Planner Setup for 2023

Another year in my Planners Anon Melodies. Hopefully I might add a third to the line-up this year and have a dedicated Christmas planner (hello Christmas at Home). Maybe even splurge and buy myself a Melody for Spring or Autumn – possibly Sakura for Spring and All for Fall for Autumn. It depends on what Sami brings out this year.

This year I’m shaking things up a bit. I’m using both the strings and rings in the Melody. On the front string I’ve got a B6 TN Undated Monthly Glance from Lights Planner Action for all my monthlies, monthly goals, important dates
On the rings I have 4 dividers set up. The first is Yearly which contains my Master Birthday & Anniversary list and my 23 goals for 2023. I’ll be adding moon phases, yearly oracle reading, yearly numerology & corresponding Tarot in here too.
Next is my weeklies. I printed a bunch of dot grid paper which I downloaded. There is a blank page and the front and back of each month so I can decorate the front and do a monthly roundup on the back.
Third divider houses my trackers – mood, sleep and period. I have a master habit tracker on my Google Drive that I purchased from Thyme is Honey. I’m thinking I’ll add a paper habit tracker to this section and just transfer the data at the end of each month.
The forth, and last divider, is my Misc section. Movies to watch & have watched. Books to read and have read. TV shows and Podcasts
On the back string I have a planner pocket from Planners Anon I’m using to store the stickers I use every week (like my rubbish bin stickers from Luscious Labels)

Here’s a quick flick through (& sneak peak of some of my January pages)

You can see my previous setups in these posts – 2022 | 2021

Catching up – the rest of 2022 in my planner

September sees me move into my Spring/Summer planner which is a Planners Anonymous B6 melody from the Note to Self range.
I changed up my planner inserts a bit for the remainder of the year – a mix of boxed, bullet journal and even had a go at designing my own.

September was the boxed Masquerade insert from Planners Anonymous, October was the insert I designed using the Planners Anon For the Boos digital creative kit, November was Planners Anon Dream Chaser luxe bujo insert and December was another bujo insert from Planners Anon (I can’t remember which one). I have to admit I am really loving playing with bullet journal spreads again.

Catching up – My Winter planner 2022

July and August were still in my Planner Anonymous Northern Lights melody cover. Inserts are from Planners Anonymous as well with
July being a bujo insert (I can’t remember which one) and August was Dream Chaser.

September sees me move back into my Spring/Summer planner – the Planners Anonymous Note to Self melody.

Around here in 2023

Welcome to 2023! Yeah I know it’s nearly the end of January but life has been a bit more relaxed since Christmas. We’re enjoying the warm days, sleeping in when we don’t have work, the kids are sleeping in the tent most nights. Cricket is on the TV. Life is just generally slower before the rush of back to school and more structure in the first week of February.
The eldest is off to High School this year so that will be interesting.

Anywho, what can you expect here on the blog for 2023?

  • I’m starting with a good clean up. The majority of my craft posts will be leaving, they may turn up on my craft blog – Nightwolf Crafts.
  • I have a couple of Catching Up posts scheduled that I wrote towards the end of 2022 and never posted.
  • In the Den Kitchen is going to get a major revamp. I’m not sure what as yet but it’s going to change.
  • I’ll be archiving a bunch of outdated posts.
  • Still posting my planner setups and weekly layouts.
  • A new 101 things list (the last one finished in October 2022)
  • More of the Travelling Tasmania series.
  • Party planning for a 13th and 9th birthday
  • A new series of posts.
  • General posts about blogging, family, food and planners.
  • I’m hoping to branch out a little in 2023 with some planner things but we’ll see how that goes Smile

Hope you all had a good Christmas & New Year and I hope 2023 is a good year for you.

2022 – a year in review

So 9 days into 2023 and I’m finally getting around to doing my year in review.

2022 was an … interesting year.

