as much and I need to figure out a new routine because I actually like being home a little less and I want to fit yoga into that. I did do a bit of yoga that I didn’t take photos of. Maybe only 7 days total in the past month and that was mostly the first week.¬†

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35 Before 35 – January 25, 2019 -Update 4

I was putting these straight onto my website, but it takes a lot of time and I dread it every month. That’s NOT how I want to be feeling about this project! I really enjoyed making my monthly updates to my 30 before 30 project here on WordPress so I’m back to give it a go!

You can find the first three updates (and all future ones too, of course!) gathered here: https://www.rachelakelso.com/35before35-updates

The full list is here.

  1. 26/105 new recipes

I got a good deal on some Hello Fresh and thought it would be fun to try through December. And it was. A little too fun!¬†We’re not Vegan, but normally I cook completely plant-based at home so it was a lot more dairy than I was used to! It was also really my first experience cooking with dairy, since I have been cooking mostly plant-based since I was 19. It was so much fun that we decided to do it one week a month until we stop being interested in the recipes/they get too repetitive.

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12. Curry-Spiced Cauliflower and Squash over Zezty Ginger Rice with Lemon Crema (Hello Fresh) Mine was not as pretty as the picture! It was tasty, though, and very veganizable. I actually like Vegan sour cream more than the real thing!
13. Harissa Sweet Potato Pita Pockets with Cucumber Dill Salad (Hello Fresh) Oh I loved this. The sweet potatoes were delicious and I loved dilly cucumbers.
14. Pasta Parmesan (Hello Fresh)
Got to use the broiler in my new oven for the first time and it was so much better than my old one.
15. Sweet Potato Fajitas (Hello Fresh)
I think my favorite Hello Fresh recipes have been the Mexican ones.
16. Chickpea-Powered Mediterranean Couscous with Zucchini and Grape Tomatoes (Hello Fresh)
This was a lot like stuff I make all the time, but I really liked the roasted grape tomatoes!
17. Creamiest Mushroom Ravioli with Zucchini and Heirloom Grape Tomatoes (Hello Fresh)
Usually not a fan of creamy sauces, but it was really good.
18. Chickpea Tinga Tacos with Monterey Jack Cheese, Poblano Pepper, and Lime Crema (Hello Fresh)
So good, ugh, so good.
19. Za’atar Crusted Grilling Cheese with Sumac Roasted Veggies over Couscous (Hello Fresh)
Ah, I burned this a little! But there was enough cheese and Za’atar to have it again the next day and it was good! I also bought Za’atar shortly thereafter to try and make some kind of tofu with it, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet!
20. Vegan Sweet Potato Pie (Healthier Steps)
Oh my gosh! Best pie I have ever made.
21. The pie crust! That was from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook.
22. Vegetable Minestrone Soup with Parmesan Garlic Bread (Hello Fresh)
Really tasty and the bread was the best.
23. Chickpea Fesenjan (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking)
This was tasty. I’m a bit hmmm about sweet savories sometimes and I need to think about the amount of cinnamon in it, I think, but I really liked the pomegranate¬†molasses.
24. Creamy Dreamy Mushroom Gemelli with scallions and Parmesan (Hello Fresh)
So NOT a fan of any white sauce pasta I have ever had UNTIL I made these Hello Fresh ones. It’s actually kind of irritating. It was tasty as heck.
25. Salsa Verde Enchiladas with Poblano Pepper, Black Beans and Monterey Jack Cheese (Hello Fresh)
Ah dang, Too tasty. Want them again right now.
26. Grilled Cheese with Veggie Jumble with Cilantro Chimichurri (Hello Fresh)
The veggie jumble was SO MY THING. It had avocado it it! Definitely want to try the recipe with tofu instead of cheese.

2. Bullet Journal 2019

I worked on my 2019 layouts in December and ended up doing all of my weekly layouts for January at once earlier this month when I didn’t feel up to doing much else. I’m already enjoying it a lot more than I did the premade planner I used in 2018. I think it will help me keep on top of these updates here, too!

3. A Weekly Effort

The past couple of months have been kind of hard, honestly. Not feeling myself much. I’ve been sick a few times and have stayed home a lot! I got fancied up for a Christmas Party and a funeral and that’s about it.

4. Saturday Night Movies

We got a projector in the bedroom a couple of weeks ago, so movie night feels extra special now!

9. The Santa Clause
10. The Santa Clause 2
11. The Land That Time Forgot (MST3k)
12. Big Hero 6
13. Into The Woods
14. The Mummy
15. Solo

5. Finish 5 TV Shows

I actually haven’t been thinking about tracking this one. I’m not sure if I’ve made much progress, but I have been watching The Vampire Diaries and The Originals lately, two series I never actually finished when they were first airing.

7. Keep My Patreon Up to Date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I took a few weeks off for the holidays, but I have half of my December content up and another week or so to get the rest done before I would count it as late, so that’s something. I also FINISHED my 52 weeks project and got it uploaded right away! I need to update the Patron-Only website somewhat desperately, though!

10. Take Breaks

You GUYS, I let myself have the first couple of weeks of the year completely off from my internalized pressure to create and share (I still did a little, but I never forced myself) and I feel relaxed a bit but also confused. I love having challenges and deadlines, I don’t know what to do without them, but that’s kind of the point of forcing myself to take some breaks, I suppose.

13. Play more Video Games

This one went well with take breaks! I beat Dragon Age: Inquisition again! So many feelings, I can’t handle it. And I’ve been playing a little solo Super Mario Odyssey. I’m very very very excited to get into Kingdom Hearts III when it comes out. It’s the first time we have gotten a KH game at launch.

17. Monthly Date Night

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We went to India Palace for dinner & walked around Utica Square looking at Christmas shops and lights.

18. Work on the House/Yard

Because I was ~taking a break~ I didn’t get any before shots, but I have rearranged the bedroom and cleaned the kitchen this past month. I emptied out cabinets! laid new contact paper! got rid of all of the stray tupperware lids!

20. Yoga Goals

I’ve been doing the new Yoga with Adriene 30 day challenge Dedicate. I’m feeling super good about it, I haven’t missed a day!

22. No strict daily photo projects for 1 year

I massaged this a little to allow for my 100happydays but I’m all into this one for really real the next 8 months and it was hard for me to stop myself from starting a project on January 1. I think I’ll be glad I took the break, though. I’m feeling very thoughtful about it.

25. Read 10 fiction books

3. The Scarlet Lion (William Marshal, #3) by Elizabeth Chadwick

26. 100 happy days

I did a full 100 phone photos of things that made me happy through January 1. It was nice and relaxing to just take some phone photos for a bit, but I feel really out of practice with my dSLR now! You can find all the photos and captions @the.happy.snaps.