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Anti-Procrastination Weekly Goals

Weekly goal setting and anti-procrastination tips

Weekly Update

It is spring break! I’m excited to spend some extra time with my 3 girls this week. My freshman Avery made JV soccer team at school and has at practice every morning at 7:30, so no sleeping in or break from rides to school for her or me!

{there she goes!}

This week my work focus is writing content, so it really works out great! I can sit in a coffee shop (which I am doing right now) and have 1 1/2 hours of focused work time while she is at practice. It is much less time than I normally spend but at least it is something!

I’ve been batching my processes and creating systems to get my work done most efficiently as this site grows. It has been working so well.

My Work Focus Goals By Week:

Week 1 — social media

Week 2 –my home/homemaking

Week 3 –content creation/writing

Week 4 — backend of the site/admin work/pitch writing

Week 5 — photo taking /photo editing

I still do bits of everything every week, but it sure is profitable and free-ing to zero in on one main thing each week. It helps my brain know what to focus on.

Instead of wearing all the hats all the time, it gives me permission to put on one hat at a time and even tells me which hat it should be each week. I love it. No wonder hats are coming back into style.

Did you notice my home is a part of my “work?’  I often work from home, so it directly affects my work! Plus it is and always will be my priority as it is the place where the people I love gather.  I want them to have a soft place to land after being out in this often hard world.

I have to admit, my favorite focused week so far has been when I gave myself permission to focus in on my home!

Did you read my recent post about Everyday Home Goal Systems? I use these systems weekly whether it is the week I am to focus in on my home or not. They keep my home running smoothly when I use them faithfully.

What about you? Could this mindset work for you and the work you need to accomplish? Have you ever tried batching or using systems to accomplish your goals?

Anti-Procrastination Free Printable

A Visual Encouragement to Reach Your Goals

Anti-Procrastination Free Printable

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Weekly Goals

MEAL PLAN — grocery list +5 meals

DATES — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

DO A PIN — Simple Way To Organize Digital Photos


Daily Personal Health Goals

SPIRITUAL — journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

MOVE BODY — walk/jog; yoga or strength training; Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor

HYDRATE & NUTRIENTS — water (80 oz a day); leafy greens & berries, vitamins, powdered greens, seeds

READING — Moment Maker: You Can Live Your Life or it Can Live You

HOME GOALS — everyday home chore systems to keep my home clean in minutes a day.


Weekly Verse

Chronicles Scripture Verse

Favorite Things That Help Me Reach My Goals

Turmeric Supreme Supplement

I started taking turmeric regularly for joint pain that is caused by a cancer medication that I take. If I miss even one day my joints are inflamed by the next morning.

I know the minute my foot hits the ground (because I can feel every joint aching joint in my foot) that I forgot to take my turmeric. Needless to say, I rarely forget!

I really don’t know what I would do without the discovery of the amazing anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric! There are so many other benefits of this powerful root. I will write a post about it soon.

Calm Magnesium Supplement

Another supplement I take every day is called Calm. It is a powdered magnesium that you stir into water. It tastes refreshing and I truly feel the calming benefits of it.

I notice that I am a bit more uptight on days I don’t take it, and it really helps keep my anxiety in check.

Magnesium is also great for digestion issues and keeps everything working as it should in that area. That is all I will say about that. 🙂

Recipes Goals

Recipes I Want To Make This Week

 {watch my Instagram Stories to see some of these recipes. I often capture my cooking process!}

Parmesan Crusted Fish

Cashew Chicken

Easy French Lentil Soup

Spaghetti with Zoodles

3 Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Dip

Homemade Almond Butter

 Oatmeal Blueberry Cookies

Garlic Noodles

Seasoned Lentils


Spring Blossom Essential oil recipe

Essential Oil Recipe of The Week

Rocky Mountain Oils are my oils of choice. I just love them–their scent is so pure and I really appreciate the free shipping!

Spring Garden

1 drop Basil

2 drops Peppermint

2 drops Lime   

Basil is a herbal aroma, perfect for spring! Peppermint helps awaken and energize. Lime is a mood uplifter the scent is invigorating. Diffuse away!

Need a diffuser? This is my fav essential oils diffuser!


Weekly/Bi-Weekly Staple Recipes

Instant Pot Yogurt

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Quinoa

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Black Beans

Restaurant Style Salsa

Stove Top Granola



What are you wanting to get done this week?

What recipes are you planning on making?

Are you on Pinterest? Share a favorite pin you want to accomplish.




Blueberry Instant Pot Yogurt Jars 101


Why Instant Pot Yogurt?

