Self


  I was feeding my daughter on our bed this weekend and I had a waterfall of thoughts and feelings descend on me. I feel like I’m settling into my role as mom and wife, though most days I still feel like I’m getting my sea legs. Just about the time I get settled, another…

3 Super Bowl Snack Mixes


I’m a salty snack food junkie. The chip aisle is my enemy and snack mixs are a vice of the worst caliber. But all rules about shopping down the dreaded salty snack aisle go right out the window for special occasions and, folks, Superbowl is on Sunday! And in my family it counts as a…

Books On My Nightstand, January 2018 Edition


I once loved reading. Like really loved reading. I could knock out so many books in a short span of time it was amazing. Then college and grad school (round one) happened and the fire died a bit and I stopped consuming books like a hungry bear. The love of reading dwindles a little at…

Cheddar Swirl Breakfast Buns


Recipe 17 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman Well, ladies and gentleman, here is the final breakfast recipe that you’ll find in Deb Perelman’s cookbook, The Smitten Kitchen. I’m a little sad that this chapter is over, but excited to jump into salads in my next post! This final recipe is one of…

Fig, Olive Oil and Sea Salt Challah


Recipe 16 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2018 has been a better start for you then you anticipated. I heard in church today that this early part of the year is the most depressing time for many people because all the holiday fun is over, the…

Working On It


Resolutions. They really should be called bummers because I’ve yet to meet one person who has kept theirs and I really wish I wasn’t among those who I’m blaming of being flakes. So, I decided this year I would make a list of things I’m not resolving to do, change, loose, gain or revolutionize in…

How to Get Stuff Done With a Baby!


So, let’s make sure you remember who is writing this blog before you come here looking for majorly good advice with a blog post title like that! I’ve called this blog “The Novice Life” for a reason. Despite what the controlling part of me wants to believe, I’m not an expert at anything. I’m a…

New York Breakfast Casserole


Recipe 15 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman It’s almost Christmas! And if you’re still trying to figure out what you are planning to make Christmas morning, here’s your recipe! I will jump right into my first mistake so you don’t run into this one too. I always say to read the recipe…

Bananna Bread


Recipe Box Series Okay…I’m excited :) I decided to do a new mini series! I’ll be doing it along side the Resolution Recipe series I’ve been plugging away at for the past…4+ years. Embarrassing. I’m calling this new series the “Recipe Box Series”. I kind of grieve the days of cooking where we wrote down…

ALL things


If you’re like me and have grown up in the church there are likely verses you memorized or picked up over time because they are spoken of or taught about quite often in Sunday school and church. This verse falls in that camp for me. The most helpful part of this aspect of church culture…

Potato Frittata with Feta and Scallions


Recipe 14 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman Another delicious morning with this handsome fella. Our ingredients this morning were as shown above and thankfully nothing fancier then Feta cheese which I successfully purchased at Wal-Mart, ladies and gentlemen! Believe it or not what was hard to find there was Yukon Gold Potatoes….

Immunity Bomb


I haven’t posted about oils in a little while and that’s because were using them so often it’s become less of a “new” experience and more of a way of life for us. That’s a good thing! But I know passing our experiences along is what’s going to really help me remember what I’m learning….