Showing posts from October, 2018

Youthful Joy

Our sweet daughter, Juniper Rose, turns 1 year old tomorrow.
Be still my heart.

I have gotten more and more emotional as this week has gone by, and whenever someone asks me about it, I can't help but well up with tears.
I wish that I could put into words how she has transformed our lives and our hearts, and maybe you yourself can see that within us - but I want to write this out, and show how even her name embodies her character and the transformation that she has brought to our lives.
I think its funny, and just how God planned, that Juniper was the only name that John Zachary and I agreed on. We did not find out the gender of our baby, so we had to make a list of names for each, and Juniper was always our girl name. And up even until the day she was born, we had not agreed on or chosen a name for a boy.
We had both separately heard the name Juniper before - even before we got married - and decided that we would want to name a child of ours that some day. Not even knowing tha…

Kale, Sausage, and White Bean Stew

This recipe is from my current favorite cookbook - Dinner: A Love Story.
You can find it on my Resources Tab!!

But this week in our Imperfect Produce order, we got some kale! And we planned on having some friends over for dinner that next day, so I decided that it would be good to use up that kale the sooner the better so it wouldn't go bad.

When I want to try something new I always turn to this cookbook first, its so diverse and just has some really simple and quick recipes, as well as some really different ones that have turned into new favorites.

The best thing about this stew was that it was super quick to make, about 30 minutes and it cooks so fast, so if you are in a rush, you can whip it up right before dinner and its perfect. Plus it tastes really good with parmesan cheese drizzles on top which is always a plus.

Here is this delicious recipe for a cool evening or a fun get-together with friends :)

Kale, Sausage, and White Bean Stew


1 onion, chopped3 tablespoons o…

Maple Bacon Scones

I had some leftover bacon from a bread recipe that I tried out and I am soooo glad because that gave me just enough bacon to try out the Maple Bacon Scones!!

Okay, I just have to say that while you are baking these in the over, you mights just die over how scrumptious they make you house smell...and they are just as delicious!

I will absolutely make these again!

This recipe is from The Wood and Spoon Katie's recipes are some of my most favorites, she has lots of my go-to cake recipes as well that I am sure I will get to share sooner or later on here!

So check out her site for more deliciousness, but in the meantime, try these scones out!

Here is the recipe -

INGREDIENTS2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour1 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon baking powder½ teaspoon black pepper½ teaspoon onion powder½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and chopped1 cup cooked, finely chopped crispy bacon¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup¾ cup (180 mL) whipping cream, plus additional for brushing INSTRUCTIONSIn a large …

Blackberry Coffee Cake

This week for Bible Study my group decided to do a breakfast and coffee date to get to know one another a little bit better. Each of us were supposed to pitch in with whatever we would like to bring, so I thought what better to go with coffee than a coffee cake!! :)

I struggled for a while to figure out whether I wanted to make just a plain old coffee cake or add something special with it, make it healthier, or make it just really different.
I finally decided on adding some blackberries in it. Sometimes I just love having a little kick of fruitiness within lots of sweet, and fresh blackberries just taste so refreshing to me. There are a lot of older woman in my small group as well and I always think of blackberry pie as something that grandparents make so I thought maybe this blackberry coffee cake would be a hit.

This is a nice and simple recipe, it could be made in an 8x8 tin and cut into squares or you can serve it in a round pan, this one I made I served it in a pie dish, just cau…

Under His Wings

I know that if I wanted to, I could obsess and obsess over making sure that I do everything right to make sure my daughter lives a beautiful, safe life where she is loved well and loves others joyfully.

I know that before I became a wife and mother that I would try, hard as I could, to make sure that every little event and detail in my life would go according to plan, in the instant that I snapped my fingers and said that I was ready.

Oh, and those events had to be perfectly chosen by me as well, because who wants something to happen in their life that they didn't expect, right?

It seems silly. Like, "Okay Mindi, hasn't it been engraved in your mind yet that life just doesn't work out that way, exactly like your own perfect plan?" But I do know that this is something I still struggle with, wanting to take control and plan every single detail. And I still get very upset when I'm shaken by something that I didn't expect - even the smallest detail.
And I'…

Blueberry Lemon Zest Breakfast Cookies

I LOOOOOVE breakfast. If I could, I would go out to breakfast every single day. My husband could care less about breakfast (which secretly breaks my heart) but anything that I make that has the word 'cookie' in it - he goes crazy for.
That is why these breakfast cookies are soooo good!
I love anything with a blueberry and lemon combo - the little bit of tartness is just so refreshing. And these are egg-free and dairy free, they can be make gluten free, and maple syrup is used to sweeten then instead of any processed sugars.
These are super easy to make, bake for just 20 minutes. And its a great on-th-go breakfast too if you have busy mornings.
And lastly, this recipe is from Love and Lemons Cookbook - if you love a little bit of lemon in anything like I do, you will love these recipes too.
Give these breakfast cookies a try!!

Blueberry Lemon Zest Breakfast Cookies
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (flaxmeal) + 5 tablespoons warm water1 cup oat flour (made with 1 1/4 cup …