When I first bought my Instant Pot, I had visions of Instant Pot Homemade Yogurt jars lined up and pretty in my refrigerator, ready to grab and go.  I was tired of paying too much money to buy organic yogurt or yogurt that was full of sugar.  I wanted to be in control of what was in our yogurt, and have enough of it that my family could eat it every day and get a nice dose of probiotics.

I googled ‘how to make homemade yogurt in the instant pot’, and was overwhelmed and intimidated by all the ways to make homemade yogurt, even in the instant pot, which promised to make the process easier! I took some time reading through articles and watching videos on YouTube when I finally stumbled upon one video that made me think, “Ok, I could totally do that!”

What I loved about this particular video was that it was just another mom, in her kitchen, taking me through the steps. The lighting was not great, there was clutter on her counters, and the video was not polished, but boy was it practical and useful! It was the only video I watched that empowered me to try homemade yogurt myself, and I no longer felt intimidated by the process.

Jars of Instant Pot Yogurt with Blueberries Fruit On The Bottom

I will share the video at the end of this article, and walk you through the same steps she walked me through and will keep it simple as possible.

Scoop for Blueberry Compote

Instant Pot Yogurt Supplies


Buy 1/2 gallon of organic milk. If you want a thick, greek-type yogurt, the best results come from a full-fat milk.

Single Container of Yogurt

Buy one small container of organic plain greek yogurt of choice. This will be your starter used introduce probiotics into your new batch of yogurt.  It needs to say ‘live and active cultures’ on the packaging. Very important! The cultures are what will grow as your yogurt incubates overnight at the perfect temperature thanks to the instant pot. This will be the only time you need to buy yogurt because you can use a bit of homemade yogurt as starter for the new batch.


The instant pot simplifies the yogurt making process so much, that you only have to use a thermometer once. Thank goodness!

Instant Pot

This is a given. It is my new best friend. It would be worth having just for yogurt, but I use it several times a week for other things, too. I love my Instant Pot!

Strainer & Paper Coffee Filters

You only need to strain if you want thick greek yogurt. I like mine nice and thick so that I can use it as a substitute for sour cream and mayonnaise in certain recipes. I’m always looking for ways to save money and get more probiotics in! In the video, she uses a nut bag. I use a normal strainer lined with coffee filters, but just ordered a fancy yogurt strainer, which is linked below.


Small jars are not necessary, but boy are they cute and convenient! The jars pictured can be purchased by clicking on this link. You could store the yogurt into one or two big jars if you prefer.

Jars of Instant Pot Yogurt with Blueberries Fruit On The Bottom

Instant Pot Yogurt Instructions – Evening

I like to start my yogurt in the evening after all the dinner dishes are done. I love being in a clean kitchen and starting in the evening gives the instant pot time to scald the milk, then cool down enough to add the starter and incubate overnight.


Scald Milk

Pour 1/2 gallon of milk into your instant pot. Close the lid. Turn knob to vent.

Set instant pot by pushing the ‘YOGURT’ button. Push the ‘ADJUST’ button until it says ‘BOIL’ and wait a few seconds and it will beep and start on its own. It should take about an hour for the milk to boil. This is when I walk away and go read a book! No need to babysit the instant pot, it brings the milk to boiling temperature automatically, then beep at you a few times and the display will say “YOGT.” When you hear this, put down your book and go unplug the instant pot. Remove lid, being careful not to let condensation drip into the milk.


Add Culture

This is the only time you need your thermometer. In the video, she checks the temperature after it boils to make sure it came up to temperature. I don’t do this because I trust the instant pot sensors to bring it to a boil then shut off. This is the beauty of using the instant pot. It has built in sensors for keeping the milk at the right temperature at the right time for yogurt making.

Remove the pot from the cooker and put on the counter to cool down to 115 degrees. This will take 30 minutes to an hour for 1/2 gallon. You can stir it to help cool it down, or just continue relaxing with a book like I do!

Once the milk reaches at least 115 degrees, it is safe to add your culture. Any warmer than this will cook your culture and the probiotics will die and the yogurt will not set. This is why you need a thermometer.

Take a cup of the milk and stir in  1/4 cup of your yogurt starter/culture, then add mixture back into the instant pot and mix well.  I like to use a whisk.


Incubate the Yogurt

Put the pot back into the cooker, seal the lid, turn the knob to sealing, plug it back in, and press ‘YOGURT’. It will display “8:00” which means 8 hours. It will beep to let you know it has started the incubation process. The display will show “0:00” and start counting UP until it reaches the total 8 hours.

