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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: White Chicken Enchiladas

22 Jul
White Chicken Enchiladas. Image from

White Chicken Enchiladas. Image from

Every Sunday, my family has a tradition of getting together for dinner and spending time together. My sister Julie hosted last night, and she made a delicious dinner for us! It was a recipe she found on Pinterest (SUCH a fun site with amazing ideas… I just love browsing pinterest and pinning so many things that I guess if I’m being honest I most likely won’t ever try… but STILL fun to dream and plan! :)). Anyways, it’s for White Chicken Enchiladas from Joyful Momma’s Kitchen. 

Verdict? They were AWESOME!!! We ate them with black beans and chips and salsa… it was a meal fit for kings. So this was a pinterest success, and I would recommend anyone bringing these enchiladas over to a friend. Plus they will freeze well, too! Thank you, Julie for the awesome dinner last night!

-Lisa 🙂


Meal Idea Monday: Paleo Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

24 Jun
Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups. Image from

Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups. Image from

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! I have a wonderful meal idea for you that would be a beautiful meal to bring someone this week. It’s paleo as well as gluten free (so it’s great for those with food allergies, etc), and super healthy and delicious…. Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups from Paleo Girl’s Kitchen.

This is going to be a new favorite recipe idea site for me, I can tell! I’m ready for my family and I to really start eating healthier… hence the paleo and gluten free meal idea! 🙂

My sister in law is amazingly fit and super healthy, and she is a trainer full time at a cross fit gym in Colorado. She has eaten Paleo for some time now, and swears by it. She says it has helped her feel so much better in so many ways. Now it’s a lifestyle for her, and she enjoys it so much! I have to say I’m intrigued for sure, and am heavily considering trying this out. Clean eating can’t hurt anything… it can only help!

I hope you have a fantastic week, and remember to be someone’s reason to smile!

If you know of anyone who is going through a transitional time in their life, and could use some cheer from friends and family in the form of meals (and smiles!), you can help! Create a meal schedule for them today…. then invite friends and family to sign up to bring them a meal. It’s simple and can make such a difference!


Meal Idea Monday: Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry

29 Apr
Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken. Image from

Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken. Image from

Good morning! I have a wonderful meal idea for you today from a great recipe site called Tasty Kitchen: Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry…. YUM, right?!

I met up with my sisters and mom last night for dinner and a movie (a tradition we have- just us girls to celebrate our birthdays each year), and we ate at a restaurant called Pita Jungle. I love that place, and I had the coconut curry soup… hence, why I was super excited to see this recipe today! The soup was amazing, and I know this Coconut Curry Chicken will be too.

Plus, how nice is using the slow cooker??! I love putting all the ingredients in there, turning it on, and going about my day knowing that dinner is being prepared for me without me doing anything to it. ENJOY and share this meal with a friend this week!!

Meal Idea Monday: Gluten Free Chili AND a Beautiful Story of Love

11 Mar
Gluten Free Chili. Image from

Gluten Free Chili. Image from

Hi there! I have a great meal idea to share with you today from The Gluten Free GoddessGluten Free Chili. This website is FULL of great gluten free meal ideas. This recipe could be vegan or it could have turkey or chicken added to it.

I checked out this website because I got a Food Tidings invite for a friend I went to school with, and her family eats gluten free. Her name is Jamie, and she and her family (husband, daughter, and son) just adopted a SWEET little girl from India. It was quite a process, but SO worthwhile! They have the most amazing story, and you’ve just GOT to check out her blog called A Worthy Journey because she has taken her readers along with her on this journey of adoption, as well as their journey with food allergies and spina bifida (both her daughter and her adopted daughter have spina bifida- I’m telling you, this family is AMAZING!) It’s a wonderful blog, and Jamie has the most beautiful heart and it shines through in her writing!

I hope you all have a fabulous week, and enjoy every moment God gives you! There are SO many reasons to SMILE!!! 🙂

Meal Idea Monday: Jenna’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

21 Jan
Jenna's Chicken Tortilla Soup. Image from

Jenna’s Chicken Tortilla Soup. Image from

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s a beautiful day here in Arizona, and I hope you’re all ready for the start of a wonderful week. I have a delicious meal idea for Jenna’s Chicken Tortilla Soup from an amazing slow cooker resource called The Crockin’ Girls. Jenna is one of the co-founders of the website, so we know this recipe must be a winner! This recipe site is FILLED with amazing slow cooker recipes, so for sure check it out! You gotta love the slow cooker… being able to basically put all the ingredients in one pot, set it, and know that an awesome meal is being made for you as you go about your day. I know I LOVE that because I’m all about making things as simple as possible.

