A Family Beach Day, A Day in Photos

A family beach day is so cleansing to the soul. Sometimes, words aren't necessary when the photos tell their own story. This is one of those occasions, and I'll enjoy this photo journal for years to come! Random thoughts from a mom after a day at the beach. Sometimes, just letting them enjoy each other's space is enough. And most of the time, just letting them be them...well, it's enjoyable for both of you. I dig his style! Bubbles! What's a beach day without bubbles? What's any good day without bubbles, actually? A day without bubbles is like a day without a beach ninja. I mean, it's not even really a day, is it? The only sad part of the day is when you look through the lens and realize they might be growing up too fast. It all goes by too fast. Until... You realize that one of them is looking back at you, from inside of a sand hole, enjoying life like only a small child can, and you realize that there are still many years of joy, and frustration, to come. Be still … [Read more...]

The Best Low Sodium Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Just so you know, I received some amazing soapstone cookware from UncommonGoods that allowed me to make the best Low Sodium Cheese Steak Sandwiches in under 30 minutes and share the recipe here with you today! With the perfect mix of fresh and frozen foods, and the help of some magical soapstone cookware, these Low Sodium Cheese Steak Sandwiches are a satisfying and healthy weeknight meal that can be on your table in less than 30 minutes. Sautéed fresh onions, mushrooms, and peppers, along with glorious melted cheese, sit atop steak patties on  a toasted bun covered in spicy mustard. Stop drooling. I know. This might just be the perfect meal, right? Something you'd find at your favorite deli? One of those greasy tabu indulgences that you only get to enjoy once a year? Yea, those. But today's your lucky day. You know why? Because this amazing sandwich is NOT greasy, it's incredibly economical, it houses all of the required food groups (you're welcome, moms), it's low in sodium (your … [Read more...]

Happy Calm Focused: A WAHM’s Best Friend

When life gets hectic, a mom has to turn to something for help. If you find yourself struggling with sleep, emotional control, or just an overall nervous feeling, I highly recommend trying Happy Calm Focused. The supply of Happy Calm Focused that I received to facilitate this post has been helping this WAHM stay more on task, stay in control of my emotions, and get a good night's sleep. We all know life can get hectic and we all think, at least at times, that our lives are more overwhelming than others. I'm a full-time work from home mom of 6 kids from the ages of 25 down to 6, I'm married, and I manage my household. I cook daily, I drop the kids off at school, pick them up, deal with the chaos while taking calls from my grown children about whatever might be happening, good or bad, in their lives that day. I handle all of our finances and my husband works ridiculous hours and teaches school at night. All of this to say, I get overwhelmed, as we all do. About a month ago, I … [Read more...]

Homemade Fried BBQ Chicken Hot Pockets

Who doesn't love a good Hot Pocket? They're a great go-to lunch and B even likes them for breakfast (not the breakfast ones, the regular ones). When he was working in Houston, he found a store that makes a homemade fried version that he absolutely fell in love with and stopped every day on the way to work to get one. Oh no, he was NOT going to love someone else's food more than mine so I had to figure out how to make this happen. That's where this recipe for a (much lower in sodium than the ones he got at the store) Fried BBQ Chicken and Cheese Hot Pocket was born and it's a real keeper. There's a whole lot of beauty to this recipe that I need to share. 1) You can use canned crescent rolls for the shell. 2) You can use up that leftover baked or grilled chicken to make these. 3) You only fry them for about 1 minute because they are pre-baked so that lowers the fat. 4) Assembly takes no time at all. 5) Your family will love these more than the "real" ones! I always keep shredded BBQ … [Read more...]

Grown Up Grilled Cheese with Shredded BBQ Chicken

Grilled Cheese and BBQ Chicken Sandwich   Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! It's no surprise to me that my birthday month (shush...I'm not telling you how old I'll be) is also graced with this dubious title. I mean, seriously...grilled cheese? Second only to pizza in my book. I remember begging for grilled cheese sandwiches as a child, and eating them in college with a hot bowl of tomato soup. Personally, I'll never outgrow the traditional grilled cheese sandwich, but since I know some people do, including my husband, I look for ways to make my childhood favorite a little more grown up. This recipe for Grown Up Grilled Cheese with Shredded BBQ Chicken (low sodium of course) was B's lunch today and he couldn't stop raving. Yes, it's a simple recipe, but comfort food is often the most simple, and the most satisfying. Print Grilled Cheese with Shredded BBQ Chicken Author: Christy Recipe type: Lunch Prep time:  5 mins Cook time:  10 mins Total … [Read more...]

Spicy Vegetarian Potato Soup

Sometimes being a vegetarian can be a little tricky. If you don't eat meat for whatever reason, you really don't want to eat any kind of meat at all. That includes chicken or beef stock. That's meat. When you want comfort food like vegetable soup or potato soup, you might think you're getting a vegetarian "meal in a can", but look closely at that label. Most canned soups that you'd think were vegetarian (hello vegetable soup) actually contain beef or chicken stock. In fact, stop what you're doing and Google either one of those soups and I guaran-dang-tee you 98% of them include some sort of meat stock. Weird, right? Well, I don't use meat stock in my vegetable soups because well...it's supposed to be just vegetables and I'm a vegetarian. If you're in the same boat as me, you're going to love this recipe for Vegetarian Potato Soup. It's got a nice kick to it because I like things spicy, and it's creamy, delicious, and very satisfying all by itself. Print Spicy Vegetarian Potato … [Read more...]