I love knowing the pot is keeping it at the exact temperature it needs to be for the culture to incubate and produce all those amazing little guys that will help make our guts healthy! All this while I am sleeping! Such a cool process.

Don’t be too concerned about getting to your yogurt right at the 8-hour spot. I usually get my strainer and filters ready the night before, and when I wake up I dump my yogurt right into the strainer. It usually is more like 9 hours by the time I get to it. No big deal.


 Instant Pot Yogurt with Blueberries Fruit On The Bottom

Instant Pot Yogurt Instructions – Morning


Strain the Yogurt

You can pour the yogurt as it is into jars, or strain it to make thick, greek-like yogurt. I line my strainer with overlapping paper coffee filters, place it in a bowl that is the right size to hold the strained whey, pour the yogurt right in, then put it into the refrigerator for a bit.

instant pot yogurt strain in coffee filters

Some people use cheesecloth, some use nut milk bags. I just ordered this amazing Euro Cuisine strainer from Amazon which has rave reviews and will make this process even easier! Coffee filters work well, but they are a bit messy after straining and I’m all about ease and efficiency.

After sitting for an hour or so in the refrigerator, I put the yogurt back into the instant pot and stir again. I then spoon it into my jars. You can dump the leftover whey, use it in your favorite biscuit recipe in place of buttermilk or google search different ways to use whey.


Blueberry Compote for Fruit On The Bottom Yogurt

I sometimes use this Blueberry Compote recipe in the bottom of the jar for fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt. It is delicious! Use a cookie scoop easily get the blueberry compote into the jars.

More often than not, I just fill my little jars with plain yogurt so my family can just grab them and top them with whatever they would like. Sometimes I add vanilla for vanilla flavored yogurt. Sometimes I sweeten it with maple syrup or honey, but my yogurt turns out so nice and mild that I don’t have to use much sweetener. (NOTE: If you like a tangier yogurt, you can incubate for 12 hours instead of 8 hours. Just push the button one extra time until you see the number 12 on the display.)


Yogurt Topping Ideas

Our favorite toppings are fresh berries and granola. I love topping mine with chia or the Ancient Grain and Seed Mix from Trader Joes. I have often used half a package of dry Berry and Flax Instant Oatmeal from Trader Joes. It adds just the right amount of sweet and crunch when I am in a hurry!

Sliced bananas, crumbled up granola bars, Homemade Quinoa Crunch — really the topping possibilities are endless!


Jars of Instant Pot Yogurt with Blueberries Fruit On The Bottom

Keeping Your Yogurt

A 1/2  gallon of milk makes about a quart of yogurt. It will keep about 2 weeks in the refrigerator and grows more tart over time. It really a delicious and smooth tasting yogurt, and goes down so easy! I enjoy the taste of homemade yogurt so much more than store bought yogurt. I’m amazed how filling just one little jar is when mixed with seeds and berries. It is a great way to get protein and probiotics into the body!

{the video that made me brave enough to try yogurt in my Instant Pot}


I hope this helps take the intimidation out of making homemade yogurt for you. The instant pot and knowing the right steps makes the process very easy. Make sure you watch the video. It will help to have a visual of the process. I used this video, heavy on the pause button, the first couple times I made yogurt. It was super helpful.

What about you? Do you own an Instant Pot? Is homemade yogurt something you would want to try making in it?


Getting Started With The Instant Pot


I (like many of YOU!) took the plunge on Black Friday and purchased the Instant Pot. I just couldn’t pass it up after hearing so many rave about it! I was curious and intrigued by the fact that it wasn’t just a safe and easy-to-use electric pressure cooker, but actually several appliances in one. It seemed to be a whole new way of getting a healthy homemade dinner on the table in record time.  I’m all about simple and efficient cooking, and the Instant Pot is both of those things, so I was giddy about adding it to our kitchen.

I have had the Instant Pot a little over a week, and I’ve used it to make 7 things so far.  I AM HOOKED. I cannot believe the versatility of the Instant Pot, and I can’t wait to make more with it.  I could use it almost daily because it has so many different uses!


Different Uses of the Instant Pot

You can saute in it, use it as a slow cooker, a steamer, a yogurt maker, a rice maker, or simply as a safe and easy-to-use pressure cooker. You can make homemade beans, all types of meats, stews, and soups. You can make hard-boiled eggs or steel-cut oats in just minutes. I even saw a recipe for cheesecake made in it!

I am new to pressure cooking, but there is a surge in popularity thanks to electric pressure cookers like the Instant Pot, which means there is an abundance of resources.

I was not intimidated like I had been in the past with using a stove-top pressure cooker.  Thanks to the manual, Pinterest and YouTube, any questions I’ve had have been answered.


