December 19, 2014

How To Extend the Life of Berries by Weeks


The wisdom of generations that have gone before us need to be passed on, but often, those wonderful little tips are lost, especially kitchen tips.  Passed down from my mom to me, I know that this is one of those […]

World’s Favorite Hamburger Combinations (Share Yours)

Enjoying Grilling Season

via “A hamburger is warm and fragrant and juicy. A hamburger is soft and non-threatening. It personifies the Great Mother herself, who has nourished us from the beginning.” via Real Simple Dan Robbins Dec.1983 When men gather around a grill […]

How Did I Save Hundreds of $$ on Food?

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I saved hundreds of dollars on food during our vacation this week. For many, vacation is a time to splurge and I completely respect that decision, but when you are feeding a crew of over the top eaters like my […]

Pineapple Carrot Cake Muffins (starting with a cake mix)

carrot cake pineapple muffins via @beautyandbedlam

There’s nothing I appreciate more than a homemade carrot cake with an easy cream cheese frosting. Knowing all the love that went into shredding those carrots, measuring the spices and whipping that cream cheese makes it ever so much more […]

Overnight Breakfast Praline Bread Pudding

Overnight Breakfast Praline Bread Pudding @beautyandbedlam

As the kids meander down the stairs with that sleepy, groggy look that tells me sleep is not over rated and they need more of it, I quickly pull out this delectable delight. With pecans, brown sugar, and bread that’s […]

Perspective Change on School Lunch: Mommy Moment

school lunch

As our 6’3”, 270 pound, 17 year old football player sauntered into the kitchen, I placed the final touches on the school lunch which he would inhale later on that day. “Mom, I just want to thank you so much […]

Strawberry Margarita Pie

Strawberry Margarita Pie @beautyandbedlam

It’s that time of year when I get a hankering for anything strawberry, and I count the weeks till we can go pick them ourselves. I just love a good Strawberry Pie, especially one mixed with fresh strawberries and whipped […]

Will You Join Me? Just Think…

Spread love everywhere you go @beautyandbedlam

Mother Teresa said, “Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor…let no one ever come to you without leaving better and […]

Florentine Turkey Meat Loaf

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As many of you know, I’ve been working hard over the last few months to change the way I think about food and to lose these extra pounds that I’ve let slip on over the last few years. I’m down […]

Quick & Easy Dessert Ideas for Easter


Admitting this is painful, but true. Last year, the day of our  annual Easter Egg-stravaganza came, the house brimmed with guests and dessert was NOT made. GASP! How does this happen? What kind of hostess am I? I had a […]

Down 12 Pounds – 17 Day Diet Ideas

Red onion

So many of you have asked about my weight loss and what I’ve been doing that I thought I would share just a short follow up to my “Keeping the Weight Off” post. This beautiful vegetable and I have bonded […]

It’s So Much More Than Food (Tasty Tuesday)

Discipleship weekend 8th grade

Living Life to its fullest often means a full house. Even on those quiet days, I guess our home is full compared to many, but this weekend it was extra full – to the tune of an additional 16 gems, […]

New Ten Minute Meals (and my changes)

Easy Baked Ziti

Citrus Herb Chicken Ever since the holidays, due to many unforeseen circumstances, my schedule has been thrown for a loop and it’s been spiraling downward ever since. There’s no worse feeling for a Family Manager than to know you are […]

Veggie Egg Casserole

Zucchini Vegetable Egg Bake @beautyandbedlam

Photo quality courtesy of my smart phone. Even though it’s the middle of winter and many of you are in the midst of a blizzard, I’ve been craving Zucchini bread. Yes, Zucchini Banana bread to be exact. You are pondering, […]

Keeping the Weight Off: What are You Eating?

Healthy Peanut Butter Reeces

Healthy organic, dark chocolate peanut butter  balls (no processed sugar) Nearly a month ago, I completed my 7 day detox, and after I posted about this GM Diet Plan, I received a lot of questions. As I mentioned in my […]