This recipe would be a great one to bring someone this week. Soup is a great meal to bring during this chilly season. It warms the body and the heart as well… at least that’s what soup does for me! Have a great week!!!




Meal Idea Monday: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

14 Jan
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole. Image from

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole. Image from

Hi there everyone! I want to start off by apologizing for the inconvenience we’ve caused you this past weekend with having our site be so spotty. It was either SUPER slow or timing out for so many of you, and we are so sorry about that. There’s nothing worse than trying to send out a schedule that needs to be filled up, and not being able to get to it. We have used it many times for our own family and friends, and we totally get it. It’s very important that it works quickly and effortlessly without a doubt. Especially since many of the meal schedules you’re creating are for a difficult and important time in people’s lives. Because of this, It is important that our site run fast and be an effective tool in allowing you to help others by bringing them meals. We want to help make things easier for you, not harder!

We appreciate all of you more than you know. Thank you so much for your patience this past weekend. We found the problem, and we’re currently in the process of migrating our hosting with our current host to keep this from happening again. Hopefully I used the correct technical terms but you can never be sure because I’m by no means a tech savvy person (which is why I’m Customer Relations, and not on our IT team!:)) So rest assured, this is being taken care of, and we don’t want this to happen again just as much as you don’t. So thank you again!!

I do have a great meal idea for you this evening, and I hope you like it! It’s from an incredible meal (and much more) site called Six Sisters’ Stuff for Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole. YUMMY! This reminds me of when I was a kid, and occasionally got to go to Sizzler with my parents. There was something they had called malibu chicken that reminded me of this casserole. Man, it was SO good! So I’m very sure this casserole is delicious, and I can’t wait to try it out!

Have a great week, and be sure to share smiles with all those who cross your path!! 🙂

Meal Idea Monday: Caprese Chicken

3 Dec
Caprese Chicken, image from Cracked Up Kitchen

Caprese Chicken, image from Cracked Up Kitchen

Good afternoon, everyone! It’s a beautiful Monday, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

We’ve got our lights up, our tree up, and we will be decorating more tonight when my husband gets home. It’s so much fun, I just LOVE Christmas time!

I have a delicious meal idea for you today: Caprese Chicken from Cracked Up Kitchen. This blog was created by a friend of mine, named Val. She’s awesome… an incredible cook, super creative, beautiful inside and out, a wonderful wife and mommy, and very funny! I think you’ll really enjoy looking around on her blog, and I’d subscribe if I were you, so you can get her great meal ideas in your inbox! You can also like her on facebook, and receive new meal ideas in your news feed.

I hope you have an incredible week, and be sure to bring this meal to a friend or family member soon!!



Meal Idea Monday: Italian Chicken

12 Nov

Italian Chicken. Image from

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!

Meal Idea: Low Fat Baked Ziti With Spinach

24 Oct

Baked Ziti With Spinach. Image from

Hi there, everyone! I hope all is well with everyone! We’ve had a great last few weeks. My husband Zach’s mom and sister came into town for a long weekend, and we had a great time with them. We BBQ’d with family, went and saw Hotel Transylvania (cute movie!), went to church together, and just had fun together.

Our third born who is now 4, started T-ball last week. He had his first game on Saturday, and it was AWESOME! What’s more is that he gets to be on the same team as his cousin, which is so fun for them! I always dreamed of when my kids would start trying out sports, and wondered which ones would “stick”. So this is so much fun for us! It’s so cute watching those 3 and 4 year olds learn to play ball too. All the dads are out there with their sons, helping them and teaching them along the way. It was seriously precious!

So that’s some of what we’ve been up to lately. 🙂

I have a great meal idea for you today from a wonderful new recipe site that I came across. You know how much I love finding fun new resources for us all to have on hand! The recipe is Low Fat Baked Ziti With Spinach (which freezes well also), and it’s from the site Skinny Taste. It’s a site dedicated to a LOT of great, low fat recipes that are tried and true by the author. So this is an amazing find!!

The author of Skinny TasteGina, has links to her recipes for: Skinny Pumpkin Recipes, Football Recipes, Skinny Thanksgiving Recipes, and Skinny Holiday Recipes. I don’t know about you, but I like the idea of eating something with the first word of Skinny in the title… 😉 These recipes will keep you busy in the kitchen for quite some time! ENJOY!!!