Holidays

Christmas Playlist

We got an Apple HomePod a couple of years ago and starting at Thanksgiving, it pumps out non-stop holiday tunes. It makes me think of A Christmas Story were they have the radio quietly playing Christmas classics in the background. I love subtle background music – especially this time of year. Here are a few favorites:

Cooking, Recipes

Curried Turkey Pumpkin Chili

curried pumpkin chili

First of all, my photo does not do this recipe justice. I forgot to get a photo of mine before I started eating it, so this heavily tortilla chipped version is a quick snap of my husband’s bowl. This is SO easy

I used frozen ground turkey and just dumped everything in and stirred. Once the turkey started to thaw, I crumbled it up with a wooden spatula and let it continue to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can pumpkin purée
  • 1 4oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 15oz can white beans, rinsed and drained

Directions:

Dump everything in the crockpot on low. Let the turkey cook a little, then crumble up into pieces. Alternatively, you can precook the turkey in a pan and add cooked, crumbled turkey to the crockpot and cook for less time. Mine cooked about 6 hours.

Recipes

Rigatoni alla Vodka

This is SO good..

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb rigatoni
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1/2 Cup vodka
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Fresh ground pepper, parsley, Parmesan cheese for serving

Directions:

Cook pasta in large pot of salted water. Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.

In a large bowl, stir together the cream and pasta water. Set aside

In the pot, melt butter over medium heat, add shallots and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook, stirring until golden brown. Add garlic, stirring until fragrant – about 1 minute. Add tomato paste and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring for 3 minutes. Add vodka and cook, stirring until smooth.

Turn heat to low and add reserved cream and pasta water mix and 1/2 tsp salt. Stir until combined and add in pasta. Top with fresh ground pepper, parsley flakes and Parmesan cheese if desired.

Enjoy!

Books, Lettering, Life

Doing – Reading – Loving

Raise your hand if you’re happy spring is finally almost kind of here. I know I am. This weekend, on the days it didn’t rain, we went to the lake for the first time this season. The water was a chilly 60˚, but the temperature was almost 80˚ which is a big win in my book. We did a little bit of fishing (not catching unfortunately) and broke out the new paddle board. I am SO in love with it. I have been wanting one for quite some time, but it never seemed like it would work out for us because of the size. In comes the inflatable paddle board. I was a little apprehensive about getting an inflatable one, thinking it would be light/flimsy/not sturdy. But they are remarkably rigid, easy to inflate and deflate and a blast to use. The one I settled on holds up to 400 lbs, so I can take out the dog or kiddo with me. We are going to be taking it on vacation this summer and I am so excited. You can pop a cooler on it to sit on and fish, layout, or just explore. So paddle boarding is definitely what I am and will be DOING here lately.

I am really enjoying READING “Afraid of all the things” by Scarlet Hiltibidal. It’s like this book was written by me, for me, about me. It is about all the things we can be scared of and how to use the gospel to squash those fears. It’s been a very enlightening read for me. If you were to look at my Goodreads account, you would see that I will by any book about anxiety – but this one is so far my favorite. I will be re-reading this again in the future.

I am LOVING diving into bible journaling. It something I have wanted to do but have never known how or where to start. In high school art classes and even while earning my art degree in college, my teachers and professors would always tell me I was too reluctant or timid with my artwork. I am one of those people that get a blank page and panic about how or where to start. I have a zillion journals and I NEVER write on the first page. But I finally just took the plunge and now it has become a daily thing for me. I just use a passage that has stood out to me that I hear during service or see on Pinterest. If you’ve ever wanted to – just start. Starting is the hardest part of anything for me.

bible journaling

DIY, Life

3 of my favorite essential oils and how I use them

It’s facebook official (or website official), I have a love affair with essential oils. I use them all – day err day and they make me so happy. This is just a little snippet of what I use and how or why I use them. I use Young Living oils because I think they are a great quality. I started out with the starter kit, which is awesome. It really allows you to dive in with no commitment, which is good for me because I hate commitment and contracts and blah blah blah. All three of these came with my kit – here is how and why I use each one!

1. Stress away – I use this little gem to de-stress and as a perfume. I have it in my purse at all times and roll it on multiple times a day. I also diffuse it. I’ve had multiple people ask me what perfume I am wearing when I have this on. It’s like a lime / vanilla type scent and I absolutely cannot get enough of it. De-stress wise, it gets me to take a deep cleansing breath and helps me to re-focus. I don’t know if that’s  the magic of the oil or just because I am OBSESSED with the smell.

2. Lemon vitality – I add this little guy to my water to help support my immune system, and just because it makes my water taste so good. It helps me to get my water intake up. You can also use it as goo gone on glass and other hard surfaces. (Not plastic though, learned that the hard way. Also, only drink in metal or glass cup – I ruined a good tumbler the first time I drank it.) I also like to diffuse it in my kitchen. I love citrus smells in the kitchen. It just smells fresh.

3. Lavender – You can make a sheet spray, tell your kid its magic sleepy oil and sprinkle it on their pillow. I run through this stuff like crazy. I diffuse it next to my bed at night, or put it on my pillow or even my jammies. You can put a few drops in your bath with some epsom salts and pretend you’re at a spa or in one of those float tanks (I kind of want to go do that). My favorite use is to help ease sinus pressure. Not sure this works for everyone, but it sure worked for me. I just dabbed a little on my sinuses on either side of the bridge of my nose and it made a notable difference within just a few minutes. I guess the lavender helps to calm the inflammation?