The beginning of building a shed is full of excitement and uncertainty. When we began building our garden shed 9 weeks ago, we had no idea the work and grit it would involve! Here is the gambrel-style replacement roof. We were able to salvage 80% of our wood from the gable-style roof and it came … Continue reading A Shed or Barn?
It seemed to get away from me this last year. When the freezer and pantry felt full, but there was nothing to put together-- a frustrating state.... The days would be long only to come home to frozen meat and no fresh produce....let's eat out. I was desperate to change something. I have done and … Continue reading Effortless Meal Planning
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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