Monday, November 24, 2014

.thanksgiving recipe: maple-dijon green beans.

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

John Steinbeck


Yeah, I bet you're not counting on me for help with your Thanksgiving menu anymore, huh? I had such great plans! So many tasty recipes to try!

But this month has been just stinky. I've been sick. My kids have been sick. My husband has been working 60+ hours a week. It's just been a November to forget.

And chronic nausea makes it a bit hard to want to try new recipes.

BUT, I do have one to share with you today! However, when I went to look at my pictures, they all turned out blurry. Typical of this month.

When I was pregnant, I pretty much survived off of canned green beans with bacon. I ate it almost every single day.

And, surprisingly, I still love green beans! This recipe is amazing. My husband and I have had to arm wrestle for the right to finish off the bowl. (Not really, B would definitely win, but there have been no leftovers!)

Although this recipe has a lot of the same ingredients as my bacon and pepita salad, the end result is completely different.

Even without a picture, definitely give this one a try!

Click the read more below for the recipe.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

.family sunday.

B - We made it through one of the hardest weeks, Love. Thank you for supporting me through the bad parts. I love you.

J - You and I have gotten to do several craft projects together this week - I love to see your creative side and I can't wait to do more projects with you!

W - It's been a hard week, sweet boy, and I'm sorry about that. But you continue to touch my heart with your affectionate ways towards those you love.

A - Poor baby, you had your first bad cold this week. But you have been practicing your crawling like crazy, too; I think you'll be moving along no problem soon!



Monday, November 17, 2014

.thanksgiving recipe: bacon and pepita salad.

Salad is a "safe" food for me, so I eat it a lot. Not to mention it's delicious and good for you! And who doesn't love bacon, really?  
This salad is so satisfying for me; I often have it for dinner just by itself. And it's definitely on my Thanksgiving dinner menu!
Because many store-bought salad dressings contain soy, dairy, or food coloring, we have started just drizzling our salads with an oil and balsamic vinegar. If you haven't done this before, this is the perfect salad to try it!
Click the read more below for the recipe

Sunday, November 16, 2014

.family sunday.


B - This week was the Marine Corps birthday and the seven-year anniversary of our engagement! I am so glad I said yes, Sweetheart.

J - You got to help me decorate the house this week; it was so fun to see you think about where to put things and see your joy at unwrapping decorations!

W - You have been working this week on what the different numbers look like; I am so proud of you and your love of learning!

A - Happy five-month birthday, baby girl! We are so grateful every day that you are a part of our family!


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

.a spirit of thankfulness: service.

I thought it would be easy to write about Veteran's Day. I'm married to an active-duty Marine and almost all of our friends are also active-duty families. Many of our friends are combat-veterans who are still serving.

But I've written and rewritten this post a dozen times today.

It is not so simple after all to share how precious these men and women are.

It is not so simple to explain the unique camaraderie or the pride of seeing my husband in uniform every single day. It is not so easy to share how much these military families mean to me: how special it is to be able to share life with them.

It is not so simple to share the impact this life has on my children. My children don't know any other way of life but this military one. They think nothing of going through a security checkpoint to get on base, or of seeing someone in uniform.

It is not so simple to share with you the tears that have been cried: tears of sorrow at partings, and tears of joy at homecomings. Tears of frustration and loneliness, and tears at finding a friend.

It is not so simple to share how much this life means to me. But, today, it means everything.