This post isn’t necessarily religious based, but too good not to share! 

Ragu alla Bolognese

There aren’t many things I find more comforting than fresh pasta with a rich, hearty sauce. This recipe takes several hours (about 4) but it is worth it. I usually make this sauce on a weekend, when I am doing stuff around the house and can keep an eye on it, but can get things…

Mental Health Monday

Sometimes we think that tough times are the worst and there is no coming back from them. Instead of thinking that way, what if we saw those situations as the only way to go from them is up? It can only get better, right? See the good in everything.

Paleo Chicken Soup

They say chicken soup is good for the soul. I believe that completely! When it’s freezing outside or I’m feeling sick, chicken soup (with or without noodles) is a go-to for me. I make big batches of chicken stock and keep them in the freezer for when an emergency calls. I’ve recently discovered that I…

Sometimes, I get so focused on what I don’t have, what I don’t have access to, what I want, and so on. When I stop and think of what I DO have and all the blessings that have been given to me, I am overwhelmed. HE fills my life with good things! HE does. This…

My Go-To Biscuit

A good biscuit recipe is an important part of any southerner’s repertoire. A biscuit can be devoured straight from the oven, but can be so much more. A biscuit is the perfect vehicle for butter, honey, jam, jelly, eggs, ham, gravy… need I say more? Keep a few things in mind before you make these:…

Hydrangea Cookies & Carrot Cupcakes

Happy Easter! He Is Risen! This weekend, I wanted to make some treats for the volunteers that help our church services run smoothly each week. With it being Easter weekend, I wanted to make something festive. I decided on cupcakes and floral cookies. I saw the cupcakes on Instagram a few weeks ago and knew…

Be A Blessing!

How can you be a blessing to someone else today? Blessing isn’t always financial. You can be poor and be a blessing to others. Think of how you might be able to change someone’s day just by smiling at them or giving them a compliment. Try it!

Serenbe

One of our favorite quiet weekend spots is a dreamy little place called Serenbe. It falls within the city limits of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, but once you are there, you don’t know (or care) where you are. In The Farmhouse, you will have a modern southern meal that will make you want to slap your…

We have bees!

No, I’m not crazy. I was recently house/pet sitting for a dear friend, and this time, little Mason Bees were part of the gig. They were just starting to hatch and needed to be transported outside once hatched. I started reading about them and read what amazing pollinators they are. I’m all for saving the…

Pork Souvlaki from Nom Nom Paleo

It’s really hard to not like grilled, marinated meat. Greek flavors of lemon and oregano really hit the spot for me in this dish. I made it with pork, but you could easily swap pork for chicken. Make sure you have several hours for the meat to marinate, if not overnight. It is worth it,…

Wednesday’s Word and Compassion, International

On Sunday, our church continued the series BLESSED. Our pastor focused on God blessing us so that we can be a blessing to others. We had an amazing testimony from a man named Jey Mbiro (read his story here). He grew up in the slums of Kenya, but through Compassion, he was able to make…

Monday Motivation

What are your goals this week? One of my big ones for this week is cleaning out stuff and organizing to participate in a community yard sale. Make this week great!

Wednesday’s Word

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Sometimes the middle of the week can find us in a slump, but let this verse remind you of God’s love for you. This verse helped me get through my morning and I hope it is helpful for you, too. Have a great week!

Greek Salad Dressing

There is a little Greek place in my home town in North Carolina that has the best salad dressing. I don’t live there anymore, so I cannot have said dressing anytime I want to. I’ve probably purchased every brand of bottled dressing known to man and they just don’t taste the same. When you want…

Motivation Monday

There is really something to be said about how we think and speak about ourselves. What if we believed we could achieve our goals instead of believing in fear and failure? Can you say something positive about yourself right now? Have a happy Monday, everyone and a great start to your week!

Almond Flour Waffles

We eat mostly Paleo in our house and we have never tried to make non-Paleo things Paleo like bread, muffins, or other bread-like items. To be honest, I don’t want a Paleo biscuit. I grew up in the south, therefore, I want a real biscuit! I caved and have been working on a waffle recipe,…

Wednesday’s Word

Recently at church we have been discussing lots of topics, but a lot of them including how we speak and to not let foul words come out of our mouths. Think of how encouraging sweet words are or how we could improve someone’s day with a kind word.

