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

18 Nov
Stuffed Pepper Soup. Image from www.sixsistersstuff.com

Stuffed Pepper Soup. Image from http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

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. 🙂

-Lisa

VOTE for Food Tidings!!

30 Oct

Hi friends! I have some exciting news that is happening around here…

We just learned that Chase bank is giving away 12 grants to small businesses that are making a difference in the community. Here is how it works. We apply (which we have done), then the voting process goes on until November 15th (we need at least 250 votes through Facebook to even be considered). Then their panel of experts will determine the 12 recipients of the grants, and they will be awarded January 15th, 2014.

We are so excited, and would love to enlist your help. Here’s how you can help.

Help Food Tidings Grow! Vote for Food Tiding’s bid for Chase’s Mission Main Street Grant: 
1. Website: https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/search – Search “Food Tidings”
2. Login to FB (they provide access)
3. Click “Vote”
4. Done. Thanks!
-Lisa 🙂

Grieving…

23 Jul

Hi friends. Yesterday was a rough day for us, as we said our goodbyes to a good friend of my husband’s at his funeral. He was 33 years old, married to  a wonderful woman, and has 5 beautiful children. It was sudden, unexpected, and just so very sad. He lived a full, yet very short life. He brought life to all who knew him, and he was so good at bringing others together into community. He was a beautiful person, and he really did make an impact in the lives of those around him.

The loss of a loved one is such a hard thing. My sadness has been for my friend (his wife), and their kids. I’m just overwhelmed with so much love for them, and want to show that in a meaningful way to them. I keep thinking that right now she’s surrounded by family and friends who love her and loved her husband very much, and they’re all supporting her and holding them up. But in a few months, there won’t be as many rallying around her because life keeps on going even when these kinds of tragic things happen. That is when I want to be there for her.

When the flowers stop coming, the meals stop coming, and reality sets in that he is gone… that’s the desire of my heart is to be a blessing and a true friend to her then. Many tears of sadness have been shed today by my husband and I as well as many many others, and our friend will be missed.

She shared with me that the first few days after his passing, people just showed up with food. She was grateful for it, but felt so guilty because she knew that her family wouldn’t be able to eat it all before it went bad. And lots of it in the beginning was fresh fruit, meat trays, etc, and she couldn’t freeze some of it.

It got me thinking. Food is a universal sign of comfort and love, it’s something that brings all kinds of people together, and it is a way that we show our support during a time like this. We don’t want to go to someone’s house who just lost a loved one empty handed, so we bring a meal or a tray of some kind of food. It’s great, and she was very thankful.

I’m wondering if the next time you are faced with a situation like this one (I hope that you aren’t, but if you are…), consider bringing a gift card to the family. That way, after all the meals, flowers, cards, and other gestures stop coming, and the frozen meals are eaten… they can then have something to draw on. Consider it a delayed gift of love. Something they can use on an evening where they just don’t have it in them to cook, and they are really missing their loved one. They can go out to eat or even order in.

Or a few months after the meals have stopped, you can always go back in to their Food Tidings schedule that you were invited to, and order them a meal that will be delivered to them. Just because the schedule is done doesn’t mean you can’t still order them a meal. So that’s always a good option as well. 🙂

The other thing I am thinking is just to be there for them even a few months after the loss… consistently. Set up a weekly park day, a weekly or bimonthly dinner date where you invite them over to your house, or a game night monthly… just something that they can count on happening as part of their routine. And if they’re not up for it… ask them how you can help.

Just a few thoughts in the midst of this journey. Most of all, just love them!!

-Lisa 🙂

Pinterest!!

16 Jul

Hi friends! I am SO excited to share with you that Food Tidings now has it’s own Pinterest page! We have all kinds of boards that we’ve started with so many ideas that will inspire you to no end! I have to tell you that I just LOVE pinterest, so this is the best part of my job!!

We’d absolutely love it if you would follow our boards… just click here to get to our boards, then click “follow all”. And then go be inspired!!

