Simple Roasted Beets

I’m still enjoying family and I’m sure eating way too much, so I thought a nice vegetable post would be just the thing we need to finish out the holiday weekend. Simple Roasted Beets is just about the only beet recipe you need in your life (except for maybe pickled beets, those are good too). So many people tell me that beets taste like dirt to them, but I think you’ll change your mind after you have them roasted with a little olive oil and with a little kosher salt. The simplest things are often the best.

Who am I kidding?! I’ve been scrambling all week to get posts ready for the whole week while I’m at my sister’s for Thanksgiving and I just didn’t finish the gift guide I had planned for you. I’m sure I’m still eating pie and could care less about beets right now. That being said, this post was all photographed and the recipe typed up, so I’m using it. I hope you don’t mind a random beet post in the midst of all the holiday cheer.

I do love beets and roasting them is the absolute best way to cook them if you ask me. It makes them candy sweet. These would be perfect as a simple side to just about any meal and if you have a few leftover they are excellent cold in salads.

Enjoy the recipe, even if it’s not until January when vegetables are more on the radar :)

Simple Roasted Beets
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Black Friday Coupon For Bless this Mess on Etsy


Happy Black Friday Friends! You know I certainly won’t be out shopping today (I’ll be eating leftover pie for breakfast, playing games, and crafting with the kids!), but that doesn’t mean I won’t be doing some online shopping in the coming days and weeks. If you are planning on doing the same I wanted to invite you to check out my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop has some really unique and beautiful handmade items in it that I’m very proud of. I get the privilege of work with my mom and my good friend/second-cousin-once-removed Richard on these projects and I Continue Reading →



Family. Food. Hobby farm. Chickens. Chubby cheeks. Rolly thighs. Silly grins. Homegrown food nestled tightly into bottles on my shelf. Bacon. Cell phones to call my family. Mint green. Dark chocolate. Sun rises. Strong bodies. Washing machines. Hot baths. Hot tea. Freshly picked peaches and tomatoes and sweet corn. Laughter. Being called to in the middle of the night. Being needed. Building blocks. Building trains. Making cookies. Making memories. Quiet afternoons reading to my little people. Warm soup. Hot crusty bread. Tacos. Snow. Mountains. Hiking. Long Sunday drives. Family pictures. Chapter books. Fire light. Warm handmade blankets. Journals. Pages and Continue Reading →

12 No Bake Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

12 No Bake Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. I thought a roundup of 12 no bake dessert recipes for Thanksgiving would be the perfect thing to share today. Need a last minute dessert idea? I’ve got your back. No bake recipes are generally pretty easy to put together, they can often times be made in advance and kept in the fridge, and they don’t take up room in your oven when other things are needing to get baked. I dream of double ovens one day, but that dream sure isn’t a reality now. If you have a turkey going Continue Reading →

Tried and True Thanksgiving Recipes from me to you! (All recipes from my blog, so I know they are great!)

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This post is making me so very happy. I was feeling like I didn’t have much help to offer you in the kitchen when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes because I don’t have a roasted turkey, stuffing, whole ham, or mashed potato recipe on my blog. Not one! But the more I got to thinking, the more I realized that I have TONS of recipes that you might really love to enjoy with your friends and family this holiday season. I have collected some of my favorite tried and true Thanksgiving recipes from my table to yours. I know they Continue Reading →

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, and Maple

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Brussels sprouts, either you love them or you hate them, but I’m here to convince you to love them. Let’s address something I just learned though. Did you know that the little vegetable I’m referring to is actually Brussels sprouts with an “s” on the end of Brussel. I literally just learned this a week ago and my mind is still blown. How have I lived 30 years assuming they were called Brussel sprouts sans an s. Did you know this?! Surely I’m not the only one who’s been calling these by the wrong name for years. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Continue Reading →

Ponderize Week 3


How is our goal of ponderizing and not yelling going for you? The no yelling bit is going really well still for me. That fact that I’m going to tell you about it is super motivating, but more than that is I’ve felt very lifted up in your kind words, emails, and messages to me. I am not alone in this struggle and if you’ve gotten into the habit of yelling, you aren’t alone either. Thank you for helping me to not feel alone, there’s so much power in support. I wanted to ask you all another question. How can Continue Reading →

15 Stunning Sweet Potato Recipes

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Turkey Week is upon us! How is it already the end of November?! Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays because food and family all mixed together is kind of my jam. I love my mom’s roll, I’m a huge fan of all things pie, and then there’s the sweet potatoes. My sister-in-law Beth makes the most amazing sweet potatoes. They are such a fun vegetable that I thought it would be fun to dedicate a whole post to sweet potato recipes. I got to thinking about my favorite sweet potato recipes and then I thought, wait, aren’t they Continue Reading →

DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls

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I bet some of you are thinking, “What on earth is she talking about?!” So let me tell you just what Felted Wool Dryer Balls are. I had never even heard of dryer balls until sometime last spring. I started reading about them, made them, and now I really love them! These would be a really unique and practical gift to give, plus, they are really kind of pretty. I love homemade gifts that I can use and not just have to dust or eat! DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls are little balls of foil that you wrap in wool Continue Reading →

Gift Guide for the Parent who loves Reading to their Kid(s)

Gift Guide Reading

I love reading to my kids. As I was pondering the kinds of gift guides I would share with you all this year I just knew that I wanted to do a reading centered one. I saw a little picture on facebook the other day of a bookstore front that had these words painted on the window, “There’s no app to replace your lap. Read to your kid!”. I LOVED it. It is so very true, and I know you fun parents and grandparents who enjoy my blog feel just the same way as I do. Happy reading friends (and happy Continue Reading →