Reflections

Steak With a Side of Love {learning to serve with purpose}

So tired yesterday. Fixing supper when I was tired, light-headed, cranky, needed a snack. Cooked steak, noodles and green beans. And a special pan sauce for the steak. Steak was the best I had ever made. That steak! It was a thick, juicy steak. I tenderized it, seasoned it, browned it. Poured beef broth. Covered.… Continue reading Steak With a Side of Love {learning to serve with purpose}

Reflections

What Jesus Did With One Mama’s Lunch {and what that means to me as a mom}

Hello everyone 🙂 and Happy Thursday! Today I wanted to take a moment to share a post with you about LUNCH. Lunch is the best, no? Welllll the kids had a few snow days and I didn't get to post on Monday like I had planned. But making up for lost time now. It was… Continue reading What Jesus Did With One Mama’s Lunch {and what that means to me as a mom}

Caturday

Of Coziness and Toe Beans

Happy Caturday Saturday cat lovers! We've got a winter storm a brewing here in the Midwest. For us that means two things: 1) be prepared and 2) get cozy. So there will likely be the usual standard pre-snowstorm grocery shopping this weekend. But until then I'll be taking some inspiration from Stella and stay as… Continue reading Of Coziness and Toe Beans

Caturday

Allll the Caturdays, Part 2

Howdy guys and welcome back! It's Caturday Saturday again and I'm sharing my next 10 Caturday posts. Last week was Part 1 and you can find the link to that post below. These first 10 posts explain Stella and Shadow’s stories. How we got them, why we love them and the cute, crazy and cat-like things… Continue reading Allll the Caturdays, Part 2

Caturday

Allll the Caturdays, Part 1

Happy Caturday everyone! I love a lazy Saturday. In the past, I've often posted pictures of our cat(s) Stella and Shadow specifically on this day of the week. I started this in 2017, back when I blogged much more. Hence, most cat-related posts are from that year. Awhile back I mentioned wanting to condense my… Continue reading Allll the Caturdays, Part 1

Reflections

The Bread of Life Rocked my View of Natural Living {why I changed my “healthy” standards}

I remember the exact moment when I felt like giving up on "natural living". It was the straw that broke the camel's back. I was reading an article that stated that white rice was healthier than brown rice. It listed the reasons. I didn't follow. I nearly threw my hands in the air and I… Continue reading The Bread of Life Rocked my View of Natural Living {why I changed my “healthy” standards}

Reflections

Vast Array {a poem about my love for fall & its Creator}

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! I was on my way to pick up my kids from school yesterday and I found myself gazing at the beautiful hills and trees. Admiring the beauty that only God could have designed. That got me to thinking about a poem I wrote quite a few years ago about the… Continue reading Vast Array {a poem about my love for fall & its Creator}

Motherhood, Reflections

Book Chat: Mom Set Free: Find Relief From the Pressure to Get It All Right, by Jeannie Cunnion {an honest take at God’s grace at work in my life}

Here we are guys. One step closer to my Proverbs 31 series. I finished reading the Mom Set Free book earlier this year, almost exactly at the same time that I finished my 1st outline for the P31 blog series. I am very excited about this book and I can't wait to share it with… Continue reading Book Chat: Mom Set Free: Find Relief From the Pressure to Get It All Right, by Jeannie Cunnion {an honest take at God’s grace at work in my life}

Reflections

Paychecks, Parchment and the Price of Gas

Editorial notation: I originally wrote this in November of 2020. What on earth am I going to do now?! I thought to myself as I marched into the gas station, feeling defeated. Every so often in life, we are thrown a curve ball that makes absolutely no sense. My curve ball happened to be a… Continue reading Paychecks, Parchment and the Price of Gas

Reflections

Now Live: Haiku About Savoring the Moment

One day I was walking around in the grocery store, kids in tow. Minding my own business, presiding over the madness that is kids+shopping, when someone says to me..... "Enjoy these days. They go by so fast!" This is followed by a surge of emotion that I feel broadcast itself all over my face. A… Continue reading Now Live: Haiku About Savoring the Moment

Food

My Top 30 Go-To Supper Meals {what’s yours?}

Hey guys! How's it going?? Well we are over halfway through the week now. Aren't you glad? I am...sorta. I'm happy the weekend is approaching. However, I must admit that my supper game is starting to wane. I usually start out the week with an optimistic meal plan for the week...that doesn't always go according… Continue reading My Top 30 Go-To Supper Meals {what’s yours?}

