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World Cancer Day

4 Feb

Today is World Cancer Day.

Today I stand for my beautiful friends Lariate, Avery, and Tom, who are currently bravely and courageously fighting a battle against cancer.

I stand for my grandmother, my Aunt Susie, my friend Lori, my little friend Daniel, my friend’s little girl Avery, my friend’s little boy Dylan, my friend Ashley, my friend Jazmine, my friend Kim, my friend Brad, and my friend Travis… who are all in remission from cancer after fighting a courageous battle.

I stand for anyone else who is currently bravely and courageously fighting this same battle. You are STRONG, you are BRAVE, you are LOVED, and so many are so PROUD of you… I am amazed each day at the incredible amount of strength and fight in so many of you out there… it’s so inspiring and you’re wonderful!

Who do you stand for? And will you tell them that today? It will do wonders for their souls, I just know it!



Meal Idea Monday: Chicken Curry Soup

3 Feb
Chicken Curry Soup. Image from

Chicken Curry Soup. Image from

Hi all! I have a wonderfully delicious meal idea for you today… Chicken Curry Soup from Family Feedbag.

This looks absolutely divine, and it would be a beautiful meal to bring someone this week. Enjoy!!!



Meal Idea Monday: Slow Cooker 3 Cheese Broccoli Soup

27 Jan
Slow Cooker 3 Cheese Broccoli Soup. Image from

Slow Cooker 3 Cheese Broccoli Soup. Image from

Happy Monday!

I have a delicious slow cooker recipe for you today from another favorite go to recipe site- Six Sisters Stuff. I love this site, and I LOVE a good bowl of Broccoli Cheese Soup. It seriously brings me joy to eat it… is that weird? 🙂

Enjoy the happiness that follows this Slow Cooker 3 Cheese Broccoli Cheese Soup… and be sure to share the love with a friend too!


Lisa 🙂

Meal Idea Monday: Salsa Chicken And Rice Casserole

20 Jan
Salsa Chicken and Rice Casserole. Image from

Salsa Chicken and Rice Casserole. Image from

Happy Monday!! It’s a beautiful day, do you know why? It’s because this is the day the LORD has made! I’ve been working on really trying to see the positive in everything, the beauty in all of life’s moments- even the seemingly mundane parts of life. Let me tell you that when I really look, there is joy to be had in every situation! There is beauty in everything, as long as I’m truly wanting to see it. God is showing me that I have a reason to be thankful in ALL things.

I’m sure many of you are the same way, always looking to see the beauty in everything. But if that’s a struggle for you (like it can be for me), I challenge you to start looking for the beauty and joy. You will certainly find it! And sometimes it’s in the least suspecting places. It’s like a treasure hunt all day long with you and God. It’s fun!

I have a wonderful recipe idea for you today, from a wonderful recipe site- Family Feedbag. The recipe is for Salsa Chicken and Rice Casserole. This meal would be PERFECT to bring to a family this week. Be sure to make two, so your family can have one- and their family can have one. You’re all sure to enjoy it!

Be Happy, See the Beauty, and have a GREAT week!


always something to be thankful for

dance in the rain

Meal Idea Monday: Italian Turkey Soup

13 Jan
Italian Turkey Soup. Image from

Italian Turkey Soup. Image from

Hi all! I was looking at the weather around the world today, and thought you might think this is interesting. I sure did!

Phoenix, AZ- high 71 degrees, low 45 degrees

Denver, CO- high 49 degrees, low 32 degrees

Dallas, TX- high 65 degrees, low 35 degrees

Miami, FL- high 80 degrees, low 69 degrees

Anaheim, CA- high 80 degrees, low 48 degrees

Washington, D.C.- high 59 degrees, low 46 degrees

Boise, Idaho- high 41, low 26 degrees (chilly!!)

Seattle, WA- high 51 degrees, low 43 degrees

Omaha, Nebraska- high 47 degrees, low 35 degrees

Augusta, Maine- high 39 degrees, low 35 degrees

Boston, Massachusetts high 50 degrees, low 43 degrees

Lansing, Michigan- high 42 degrees, low 26

Sydney, Australia high 80 degrees, low 65 degrees

London, England- high 50 degrees, low 37 degrees

So that gives you an idea of some of what we’re all feeling today (I know I didn’t put all the highs and lows in there- that would’ve kept us here all day!) Some of us will be more chilly than others. Some of us may be wearing our snuggie all day, some may be using our umbrella today, and some may quite possibly have shorts on at some point today!

