When all else fails…make PLAY DOUGH!!

Some days are diamonds…some days, well… some days call for making play dough! Today was actually a great day – the kiddos were pleasantly kind to each other and were very cooperative in getting their schoolwork done. Even with a nice pace to our day & everything going my way, it was interesting to see what happened to the mood of my herd when I presented them with some freshly made, delicious smelling, homemade play dough.

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Cream Cheese and Streusel Filled Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Yay!! The air has turned cool and the skies are the most beautiful shade of cozy gray. It is my favorite time of the year…Fall. The trees are just starting to whisper their sneaky intentions of changing their leaves from Summer’s greens to the vibrant fiery oranges, reds and yellows. The birds, bunnies and squirrels notice the shift in seasons as well – they seem to fly & scamper a little faster, with lots of work to do before the cold is upon them.

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Giant Triple Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie recipe is one of my all-time favorites. It makes a perfectly giant, fudgy, gooey, bakery-style cookie. I have found that chocolate chocolate chip cookies can be a little “flat” tasting – but my version of this recipe ((found on Pinterest)) has been proven to deliver that deep chocolate punch a cookie this beautiful is expected to have.

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Mustard Dressed Radish & Cilantro Slaw

On this week’s menu, I made one of my busy night “go-to slow cooker recipes”: Curry Beef and Butternut Squash!! It is a meal that ((surprisingly)) pleases everyone & is so easy to make. Somehow, I managed to find a few spare seconds in the hustle of my day and decided it was time to do something with the beautiful radishes I found at Whole Foods.

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Rainbow Chard & Sweet Cherry Pepper Croquettes ((Your tastebuds won’t believe this is super healthy))

Before I even start to tell you about this recipe, I want to thank you for at least clicking on this post. I mean really – rainbow chard is not an ingredient that makes your mouth water at the sound of its name! (haha) And, I have to admit, sometimes chard can naturally be pretty bitter. BUT – not this time! I have figured out the perfect way to cook with it & am so excited to share my ‘discovery’ with you!

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Trip of a Lifetime ((part 5 – the end)) expectations…exceeded

This story as been harder to write than I first anticipated ((and longer than I thought it would be too)). Originally, I thought 2 parts would cover it. However, as I began writing it out, sections and divisions became clearer to me. Each portion of this story has been a contrast between need and provision, unexpected and providentially prepared, a time of peace and a sudden storm, needing guidance and a path made clear. But this last portion of “our story” is going to contrast something completely different and I hope, rather than being bored with a long story, what you will see in these final moments inspires you to shine in the midst of suffering.

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