Holiday Season

It’s unusual for me to want to decorate for Christmas this early, but for whatever reason this year I am really anticipating Christmas and would just totally skip Thanksgiving. I think it’s the fact that there are only four weekends in between, which means there are only 27 shopping days! If you are like me


Italian Style Meatballs

Yesterday was a long day. I spent a lot of time in the car driving. It was cold and even snowing in some parts of Kansas. Right now it feels more like winter than it does fall and it’s not suppose to get better today or tomorrow – there’s always hope for the weekend! With

One Pot Comfort Beef Stew

Living in Kansas in October means that one day it’s approximately 80 degrees outside and then the next it’s down to 50….literally this has happened in the last month here. We have also already had our first freeze! Yep….you never know what you will get in Kansas. There is a little saying that people like

Fourth of July Strawberry Ice Cream

Well 4th of July has come and gone! Yesterday at our house was interesting, in a fun way. We had a very low key day sitting by our new pool and eating, eating, and more eating. So needless to say it’s back at our clean and healthy living today, kind of…..(I’ve gotten in a very

Meal Prepping

Do you meal prep? I want to, I really do, but finding the time always seems impossible for me. In fact, I sit down daily and think about food. What I am going to fix and when. What is our schedule like and will we all be able to eat together or does it need

Homeschool – Why we do it

Let me be the first to tell you that I have a love hate relationship with homeschooling. Yep, you read that right, I don’t always like homeschooling my kids (well kid now)! So you may be asking yourself why? Why do I homeschool then if I don’t love it……easy, because I want what’s best for

2018 Pottery Barn Fall Decor Sale

I love Pottery Barn. It’s one of my most absolute favorite places to shop for home decor. I started shopping at Pottery Barn probably 15 years ago. I love the quality of their furniture and the beautiful decor for the holiday season. We have several pieces of Pottery Barn furniture in our house, and 15

Peach and Blueberry Cobbler

The weather has been much cooler than normal here. Typically in Kansas we are still ranging in the 80’s ad 90’s this time of year, with an occasional day reaching close to 100, but not often. These last few weeks there has been quite a bit of moisture, drizzling, and raining, with much cooler temps

Summer Happenings

As I sit here on Friday night thinking about where the summer has gone, I realize that we have been so busy that the days are blurring together and weeks are flying by. Public school starts here in one month. Yes, you read that correctly! On August 15, 2018 my oldest daughter, Grace, will go

Gluten Free Fathead Bagels

Summer has officially started and things have been incredibly busy here. I have been trying to find time to cook, make recipes and post them for you all! Between swim team practices for Faith and horse shows for Grace I haven’t had much time in the kitchen let alone time to sit down at my

Lemon Ricotta Cake

This is an awesome little, great tasting cake. Super simple and easy to make. Perfect for any little gathering, a mid-day snack, or a quick simple little desert for when company is coming over. The first time I made this cake was for Easter this year. It was the perfect desert for Easter Day, and

Gluten Free Chocolate Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Yes, I said chocolate chocolate! Not a typo…..this cake has tons of flavor and tons of chocolate. Again, this is another recipe that I have been meaning to post since late February. It is now a month later and I am finally getting around to posting this delicious chocolate zucchini cake for you all!! 

Meatball and Spaghetti

I rehashed my old meatball recipe, Italian style meatballs, and decided to try it out in my InstantPot this last week. I was curious how long the meatballs would take to cook and how they would compare in taste.

Spring is in the air!

First off, we had some pics done by a very good friend of mine! I thought I would lead off with new pictures! The girls are getitng so big and changing so much. Right in front of my eyes. I can’t believe how much. Anyway, yes Spring is here!!! Well, at least here it is

Zoodles and Sausage

This is the first time I have ever made anything with zoodles, zucchini noodles! Let me say, they were amazing. I am not a big zucchini fan, unless it is shredded in a cake and I don’t even notice that it’s there. Last night I decided that I was going to make zoodles. I have

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

I decided to try a new low carb sugar-free muffin recipe this week. They started out being blueberry, but decided to go a different direction about half way through the recipe when Faith said she wanted chocolate. These were very easy and came together quickly. Like I said I altered the recipe at the last-minute

Endless sickness…..

Well it seems as though our family has been hit again by sickness. Grace has been sick all week with strep throat and is now showing signs of the flu. Hopefully, the flu won’t be too bad since she did have a flu shot. Not only is she down and out but it seems as

Sausage Balls with Chives

Wow….so I can’t believe this is Friday. I have been meaning to post all week and some how the week has totally gotten away from. We have been running everywhere this week. I always think we will slow down some in winter, but it never really happens. I will say we are not traveling to

Low Carb Pizza Casserole

Low carb dieting seems to be in for 2018.  The most popular low carb diet currently on the market, per say, is the Ketogeneic/Keto Diet. I am sure you all have heard of it by now. Many of my friends are following the low carb/low sugar diet. I myself do follow this and really watch

Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

Everyone in my house loves Mexican food, I mean really who doesn’t enjoy Mexican food; tacos, enchiladas, nachos, fajitas, the list can go on and on. My kids love the rice and guacamole too. So I decided to take my instant pot and try to do up some chicken carnitas, basically chicken tacos with all the works

Up and Moving

So the last week has been full of ups and downs in our house. The dreaded flu hit a little over a week ago and it seems to linger just enough to keep me from fully getting back on my feet. I must say, my energy this week is much better than last, at least

January sickness

January is about half over and we have spent the last week at home in bed. Our house has been hit by the flu! It’s horrible!! I am finally beginning to feel human again and slowly working my way back into the kitchen to cook. Hopefully next week will bring new recipes and warm comfort

