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I keep trying to do a full year of this. Don’t think I’ve made it yet. Maybe this year??

Anyway here’s January’s list

1. THIS IS ME
2. PAPER
3. A CAR
4. SO COLOURFUL
5. A PET
6. FLOWERS
7. THE SKY
8. I ATE HERE
9. A CLOSE-UP
10. SOMETHING NICE
11. SHOES
12. TECHNOLOGY
13. SOMETHING IN NATURE
14. HOLDING SOMETHING SMALL
15. I LOVE THIS SMELL
16. I CAN DO THIS
17. IN MY CUP
18. I LOVE THIS FOOD
19. MORE THAN ONE
20. A FRIEND
21. WATER
22. ON THE FLOOR
23. SUNSET
24. THIS IS FUN
25. A SWEET TREAT
26. WHERE I STOOD
27. A PATH
28. THIS IS MINE
29. LUCKY
30. SUMMER/WINTER
31. THIS IS ALSO ME

and my photos

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Super Saucy Chicken Chop Suey

Chicken is one of our favourite things to cook. Hubby would eat it nearly every night if he could. Hence why the first 2 new recipes we tried this year are chicken.

I love a good chop suey so thought this would be a hit. I was right, everyone loved it, even the super fussy one.

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You can check it out at

https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/super-saucy-chicken-chop-suey-recipe/yjgfsjzm

My planner setup for 2021

Well, wasn’t 2020 an interesting year. Stuck at home. Schooling from home. Endless Zoom calls. Not a real lot to put in the planner….

If you read my post from this time last year (thanks for sticking around and if you are new, Welcome!) I was in the Planners Anonymous Planner Babe TN. Well Sami did not disappoint and released the gorgeous Northern Lights Melody (more about that in a bit), as well as another 7 Melody planners.

What is a Melody Planner? To quote Planners Anon….

“The concept behind the melody is simple. We wanted to create a planner that is flexible and able to grow and change as you do. Inspired by life and music, this planner is composed from the ground up. The cover has the unique ability to segue between rings, strings, discs, booklets and book bound inserts.

How will you use your Melody?”

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I bought the Northern Lights one as soon as it was released but decided not to go with the rings bundle, cause I was not really a rings girl (been there done that) but after a few months caved and ended up going rings & strings. Fast forward another few months and they released the Note to Self Melody.

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I bought this one and the rings bundle as well. So I currently have a Spring/Summer planner (Note to Self) and an Autumn/Winter (Northern Lights) AND I’ve gone back to rings for my inserts.

After all that, here’s my setup for 2021 (at this stage anyway)

  • Cover – Planners Anonymous Melody Planner with rings and strings
  • 2021 B6 Single Page Monthly + Tracker Printable Insert from Annie Plans Printables
  • Dashboards by DesleyJane Plans. I currently have Pink Petals, Dark Romance and Water Droplets (blue)
  • Pocket also by DesleyJane Plans in Water Droplets (blue) for the stickers I use every week
  • Monthly inserts from Planners Anonymous that came with the rings bundle. They are hoping to have them as a separate purchase soon.
  • Custom made dot grid TN insert in the back for collections & notes. I just made this myself by cutting down some A4 dot grid paper to B6 and made a cover from the Planners Anonymous Planner Babe freebie (which you can grab, along with other freebies, here)

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So that’s my planner for 2021 in a nutshell. How are you planning this year?

In the Den kitchen 2021

Going back to this series as one of my plans for this year is to try at least one or 2 new recipes a week, so expect more recipe sharing.

First for the year is Apricot chicken rissoles. The recipe came from Taste and you can find it here.

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What we thought: Big thumbs up from 3. One isn’t eating much still but loved the potato. One day she’ll eat more *sigh*

What we’ve been cooking (12 recipes in 2020–Sept to Dec)

Going back and counting I actually made our 12 new recipe in August. Well actually it’s the 11th cause I’ve made the Chocolate slice before, so September is recipe number 12 and the rest are bonuses.

You can check out the rest of the recipes…

January (Ham Mashed Potato Cakes)

February (Tuna pasta bake)

March, April, May (Focaccia, Banana Choc Chip biscuits, Naan bread, Green chicken curry)

June, July (Butter chicken, slow cooker lasagne, Mongolian chicken, One pot honey BBQ beef brisket, Chocolate slice)

August (Oven baked Thai chicken meatballs)

Some of the other new recipes we tried between September and December included

Creamy chicken and mushroom pancakes

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As part of Wild University, we did a Charcuterie Class with Lea aka The Platter Girl. I made some mini boards using my gorgeous platters from Flat Out Bottles.

