Homemade Mac and Cheese {Recipe}

Though we did baby led weaning with Lemon and she ate everything during that time, even green vegetables (gasp!), once my daughter become a toddler, her food pallet allowed two things:  Carbs and fruit.  If it’s a carb, she will eat it! (Mac and cheese included, of course!)  Of course, she does eat some other things, like cherry tomatoes (only from our garden), baked fried okra, hamburgers, and a little bit more.  Aren’t all toddlers like that?  I have never known a toddler that wasn’t picky.  I hope she grows out of it, though!

Where I live, we have a convenience store called Wawa.  If you don’t have one in your state or country, I pity you!  It’s the best place, I tell you!  Their coffee is better than Dunkin’ and Starbucks (and much cheaper too!), and their hoagies are so good!  Lemon will not eat a hoagie from there (because….toddler.), but she will eat their hoagie rolls and their mac and cheese.  I found this recipe that seems to be very close to that!  Lemon loves it and it saves us money. Read More

Is Teenage Rebellion Normal? {Review}

Even at an early age, most parents hope their teen will not rebel or they just assume that their teen will eventually be in rebellion.

I was never a rebellious teen.  Yes, I was a moody teen that needed to be understood.  I was a teen that had many emotions.  I had clashes with my mom, mainly because we are opposites and she didn’t get me.  But, I never rebelled. Read More

{Recipe} Baked Fried Okra

love this baked fried okra dish! I was a born and raised Northerner, but I actually lived in the South for almost 20 years.  (Even though my family doesn’t believe me as they want to be the first to move to the South and be all things Southern…)  Anyway, not a huge fan of fried foods (well, it’s my belly that doesn’t if you know what I mean…), but I love fried okra!  Whenever I go to Cracker Barrel (which isn’t too often as we don’t go out to eat all but once or twice a year, let alone Cracker Barrel), I would get the same dish, which would have to include their fried okra.  I would save them for last so I could savor each little bite of it. Read More

Worst Nightmare {Lifestyle}

It’s hard when one of your kids gets sick and even worse when they end up in the hospital.  It’s pure torture to see them in pain and there isn’t anything you can do.  You wish it was you instead of them, but it isn’t that way.  All you can do is pray and whisper to them that you got them and it’ll be over soon. Read More

Bacon Jam {Recipe}

Who’s ready for some football?

OK, not me because I hate football.  I don’t like basically any sport that requires a ball. (Can I get an amen?)

But, this recipe is perfect to whip up and make for that football get-together and parties!  Most men love bacon, so this is great to look like an amazing cook and to impress the most sophisticated tongue. Read More

The Liebster Award

I have had the honor to be nominated for a Liebster Award!  The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Read More

When God Meets You in the Wilderness {Inspiration}

Elijah needed a break.  He spent himself both emotionally and spiritually and, physically, could not go on.  So, God told Elijah to go to the wilderness.

Elijah had told Ahab that there will be a drought for the next few years and will end at Elijah’s word because Abah was evil in the eyes of the Lord.  He married Jezabel and began to worship Baal.  He also made an Asherah pole that angered the Lord even more, the most of any kings of Israel before him. Read More

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins {Recipe}

Every year, I grow all sorts of veggies and fruits in our three raised beds.  Every year, I grow zucchini.  All winter, I crave the ways I prepare my zucchini!  Sometimes, my zucchini doesn’t do well, due to powdery mildew or bugs.  Other times, I have so many that I have to give them away!  (One year, I planted FOUR zucchini plants.  FOUR!  I regretted that decision!)

One of my favorite way to use zucchini is these chocolate chip zucchini muffins.  I usually make them in mini form as it’s easier for my daughter to eat and for us to pop into our mouths on the go.  She loves them as she thinks she’s eating dessert for breakfast, but, in reality, she’s getting a healthy dose of vitamin zucchini! Read More

Kindness Matters {Inspiration}

Hurricane Harvey.  Hurricane Irma.  Massive fires in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Texas, and California.  Racial wars.  Political division.  Bomb threats.  Suicides due to internet bullying.

We are a mess…and we need kindness more than ever.  The news is completely depressing.  (We have actually all but stopped watching the news and we are much happier because of it!)  There is just one thing after another that’s bad!  Is there any good news?  Is there anything good going on? Read More

{Review} More Than Just Making It

“The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world.”‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭2:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Even though I grew up in an upper class family (thanks to my dad building a business form the ground up when I was a teenager), I never realized that’s what we were due to my parent’s frugalness. We never had name brand clothes, items, or food. As a teen, that was a bit frustrating! For college, I went I went to a Christian college that was ridiculously cheap, and barely spent anything there (besides the overpriced books!). After college, I felt called to work in ministry and got a job as a church secretary. They made me an elementary teacher after awhile (because an 98% introvert with anxiety having to use a phone and interact with adults is a bad combo.) and was making $500 A MONTH to live as a single woman. Yes. That including rent, utilities, food, etc.) After a couple of years of this, I felt the strain of this and got my first loan–from my parents–just so I could afford to move to my new job a state away. (My mom, being a “frugal” one, made me pay her back…) I repeated the same process as being a secretary at first (didn’t I learn the first time?!), then becoming a preschool teacher–my true calling. The pay was much better considering, but I found myself working 50 hours a week just to make ends meet. This didn’t even include parent/teacher conferences, grading, lesson planning, concerts, etc, that was without pay. (I did this for about 7 years before I burnt out.) During this time, social media became big, and I started to see how others were living and how “successful” they were. That’s when the jealousy and the discontentment started to slide in. Just a bit. Around that time, too, my best friend at the time was making a ton of money working for the government near D.C., and stared to feel distain for my lack of spendable finds. She wanted to go in all these trips, eat sushi every single weekend, etc. with me, and I just couldn’t afford to. She did pay my way a few times, but she started to really resent it. She couldn’t understand my situation at all. I felt so ashamed. Fast forward to a year when I met my husband and fell in love with him at first sight. We quickly got married (because why wait?), and fell into another area of not having much money. He owns his own business that doesn’t get steady pay. (He also works on movies, but the movie industry has pretty much dried up in our area.) By this time, I haven gotten so good at saving! Meal planning, not shopping (good thing I hate shopping!), getting used free clothes, buying used cloth diapers, get Medicaid, etc. However, living this way puts a silent strain on things. Just once, I’d like to buy something for me. Just once, I’d like to go on vacation that doesn’t involve seeing family. Just once, I’d love to shower every day instead of every other day to save on oil. I’d love to buy a house. Read More

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