3 Lessons a Broken Wrist Taught Me

Hello Sweet Ladies, I’ve missed you all and I’m so glad to be back!! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Years! I did, but it certainly didn’t go as planned this year! The week after I signed off we celebrated my daughter’s 8th birthday a little early with a roller skating party …. dunh dunh dunh….. I fell and broke my left wrist (I’m left handed). I had surgery the following day on a Sunday to get all put back together with a plate and screws. When I do something, I do it!


So as you can imagine plans went a bit different than I wanted.  Today I want to share a few things I learned through this (keeping it short and sweet to accommodate my one handed typing!)

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It is what it is. 

I can be a bit of a perfectionist, especially when it comes to the holiday season. This year I had to learn I can’t do it all (especially by myself). My husband had to wrap all the Christmas gifts and guess what everyone loved their gifts even though there were no bows and in a few spots the paper was pieced together. Our celebration wasn’t lessened in ANY way by my standard of perfection not being achieved. 


Less Can Be More.

I always plan a HUGE baking day and this year was no different. What was different, was my plan may have been huge but what was executed was enjoyable. Instead of being upset about what couldn’t be done, my Grandma (Mem as I call her!) and my sister spent an afternoon doing what we could and enjoyed each others company. Mem and I worked together as a team on treats and I know for me it was still exhausting as a huge baking day but was way more fun!


Real Love is Not Big Gestures 

Now I could have told you this before I got hurt but this experience reminded and solidified it for me. My Hubby did more than you can imagine, brought me medicine, slept on the couch so he didn’t risk bumping my arm, helped me shower, grocery shopped, did laundry. Not to mention wrapped ALL the Christmas presents, bought a birthday gift, helped prepare Christmas breakfast and learned how to put Rachel and I’s hair in a ponytail! I’ll stop now, but there is more I could list. These actions speak love into my heart causing it to overflow. As women we often long for candlelight and soft music (oh sorry, just me that wants to live a romance movie) but those aren’t life. Love in real life is in the little, what needs done getting done is actually a really big gesture of love. 


These are my year end lessons that I was blessed with, how were you blessed as 2015 came to its close?


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The Year of Family–Life Motto–Life Hashtag

This week contained some intentional #yearoffamily moments, I decided that each of the kids would pick a meal and cook it with my help. Rachel said immediately her meal would be spaghetti! That girl LOVES her spaghetti! Brandon took a little longer to decide but finally decided on cavatini. Since they picked two Italian meals we spaced them out a few days, Rachel went first on Monday.


Mondays are a bit crazy at our house due to ballet at 5:30 and us not getting back home until around 6:45, so we had to work quick(and is the reason for the ballet attire!) Rachel filled the pan of water by herself and I taught her how to turn on the stove top and oven. She put in the noodles, sauce and arranged the bread on the pan she loved every minute of this experience and was overjoyed to serve her family the yumminess she made!


Brandon was a little more hands on with cooking his meal since he is a bit more familiar with the kitchen. We did discuss proper noodle doneness, this boy is going to make some lucky girl a great husband one day in the very very far future!  I only helped with straining the noodles and removing from the oven -yes I probably am a bit of a worrier but I was concerned about burns! His dish turned out amazing!


Here is to a continued year of family! We will definitely repeat this cooking experience and I look forward to building it up to taking them shopping for the items they need for their meals and maybe even some budgeting of grocery shopping as well!        IMG_2663

I love that he even served his sister without being asked!

Feed the Belly Not Just the Soul

So I talked in my last post on recognizing God’s call to minister to my family and part of that is to fill their bellies with yumminess! So today I bring you a new recipe in my house that has gotten rave reviews by ALL!

Mix together olive oil, black pepper, salt, garlic powder and paprika-if you desire add some red pepper flakes or hot sauce but this family doesn’t handle the heat well!

You will need to peel and dice your potatoes, place the diced potatoes in your olive oil mixture being sure to coat all the potatoes.


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Place potatoes in a 9×13 pan-you will have some olive oil mixture left you need this! Don’t scrape it into the pan with your potatoes.


You’ll notice my cracked dish-my prized Crate and Barrel dish that was my best purchase one year while shopping on the annual girls weekend in Chicago. This crack happened at the hands of my children and I choose to embrace the chip rather then crying that momma never gets to have anything nice. Which I’m ashamed to admit is what flew through my head at the first sight of that chip.

Put the potatoes in the oven at 500 degrees (I know right-I had to check and to be sure it could do that!)IMG_2625

Next cube chicken and place in the leftover mixture. chicken

Your potatoes will bake for about 30 minutes and you will need to stir them at the half way mark. IMG_2642

After 30 minutes of baking, stir the potatoes and add chicken on top of them evenly. Cover with shredded cheese and bacon bits. Bake for another 20 minutes. I turned my oven down after 10 minutes so my bread didn’t burn once I put it in. cheesy

Serve hot but watch those tongues so they don’t end up burned!

I like to serve with bread because who doesn’t want their meat and potatoes with a side of bread! IMG_2648


I think the best part of this meal is the easy clean up only your mixing bowl, cutting board and casserole dish doesn’t get much easier then that!    Enjoy this tasty easy meal and spend that extra time you saved by painting nails or playing a game with the kiddos!

Love and Blessings



1 tbsp Black Pepper

1 1/2 tbsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Salt

1 tbsp Paprika

1/2 C Olive Oil

7-8 Potatoes

2 lbs Chicken Breast

2 C Shredded Cheese

1 bag of Bacon Bits


Mix black pepper, garlic powder, salt, paprika and olive oil. Cube potatoes and coat with oil mixture. Place in baking dish. Bake 30 minutes at 500 degrees stirring half way through. Cube chicken and add to remaining oil mixture. After potatoes bake for 30 minutes add chicken, cover with shredded cheese and bacon bits, bake 20 minutes or until chicken is done.