Catching up with the Kelnhofers-126

Catching up with the Kelnhofers-126

This week on Catching up with the Kelnhofers, I’m looking forward to getting back on routine.  Eating healthier, drinking plenty of coffee and getting back into meal prepping.

Freddie by Christmas Tree

Getting back into routines after the holidays can feel like a lot, to-do lists are overflowing, and add on top of that there’s crazy weather. Comfy and cozy and calm are what I’m trying to focus on! This week coffee has been getting me through, and we made a batch of these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with cherries and I keep telling myself that cherries help regulate sleep cycles, so it’s ok if the kids have 2 (…more like 4…plus there’re oats in them, so they’re healthy, right?)

Another thing really saving the day over here: meal delivery services (Sun Basket and Home Chef).

Home Chef and Sun Basket
Home Chef | Sun Basket

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White chicken chili, Muesli bread rounds
White chicken chili | Fruit and nut muesli bread rounds

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It’s that time of year where I am trying to get back on track with my meal prepping!  I’m sharing meals that can be prepped ahead are a true time saver!

Meals for meal prepping
Salsa chicken and quinoa | Turkey meatloaf

Here are some faves:

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  • I have a recipe for yogurt chicken in my 5 ingredient cookbook that is truly amazing. I made it with a side salad and then added pitas, and voila, dinner!
5 Ingredient Cookbook
  • Ben also helped make overnight oats, we added a few frozen cherries!

Ben making overnight oats

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Love this comment from a reader on my Starbucks iced coffee copycat recipe – a great way to save money if that’s your New Year’s Resolution.

Pouring cream into coffee
Coffee recipe
  • “Thank you so much! Did it today and it’s pretty close! Now I can stop buying coffee at Starbucks! Very very thankful”

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It’s the perfect time of year for soup and this re-creation of corn cauliflower chowder looks cozy and delicious.

Reader Recreation

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I’ve been looking for some makeup brushes like these, but never wanted to spend too much without knowing if I’d actually use/like them.  Found these on Amazon and you can’t beat that price!

Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes

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I read a bunch of ‘best books I read in 2021’ posts, here are 3 that I’m going to check out in January!

Books to read in 2022
The Soulmate Equation | The Island of Missing Trees | White Ivy
  • The Soulmate Equation “Writing duo and reigning romance queens Christina Lauren are back with The Soulmate Equation, their most ambitious book to date.” —PopSugar
  • The Island of Missing Trees A rich, magical new novel on belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.
  • White Ivy A truly addictive read” (Glamour) about how a young woman’s crush on a privileged former classmate becomes a story of love, lies, and dark obsession, offering stark insights into the immigrant experience, as it hurtles to its electrifying ending in this “twisty, unputdownable, psychological thriller” (People).”

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  • Santa brought the kids some dino eggs – super cool, but I think better for a 5+ year old, we still had fun though.

Kids playing with dino eggs

  • We had our first real snow, so we made snowmen (of the mini variety)!

Kids playing in snow

  • My in-laws came over for a sushi take-out, so so good, and here is a family pic, accurate – kids running, eating cookies mentioned in the intro and one crying? lol)

Sushi and family photo

  • Proud moment over here – Sam was finally sleeping, and I got all the laundry folded!

Sleeping Sam and Phi

  • Over winter break there was LOTS of crafting and learning activities (which take longer to set up than for the kids to do, lol)

Kids crafting and learning

Kids playing with kinetic and

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Chicken salad recipes
BBQ chicken salad | Chicken salad


  • Encanto – trailer here (available on Disney +), suuuuch a cute Disney movie that’s not princesses, I really liked it!
Encanto trailer
  • Space Force – trailer here (available on Netflix), with Steve Carrell.  I don’t know why I’m loving this show so much, but it’s light and has some funny moments. 
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Space Force


  • Finally got the kids’ clothes organized in the basement, these are the bins we used (I just ordered them for pickup at Target!)
Storage Bins
Storage bins
  • These are meal prep containers I love
Meal prep containers
Meal prep containers

Have you put your holiday decorations away already? I’d love to know, so just leave a comment below and let me know!

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