Saturday, June 28, 2014

Chicken, veggies & ranch crockpot meal

I looooove having a crockpot for cooking easy meals! This last weekend I spent most of my morning prepping and cooking meals for the week. One of the meals I prepared was one I discovered by throwing together the very few ingredients I had in my kitchen a couple of weeks ago

All you need is: chicken, celery, bell pepper, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of chicken broth and a packet of ranch dressing mix. 

I cooked 6 chicken thighs with these ingredients in my crockpot on high for 4 hours. While it cooked I also had time to prepare other meals!

Let me know what crockpot recipes you love! 

Kale, bacon & onion

I've been working lately on eating healthier, especially homegrown food and when I heard a friend still had kale growing in her garden I asked for some! 

Kale is a leafy green that is packed with flavonoids which have antioxidant and anti-inflamatory benefits. It's called a "super food" that can help lower cholesterol, detox your body, and lower your chances of certain cancers!!

She said she loves to sautée the kale with a little bit of bacon and some onion. So this week I tested it out!

It was delicious! Thank you Gaytha for the fresh kale from your garden! 

Tips on cooking kale: cut the stem out from the middle of the leaf, it can be very tough and difficult to eat. Please let me know if you have other recipes that include kale!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Happy Birthday!!

My mother is a wonderful woman, and yesterday we celebrated her birthday. I am so blessed to have her in my life. I am so very thankful that she made the sacrifice on a daily basis to homeschool each of her children, she continues to share God's love to her family, friends and even strangers, and to be a beautiful example of a woman who honors God. 

Thank you momma for being so awesome! Happy Birthday Karen Coburn!! I love you Mom!! 

This was when we was younger, mom always loves to take photos in the bluebonnets. 

This was taken after a super fun day planting potted plants with my momma. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day 2014

Today I ponder the effect my father has had on my father always pointed me to look to my Heavenly Father for guidance... 

My dad has always been awesome. When I was young he read me great books with such fun expressiveness, he hugged me often, and always made me feel loved. He made many sacrifices over the years to be able to provide for his six children while mom stayed home to homeschool us. I'm very grateful that he provided my mom with the opportunity to homeschool. 

Now that I'm an adult, he still makes me feel loved, he's taught me how to manage finances, to plan for the future, to show honor and respect for those who deserve it, to work hard and to always show those you love just how much you care.

I love that he still tells me "I have confidence in you."

I believe my dad embodies this verse:
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NIV)


As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; (Psalm 103:13 NIV)

Thank you dad for showing me a small glimpse of our Heavenly Father's compassion. 

This is me and my daddy at the family's long standing vacation location walking arm in arm...lots of wonderful memories have been made in that small town in Texas. :)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hello yellow!

I just looooove the color yellow! It makes me so happy! 

Here's some sweet summer-like yellow photos that make me smile, ENJOY! 

:) yellow, yellow, yellow!