February 8, 2012

As I realized my son was crawling around in only a diaper in the middle of winter – and yet he was warm – I stopped and thanked God for heat in our home this afternoon. In the past, a modern convenience such as heat, would have gone unnoticed. It was simply expected, assumed, understood […]

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Coal Creek Falls at Cougar Mountain

February 7, 2012

This past weekend, we packed up the kids and headed out for a day hike. We were so blessed to have 60 degree weather with blue skies and sunshine and wanted to take full advantage! We’d never been hiking at Cougar Mountain before and chose it based on the fact that the trailhead is only […]

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Fruit Dip

February 6, 2012

There is nothing like fresh fruit! It is perfectly delicious all on its own in my opinion. Sometimes you just want a little something to make it extra sweet. The beautiful thing about this fruit dip is that it is all natural and you can feel good about dipping until your heart is content. Fruit […]

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Taco Bean Dip

February 3, 2012

You know those nights where you haven’t planned ahead and you still want to prepare a home-cooked meal that all your family members will enjoy? This meal is one of my go-to recipes for our family. I almost always have the ingredients (or some variation of!) on hand and can throw this together at the last […]

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The Ultimate Chicken Salad

February 2, 2012

I came up with this recipe several years ago and have loved it ever since. This is great by itself, placed on bread as a sandwich, on crackers, or as open faced tea sandwiches as pictured here. Just about every person I have served this to as requested the recipe so I decided it was […]

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Nespresso + The Batie Family = A Perfect Match

February 1, 2012

I talked about the new Nespresso machine we purchased back in June and I thought I should give a quick update. That’s it! No, really, we have used the machine every day since it was purchased and even took it with us for a weekend family getaway. It is so easy to use, makes excellent […]

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Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes

January 31, 2012

I have always made breakfast an important meal everyday. I generally cook a full meal, and try to incorporate a variety of food groups. Most mornings we eat eggs in some form with varying sides. Since we have cut out gluten, I have made less and less carb heavy breakfasts. The other day I decided to […]

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New Year’s Thoughts…

January 1, 2012

2011 was a year of many changes – some easy, some hard – almost all good. I gave birth to our son, moved out of state to a new city with my husband at a new job, got a new (used) vehicle…and more! I am so grateful for God’s amazing provision and his faithfulness. I […]

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Ten Things I Love About You

December 22, 2011

This post is my husband’s gift for the day! I decided to spoil him this year and give him a small glimpse of the generosity he has showed others. For each of the twelve days leading up to Chistmas, he is receiving a gift that corresponds with the number of the day with inspiration from “The 12 […]

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Caramel Pecan Popcorn Balls

December 21, 2011

One of my husband’s favorite childhood treats at Christmas time was Caramel Popcorn Balls. It’s funny that I was just informed of this almost 10 years into our marriage! At any rate, we decided this would be a fun family tradition to start with our little family so I started my search for the perfect […]

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