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Fresh New Life Goals for Spring

At this point, I’m as tired of apologizing for my absence from Hello Gorgeous as you probably are of hearing my “sorry’s”.  After a very transitional past two months (actually, more like past year) we are finally back home in LA and in our new home.  Here’s where the plot thickens…  We’re in a basically empty new home.  Someone had the bright idea of starting from scratch with the furniture since it was a new space.  Hint: it wasn’t Matt.

Anyways, I’ve been knee deep in wood, linen and rug samples, and quite honestly, I’m enjoying every second of it.  We’ve been in design mode since we arrived back home.  It’s really perfect timing when you think about it.  Personally, I associate Spring with fresh starts, new goals and clean slates.  Yes, that’s what New Years is all about, I know, but I never seem to really get motivated to start things up until the temperatures start to warm up.

I wanted to do a check in with my Gorgeous Girls about fresh, new goals for 2017.  Many of you set goals on January 1st, but many of your goals have changed in the past few months.  This is a great time to reassess what you realistically want to achieve over the course of this year.

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

What are my goals for 2017?  I’m so glad you asked!  I want to focus on our home.  I want to create a space that is warm, inviting and cozy.  With all of the traveling we do, I want our home to be our haven.  When we return to our house, I want to walk in the door, take a look around and uncontrollably sigh out of relief to be there.

I also want to make my health a priority.  I have barely exercised at all of the past year.  Honestly, it’s embarrassing.  Heart disease runs rampant in my family, so I can’t afford to not take care of myself.  I’ve been running with Matt the past couple of weeks and started doing yoga at home.  My goal isn’t to lose weight, but to be healthy and toned.

I try to make healthy choices about my diet pretty consistently (of course I like to splurge as well) but I want to buckle down even more this year.  I plan on including more fruits and veggies in our menu.  I share a lot of my recipes on Snapchat and Insta-Stories.  I recently posted a Healthy Breakfast Ideas YouTube video, so check that out if you missed it.  Let me know if you’d like to see a blog post or video about what I eat in a day or what’s in my fridge, as well as more recipes.

I plan to be more consistent with scheduling time for my daily devotions as well.  I have to remind myself that my body is my temple.  God gave me only one body and put me in charge of caring for it.

Let me know in the comments section what your goals are for the rest of 2017.  I’m considering sharing some of my home design process on my blog with y’all, so let me know if you’d like to see some of my design inspiration.

Photos by Kara Coleen.

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Top: Sold Out; similar ruffle top here, here, here and here  //  White Jeans: Hudson

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Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe

 

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I know, I know…  Lentils aren’t everybody’s favorite.  I turned my nose up to these little legumes for years.  And Matt?  He was a hard pass.  But then we started this healthy eating journey…  Trying to incorporate as many whole foods (grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and animal products) as possible.  You know what that means?  It’s time for this girl to get creative.  So I took to the internet, and more importantly, to Pinterest.

I didn’t want to go hardcore Whole 30 since Matt spends the majority of his time on set.  He’s on set 90% of his time, so I can’t prepare every single meal for him.  Plus, following a strict diet when you’re at the mercy of other people feeding you (catering or restaurants) can be difficult and frustrating.  That’s why I decided not to actually “diet” per say, but start eating cleaner.  But let’s be real…  Eating clean is pretty much a diet.

I started out with a delicious barley pilaf recipe (posted in this Facebook post) and my hubby LOVED it…  Naturally, I decided to try something new the very next day and created this yummy lentil soup.  I didn’t find one particular recipe online that I loved so I decided to take it upon myself to experiment in the kitchen.  This turned out seriously better than I anticipated.  It’s “healthy” meets “comfort food” and what’s not to love about that?  This is a great fall meal and I’ll definitely be making it again soon.


Ingredients

  • 1 Bag of dry lentils (rinsed)
  • 3 Medium carrots (I used approx. 10 baby carrots) diced
  • 2 Sweet potatoes
  • 2 Bay leaves (dry)
  • 2 Celery stalks (sliced)
  • 8 Cups of low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 Medium onion (or 1 Tbsp. onion powder)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (1/4 -1/2 tsp. depending on how much you prefer)
  • 2 Tsp. salt
  • 2 Tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 Cup tomato paste
  • Shredded parmesan cheese (optional topping)

Instructions

Rinse lentils under cold water.  Add all ingredients to crockpot except sweet potatoes.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Add diced sweet potatoes last 2 or 3 hours of cooking.  Check halfway through and see if additional broth or water needs added as lentils absorb so much fluid.  Top with additional salt and pepper to taste and shredded cheese before serving.

 

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe

the best potato soup loaded baked potato soup recipe angela lanter hello gorgeous

I love to cook.  Creating a delicious meal that my husband enjoys is one of my favorite things to do.  There’s something about Fall that makes me enjoy cooking even more.  I think the cooler temps and gloomy days have everything to do with it.  I love walking through the door and a yummy smell greeting you at the door that just makes your mouth water.  Crockpot meals, soups and casseroles are my go to recipes for fall.  As we speak, I actually have pot roast in my crock pot slow cooking to perfection.  If you haven’t tried this pot roast, be sure to put it on your menu soon.  It’s so, SO good!  Matt actually requested it for dinner tonight.

We’re big time fans of leftovers here at the Lanter house.  I always plan larger meals to allow for plenty of leftovers.  I feel like certain dishes are just better on day two, after they have a chance for the flavor to really set in.  This potato soup is definitely one of those dishes.  Day one soup is good, don’t get me wrong.  But day two?  Holy smokes, it’s GOOD!

My mom made potato soup when I was growing up and her dad used to make it for her.  It’s definitely one of those meals that can only be described as comfort food.  This thick, rich soup is so good with homemade biscuits on a chilly evening in front of the fire.

I searched Pinterest for the perfect recipe the other day, but didn’t allow myself enough time to make this soup in the crockpot.  I personally think it would be better in the crockpot because it will slow cook all that flavor in.  I was in a hurry and made it on the stovetop.  I loosely followed this recipe, but added ingredients and changed things here and there to get it just the way I wanted it.  I landed on this particular recipe because most every other recipe I read required the potatoes to be cooked before making the soup. Ain’t nobody got time for that.  I was in a hurry, so this one was the way to go for me!

Loaded Baked Potato Soup Recipe


Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large uncooked russet potatoes, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • bacon grease (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 5 bacon pieces, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 package cream cheese

Instructions

  1.  In soup pan, warm olive oil over medium heat.  Add in onion powder and garlic powder, stir until mixed in with oil.
  2. Add in flour and combine with oil mixture, careful not to scorch.
  3. Mix in milk and chicken broth.  Stir constantly and allow to bring to low boil (turn up heat if needed, careful not to scorch milk).
  4. Meanwhile, cook bacon and set aside.
  5. Add in diced potatoes, thyme, 1-2 tablespoons of bacon grease (optional), cream cheese, salt and pepper.
  6. Cook over medium flame for 20-25 minutes, stirring regularly.
  7. Stir in cheddar cheese after soup is cooked through.  Serve with crumbled bacon and additional shredded cheese on top.

*If cooking in crock pot, I would suggest adding all ingredients in (less crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese) on low for 6-8 hours.  Add cheddar in during last 1-2 hours of slow cooking.



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