Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Food Pyramid

– It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy – I hope that you and yours are enjoying some delicious food, time with loved ones, and giving Thanks in whichever way you choose. We are cooking, eating, laughing, playing, climbing trees, watching football, and tonight, we’re going to see… 

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Scouting the Scouts

boat racing at the BSA regatta

I get to do some really neat things with my kids because of this blog of mine; and getting to scout out a local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America with Monkey was a BLAST!  Thank you,Boy Scouts of America for this fun opportunity with my little man. I received an invitation this summer… 

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Quick and Easy Sopapilla Beignets

honey soaked beignet

This deliciously easy sopapilla-beignet-hybrid-cheater recipe is inspired by my kids, our love of cooking with each other, their desire to contribute their own dessert to Thanksgiving, and Pillsbury Grands!®, in conjunction with Tap Influence Growing up in Texas means a familiarity with a delicious puffy, light, fried dough dessert by the name of Sopapilla; growing… 

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A Dedication to Joan Hayes

be the person that makes others feel special

I had this week’s ‘This Week in Happiness’ post 98% done, and as I was adding the finishing touches, getting ready to schedule it, the news came through my FB feed…. Joan passed away in her sleep. I didn’t believe it at first.  None of us did.  There are threads upon threads in our Food… 

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Mixed Conference 2015

Picture with KiKi and Kelley from Mixed Conference

On October 2nd, my boots and I went to the Mixed Conference  at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center . I love when conferences are within driving distance! I can bring multiple pair of boots! This was my first Mixed Conference, and I was excited to finally meet Paula and Susan in person, get to hang out… 

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This Week in Happiness {Week 29}

BE fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire

Y’all, I am so happy to be back to posting my ‘This Week in Happiness’ posts. I love sharing what’s making me happy, and that quote up there ^^ that I found via Buzzfeed Health on Instagram absolutely shot straight to my soul and resonated deeply with me.  I knew immediately that this was the… 

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Out of The Kitchen: Experiencing New Things

Our Carnival Cruise Ship Table

Several years ago, our family went on our first cruise together.  Nathan and I were excited, and a little apprehensive about the formal sit-down dining experience. The kids were 7 and 4, at the time, and while they’re used to sitting around our family table, and occasionally eating at restaurants that didn’t prominently feature a playground; a formal sit… 

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Lunchbox Love

lunchbox notes and love with good food

 How do you master the lunchbox?  Do you pack lunches a week at a time, do you include notes, sandwiches cut in fun shapes? One of my lunchbox traditions is to write a note on a napkin or paper towel and put it into the kids’ lunch boxes every day.  Some days it’s a drawing,… 

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Blogust 2015 – Be The Difference

Jane Goodall Difference Quote Blogust

The past couple of Augusts I’ve participated in Shot@Life’s Blogust campaign by tweeting the #Blogust hashtag, and by sharing stories like this one about Princess Facing The World Head On. During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions come together and share… 

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37 Things

the jump-1

Today is my 37th birthday, and I am beyond grateful that I’ve reached this milestone. In honor of my 37th birthday, and with the humbling knowledge that I am beyond blessed to have reached this milestone – I wanted to share 37 things.  If you don’t want to read my 37 things, I ask you… 

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Oh Honey!

Honey glistening in the sun: The Story of Honey | A Southern Fairytale

I love honey.  It’s one of my favorite natural sweeteners, and it’s just naturally gorgeous, too. One of my favorite pics that I’ve ever snapped is of a honeycomb and a pool of honey on a cutting board in Michigan. Seriously, y’all. How could you not fall in love with something so gorgeous, and tasty?… 

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Can It Forward Day and a Giveaway

freshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner and Multi Cooker

Can I tell you a secret? Lean in close. I’ve never canned anything PHEW – it feels good to get that off my chest. Please don’t take away my Southern card!  It’s on my bucket list, but it seems like there’s so much involved, and truthfully, I’m intimidated; so when I was contacted about participating… 

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The Triple ‘B’ Avocado Tomato Summer Salad

The Bacon, Blue Cheese, Basil, Avocado, Tomato Summer Salad

The Triple ‘B’ Avocado Tomato Summer Salad just might be my new favorite summer salad; it combines some of my favorite summer ingredients, comes together quickly, and is a delightful complement to any grilled main dish.  Basil, Bacon, Blue Cheese, Avocado, Tomato Summer Salad  Fresh basil leaves, ripe California Avocados and juicy tomatoes are one of my… 

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