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Summer Chicken Salad

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What a week, my friends. What a week.
2 sick kids
Oldest has a cough
Baby up all day, most the night and constant crying.  I think it's a virus.  High fever, tylenol and still no sign of teeth cutting.
Such is life with kids. You never know from day to day what is in store.
We've been spending a lot of time at our city pool. However, each time we go, it seems one of my kids gets sick.  Sunny had 2 weeks of diarrhea, so we had to take a break from the pool. She still is working on closing her mouth/not swallowing the water.
On Wednesday,  we returned. Adelaide got sick the next day. 
Is it a coincidence,  or is something going on? Anyone else have kids getting sick from pool, or is  it just my kids?
Anyway, let's talk chicken salad. Isn't this the perfect, healthy summer meal.
I cooked my chicken in the crockpot,  then shredded it. It makes it so much more tender. I picked fresh grapes off my vine, and tossed those in as well.
I love to eat this salad over lettuce, wit…

Motherhood Moments: The Kids Lately

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Once a week, I want to highlight some motherhood moments that others can relate to.
Being a mother is a very high calling. If you are not a mom, and you nurture or care for others, you are also fulfilling a very high calling.  Being a daily nurturer can sometimes feel like a thankless job. It wears on you to care for another all day long.
Remember this: You Are A Super-Star. You Got This!!
That is the affirmation I give myself to get through this season of life.
We're in it together.  We must feel accomplished,  successful,  remarkable, and extraordinary.  We are amazing. Don't ever feel less then great. I have been there. It's not a great place to be in.
You are Loved. ♥♥♥
Here are the kiddos that define my calling as mother.
Sunny is now 4 years old. She is goofy, sensitive, friendly, outgoing, and fun to be around. She is strong willed and a no-nonsense type of gal. She loves to be center stage and have all eyes on her. She doesn't like to compete for attention and…

Crockpot Beef & Barley Soup

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I am home alone this lovely Sabbath afternoon with a cranky, teething baby who is about to go to sleep and a soup filling the house with an amazing aroma.

I love soup, even in the summer heat. I love being able to throw everything in my crockpot and walk away.

When I think of soup, I think of comfort. I think of the sick or those with a new baby who need a nourishing meal packed with protein, warm broth and colorful veggies.

Today, a bowl of this soup is for my sister.

I often think of those who don't have complete control over some aspect of their lives. Whether it be an illness, the lack of body being able to do something, or a strong desire that can't be fulfilled. It has to be tough.

 I can show compassion and love for those people. Over the past 15 or so years, my sister has been sick with lupus.  The disease is getting worse and worse where she can't get out of bed.  It's so hard seeing her life like this, and I often feel bad when I am out in the fresh air havi…

Crockpot Mediterranean Greek Taco Bar

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If someone asked me what I love more-Greek food or Mexican- I would have to say Greek.

My 9 month old loves these, the tacos all chopped up on her tray.   What is not to love, except the inevitable mess.

Visiting Greece is on my bucket list some day.  I dream of tranquil blue water, crisp white buildings, long quiet boat rides, and lunch consisting of fresh tomatoes & crisp cucumbers, drizzled of olive oil and feta cheese.

Greece, I am dreaming of you.

Back to reality.   I have made these tacos probably more then 30 times in the last 2 years. Everytime I have Greek yogurt, cucumbers and tomatoes, I feel the need to make these.

These are typically made with soft flat bread, oven baked for a crisp, soft texture.  Costco always has the pita flat bread in stock for about $3.00 a bag.

Of course these can be made without a crockpot,  but today, I am sharing with you the easy, quick way to get these done.


Ingredients
2 pounds of thin cut flank steak, ground lamb or ground turkey
1/4 c. c…

5 Ways To Unplug

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As a stay-at-home mom, I have set goals to unplug from technology and redirect my focus, energy and time.  Especially on these two littles.

I am an extrovert.  I love being around people all the time and find myself most fulfilled and happy when I am around others.   If people are not available to be around,,  I yearn for people enough to want to connect with them online.

 I am not a multi-tasker.  I can only focus on one thing at a time without over-stimulation. My girls had to come first. I had to put my energy on them, on my family, my house. etc. While some people are amazing at balancing everything, I am not one of them.

I told Rodney that maybe we should just try to go without internet for a month.

It was obviously a success.

However, in this day of age, we need technology. It is just impossible to go completely without it.

So with the internet now available again in our home, I faced the dilema. The temptation.  How to train myself not to touch my device.

Stay-at-home moms al…

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

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Every Saturday, for 8 years of our marriage, Rodney has made pancakes every morning.  Sunny is often by his side helping mix the batter.

I will be honest. Sometimes I dread the mess. I love waking up to a clean kitchen, but I know once those pancakes are started, the mess is just beginning. Sigh.

It is so worth it though. I love how excited Sunny gets when she sees Dad in the kitchen. She knows it's pancake time.

I never know which concoction of pancake batter Rodney will whip up.  I have tried pancakes with so many different flavors, including almond extract, one of my favorites.
                  Sometimes the pancakes will accompany sausage and eggs, other times just fruit.

Pancakes are the perfect breakfast to keep us energized for massive amounts of work we do each Saturday on our fixer upper. I can't wait to show you what we are working on currently.


Ingredients

2 c. Unbleached flour
1 c. buttermilk
2 T.  Oil (coconut oil works best)
1 tsp. Baking powder
juice from one f…

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

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Over 7 years ago, I created a cooking blog and never wanted to put a dime toward upgrading it. The blog was scattered, disorganized and free. I wish I would of upgraded it long ago. 
The good news is I finally have an upgraded blog. And let me emphasize the word Finally.  I can't wait to share so many of my favorite, fast and easy recipes with you. 
Crockpot meals are usually reserved for Sunday, but with the summer heat, the crockpot actually could be daily in my book.
Quinoa is my oldest daughter's favorite.  She won't eat this meal, but she will eat quinoa plain with butter.
 Ingredients:

1 pound chicken breast, pre-cooked and shredded.
1 1/2 c. Quinoa
1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 10 oz can black beans
1 10 oz can enchilada sauce
1 c. Corn
1 onion, chopped
2 T. Chili powder
1 T. Cumin
2 tsp coriander
1 c. Water or chicken stock
2 minced garlic cloves
1-2 c. Shredded cheese of your choice
4 chopped scallions
Chopped cilantro
avocado

What you'll do:

Add pre-cooked…