Whats’s Cookin’, Good Lookin’?

Do you remember that song? “Heyyyyy good lookin’, whatcha got cookin’” My dad used to sing that song around the house a lot. I still get it stuck in my head sometimes when I’m cooking. 🙂

Anyway- 

I thought I would share my menu for the week. I like to prepare menus for dinner. It keeps me focused on getting dinner prepared on time. 5:00 isn’t going to roll around and I’ll have no idea what I’m making for dinner.


Monday- Leftovers. Always. 

Tuesday- Grilled pork chops, grilled zucchini.

Wednesday- Smoked tips. Or burnt ends. I can’t remember what Hubby called them. Either way- he’s in charge of dinner this night. Salad on the side. 

Thursday- Grilled chicken, roasted or grilled brussel sprouts. 

Friday- Homemade pizza, cauliflower pizza for Hubby and I. 

Saturday- Smoked pork roast for sandwiches, cole slaw. 

Sunday- Family Dinner Day, also Hubby and my cheat day.  I haven’t planned our meal yet. 

I would love to hear about your menu! Or a link to your blog if that is something you share. 

❤️ Courtney

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It’s Fall, Y’all!

Even though it’s 90 degrees here in Tucson. It is not supposed to be this hot in October! The temperature is very mild in the morning and evening. Usually in the 60’s.  And really, since there is no humidity, 90 isn’t awful. But unless I don’t have the a/c on, it’s too warm for this time of year. 

I’ve had my fall decor up for a few weeks now, but I’m finally getting around to sharing it with you.  Keep in mind, our last house was a lot smaller than our new house. The amount of decor that I have is perfect- for my old house. I haven’t had a lot of time to go shopping, so it’s still a work in progress. 

Welcome to my home!

This table is in my entryway. I keep moving things around, and just recently added the tree. I’m working on making a fall-ish garland for it.  It does have some twinkle lights, but they weren’t showing in the pictures. 

And finally, my scarecrow.  He is supposed to hang on a door and jingle when the door opens. But I don’t have an extra hanger.  So here he sits.  He is hanging on the fence post Hubby and I made for our Christmas stockings. I leave it out all year long and decorate seasonally. 

So that’s it. Pretty basic right now. I’ve never had an entryway before. In our other houses you entered right into our living room. I do have other items in there, but they are not fall themed. Maybe I’ll do a house tour one of these days. Hmmm. 

I would love to see everyone’s fall decorations. Share a picture with me! Or a link to your fall decor blog posts.  Any suggestions for me? 

Have a blessed day! 

The Lost Art of Homemaking

Ahhh, the 1950’s. A simpler time. Sock hop music, poodle skirts, smaller houses, single car households, single income households, wives at home in their aprons.  Its so easy to romanticize that time period. It sounds perfect to so many of us, myself included. 

That picture perfect lifestyle was not for everyone though. My moms side of the family did not live in a quaint neighborhood. She grew up in the mountains. They didn’t have a lot of money.  Even though my grandmas 1950’s life didn’t involve drive in movie dates with her husband, or grabbing a burger and shake at the local sock hop, her ideals were the same. Family first, cooking from scratch, a simple life. 

I don’t know when this changed. But I’m sorry it did.  As a whole, our focus is now on money. Who has the nicest house? Who drives the nicest car? Who has the best toys?  Babies are being raised by their daycare providers. Teenagers are being left to make decisions without a parents guidance. 

My passion is at home. I love caring for my husband, our children and our home.  My priority has always been my family. I never wanted the career or a fast paced lifestyle. I love to spend time in my home decorating, cooking, playing games with my family. Even just bumming around watching movies. 

If you spend time making dinner for your family, think about them while you’re cooking. When you make dinner with a happy heart you are cooking with love.  It’s the same with cleaning or decorating, washing dishes or doing laundry.  If you make it your passion, choose to be joyful while you’re doing it, you’re blessing your family and your home.  

Don’t think of grocery shopping as just another chore on the list.  Do the shopping with love in your heart and you’re being intentional about making healthy choices and choosing items to please yourself and your family. 

This is the lost art of homemaking. Blessing your family and your home. It’s so easy to get caught up in day to day life- Work and keeping up with the Jones’s.  Let’s get back to the simpler life. Back to the good ol’ days. Let’s be intentional with our days and bless our home and families. Let’s revive the lost art of homemaking. ❤️

Meet my Furballs

I always talk about my pets, but I’ve never officially introduced them. Pets are such an important part of family, our home would feel so strange without them.  I thought these guys deserved a post all of their own. 

Meet Pearl

Pearl is the first pet we brought to our home. The girls were 3 and almost 1 when Pearl came to live with us. M picked her name- her full name is Princess Pearl Shelly. Princess Pearl was chosen from Spongebob Squarepants (M’s favorite show at the time) and Shelly was her name at the animal shelter where we got her. Pearl just had her 12th birthday at the end of September. She enjoys short walks around our neighborhood, napping and snacking on Milkbones. 