Dishwasher Safe Insert + Steamer Basket

The Instant Pot comes with a stainless steel insert that is easy to clean and dishwasher safe. It also comes with a steamer basket, which I’ve already used to hold hard- boiled eggs, a sweet potato, and carrots.

For perfectly cooked ‘baked’ potatoes, you simply put a cup of water in the instant pot, insert the steamer basket, pile on the potatoes, and cook for 12 minutes. Just push a button and walk away! No heating up the oven. No more hockey puck potatoes that over-cooked in the microwave. No more waiting over an hour for them to bake. There is a new instant potato in town and it is a whole potato in an Instant Pot, not those dried up potato flakes!


Sauteing In The Instant Pot

Unlike the Crockpot, you can saute your aromatics (garlic, onions and herbs) and brown your meat right in the pot with the touch of a button, then add your liquid, and with the push of another button start pressure cooking or slow cooking. Dinner is served in minutes. Sure beats hours that the oven can take to roast meat!


Pressure Cooked Flavor

Pressure cooking is done all in one pot, and the flavors are pressed right into the food which makes it extra flavorful. I made beef stew and could not believe how great the flavor was. It tasted like it had slow simmered all day, but only took 45 minutes. The recipe I used had red wine in it, and after pushing the pressure button I walked away with a glass of the leftover wine in hand and sipped while reading a book while dinner cooked! It was the most delicious and easiest beef stew I have ever made!


Foods I’ve Made So Far

“Hard Boiled” Eggs – 8 minutes, manual release

How? Place 1 cup of water in the bottom of the cooker. Place steam basket in pot. Add however many eggs you want to cook. Place the lid on and hit the ‘Manual’ button, set it for 8 minutes. Right after the 8 minutes of cooking time, depressurize the cooker and add the eggs to a bowl of cold water. YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE how easy your eggs are to peel. The pressure cooking causes the shell to slide right off!

 Instant Pot Apple Sauce – 3 minutes, manual release

This was so delicious and made the perfect after school snack for my girls. It was so much better than store-bought applesauce!

Macaroni n Cheese – 20 minutes

Delicious and creamy Mac n Cheese made in minutes. Made my teenagers happy! *Update: I like this Mac n Cheese recipe the MOST. It has great flavor!

Getting Started With The Instant Pot

Balsamic Beets – 20 minutes, natural release

I am a newbie when it comes to liking beets. I can’t get over how good they are for the body, especially for cancer survivors, so I have worked hard at liking them. This recipe was easy to make and quite delicious! The skin rubs right off after steaming and running the beets under cold water. Beets are such a beautiful color, and the balsamic dressing gives them such great flavor and shine!

Instant Pot Beef Stew Recipe


Beef Stew – 45 minutes

1 T oil

2 lbs round beef cubes

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 T butter

1 can tomato paste

4 carrots, chopped

2 Yukon potatoes, chopped

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 T ground mustard

3 cups beef broth

3 cups red wine



1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

Put flour on a plate. Season with salt and pepper. Toss beef cubes in the flour. Set Instant Pot to Saute. Add oil. When hot add seasoned meat and brown. Once browned, add a bit of beef broth to deglaze the pan. Add all the rest of the ingredients except for the peas. Make sure to include the excess seasoned flour left on the plate. Pressure Cook High for 45 minutes. Manual release. When finished stir in the peas while on the keep warm setting, they will cook in just a couple of minutes in the hot stew. Serve with crusty bread to dip and enjoy!

Glazed Carrots – 4 minutes

Peel and cut up your carrots. Add 1 T. butter to pot, 1 T honey, S & P, 1/4 t. baking soda. Pressure cook for 4 minutes. Manual Release. Stir and enjoy.

Baked Sweet Potatoes – 13 minutes

Add a cup of water to the bottom of Instant Pot. Add the steamer rack. Add whole sweet potatoes. Set using Manual for 13 minutes. Pressure cook on high.



Above is a great video introduction to the Instant Pot and how to do the initial water test.

I will continue sharing my Instant Pot recipes, and have also started an Instant Pot Pinterest Board!

Do you want to purchase an Instant Pot of your own? Use this link and I will receive a small percentage with no extra cost to you!

RECIPES/ Sides/ Sponsored

8 Simple and Delicious Sandwich Thin Snack Recipes


It can be tricky to keep calories low when the urge to snack hits. I am a carb lover, and can easily over-do it when it comes to consuming too much when I’m hungry and need a snack. I’ve found that staying mindful while consuming is key to snacking in a more healthful way.

