Wee One Wednesday


Cheesy little ham-ball. What a cute little man...who brings our home such joy. I am so excited to experience this upcoming Christmas season as he sees all the wonder for the very first time. (Note: I can hardly get a decent, non-blurry photo of him as he is ALWAYS on the move!)

Menu Monday - Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies (Crockpot)

Wednesdays are crazy busy around here in the evenings, so I try to always have something in the crockpot for people to grab and eat when they have time. This is what I plan to make this week. 



The easiest one pot recipe ever. Simply throw everything in and that’s it! No cooking, no sauteeing. SO EASY!


  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
  • 16 ounces baby carrots
  • 16 ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, ketchup, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper.
  2. Place chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and soy sauce mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, basting every hour. Add green beans during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
  3. OPTIONAL: Preheat oven to broil. Place chicken thighs onto a baking sheet, skin side up, and broil until crisp, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Serve chicken immediately with potatoes, carrots and green beans, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Throwback Thursday

I realized I never posted a picture of my kids at Halloween this year. So here goes...


(Terrible picture! Agh!)

Kaity - Emma Swan from Once Upon a Time. Belle - Slytherin from Harry Potter. Lauren - Rey from Star Wars.
Micah - Indominus Rex from Jurassic World. Noah - precious little owl

Wee One Wednesday - 10 Months

Our little guy is almost 10 months now! Here are some facts about him:

  • He is on the verge of walking! Crazy! He stands for a good while and takes about 3-4 steps before falling. No time at all and he will be off and running!
  • He eats well. He still prefers baby puree foods, but is starting to munch on more table food now too.
  • He goes to bed around 7 p.m. and wakes up around 5-6 a.m. Sometime with one night nursing in there, but not always. 
  • He still needs 2-3 naps a day, but we are lucky if we get 2 naps at all. They are usually around 1-2 hours long.
  • He likes to snuggle.
  • He says Da-da, all done and shakes his head for "no."



He was the CUTEST little owl for Halloween!

Ten on Tuesday - Thankful

Thankful for...

  • My Savior and my faith. My rock and foundation.
  • My sweet hubby. Some days our marriage really takes work, but most days it is just hanging out with my best friend doing life together and I love it.
  • My FIVE beautiful, amazing, healthy, active, LOUD kiddos. What a humbling and sanctifying gift they are to me.
  • My sisters - I love them so. I only wish we had more time together.
  • My family - large and crazy. But I love them!
  • My church family - I appreciate the grace and encouragement that comes from this body of believers.
  • My home - cozy, comfy, warm, relaxed, imperfect, messy and dusty. But it's mine and I love it.
  • My health - always pounds to lose, but I am grateful for this able body of mine.
  • My closest girlfriends - I am blessed to have some AMAZING ladies in my life. Wow. So blessed.
  • Joel's job - it often keeps him busier than I would prefer, but it provides well for this tribe of ours and I am thankful.



Recipe Monday - Turkey and Mashed Potato Pot Pie Soup

Try this if you have some leftovers after Thanksgiving. SO GOOD!

Turkey and Mashed Potato Pot Pie Soup


    • Turkey and Mashed Potato Pot Pie Soup
    •  Serves about 4
    • 3 tablespoons butter butter
    • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    • 3 gloves garlic, minced
    • 2-4 chopped celery stalks (I left this out because I didn't have any)
    • 2-4 big copped big carrots (I used leftover roasted carrots)
    • 1 1/2 cups chopped or shredded cooked turkey (chicken also works!)
    • 1 1/2 cups half and half (milk also works)
    • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, mixed well with 1/3 cup water (GF Flour also works)
    • 1 cup mashed potatoes
    • 1 teaspoon herbes de provence (or Italian seasoning)
    • 1/2 cup frozen peas
    • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder

    • Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrots and cook until softened and browned. Add the turkey. 
    • Add the half and half, chicken stock, flour mixture, mashed potatoes, and herbs. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly and thickened. 
    • Add the frozen peas and cook until they are completely thawed. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Read more at http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2015/11/turkey-and-mashed-potato-pot-pie-soup.html#iPzBIUVKbH5Q9Gdh.99

Favorites Friday - Target's Signature Soy Candles

I have always loved Yankee candles, and in particular for this time of year, their Harvest scent. And while I do still love that scent, I have noticed recently that something in their candles irritates my throat. I can only assume it's in the fragrance or chemical makeup of the wax. Which makes me a bit nervous, especially with a littler one in the house. So, I have been looking for more natural candles and have really been liking this line from Target. They have tons of fun seasonal scents too.