The 20 in 30 challenge - making monthly goals that are achievable to create a happy, healthy you! |

With new year's just around the corner I am sure most people are thinking about goals and resolutions they would like to accomplish. I know I am. I have been thinking about resolutions since about Thanksgiving. :) 

I usually make a lot of goals. One thing I am going to do this year is what I am calling a 

20 in 30 challenge. 

Each month I am going to pick one thing to do for 20 days. I did this in the month of december with smoothies. You can see all my smoothies on instagram. This is a great challenge. 20 days is enough days to make it a bit of a challenge, but not too many days where it might be unachievable. 

I came up with a list of possible ideas for the challenge:
Simple butterscotch truffles - an easy recipe using only 3 ingredients for the filling and covered in chocolate. They taste just like See's Candy Butterscotch Squares. |

These simple butterscotch truffles are almost an exact replica of See's butterscotch squares (except the shape :) ) If you have never had See's candy, you are missing out. And if you have never had a butterscotch square from See's candy, your life is not complete.

Although, I usually prefer to have healthy recipes here on real food simple, I still eat sweets once in a while and especially this time of year. Not only have I made these butterscotch bites, but I also have recently made my simple butter toffee and some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies.

I do have another version of this recipe on my other blog
Simple gingerbread granola. A healthy, easy recipe that takes about 20 minutes and has the great flavor of gingerbread. |

This homemade gingerbread granola is a really simple recipe that takes about 20 minutes and has all the yummy gingerbread flavor of the season.

Homemade granola is one of the easiest things to make. Although this one happens to be gingerbread flavor, you can use whatever flavors you like.

simple 6 ingredient butter toffee |

This is absolutely the best, buttery, crunchy toffee ever. I dare say it is even better than that famous toffee that comes in the pink tin. It is a really simple recipe with few ingredients. The one key is to have a candy thermometer.

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These cream cheese mints could not be an yummier, and with only 4 ingredients*,  they are so simple.

These cream cheese mints are very simple to make and only have 4 ingredients! |

I think know I love anything mint. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to peppermint. So when I was thinking of making something sweet the other day, mint immediately came to mind.

And lately, my go-to base for desserts has been cream cheese. If you are looking for a really simple recipe that can come together quickly, these mints are for you.

This recipe has a new home.  Visit for the cream cheese mint recipe.

On Christmas morning, I think one of my favorite things is digging in to my stocking to see the goodies. There always seems to be fun gifts stuffed in there.

If you are a real foodie like me, I am sure you get excited when there are kitchen or food related gifts hiding inside. Although I tend to like minimalism and a simple kitchen, these items I either have or I would make space for in my kitchen. 

Here is a list of 5 stocking stuffers you can give to the real foodie in your life.

This is a simple 4 ingredient smoothie that tastes like a milkshake!

4 ingredient coconut cacao banana smoothie |

The smoothie challenge is in full swing and out of the 20 days I hope to have a smoothie in December, I am now at 3/3.

Normally when I make smoothies I put some spinach, fruit, and liquid in. But then I saw a cacao smoothie from Real Fit Real Food Mom on Instagram. Since I had pretty much all the ingredients I decided to try something similar. 

This was so yummy. And I put it in the fridge for a while while I ran an errand, when I came back it was thick and creamy like a milkshake. So good.


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