InstaFriday (Or InstaSaturday, As It Were)

It’s been a few weeks since I joined InstaFriday at Life Rearranged, so today is a good day to get caught up. We’ve had a busy few weeks with Christmas and New Year’s and often the only camera handy was my iPhone. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that my sweet husband upgraded my iPhone for Christmas and the new one takes much better pictures than my old one. If you’re keeping score, that’s a Kitchen-Aid mixer and a new iPhone. He did really well this year surprising me with gifts I would never buy for myself. He’s sweet like that!

Anyhoo, back to InstaFriday. Here are the past couple of weeks iPhone-style:

We ate and we ate well during the holidays. I baked more sweets in the month of December than I did in January through November. I tried almost every Pinterest recipe that I had pinned. It was a little (ahem) excessive. We knew we had to cut back. But as one last meal before we got back on the wagon, we went to Hamburger Heaven for a burger and fries. Like, the best burger and fries ever!

And now I’m back to these:

Not that I’m really complaining because I have thoroughly enjoyed some fresh Brussels sprouts lately. These were roasted with some olive oil, sea salt, and fresh black pepper. I had them three nights in a row for dinner.

J and I weren’t the only ones whose eating habits slipped during the holidays. My children got away with a few too many sweets, and we’ve had a bit of an adjustment getting them back on track. They are usually more willing to eat healthy food if they helped prepare it, so they’ve chosen several dishes out of their favorite cookbook by Rachel Ray: Cooking Rocks!

For New Year’s Eve we went to one of our favorite parties of the year at our friend’s farm. We love NYE at Compton Farm so much because we get to visit with all of our Mississippi friends. For many of us, it’s the only time we see each other all year. Our children have a ball playing outside and shooting fireworks while the mommies stay inside the warm cabin and chat. It’s such a great time! These ladies are some of my favorite friends in the world!

Another favorite person in the world? This little girl. She turned ten years old this week, and I’m a little beside myself about it. She is a joy to her daddy and me and it is a real gift to be her mama. For her birthday dinner we took her to the Cheesecake Factory. Then she wanted to go to Barnes & Noble to choose a birthday gift. She’s a girl after my own heart!

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