I have a great recipe idea for you from an all time favorite site, Our Best Bites. It’s for Italian Turkey Soup. It looks absolutely delicious, and it’s sure to warm you up as things get even cooler tonight. Be sure to make enough to bring to a friend!

And if that friend is going through a time of need in their life, then what are you waiting for? Set up a meal schedule for them on Food Tidings, and help them get meal support by inviting other friends and family. It’s such a wonderful way to show your love and care!



Meal Idea Monday: Creamy Black Bean Chicken Soup

30 Dec
Creamy Black Bean Chicken Soup. Image from

Creamy Black Bean Chicken Soup. Image from

I have a great meal idea for you today… Creamy Black Bean Chicken Soup from a great new resource I found called Pass The Fresh. GREAT recipe resource!

Creamy Black Bean Chicken Soup is a crock pot recipe, which means- super simple. I’m all about simple, especially when the results are this delicious!

Enjoy, and Happy New Year!!!


Meal Idea Monday: Winter Minestrone

16 Dec

I don’t know about you, but it feels like winter to me already. I know it doesn’t “officially” begin until December 21st, but to me- we’re practically there! Oh, and can you even believe that it’s only NINE days until Christmas? What?! Where does the time go?

I have a wonderful soup recipe that will warm your body and soul… Winter Minestrone from The Food Network. It’s from the show, Giada at Home. She’s such a great cook!!

Soups when it’s cold are just what the Dr. ordered, in my opinion. This would be a great meal to bring a friend, so sign up on their Food Tidings schedule and make it for them!

If you know someone who is going through a transitional time in their life, don’t wait for someone else to start- you be the one to create a Food Tidings for them. They’ll be overjoyed at the love and support they receive in the form of meals… and the presence of friends and family who love them at their door!

Have a wonderful week, and do your best to enjoy every minute of it! I know things can tend to get stressful during the holiday season, but try not to fall into that trap this year. Each moment is a gift!


Meal Idea Monday: Stuffed Pepper Soup and Cheesy Garlic Flat Bread

18 Nov
Stuffed Pepper Soup. Image from

Stuffed Pepper Soup. Image from

Happy Monday, everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend. My family and I certainly have because we’ve been in Colorado visiting friends and family. Let me just say, Colorado is BEAUTIFUL!! I’m reminded of it each time we visit. There is fun, family, such beautiful scenery, it’s chilly, and just awesome. Oh, and there are Denver Bronco fans everywhere which makes my hubby a very happy man.

I’ve been thinking a lot about soups this weekend because of how chilly it has been, so I found a beautiful soup recipe from one of my fave recipe sites, Six Sisters Stuff. It’s for Stuffed Pepper Soup and Cheesy Garlic Flat Bread. How yummy does that sound? Makes me wanna get in my cozy sweats, and curl up on the couch with a bowl of this soup along with my favorite TV show (Master Chef happens to be my favorite right now).

So, be sure to make a double batch of this soup so that you can bring some to a friend that you’ve signed up on a Food Tiding for, as well as keep some for you beautiful family too! Both parties are sure to enjoy it. 🙂


Meal Idea Monday: Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Sausage and Kale

11 Nov

Hi there! I have a beautiful meal idea for you today that comes from one of my fave recipe sites, Simply Recipes. It’s Roasted Spaghetti Squash Wish Sausage and Kale. What a delicious meal this would be to bring someone this week!

I just absolutely love spaghetti squash. It’s so delicious, and so filling. Plus, bonus: it’s gluten free and if you omit the parmesan cheese, it’s dairy free. Gotta love that! Enjoy!!


(See the pic of this meal on our Pinterest Boards… and many more great meal ideas and fun things you can do for those you love!)

Meal Idea Monday: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

4 Nov

Let me just start by saying this. My kids LOVE these muffins! I found this recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins on my friend Katie’s blog, Intentionally Katie. Great blog, great recipe! I double it, so that we have extra to bring to friends.

These are a BEAUTIFUL addition to the meal that you plan to bring a friend this week. Or bring over a batch to your neighbor. It will strike up conversation, and be a great way to build community within your neighborhood.

These muffins also make me so happy because they mean it’s FALL and it’s getting COOLER!!! Here in AZ, we’re all giddy after Halloween because it means things are cooling down. YEA!

Enjoy these muffins, and enjoy the smile that you will receive from whomever you bring them to. Go out and be a smile maker! 🙂


1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. ground pumpkin (canned)
1/2 c. cooking oil
1/3 c. chocolate chips

Mix together. Fill muffin cups and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Yields 24 muffins.

(I posted this recipe quite a while ago, and they’re such a huge hit that I just had to post it again.. .they are my kids go to recipe whenever we talk about baking!)