I was recently asked by Weight Watchers® to share that their products can be found at Walmart & how they have made mindful, low-calorie snacking so much easier with a variety of products. They have popcorn, string cheese and more!  My new fav?  Fiber-filled Oroweat® Sandwich Thins!


I picked up a couple of packages of Oroweat® Sandwich Thins from Walmart, knowing that they are Weight Watchers® endorsed and just 100 calories made me eager to get creative with them. 100 calories each means that half of one is just 50 calories! That is way lower calorie & fewer SmartPoints® than regular bread. With this sort of portion control and low calories, I feel free to top them with all kinds of goodness which makes a satisfying and hearty snack.

Keep reading for fun ways to top your sandwich thins & for a list of specific Weight Watchers® products that you can find at Walmart.

8 Simple & Delicious Sandwich Thin Snack Recipes

8 Simple Sandwich Thin Recipes -Black Berry Cream Cheese Round


Toast your sandwich thin. Spread with cream cheese. Top with your choice of berries & dust lightly with powdered sugar.

Blackberry Cream Cheese Sandwich Thin Round

Cinnamon Sugar Sandwich Thin Round


Toast sandwich thin. Spread with butter. Sprinkle with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. I’ve read that the perfect ratio of cinnamon to sugar is 1/4 cup cinnamon to 1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon.

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cloud Sandwich Thins Recipe


This one is delicious! Toast the sandwich round, spread with peanut butter, top with marshmallows. Pop under the broiler for just a minute, until the marshmallows puff and brown to your liking. Be careful…they burn easily!

Herbed Cheese & Tomato Sandwich Thin Round Appetizer Recipe


Spread toasted or non-toasted (I liked non-toasted for this one) sandwich thin with a prepared garlic-herbed cheese spread. Cut into triangles & top with a halved grape tomato. So delicious and makes a pretty appetizer platter!

Sandwich Thin Round Appetizer Recipe

Sandwich Thins Garlic Bread Recipe


I made spaghetti for dinner tonight and served these garlic sandwich rounds along with it. Much healthier for you than a big hunk of french bread. Did you know these Oroweat® Sandwich Thins have 5 grams of fiber and no high-fructose corn syrup? That makes me happy.

Sandwich Thin Round Pizza


My teen girls gobbled these up as an after-school snack. Toast the sandwich thin, top with pizza sauce (I just used spaghetti sauce), sprinkle with cheese & stick under the broiler until the cheese melts. Top with a chiffonade of basil.

Simple Sandwich Thin Recipes - Grilled Cheese


This was so gooey and satisfying! Spread the inside of the sandwich thin with butter. Place buttered side down on a pan over medium heat. Sprinkle with cheese and top with the other buttered half. Flip when browned on one side, and cook until the cheese is melted.


I plan on using these easy snack recipes during our late afternoon snacking sessions. My kitchen is full of teenage girls every day after school who are all looking for a hearty snack, so I will keep these sandwich thins around so they can get creative themselves.


Want more after school snack ideas?

You can find the below Weight Watchers® products available at Walmart. There is even an iBotta offer up to $4.00. 

-Weight Watchers® Endorsed Jolly Time Healthy Pop microwave and pre-popped Popcorn
-Weight Watchers® Ice Cream Novelties
-Weight Watchers® Sweet Baked Goods
-Weight Watchers® String Cheese

& of course

 -Weight Watchers® Endorsed Sandwich Thins (Arnold®, Orowheat®, and Brownberry®)


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A few other ideas for Oroweat® Sandwich thins:

Peanut Butter Banana Chia:

~Toast & spread with peanut butter. Topped with sliced bananas & a sprinkle of chia seeds.

Breakfast Thin Sandwich

~Make a breakfast sandwich–sandwich thins are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack! Fry an egg within the confines of a round mason jar lid ring to make it into a round shape. Top the egg with cheese, place within a toasted sandwich thin and enjoy!

Bruschetta Thins

~Dice some tomatoes, add a bit of olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with a bit of garlic salt. Mix. Place on toasted sandwich thins & sprinkle with a bit of pepper.

Parmesan Pesto Thins

~Toast a sandwich thin. Spread with prepared pesto. Top with a few shavings of parmesan cheese.


Follow Weight Watchers® On Facebook for more snack ideas!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Weight Watchers®. The opinions and texts are all mine.


6 Super Simple Dinner Recipes Using Trader Joes Ingredients + A Shopping List

egg carton from Trader Joes

I have a dear friend whose husband was in a bad car accident last November. He suffered a traumatic brain injury & her world has been turned upside down. He has been healing all of these months and is not home yet. As you can imagine, keeping up with meals has been a challenge. Her daughter asked me to make a simple meal plan with some quick meal ideas for her Mom to make, in between trips to caring for her husband.