-Lisa 🙂

Meal Idea Monday: BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

22 Apr
BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad. Image from www.crackedupkitchen.blogspot.com

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad. Image from http://www.crackedupkitchen.blogspot.com

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a great one- it was filled with a park play date, family dinner at Red Robin, church, and then going to see one of my kid’s (okay and mine too!) favorite people… Bethany Hamilton!

She came to speak at a church near where we live, and it was just awesome. My kids have seen the movie Soul Surfer SO many times, and they are just inspired and encouraged by her story. She was attacked by a shark while surfing, she lost her arm, and she continues to surf! She didn’t let losing her arm stop her from doing what she loves. She now gets to not only keep doing what she loves in surfing, but she gets to talk to people all over the world about her passion for Jesus too, so it’s a win win for her and all who are touched by her story! I love that she is a role model for my 8 year old daughter, and my sons too. So yes, we had a very wonderful weekend!

Today’s recipe comes to you from a good friend of mine who has a great recipe site called Cracked Up Kitchen. It’s for BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad, and I can’t wait to make this because it looks delicious! It will be a great go-to recipe to bring someone. Enjoy!!

Meal Idea Monday: Coconut Curry Lentil & Apple Soup

15 Apr
Coconut Curry Apple & Lentil Soup. Image from www.familyfeedbag.com

Coconut Curry Apple & Lentil Soup. Image from http://www.familyfeedbag.com

It’s Monday again!! How was your week last week? Ours was a little rough. Our sweet third born boy, Jett, had to have his tonsils and adenoids out last Wednesday.

What a crazy recovery it’s been for him, and for us too! It breaks my heart to know my son is in pain, and that I can’t take it away from him. I so wish I could take it away, and for me to be the one who has to go through this recovery for him. But I know that is part of life, we all have to go through trials, and it makes us stronger in the end. But boy, in the middle of it, it feels like it’s never going to end.

I know there are so many parents out there that are dealing with having a son or daughter who is sick, and wishing with all their hearts that they could take their child’s place with this sickness. My heart truly goes out to you, and I am so proud of how you’re handling it all.

I’ve been watching as our dear friends journey through leukemia. Their son (the youngest of four boys) is just four years old, and it’s such a struggle to watch him go through the pain, side effects, and hard things about the treatment of this disease. But they have been one of the biggest sources of inspiration and encouragement to me as well because their faith is SO strong, they see the good in it all, they are growing closer as a family from this, and they are watching as God works in their lives and the lives of those around them. It’s amazing to see!

I truly believe that we don’t know how strong we go through something very challenging. God gives us exactly what we need when we need it. So keep it up out there, all you amazing parents who are battling on behalf of your precious children. You are not alone and you are SO loved!

Today’s recipe that I found comes from one of my favorite recipe sites, based in Canada, called Family Feedbag. It’s for Coconut Curry Lentil and Apple Soup. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it!!

So bring this delicious soup to a friend or family member going through a tough time. And if you haven’t done so yet, set up a Food Tidings meal schedule for them, and invite their friends and family to bring them meals as well. It would be a huge blessing to them, I just know it!

Have a great week,

Lisa 🙂

 

PS- The last time I brought soup to a friend, I brought it in one of my pots. Then once I got there, I asked if they had a big pot I could transfer the soup into. That worked great because then they didn’t have to return my pot, or if they’re anything like me- they would’ve forgotten and ended up having it for a REALLY long time! 😉

Meal Idea Monday: Creamy Chicken Taquitos with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing

11 Feb

Creamy Chicken Taquitos with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing. Image from http://www.ourbestbites.com

So last week, I had dinner with one of my best friends, Leanne. Her and her husband are also co-founders of Food Tidings, along with myself and my husband. We were all friends before the site, and created it together. 🙂

Anyways, Leanne and I try and have dinner together about once a month, and I always look forward to it. We both enjoy adult time, without the kids. We talk about lots of things, and food always works it’s way in there.

She said that she’d just made the best meal from the site Our Best Bites (and as you know, that’s one of my fave recipe sites.) It was Creamy Chicken Taquitos with Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing. She was nuts over them, and let me tell you- my dear friend Leanne is a total foodie from New York (who swears the bagels and pizza here in AZ will never be as good as the ones from NY due to the water they use!), and when she tells me something is delicious, I listen!

