Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

sweet potato soup

Well....  HELLO there!  It's been a while.  Not much.  How 'bout you?  (name that song - ha!) Have you ever tasted something that became an instant favorite?  You knew you HAD to get the recipe and HOPED you could make it just as good?  That's what happened to me with this soup.  My friend, Heather, brought this to a party and EVERYONE raved about the deliciousness.  Thankfully, Heather shared the recipe..... If you're looking for a cure for this never-ending, unbearable winter...  this is … [Read more...]

Turkey Chili

The Daniel Plan Turkey Chili Recipe

As I type this we are on day 5 of what's become a trending hashtag, #snowpacalypse.  We are on day 20 of Christmas Break (extended due to school closings).  We are grateful because after 4 days without tv, our satellite dish somehow got clear enough that it's back on.  Well, we are grateful for a LOT...  not the least of which is that we all stayed safe and warm in what was a record setting blast of arctic air and a pounding of more than a foot of snow.  But to keep things real, also VERY … [Read more...]

Healthy Black Eyed Peas

blackeyed peas

This is one of those times I wish I was a food blogger with amazing skills to do this recipe justice visually.  I wish I had one of those photos that showed how DELICIOUS this dish is.  But, I don't!  So PLEASE take my word for it! We wanted to make the traditional Black Eyed Peas for New Year's Day….  channeling our inner "southernness".  But having just started The Daniel Plan, I needed it to be healthy.  So I decided to forgo old recipes and try my own version.  I gotta say, I'm super … [Read more...]

Barbecue Beef Brisket


This recipe is one of our family's FAVORITE.  I got the it years ago from a friend after she made it for a Sunday School gathering at her house.  I love that you can make it ahead and just warm in the oven before serving. These pictures are from a few weeks ago....  My kiddos requested this as part of their Back-to-School week dinners.  That time I served it with a Kale Salad (bagged from Costco + slaw dressing) and...  of course....  mac 'n cheese! This past weekend as we … [Read more...]

Happy Monday | Easy Ravioli Lasagna

ravioli casserole baked

Happy Monday to you!  Though I'm not a huge fan of Mondays in general {I miss my family when I send them back to school & work}.....  I woke early for Quiet Time to discover a super cool, crisp Fall morning that is just PERFECT! Our family enjoyed some sweet time together this weekend.  And I enjoyed precious time with two GirlFriends on Saturday doing what girls love to do:  SHOPPING!  We hit the mall with purpose ~> Nordstrom's Beauty event.... where we had our make~up done and got … [Read more...]

September’s Book Club

chicken pot pie soup

So I've already talked about My Girls and about Our Book Club.  I've also already admitted to being a horrible reader before Book Club started.  That has all changed my Friends.  I now have stacks and stacks of books and can't get enough of them.  Woo-to-the-hoo! Okay, so since I wasn't blogging during the first few months of our Book Club, let me catch you up: We started out reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.  This literally was a book I could. not. put. down.  Oh it is SUCH A … [Read more...]

Weigh-In Wednesday Week 7

chicken curry1

Welcome to our 7th week of Weigh~In Wednesday! We're so glad you're joining us...   Okay, we've talked about BREAKFAST and we've talked about LUNCH.....  so today we've gotta talk about DINNER! I'm on my own most days for breakfast and lunch.....  So my choices {good or bad} only impact ME.  Dinner is a different subject.  I'm not only impacting my health, I'm responsible for my husband and kiddos.  So as often as I can, I make sure I prioritize a healthy and delish dinner. Menu … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches


Yesterday, I had the privilege of guest posting on my friend Sheila's blog ~ Eat 2 Gather.  She hosts this great series called Dinner Dilemma where she invites bloggers to come share some of their solutions to bringing dinner to the table in the busyness of life.  Who couldn't use some help with that? I shared that our family is reliant upon the slow cooker about 3 nights a week with after-school schedules.  This is the recipe I shared that's become a new family favorite: Be sure to visit … [Read more...]