Happy Camper

To call me a Happy Camper might sound like an oxymoron if you knew me growing up. I am proof that people do change. My type A – must have everything prefect self has mellowed a bit with age. Three years ago during the peak of the pandemic after homeschooling second grade while teaching graduate…

Look what I made!

I love it when my recipe looks like the picture! I swap ingredients a lot because of food allergies and the final product doesn’t alway match the picture! I’ve always said that taste is more important than looks but it’s even better when it looks like the original recipe. This recipe is from Vegetarian Cooking…

It’s Fall Y’all

And just like that it’s Fall 🍁Somehow the summer flew by and the cooler temperatures are setting up a beautiful autumn 🍂 We are in full fall schedule with school, church, and swim while trying to cook and do homework each night. I try to cook ahead as much as I can roasting veggies and…

One Skillet Curry Chicken

I wasn’t a fan of curry growing up. Now I can eat it with a spoon! Tonight, I was craving curry and pulled this off only using what I had on hand. A win-win! It’s also a one skillet easy quick meal. I used bone- in chicken thighs though boneless skinless would have been easier…

Top Nine and 2020

In typical fashion on the first day of the new year we are in our jommies cooking, eating, watching ballgames while reflecting on 2020 and talking about 2021. Reflecting over the last year makes me smile. As crazy as it was I learned a lot. I loved the extra time at home with my family….

Thanksgiving 2020 🦃

I’ve learned a few things this Thanksgiving. First, it takes just as long to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for three as it does for a group. Second, I still eat too much even when making tiny portions. Third, I am grateful for technology to see my family for the prayer even if I cannot hug them….

Sweet Potato Baby

I never met a sweet potato I didn’t like. In fact I believe they are a year-round staple and not just for Thanksgiving. I grew up eating them for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. Each year we gathered for the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Sweet potatoes were served in the fall and winter…

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Pumpkin Pasta with Fresh Sage

We are in full fall food mode! Many of our meals have fall squash, pumpkin, apples, and sweet potatoes all locally grown in Virginia. Today we made apple cider donuts, butternut squash, apple, pumpkin pasta with fresh sage, and sweet potato pie with homemade whipped cream. This post is about the pasta! I will post…

Minestrone Soup

It’s been raining for a few days. Cool fall day and prefect to make soup when outdoor activities are not possible. Sunday afternoons I love to rest, read, and cook. Soup is my favorite. All kinds of soup. I love the warm comfy feeling of soup. Using fall vegetables make this minestrone even better. I’m…

All Things Fall 🍎🍏🍂⛰

Fall always meant swapping out the wardrobe and sweating to be fashionable. Since moving to Virginia fall means 40 degree mornings and 60s in the day. Fall also means picking apples and not sweating at the pumpkin farm. This weekend it was brisk at the apple orchard. Pony rides, carriage rides, and our first cup…

Pumpkin Protein Oatmeal

Yesterday I opened a can of pumpkin purée to make a pumpkin spice latte. So what to do with the rest? I’d made a pumpkin pie protein shake, pumpkin bisque, so why not pumpkin oatmeal. It feels like fall. Warm, yummy, and healthy. Ingredients: 2 cups water Pinch of salt 1 cup gluten free oatmeal…

Labor Day 2020

Labor Day this year is different like everything else this year. What is a day of rest for some is the official end of summer. For us it’s about the food. We love to plan and prepare tasty meals. For me, setting a beautiful table is as much fun as the meal. I call it…