Embrace new beginnings

Get back into the swing of things with me! Embrace the new and look forward to the future.

Gluten Free Apple Crisp Bars

I had several apples laying around this weekend that were either going to get used up or have to be thrown out. So I decided to use them…. I wanted to try something new with them. Instead of making apple pie or a regular apple …

Pancake Donuts

This is a fun little recipe that you can quickly make up for you and your kids right now. When I first decide to do this I was originally going to use muffin tins and make little pancake balls…..but when I opened the cabinet and …

Be Happy and Healthy

Here in Kansas we have been on lockdown for a little over a month. All of the COVID-19, shelter in place, happened while we were on spring break. So Grace has been home from school for about a month now. She is what’s leading me …

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

I hope this recipe finds you all well. It is truly strange times we are living in and I pray that everyone is coping to the best of their ability. This is a time when it’s important to continue as normal of a routine as …

Egg Bites

One of my new obsessions is egg bites. I love them! I first started eating them going through Starbucks getting my latte macchiato. My favorite ones are probably the egg bites with bacon and cheddar….makes me hungry just thinking about them.

Winter mornings and coffee

I love coffee…that may be an understatement. I truly enjoy coffee. I have been a coffee drinker since I was a teenager. It started out as cappuccino and has developed into lush flavorful lattes! I like to experiment (a little) with my lattes. I am …

Fudgy Flourless Brownies

Did you all hear…..the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. I’m sure you heard the news by now (hahaha). My husband is a big Chiefs fans, so I spent all day yesterday fixing all kinds of food for him to munch on during the Super Bowl. …

My morning routine – workout/no gym required!

January is all about making resolutions, setting goals, and trying to stick with all of them. That’s the hard part – sticking to your goals/resolutions, especially now that we are mid-way through January.

Netflix Junkie – What are you watching?

Okay…I have a confession to make…..Grace and I are Netflix junkies in the winter time. Grace and I watch a lot of the same thing so naturally we just watch it all together. Jeremy and Faith have their own shows and don’t really like what …

Pork Loin Dinner

Well I made this pork loin the other night and started this blog post and wasn’t able to finish it……and now it’s gone…so here’s to starting over on my post about this fabulous, juicy, flavorful pork loin I made. So here’s to my memory of …

Another year done and gone…..welcome 2020!

As 2019 comes to a close I am like all of you….wondering what 2020 will bring and what I can do to make it a better year. This doesn’t mean 2019 was bad for me. I did accomplish a lot of things, but as always, …

Comfort Chicken Noodle Soup

These last few days of 2019 have been spent doing nothing but lounging. Grace had her wisdom teeth pulled the day after Christmas (yes, we know how to celebrate the holidays – Merry Christmas)! She enjoyed a lot of wonderful food prior – trust me. …

Early Christmas Shopping….Start Here at Urban Outfitters

If you are like me I have already started my Christmas shopping and I am looking for really good deals. Here are some great sales going on at a very popular shop! If you have a teen then I am sure that you have either …

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is a night that I love using my slow cooker. I can throw everything in there mid morning and just leave it alone….forget about it. The last few weeks for us have been extremely busy and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down tonight. …

Buffalo Plaid Christmas – Your perfect table decor!

Yes it’s another Christmas post….sorry I can’t help it. I am going to pull you all in and convince you to decorate early this year with me! So while I am sitting by the fireplace, drinking a warm cup of coffee, I am dreaming of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

New Kitchen Gadgets

Grace has successfully completed her Freshman year of high school. She finished on a high note. Lettering in academics and in band. She will also be an incoming drum major for our high school band this next year. Looks like our summer, well maybe hers, …

Gluten Free Battered Fried Chicken and Waffles

Never ever have I had fried chicken and waffles. In fact the only person in my family, that I know of that has had them is my husband, and this was just recently. I have heard the stories of chicken and waffles. How delicious they …

Krispy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars

So I broke down and bought a snack bar pan from Pampered Chef. Be prepared to start seeing more granola bar/snack bar recipes coming up. In the meantime, I decided to stick with a fairly basic recipe that I felt would probably turn out okay! …

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 …

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 …

Spicy Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Are you looking for a quick, fast, super simple dinner that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes or less! This soup is exactly what you are looking for. Especially in these cold winter months….it has been a life saver for us …

Beef Stew

I haven’t been posting a lot of recipes here lately, even though I have been cooking a lot. It seems as though finding the time to write them down, take photos, and then creating a post has seemed time consuming and hasn’t been happening. So …

Developing a routine and making it a habit

So in my last post, which was like a month ago….ouch…I totally didn’t mean for that much time to go by in between posts – we/I have been extremely busy. Did you put to work your resolution or your goals? I sure did! Now I …

What will you be achieving in 2019?