Ground Beef Bulgogi

I have been on the biggest Asian food kick lately. I think it’s a 50/50 mix of craving the rich umami flavors and having leftover ingredients that scream Asian to me and not wanting them to go to waste. Either way, I’m loving it. Recently, Sprouts was having a sale on grass-fed ground beef, and…

Motivation Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! This weekend I spent some great quality time with a friend and we were talking about a lot of emotional things – good and bad. When we discussed the bad, I was reminded of something my dad once told me. He said, “Every day that you wake up is another day that…

Beef Lettuce Cups

Asian food is one (along with Mexican) that I never get sick of. I had some ground beef in the fridge that I needed to cook, along with a head of lettuce, a few cloves of garlic and some ginger that I needed to use before it was too late. I immediately thought of lettuce…

Happy Monday

Here’s a little motivation to get your week started! Have a great day, everyone!

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Since eating mostly Paleo, (the holidays were tough!) I’ve seen tons of recipes for Egg Roll in a Bowl. You can Google it and come up with endless possibilities. It’s been on my list of recipes to make for months now, and yesterday I saw Paleo Running Momma post about it on her Instagram, so…

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is such a staple. There is only one store brand that I actually like, which is Tessemae’s. It isn’t filled with sugar or chemicals like most brands. Also, even the most popular brands just taste fake to me and what’s to like about that? With a few simple ingredients and an immersion blender,…

Lamb Meatballs with Sweet Potato Fritters (or Sweet Potato Soup!)

It is no surprise that I love meatballs – any style or flavor. These are no exception. The first time I made them was when I first started my Paleo diet and was scrounging for recipes to try. They were delicious in this soup, but tonight I decided to make them with sweet potato fritters,…

Happy Monday!

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. We had a wonderful weekend filled with good food, great friends, and fabulous fellowship. Here’s a little motivation to start the week!

Asian Meatballs

I love Asian food. It’s one cuisine that I never tire of and always am in the food for noodles, wontons, dumplings, etc. I’ve made dumplings before and they were great, but I’ll admit it isn’t something you just put together on a week night. They are time consuming and in all honesty – who…

Chicken Pot Pie

There aren’t many dishes I can think of that are more warm or comforting on a cold day than chicken pot pie. A lot of people say that chicken soup is good for the soul, and it is, but I also think chicken pot pie is good for the soul 🙂 I use Ina Garten’s…

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

I love pulled pork. Actually, love is probably an understatement. My father owned a restaurant specializing in BBQ, so I got it honest. 99.99% of the time when I get a craving for some ‘cue, it isn’t 8-12 hours before I want to eat it and I can get a shoulder going on the Big…

Ricotta Yogurt Berry Cake

Yesterday morning I had my neighbors over for brunch. I love brunch. I wanted a sweet element on the menu, but nothing difficult or time consuming, and nothing heavy. This light and airy cake fits the bill and was a hit with my friends. I originally found this recipe in the March 2015 issue of…

Motivation Monday!

Hey everyone! Happy Monday! Today’s motivation comes from the cutest sign I made over the weekend at a place called Pine + Pigment. So many things go on around us, but ultimately we get to decide how we react to those situations. Choose Happy 🙂

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate chess pie must be a southern thing. I’ve known about it all my life but my west coast husband had never heard of it. We had dinner guests from the midwest last night and they had never heard of it either! One bite and they realized what they’d been missing out on all these…

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Don’t you just love pancakes? I know I do. I have several favorite recipes for different types of pancakes but when it comes to healthy pancakes, these rank #1. These are the secret love child of pancakes and oatmeal; what’s not to like? With no added sugar, these are a great way to start the…

Shrimp & “Grits”

I love shrimp and grits, but not nearly as much as my husband. He is the shrimp and grits connoisseur. This recipe is Paleo, and would also work if you are low carb. It is delicious and guilt free! Now you can enjoy this southern staple without the heaviness and guilt. For the shrimp: 15…

Throwback Thursday – The French Laundry

This is an “old” story, but I can’t have a food blog without writing about my trip to California. Entertain me. In August of 2014, we found out that my brother was getting married August of 2015. Of course, we were thrilled and ready for our weekend of wedding fun in Washington, D.C. As the…

Mushroom Quiche with Fontina and Shallots

Eggs are unequivocally my favorite food. They are so versatile and so delicious. My husband makes a mean over easy egg which I am partial to, but any way you serve them – sign me up! Quiche is so comforting and perfect for any occasion. This recipe is my go to. I’ve been making it…