Laying Awake Unexpectedly

My alarm is set to go off at 4:30 a.m. That’s 45 minutes from now. I can’t sleep with my mind swirling about tomorrow’s plans. AJ is packed and ready to make an unexpected trip to Chicago for a funeral…The favorite great aunt. The one who everybody loved including the spoiled geese who live outside … Continue reading Laying Awake Unexpectedly

Get Growing!

This time of year is always busy. Busy because of all the digging and watering and sowing and planting. What is a girl to do? I got everything planted. Everything. *wipe the brow* No more plants in the windows. Hardening off plants did not go as planned, but sometimes you just have to plant and … Continue reading Get Growing!

Expecting the Unexpected

Well, Farmer's Almanac fails all of us at some point. This spring has been oddly "emotional" (as if I'm talking about a teenager 😀 ) One week, the warm front encourages the grass to sprout and the roses to begin budding. The next week, we get the warning for freezing temps and I scramble to … Continue reading Expecting the Unexpected

Black Beans & Brunch

January is slow outside, so I seem to buzz inside. I have been following the "Clutter Free January" series on YouTube and find GREAT inspiration within these four walls. Our dishwasher broke the day after Christmas, so instead of running out to buy a new one, I embrace the evening dishes with a podcast playing … Continue reading Black Beans & Brunch

Praying Through the Calendar

Because I am up early on this beautiful Christmas morning, I decided to do a house sweep and pray through the New Year... Just the two of us this year, like many households in 2020. We did our celebrations on Christmas Eve and enjoyed a hot meal. Now, I am up early with a cup … Continue reading Praying Through the Calendar

Buttermilk, Harvest, & Powdered Sugar

What a full month it has been… I have not even had time to sit down and write! So many good memories were made, family visits, places traveled, baked goods in full swing, and now I sit in my reading chair contemplating this season in the middle of an ice storm. I had about a … Continue reading Buttermilk, Harvest, & Powdered Sugar

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Cooler temps call for chicken tortilla soup, am I right?? 🐓🤗 Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup:1 lb. Chicken1/2 chopped onion1 Bell pepper3 cloves of garlic, minced3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped1 cup of your fav salsa(or sub 1 can green chillis and 3 Roma tomatoes)2 stalks celery, diced1 1/2 quarts chicken brothButter1 Tbsp. Cumin2 tsp. Paprika1/2 … Continue reading Chicken Tortilla Soup

Gobble Gobble Up Chili

If you like your chili meaty, I dare you to give this turkey chili a try. This "crowd-pleaser" is regularly on the menu in my house. Ingredients: 2 lbs. ground turkey2 Tbsp. oil1 medium onion, diced1 bell pepper, diced3-4 cloves garlic, minced (you can never have too much garlic)1 15 oz. can of kidney beans1 … Continue reading Gobble Gobble Up Chili

Deconstructed Egg Rolls

One of the things I miss most when I think of being gluten free are egg rolls. I miss the crispy wrap that holds delicious ingredients inside. So, I decided to make egg rolls without the rolls. This is a great end of the week/month meal when you are trying to use up the last … Continue reading Deconstructed Egg Rolls

Zuppa Toscana

This Olive Garden Copycat has been tweaked over the years by me and now is richer and fuller in taste. Without writing a novel of how I came about this delicious soup, we will get straight to the ingredients you need and the recipe. Zuppa Toscana- serves 4-6 Ready in 1 hour Ingredients 1 lb. … Continue reading Zuppa Toscana