Gluten Free Sausage Balls and a Baby Shower





We had so much fun showering my sister-in-law a few weekends ago.

For this lunch time shower we served pear chicken salad, mini potato rolls, veggie and humus, apples and caramel sauce, sausage balls, chocolate covered almonds, and lemon bars.

And we actually cheated by having everything made by professionals with the exception of the caramel sauce (click here for the simple recipe) and sausage balls.

I used gluten-free Bisquick. You can find it at some Targets and a few grocery stores. But I just order it from Amazon. 

Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix, Gluten-Free, 16-oz. Boxes (Count of 3)

Gluten-Free Cheddar Sausage Balls

makes 30 appetizers

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free Bisquick
  • 16 oz pork sausage (hot or mild is fine)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk or half and half
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Combine all the ingredients with an electric mixer. Roll into 1 inch balls.

Place on a baking sheet to bake immediately or flash freeze and then transfer to a freezer safe container. Keeps in the freezer 60 days.

Bake for 22-25 minutes (increase baking time 2-3 minutes if baking from frozen). Serve warm or at room temperature.

 Gluten Free Sausage Balls

 Gluten Free Sausage Balls
 Gluten Free Sausage Balls
 Gluten Free Sausage Balls

Meal Delivery Services: Are they worth it?

So a few weeks back I signed up for Hello Fresh, Plated, and Blue Apron.

Over kill much?

Well yes, but I wanted to really do my research on the best meal delivery service.

I rated them on a couple things.





If you are not sure what these companies offer I will give a quick synopses.

Basically, you sign-up for the service, pick the recipes you like that week(3 max), the frequency of ingredients delivery, pick your food preferences (vegetarian, gluten free, no seafood etc) and the day you prefer it to be delivered.

The ingredients and recipes come packed in a box with lots of freezer packs to keep everything super cold.

You unpack the box and cook the meals at your convenience. The only ingredients you are expected to have on hand are salt/pepper, butter and oil.

And you can cancel your subscription at any time. No extra fees etc.

Hello Fresh




Blue Apron

blue apron

And here is how they rated in my opinion.


 So are they worth it?

I say yes, but with a few disclaimers.

If you are feeding yourself and one other person, this is for you! I throw out so much food that my husband and I never get around to eating. I love that they give me exactly the amount I need and no more.

If you would like to learn new cooking techniques or new recipes, this is for you.

If you would like to learn to cook lighter dishes, this is for you.

If you are single and don’t mind eating leftovers, this is for you. Or use it as an excuse to host someone for dinner!

If some weeks the thought of meal planning, grocery shopping and THEN cooking makes you want to cry, this is for you.

If you are feeding a bunch of hungry teenagers, this is not for you. The ratio of portion size to price is not worth it.

If you are a bargain or coupon grocery shopper, this is not for you.

If you are not much of a foodie, this is probably not for you.

So which service did I pick?

I really like Hello Fresh. It was also the first one I tried.

While some of the recipes are not my favorite it does get me in the kitchen rather than in a drive-thru line for dinner.

And for healthy convenience food it’s totally worth it.

I won’t do it every week because there are certain recipes that my family really enjoys that I still want to make, but as a filler for weeks when the thought of thinking through a grocery list makes me want to pluck my eyes out this meal delivery service is perfect!

If you want to try it out use my discount code 6QLT9N for $40 off  your first box from Hello Fresh.

My sister gets photo credit for these hello fresh meals she prepared. :)

Master Bathroom Overhaul- Finished!

Click here to read the Part 1 and Part 2 of this project.

I am so glad to finally have our master bathroom done!

I just wish we had done it sooner.

We had two goals on this bathroom.

Stick to a tight budget.

And make it universally appealing to home buyers since we will be putting our house on the market soon. 

We converted the fiberglass shower stall into a tiled walk-in shower with glass doors to give the bathroom a nice upgrade.

I had the installer take the tile all the way to the ceiling which makes the bathroom feel SO much bigger.




Sink photo Toilet Photo vanity photo PicMonkey Collage



Now you may ask how much did this all cost? Well we spread the cost out over about 9 months. Here is the budget breakdown.

