Learning to Read

Oh, I know how to read, I just have a hard time sitting down to do it. Every year I make a resolution to read more, and every year I fail miserably at it. I really want to change that this year, because (you might want to skip this part book lovers) I never read and I know I’m really missing out. So, my goal for this year is to read at least 3 books. I already have them picked out and I started the first one last night. Ideally I would like to read more than 3, but I decided to set myself an attainable goal and hopefully exceed it.

The 3 books I want to read this year are:



::: Making Home Work in a Broken Society :::
Bible Principles for raising children and building families
by Paul Chappell

::: It’s A Wonderful Life :::
Serving God Joyfully in Marriage and Ministry
by Terrie Chappell

::: Love & Respect :::
The Love She Most Desires & The Respect He Desperately Needs
by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs


As I read these, I hope to write some things I took away from them so stay tuned!


Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal

One of my goals this year is to make some changes in our diet. I love the idea of eating healthy, but let’s be real…it can be more expensive and it doesn’t always taste as good as ‘the real thing.’ My husband is currently doing a 10 day cleanse (more on that later), and I’m trying to find ways we can make changes without feeling like we’re eating lettuce and cardboard!  Now I don’t intend on cutting out everything we love, but I do hope to find alternatives or healthier ways to enjoy them. For those things that just can’t possibly be replaced, we plan on having a ‘cheat meal’ here and there.

First up today was breakfast. I love oatmeal bake, so I set out to find a recipe that was a little bit ‘cleaner’ than the recipe I’ve been using.  I made a couple of changes to the recipe, and I’d say it was an overall success!

img_3576Berry Almond Baked Oatmeal
adapted from here

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup honey
1 cup milk (I used 1%)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 TBS unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced (I think I would leave out the bananas next time)
1 cup berries, fresh or frozen, divided, (I used blueberries and raspberries)
Handful of sliced almonds


  1.  Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the honey, milk, egg, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Spread the sliced bananas in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the berries.  Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer. Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats.
  4. Sprinkle the almonds and berries over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is browned and the oats have set. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.


I’d love to hear if you try this and what you thought!

New Year – New Goals

Hi there! It’s been a while since I’ve done the ‘blog thing.’ I used to blog over HERE, but pretty much dropped off the face of the blogging world.  So much has changed since my last post, and I’ve decided to give it a try again.

Since my last post on my old blog, I’ve gotten married, moved to a new state, and had a baby! Lots of changes! Eventually I’ll introduce you to my little family if you don’t already know them.

There’s some different goals I’ve set for myself this year, so stay tuned because I’ll be sharing with you about those too!