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Asparagus Recipes for Spring

My love of veggies knows no end. Today I have a tribute to one of my favorite spring vegetables – asparagus. These 15 Asparagus Recipes have been collected with love from some of my favorites blogging friends, just for you. And if you aren’t into recipes there are also buying, storing, and freezing asparagus tips at the bottom of the post. Best sure to check them out.

15 delicious asparagus recipes just in time for spring!

This weekend is always such a fun one filled with family and friends and of course, food. If you are planning on bringing a dish over to grandma’s then this is a great place to get a few ideas. Asparagus are in season right now which means their price is great and the quality is even better. Enjoy!

Simple Broiled Asparagus from Bless this Mess
Simple Broiled Asparagus

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Confessions: Spring Edition

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Confessions 1. I've wanted to have twins since I was 16. The summer I was 16 my sister and I ran a summer day camp for kids at our community center in Hope, Indiana. There was a set of blonde 6-year-old twin boys who attended and they were so ridiculously cute. They used to call each other "brother".  When they wanted the other to participate in something they'd say, "Do it for me, brother. Do it for me!" My heart melted and ever since I have wanted twins. Now that I have babies of my own I want twins even more. I Continue Reading →


Vanilla Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Icing and a Kitchen Aid Giveaway

white cupcakes with chocolate frosting

Today I start another round of Feel Great in 8 and I'm so very excited! I had such a great time forming new habits, loosing some weight, and doing something hard last time that I really felt like another go at it would be good for me. So in honor of my giving up sweets for 8 weeks I thought we should celebrate with some sweets and a Kitchen Aid giveaway!!! Ok, Ok, maybe we should have celebrated with a celery giveaway or something, but cupcakes are way more fun. Everyone one needs a vanilla cupcake recipe with chocolate icing in Continue Reading →


Spring Snack Mix

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Spring has sprung! And I have a Spring Snack Mix that is going to put a little hop in your step (get it... hop, bunnies, spring!) I'm so pleased to be participating in the 12 bloggers fun this month because the recipes look amazing and it's just in time for Easter and spring. This group is 12 fun bloggers, sharing 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. Now that is a lot of joy in one post if you ask me. My recipe isn't much of a recipe today, more of an idea, but I know you'll like it. We aren't big candy eaters and Continue Reading →


Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie

Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie

It's been so quiet around here lately! I thought we should end the work week with a delicious recipe and then I have some explaining to do come Monday. This recipe is one that I shared a year or so ago on another blog, but I thought it was high time it made an appearance here. Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie is kind of a cross between a quiche (very eggy) and a strata (very bready). My family loved it! You can't go wrong with eggs, ham, and cheese all piled into one dish. Plus it's super easy. We aren't a big breakfast Continue Reading →


8 Week Health Challenge

Feel great in 8

Anyone want to do a health challenge with me?! I did the Feel Great in 8 program in January and February and just loved it, and now that I've had a little break I want to do it again! Feel Great in 8 is awesome. You get points for things like eating fruits and veggies, drinking water, and taking your supplements, but what I love most is that you also get points for things like family time, service, journal writing, and mediating/daily prayer. It's a very well rounded program that is meant to strengthen you physically, mentally, and spiritually, and I like that. Continue Reading →


Creamy Chicken and Bacon Pasta

easy bacon alfredo

My in-laws own the grocery store here in town. We moved home to this tiny town almost a year ago so that my husband could start working with his dad, build and open a hardware store that is connected to the current grocery store (should be done and open this June!), and to be closer to family. There are a few perks to owning a grocery store and one of my favorites is the gifts that my mother-in-law gives me. For Christmas she gives all of her kids 10-15 cases of whatever they want from the grocery store. I love this Continue Reading →


Pirate Buried Treasure in a Bottle Game

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Rrrrrrrrrrr you a pirate loving family?! We sure are. I go on lots of adventures with my little boys during the day. We run away from dinosaurs and cheetahs, we are good ninjas who fight "meanie bad guys", we jump over hot lava, and we are excellent treasure hunting pirates. Grandma gave all of my kids a little bag of gold chocolate coins for St. Patrick's Day and I'm pretty sure my kids don't know that there is chocolate hiding inside! We have been using them as pirate treasure all week instead of eating them. I have the kids stay in the Continue Reading →


How to Freeze Bananas

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Frozen bananas will change your smoothie life and I'm here to show you how I do it. When you blend frozen bananas they almost have the consistency of homemade ice cream. Some kind of magic happens and they just get amazingly smooth and creamy. Frozen bananas are a great base for smoothies. They are very sweet, they are a pretty inexpensive fruit, and that texture just can't be beat. To start your frozen banana collection I would buy 3-4 extra banana bunches for the week and let them rest on the counter until they get nice and ripe. Then freeze them all Continue Reading →


Lightened Up Spinach Bacon Quiche

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“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Cooking Light and Real Simple, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FreshandFab http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Country life is a happy one but it isn't without a few sacrifices. I've given up the convenience of restaurants, and I miss having neat places to take the kids once in a while like museums, aquariums, and parks. But do you know what I miss most of all? The library! Libraries are so amazing to me. We have giant buildings where all kinds of knowledge in the form of books Continue Reading →