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What Matters Most Now
A girl in love with the seasons who wants to cram as much as she can into the 365 days of the year to live a life of bliss.
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Reviews of Home Chef, Hello Fresh, and Blue Apron Meal Delivery Services Buddy can't wait to see what is inside the Blue Apron box delivery! In anticipation of a busy season with work and school commitments for our family, we decided to try the Meal Delivery Services of three companies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at What Matters Most Now
"Spring - A lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be." - Dayspring I love this quote and love the idea of embracing change and the unknown of what's ahead, as it may prove to be even more beautiful than the present. Signs of Spring in the Pacific Northwest... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at What Matters Most Now
I am coming clean that I have a brand-new favorite Focaccia. It's just so much faster than my original recipe. AND it's freezer friendly! I can barely keep a stash in the freezer as the teens devour this bread, round after round. Just between you and I, I make three... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
20 Gift Ideas for Teenagers - The 2016 Teen Wish List Teens can be a tough age group for Santa to shop for so we quizzed some of our favorite teens to find out what some of the favorite "wish list" gift items would be for teens in 2016. Coffee... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Grape season is upon us as the fall grape harvest begins and this Fall Harvest Grape Salad with Creamy Caramel Topping maximizes the deliciousness of green and purple grapes when swirled with a creamy caramel flavored topping. The original recipe includes mixing pecans with the fruit and topping. I tried... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Breakfast Sausage Roll-Ups I'm a little bit embarrassed to be posting this "recipe", but I am always desperate for quick and simple breakfast ideas. I had to share because it was an instant hit with my kids. For those of you fond of Pigs in a Blanket, this should be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
10 Things I Want to Make This August Before Summer Is Over: My Easy Roasted Blender Marinara Sauce - this recipe roasts and blends tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil and a few sprigs of fresh basil and tastes fabulous! Grilled Shrimp Tacos - we have become huge "street taco" fans... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Happy August to You! Here are 20 fun ideas and ways to celebrate August. August is National Golf Month! It's time to hit the golf links. If you are a new golfer, head to your local driving range and practice hitting a bucket of balls. If you are a golfer,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
We just returned from a camping getaway with all four teens and the pooch. In an effort to prepare food ahead of time to streamline the camping cooking experience a bit, while still pleasing the teen palate, I researched recipes that would meet everyone's needs. We settled on a new... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Nothing speaks summer like this Hawaiian Hibachi Huli Chicken recipe from Sam Choy. As far as ingredients go, the only slightly unusual ingredient is "Shoyu Sauce". Shoyu is a type of natural Japanese soy sauce that is said to have a lower salt content, that tastes slightly sweeter and is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
The first time I had this Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream recipe, my coworker and friend, Stacey Stiner, appeared at a work potluck with this freshly-made, homemade, old-fashioned vanilla ice cream recipe. Of course, we were all completely "wowed" by how utterly scrumptious it tasted but when she claimed it to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
1. I'm guilty of sneaking vegetables into my kids' food. When my kids were younger I added vegetables subtly to their desserts. My son recently admitted that when he found out about the chocolate pudding made with avocado, that he was afraid to eat anything that he didn't watch me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
oh. my. goodness. Warm Chocolate Melting Cake is one of those "go make this now" type of recipes. Seriously. Who knew that just five simple ingredients could be transformed into what I deem as a most delicious, warm melting brownie batter oozing inside a lightly baked chocolate brownie exterior. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
These 10 Quotes Kick My Tush When I Need a Nudge of Inspiration You are more prepared than you realize. - Seth Godin Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. - Saadi, poet #TravelOregon The two most important days in your life are the day you are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Go Explore: Seattle, Washington with Teens or Tweens As we all know, teens and tweens can be a tough group to "please" at times, so I am always on the lookout for suggestions from others who have traveled this path before me to share their tips and tricks of what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Happy Fourth of July! I'm grateful for our freedom on this celebration of America's Independence Day! May you all enjoy your patriotic celebrations, fireworks and stay safe! Fourth of July Fruit Salad If you need a last minute recipe for a Fourth of July party, picnic or potluck don't forget... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
1. July Belongs to Berries Month This is a great Berry Pie Filling to assemble while fresh berries are plentiful, to freeze for winter months. Mix 7 cups sugar with 1 3/4 modified cornstarch (Clear Jel A) in a large saucepan. Add 9 1/3 cup cold water and cook over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
This Cherry Vanilla Smoothie with Chia tastes more like a cherry milkshake than a healthy (280 calories per serving and packed with calcium, protein and vitamin C and a great source of fiber, riboflavin, iodine and phosphorus) way to fuel your morning. Just a few ingredients tossed into a blender... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
It's that time of year when we must slather ourselves in sunscreen in the Pacific Northwest! Did you know... I recently read an article that stated that by eating foods high in carotenoids, you can help build the natural sun protection from your diet. Spinach = dark, leafy greens By... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Looking for an easy Fourth of July Celebration Dessert to take to a party or potluck? Look no further than these Patriotic Brownie Dessert Kabobs! Patriotic Brownie Kabobs Okay. So, I promised these were easy. All you need is wooden skewers, fresh strawberries and or fresh watermelon, fresh blueberries, marshmallows... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Dating couples can teach married couples a thing or two about how to love! Here are 10 examples of ways dating couples remind "marrieds" how to fall in love, stay in love and keep the romance alive throughout marriage. 1. Date your mate. Call up your partner and ask your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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Jun 16, 2015
Around here, right's a snippet of what's happening lately. Cooking: healthier meals from scratch and I've made our favorite Grilled Salmon recipe three times over the last month! The Hubs' cousin was visiting from Arizona and we just "had" to make it for him...along with the Frozen Berries with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
For my Keeping It Real Series, here are my 10 Confessions on the 10th of June: 1. I don't eat eggs. The real story behind this is that when I was younger, I had an Unbaked Cookie Dough recipe that I loved to make. We raised chickens. We had a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
I am so happy to hear that Tracy - thanks for sharing! Our friends and family always love this recipe as well. It's such a perfect recipe for fun entertaining! Good to know that doubling the recipe served 20. Was that a mix of adults and kids or just adults? This would be helpful for me to add to the recipe. Thanks!