Garlic Parmesan Roasted Carrots {Recipe}

Here is another installment in what you could bring to Thanksgiving that will impress even the pickiest of eaters!  Do you need a last-minute side to add to your table but you’re unsure what to make?  Are you tired of the same-old recipes you’ve been making year after year and are looking for a new recipe to add a kick to your menu?  I made these roasted carrots when I had a huge influx of carrots from our garden last year.  I wanted to do something special with them, and I knew that roasting them was a huge hit in my house hold.  Carrots are one vegetable that my toddler does eat. (Hallelujah!  Something healthy my toddler likes to eat!)  Roasted does make it all that much better!  I mean, she does eat carrots raw, but I like to mix it up every once in a while.roasted carrots

Notice a pattern here?  We like roasting our vegetables here.  Oven roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness of the vegetables, which is great for adults and children alike. Read More

7 Items to Buy at a Thrift Store {Lifestyle}

My husband has had a love for thrift stores for as long as he can remember.  He has always liked finding what was someone’s trash and made into treasure again.  (He also loves to save money—he’s very thrifty!)  I don’t remember going into a thrift store until I was in my senior year of college.  With limited funds, I couldn’t believe how far my money went there!  Now, when I need to find ways to be frugal, going to a thrift store is first on my list!  Over the years, I have learned some secrets to used stores. Read More

She Reads Truth Bible Review & Giveaway!

I got my first Bible for Christmas the year I was 14.  (Earlier that year, I became a born-again Christian at a Christian camp in NH.)  My second one was given to me by my first college boyfriend my freshman year, which I used all through my college career.  I have gotten a few Bibles since then, but nothing has come close to this Bible.  The She Reads Truth Bible is nothing but a work of art!

I have wanted this Bible since I have first heard about it, but I hesitated getting it.  I decided to wait for a special day like Christmas or my birthday to ask for it.  I mean, I have three Bible that haven’t totally fallen apart again, never mind the one on my phone that I read daily, so why do I need a new one?  But, am a visual learner, so anything pretty makes me drool. Read More

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar {Recipe}

Guess what?  American Thanksgiving is coming up!  Ah, I guess you knew that.  If you are food lover or a foodie, Thanksgiving is an amazing time.  All the food prep and cooking, it is a feast for the senses!  It’s the time to show off your skill!  For the next month, I am going to post some of my favorite recipes that would be great for you to make for your Thanksgiving meal.

Are you looking for something easy to make as a side for the fabulous meal you have planned, but wanted something that will be a party in everyone’s mouth?  This is the recipe of roasted Brussels sprouts is for you! Read More

Happy Halloween! {Lifestyle}

Happy Halloween!  This year, Lemon is going as a princess wearing an already-made dress, but last year, we did a quick photoshoot with her dressed as a black cat.  We had another costume bought and ready, but she insisted on being a cat.  Fine by me!

Here is the cutest kitty this side of the Mississippi!

I hope y’all have a fun night and don’t eat too much candy!

Apple Pie {Recipe}

What’s more American than apple pie?  (Please don’t say pumpkin spice-anything. Please.) Apple pie has been around since the birth of America.  It’s the best dessert ever!  The burst of apple flavor in your mouth as you bite into a slice of pie is enough to make you close your eyes in bliss.

My mom would make this recipe for us every fall time.  I remember always having it for Thanksgiving with my extended family at my grandma’s house in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.  Paired with my grandma’s homemade soup (that no one has been able to fully recreate), turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, this apple pie will always remember of my childhood.  My mom would make the pie crust from scratch, which is mentioned below, but if you wanted to make this using store-bought crust, it’s perfectly fine!  That is how I actually do it as I cannot seem to get homemade crust from scratch just right.  I got tired of trying and fighting the pie Read More

Homemade Sauerkraut {How To}

We all know that gut health is the best way to keep ourselves healthy.  It is core to boosting immunity and increase nutrients absorption.  We could take a magical drink or swallow a pill that will help with our gut health.  But, my way is fermentation.  Fermented foods, like sauerkraut have so much more healthy probiotics than anything on the fermented foods have been even attributed to alieving depression, preventing cancer, and even preventing diseases in children!

The best part?  It’s cheap to ferment!  It doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars a month.  You know exactly what you are eating.

Awesome, right? Read More

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

I have a confession to make: I can’t stand pumpkin spice anything.  I know, shocker!  But, I can’t get on board with everything being pumpkin spice flavored—from coffee to laundry detergent.  Pumpkin spice flavored ice cream?  Seriously??  Pumpkin spice applesauce?!  SERIOUSLY??  Get a grip, people.

However, I do love apple flavored things!  That is what reminds me of fall.  The smell of apple cinnamon brings on thoughts of autumn leaves, plaid shirts, jeans, and hot apple cider.  Yes!  I am excited for fall as I love the colors of fall, the coolness in the air, plaid, the smell of fall with the smell of burning fires and the crispness, and fall food.  Just the thought makes me so giddy!  Yet, I don’t like fall as I know that it will bring the dreariness of winter.  I hate having the leaves off the trees—it makes me depressed!  (Although the snowfalls are so pretty!)  All that brown and gray skies are not cool in my book.  I love the green.  Anyone know of any places where there are lush forests that never loses their leaves?  If you know, let me know and we will move there!  Although, I love the leaves changing too.  Hm.  The dilemma of it all! Read More

Bible Journaling {Lifestyle}

When Lemon was born, I wanted to make her a special Bible with Bible journaling art I have drawn in it and special writing in it.  I am an artist/crafter, and I wanted to give her something special and personal. I plan on giving it to her when she graduated from high school.  That way, she has something personal from her parents and something she can read and hide God’s word in her heart.  Slowly, for the past 3 years, I have added some art to the pages.  The following is examples of what I have done. Read More

Heroes Among Us {Inspiration}

It seems like there has been one bad thing after another lately.  I am not sure if it really is getting bad or is it because social media and news is at our fingertips 24/7.  (We are getting information now that we other would not even have heard of even 20 years ago.)  These events aren’t surprising as the Bible talks about it in Matthew 24:6-7.  However, it doesn’t mean it isn’t disheartening or discouraging.

I am not going to go into political things or even how I feel or think about the issues at hand.  That would be pointless as it’s always shoved in your face every chance you turn on the computer, phone, or the TV. Read More

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