  •  free b/c we did it ourselves- Demo
  • $900- Tile and Materials (Lowes and
  • $1800-Tile Labor and Light Fixture Wiring Installation (Nathan Wolfe and ACEP)
  • $180- Plumbing Fixtures (
  • $320- Vanity with Granite Top (found on craigslist)
  • $5- Mercury Glass knobs for Vanity
  • $650- Glass Shower Doors
  • $20- Light Fixture (found on consignment)
  • $30- Paint
  • $50- Trim

Total: $3955

Our Trip to Bozeman

Joe and I had a great time last week in Bozeman, Montana.

I knew this trip was going to be great when we got off the plane, walked to the car rental counter and got a full-size SUV comped b/c they ran out of the cheap cars. :)

And it just got better.

We had no schedule; so we slept in, took naps, did some sightseeing, fishing, and had lots of great food.

Bozeman is very similar to Asheville, NC.

They have done a great job at maintaining the small town feel while still growing leaps and bounds in the last few years.

The loft apartment we rented ended up being great!

We were within walking distance of lots of great restaurants and shopping.


To see the rental listing click here. 

We were within walking distance of lots of great restaurants and shopping.



We did go to the hot springs in Norris. It was quite the experience. Definitely out of our comfort zone, but so fun.




Grizzly Lake, Yellowstone Park


We ate a lot of bison burgers. They were delish!


Snow on the peaks in Belgrade.


Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Park


Fishing in Yellowstone


We took a tour of a fancy-smancy fly fishing rod manufacturing shop in Twin Bridges.


Sitting in Yellowstone just enjoying the view.


The last day we did a lot of driving around and just enjoying the country-side.


But now it’s Monday, we are home and back to reality.

Have a great week!

Monday Randomness: Trips, Enchiladas, and Leaf Bags

Well we are really globe trotters this month. Sort of.

In an introvert/we really don’t like flying sort of way.

Bozeman, MT and Beaufort, SC are both destinations in October.

Long weekend will be spent in Beaufort just because.

Hurricane Joaquin canceled our plans…

And then we are spending a week in Bozeman just hanging out, fly fishing, going to Yellowstone, shopping and sitting in some hippy dippy hot springs.

Joe and I kept discussing this trip out West that we were going to take someday.

And then I finally said, “What are we waiting on? Let’s just go.”

So we are going.

Norris Hot Springs

We got a sweet place to stay in downtown Bozeman.

For the cost of two nights in a hotel, we got this whole place for a week.

Go check out some of the amazing listings on (including our apartment listing!)


Then last weekend I tried out this SUPER simple recipe on The Pioneer Woman blog.

It’s called Mexican 5 for 5.

It’s genius I tell you.

5 ingredients, 5 recipes.

I whipped up these enchiladas in 30 minutes flat after church last Sunday.

Go check out the recipe here. 


And I know some people choose to put leaves in their leaf bags, but I put clothes in mine.

Seriously, I filled 3 leaf bags with clothes and cleaned out a whole closet this week.

Every time I send stuff to Goodwill for donation I think, “Well there is nothing else left in my house that I don’t need.”

And then I wait a few weeks and find more stuff.

#tryingtobeaminimalist #thestruggleisreal wpid-wp-1443462871664.jpeg

Recipe Index

I have had several people mention that they are having a hard time finding recipes on the blog.

And without paying a website developer to come in and revamp my blog, it’s quite difficult.

There is a search feature on the front page, but it still seems to cause issues.


So I came up with an alternative.

I REVAMPED pinterest.

Or at least my pinterest boards.

All the recipes I recommend or review on the blog will be pinned.

Plus you will see extra recipes that are just my favorites.


You all.

I have a board for just mac and cheese.

And a pizza board. It kinda makes me salivate just looking at it.

So go over to my boards and look around.

There is something for everyone.

Thanks for reading,


My Favorite Soup Recipes

I have become a soup Nazi fanatic.

And I am super picky about my soup recipes.

Here are a few that made the cut.

Now go forth and make soup!

click photos for recipe

Corn and Cheese Chowder

I lighten up this recipe, but it’s a family favorite. Sometimes I also use leftover ham in place of the bacon.

