Happy Birthday Afton

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I thought I might have some big idea for “the one year,” but it was October, and then it was November, and then it was December, and now it’s here and I don’t have anything.

I mean, I guess I do have a few things, they’re just not what I thought they’d be. I have a somehow-still-beating heart that can feel him in the soft December snowflakes, and in a cozy snuggle with Sage. Or ears that can hear him in the rustle of fall leaves on trees, and in his dad’s crazy laugh. Or eyes that see him in every winter sunset, and in the tiny glow of a candle. I have under-eye circles that are darker and puffier, shoulders that feel heavier, and a soul that feels literally 100 years old. But that’s okay. I am a better person because of these scars. Moms carry the weight of love like that.

So no, I don’t really have a big special plan for today, his birthday. I only have a deep bank of love for him that won’t ever run out, and actually, that’s probably enough. That’s a big enough thing. That’s the only big thing there is.

Happy 1st Birthday to my baby in heaven.

Me and your dad and Sagey – we love you so much.

I’m just so proud to be your mama. I wouldn’t have wanted any other baby but you.

PS. I shared some of your cake with RoonToons. She’s into it.

To all of our beautiful blog readers, friends in real life, friends on the internet: Thank you for loving us through this brutal year. And thank you for loving our precious son, an irreplaceable person of unsurpassable worth, Afton Bjork Ostrom.

If you would like to help us celebrate Afton, we would love it if you would light a candle for our sweet boy on his birthday.

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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

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The absolute quickest and easiest way to make homemade pretzel bites! No rising or kneading here! And it is the best when served warm. You cannot beat that!

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites - The absolute quickest and easiest way to make homemade pretzel bites! No rising or kneading here! And it is the best when served warm. You cannot beat that!

Confession.

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan January 1 – 7

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Skinnytaste Meal Plan January 1 - 7

To help you jump start your goals for 2018, I am sharing another free 7-day flexible meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire week as well as a shopping list! This also leaves room for you to add coffee, snacks, dessert, wine, etc.

To make it easy for you, we’ve included a more precise, organized grocery list that will make grocery shopping so much easier and much less stressful. Save you money and time. You’ll dine out less often, waste less food and you’ll have everything you need on hand to help keep you on track.

The details:

Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, are designed to serve 1 while dinners and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are designed to serve a family of 4. Some recipes make enough leftovers for two nights or lunch the next day. While we truly believe there is no one size fits all meal plan, we did our best to come up with something that appeals to a wide range of individuals. Everything is Weight Watchers friendly, I included the updated Weight Watcher Freestyle Points for your convenience, feel free to swap out any recipes you wish or just use this for inspiration!

The grocery list is comprehensive and includes everything you need to make all meals on the plan. I’ve even included brand recommendations of products I love and use often.

And last, but certainly not least, this meal plan is flexible and realistic. There’s plenty of wiggle room for cocktails, healthy snacks, dessert and dinner out. And if necessary, you can move some things around to make it work with your schedule. Please let me know if you’re using these plans, this will help me decide if I should continue sharing them!

Skinnytaste Meal Plan (January 1-January 7)

MONDAY (1/1)
B: 2 Broccoli and Cheese Mini Egg Omelets (1) with an apple (0)
L: Fiesta Bean Salad (4)
D: Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Soup (5) with Mediterranean Bean Salad (1) over spiralized cucumber (0)

Totals: Smart Points 11, Calories 941

TUESDAY (1/2)
B: Broccoli and Cheese Mini Egg Omelets (1) with an apple (0)
L: Fiesta Bean Salad (4)
D: Turkey Chili Taco Soup (3) with 2 tablespoons reduced fat cheese (1) and 1 ounce (about 18) baked tortilla chips (3)

Totals: Smart Points 12, Calories 980

WEDNESDAY (1/3)
B: 6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt (2) topped with 1 sliced banana (0), 2 tablespoons chopped pecans (3), and 1 teaspoon honey (1)
L: LEFTOVERS Turkey Chili Taco Soup (3) with 2 tablespoons reduced fat cheddar cheese (1)
D: Beef and Mushroom Ragu with Spaghetti Squash (4) with green salad and balsamic vinaigrette (3)*

Totals: Smart Points 17, Calories 938

THURSDAY (1/4)
B: 6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt (2) topped with 1 sliced banana (0), 2 tablespoons chopped pecans (3), and 1 teaspoon honey (1)
L: LEFTOVERS Turkey Chili Taco Soup (3) with 2 tablespoons reduced fat cheddar cheese (1)
D: Baked or Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan (4) with Quick Spiralized Zucchini and Grape Tomatoes (1) (recipe x 2)

Totals: Smart Points 15, Calories 874

FRIDAY (1/5)
B: 2 hard-boiled eggs (4) with 1 medium grapefruit (0)
L: LEFTOVERS Baked or Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan (4) with ½ cup baby carrots (0)
D: Broiled Miso Salmon (1) with Asian Chopped Salad with Sesame Soy Vinaigrette (4)
Totals: Smart Points 13, Calories 923

SATURDAY (1/6)
B: 4-Ingredient Flourless Banana Nut Pancakes (4) (recipe x 4) 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (3) and an apple (0)
L: Tomato Tuna Melts (7) (recipe x 2) with ½ cup baby carrots (0)
D: DINNER OUT!
Totals: Smart Points 14, Calories 762

SUNDAY (1/7)
B: Berry Quinoa Breakfast Bowls (5) (recipe x 2)
L: Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad (3)
D: Salisbury Steak Meatballs (5) with Creamy Cauliflower Puree (1) and Easy Garlic Broccolini (1)

Totals: Smart Points 15, Calories 812

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Moroccan Pot Roast

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Pot Roast with Moroccan Spices

Pot roast is such a comforting, all-American dish; you almost don’t want to mess with it.

Almost.

When you add North African ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, cumin and coriander, along with pomegranate juice (for a little sweetness), you end up with something new, a bit exotic, and altogether fantastic!

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Meal Plan for January Week 1

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January Meal Plan Week 1

Welcome to 2018! Our contributor Summer Miller is back to share her meal plans for the month of January. To start us off on the right foot, she has a few thoughts to share on New Year’s resolutions, healthy eating, and what this all means to her.

A few years ago, I found the remnants of a New Year’s Resolution list tucked into the folds of an old notebook stashed in the bottom drawer of an even older desk. The list was written nearly a decade prior, and I realized I’d been trying to lose the same 10 pounds for years.

From that moment on, I changed the way I looked at resolutions. Rather than jotting down a list of goals I’d hope to accomplish, lose 10 lbs., be on Oprah etc., I wrote down a list of words or phrases that represent who I wanted to become.

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Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese

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The EASIEST and CREAMIEST mac and cheese made in less than 30 min! Comfort food perfection! And it is the perfect way to sneak in those greens!

Creamy Broccoli Mac and Cheese - The EASIEST and CREAMIEST mac and cheese made in less than 30 min! Comfort food perfection! And it is the perfect way to sneak in those greens!

Greetings from Paris!!!

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