My friend likes simple, healthy food, so I hope this plan will serve her well & the grocery list make shopping convenient for her.

6 Super Simple Dinner Recipes

This plan has one chicken dish, one ground beef dish, one fish dish, 2 vegetarian soups and one “brinner” or breakfast for dinner.  This will give 6 meals total.

These dinner recipes are super simple, quick and easy, & are made using Trader Joes groceries.

Serve each meal with a big, green leafy salad and one another type of vegetable on the side, if desired.



Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken  & Roasted Potatoes



4 organic chicken breasts

organic chicken broth (in a box)

balsamic vinegar

brown sugar, 3 cloves garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary

Red potatoes


Slow Cooker Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 boneless, skin-less chicken breasts

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary

salt & pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, brown sugar and garlic; set aside. 

Season chicken breasts with basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt & pepper.

Place chicken breasts into a 6 qt slow cooker. Stir in balsamic vinegar mixture. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.  


Roasted Red Potatoes

Wash potatoes. Cut into 1/4. Put in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil & seasons with salt, pepper & some dried rosemary. Toss (I use my hands) then place in a single layer once again. Bake 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom and able to prick with a fork.



Soup #1

Easy Black Bean Soup with $.99 Pretzel Bread



15 ounce can black beans

frozen corn


vegetable broth


$.99 cent pretzel bread (small loaf, comes in a paper sleeve)



Using recipe below, which really just takes minutes, make the soup.  Serve in bowls with pretzel bread for dipping.


Easy Black Bean Soup
{happy herbivore}

15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn, thawed (or not:))
1 cup salsa
11/2 cups vegetable broth (more or less, depending on desired thickness)
1/2 tsp cumin
dash of hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste

tortilla chips (optional)

Place 1 cup beans, salsa, broth and cumin in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a medium saucepan and add remaining ingredients except chips. Stir to combine and heat thoroughly over low. Once warmed, serve and garnish with broken chips.





Swai Fish Filets on a Bed of Wild Rice, Veggie & Salad


To Buy:

Swai frozen fillets (any white fish if Swai is not available)

frozen multi-grain rice packs

dried dill




Line baking sheet with foil. Lay out thawed fish filets. Sprinkle both sides with salt, pepper and dill. Add a pat of butter on to of each filet. Bake 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until no longer opaque in the middle and flakes easily. Serve with rice, veggie & salad.



a pan full of ingredients for sloppy joes


Sloppy Joes with Mashed Potatoes



1 lb Organic, grass-fed beef

hamburger buns

mashed potatoes (in a bag in the freezer section)

ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, lemon, chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, paprika, oregano



Use this recipe for Sloppy Joes, but substitute the lentils for the ground beef.  So easy! Serve on buns with a side of mashed potatoes.




Soup #2

Easy Tomato, Pesto, Tortellini Soup



Organic Tomato Soup (in a box)

Container of prepared pesto (in refrigerator section)

Container of fresh tortellini pasta (in refrigerator section)

Sourdough bread (optional)



Pour the tomato soup into a sauce pan. Let come to almost a boil, then reduce heat.  Add tortellini pasta and cook for 4-6 minutes or according to package directions. Taste one to make sure it is tender. Last step, add 2 large spoonfuls of prepared pesto & swirl into the soup. Serve with crusty bread.



piece of bread with an egg cooked inside of it

“Brinner” (Breakfast for Dinner)

Toad In a Hole + Nitrate-Free Bacon



Organic Eggs


Nitrate-Free Bacon (get the ‘already cooked’ kind, in the bacon area)

Frozen berries (your choice, I like blackberries)



Make Toad In a Hole using this recipe. Heat bacon for just seconds in the microwave according to directions. Serve with slightly thawed berries.



