Roasted Corn Guacamole from Brossman’s Farm

Brossmans Family Farm

We love our local farmer’s market and we love buying local. We have many farmer’s markets to choose from, all along a short stretch of road just around a couple of corners, but for various reasons, we’ve settled happily with Brossman’s Farm. One of the biggest reasons they have earned our loyalty? They remember their repeat customers, by name.

During our last stop, I noticed a pile of papers near the cash register and realized it was a recipe from “Mama Brossman.” I scooped up the ingredients from their bins and made it that afternoon. It was de-licious. Now that I’m newly paleo again (albeit half-ass), I’ll make this only on occasion since corn is a grain and a no-no for paleo, but it sure is amazingly tasty!

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Chocolate Nutella Popsicles from eMeals

We are starting to gear up for the littles’ first day back to school and while they both have enjoyed their extended summer (89 days!!), I think everyone is ready for some routine back in our schedule.

Have you read this amazing piece about the back-to-school supplies that your child REALLY needs? Amazing stuff. Even if you are tempted to skip over it because you don’t have school age children, it’s worth your 5 minutes.

We are enjoying the cooler days here in Virginia, but still love it when the sun hits our shoulders and warms up the afternoon hours. We have been so impressed by our surroundings in the new place and we were simply blown away by this double rainbow that appeared after a full day of rain.

Rainbow in Leesburg Virginia

We have been corralling the days we have left before Middle School and 3rd grade swallow up our schedules. Grilling out, doing painting projects on the deck and lots of popsicles. How great do these popsicles look, recipe courtesy of eMeals (my favorite meal planning tool)

Chocolate Nutella Popsicles

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate milk
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the chocolate milk and hazelnut spread together until well blended. Choose your favorite popsicle mold and fill to the rim and freeze overnight.

Just in time for school, eMeals is offering 20% off their plans (which makes each month of recipes less than $4.00!) When you purchase a subscription, you also get a free Back to School Recipes Download, with ten great recipes and a matching shopping list.

Back to School. Save 20% with code SCHOOL


My favorite thing about this summer definitely involved moving into our new home! We are realizing that our lazy summer days are rapidly disappearing and I am personally so very excited about experiencing a proper Autumn again after six years without a climate that has four seasons! What was your favorite thing about this summer?



Cheeseburger Pizza Roll recipe

Cheeseburger Pizza Roll recipe from eMeals


Cheeseburger Pizza Roll recipe from eMeals


1 lb ground beef (we used italian sausage from Cacciatore & Sons in Tampa)

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt (we omitted the salt)

1 (11 oz) can refrigerated thin-crust pizza dough

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 C shredded Cheddar cheese

1 egg white, beaten

1/2 tsp steak seasoning

1 (24 oz) jar pasta sauce


Preheat oven to 350°. Cook beef (or sausage), adding onion powder and salt (if using), in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 8 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain. Unroll dough on a lightly greased baking sheet; press into a large rectangle. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Top with cheese and beef.

Roll dough up lengthwise, and pinch ends to seal; place seam side down. Brush egg white over top of roll; sprinkle with steak seasoning. Bake 30 minutes or until golden; let stand 5 minutes.

Cut into slices. Heat desired amount of spaghetti sauce, and serve alongside pizza roll for dipping.

Some fun alternate uses for this recipe include adding your favorite pizza toppings inside with the ground meat. Imagine this same roll concept with my favorite, canadian bacon and pineapple? Yum. The possibilities are endless!

What’s your favorite pizza combination?

Thanks to eMeals, my go to as a busy mama who wants to feed her family well!


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eMeals, your ticket to fabulous hot meals on your table

I’ve been thinking a lot about no-fuss meal preparation these days. Since we’re hot and heavy in the process of selling our house, I can’t rely on crockpots or meals that take too long to prepare. At a moment’s notice, I need to be able to clear the counters, rid the kitchen of any food smells and dishes in the sink are a big no-no when potential buyers are walking through.

My favorite go to for help in the kitchen is eMeals – a super simple way to deliver fabulous hot meals to your table, night after night, no matter your schedule or packed routine.


Diverse and varied.

There are FOURTEEN meal plan categories available. FOURTEEN! This is music to my ears. Not pictured because of space is the Vegetarian and Portion Control menu plan.  The only decision you need to make with eMeals is which plan to subscribe to!


Menu Planning with eMeals

Cost savings.

For the ridiculous price of $5 per month, you will receive recipes, shopping lists and they even highlight the weekly savings at specific grocery stores ($58 / year). If that alone wasn’t enough to inspire you to go start your eMeals account today, let me show you a sample shopping list. They are arranged just like the store itself is, so there’s no crazy backtracking in aisles you’ve already visited (which is exactly what happens when I make my own list!)

eMeals Shopping List for menu planning

On the left side, you’ll see that they also give you a heads up on which meals the ingredients are used for, which comes in handy. Often I nix a meal based on our schedule that week or because of dislikes, etc. The numbers on the left side column make it super easy to adjust the shopping list based on the meals I will actually be creating.


The BEST thing about eMeals is that they allow you to change your menu plan (even every month if you’d like to!). Helpful hint? Put a calendar reminder for the 20th of the month and when that reminder pops up, go change your menu plan to something else so that you can continue to ‘bankroll’ the recipes of a different variety. The folks at eMeals are even super generous and when you change your menu plan, you are able to download (instantly) last week’s menu plan from that new category and the current week’s plan. It’s basically free menu plans, if you want to look at it that way.


We have been using eMeals for almost a year now and while I will often replace suggested recipes with our own family favorites or easy standbys, we have yet to make an eMeals recipe that the family didn’t enjoy. I download all of the menu plans and plan to recycle them when the time comes. I have been able to create, thanks to eMeals menu planning, a fantastic digital cookbook without the stress of the actual planning.


So maybe you’re a wizard in the kitchen and you’ve already got the hang of this meal plan thing figured out? Then, consider gifting a meal plan subscription to your favorite teachers, soon-to-be newlyweds or even someone expecting a baby or anticipating a hospital stay and recovery. The options abound and it’s definitely a unique gift idea. (the link for gift certificates is found on the lower left side of the eMeals website).

Once a week, sanity shows up in your inbox!

We are huge eMeals fans and while I haven’t tried all of the plans (i.e. Vegetarian, Low Fat and Natural & Organic aren’t really for us), we definitely have some favorites! Give it a go … I’m willing to be that if you’re on the hunt for fabulous hot meals on the dinner table, eMeals is one of your best choices!

I’m happy to answer any questions you might about the program, if you’re on the fence. Try it!  

Psst, I just changed my plan to the new Kid Friendly option? Looks pretty yummo to me!

Kid Friendly menu plan choice and option from eMeals