Meet Tom

Tom is the first cat we brought into our home. He was found, as a kitten, by one of my aunts at the end of their driveway on a busy road. He is such a sweetheart, always purring from the first moment we met him.  Tom celebrated his 8th birthday in July.  He enjoys long naps, cuddling and stalking his nemesis- the red dot. 

Meet Sassy

Sassy is our big, beautiful girl. This picture does not show how large she really is. She was given to M as a birthday gift by one of her friends. She just celebrated her 2nd birthday in July. Sassy is a sweetheart with a mean streak. She enjoys attention but only on her terms.  Sassy’s favorite things are eating, snacking, napping and hiding from people. 

Meet Milo

Milo is the latest addition to our family. M brought him home and he lived here for 3 days before I realized.  Milo will be 1 in April 2018. He is still a kitten and has a lot of fun playing with his toys and tormenting the other cats and dog. He enjoys sitting in the windows, meowing loudly and chasing the broom while I’m sweeping. 

So those are my fur balls. They really are part of our family. I love that they all have their different personalities.  And here is proof that that all love each other too ❤️(with the exception of Pearl)

17 Pounds- Gone!

😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

I can hardly believe it. Five weeks of low carb eating, minimal exercise, and I’ve lost 17 pounds.  I’m over halfway to my first goal. 30 pounds. 

I seem to have come to a standstill. It’s been about a week and I’m still at 17 pounds. I’m going to be a little more careful about my serving sizes and more intentional with my exercise. 

It has been a huge help having my hubby do this with me. In the past I’ve tried lots of different weight loss techniques. But doing it by myself, I was not successful.  This time though, Hubby has been walking with me, having an interest in carb counting and even helping me shop. 

One of my biggest struggles is sweets. I have a huge sweet tooth!  We would have ice cream almost nightly. (It’s hot here! We needed it to cool down 😉) Now that we’re low carb, I’ve tried to make sweets with stevia and almond flour and it’s just not the same. It has the artificial, diet-y taste and Hubby and I do not like that. So that makes it easy to stay away from sweets. 

I feel like low carb dieting is so much more successful for us because it doesn’t feel like we’re dieting.  We eat pretty much whatever we want- lots of veggies, meats, I can even use ranch dressing on salads. Not having sweets really was the hardest part, but I just had to get out of he habit of having them. After a week or so, it wasn’t such a struggle. 

Do you have a weight loss story to share? I would love to hear it! Hearing about others successes motivates me. 

Life Happens

Tomorrow is October. October?!? I cannot believe September flew by like this. I mean, I can hardly register what happened over the course of this month. It was full of stress for my daughter, calls and emails to her school to try to make things right, lots of trip to the orthodontist, a hospital stay, doctors appointments and tons and tons of driving.  What a crazy month, I am glad it’s over and I hope October is a little better to us. 

In every dark time there is a little light. Sometimes it’s hard to see. Our light was our family growing closer. We’ve always been tight knit, but this helped us to see the big picture..helped to realize not to sweat the small stuff. 

I am thankful to God for getting us through the hard times. I am thankful for my family pulling together and taking care of each other. I am thankful for my husband, my children and that we are all here today.  


I got this image from the Bible App. I try to spend some time reading the Bible everyday, but life happens. It needs to be a priority, and I’m working on it.  But for now, I lean a lot on the Verse of the Day.  I’ve found it is spot on for whatever I’m going through.  This image was today’s verse and I am definitely finding comfort in it. 

Thanks for reading. I hope you have a blessed weekend. ❤️

Cook With Me: Cream Cheese Pancakes (New Recipe)

Hubby and I have gone low carb. I have done this in the past, but I avoided processed carbs – white bread, pasta and junk food- but I did it alone, so it was tough to stick to it. Now that Hubby is doing it with me, it’s a lot easier to keep on it. We are in our 3rd week. It’s not easy, that’s for sure, but it is a little easier every day. 

Onto my recipe!  I have been scouring Pinterest for delicious, filling low carb recipes. And after 2 weeks of eggs for breakfast, I desperately needed something that wasn’t fried or scrambled eggs. 

Que the cream cheese pancakes!

This recipe is crazy easy. I would not say these are comparable to pancakes, maybe a little closer to crepes.  But they did the trick. I felt satisfied after eating them, and guilt free. 😀

I did a slight modification from the recipes I found online- I added vanilla and a tiny bit of brown sugar. 

You will need-

Put everything in the blender (along with the vanilla and brown sugar or sweetener of your choice), and blend until smooth. 

Pour 1/4 of the batter onto your prepared griddle, warmed to medium heat. Flip after a couple of minutes (keep an eye on it of course)-

As far as toppings go- the sky is the limit. Peanut butter would be good, fruit…if you leave out the vanilla and sweetener you could make it hearty. Whatever you like! 
I used butter-

Sooo yummy! Let me know if you guys try them. I didn’t calculate the carbs, but I’m guessing 2 or 3 for the entire recipe.