A Grand Adventure (Part 1)

Three weeks of my life disappeared in a blink of an eye. Time is such a unique phenomenon. When you have a “to do” list a mile long it seems to hang over your head and creates stress and tension on a day to day basis. But when you have a deadline that includes leaving the country…..you power through that list in a day or two and get everything checked off-DONE!
That sensation of being free from the day to day commitments and obligations is a vacation in and of itself. Adding to that, a long awaited, much anticipated vacation to one of the spots on your bucket list is like a dream come true. Our 40th anniversary trip …

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Pumpkin Ginger Scones

The sights, sounds and smells of Fall are in the air and the mornings are cooler. School has been in session for weeks now and hopefully the kids have settled into a routine that allows for a healthy breakfast.

But if you still find yourself running around in the morning with many days that they need a grab-n-go breakfast or a pick-me-up-snack midmorning, these Pumpkin Ginger Spice Scones are packed full of nutritious deliciousness. Make up a batch and they will be gobbled up in a day or two. You can easily double the batch and freeze some.

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
¼ cup hemp seed
¼ cup oat bran
2 Tablespoons …

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Conquering

I was inspired today by the question, what is one thing you have done in your life that you never thought you would do… It got me thinking and reflecting on who I am, the person I have become, and where I have been. As busy adults we don’t often take time to look back at the path we have been on that has brought us to where we are today. But if you think about it, you have overcome obstacles, pushed through setbacks, broken limitations, and conquered your fears. Not your path compared to the rest of the world. But your path for you. The person you are. The things you have pushed through, grown from, and moved …

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Pumpkin Harvest Hummus

This Pumpkin Harvest Hummus is absolutely the perfect snack to have on hand to take to a “Fall Festival-Harvest Party” or to have on hand when friends stop by. Serve with carrots, cucumber slices or any other of your favorite raw vegetables. We also love to steam broccoli and cauliflower for dipping. Put out a bowlful and serve with pita chips when friends come by. I made some for a party last week and it received rave reviews so I thought I would share it with you.

Ingredients

1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons Tahini
2-3 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper…

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Inspiration for a New Season

FALL IS HERE!

And even though the weather in Sunny Southern California has yet to receive the memo, we are still VERY excited. To me, Fall means holidays, celebrations, food, and fun.

BUT–it can also mean BUSY BUSY BUSY.

So how to we find inspiration to have fun and make the most of this time of year without getting caught up in the fast pace of it all?

  1. Make Lists – write down what is MOST important to you. Make time for what matters most, leave a little time for last minute plans, and be prepared to say no to things that don’t make the list.
  2. Evaluate your goals – what is the motivation behind things you want to

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Roasted Sweet Potato Nachos

Sweet Potatoes are my FAVORITE!! They are one of the most nutritious vegetables AND are a great source of the antioxidants beta-carotine and vitamin C.

This recipe is so customizable, plus it is the perfect way to load up on vegetable goodness!!!

You simply replace chips with sweet potatoes, roast, then top with your favorite vegetables, meat, beans, and cheese. The sky is the limit!!

Ingredients:

Sweet Potatoes (seasoned and roasted)

Beans

Meat (cooked and seasoned)

Your choice of veggies (red onion, zucchini, broccoli, peppers, carrots, celery, spinach, etc)

Shredded Cheese

toppings for serving (salsa, guacamole, cilantro, etc)

avocado oil

seasonings

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Peel Sweet Potatoes. Cut into 1/4″ coins. Toss in a bowl …

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Out with the Old, in with the new

After a blissful free summer, sometimes school and fall can hit you like a slap in the face. School, homework, practice, holidays right around the corner, and the days getting shorter. But… I guess it is good to have a reality check and get back into the swing of things. I think this time of year is the perfect time to set some intentions, try new things, reorganize your priorities, and get after it!

Keep an organized Calendar. Whatever it is, phone, planner, chalkboard, be consistent. And make sure you add new things when they come up.

Choose one new thing that challenges your mind. Try something new. A class, book, hobby, writing, job, side biz… Whatever it …

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Healthy edition Spinach and Sausage Pasta Bake

This is a great meal to make to have people over, take to parents of a new baby, and eat for yourself! And it is all in one dish! Can’t get much better than that! Make it for your family, grab some salad and bread and there you go!

Spinach and Sausage Spinach Bake

  • 12lbs chicken sausage
  • olive oil (optional)
  • 2 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 20-28 ounces meatless extra chunky pasta sauce
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbs dried basil
  • 2 tbs oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 6 cups penne pasta (1 box)
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 8 oz package fresh spinach (trimmed and coarsely

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Bringing Jesus Into Your Home — A Fun Devotional Activity to Do with Your Kids

I’m always trying to through how I will bring Jesus into our home for our family and children now and in the future – Fun activities, memorizing Scriptures as a family, devotionals. I want to start at a young age, but I know many of the more fun activities that we will all be able to do together with more of an understanding will come later when the kids are older. Today, I found what sounds like will be a really fun way to spend quality time with my kids while teaching and talking about Jesus!

“Kids crave constant activities and attention. Adults crave quiet moments of refreshment. How can we achieve both? Big and Little Coloring Devotional engages

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Skinny Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies




I love to bake. This pregnancy my nursery nesting has been shifted into baking. Minus the dishes after, baking is what relaxes me and I love being able to share what I bake with others. So, when I found this new cookie recipe with NO white flour and NO sugar and just 2 TBS of butter, I had to try it. I adjusted it to make it just a little more delicious with some of my favorite baking go-to ingredients. As you move forward into this new school year and holiday season, don’t be afraid to try new things in the kitchen! Something might surprise you 🙂

Ingredients:

1 Cup Oats

3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 1/2 tsp …

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