The Art of Freezer Cooking–the eBook!

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During my hiatus from social media and blogging, one of the things I received the most messages about was a request for my Freezer Cooking recipes and book! Prior to the break, it drove you all here by the thousands every single day. Other busy moms like you (and a handful of grateful dads too) seeking a way to get healthy homemade (or semi-homemade, at least) meals on the table while still maintaining the balance and having time for life’s more fun things!

The book use to be a free gift when you subscribed to my newsletter, but I’ve decided to make it public as I relaunch the blog!! Unfortunately, the six post Freezer Cooking series including freezable portioned toddler meals and to-go breakfasts will take some time to reinvent, but this book included the most popular recipes! The majority of these meals are prepped ahead, bagged, and frozen until ready to drop in the crockpot! I realize that the insta-pot is transforming homes nowadays, so hopefully while I work on reinventing the Freezer Cooking Series, I’ll include some great insta-pot options as well! freezer cooking 2

Freezer cooking looked much different the past two years with just my daughter and I. Cooking was honestly one of the hardest transitions as I pretty much only knew how to cook for a large family. But suddenly I was catering meals focused mainly on my young daughter, so that looked a lot different. I will be sharing those tips and ideas with you in a later post in  case any other single mama’s need some help keeping their sanity and healthy meals on the dinner table!

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It’s good to be back! Thanks again for all of your love and support and “welcome back” comments!!!

Get your copy of the book here.

Welcome Back

Honest to goodness, I thought it would be easier than it has been to find the right words to publish my first post on the new RATR site.

When I published my last post on the old site, I had no idea it would be the last for over two years. I didn’t know a lot of things at that point, but I knew my life was in the beginning of a major change.

Sadly, I was in such another frame of mind that I didn’t know when I painfully had it taken down that I failed to back it up, and lost over six years of content. As hard as it was to realize it was all gone, in a lot of ways it was appropriate. I believe it was a God-thing that the whole slate was wiped clean, to be made new – as a reflection of just how my own life has been.

Over the course of the last two years, I have continued writing on paper. My heart, my prayers, dreams, praises and more. Perhaps as the new RATR blossoms I will share some of those thoughts with you. Those that love me most have been urging me to do this for a long time, but my flesh has been resisting. It has been on my heart for a while to do, but I wasn’t sure it was the right timing… Then I recently attended a women’s weekend retreat and a woman praying over me, who I had never met, told me to write again. This woman, who didn’t know I previously had a successful blog was telling me to write again. That I needed to blog my story, and that one day the blogs would turn into a book. I was speechless. She knew nothing about me, yet as she was praying over me, the Lord was giving her the words He knew I needed to hear.

So here I am. Writing. Publicly. For the first time in over two years.

You will still find the usual recipes, tips for creating balance at home, housekeeping fun, health and beauty ideas and much more. But amidst all the “fluff”, it is my prayer that the Lord will use this space for His glory. That this will be a space for extending grace and sharing love with all of you. He’s given me a story. And it’s time to share it. 

Love you all!!  

Simple Grilled Chicken & Veggie (any flavor you want)

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One of my favorite summer dinners! Super simple, inexpensive, nutritious, and family-approved!!! What’s better than that?

All you need is meat and veggies.

You can use chicken, steak, or fish (just watch cook time).

For veggies, you can use anything. I often do fajita style with red/green/yellow peppers with onions. Above I have squash, zucchini, carrots, and onions. You can also do mushrooms, brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, really anything!

For the meat, to prep it ahead of time and to decrease cook time, cut meat before hand, toss in zipper bag or bowl with lid – add olive oil, balsamic vinegarette, or italian dressing. And whatever seasoning mixes you like. I usually stick with salt, pepper, and garlic. If I’m making it like fajitas, I’ll add chili powder and cumin. I also like lemon pepper. After you add your mixes, seal the container, shake up, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. You don’t have to refrigerate at all, but it allows the seasoning to soak in and can tenderize the meat.

I grill mine in baskets (these are soooo handy). You can cook them in aluminum foil packs as well.

Really, there are endless options. You can serve it over rice, cauliflower cous cous, potatoes, or quinoa.

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Happy, Healthy Summer!!

Homemade Dairy & Sugar Free Iced Coffee

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Dairy and Sugar Free Iced Coffee:

  • 8 oz brewed coffee
  • 4 oz almond milk (or coconut or other varieties – or regular if you can have dairy)
  • 2-3 tsp grade b, pure maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ice

Fill shaker cup or mason jar with lid with ice, add all ingredients, shake up, insert straw, ENJOY!!!!

If you are not a coffee drinker, this is my FAVORITE super hydrating pick me up!!!