Trader Joes Shopping List


Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken Dish Ingredients

4 organic chicken breasts (fresh or frozen)

organic chicken broth (in a box)

balsamic vinegar

brown sugar


dried basil

dried oregano

dried thyme

dried rosemary

red potatoes


Black Bean Soup Ingredients

15 ounce can black beans

frozen corn


vegetable broth


$.99 cent pretzel bread (small loaf, comes in a paper sleeve)

Tortilla chips (optional)


Fish Dish Ingredients

Swai frozen fillets (any white fish if Swai is not available)

multi-grain or organic brown rice packs (in freezer section)

dried dill



Beef Dish (Sloppy Joes) Ingredients

1 lb Organic, grass-fed beef

hamburger buns

mashed potatoes (in a bag in the freezer section)



Worcestershire Sauce


chili powder

brown sugar





Tomato, Basil, Tortellini Soup Ingredients

Organic Tomato Soup (in a box)

Container of prepared pesto (in refrigerator section)

Container of fresh tortellini pasta (in refrigerator section)

Sourdough bread (optional)


“Brinner” (Breakfast for Dinner) Ingredients

Organic Eggs


Nitrate-Free Bacon (get the ‘already cooked’ kind, in the bacon area)

Frozen berries (your choice, I like blackberries)



Bagged Salad Greens to eat with each meal

Frozen sides of veggies to eat with each meal

Something Sweet (I love Trader Joe’s bag of Nutty Bites)

Wine {smile}


Would you be willing to know more about our dear friends and consider giving toward a fund we set up to help lighten the load? We are getting close to the goal and I know every bit helps and so appreciated!

If you are unable to give, will you pray for them? The journey has been long and the road is hard. I know your prayers will bring continued peace & healing.

Brunch/ Holidays/Parties/ Meals/ RECIPES/ Thanksgiving

My Thanksgiving Day Brunch Menu – 11 Great Recipes!


I am having my family over for Thanksgiving Brunch this year. I have 3 sisters and their families coming, and my Mom & Mother-in-Law. I’m truly looking forward to some fun family time.  I have the most precious nieces and nephews, 3 are teens and 3 are under the age of 4. I can’t wait to see them all!

I’m excited to switch up our regular menu and come up with some great breakfast/brunch recipe ideas.  I have a few ideas of my own that I will need to experiment with before Thanksgiving day, and I also found some amazing recipes on Pinterest that I want to try.

Here is the menu


Best Ever Cranberry Sauce

Jaw Droppinly Good Cranberry Mimosas

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spiced Chai

Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry Sauced Sliders

Oven Scrambled Eggs

Cornflake Topped Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Apple Kale Slaw With Curried Almond Dressing

Deviled Eggs

Easy Elegant Yogurt Berry Parfait in a Trifle

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Perfect Ancestral Pumpkin Pie

Coffee | Hot Tea



Best Ever Cranberry Sauce – Hall Of Fame Version

After trying many different cranberry sauce recipes, this one is by far my favorite. Everyone who tastes it asks for the recipe. It is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. Some cranberries are left whole, some and smashed. It is not too spicy with just a touch of cinnamon. It is perfection, and thick enough to smear on a piece of toast like a jam.


Jaw Droppingly Good Cranberry Mimosa

This is also a recipe from Shockingly Delicious.  She takes a tablespoon of the Best Every Cranberry Sauce recipe above, puts it in the bottom of a champagne flute, adds some sparkling wine (I plan on using Moscato) & serve! Can’t get much easier than that.  The color of these Mimosa’s is so pretty, & I plan on adding a spiral of orange peel to each glass to make them look even more festive.


Turkey, Stuffing, & Cranberry Sliders

This is a recipe I will need to experiment with. Update: I did! Here it is.  I was inspired by Starbucks Turkey, Stuffing & Cranberry Panini– a sandwich that tastes like Thanksgiving!   I will be making these for dinner next week & will post the recipe if they turn out yummy!


Oven Scrambled Eggs

Sometimes simple is better.  I was going to make quiche or a breakfast casserole, but with so many other rich recipes that we will be having, I thought I would keep the eggs pure and simple.  I love this recipe. It makes enough for a crowd and couldn’t be easier.


Cornflake Topped Cheesey Hashbrown Casserole

This recipe has been made by our family for years.  It is so far from good for you, but boy, it sure tastes good!  I like to ask my sister to bring this. She makes it the best, and then I don’t have to face how junky the ingredients really are for you! Those cream of ‘something’ soups get me every time, but it IS a celebration, so bring it on.



Apple Kale Slaw With Curried Almond Dressing

I must have some greens on the plate at any holiday celebration.  This recipe for Apple Kale Slaw is really hearty, delicious & beautiful to look at.  I am going to leave out the tomatoes and add dried cranberries or maybe pomegranate seeds.  Mmmm!


Deviled Eggs

We always have deviled eggs at our family Thanksgiving celebrations.  My older sister makes these the best, too! Her secret ingredient?  Instead of using regular mustard, she uses a bit of honey mustard.  The teens go nuts over these so she usually makes a couple dozen.



Easy & Elegant Yogurt Parfait

I love the idea of using a classic trifle dish to make this pretty parfait! Just simply layer in granola, fruit & yogurt.  Can’t get any easier!


