Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

crock pot chicken and dumplings

  Chicken and dumplings is one of my all-time fave comfort food recipes, along with this casserole (chicken divan). I just love the creamy chicken soup flavor and the fluffy dumplings. I make a crock pot of chicken and dumplings over the weekend, and usually have leftovers for lunch the next day.  The biscuits take a while to cook, so you can't really leave the crock going all day while … [Read more...]

#52project See You Later

See you later

Two weeks ago I stood in front of my aunt’s house and asked my mom to take my picture. All our bags were packed and loaded into the car. Good-byes had been said, hugs had been given, and we were ready to make the return trip to San Diego. There was just one thing left to do: Stop by the assisted living facility and say goodbye to my grandma. It was the reason we had come to Utah and yet I … [Read more...]

#52project Grandpa


Apparently Grandpa is the favorite. The girls got to spend an evening at their grandparents house while their brother had a zillion rowdy boys over for a slumber party last weekend. They had such a great time snuggling up under their fuzzy Frozen blankies with Papa. … [Read more...]

My New Happy Place #52project Week 7

New Happy Place

  Several years ago (before twins and baby JP), I visited Yosemite with my husband. We were camping at Tuolumne Meadows, about 45 minutes outside of the “main” Yosemite village. Shortly after unpacking, we set out on a walk across the meadow with all the fixings necessary for a romantic camping picnic-a bottle of red wine, crackers, and beef jerky. The thick, yellow-green grass on the meadow … [Read more...]

Get Cash for your Store Credit

gift cards for cash

  Have you been hanging on to gift cards that you haven’t used? Gift cards get a permanent home in our purses and wallets for a number of reasons. While a wonderful thought from the giver, occasionally we receive a gift card for a store that we just don’t use (like a Starbucks card given to a non-coffee-drinker). Or perhaps you received store credit for an item that you returned to a store, … [Read more...]

Happiness #52project Week 6


 “Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have." Unknown    I appreciate the endless sacrifices my husband makes for me and the children. My family brings me so much happiness. What do you appreciate? … [Read more...]

Getting Twins on a Schedule

twins on a schedule

It was so important to me to get my twins on a schedule. I wanted to be able to dictate when they slept and ate, thinking it would give me more freedom. This vlog tells how getting twins on a schedule went down for us. … [Read more...]

Workin’ the System #52project Week 5


  This week for my #52project post I'm showcasing all 4 kiddos. I just couldn't choose any one photo to share, so here are 2 photos and 1 YouTube video. Enjoy! The oldest first. Ok, technically this isn't from this week and it's also not a photo. My Timehop app suggested I share it (thanks, Timehop!), so it's from  this week, one year ago. Logan being his usually silly self, taking down the … [Read more...]

Give Thanks

give thanks

In the midst of personal struggle, it is so easy to fixate on the terrible things at hand and forget all about the wonderful things that we can be thankful for. Today I want to give thanks.  For good friends who have been by my side when times are tough. Friends who seem to mostly get calls and texts from me when I need prayer and support. Thank you, ladies. I truly value your ongoing concern … [Read more...]

One-Pot Meal: Beef with Veggies and Wild Rice

beef one pot recipe

This is a great one-pot meal for the whole family. When I serve this dish to our family of 5 (that have teeth, anyway), there are usually plenty of leftovers. You can use pre-cut stew meat to save on time, but I find that the pieces are too big and it makes for a more chewy texture. For my methods behind quick stew meat cooking, read this article on best, quick, browning … [Read more...]