35 before 35 – May 25, 2019 – Update 8

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1. 51/105 new recipes

I didn’t have a lot of time this month to think about my own meal planning, so we did extra Hello Fresh. It was nice to have a little less to think about when I was grocery shopping and at dinner time but I’m looking forward to taking a break from all this dairy, sheesh. I hate how vegetarian always food relies on it so much. Like, vegetables are delicious has heck. I love them so much. Mmmm vegetables. I’m hungry right now, haha.

 

47.  Cremini and Zucchini Spaghetti with Parmesan Garlic Bread(Hello Fresh) – Sometimes the simplest of these recipes are just surprisingly great. I also like how they force me to expand my delicious bread spread repertoire.
48. Sweet Potato and Poblano Quesadillas with Southwest Crema and Radish Tomato Salad (Hello Fresh) – I never would have thought of using radishes like this and I LOVED IT.
49. Gorgeous Greens Farro Bowl with Roasted Zucchini and Asparagus (Hello Fresh) – This was Shaun’s favorite thing we have ever gotten from Hello Fresh. Makes me want to get Farro on the regular.
50. Cheese Tortelloni in a Mushroom Sauce with Parmesan and Chili Flakes (Hello Fresh) – I think this sauce would be killer with gnocchi. Mushrooms are so good.
51. Crispy Cheese and Veggie Fajitas with Hot Sauce Crema (Hello Fresh) – This was decent. Gave me ideas for my own veggie fajitas more than anything else. Grilling cheese is neat but SO MUCH CHEESE. I feel like it could always be replaced with Tofu to excellent effect.

2. Bullet Journal 2019

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I’ve been keeping up with my journal super well. It helps to have a busy month, and May was SUPER BUSY. I’m planning on switching my format May 27 – August 4 or so with daily entries/journaling/scrapbooking because I’ll have less structured planning I need to do while we are in Virginia. It’s definitely one of my favorite bullet journal aspects that you can change it up to suit whatever you have going on at any given time.

3. Weekly Effort

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I made lots of effort this month that… I didn’t take pictures of. :D I did try pin curls last week and I was really happy with the result.

4. Saturday Movie Nights

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22. Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me (for the first time ever, can you believe it!?)

5. Finish 5 TV series

We’ve been watching anime more lately. Trying to keep it chill, but both of these were pretty feelsy actually:

  1. My Roommate is a Cat
  2. orange

We have gotten caught up on lots of ongoing series, but I think those might be the first two that we have finished since I started this project!

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I have been doing weekly phone-photo diary updates that I’ve been really enjoying! They have been Patron-Only because I feel more comfortable writing journal entries for a smaller audience. I’ve also been taking more photos with my dSLR and posting those in smaller groups instead of one giant dump at the end of the month, and those are public.

13. Play more video games

I’ve been playing Dragon Age Origins.

I finished What Remains of Edith Finch.

I finished Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

16. Plan my summers better!

We are heading off to Virginia for two months for Shaun’s internship and I feel much better prepared for it this time. It’s hard to say if we will get to do more fun things in our downtime this year, but I do feel more relaxed about all of it this time around.

25. Read 10 Fiction Books

4. The Terror of the Loom by Paula Minton

28. Go on more photo adventures

My mom and I went to Woodward park on a whim, all I had with me was my phone but I really focused on taking the photos I could see in my mind and it was very satisfying and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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35 before 35 – March 25, 2019 – 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 “Cheddar” 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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