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Chicken and Dumplings Soup

Chicken and Dumplings Soup is the ultimate comfort food. Cream is added to a classic chicken soup base of chicken stock, chicken, mirepoix, and herbs to make it extra delicious. You then dollop spoonfuls of buttermilk dumplings into the soup and let them simmer away...

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Soft Gingerbread Cookies are perfectly soft, chewy and sugary crisped. Molasses, ginger and cinnamon are swirled together into a fluffy cookie dough, rolled into a cinnamon-sugar coating and baked until fluffy and golden brown. It's Christmas in a cookie! Soft...

Cookie Butter Monster Cookies

Cookie Butter Monster Cookies are loaded full of goodies! Creamy, slightly spiced cookie butter is swirled together with oats, white chocolate chips and festive M&M's to make this cookie perfect for the holidays. Each bite will leave you feeling jolly! Monster...

Braised Cranberry Balsamic Chicken

Braised Cranberry Balsamic Chicken is a delicious, show-stopper dinner that doesn't require a lot of work! Chicken breasts are seared until golden brown and then nestled into a decadent sauce of reduced balsamic vinegar, cranberries and fresh herbs. They come out...

Stovetop White Cheddar Mac n Cheese

Stovetop White Cheddar Mac n Cheese is so creamy and deliciously good that you won't believe it comes together in under 30 minutes. Four different kinds of cheeses, like white cheddar, mozzarella, asiago and parm, are whisked together with heavy cream and milk until...

The Monthly Scoop – November 2019

Welcome to another Monthly Scoop post! Is it just me, or was November gone within a blink of an eye? It flew by! November was loaded full of cooking, food comas, recipes, time with family and friends and the discovery of cookie butter. But, I also did something I said...

Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a cheese-lover's dream come true. Cheddar, monterey jack and cream cheese are melted until perfectly gooey in between two pieces of golden brown garlic butter bread. Each bite you crunch through the salty, buttery bread into a...

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is a cozy soup recipe made from simple ingredients. Butternut squash is tossed with olive oil and herbs and roasted to perfection. It is then blended until smooth and creamy with almond milk and chicken stock. Completely dairy and gluten...

Sunday Pot Roast

Sunday Pot Roast is the meal that you can smell without even making it. A chuck roast is cooked low and slow with onions, carrots, fresh rosemary and chopped garlic. Serve it on a bed of freshly mashed potatoes and you have one cozy meal! This is a slow-cooker dinner...

Hot Cocoa Malts

Hot Cocoa Malts are every bit as delicious as they sound! Creamy chocolate ice cream is blended together with decadent chocolate milk and malt powder until frothy and smooth. Top with a generous amount of whipped cream, mini marshmallows and a drizzle of chocolate...

Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowls

The time has finally come: Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowls are here! Teriyaki Beef & Broccoli Noodle Bowls are a staple in our household and have been a requested recipe for quite some time! Tender cuts of thinly sliced flank steak and fresh broccoli...

10 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time to get into hosting mode! If you are hosting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving for the first time or you've done it a million times, 10 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving can sure come in handy! Practical tips for not only...

2017 Swimsuit Recap

I am not a swimsuit-picture-posting person. Heck, taking a selfie is hard enough! So why am I doing a whole post about swimsuits? I used to cringe at the thought of having to wear one. Bikini season was not my thing – give me all the yoga pants and chunky sweaters please! I am not an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikini wearing girl, but here I am, going 150% out of my comfort zone to share with you how I became confident and comfortable wearing a swimsuit.

It’s nothing fancy, high-tech or Pinterest-worthy. I just simply ditched the bikini and never looked back. Before we go any farther, I am in now way shaming bikinis or bikini-wearing gals. This is just purely my personal choice and I have no problem with them, but I will share with you how awesome it made me feel to leave them behind! It was like a huge weight was lifted when the thought of not having to put on a bikini came to mind. Summer, swimsuit season and bikinis have become SO high maintenance with our culture. I kept feeling dogged down about not having a “bikini body”, but what in the world is that anyways? Our culture tells us its skinny, tan, smooth, the right things rounded and firm and other places flat and doesn’t jiggle when you laugh. Yeah, that’s pretty high maintenance to me! I’d rather be real, healthy, active and eat cake.

To me, finding the right swimsuits to make me feel comfortable, confident and sexy just had to happen. And guess what? It made my husband more comfortable too! Not showing everything off actually made me feel more attractive. My husband noticed my confidence.  Funny how it works that way, huh? I’m not trying to be the modesty police, but I think it shows character and respect for your spouse. A little bit can go a long ways!

Ok, so enough of the all the words, here’s what I found and what I loved!

PS: This is not a sponsored post for any of these brands and all the words are my honest opinion :).

I know we are heading straight into Winter and the holidays, but travel/vacation season is right around the corner and Summer will be here before we know it!

Kortni Jeane 

I found Kortni Jeane Swimmers on Instagram and immediately fell in love. She has such an awesome motto for creating her swimmers and there are so many options for every body type! You can mix and match and create your own swimsuit to fit your style. They even have maternity, kids, tweens, and mens swimmers! It’s a win for the whole family during any stage of life. They have great full-bum coverage and are swimsuits that you can feel amazing in, even in front of your neighbors or grandma!

Shop Ashley LeMieux 

If you know me, you know I absolutely love all the clothing options from Shop Ashley LeMieux and what Ashley stands for. Needless to say, her swimsuits did not disappoint! She provided cute, fun and modest swim options. It is a seasonal item on her site, so when they go live grab yours quick before they’re gone! I got so many compliments on this swimsuit and it is definitely one of my favorites.

Aerie

I love everything that the Aerie brand stands for. It promotes women and girls to be real and untouched, and that is just what we need! They have a lot of great one-piece swimsuit options for a great price. You do have to watch the bum or front exposure on these, though, as some of them are deep-plunging or more of a cheeky fit. Plus, there are so many American Eagle/Aerie stores around that you could even try one on before purchasing!

We all have beautiful bodies and I hope that you too can be comfortable and confident in a swimsuit! I’m not saying that I always am or that I don’t struggle with self-image, but let’s keep reminding each other that we are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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