That’s the questions I keep asking myself. What will I achieve in 2019? Maybe some would call it resolutions?? I don’t particularly like the word resolution. I would prefer the words achieving or goals?

Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie

I was just going through all my photos and realized that I have made so much these last few weeks that I haven’t shared with you all. So be prepared, I may be bombarding you with recipes – good and bad ones. This is one …

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 …

Rustic Keto Garlic Butter Rolls

These rolls are super easy and quick. I made these for the first time on Sunday night with our Italian Meatball dinner Italian style meatballs. They are a basic fat head dough with a little ump! This dough recipe can be made up in about …

2018 Fall is off to a wet start

October Motivational Quote: Grow Through What you Go Through I love this picture. The beautiful fall colors of yellow, orange, red, and browns. This is a time of year that really inspires me. The colors of fall and the dramatically cooler temperatures. All of this …

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 …

Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Soup

So now that we are back in the saddle, so to speak, I have a bit more time to spend in the kitchen. Summer seems to always keep us so busy that the last thing I think about on daily basis is cooking or baking. …

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! …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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. …

Low carb, low sugar double chocolate chip cookie/brownie

So while every one has been sick this week, I was craving some chocolate. Plus it was Valentine’s Day, so I wanted something different and something chocolate. But it had to be sugar-free, or at least low in sugar and it had to be low …

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 …

Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

So I had indicated a few weeks ago that I had been experimenting with mug cakes. Well I didn’t invent this one….but it is so delicious and easy that I had to share it. This comes from a low carb/low sugar website that I love …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Waffles

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Instant Pot Success

Recently I received an Instant Pot, like just a few days ago, I was super excite! I have researched them for a while and decided to go ahead and try one out. Now we have still been on the go constantly, and haven’t seemed to …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!

Yes, and I am prepared, but unprepared. I typically don’t stress too much over Thanksgiving. For one it is usually not at my house, which this year it is! So maybe I should stress a bit more. Another, I will make a few deserts and …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Cinnamon Rolls (these are not gluten free)

Yes, you read correctly, I made cinnamon rolls that are full of yeast, wheat, and of course you guessed it, GLUTEN! I made them for Grace and my husband. They love them it was opening pheasant hunting weekend and I wanted them to have something …

Hamburger Soup

This is something that my family loves and somewhat resembles chili. I started making this a few years ago and I seem to always change it up a bit every time I make it. I thought today would be a perfect day to make it …

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 …

Homeschooling….

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 …

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 …

Nachos (Keto and Gluten Free)

Easy simple week night dinner…it’s called Nachos! Yum… right! Grace wasn’t so sure at first though! While I was throwing things together she kept looking at me like I was crazy. Here are a few of the ingredients.

Chicken with Mushrooms and Peas

This recipe was not planned it was more of something I came up with while I was cooking. Literally, just started throwing things in the skillet and this is what I came up with….. As the title says, this is chicken with mushroom and peas. …

Keto Cinnamon rolls

I was very much in the baking mood on Saturday. It was quiet around our house, Grace was in hunters safety and Faith was attending a gymnastic camp for most of the afternoon. So I decided instead of cleaning I would bake and try a …

Women’s Kut From The Kloth Mia Toothpick Skinny Jeans by KUT from the Kloth

My favorite! Click the link to get your own! Women’s Kut From The Kloth Mia Toothpick Skinny Jeans by KUT from the Kloth Source: Women’s Kut From The Kloth Mia Toothpick Skinny Jeans by KUT from the Kloth

Katz Gluten Free Donut Cake

Katz Gluten Free

 

This happened about a year ago….the infamous donut cake for Faith’s 10th birthday. She was so excited to finally be able to eat a donut we made a donut cake for her birthday.

Click on the  Katz Gluten Free link about to find some wonderful gluten free donuts and other pastry products!

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It’s Chili Time…fall is in the air

The trees are changing colors and leaves are falling to the ground. The weather has changed to hot, windy and humid to a more cool crispy feeling in the air. So I decided it was time to make the first batch of chili for the …

Celiac materials

I was excited when I received these in the mail today. All of this information comes from Columbia University, Celiac Disease Center. Go to their website and do some research and be sure to sign up for their newsletter and other information. By doing this, …

Italian style meatballs

I made these meatballs for the first time the other night. This is a recipe that I adapted from Guy Fieri on one of his Food network shows. They turned out really delicious. Even my picky eater in the house loved them. Which reminds me, …

Chicken Tortilla Soup

With fall in the air already this early in September, it felt only right to start working on some soup recipes. Something warm and comforting on these cooler evenings. Let me tell ya, it’s been cool these last few evenings here in Kansas. We have …

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