30 Day Minimalist Game – August 2017

Have  you ever noticed how much stuff comes in to the house?  It all comes in, by the bag load! It comes in every week from groceries, school, work, shopping and decorating. It comes in for birthdays, mother’s day, father’s day, anniversaries, graduations (including kindergarten now.) And don’t even get me started on Christmas…but when does it really go out of the house? Continue reading

Dutch Oven Chicken Chili with Cornbread

It gets hot in the summer, so I love cooking outdoors.  Why heat up the oven and the house, when you can cook outside.  I will look for any reason why we should make a night of being outside and cooking something good to eat.

I love chicken chili because it is filling and healthy. I added some cornbread to the top because it pleases the crowd of hungry boys at the dinner table.

Try this one pot dinner that is sure to please everyone in the family.   Continue reading


It isn’t often that I am alone. With kids, a husband, full time job and volunteering, I am always surrounded by people.   I saw this empty bench on a walk last week and the first thing I thought was, if I could choose anyone to sit with me, who would it be?

I find when I am alone I am filled with conflict about being happy.  How can I be happy alone? When I’m alone, I think about who I would rather be with. I think about what should I do with my time? How can I take advantage of the time and shouldn’t I be doing something productive?

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Fire Baked Potatoes

Potatoes have been given a bad rap for dieters that they do not deserve. These starchy spuds are a staple to any budget friendly diet.  They can actually be considered healthy depending on how you cook them and how you top them.

They are also a favorite of growing boys.  Just watch a troop of boys eyes light up when you have a baked potato bar for dinner. Continue reading

How to Effectively Use Lists

I am totally a list person. Lists are the best thing for busy people. They help you organize your thoughts. They give you peace of mind when you know it is written down. It feels amazing when you can cross off things from your list. They are the most magical thing on earth.

Here is a question for all of you list lovers out there. Have you ever written something down on a list that was already done, just so you can cross it out?

If the answer is yes (which it is for me!), then you are not using your lists to their full potential. There are three more things lists are great for. They are the three P’s; Priorities, Project Management and Procrastination. Continue reading