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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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)

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. ❤️

Weekend Breakfast: Pancakes & Bacon

Mmmmmm….bacon. 


Is there a better Saturday morning smell than bacon cooking?


If there is…I don’t know to know about it.  The funny thing is, I don’t even really like bacon all that much. But every once in a while, it really hits the spot. And it does smell amazing! 

Both of my girls had friends sleep over last night.  So we had 3 extra mouths to feed this morning. I cooked bacon for 2 hours. I’m not even kidding. I have this awesome electric griddle, and without that, it probably would have taken a lot longer to cook 3 packages of bacon. 

After the bacon I whipped up a triple batch of homemade pancakes. I’m not going to bother with a recipe, it’s just a standard pancake recipe. The only thing I do a little different is buttermilk. I like to substitute buttermilk for the regular milk. And if I don’t have it (which I never do) I add about a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to the measuring cup before the milk. I do this as I’m starting my recipe so it has time to set. Adding the vinegar or lemon juice will spoil the milk, and give you the same basic consistency as buttermilk. 


I cooked these guys on the electric griddle, as well. I tend to forget that I even have it. But when I pull it out I like to use it a lot. 


Soooo many pancakes. When I make these in the weekend I like to double or triple my recipe. Then we have leftovers for a quick weekday breakfast. Pop one in the toaster and you’re good!


Pancakes with bacon is a simple, sometimes time consuming, but very delicious and popular breakfast- at least for my family. 

I wanted to share this last picture with you. My 12 year old daughter took it as I was driving her, my daughter M and a couple of their friends out to a high school football game. 

Isn’t it gorgeous?? The highschool is out in the middle of nowhere, there is literally nothing but desert in either side of us in the picture. I just love it here. Every day I am still amazed at the beauty of the desert. 

Have a great weekend! 

Weekend Breakfast: Egg in a Hole

Poof! And just like that, the weekend is almost over.  I just love making big family breakfasts on the weekends.  Everyone sleeps in, rolls downstairs still in their pj’s and we have a nice big breakfast. Lazy mornings are the best. 

This weekend was a little different. Saturday, I had a girls trip to a small town outside of Tucson. The tiny town of Sonoita is filled with wineries.  So I went with my sister, niece and a close friend and we spend the day tasting wine. So fun!!  But, we left at 9:30 in the morning, so I didn’t get to make our usual breakfast. 

My goodies from our day of wine tasting-


I had big plans this morning. Hubby has been so sweet to me lately, I wanted to make his favorite breakfast. He got up before me to get a brisket in his smoker for dinner. I woke up a little while later, planning to have 1 cup of coffee, and then get started on biscuits and sausage gravy….but Hubby got called in to work. (I hate when he gets called away for work, but I also hate to complain about overtime.)

I didn’t want to have Hubby leave for work without something in his belly.  I decided to make Egg in a Hole. It’s quick, simple and he could eat it in the car if necessary.  I don’t have recipe typed up for it- it’s super easy to make. 

You will need-

First, you’ll need to heat a skillet to medium and lightly coat with cooking spray.  Butter both sides of a slice of bread and place in the heated skillet. Take a medium sized biscuit cutter and cut a hole in the center of the bread. 

Crack an egg and add to the hole in the bread. I like to use only egg whites. 

Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

When the center of the egg is starting to set, flip the bread and egg to brown the other side. 

I served Hubbys Egg in a Hole with a fruit cup and oj. I just had the oj. 

Yummmmm

There it is- my quick but satisfying weekend breakfast.  I love traditions and this is definitely one that my family enjoys. I especially love that traditions can be tweaked to adjust to life. 

Happy weekend!  I hope you all enjoy making memories with your loved ones. 

Back in the Swing of Things

Well, the first day of school was a success. My 7th grader (S) decided middle school is not as scary as she thought. And my 10th grader is happy with all of her teachers. Win, win. 

I spent the day with Hubby. Again, working on projects around the house. He cleaned out the garage, we got some picture frames hung up, he put up a flag in his pool table room. I made cookies for the girls for after school (our first day of school tradition), and then we relaxed through the afternoon and watched Pirates of the Caribbean. 

What was left of the chocolate chip cookies after the girls got to them. 😉

Day 2 of school was pretty exciting for S.  The whole town was without power for the entire morning. The middle school was just hanging out making arrangements to bus the kids to the high school. S said they just hung out in 1st period and didn’t do any classes or anything. I could have picked her up, but she said she was having fun. The power finally came back in around lunchtime. 

One of my favorite things about living in his area are the rains. Normally, I hate rain. But most of the time, the rain here come and goes so fast, you could miss it. But even if it’s not raining where you are, there is a good chance you’ll get to see the beautiful rainbows. 

We were able to see this entire rainbow from our backyard! 😍

What is everyone up to this week? When do your kids go back to school? 

Talk soon!