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. ❤️

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. 

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!