Following instructions

I’m back in action with blog posts, after a long intentional, yet accidental break from my thoughts spilling out of my head and into this space. I realized that I was tired of hearing myself talk a couple of months ago. If I was tired of my voice, then surely my readers / friends would be too. There was a time when I had to force myself to schedule out posts ahead of time so that my rambling had specific boundaries and I didn’t appear too eager. I wrote willy-nilly about every which thing, whatever crossed my mind ended up as post, or so it seemed.

Then I got really sick (a still lingering side effect from Chikugunya), the move became a reality and some other time consuming things happened all at once. At about the same time, I took a really amazing course on blogging and making money. I have fought this money making blogging mess for a long time because I truly felt that it would take the joy out of it.

I often say that I never want to work “for” anyone again because of those rules and expectations that naturally come from the responsibility of a job. So instead, I’ve been exploring ways that I can bring in some income for our family without sacrificing time with my littles and my desire to still retain my ability to be a homemaker. I’ve decided to participate in some affiliate/commission opportunities as well as getting my real estate license.  In the middle of this, I decided to finally bite the bullet and ask someone to design my site so that it was simple, classy and functional (thank you Bethany!). Because my old (most recent) blog design was done by me, it was a veritable disaster and horribly non-functional and so, with all things considered, I decided I would just stop writing.

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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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