Everyday Life and Menu Plan 1.2.17 (and Favorite New Recipes of 2016)

Happy New Year! I'm glad to be back into the swing of things and 'real life.' But, I did thoroughly enjoy our leisurely two weeks of family time together. 

We checked off our list of favorite holiday traditions, as well as slept in, ate a ton, watched movies, went to the Y a lot and did a lot of reading! I got lots of bookish goodies for Christmas, including my now yearly installment of the illustrated Harry Potter editions.
It was an excellent Christmas and I think this one will stand out to me as the year of Snuggles the Puppy. This was the first time my daughter had a highly coveted item on her list. She's usually the toughest to get gifts for: she likes everything, will play with any toy and is not really obsessed with anything, unlike her brother who goes in easy to shop for phases (this year it's all about Halo Mega Bloks).
Getting her this hilarious animatronic dog has been a HOOT. My husband had the brilliant idea to also give her our old soft sided dog carrier with a removable bed and she has her puppy sleep in it next to her every night. She's even started dressing her up with barrettes (that she never uses). 
It's priceless and reminds me of my first Cabbage Patch doll, an all fabric handmade one, and how much I loved her.

If it were up to me, we'd probably have soup or salad every night this week because I still feel full from holiday eating. Alas, I don't think my family would go for that, so maybe we'll have one or two favorites from this year that I've rounded up, as well as get cracking on trying new recipes. I'm finishing up my December book reviews and pondering my favorite reads of the year, but for now:

Favorite New Recipes of 2016:

Tequila Lime Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos from The Cookie Rookie
Spinach Lasagna from Chowhound
As always, I'm linking up with Org Junkie - be sure to check out all the great weekly menus!


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