Tropical Red Beans and Rice

Tropical Red Beans and Rice recipe

Tropical may not be the first word that comes to your mind when you think of red beans and rice. Stick with me, though, because you just might enjoy this super easy and affordable recipe! I usually eat dinner leftovers for lunch, but on occasion we eat a lot for dinner and the next day I have … [Read more...]

The Importance of Grandparents

The Importance of Grandparents

My husband and I live far from both of our families. This isn’t ideal for a number of reasons, especially now that we have a child. We’re having to come up with creative ways to help our daughter get to know her relatives, especially her grandparents. Caring, attentive grandparents are … [Read more...]

Sloppy Joe Pasta

Sloppy Joe Pasta recipe

Sloppy joes typically include a bun of some sort. Somehow, as I struggled to come up with a month’s worth of easy-to-prepare, inexpensive dairy- and soy-free meals, I came up with the idea to create a sloppy joe pasta dish. I was unsure how it would turn out, but it ended up being great! In fact, my … [Read more...]

It’s no joke…laughter is good for you!

It's no joke... laughter is good for you!

I love it when my husband and I get to laughing about something. It just feels so good! If you’ve laughed—really laughed—recently, then you know the positive, happy feeling I’m talking about. It turns out that laughter has many incredible benefits beyond the temporary feeling of elation … [Read more...]

7 Reasons You’re Struggling to Get Things Done Around the House

7 Reasons You Are Struggling to Get Things Done Around the House

It often seems that two unproductive days follow every productive day I have. This is partially due to having an infant (interruptions are sometimes the only thing that happens consistently). However, I’ve noticed that there are also some other factors that regularly impact my … [Read more...]

Lemon-Lime Bars

Lemon-Lime Bars

Last week it was my turn to take snack to small group. Instead of turning to a tried and true recipe, I thumbed through a stack of clipped recipes given to me by my late grandmothers. I decided that one was perfect for spring: Lemon-Lime Bars. These rich, delicious bars were a big … [Read more...]

The Excellent Marriage Advice I Was Given When I Became a Wife

The Excellent Marriage Advice I Was Given When I Became a Wife

I recently reread some advice that I was given shortly before my husband and I got married. At my wedding shower, several ladies who had been married anywhere from a couple of years to over 20 years gave me notecards on which they had documented marriage advice. I thought the advice was great … [Read more...]

Interpreting Laundry Care Symbols

ScratchSleeves Washing Instuctions

Last week I got a new clothing item for my daughter. This was a unique item (ScratchSleeves), so I wanted to be sure I didn’t damage it when I washed it. Unfortunately, I was very confused by the laundering instructions provided with the item: I had to search a bit, but I figured out what all … [Read more...]

Easy Beefy Noodles

Easy Beefy Noodles recipe

I love having a few one-pot and one-skillet recipes available for those days when I just don’t have a lot of time to spend on dinner. Easy Beefy Noodles is one of these. As a bonus, it has a great flavor and is very affordable to make! Ingredients 1 lb. ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 … [Read more...]

What’s Stealing Your Joy?

What's Stealing Your Joy?

Sometimes in the midst of very joyful circumstances I find myself feeling disappointed, worried, or frustrated. It often seems like these joy-squelching emotions occur spontaneously. However, if I examine myself closely, I see that I have some habits that spur these feelings. Are these same … [Read more...]