golumpki

A Small Back Story of Love My wonderful grandmother used to make Golumpki. My grandmother was Polish, and I suppose it is the Polish “Stuffed Cabbage.” When she asked what I wanted for a special dish when we came to visit from Michigan to Illinois, I usually asked for golumpki and jello cake. (See the recipe here.) I make this dish and I can still feel the love my grandmother put into it. So, with that in mind, I cannot stress this enough. Never fail to ask your family for their cherished recipes. The worst they can say is no, but I am glad IRead More →

Until my son was born and decided that he fully disliked sleep, I was not much of a coffee drinker. Now, I am addicted. I never made a daily habit out of fancy coffees, but I did it enough that my costs added up. I finally only allowed myself to 2 “fancy coffees” a month. The rest of that time, I missed the good flavors. I did my best to add flavored creamer but that was too sweet. Saving Money For Christmas, my husband bought me a Keurig K-cafe. You can find them at a price point of $199. Sure,maybe it seems pricy but ifRead More →

You have surely seen my blog posts on self evaluation, self worth, regrowth vs reset, and New Year New Start. Each of those is meant to motivate us or give us a way to move forward. My Platform I have been very pensive about the platform I have to share my journey with others. My goal is to lead by example. I don’t do this to show off “how awesome I am.” I share all sides of my journey– success and failure– to share why this lifestyle, why my life choices are worth it to me. My hope is that by reading my blog postsRead More →

pasta salad

Many people have a “go-to” cold pasta salad dish. For most, it is some sort of Italian flavored salad. (Check out a good one here.) What about spicing up your next dinner with my Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad? My husband and friends absolutely loved it! The Recipe 2 stalks of celery (diced) 2 green onion (chopped) 1 cup of Mayonnaise 3/4 Cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce 1/4 cup cubed cheddar (My preference was to cut the cubes the same size as the diced celery) 1/4 tsp celery salt 1/4 tsp onion powder 1/4 tsp celery seed 1 lb of spiral noodles (Any noodles willRead More →

Sourdough Starter Sourdough bread is an intimidating bread to make, but I tried my hand at. I did it! However, before we get to that, we ought to start from the beginning. What is the beginning, you ask? A starter. This is not like using bottled yeast. This is capturing yeast out of the air!  I tried a few different combinations to make my own starter, and believe I have found the most simple and effective method.  Yeast is naturally occurring all around us. I tried several different methods, but finally found one that is most tolerable and forgiving. It is simple, but takes time. Read More →

Opportunity Often times, humans are presented with opportunities. A new job, a new car, having babies, or other life changing events. Every movement through life presents a choice…presents opportunity. Life Changing Milestones I am 30 now. As you know, I got married at 18 and my husband was wounded when I was 19. There were certain milestones I crossed as an adult. I got counseling to find the confidence to let go of what other people wanted me to be, and gained then independence to decide how I wanted to move through life. I got counseling so I could learn how to help with andRead More →

Today’s blog post written by: Anderson Organizing owner and operator Certified Professional Organizer Connie Anderson, CPO®. Connie has been changing lives for the better since 1996 through creating homes that inspire organized living tailored to each client’s learning styles and abilities. Mom, Have You Seen My ____________?   “Mom! Have you seen my (fill in the blank)?” If I had a quarter for every time my boys asked me that over the years I could afford to pay off my auto loan. This also includes my husband rummaging around the kitchen cupboards or linen closet searching for something he was sure was there the lastRead More →

As a mom, we play many different roles and have many different responsibilities. Some of us are more technologically connected than others. To those who love traditional pen and paper….I LOVE YOU! But today, I am focusing on tech and the homemaker and/or mother. As a side note, I am not paid or compensated in any way to give these reviews. Instacart The first app I would like to discuss, is Instacart. Oh my gosh! This app is a life saver. If you haven’t heard of them yet, let me enlighten you. THEY DELIVER YOUR GROCERIES! This is a lifesaver for my family because asRead More →

Zucchini chocolate cake with cream cheese matcha frosting

This recipe was submitted by @subtleskeptic_ from a recipe book called The Alternative Baker. These look simply delicious! Ingredients 8 oz zucchini 1 cup packed organic light brown sugar 2 large eggs 1/4 cup light olive oil or sunflower oil 1/4 cup whole milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder 3/4 cup plus 2 tspb sorghum flour 1/4 cup sweet white rice flour 2 tsp baking power 1/2 tsp fine sea salt Frosting 6 oz cream cheese softened 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1 tbsp good quality culinary grade matcha 1/8 tsp fine sea salt To makeRead More →

I have been married for what will be 12 years in May of 2019. I have had many experiences in my marriage that sometimes take couples an entire lifetime to sift through. When we got married we were very close. He and I were inseparable. When he came home from Iraq, he changed. Please see my posts on A Journey Through Struggle Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,  and Part 4 for more details on my journey. I am going to gloss over quite a bit of it, and talk about one major point here. REKINDLING THE FLAME. What Exactly Causes a Flame to go Out orRead More →