Moving Forward – Recipe Round-up

Well, last month was certainly heavy wasn’t it? I think it was appropriately heavy. A kind of “necessary” heavy. But now I’m exhausted! There is a time and a place for the hard and the heavy, and I want to walk through those places with each one of you, but I also want to walk past that with you. I want you to see the beauty beyond the pain, the light at the end of the tunnel if you will. Because while your grief won’t ever fully “end”, life does pick back up again. Some of you may have a hard time believing me, but life beyond grief is possible. It is possible to live a life fully thriving, even after tragedy and loss.

Have you ever seen the show “Monk”? It’s a comedic murder mystery show about a guy who has serious OCD, among other issues. Early on in the show you learn that his wife had been tragically killed many years ago. He lives in his grief everyday, but not in a healthy kind of a way. In one episode, he goes to visit his wife’s parents. Throughout their home you can see reminders of her: pictures, the outfit they brought her home in framed on the wall, and her room left unchanged. But in spite of those things, her parents are doing really well. Monk asks her mom how she can go on living a normal life and feel happy again. I think about her response all the time.ย She talks about how she grieved so hard for so long. She didn’t think she could go on living. “And then one day,” she says, “the sun came out, the garden was blooming, and there were some kids riding by the house on their bikes, and I decided to give the world a second chance.” He looks unsure and as she touches his shoulder she tells him, “It’s still a beautiful world.” She realized that life still goes on, the world around her was still going on, and there are good things in it.ย  I sometimes have to remind myself that life. goes. on. There is still beauty around me. And I can choose how to live the rest of the life I have to live. You can still thrive beyond this grief.ย If you want to watch that specific episode, it’s Season 3, episode number 8, “Mr. Monk and the Game Show.”

Part of the way that I thrive beyond my grief is making delicious meals for my family.ย  Somebody gave me the idea to do a monthly round up of my favorite recipes I’ve tried and loved. I love sharing recipes, but not necessarily blogging about them, so sharing someone else’s recipes sounded like and excellent idea. First on the list:

saucy coconut curry with rice noodles and garden vegetables From Half Baked Harvest

overhead photo of Saucy Coconut Curry with Rice Noodles and Garden Vegetables

If you don’t follow Teighan already, you’re missing out. She always posts the best recipes, most of which are simple – and crazy beautiful. This dish was AMAZING! And really, very easy. If you’re a fan of Thai food, give this dish a try. I don’t have her cookbook yet, but it’s at the top of my Christmas wishlist this year.

Next up:

FoolProof Eye of Round Roast from Mrs. Happy Homemaker

Eye of Round Roast



This one involves a little more effort, but is oh, so worth it! She prefers Eye of Round Roast, but I’ve found that I truly enjoy it with whatever roast is on sale at the moment.

For our third dish, I’ve included a side:

Roasted Broccoli with Smashed Garlic from SkinnyTaste

Here's a great way to make broccoli if you are tired of making it the same old way. Roasting broccoli with garlic creates a sweet, nutty delicious flavor and the aroma that wafts through your kitchen will make everyone asking when's dinner ready.


Seriously. This one is life changing. We don’t make our broccoli any other way now – except that when I’m in a hurry, I don’t even smash the garlic. And it’s still good. We even make our cauliflower similar to this. They’re both a hit all around.

Finally, I’m sharing with you an amazing dessert/breakfast/coffee snack we make this time every single year:

Starbucks Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones Copycat Recipe from

Starbucks Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones Copycat Recipe! These would be perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee during the Christmas and fall season.

These are INCREDIBLE! And so close to the real thing. And honestly, they really aren’t even that difficult to make. At all. Take my word for it and give it a whirl.

That’s all for this month’s round up. What do you think? Do you like the inclusion of a monthly round up? Or would you rather pass? And what are some of your favorite go-to recipes?

Advent-Day 5 2017


For day 5, we made puppy chow. Usually we make Chex Mix, which I love, and we may still make, but the girls have been BEGGING me for a few months to make puppy chow. So I thought it would be a fun change of pace. On the paper they pull out of the advent calendar I always write what we are going to be doing, and then I also try to draw a little picture to hint at what we’re doing (because we’re still learning how to read in this house). Now, we talked about my drawing skills yesterday. If you missed that, the basic point is: I’m not good at it. At all. So my drawings are not only a little wonky, but also plain out humorous. I should have taken a picture, but didn’t think about it, so I’ll just have to tell you. We made puppy chow for one of our camping trips this past year. Not thinking, we went to bed with it sitting out. Mind you, it was in a covered Tupperware bowl, so we really didn’t think much of it. Turns out, raccoons are excellent at opening said Tupperware bowls, and they are even better at devouring all the puppy chow inside of the bowl. Ever since the Great Raccoon Theft, it’s been the running joke in our family. Needless to say, for today’s paper slip, I drew a bowl of puppy chow with a raccoon trying to reach inside and steal it. The girls knew right away what we were going to be doing. And to my great pleasure, they got a big kick out of the drawing.


To make the puppy chow, we used this recipe. If you’ve never made it before, it’s super simple, and doesn’t take that long. The only addition that we made was that we added red, green, and white sprinkles to ours. Because Christmas. ๐ŸŽ„


Please take note of little Eleanor in the background chowing down on the chocolate spoon. ๐Ÿ™‚


And their favorite part: shaking it all up.

The only thing I would do differently is to actually bend down to take out a big Ziploc baggie to shake it all up in. Bending is not exactly the easiest thing to do at this point in the pregnancy, so it won’t be quite as difficult next time. ๐Ÿ˜…