Pure Joy

My goodness they give me so much joy! 

I didn't expect to love motherhood so much. 

Oftentimes, in college when I would think about having kids, I would assume it was just work, an extended babysitting job, time and commitment. And yes, of course, there are equally hard days mixed with the wonderful ones. 

Thank you God for allowing me glimpses of Heaven by the happiness they give me. How lucky I am for the gift of motherhood. 


Paleo Fried Sweet Potatoes

 My go-to Paleo side dish, these leave me FULL and SATISFIED when I eat them and they are SO GOOD! 

2 Tbs. Olive Oil
2 Tbs. Ghee (I get this one on Amazon and when I'm not doing Paleo I just use regular butter) 
3 Medium Sweet Potatoes 
1 Medium Onion 
1 Medium Tart Apple (I prefer Johnathan) 
About 1/2 Tbs. Garlic Powder (I usually just dust over the top of them while they are in the skillet.)
1/2 Tsp. Sea Salt (or more to taste)

Cut and quarter sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch wedges. Turn wedges flat on their sides and cut in half again so they are in even strips. 

Cut onion and apple in 1/2 inch slices as well. Frying sweet potatoes can be tricky as you don't want them to be hard or too soggy.  

In a large skillet heat oil and ghee over medium high heat. I have a huge Cuisinart skillet at about 375-400. Make sure skillet is large enough that all sweet potatoes have enough room lay flat so as to fry up evenly if you can.

Place sweet potatoes and onions in heated skillet. Toss and stir. 

Sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt. Continue to stir and flip so they cook evenly and don't burn.

After about 8 minutes add in apples. Fry for about 8 to 10 minutes more turning often until onions are translucent and sweet potatoes are tender when poked with a fork. 

Sometimes I'll even do a sprinkle of cinnamon for a twist and it's good too! 

May your bellies be full and your heart happy!


For My Grandma Slonkosky

I promised you a long time ago I would publish a post just for you. For my family far away...here's Julia's 1 year pictures.


And My Heart Sang

It swelled actually. The four kids and I packed our bags and headed out one early crisp fall morning to make the trek to St. Louis and meet my sisters and family for Fall break.

We jumped in leaves, baked apple pies, and took long hikes and walks. It was just in time to see the wonders of Fall before they faded and spent enough time with family to fill our hearts to the brim. 

"You will find something more in the woods, than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters." St. Bernard of Clairvaux


Speaking of Fall...

Why not make an ordinary night into a memory or start a tradition with something warm and wonderful.  

Hot Cinnamon Cider

 It beats regular cider any day. We love to make this on Friday nights and take it to go during football games. It's a family favorite here! 

64 ounces apple cider 
1 quart orange juice 
1/3 cup red hots 
1 Tbs. whole all spice 
3 Tbs. honey 

Bring cider, orange juice and red hots to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove all spice and stir in honey. Makes about 12 servings.