January – school holidays. Crafting. fatal car accident out the front of our house.Lots of foster kittens.Kids got first covid jabs. Dad’s birthday. my birthday. Dylan Alcott got Australian of the Year.
February – Covid boosters. Chinese New Year. Started setting up the craft room. Back to school (Grade 2 & Grade 6!!).  Kara’s birthday. 2nd Covid jab for her. Dad had a heart attack.
March – Statewide internet & mobile phone outage. Kara trialled contact. My uncle (Mum’s brother) passed away. School athletics. 2nd Covid jab for Anastasia. My niece turned 1.
April – Kara started club hockey.School holidays. workshop at Bev’s playing with polymer clay. Kittens with ringworm.
May – Artist trading card workshops. First game of club hockey. Rangers FC made the Europa League final, lost on penalties. But then made Scottish Cup final & won. Federal election, Labour won. School cross country. First trip away without kids. Battle of Crete memorial.
June – TPSSA Cross Country for Kara. Crystal workshop. Would have been Mum’s birthday.
July – School hockey. Flu vax for me & James. Paper making. School holidays. Children’s Uni event at AMC. Cousin got married, we were sick & couldn’t go. Arm warmer workshop at Rascal Robot. Kids sick
August – me sick. bought a new dishwasher, washing machine & dryer with tax return. Anastasia’s birthday. James finally got to see specialist about his knee (only taken a year & a half!). Book week.
September – James sick. Queen Elizabeth II dies and Charles becomes king. Applied to the high school Kara wants to go to. Club hockey finals, lost but Kara scored a goal. Hockey presentation evening. James had MRI on his knee.  TPSSA Athletics for Kara.
October – School holidays. Council elections. New dishwasher, washing machine & dryer delivered. James collapsed, ambulance trip to A&E. Blood clots to 90% of his lungs. Stayed in hospital for a week. Stem Club for Kara. Mental health issues for Kara.
November – James started physio. School Hobart trip with the Grade 5/6 classes. Social club hockey. TPSSA Swimming carnival for Kara. High school transition days.
December – End of year school stuff. Grade 6 leaver’s dinner. Presentation assembly, both girls got an award. Christmas stuff. Annual Christmas dinner with friends. Quiet Christmas day, short visits with immediate family. Set up the tent in the backyard & the kids pretty much stayed there every night. Quiet NYE.

So that is pretty much what happened in 2022 for us. Here’s hoping to a healthier 2023 and a good start to high school for Kara.

From the Den Kitchen–July 2022

Recipes we tried this month (there’s a few!)…

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Maple-mustard chicken tray bake. Very easy and really yummy. Would probably use a different mix of veggies next time and cut them a bit smaller.

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Easy yoghurt curry chicken. I think this is now one of my favourite chicken curry recipes now. Easy to make and full of flavour.

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Air Fryer Beef Kabobs. These are yummy but I think they need something. The air fryer kabob rotisserie makes these so easy.

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Baked Potato with BBQ Chicken. Want something different to try with chicken roast leftovers? Give this a try. Full of creamy, potato, cheesy, chicken goodness. Ok so the original didn’t have cheese on top but I added some grated cheese to the breadcrumbs.

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Homemade Popcorn Chicken. Our littlest has recently decided that KFC popcorn chicken is her favourite so we thought we’d give the homemade version a go. She loved it even though it left her tongue tingly.

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Manu’s slow-cooker crispy-topped French beef and beer stew. Winter is the perfect time for stews and this one is pretty good. Even got a thumbs up from the little. Need to work out a better way to do the topping in the over though as it was a bit hit & miss.

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Classic beef and red wine stew with cheesy dumplings. Another beef stew. I swapped out the dumplings for my scone recipe as I didn’t have any polenta.

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Best Hokkien noodle stir-fry. Not bad. Found it very salty. It gotten eaten but wouldn’t say it was a favourite.

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Chicken & leek cannelloni. I love a good cannelloni and this makes a nice change from the ones with spinach. Also uses lasagne sheets instead of cannelloni tubes so you can make them as thick or thin as you like.

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Slow cooked silverside with Honey sauce. Silverside has always been one of my favourite roasts. This one is so moist and not salty. We tried to make the honey sauce but it failed so I made my usual mustard sauce instead.

What’s been on your menu this month?

In my planner – May & June 2022

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Back into my planner for the next two months – May & June.

May was the Planners Anonymous Chapter 3 Luxe B6 wide insert. June was the new Bujo layout of inserts for Planners Anonymous, this one is for Planner Love. It’s been fun playing with bujo layouts again.

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Stickers used come from Planners Anonymous, Luscious Labels, The Printable Collection, Victoria Thatcher, KHD Stickers and my personal junk journal supplies

From the Den Kitchen–June 2022

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Crack Chicken Casserole (with homemade Ranch) I can see how this got it’s name. So easy and very moreish. Big & I reheated it for lunch the next day. Big thumbs up.

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Slow cooker cheesy French onion mince. Very yum and with meat prices (& everything else) going up this ends up being a budget meal with big taste. Leftovers also freeze well.

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Meatballs in curry sauce. This is so good. Big thumbs up. Will be making it again but making smaller meatballs so it goes further. Also really good the next day.

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Curry Beef Pasta. I was kind of interested to see how this would taste after noticing there is no curry powder in the recipe & not being entirely sure what Indian tomatoes were. Glad I read the comments as everyone said they added up to 1 tablespoon of curry powder. Most also said they used normal tinned tomatoes. Another one for the books.

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Slow roasted corned silverside. Oh my. If you have only ever had the good old boiled silverside, you need to try this. So moist and delicious. I was worried it would still be salty but it wasn’t. Leftovers were still moist the next too.

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Satay chicken stir fry. Only four ingredients but I’m not a fan. I have a feeling it was the sauce (Coles brand Satay Simmer Sauce). I’ll retry it with the Satay simmer sauce I usually buy and see if it makes a difference. Also I was half way through cooking the rice when I remembered it’s meant to be served over noodles. Oh well. Will report back when we try it again.