White Bean Chili with Chicken- gluten free and dairy free

I love this recipe! I actually just made it again last weekend.

Great option for white chili without a mix.

Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Soup

I order this soup at a local noodle bar. And this recipe is the best way I can replicate it at home. YUM.

I leave out the tofu and just use chicken. I also have left out the lemongrass; it turns out fine without it.

Basic Chili and Corn Bread Muffins

This is the chili recipe I grew up on. And I still make it regularly.

It’s also awesome with some big crusty grilled cheese sandwiches.

Italian Chicken Noodle Soup

I was never a fan of chicken noodle soup until I came across this recipe. It’s divine!

Beef and Barley by The Food Charlatan

Barley scares me. Or at least it used to. Make this and you too can get over your fear of barley.

Creamy Slow-Cooker Tortellini Soup

My husband LOVES this soup. It’s a great weekday meal. Super fast and flavorful.

Retail Therapy: The Fringe Hours

I read(listened to) A LOT of books this summer. Fifteen to be exact. And this is one of the top two.

Yes, yes, yes to everything in this book. If you are a woman and you live life, you need to read this book.

So so so refreshing!

I have been a long time admirer of Jessica at, but just got around to reading her book.

She has 3 children, works full-time, runs an amazing crafting blog, and writes for (in)

And yet she still finds time for herself.

If you have ever had a hard time saying no to others to the extent that you are stressed out and exhausted, you need to read this book!

This is one (like For the Love) that I will be reading at least twice.

Are you convinced yet?

Go here to purchase the book on Amazon.

This post contains affiliate links to help with the costs associated with this blog. 

My Favorite Fall Recipes plus a plaid shirt that you need!

Fall, Fall, Fall is here.

Or at least it’s almost here.

And that means lots of apples and pumpkins.

Here are a few of my favorite fall recipes.

click each photo for the recipe

Pork Chops with Apples and Cheese Grits
Easy! Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls
Southern Living Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

This cake is divine. I think I leave out the pecans.

Apple Doozie

This dessert pizza is really easy. But I will be honest. I don’t use canned apple.

I just slice the fresh apples really thin, Then add some brown sugar, cinnamon and a couple tbsp of water in a large skillet.

Cook on medium heat until the water evaporates. Then proceed with the rest of the recipe.

Feel free to use canned apple. I won’t think less of you. :)

Biscuit-Style Apple Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are my all time favorite. I may need to make a batch this weekend. Simple food is the best!

All Apple Crisp II

I love fruit crisps and have tried lots of recipes.

But I always come back to this stand-by. It’s great and just so simple.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Scones
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

These⇑ are the best muffins I have ever made. I LOVE them

I was on the hunt for a couple plaid shirts for fall that didn’t gape at the chest and that were long enough to get away with wearing leggings.

Well I found the SHIRT. It’s a boyfriend cut which means its a little over-sized which is perfect if you have a larger chest like me.

click the photo for the link

Old Navy Women’s Boyfriend Plaid Pullover


3 Months of Bad Hair

At the beginning of this year I was in dire need of some help.

Hair help.

This is how my hair is supposed to look.



Unfortunately, my hair did not look like the examples above.

I know I was going through some crazy hormonal stuff at the time which sometimes causes my hair to be extra oily.

But the build-up/oil in my hair was beyond some basic PMS symptoms.

I was not using extra hair products, conditioning, or excessive washing.

I just could NOT get my hair clean.

It was strange and disheartening.

In the past when I had a mild problem of hair product build-up, I had used the old stand-by.

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And I still love this Neutrogena Shampoo.

It’s just not for extreme cases of hair funk.

Anyway, I went to my hair dresser and told her my problem.

She washed my hair and was SHOCKED at how dirty it looked even after a deep shampoo and blow out.

So she said, ” Go buy cheap Suave Natural Clarifying Shampoo and use it for every wash.”

click photo for affliate link

I have to say I was a little skeptical, but I did as she said.

And after two weeks my hair funk was cured.

I still only wash my hair every 2-3 days, but the oily build-up is gone.

And I am so thankful to have my normal hair back.

Thanks, Rebecca!!!!