I started reworking my studio recently and I am happy to say it is almost finished. It has been awhile since I got my craft on so I can hardly wait to unleash the creativity!!
The laundry room is a place that I struggle with on so many levels. For example, mine is small and packed…not only is the washing machine and dryer is there but there is also a chest freezer and soon there will be a grooming station for when I groom my dogs. This summer I added the counter above the washer & dryer and put it on hinges for easy access in case access to the back of the machines is needed. I am still tweaking some storage issues that I came across…for example the detergent & vinegar containers need to be kept light enough for my Mom to use. I also added a gate across the room to keep my dogs out when I am not in there.
Be sure to check back for storage updates as well as some must have laundry room hacks.
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder almost 10 years ago although I was told that I have been since I was a little. The one thing about Bipolar is that it is a confusing and frustrating disease that not a lot of people actually understand. I am sure it is a scary subject for some especially when the only contact you have had is from the news, television, and/or movies. Well, I am here to tell you not everyone with Bipolar is violent and most of the time you won’t even been able to tell if someone has Bipolar.
I have Bipolar…does it show? Most days no it doesn’t…some days it does. The days it does the depression might take hold of my emotions or the mania will speed up my thoughts, words, and actions. Now that is not all that bipolar is…it is just a snippet. If I had to generalize what Bipolar is I would say it is a constant battle with your own brain and emotions. Some days I can’t get out of bed because the depression has such a strong grip and then other days I jump out of bed ready to take on the world…mixed in there are the normal days when I get out of bed one foot at a time.
How do I handle Bipolar? Well, I have an amazing Mom that is my biggest support system and she understands and listens without judgement or trying to fix me…because I am not broken, I am a person with a disease. No, I don’t take medication as my mind and body does not respond well to it. So, I choose the alternate route…I have my Mom and I have my dogs. More specifically I have Roxie…my service dog and she is an amazing furry person. She knows my mood before I do and she knows what I need before I do.
So, there you have a brief snapshot of my life with Bipolar…no worries, I will share more but this is all I have for now.
Every year people across the world make resolutions for the new year…some are goals, some are personal changes, some relate to family or career. I am not different…my resolutions usually are based on personal changes such as to lose weight, eat healthy, etc. And let’s face it while sometimes our intentions are good and all by the 3rd week of January we may not be trying so hard at keeping our resolutions…at least it has been true for me a time or 2.
This year I am going to change things up with my resolutions. I have decided that I am going to try new things as my resolution. New things tend to freak me out a little…actually, sometimes a lot. I am always trying to become a better version of myself so I thought this would be a fresh change. One thing I really have always wanted to do is make a fancy cake…so this just my year for that! I am going to start working on my 2019 resolution bucket list.
What are your resolutions??? Feel free to share them if you’d like.
May your 2019 be filled with much happiness, health, love, family, and wealth!!!
So one of my favorite meals is meatball stroganoff…so here is my air fried version. You can make your meatballs by hand or you can use store bought…that is totally up to you.
- Meatballs (ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, herbs & spices)
- Cream of Onion Soup
- Mashed Potatoes
- Fried Onions (I used the carmelized ones by French’s)
- Prepare your meatballs if you are making them by hand. If using store bought, skip to step 2.
- Air fry your meatballs. This step really depends on your air fryer and how big your meatballs are. My air fryer is small and I usually make 6-8 at a time so I cook them @370 for about 15-20 minutes and I turn them after about 8-10 minutes and I can usually gauge how much longer until they are done at that point.
- While the meatballs are in the air fryer, I like to prepare the sauce and mashed potatoes. For the sauce, I use 1 can of cream of onion soup (you can also use cream of mushroom soup). I combine the soup and about 1/4 cup of milk and heat it up in a sauce pan. Prepare your mashed potatoes as you usually do…I actually use instant.
- After your potatoes are done place them in the middle of the plate. By now your meatballs should be done so you can just put them on top of the mashed potatoes. Now you can spoon your sauce on top of it all.
- Top with a sprinkle of fried onions.
- Enjoy your meal!
…I do and I absolutely LOVE it!
If you have ever looked at air fryers the options are endless and can be overwhelming. Now, I will tell you I bought several different ones before finding the one that fit my lifestyle best. FYI…my favorite is the DASH Air Fryer. There are 2 sizes available as I write this post and I actually have the smaller one and it is perfect for cooking for 1 or 2 people.
I have cooked a multitude of foods in the air fryer…from savory dishes to sweet dishes. So far my favorite things that I have air fried are chicken wings and meatballs. I have used quite a few recipes that I have found online or from air fryer recipe books as well as made some recipes of my own which I will share here on my blog.
So, if you are interested in a healthier and faster way of cooking then maybe you should consider an air fryer. I actually gave my Dad one for Christmas this year…I hope he loves it as much as I do!