• Officially Fall: Preparations Continue (Freezer/Pantry)

    It is officially Fall 2020. I ordered and received my new festive t-shirt to get on board with all the excitement. I didn’t realize, but so many consider fall an opportunity to re-start. Similar to The New Year. For me, the change of season is welcome but I feel more like the start of tying up loose ends than fresh start when fall rolls around. To that end, my Fall 2020 Preparation continues so I thought I’d jump back on here and share the next step of what has turned into quite a phased project: Rounding out the freezer and pantry with essentials for just in case. I’ve said it…

  • When Words Fail Us…

    The power of words is undeniable. Not just the words spoken, but how they are spoken. I got to thinking about the quick and easy “canned” responses given in struggled situations, simply because we are caught off guard don’t know what else to say. Generally spoken with best intent, but serving only to make the person (or situation) feel worse. Calm down.Well, at least……It is what it is.This is just part of ____ (<— insert a choice you’ve made here)Maybe it’s a blessing.You can always try again.It’s just the season of life. Etc.Etc.Etc. And while some (if not all) of these things are true, in the moment they don’t generally…

  • Sausage & Mushroom Rice

    This is another of those meals that stretches on the cheap because rice – which is ridiculously inexpensive – is a major player. Cook that rice ahead of time (a day or two) so it doesn’t hold up the process for this recipe AND so it’s the perfect consistency. And let your Instapot do the heavy lifting with cooking the rice: big batch style! Cooked rice freezes well and will save you down the road…promise that! Here’s how to make the perfect rice!! Then, get started on this simple, quick, delicious recipe! And double up for a freezer meal! If you haven’t already – follow me on Facebook and Instagram for other little 3…