Happy Halloween!

It’s the most wonderful day of the year!

No offense to the other holidays, but Halloween is just the best. Costumes and candy and magic in the air. A time for anyone to be anyone or anything they want. It’s a beautiful thing.

Now, I feel like it’s really autumn. The weather is getting colder, the leaves are changing colors, and children are running around dressed like witches and goblins.

Halloween is just wonderful!

I Voted!

A couple days ago, the hubby and I went to early voting for the midterm elections.

We got our voices heard and you should too.

Remember, it’s not how you vote, just that you vote. Every voice deserves to be heard and every vote counts.

Things Suck Sometimes

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned.

My car died yesterday and I ended up having to replace the battery since it wouldn’t hold a charge anymore, for some unknown reason.

I couldn’t open my reusable water bottle this morning and had to fill it using the tiny opening I drink from.

My phone freaked out today and wouldn’t respond for about 5 hours.

I wore the wrong shoes to work and my feet are killing me now.

But, even with everything going wrong, I still believe that amazing things are going to happen. Positivity in the face of crushing defeat is difficult, but totally worth it.

I Am Groot

I, like a lot of people, have a favorite Marvel character. I also have a favorite DC character, but this post isn’t about her. If you couldn’t tell from the title, I am a huge Groot fan.

Exhibit A:

So, why do I like Groot so much? Well, for starters, he’s an insanely loyal friend – he was more than willing to lay down his life to save everyone else’s. Also, he’s a man of few words, but those words have vast meaning. All you have to do to understand, is to truly listen, a trait most of us could stand to work on.

Plus, he is a lover of music, which is something that is integral in my life.

Exhibit B:

I even like that he isn’t 100% a “hero.” When we meet him in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, he is, in fact, a criminal. Of course, this doesn’t stop him from being a good guy. Circumstances often have a way of changing how we are perceived by others.

What’s more important though, is how we perceive ourselves. No matter what our circumstances, it’s up to each of us to choose who we are and who we will be in the future.

So, who are you?

Internet Trouble

Where I live, the internet is pretty terrible. Still, it’s never completely given up quite like this. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get it back online, so I’m writing this post on my phone. Not ideal, I know.

In any case, until I get the internet up and running, I’ll be trying to keep up with my self imposed blogging schedule using my phone.

Thanks for your patience.

My Yoga Studio

Ok, studio may be kind of a stretch. It’s not much, just a mat and a block in my living room, but it’s mine. My own space to stretch and relax, once a day, every day.

That’s right, I’ve been doing yoga every day now for the past six weeks. I’m not very good. I probably won’t be good for quite a while. Of course, that’s not why I do yoga. By now, everyone is aware of the health benefits that yoga offers – the flexibility, life longevity, disease prevention. Sure, I partly do it for all those things.

But, mostly, I do it because it makes me feel accomplished. It’s one thing I can check off my list every day. Whether it’s for 5 minutes or 30 minutes, I’ve done something productive and good for me, and I enjoy that feeling.

Everyone comes to the mat for different reasons. I say, whatever your reason may be, I’m glad you’ve found it and I hope you find as much enjoyment there as I do.

Not A Real Post

Sorry. Today’s post isn’t a real post. I started a new job just over a month ago and it has run me ragged. I’m still getting used to having to get up at 5am! Hopefully, my body adjusts and I’m able to be more on top of things. In the meantime, here’s a picture of our Doberman, Bailey, hiding behind some pillows.

Comfort Food

I love Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. It’s one of my all-time favorite shows. It makes me hungry every time I watch it. Even if I’ve just eaten. Heck, even if I’m actively eating at that moment. I was watching an episode recently called Seafood and Savory. On it, there was a dish by Chef Alisah called Bosnian-Style Gulash. It sounded amazing! It also happens to have ingredients that are easy to get. So, I decided to give it a try. First things first, I had to adjust the recipe since the original yields 10 servings. Once I did that, I gathered the ingredients and it was time to cook.

Ingredients I used:

1 lb. chuck eye steak

2 sections of the frozen onions

1½ tsp olive oil

½ tsp dried minced garlic

½ cup tomato sauce

1½ tomato paste

8 oz. beef broth

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp dried parsley

½ tsp season salt

2 tsp flour

Cooking directions

I preheated my oven to 300 degrees and cut the beef into small cubes. I then put the onions, olive oil, garlic, tomato sauce, and tomato paste into a pan and cooked on medium heat for about 5 mins.

Next, I added the beef to the pan and cooked that for about 15 mins.

After it had cooked down, I added the beef broth, salt, pepper, parsley, and season salt to the pan and mixed everything together well. I then transferred the mix to a baking dish and put it in the oven for about an hour.

When it was done in the oven, I whisked in the flour and mixed well to combine.

I served it over some basmati rice. It turned out wonderfully.

results

The dish was delicious! It even had a little bit of spice to it, even though the spiciest thing I added was paprika. The long cooking time really concentrated the flavors and made the dish sing with taste.

I had some the next day and it was just as good after being reheated in the microwave. This is definitely a dish I will be making again.

I love trying new recipes. They don’t always turn out as good as this one, but it’s still fun trying something I never have before.

September Declutter Challenge

I’ve been needing to declutter my house for a while now. Finding the motivation to do that has been difficult. So, the first of last month, I decided to join a month long declutter challenge on Instagram hosted by @m3honestly. Here’s a breakdown of several of the days.

The 1st day was fairly easy. I got rid of an old puzzle I had bought because it was cheap, but had never gotten around to putting it together.

The 6th day, I found that I had six old phone books laying around. I didn’t even know I had them since I use my phone to look up numbers anymore.

The 10th day, I was going through my kitchen and got rid of several pieces of bakeware I just didn’t use any longer.

The 17th day, I was decluttering my books – an extremely difficult category for me. In the end, I was proud of myself for being able to get rid of 85 books total.

The 20th day, I cleaned out my pantry.

The 24th day, I cleaned out my closet.

The 30th day, I finished cleaning out my bathroom cabinets. Plus, I got rid of some empty boxes and an old yoga mat I forgot I had.

This process taught me that getting rid of things doesn’t have to be a chore. As Mary Poppins said, “In every job that must be done/There is an element of fun/You find the fun and snap!/The job’s a game.” She was right. Find the fun in the chore and it’s no longer a chore.

 

If you want to see pictures of the entire month, you can find them on my Instagram @kelliekovar.