February in Review

Weather in Rathdrum, Idaho for February 2017:

  • Temperature High: 45 on February 9
  • Temperature Low: 11 on February 3
  • Daylight Hours: 9:35 hours on February 1 vs 11:01 hours on February 28. We’re finally beginning to pull out of the winter darkness!

Breakfast Dates on Saturdays:

  • The Breakfast Nook (twice)
  • Corner Bakery (in Issaquah, WA on our way home from Seattle)
  • Jack in the Box

Other Social Activities:

  • We had a family over for dinner and games one Friday evening
  • Sunday evening service in our home each week
  • Rathdrum Chamber of Commerce luncheon (on the third Thursday of the month)

Recreational Activities:

  • RV show in Seattle
  • watched several movies in the evenings with Lyle


  • 2 trips to Seattle (I told about the first one here. I haven’t posted about the second one yet.)

Health and Fitness:

Tried the following recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook:

  • Blackened Chicken with Mango and Black Beans
  • Trim Zuppa Toscana
  • Volcano Mudslide Muffin
  • Brainy Blueberry Muffin
  • Apple Cinnamon Swirl Muffin
  • Strawberry Muffin
  • Cry-No-More Brownies
  • Orange Sherbet Trim Freeze
  • Skinny Chocolate
  • Pay Off Day Candies
  • Trimmaccino Light
  • Pretzel Sticks

Also, these THM-style recipes from other sites:

I’ve haven’t been trying as many main dish recipes, because we already eat pretty healthy there. Mostly I’ve been trying to find healthier alternatives to the “junk food” we tend to want for desserts and snacks.

Crochet Projects:

  • mandala-style vest
  • multi-colored sweater

Graphic Design Projects:

  • business card
  • promotional flyer

Books Read:

Star Ratings: 1. Did not like it. 2. It was OK. 3. Liked it. 4. Really liked it. 5. It was amazing.

Disclosure: These are Amazon affiliate links. Should you happen to buy one of these books, I might get a small commission.


Mostly, I’m just glad to be on this side of February. We are still having gray, snowy, cold days, but I take comfort in the longer hours of daylight and knowing the official first day of spring is just a few days away.

Any suggestions for other recipes to try or books to read? Or did I give you any ideas? I’d love to know!


  • mommyhon333

    WOW! This is such a fabulous format. Kind of like our Sentence a Day posts! Breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out. Pretty sure I would like the Breakfast Nook.

    • Karla Ezell Cook

      We really liked the Blackened Chicken, but not so much the Mango and Black Beans salsa that went with it. So I’ve done the chicken that way several times sense and not bothered with the salsa. We didn’t care much for the Trim Zuppa Toscana. The flavor was fine but I just don’t like okra in soup. I love it other ways but it makes soup slimey. The “Orange Sherbet Trim Freeze” was a miss. It has carrots in it which is just weird. I *loved* the “Pay Day Off Candies.” The Pretzel Sticks were okay but I probably won’t do them again. The muffins and brownies were fine. I need to try some more recipes.

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