Food, Lunch/Simple Meal

Hassle-Free Hobo Fish {Quick. Easy. Cheap. Any Day of the Week!}

A few summers ago I was introduced to the wonder that is hobo chicken. But wait...this recipe is about fish... Yes it is. But anything can be hobo, if you let it. Literally any meat. I've only tried chicken or fish. But as a child I remember my mother cooking a similar meal over the… Continue reading Hassle-Free Hobo Fish {Quick. Easy. Cheap. Any Day of the Week!}

Motherhood

10 Ways To Be Kind to Your {Postpartum} Self

I am so happy I'm not pregnant right now. (These past 9 months haven't exactly been a cakewalk.) But with this truth comes reality... I am now postpartum. If you've been postpartum before, then you are familiar with that time of transition. Going from the joy and wonder of pregnancy and birth, to the time… Continue reading 10 Ways To Be Kind to Your {Postpartum} Self

Food

Thoughts and Tips on Living Gluten-Free While Pregnant

Yes that lady is meant to look disgusted by the fact that she is surrounded by wheat. I mean yeah wheat fields are pretty and all and kudos to all the farmers and the people who eat it. But I also mean... yuck. At one time, not long ago I loved wheat products. But my… Continue reading Thoughts and Tips on Living Gluten-Free While Pregnant

Reflections

She Ran {a poem about the Proverbs 31 woman}

Hey long time no see guys! 🐱 There is an element of mystery wrapped up within this post. Possibly unconsciously done...but definitely related to the fact that I have been binge watching Once Upon a Time. Most assuredly in an effort to drag I mean gracefully carry myself through the month of January. Anyone else?… Continue reading She Ran {a poem about the Proverbs 31 woman}

Reflections

When You Don’t Want to do Christmas Because You are Broken

Behold, Christmas. The most magical of holidays is quickly, quickly, oh so quickly approaching. There are still things on my to-do list. Things that may or may not get done. At this point, I'm just weighing the amount of sanity and energy I posses against the amount of things to get done.*Glares into the sunset*… Continue reading When You Don’t Want to do Christmas Because You are Broken

Food, Snacks

{7 of} My Favorite Gluten-Free Snacks

I've been going through some gluten-free angst lately. I've been gf for almost 5 months now and it's been getting easier. But some days...there are so many things that I miss! I'm not about to name allll the things, 'cause that just isn't helpful. But I will say that cutting out gluten from my holiday… Continue reading {7 of} My Favorite Gluten-Free Snacks

Books

5 Favorite Quotes About Fall {from Anne of Green Gables}

*Update: quote #5 has been added! It is the second quote listed. Sorry about that! Hello everyone & happy fall! Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog but I promise I have not forgotten about you guys ☺ And I definitely don't want to stop blogging. I've missed it so much. Everything… Continue reading 5 Favorite Quotes About Fall {from Anne of Green Gables}

Desserts, Food

Delish Baked Apple and Peach Crisp {a gluten-free take on a family favorite recipe}

Ready for some awesome baked goodness? Of course you are! It's nearly fall, summer is wrapping up and comfort food season is coming this way😋 There's something about fall dessert. It's texture, flavor, warmth. Just gives you a warm and cozy feeling and puts you in your happy place. Right? Now growing up, there was… Continue reading Delish Baked Apple and Peach Crisp {a gluten-free take on a family favorite recipe}

Beverages, Food

Simple Fall “Smoothie” {gluten-free, dairy-free & made with butternut squash!}

I don't know about you, but I love butternut squash. Love it. Since I've started going gluten-free I've had to look for substitutions and replacements for the wheat products I can no longer have. So some nights I'll fix myself some butternut squash when everyone else is having noodles or stuffing or whatnot. I don't… Continue reading Simple Fall “Smoothie” {gluten-free, dairy-free & made with butternut squash!}

Food, Seasonal Food

A Saucy Summer {canning tomato sauce, salsa and a peek at my canning season}

Hello everyone and welcome to canning season! Haha I just felt like saying that since it feels like it's all I've been doing lately. 😴 I feel like I've been canning non-stop, but looking back at the dates on my jars I've just done a few things back to back with a week or so… Continue reading A Saucy Summer {canning tomato sauce, salsa and a peek at my canning season}

Reflections

It Will Not Be Taken Away {learning from the story of Mary & Martha}

(This post was written yesterday evening.) Earlier this afternoon, I found myself in an interesting situation. (Warning: bodily functions ahead!) I was in the middle of assisting my daughter off of the potty. And there it was. Poop. I'll spare you the details, but it was in places where it should not have been. Let's… Continue reading It Will Not Be Taken Away {learning from the story of Mary & Martha}