Friday, January 29, 2016

Learning to Blog

Hi guys!!!

I originally started this blog as a place to spill out my thoughts, during a season of life when I felt very isolated, and needed someone to talk to.  So, I picked you!!! ;).  Since then, my postings have been inconsistent, random, and all over the place.  And I'm ok with that, because that's kind of how I am.  However, I've spent the time this blog has been quiet, getting a lot of things in order (I'll explain more in future posts).  And, now it's time to get serious about my little blogging project, too.

So, while I've been getting a more efficient cabin routine established after baby, I've been learning a few things about blogging, and how to make my site more user friendly.

This has been a small challenge.  Because, I am not very technically savvy.  But, I've learned over the past few years, if I have access to Pinterest and YouTube, and my amazingly intelligent hubby, I can pretty much learn how to do anything. Ha!

So, come Monday, things will look a little different.  Be sure to stop in and take a look around.  I think I have all the kinks worked out.  But, if you have trouble finding your way around, let me know.  Hopefully, you'll be seeing a little more consistency around here ;).  Thank you for always being so patient with me.  I'd like to say more, but my morning partner (Carli) just spilled my coffee, and I think I smell the kids' eggs burning.  Yikes!!!  Talk to you tomorrow!!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Snow Day Soup

Hi guys!!!!!  While the rest of the country is stuck beneath a blizzard, we are watching the last few inches of our snow melt away under the Sunday sun.  It is still cold here, however, and this kind of weather makes me want hot comfort foods, like hot chocolate and hot soup.

Today, I'm sharing with you, a soup recipe I concocted while pregnant with Mia Joy.  I guess I was needing soup that day?  BUT, Eric appreciates a little more substance to a meal than most soups have to offer, and I knew I needed to make it enough like soup for my craving, but enough like "not soup" to satisfy his appetite.  So, I shopped my pantry and my fridge, and this was the result.  This is a very thick and rich soup.

I call it Prego Soup.  Because I was pregnant when I first made it.  And because that's about as creative as I was feeling during that pregnancy ;).... So, grab these few things, throw them in a large stockpot, simmer the rest of the afternoon, and enjoy :).

Note: No pics, because I always forget to take pictures of our food before we eat..... I'm trying to do better :)

Prego Soup

Serves approx. 6 people


2 cups water
2 (12 oz) cans pinto beans
2 (12 oz) cans Great Northern beans
6-8 medium size potatoes, peeled and diced (I use Yukon Golds)
1/2 cup-1 cup ham pieces
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. basil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Tarragon
8 oz sour cream
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
2 T butter


In a large stockpot, combine water, beans, potatoes, and ham.  Season generously with salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary, coriander, basil, garlic, and tarragon.  (Honestly, I rarely measure, and probably season with A LOT more than the amounts listed in the ingredients.  Taste, and add as you like :)).  Once potatoes begin to tender, add sour cream, cream cheese, and butter.  Simmer until cream cheese is melted and flavors are blended.

Serve with hot homemade biscuits, and a tall glass of milk.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Snow Day at the Cabin

Hi all! We've been working so hard since baby #5 was born, to get some of our major cabin projects done. I'll be featuring some of them here on the blog over the next few weeks! So, now that we're getting more used to having a newborn along with a few toddlers, I'm hoping to be more consistent with my blog posts. Because I know you all are wanting more updates on our oooohhhh so exciting life ;).

Anyway, while you are in suspense for our next post, here are a few photos from our hike around the cabin last night. Eric got home just before sunset, and we were able to walk the property together <3

One of the bridges over our creek :)

Our "barn."