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Another new recipe – Old school lemon chicken. Sooooo good. We’ve made this a few times and it’s pretty close to the restaurant version.

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Finally, there’s this Chicken chow mien. Suoer quick & super easy for yummy school night meal.

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Happy Holidays

15 days in and I’m only just changing my blog theme. Oh dear. Oh well it is 2020 Winking smile

What’s been happening here over the last few months? Lots.

Work has been busy. I’m busy planning to add some new services next year and do some New Year/Back to School specials.

The kiddos finish school for the summer break on Thursday. Today is their school pool picnic. I feel sorry for their teachers. Behaviour at home has been pretty shocking but they are tired and over the whole year. I know I am.

Mum’s first anniversary passed quietly. We spent the afternoon with Dad. Did some cleaning out in the garage (nearly all the craft stuff is boxed up and ready to come here – I’m getting a craft room again!). Had a BBQ. Dad & the kiddos played a bit of cricket. Mum would have loved it.

I’ve been doing lots of crafting but that will all be over at Nightwolf Scraps

We’re still fostering cats. We now own 4 cats after one has become a permanent foster due to her stressful nature. Slowly becoming the crazy cat lady, haha!

I’ve enrolled to do some study next year. Waiting to hear back more details after getting offered a place.

That’s about it really. Will be back later with our recipes for the last few months. Some really yum foods.

YouTubing it

My little channel on YouTube is slowly growing. I’ve now got three Planners Anon unboxings up as well as my first Chasing Planner Peace on. I have a new CPP one I’m editing and a couple of Planners Anon ones planned (when my parcels arrive). I may even do a voice over on one of the Planners Anon ones, who knows Winking smile

Anyway,  would love it if you popped over and checked out my vids, maybe Subbed to my channel and gave me a thumbs up

https://www.youtube.com/user/NightwolfDesigns

What we’ve been cooking (12 recipes in 2020–August)

Welcome back to another post in my 12 recipes in 2020 series. I think we’re up to 11 recipes.

January

February

March, April, May 

June, July

This month we tried Oven Baked Thai Chicken Meatballs from Bake Play Smile. So yummy and everyone ate them!

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What we’ve been cooking (12 recipes in 2020–June and July)

So we’re doing pretty well with trying a new recipe each month, sometimes we manage to try 3 or 4! What’s not happening is me blogging them each month. Upside, you get a post with a bunch of recipes.

I love butter chicken, usually it’s just the bottled stuff but after trying this recipe on Kidspot, we will never go back to the bottled stuff. So good!

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A couple of recipes from Taste. The Slow cooker lasagne was lovely and made enough to add to a couple of foodie care packages for my Dad while he was in iso after coming back from Melbourne (before the second wave of Covid-19 there so we were lucky there). No photos but it was yum.

Another with no photo but we’ll be making this Mongolian chicken again. It’s good stuff.
Then we tried the One Pot Honey BBQ Beef brisket much better the next day, cold or hot, in a roll. *drool*

A little sweet treat you need to try if you love chocolate. The kids love it too which may or may not be a bonus. It’s a great lunchbox snack too. Maybe not the healthiest option but everyone needs a treat.
Check out Bake Play Smile’s easy chocolate slice

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Unboxing–Chasing Planner Peace box

So the plan was  to do something new and going so far out of my comfort zone. Kara has been at me to start her own YouTube channel for ages but wasn’t sure what to do. She’s been watching planner unboxing videos with me and suggested we do one together. Well I guess that’s better than her doing those Minecraft videos she spends HOURS watching *eye roll*
Anyway I got all set up to do an unboxing of the Purrfect Kitty box  then broke my tripod and when I copied the video to my laptop – it’s corrupt. I hate technology. Grumble, grumble, grumble…

Anywho, roll on the new box – Winter Fairytale and we made a video! And it’s on YouTube!! You can watch it at https://youtu.be/FtE98LWfq-k

And I’ve ordered myself a new tripod and ring light so we can get into making more videos. Wish me luck!