Split Pea Soup

Split Pea SoupI love soup and I love split pea. I made this recently on a morning that was chilly and gave a good excuse to have soup even while it's still summer out....more

Sloppy Joes- Bagel Style

Sloppy Joes-Bagel StyleI must give credit to my beautiful mama. She always has the best dinner ideas when I fail to let my mind come up with...well anything. I have many days where coming up with a dinner "idea" is challenging for me. Those are also the days I love to sleep in, lay in pj's all day and watch romantic movies and not clean an item in my house. :)Anyway, my mom brought this idea to the table and we devoured it. It was so delicious and a quick last minute option....more

"Gain" Such A Beautiful Smell

"Gain" A Beautiful SmellEvery time I go and visit my parents up in Washington, I always leave their house with the best smelling laundry. You may think I'm crazy but truth be told, I enjoy doing our laundry up there as I know there is a guarantee of freshness to be had in our suitcase upon arriving home in Oregon....more

Fresh Garlic Toast

Garlic ToastHere is another creative idea from my husband the same night he made blackened fish fillets. He was on a roll with not only being creative but proceeding to make it that night and having it be completely satisfying to my palette.Hooray for a husband who enjoys to cook once in awhile....more

We're Going Camping Now We're On Our Way...

"We're going camping now we're on our way. We're gonna climb up a mountain and run and jump and play..." This was a song from my childhood. I have no idea who sang it and what it was on, but it definitely is still a memory my entire family holds. :)We went camping last year but Cooper was a little too young to remember. I on the other hand, remember all too well. Not an ounce of sleep was able to rest upon my droopy eyes....more

Passion Crumbled

I've been reading a book by Larry Crabb called Shattered Dreams. He talks about the impossibility to truly know Jesus until we face trials of many kinds; shattered dreams. He proclaims all throughout the book about what it means to feel Jesus, hear Jesus, and rest in His presence....more

Homemade Black Beans

Most people tend to purchase canned beans out of convenience but do you realize how easy it is to make them yourself? Seriously folks, this method of purchasing canned beans needs to stop. Making your own is more flavorful, healthier and honestly too easy not to partake in--let the crock pot do all the work.This may be the shortest post of your life, all because making homemade beans are too simple, there really isn't much to say. So lets get started......more

Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Music in the park tonight, yup that was music not movies. As we continually have this discussion all throughout summer about our movie dates we officially ended the movie phase last week and now have transitioned to music nights.We decided we would continue our Thursday Date Night Park Night (boy was that a mouthful) with whatever decides to land itself in the park and tonight happens to be music....more

DIY- 60th Birthday Idea

A couple months ago we celebrated my dad's 60th birthday. I am still shocked that he is 60 and has all his children grown, married and with families. He is a wonderful Papa to every grandchild and loves them and protects them just as he did his own three daughters....more

Have Your Kids Walked Away From God

How many kids are leaving home after high school and walking away from their "faith?"...more