A Look Back At Week One Of 2018

I planned to share 5 things on the 5th day of the new year for Five on Friday.  Wait did she say she had a plan?  Ha!

However, instead of sitting here sipping coffee and blogging on Friday, I went to work.  Did I embrace my change of plans?  Yes, very much. Everyone else had already ventured back to their somewhat regular routines and I found myself getting a bit panicky. Plus, I do miss those sweet preschool faces if I go without working for too long.

So, welcome to today’s post where I’m going to share 6 things for the 6th day of the new year but still link up with Five on Friday.

My Five Things For The First Five Days of 2018:

ONE: Still spending too much time playing this silly game!

J stuck Animal Crossing pocket camp onto my phone the weekend of my birthday because he thought I’d really like it.  Yes, I really like it and may need an intervention (or at least some weather warm enough to leave the house!).

You can even take photos of your camp!

Don’t worry I also managed to watch too much Netflix, not do enough cleaning, and generally be as lazy as possible the first few days of the year.

Two: This Cake!

I purchase this pink champagne cake at the grocery store on New Year’s Eve because it was so pretty and sparkly I couldn’t quite resist.  My husband had the nerve to say the frosting tasted like bubble gum flavor! A quick read of the ingredients showed several “gum” ingredients and no pink champagne whatsoever. Go figure.  I still liked it and requested some type of pink champagne cake for my birthday next (this) year. Have I mentioned I’m supposed to be doing a sugar-free challenge this week? Um, let’s not talk about how that is going.

Three: Banana Bread and Chia Seeds

Took the terribly neglected bananas on the table and turned them into the banana bread my husband favors.  He’s not a big fan of the Guatemalan recipe raved about by the boys. I plan to share the recipe for our “regular” banana bread on the blog soon.

Still somewhat attempting my sugar-free challenge (and yes, I do have the jar on top of a giant box of chocolates for the photo), I set some batter aside and added Chia seeds to it.  I thought it turned out well and may experiment with adding them to lemon muffins next (I’m not a fan of poppy seeds but I think Chia seeds would go well in anything as a great substitute!).

Four: Coffee and Whipped Cream!

Did you see where I mentioned extreme laziness up there in item one.  It spilled over into my not going to the store at all this week. Unfortunately, it also meant no milk for my coffee yesterday. So ignoring the sugar-free thing (because drinking coffee when required to be at work with preschool children at 7:15a.m. after staying up way too late is necessary),  I chose to use whipped cream in my coffee (black coffee = yuck!).

Oddly enough, yesterday happened to be National Whipped Cream Day. Don’t you just love it when things work out like that?

Five: More Gifts

Beautiful artwork from a beautiful preschool student! Definitely one for the boost file.

My husband: Uh, why is there a rock on the kitchen table?

Me: Because one of the preschool kids gave it to me today and I forgot to take it out of my pocket until I came home. She said look at this super smooth rock I found. Here you can have it. Kind of looks like a wad of gum in the photo above but I assure you it is indeed a very smooth rock.


Six, A Bonus Item: Happy Three Kings Day!

You do know it’s still Christmas season, right?  Today is the Epiphany. To celebrate, I’ll make some version of a Three Kings cake and we’ll have a big dinner. And even some football on TV, go Chiefs! Later tonight, I’ll finally put away the rest of our Christmas decorations (most of it is done but I always leave out my Nativity set until after today).

Do you do anything special to acknowledge the day?


Be sure to go check out the other blogs linked up with our Five on Friday host, Tricky over at the F.A.S.T. Blog.

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4 thoughts on “A Look Back At Week One Of 2018

  1. Michelle Schaefer

    Go Chiefs! Loved the whipped cream. I just poured the last of my creamer into my coffee this morning. If I don’t make it to the store I may sadly be in a similar state of options tomorrow.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. Yes, it is frustrating how many things contain sugar and how much of it! I kind of threw in the towel on it all yesterday because we have so much sweet stuff still lurking about around here. Since I’ve been printing out the daily e-mails for the challenge, I’m going to just start fresh in a couple of weeks when some of this left-over Christmas stuff has disappeared (or found its way to the trash, finally).

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