Hi, it’s me! I’m still here, just not as frequently as I used to be. I’m constantly up moving around making bread, doing the Peloton, out on walks, at the park, doing laundry, gardening, and the list keeps going! I need to get better at pouring myself a cup of coffee and sitting on the couch to blog. I can’t do it at night because my brain is mush, and I traded in my morning blogging for the Peloton, so I need to hop on the computer during my son’s long nap. The good news is that I am here to catch you all up (even if the laundry is overflowing and the counter has things that don’t belong there all over it!)
One thing that has made me so happy recently is the weather and all of my spring flowers peeking out of the mulch. This photo was taken a few weeks ago, so it’s even more now! Some of my hyacinths are even blooming. I need to get out this week, prune my roses, cut the top of my hydrangeas, and clean up the old leaves in the flower beds. Spring is around the corner. Even trees are budding here! I pray we don’t have that last frost late in the season. I did purchase everything I needed to start indoor seeding this week! I’ll be sharing all about it. I cannot wait for my vegetable garden this year.
I have so many recipes in the camera roll I need to get up on the blog soon, especially the marble chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day.
This weekend, we are going to pick out the rocks for around the garden bed and start digging the area! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram for gardening updates! I share weeks ahead of time over there!:) And if you’re interested in some of my favorite garden finds or seeds, check out my Amazon shop!:) I keep that updated daily!
One of my favorite go-to breakfasts/or dinners lately has been eggs, avocado, and roasted potatoes! 😋 It’s so easy to throw into a bowl and eat while I’m feeding dinner to my son. I try my best to eat with him! He’s in the mimicking stage right now, and I love it! He claps when you clap, says “mama,” pulls himself up to stand, can crawl at a fast speed, got his first tooth, sleeps through the night, eats more solid foods, and even climb up the stairs without assistance! I’ll share a video on Instagram later because it’s incredible.
I am so proud of myself because I made a promise that I’d stick to doing something active every single day, along with riding the Peloton 4 to 5 times a week. I made it through January, and I feel AMAZING. I’m starting to physically feel like my pre-pregnancy self again, and I’m happy I stuck with it. I am getting much stronger and better each time I hop on the bike. I hit a PR the other night doing 17 miles in one hour! The reason I share my Peloton username (hellotaralynn) is that it holds me accountable, and I love seeing a lot of you jump on the classes while I’m on and love all the high fives. Last month, I had 31 active days, 52 workouts, burned 12,200 calories, worked out a total of 31 hours, did 28 cycling classes (some were cooldowns or warm-ups before the long class), did 7 stretch videos, 25 walks, and lost a total of 5.5 pounds. I had been stuck on a plateau since early November, and it felt so good to see progress when I stepped on the scale at the doctor’s office yesterday. I haven’t been dieting but trying my best to eat better and drink more water.
There are never easy ways to transition during these recaps, so now we will chat about lemons! My lemon trees are starting to flower, and they are flowering more than they ever have! We’ll get a lot of lemons this year, which means all the lemon olive oil cake! This is one of the best recipes, and it was so fun to make it with the lemons from my backyard. I keep my lemon trees upstairs in the guest room because it gets so much sun!
My sourdough bread journey is still on the rise (no pun tented), and I’m making loaves daily. The Jalapeño cheddar is one of our favorites. I have my bread guide all written out in a PDF, but I need to figure out how I want to transfer it all to the blog.
Kyle worked for the past few weekends on a new underground trench to direct the water flow away from my garden area. It’s fun to watch how invested he is in this project. I’m always so impressed with his woodworking skills. He built these in a day!
I met up with my girlies last weekend for brunch at The Goodyear House. The last time I had eaten there, it was inside one of those igloos. The food was OUTSTANDING, and the service was 10/10. Although I promised myself to dine out less in 2023, I would still like to try out new restaurants in Charlotte once in a while. I tend to stay in my Fort Mill bubble a lot. We shared the butter bean spread and the sweet potato fingerlings. The sweet potato fingerlings were one of the best sides I’ve had in a long time. I cannot believe how delicious! I want to go back just for a plate of those!
I ordered the Good Salad with lettuce, onion, parmigiano reggiano, and herb verde dressing with chicken. Not a drop was left on my plate!
A week of bread-making was in full swing! I tried a few new methods until figuring out how to make the absolute PERFECT loaf!
I made several loaves with whipped honey cinnamon butter for Kyle to bring to work.
My goal is to do 16 to 17-mile rides on the weekend. I love starting the weekend with a long ride! (Chicken Caesar salad wrap recipe.)
We try to get out daily when it’s not raining. February is our rainy month here in South Carolina. We get the spring showers ahead of time.
Link to his favorite toys! + his coffee cup!
I know this is so silly, but I love imagining and daydreaming about what this is going to look like in the summer.
In true Taralynn fashion, I’ll do coffee and garden walks around the backyard each morning.
Rainy days ♥️
Last week, I tried the viral Big Mac salad all over TikTok. Honesty, ehhhhhhh didn’t care for it. Taco salads are superior. My dad was over and LOVED this recipe, so maybe it’s for the Big Mac lovers. I think it was the pickles that threw me off.
Sixteen-mile bike ride and a grocery trip with my favorite 💜 He’s obsessed with cart rides. He laughs the entire time!
I’ve been having this combo after my early morning biker rides lately!
I tried the TikTok viral video of painting bread. It was cute, but colored bread still weirds me out. 😂
You can find my favorite bread accessories on my Amazon shop!
Would you believe me if I told you I made over 12 loaves of bread last weekend? 😆
WE HAD A WIN FOR THE EAGLES! WOOOOOO! I cannot wait to see them play in the Super Bowl.
Most people train their dogs to get off the couch, but we’ve been trying to train Tux to get up on the couch. He’s not sure how to do it yet, but once he’s up there, he nestles up and falls asleep. He reminds me so much of Grumples when he’s on the couch. We will keep working with him because I can tell he likes it!
I made some yummy oatmeal and banana fruit bars for Bug’s breakfast! He LOVES them. I cut them up into tiny bite-size pieces, and he eats them all so fast. I’ll post this recipe soon. Yesterday was my birthday, and I enjoyed spending time with my family! We did a park date, shopped at the garden center, walked, and had a yummy dinner at home! It’s been MONTHS since having Crumbl cookies. I used to love them, but our store always gives us cookies that are so raw…I still enjoy making The Fresh Cooky’s Crumbl Copycat cookies much better! We had air-fried salmon, smashed potatoes, and lemon parm Brussels sprouts 😋 My favorite birthday so far. 💜
Questions for you!
- Have you stuck to your New Year’s resolutions (if you made any!)
- What is one thing you’re looking forward to this summer?
- Do you grow anything indoors?