Crockpot Ginger-Sweet Potato Chicken

Crockpot Ginger Sweet Potato Chicken |

This post is by contributing writer, Jane. When my husband and I were still dating, we made a fun discovery: we both loved sweet potatoes! I mean, really loved them. We'd munch on sweet potato chips between classes, order sweet potato pancakes at Denny's, and make sweet potato casserole just for fun. I still squeal a bit when I find a new sweet potato recipe. I squeal again when I find Continue Reading

Menu Plan Monday – September 15th

Quick and easy meal ideas for an exhausting week.

Posting my menu plans here for all the world to see has truly been such a help in keeping me faithful to menu planning. I ride such a roller coaster when it comes to meal planning, but it's without a doubt one of the best things I do for my family. Our days go so much more smoothly when dinner is already planned. We are in an exhausting season of life right now. I'm not sure why it's so Continue Reading

Menu Plan Monday – September 8th

menu plan - make your life easier and feel more organized!

I do not like not having a menu plan. When life is chaotic, unpredictable, and full, the last thing I want to think about on the fly is dinner. Last week, I failed to make a menu plan and when things got crazy, ordering carry-out was my go to. Accept grace. Move on. This week I'm starting fresh, walking in new mercies, and making a plan for my family. Since our breakfast and lunch is Continue Reading

A Garden Update {August 2014}


This month of gardening flew by! I didn't get to spend the amount of time I've been getting to spend in my garden due to the massive amounts of rain this month. Of course, I'm not complaining that I've not had to water the garden everyday, but I do miss just being outside with the sunshine beating down on my face. A Garden Update for August 2014 You can go here to see what all we planted this Continue Reading

Edible Landscaping: A Great Alternative to Traditional Landscaping

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Just because I don't live on a farm doesn't mean I can't live my own dreams, in my own away, with my own giftings. A couple of years ago we had the opportunity to buy our first home. When we moved in there were no trees and very few plants in the ground when we moved in, which also means we have very little grass - just enough to keep us legal, I suppose. As I've researched how best to care Continue Reading

How We Did the Whole 30 Challenge with Kids {plus this week’s menu plan}

How one family did the Whole 30 Challenge with a three year old and a one year old. |

We are currently on Day 29 of the Whole 30 challenge. We are close to the end, and one of the most frequently asked questions during this challenge is: Did your three year old take part in the challenge too? The answer is: Yes. Yes, he did. Inevitably the follow up question is always: How did you manage to get your three year old to give up grains, sugar, and dairy? The short answer is: Continue Reading

Menu Plan Monday – August 11th {Whole 30 Edition}

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Last week, I shared my first menu plan, and I was so glad to hear that it was helpful to so many of you! We are currently on Day 15 of the Whole 30 Challenge. This week puts into the back half of the challenge! A Whole 30 Update Briefly, my experience with the Whole 30 Challenge so far has been a roller coaster. I expected this to be a relatively easy challenge, seeing as my family has been Continue Reading

Menu Plan Monday – August 4th {Whole 30 Edition}

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Last week, I asked in my weekly newsletter if anyone would be interested in me sharing our weekly menu plan. I was blown away by how many emails flooded my inbox with a resounding, "YES!" Now I know if I ever just need to fill up my inbox to just ask about menu planning! I guess we're all in this boat together - the one where menu planning is necessary, good and true, but can be a serious Continue Reading

A Garden Update {July 2014}

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This month of gardening flew by! Much of my time this year has been learning, learning, and learning some more by ... well, failing a little bit here and there. No, my garden isn't a flop - not by a long shot. However, I'm not pulling in the harvest I hoped I would be by now. But before we talk about what isn't doing as well as I expected, let's talk about what has gone well, shall we? A Continue Reading

My 3 Favorite Herbal Iced Tea Recipes to Beat the Heat

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I grew up drinking sweet iced tea made from your standard black tea. And when the sweet tea pitcher ran out, someone was sure to throw a fit. Sweet tea was a part of life, and it wasn't until I went to college that I discovered not everyone drank tea the way I was raised to drink it. Some people had the audacity to drink their tea unsweetened, and even still, others drank their tea hot with Continue Reading