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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...

2019 Thanksgiving Menu

The 2019 Thanksgiving Menu is here! This year's menu is packed full of goodies ranging from a show-stopper turkey to a pumpkin dessert that will disappear before your eyes. Let's jump on in!After I made all of these recipes, I noticed how smoothly my day of cooking...

Why I Didn’t Try to Lose Weight for Hawaii

About this time last year, we decided to go ahead and take the plunge and book our trip to Hawaii. We were full of excitement and ready to adventure somewhere new together! And guess what? I didn’t start any crazy diets, I didn’t start weighing myself, and I didn’t change my workout regime. Why not? Let me tell you..

Photo Courtesy of Sunny Golden Photography

It’s taken me awhile to get here and I certainly haven’t always had this mindset, but I want to learn to love my body and appreciate it every day for what it is, that God has blessed me with health and I am able to explore the world He created. This doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be healthy, because I certainly strive for that every day. I want my body to be as healthy as it can be every day, and not just for a single trip. I don’t want to feel my best just when I’m vacationing on the beach, but also when I’m sitting at home in my sweat pants with messy hair and un-matching socks.

I’ve struggled with learning what being healthy means for me and my body. Going through eating disorders, tracking my weight and working out only because I felt like I had to (which you can read more about here), were all necessary things for me to go through for me to realize what my body truly needs. That doesn’t mean they were good, healthy, or experiences that I would recommend anyone to go through, but it lead me to where I am now! I’m not perfect and I still struggle with feeling like a rollie-pollie some days or find myself critiquing my body in the mirror, but I’m working on focusing my mind to other things. My body is strong, my body is capable of amazing things and I get to nourish and take care of it.

So, when we booked our trip to Hawaii, I knew it would be hard for me to think that I shouldn’t eat certain things or that I needed to exercise more for my “Hawaii bod”. Because of my past experiences, I knew it would be unhealthy for me to set a weight goal, as it would do nothing but discourage me and overtake my thinking. Instead, I just kept on the track that I was already on. Eating healthy and nutritional packed foods to nourish my body, but still indulging in sweet treats and Chick-Fil-A every once in awhile, working out to strengthen my body and to feel good, but also taking rest days to let my body recuperate, and finding clothes that fit my body type instead of making my body fit into the clothes. That included swim suits. A huge part of me feeling so comfortable in my skin in a swimsuit was finding the ones that worked for me and made me feel confident.My 2017 Swimsuit Recap goes over all the details of what I’ve found that works for me! 🙂

Another important thing to remember is that everyone’s story is different. Healthy looks different for every person and that is ok! It may be healthy for you to set weight goals, track calories or give yourself a goal/trip/vacation to work towards. Whatever is healthy for you and your body is what you need to pursue!

This time of year can be so discouraging as you see everyone pursuing/pushing their New Years resolutions, weight loss, diet changes and fitness dreams. I almost felt bombarded on Pinterest with all of the healthy food and pictures of women with their 6-pack abs, super toned arms and perfectly golden skin giving workout tutorials. I’m not saying these things are wrong, but I quickly found myself feeling smaller and smaller as if I wasn’t doing enough and was comparing myself to things on the Internet. Isn’t it so crazy how quickly we can get sucked in? I had to take a big reality check and remember who I am, what I’ve done and what all I’m going to do. Then I took another bite of my Nutella and moved on ;). Let’s use this time of year to encourage one another, lift each other up and highlight each other’s strengths! Social media and our culture can easily make you feel like you aren’t enough or you will never compare, and I think it’s time that we change that! 🙂 Everyone and every body is fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139

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