So I thought I’d share the recipe with you, so that you can see how yummy these are. She says it’s the dressing that makes the meal as good as it was.

This is a fantastic dish to bring someone, so go grab the ingredients and get to work!  And have a wonderful week!

Meal Idea Monday: Albondigas Soup

10 Dec
Albondigas Soup from www.simplyrecipes.com

Albondigas Soup from http://www.simplyrecipes.com

Hello! I have some exciting news- our dear friends and co-founders of Food Tidings, Jeff and Leanne had their sweet baby girl on December 8th! This makes for their seventh child (and sixth girl)! What an incredible family they are, we LOVE them so much!!

It’s a beautiful and chilly day here in Arizona (LOVING it… jeans and a sweatshirt kind of day… those are seriously the best!), and of course soup is what is on my mind. Sooo, here’s a delicious recipe that I’d love to share with you all. The recipe comes from a favorite recipe site of mine, Simply Recipes, and it’s for Albondigas Soup.  (Click HERE for the recipe.)

If you’ve never had Albondigas Soup before, you’re missing out! It’s a traditional Mexican meatball soup. This recipe has been in the author’s (Elise Bauer) family for 50 years, so we know it’s tried and true! All of her recipes have been tested before she puts them on her site. Pretty awesome!

So go grab the ingredients from the store, make this delightful soup, and let it warm your body and soul from the inside out!

ENJOY the rest of this day! All of us are either going through something very difficult ourselves, or we know someone who is going through something very difficult. Do your best to find the GOOD in every situation. There IS good in it all. Talk to you all again soon!

Stay Warm,

Lisa

Meal Idea Monday: Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Buns AND Printables!

19 Nov

Happy Monday, everyone! Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and I’m SO excited!!! What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

My family is pretty big, and we all live here in Arizona. So we get together (about 50 of us) for a BIG lunch and a BIG dinner, lots of running around, kids playing (I feel like I don’t see my kids all day long because they’re so busy playing with their older cousins who they adore), volleyball playing the backyard, pies, cookies, football, chatting, laughing, and just a wonderful time. My favorite part of the day is at the beginning, before we all eat. We all hold hands in a big circle, and my Grandpa says a prayer, thanking God for all He’s given us.

Today’s meal idea comes to you from the wonderful Family Feedbag… it’s Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Buns, and it is the perfect breakfast or dessert for the Fall season! I hope you enjoy it and are able to bring breakfast or dessert to a friend or family member this week. Maybe even drop these off to a friend the morning of Thanksgiving. What a beautiful beginning to their day that would be! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!!

Oh, and here are a few really cute printables that would be perfect to frame and bring along with the cinnamon buns… 🙂 LOVE the Give Thanks one… I have it framed in my home!

Image from A Step In The Journey. Click image to be able to print it!

Image from A Step In The Journey. click image to be able to

Meal Idea Monday: Italian Chicken

12 Nov

Italian Chicken. Image from http://www.aaronandjillw.blogspot.com

Hi there! I wanted to start this post out by extending a huge amount of gratitude to all of our Veterans as well as active Military for all that you have done and continue to do to protect our freedom here in the USA. We appreciate you!!

This morning my family and I went to a Veteran’s Day Parade in Central Phoenix. We met up with our friends, and they had their grandparents there. The grandfather is 94 years old, and is a Vietnam Veteran. I have to say that it was one of the most beautiful things I have seen in a long time, watching people from the parade (Military and civilians) shake his hand and thank him for all that he has done for our country. He was honored, proud, and I just saw happiness and contentment in his eyes as he shook so many thankful hands. My friend said this was the highlight of his and his wife’s year. I believe it! The parade was wonderful, and I was so grateful that we  can share with our kids the meaning of Veteran’s Day, and why we honor those who have served and are serving our country in this way. 🙂

I have a great meal idea for you on this beautiful Monday. It’s Italian Chicken from a new blog I found through Pinterest with some yummy recipes on it called Our Story. Cute blog! This recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it! This would be a wonderful (and colorful!) dish to bring someone this week, or anytime in the future.

Enjoy your week!