Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tasty Tuesday...

Well, I don't know about you, but there is nothing better than a creamy, cheesy, dinner filled with flavorful layers of texture and a hypnotic aroma that encircles your home. This cheesy tortellini soup is amazing! My hubby said to put this one in the rotation and he is not normally a soup guy. Make this ASAP, you won't be disappointed friends!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday Salad

A Memorial Day Weekend must, this bitter sweet, satisfying healthy side dish has it all. Trust me friends you won't be disappointed!


Friday, May 23, 2014

Nostalgic Friday...

After today Sophie will be considered a Kindergartener. Excuse me while I wipe my drippy, tear filled eyes.  Don't get me wrong, I know she is capable and ready, but let's be candid here, I just don't want to let her go.

So what am I afraid of? Well I'll tell you. The morals, beliefs and actions impressed upon children at this age usually stick good or bad.  This is a huge developing moment for them, body, mind and soul.  I take comfort knowing that although we have sheltered her in some aspects, she has innocence and a pure heart. What will she see, hear and bring her to learn about this crazy world we live in? How will she adapt after discovering these unknown things? I pray that she holds strong to the person that she has developed into, even if she is only 5. She has taught so much already and I hope she will lead others and not follow.

I'm so proud of this little human life that was given to me and I couldn't be more honored to call her my daughter.

Ok enough with the seriousness now! When I asked her what she was most looking forward to on her last day she said, "Wearing my new dress!" That's my girl!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Thankful Thursday...

Today, I am giving a holler to my awesome hubby for the coffee he had brewed, hot and ready for me, not just today, but EVERY morning.  Yes, I know I am a bit spoiled, but don't tell him:)  At about 7am, I slowly made my way down to the kitchen, Jake had already left for work, Gia snug like a puzzle piece onto my hip and Sophie holding my hand.  I head to the cabinet and choose the largest coffee cup I could get my hands on, a Sisters mug Bre got me, perfect. I set Gia down and let go of Sophs hand to pour a delicious cup of Joe, but not before pouring a couple tablespoons of my delicious Bliss, Vanilla Creamer, because seriously, what is coffee without a little added sweetness?:)  I'm consistently working on focusing on the little things in life that matter.  Life is rapid, hectic and chaotic at times, why not stop to embrace what's good in it, if only for a moment.

So tell me, what are you thankful for this lovely Thursday?


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hump Day's Hot Topic: The Squeeze on Lemons...

Have you ever been to a restaurant and the server asks, "Would you like lemon in your water?" To which you respond politely, "No thanks."  Well, think again peeps, before tossing that perfectly sliced, juicy lemon aside. Thanks to my awesome sister and our conversation about these lovely little nuggets, I will never underestimate these beauties again. I've listed a few of the health benefits that will have you ordering a double shot of sour for your otherwise tasteless water.  

1. Lemons with an abundance of vitamin C, help to boost your immune system.

2. Aids in digestion...I'll save you the gory details:)

3. Flawless skin is something we all aspire, am I right? Lemon water helps to release toxins from our blood which helps clear skin. Also, with all that vitamin C packed in a squeeze, will help reduce wrinkles and blemishes.

4. Lemon water is a natural diuretic which helps to flush out nasty toxins from the body.

*Dr. OZ suggests making a chemical peel with 1 cup of water, 2tsp of lemon and 1TBS of Brandy applied directly to the face for exfoliation. I can't wait to try this. Let me know what you think!

5. Everyone knows that water hydrates our bodies, but adding lemon can help to boost your energy too. Bonus! I can feel it pumpin already!

6. There is a little thing called Pectin Fiber, yeah I've never heard of it either, but this lovely addition in this delectable fruit, helps to ward off hunger. I'll give that a double squeeze!

Recently, since jumping on the sour water band wagon, I juice half of a lemon in an 8oz glass of water to kick start my morning in a healthy way.

Who is with me??  Pucker up friends and get to squeezin!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tasty Tuesdays: Oh Deliciousness...

       Oh the happiness that comes along with the breeze blowing, robins singing and the sun shining. Bring on the tan lines baby!  Isn't it funny that with the change in weather comes a beloved shift in mood? I noticed a few weeks ago while at the Old Drum Day Festival in downtown Warrensburg, that not only my mood had lightened with the fresh air, but it also lifted from those around me. Everyone seemed to carry a grin on their face, while taking a leisure stroll through the historical area. It was refreshing. Which leads me to talk about an amazing, out of this world, most decadent with flavor, one of my favorite colorful salads ever! It's perfect this time of year and all through summer months. Get ready for your taste buds to be submerged with tantalizing flavor. 


Don't keep it a secret, do tell...what's your favorite salad?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fancy seeing you here!

This blog began shortly after I had Sophie five whole years ago! I looked forward to sharing parenting ideas and journaling about our daily experiences. While Jake was deployed in the past, I would soul search doing what I have always loved, which is reading and you guessed it, writing. I have journaled from the time I began to write sentences on my own, which I believe was roughly the cultivated age of seven. I have a compilation of journals from many eras of my life, some are easier to turn the pages of than others, but over the years I have learned to embrace them, because after all they are a vivid reflection of who I am.

This brings me to my point, I have decided to start blogging again. I am excited to share recipes, motivation, hot topics, etc.! I am also delighted to announce that I am embarking on a new endeavor. It commenced in the fall when I enrolled in a Memoir 101 class and I have continued taking classes steadily ever since.  I have decided to write my memoir, more specifically details of my whirlwind decade of my 20's. I've decided finishing this memoir is a non-negotiable and I believe making writing a more frequent routine will be the best recipe for completion.

Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to hearing your feedback and learning more about you too!