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  • Easy Dinner Recipes to Bring Your Family Together

    Easy Dinner Recipes to Bring Your Family Together

    Want to know how to turn easy dinner recipes into quality family time?

    I know what you’re thinking. What do I know about easy recipes? I don’t cook! At least I haven’t done much cooking since teaching my middle son all my secrets. And promptly forgot my way around the kitchen!

    But since my household has grown from 3 adults to –well, close to epic numbers—there’s been a lot more chaos, busy schedules, and more focus on how to provide good meals that don’t take a lot of time.

    It can get pretty tricky to juggle all that and get in those moments that matter! The last thing you want to do is spend all your time cooking.  You want to be sitting around that table sharing stories and laughter!  Can I get an Amen?

    And you want that table to be the center hub of your home! The place where the kids sit and do homework while you whip together that easy dinner recipe! The table that catches countless tears of laughter. It’s the place where, for that few precious moments, time slows and memories are made!

    The formula is simple! Easy dinner recipes + welcoming dining table = more quality time with those you love!

    Here are a few easy dinner recipes shared with us by some of you!

    • Crackin’ Chicken

    Chicken tenders, one original cream cheese block, packet of ranch dressing seasoning, pinch of salt.

    Put in crock pot for 2 hours on high. Serve over rice with your choice of vegetables!

    • Taco Soup from Kayla Chapman

    1 can each of black, red, and pinto jalapeno beans, drained. 1 can corn, drained half.

    1lb ground beef browned and seasoned with taco seasoning. Drain grease.

    1 small can tomato sauce and 1 large can stewed tomatoes undrained.

    Add browned meat to stew pot and pour in all ingredients. Heat over medium heat until bubbling.

    Serve with cheese and sour cream.  Great with crackers, sour dough bread or chips.

    • Chicken Spinach Alfredo from Stephanie Still

    2 thawed chicken breasts cut into small pieces and sauté in butter with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic unto done.

    Pour in 2 cups of heavy cream, heat. Add in 2-3 cups of fresh spinach. Season with salt and cayenne pepper.

    Add in 1- 1 ½ cup of grated parmesan.  Add ½ teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken.

    Whole alfredo is cooking, cook one box of bow tie pasta. Once pasta is cooked, add pasta to alfredo and stir until heated through and serve.

    *This serves on big serving for 4-5 people. Double recipes to serve more.

    Do you have easy dinner recipes that bring the family together in busy times?

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  • Face your Fears, they say!

    Face your Fears, they say!

    Do the thing! Do it afraid! Face your fears!

    When I hear this advice, I picture me standing in a dark Airbnb with my husband asleep in the bedroom, my adult son asleep on the pull out in the main room. I have a book in one hand, coffee in the other, and not a single lamp. I have options.  Wake one of them up by turning on the overhead lights so I can read, or go out onto the amazing porch, sit in the swing and read by the light out there.

    I take 2 steps in the direction of said porch, only to have the image of just a few hours earlier flash in front of my eyes.  Tree frogs. The nasty little buggers everywhere!  And the one that fell into my hair. Hard shudder that nearly sloshed precious coffee out of my cup. That’s a No.

    I spent that morning sitting by the stove huddled under the light from the microwave, safe from tree frog invasion. Yeah, frogs are my kryptonite.

    Fortunately, tree frogs are not what that advice refers to. And though it may seem the tree frogs won, they didn’t. Maybe I didn’t go outside to read. But I didn’t give up. I found a way to do what I wanted—read and enjoy my coffee.

    Sometimes our dreams are like that. Do it afraid may mean small steps, not taking on all those giants at once. Start with a single step.

    What dream are you holding back? Want to learn to paint? Afraid of what others will say or think? Do it afraid! Ignore the tree frogs! You don’t have to join them to beat them!  There are so many artist communities for you to find support, teaching, encouragement and love.

    Rainy Day Painting Membership Group is one and just opened to new members! We are a small group so you won’t feel lost in the crowd!  Inside is a safe place for you to learn and share as we grow together! Will I see you inside?


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  • The Art in Self Belief

    The Art in Self Belief

    What makes an artist? Is it just the ability to put pen to paper, or brush to canvas? To bring to life an image of fantasy or whimsy, or landscape or portrait on a page?    In my life I have come to see art in many different forms. In the world around me, and in the smiles of my children and grandchildren. I have seen it in the way they laugh and they way that they carry themselves as they grew. I see it every day in God's creations all around us. But it took me a very long time to see it in myself. 


           I started my journey in furniture. 

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