Aug 072016

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6 eggs

1/2 cup of vegetables of your choice (I used bell peppers)

1/4 cup of shredded cheese

pinch of garlic powder

pinch of pepper

pinch of salt (optional)

How to:

Chop your vegetables into small pieces.  Crack open the 6 eggs.  Pour both the vegetables and eggs into a mixing bowl and stir.  Add in remaining ingredients to the vegetable and egg mixture and stir well.  Place mixture into a muffin pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-25 minutes or until done.


Aug 072016

After the birth of our sweet baby boy, I realized I wanted to simplify a few things in my life so that I could focus on what really matters most to me.

I was lucky enough to be able to be home with my baby for 5 months before returning to work, and during this time I started evaluating where and how I wanted to use my time.

I decided that I wanted to:  spend more focused time with my family (away from the distractions of my iPhone, computer and TV), cook simple, real and healthy meals each night, lose the remaining 48 pounds of baby weight , make lasting and present memories with family and friends, and give back to others.  I hope to share some of this with you soon with new posts.

As I scroll through older posts I realize that at times I was too focused on material items- which can be replaced or thrown out over time.  Now I would like to focus on living a more simplified life- one where items are not a priority and love, health and happiness are.

Apr 222016



1 bag of spinach salad mix (or 50/50 salad mix)

Kalamata olives

feta cheese

red bell peppers

Pepperoncini peppers

Pita bread (optional)

Greek salad dressing (optional)

How to:

Clean all vegetables in water.  Cut up the red bell peppers into small pieces.  Add everything together in a salad bowl- you can layer the veggies any way that you wish.  You may want to eat this salad topped with Greek salad dressing and a side of Pita bread.



Apr 212016

To make this recipe, you will need to purchase a Veggetti or a spiralizer.


Canned spaghetti sauce (I like to use Bertolli)

2 or more zucchinis

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

How to:

Using your preferred spiralizer, spiral the zucchinis in a bowl until you have sufficient noodles.  Turn on the stove top to medium and place olive oil in a stir-fry pan.  Place your zucchini noodles into the stir-fry pan with olive oil and cook until the noodles are at your desired taste.  Lastly, add in the canned spaghetti sauce and cook together with the noodles until the sauce is bubbling.

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Apr 192016

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graham cracker pie crust

8 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature

15 oz. Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

1 can cherry pie filling

How to:

Beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Gradually add milk, lemon juice, and vanilla.  Pour into crust.  Chill for 3 hours in the refrigerator.  Do not freeze.  Garnish with cherry pie filling.

Feb 222016

We have finally finished the baby nursery- 2 weeks shy of our little boy’s arrival.  We are so happy with the way it turned out!

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The inspiration for this nursery was from a post I found online.


Bedding and pillows- Etsy

Sign metallic light-up letters- Hobby Lobby

Wooden oars- Hobby Lobby

Woodland baby mobile- Esty

Curtains- Kohls & Etsy

Fishermen table lamp- Pottery Barn Kids

Barnwood frames- Hobby Lobby

Gone Fishing signs- Hobby Lobby

Hanging shelf & Pegboard- made by Clint, supplies from Home Depot & Lowe’s

Wooden stump & Changing table/dresser- refinished by Clint, supplies from Home Depot & Lowe’s

Personalized baby book- Put Me In the Story

Antler initials- Hobby Lobby

Feb 152016

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This year we cooked our Valentine’s Day dinner together and made 3 Cheese Stuffed Shells.

For the pasta sauce, we used this recipe online.  For the stuffed shells we made the following:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook past shells according to package directions.  Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together 1 egg ,15 ounce container ricotta cheese ,1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, basil seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  3. Next, in your baking dish, spread 3/4 of your pasta sauce at the bottom.  Spread your cheese mixture on top of sauce.
  4. Spoon the cheese mixture into the pasta shells and place them in the baking dish.  Pour remaining pasta sauce over the shells and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  Cover with tinfoil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 5 minutes more.                                                               imageimageimage