Comfort Food – Chicken Alfredo

Seriously, when I think comfort food I think chicken alfredo or just fettuccine alfredo! Alfredo sauce is the most warming and inviting sauce there is. It’s smooth creamy texture and the flavors…..who can resist those flavors. I will be honest. It’s been awhile since I have fixed chicken alfredo for my family. We love it,

Tacos and Guacamole

I seriously can’t believe I haven’t posted this until now. Tacos and guacamole dip is a meal we quite often around here. Guacamole Dip is one of our favorites. I am known for eating that alone on a taco shell. It’s so simple and easy to make! 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday. Our New Year’s was very uneventful, which is how I prefer it. Staying at home by the fireplace watching movies in our pajamas, I barely stayed awake until mid-night. As for resolutions, I am not a big one on making them. I have

Peanut Butter Balls

So who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter??? Seriously this is one of the best combinations ever! Every year we have peanut butter balls at Christmas time. My aunt use to make them and I can remember how I would look forward to Christmas so I could eat her peanut butter balls. I can honestly

Christmas goodies….and then some

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families. I know we did. It’s hard to believe that it is already over. My girls have already started the count down for next year’s Christmas, Oh my! As a child, I remember feeling like it took forever for Christmas day to get here, and

Let the Holiday Baking Begin….

Oh my…..what have I started!!! Around here the baking seems to never stop when it gets close to the Holidays. I feel like I have lived in my kitchen since Thanksgiving, which if I think about it, I have! Here’s a peek of whats been going on in my kitchen lately.


Our house had been hit by the cold! Faith has been coughing for over a week now and can’t seem to get rid of the stuffy nose, basically she’s miserable. So I have been fixing some of her favorites lately, just to get her to eat. Waffles are one of her favorite things to have.

Gingerbread House

Over the weekend the girls decided to decorate a few gingerbread houses. They had a lot of fun once they got going. Unfortunately, Grace had to do one twice, her first attempt didn’t turn out so good! Overall, fun was had by all! I think hers turned out well! This is the second gingerbread house

Christmas Season – Happy Holidays

Believe it or not Christmas is 18 days away! Yes, 18 days, so hard to believe. Like many of you I started my Christmas shopping quiet awhile ago, yet, it seems as though it never ends. I am always finding something for one of my girls or a close friend. Truly, I love gift giving.

My newest purchase

I have to share with you another purchase I made here lately. As I have posted before, we live in the county and have several animals. We have an indoor cat and dog, that I absolutely love! Plus we have chickens, rabbits, horses, and cows. So we are constantly dragging in dirt and anything else

Chicken Enchiladas

Well, I have to say that I am slightly obsessed with my Instant Pot. I am constantly trying to think of different things to cook in it and use it however I can. There are so many functions on it that I don’t know where to start. I’ve really stuck to just the basics so

Late Night Dinners and Christmas Decor

Lately, things have been incredibly busy. My kids seem to have something going on every night, and I have totally failed in planning ahead on dinner making! I have had a hard time lately keeping up with laundry, cleaning, and everything else, including sleep. So my dinner planning has gone out the door. I believe

Gluten Free Cheesecake

Finally!! I had a few days off and have been busy that it doesn’t seem as though I’ve had a few days off. We had a horse show and Thanksgiving all within a few days of each other. I actually am feeling like myself today. So I really wanted to share this cheesecake recipe with

Thanksgiving…Day 3 of 4

Oh my! So last night smelled like Thanksgiving in my kitchen! I had dinner going, gluten-free pizza, the gluten free stuffing, and an apple pie. Let me tell you it was intoxicating. Of course, gluten free pizza isn’t on the menu for Thanksgiving Day, but it was wonderful last night! I had to feed the

Day 2 of Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving plans for today….grocery shopping and some baking, hopefully. Today is the day I gather my coupons and make sure my list for any Thanksgiving ingredients is complete. I have an Alexa sitting in my kitchen, which I love. I began creating my shopping list last week on Alexa. This way when I go to

Gluten Free Rustic Apple Galette

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away. This is a perfect desert for your Thanksgiving table. It’s appearance is beautiful once it’s all baked and sitting on your table, and the smell is of this apple galette is intoxicating. Usually it’s apple pie for desert around here in the fall, and especially

Breakfast for Dinner

The first half of the week can be incredibly busy for us. It seems as though every night one of the girls has something going. Which usually means we are not eating dinner until after 8pm. Last night was no different. So I decided to whip up something quick and easy that is a favorite

Vanilla Cupcakes

Recently, I have been trying different gluten-free flour blends/brands in my baking. So  we decided to do an experiment in our house with cupcakes. Faith’s favorite cupcakes are vanilla cupcakes. She loves chocolate, but doesn’t like chocolate cake. I usually use my own flour blend, but have recently been trying Bob’s Gluten Free Flour Blend

November Happenings

As I am sitting here realizing that November is basically half way over and that Thanksgiving is about 2 weeks away, it seems as though time is flying by. I have been trying to put together Christmas lists and do a little Christmas shopping. Even though it is getting dark out earlier and we seem


Yes, we home school. Take a deep breath – okay. Don’t flip out on me, or give me one of those looks, you know what I mean. Yes, we are very normal. In fact, probably too normal. After 4 years of homeschooling I feel I’ve learned a few things along the way. Some good and

There’s a chill in the air

Here the temps have been dropping and you’re not sure what you are going to get from day-to-day right now. We’ve been 29 degrees at night and had a high of maybe 60 in the last week. Needless to say, fall is here, and winter feels as though it is quickly approaching.