Life Lately: Pics & Presents

Life Lately: Pics & Presents

Life has been flying lately. I’m sure you can relate. Tis the season I suppose! But every night when the Christmas lights come on, we seem to somehow slow it all down. I’m so looking forward to the “holiday break.” More time with my family, baking, nesting, parties, movies, wrapping gifts… I’m excited for it […]

3 Reasons We Should All Play Dress-up

3 Reasons We Should All Play Dress-up

I spent countless hours as a child tearing through old boxes of hand-me-downs, exploring the various fabrics in my grandmother’s scrap drawer and even begging my older cousins to let me try on their dance costumes just one more time! Playing dress-up as a child isn’t just a fun past-time for a rainy day. There […]

Life Lately: Just Our Luck

Life Lately: Just Our Luck

We were hit pretty hard with a summer storm last week. Wind threw large branches onto our roof,  flattened our garden, and made for some extra cleanup chores around the yard. Just our luck. Luckily, the damage to the roof was the worst of it! Our garden was doing so well before the storm came […]

Life Lately: Memorial Day Weekend

Life Lately: Memorial Day Weekend

My hometown of Montrose, MO holds an annual festival on Memorial Day weekend and it is always on my calendar… always has been and always will be. It’s a weekend full of fun with family, friends, class reunions, parades, kid’s activities, street dances and of course recognition of veterans and hometown heroes. This year my grandma was […]

Sweet & Spicy Crockpot Chili

Sweet & Spicy Crockpot Chili

Today I want to share my sweet and spicy crockpot chili recipe! This simple crockpot chili recipe is easily customizable to fit your family’s tastes. Brown sugar is added for sweetness and I have several favorite ingredients to bring the heat!  Sometimes I wonder if I should rename this blog “Lauren’s Crockpot Creations.” I know I […]

Bacon, Ham & Cheese Melt With BBQ Ranch

Bacon, Ham & Cheese Melt With BBQ Ranch

This quick sandwich was created out of desperation on a Saturday afternoon. We hardly had any groceries in the house but we needed a yummy lunch in a hurry! There really isn’t a layer to this sandwich that isn’t flavorful.
Bacon, ham, cheese, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, and did I mention the bacon? While the ingredients are flavorful, the way it is prepared is the secret to this sandwich recipe!

Let’s Take A Break

Let’s Take A Break

It’s not you, it’s me. Don’t worry, it’s only for a little while! 😉 I would never break up with you all and have missed posting this past week! I hope you had a very blessed Thanksgiving full of love, family and tons of fantastic food! We had an amazing long weekend! I really enjoyed […]

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup!

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup!

Are you making your grocery list? I need to start mine this weekend and thought maybe you could also use a little recipe inspiration. Of course, we’ll have those traditional sides at Thanksgiving dinner but I thought I’d look at some new recipes to try while I’m making my list! Maybe something will catch your eye too! Thanksgiving […]

Fall Sunset On The Farm

Fall Sunset On The Farm

I’m not much for running. I see so many of my friends doing these “fun-runs” and half-marathons on my Facebook feed. First I wonder why anyone would put “fun” and “run” in the same phrase. Secondly, I wonder how people have made a business out of inviting other people to run their courses… because it is fun […]

Barbecue Meatballs: Family Favorite!

Barbecue Meatballs: Family Favorite!

I actually got out for a run this morning! Seems like my workout routine has been failing lately so it felt good to get out and break a sweat! It was a peaceful, cool morning on our gravel road. Cows grazing, corn swaying in the breeze and a beautiful pink and orange sunrise peaking over […]