Overnight Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Frosting

I may put my 13-year-old baker to work on these the day before Thanksgiving.  She is a super gifted baker and would do a great job.  This recipe caught my eye because they can be rolled out and sliced the night before, then raise for an hour in the morning, then baked.  I like the idea of greeting my guests with the scent for freshly baked cinnamon rolls!



3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spiced Chai

I plan on brewing this ahead of time and keeping it warm in the crockpot for guests to help themselves.  It is such a warming, comforting drink! It tastes like fall!


Perfect Pumpkin Pie With A Secret Ingredient

Gotta have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving! This recipe is my all-time favorite recipe for Pumpkin Pie.  My sweet neighbors spoil us by delivering pumpkin pie during the holiday season, and it was by far the best pumpkin pie I had ever tasted.  I asked for the recipe & then of course, had to write a blog post about it.  It uses a secret ingredient! Click through to see what it is.


I’m so ready for Thanksgiving Day Brunch with my sweet family.  Cannot wait to savor the food & the moments with them!


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Hashbrowns, Spinach & Tomato Pie


Call this Hashbrowns, Spinach & Tomato a pie, a quiche, or omelette–whatever you call it, call it good!

I love taking traditional meals like this one and figuring out how to make them smarter, with the right ingredients at the right price!


There are several things I do that makes shopping, menu planning and dinner -making smarter.

First, I look for recipes that I can revamp with ingredients that are better for my family.  I use organic whenever possible, especially when it comes to dairy, and look for ways to swap ingredients for smarter ingredients.



For example, in this Hashbrowns, Spinach & Tomato Pie recipe, I use shredded potatoes instead of pie crust, vegetables instead of bacon or ham, and olive oil instead of vegetable oil.

Another thing I like to do is use ingredients that I know will last throughout the week.  Organic eggs are a great thing to buy and use all throughout the week.  I buy 2 cartons and hard boil one whole carton for snacks and to top salads.


I also buy a large bag of Hashbrown potatoes most weeks, as they are great in breakfast recipes and also as a quick side dish to many other non-breakfast recipes.  I make sure the brand I buy is just plain old shredded potatoes, with no additives or extra oils or salt added.

A bag of shredded cheese is another ingredient I buy at the beginning of the week and make sure it stretches all week.  If we have tacos, we do not load on the cheese like we used to…just a sprinkling will do.  If I make a casserole, most call for 2-3 cups of cheese which is usually not necessary.  I use half that amount and it rarely makes a difference except for fewer calories & more my pocket-book!  I will say, it the cheese is organic like the Horizon Organic Shredded Mozzarella cheese that I used in this recipe, I am more likely to pile it on!


The last thing I do that is pretty smart is make one day a week a ‘breakfast for dinner” day.   Breakfast food is so easy to make, and recipes like this one that has eggs and organic dairy & veggies can be a healthy & hearty meal.


Let’s talk about this recipe.  It was a snap to throw together and was super flavorful.  The colors in it are so pretty & the browning of the hash brown crust just adds to the beauty of the dish. Organic Horizon Whole Milk adds extra creaminess to the egg filling. It is really a great dish with lots of texture.


We had this for dinner last night and I really enjoyed it.  It will be a recipe I make often, in fact, I am making a version of it as I type for my girls for breakfast, with no garlic or veggies.  They just wanted plain for breakfast, just plain hash browns, cheese and eggs.  It smells great as it is baking right now and is making me hungry!


Feel free to use whatever veggies you want.  I think sliced zucchini squash or roasted asparagus would be great!


Hashbrowns, Spinach & Tomato Pie

2 cups shredded hash brown potatoes (I used frozen, straight from the bag)

1 cup Horizon Organic Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 cups packed fresh spinach

1 garlic clove

1 cup grape tomatoes

4 eggs

1/4 cup Horizon Organic Whole Milk

pinch of nutmeg

Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Spray or grease a 9 inch pie plate; put the shredded hash brown potatoes into the pie plate. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Toss to coat. Press down into pie plate and push them up the sides of the plate a bit.
  3. Bake for 8 minutes; remove from oven & top with 1/2 cup Horizon Organic Mozzarella Cheese & set aside.
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet
  5. Add spinach and tomatoes; cook for 3 minute sort until spinach is wilted, stirring frequently.
  6. Add garlic & continue to cook for 1 minute.
  7. Remove from heat and spread over potatoes.
  8. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, Horizon Organic Whole Milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined.
  9. Pour over spinach & tomatoes.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese over the pie
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
  12. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.
  13. Cut & Serve.


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