4th Low Carb Month: Zero Progress

If you haven’t already read my latest blog post you can check it out here. With that all going on I definitely didn’t do that hot this last low carb month. The stressful pregnancy and then my miscarriage was just too much. I only logged for about the first 10 days of the month and then fell off the wagon. All of the Halloween candy was really tempting too. 🥺

Instead of losing weight this month the scale went in the wrong direction. I started month 4 down 20lbs and ended down 15lbs 🙈. I’m hoping this 5th month I can get back on track and hit 20lbs again and then 25 by Christmas, maybe. We all hit roadblocks but getting back on track is what counts! In times of struggle, I find it best to focus on things I can control. To avoid getting consumed with depression, I’m focusing on Thanksgiving (we’re hosting), my upcoming 2nd craft fair (Nov 30), and getting my low(er) carb lifestyle back on track!

I have a round of healthy groceries set to be picked up today through clicklist and have planned our meals for the next bit. We’ll have twisted chicken chili (my fave chili recipe), pork chops with roasted veggies, burgers with zucchini fries, and spaghetti squash casserole. I’ll share some of the recipes in my next blog!

This last month I did make a super yummy sweet red chili that you should check out in the meantime. Make sure you use all 4lbs of meat! I used angus and it turned out great. I do recommend seasoning the meat a bit more while you cook it (some salt, pepper, & garlic) to give it some more flavor. Also, instead of Navy beans I used two cans of black beans.

We’re all human and acting like this last low month didn’t happen would be a lie. I fell off but am determined to get it together again! More to come ✌️

Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving this year was a total success. I was so nervous about ruining the turkey and, I’m happy to report, that it was edible and even, dare I say, delicious!! 💪 This was our first year hosting in our home here in Cincinnati and we invited both sides of both Rob’s family and my family as well as my sister’s in-laws. We had about 16-ish adults and Hannah was the only kiddo. It was loud and fun and I can’t wait to do it again (though not every year since hosting was a lot of work)!

Rob and I cooked the turkey, made stuffing, and made two cocktails to share with everyone (mulled wine and spiced cider). I even burned the marshmallows on the sweet potato casserole (just a wee bit) for my grandma since she couldn’t make it. Everyone else each brought various side dishes, desserts, wines and appetizers. It was a hit! Then again, how could it not be when the family is full of great cooks!?

The turkey recipe I used came from my sister (who got it from a magazine). See the recipe below. The real trick is to brine the turkey and, in doing so, it turned out amazing!!


We did about 1.5x what the recipe said for our 22lb turkey and added some water at the end to make sure the bird was 100% covered in our bag of briney awesomeness. Also, I used regular mushrooms instead of dried (since I couldn’t find already dried ones at the store). With the slight change in the recipe it still turned out to be a winner. We started brining the turkey Tuesday night to cook it on Thursday. We cooked it for about 4.5 hrs and brined it throughout. The first few times we brined it with butter until we used the whole melted stick and from there on out we brined it with the juices in the roasting pan.


One good tip for cooking Turkeys
Don’t trust the pop-up thermometer. Ours didn’t pop
but lucky Rob’s step mom mentioned that sometimes they don’t
and when we checked the temperature with our hand held
digital thermometer it was ready to go!

The stuffing I made was from Pinterest and I personally super loved it (I didn’t take votes to see what everyone else thought but know I’ll use this recipe again). I doubled it since you can’t ever have enough stuffing. Plus – who doesn’t love Thanksgiving leftovers?! I’ll take it that the recipe was a super hit since a lot of it disappeared.

The two drinks I made were a mulled wine and a spiced cider. The cider was a recipe I kinda came up with on my own but it was super delicious. See the recipe below:

  • 3/4 gallon of apple cider (I did a whole gallon but didn’t need as much in the end)
  • 2 bottles of pinot grigio
  • 2 green apples
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 750 ml of spiced rum

The drinks came out really good. I accidentally left the cranberry juice out of the mulled wine (since I’m a failure) and didn’t realize it until now. smh.. It explains why it was a little strong! BUT, in the end it didn’t matter since we mixed the two (2 parts cider to 1 part mulled wine) and it was tasty. I’m sure drinking brandy + rum + pinot grigio + cabernet sauvignon all at once wasn’t the best choice BUT it didn’t really cause any issues. All the food really absorbed the alcohol.


Aside from the food – getting everyone to fit in our house was another task! Luckily our family all had folding chairs and tables to donate to the cause. We definitely could not have hosted before our renovation. We did a card table in front of the couch, a long folding table in between the TV and dining room, and then had our dining room table. Don’t worry, though. The TV wasn’t blocked and we were able to watch Harry Potter ALL DAY. Another fun Thanksgiving thing that I wouldn’t mind doing each year. I’m a major HP fan!

But that place setting thoooo. I’m so happy everyone fit (I was only slightly concerned).

One fail was that I didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted. I feel like that always happens. I need to get better about that!! I got one photo of Rob and I, a few of Hannah, and two of Hannah and I together. Maybe next year I’ll get one of the three of us and some of our other family that was there. I guess we can only do so much, right? At least we did learn that Hannah loves black olives!

Happy Thanksgiving, internet. Now bring on Christmas!!