fruit skewers

Aren’t these fruit skewers beautiful?!  I can’t actually take the credit for them, I got the idea  from Pinterest, of course!  The fruit dip, however, is my little twist on the traditional marshmallow creme fruit dip that has been around for years.  It’s sweet, slightly tangy, and highly addictive!  I made this for a shower last weekend, and it was a hit.

Speaking of the shower, there is actually a little story behind this fruit dip.  Do you ever have those moments where you really feel like you’ve got it going on?  And about that time, you quickly realize that you don’t and you just need Jesus!  I’ll be honest, lately I have had a little bit of a pride issue going on.  Of course, I didn’t realize it at the time, but a few things have happened within the past week or two that have made it pretty obvious what or more appropriately “who” I’ve been all about – ME.  You see, I went to this shower with my new dress, my fruit skewers, my homemade fruit dip, my homemade punch (from my upcoming cookbook no less), and my baby boy in tow.  I was feeling pretty “put together,” if you know what I mean.  Well, after a few things went wrong that weren’t in my plans for the day, my true colors began to show through.  I let a few silly things stress me out and as the day unfolded, I hurt the feelings of someone close to me, because I was so consumed with me and mine.

You see, ever since becoming a mom, I have felt a pressure like I’ve never known.  All of the sudden, keeping the house clean, keeping my appearance up, staying social, and just living up to the expectations set by myself and society has proven to be very difficult and exhausting.  I have found myself wanting so badly to portray the image of what I think I “should” be.  And the day of the shower I thought I was doing a pretty good job of that, but it had just of become all about me.  As soon as a few little things went wrong, and my image wasn’t so picture perfect, I became stressed and honestly, a little rude.  When I’m all about me, I become less about serving the Lord and serving others.

All of that to say, I’m hoping that this dip will serve as a reminder to me the next time I make it for a party or gathering that I don’t have to be perfect.  I don’t have to appear as if I have it all together, all of the time, because let’s face it, I don’t.  Even if I do appear that way sometimes in the eyes of others, what have I really gained throughout that?  Approval from my peers, lots of time and money spent trying to impress, resulting in more stress when something goes wrong or isn’t perfect?  First of all, I don’t really think it’s possible to  “be all of the things,” and at the end of the day it won’t bring me true joy.  I would love to be the kind of person who looks for ways to serve others, who is attentive to their feelings and needs, and I can’t do that when I’m so focussed on myself that I don’t really see anyone else.

So, I hope you will try this fruit dip, because it really is delish.  But if you make it for a party or gathering, don’t put so much pressure on yourself, because we aren’t perfect, and no one really expects us to be.   We don’t have to do it all, all of the time, isn’t there some real freedom in that?!

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Date posted: March 4, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Appetizer Dessert Snacks

PB Oat Bars

I have several variations of snacks on this blog that involve peanut butter.  I just can’t help myself, it’s pretty much my favorite food, and I almost always have several jars on hand.  Have you tried my 100 calorie No-Bake Cookies yet?  Or how about my 5 ingredients PB Chocolate Chippers?  Or my Peanut Butter Granola Bars?    Okay, I’ll stop, you get the picture, I like peanut butter okay!

My latest peanut butter creation are my No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars.  These are yummy, super easy, and full of  fiber and protein, a great grab and go snack.  Which is exactly what I am looking for with a 4 month old at home!

Check out the video below to see just how fast and simple these are to whip up…


Date posted: January 21, 2015 | Author: | 2 Comments »

Categories: Breakfast Dessert Snacks

sliced boiled egg

Well I’m back at it!  I made my first Youtube video in 4 months, yikes, it’s been so long!  This was just a quick informal video to kickstart my regular videos again, which I will be posting every Wednesday beginning next week.  So be sure to look for those on Wednesdays, and Subscribe so you will get the videos in your inbox every time I upload a new one.

Go ahead and watch this one to see me in mom mode, made this one during the little man’s nap!    I have shared a healthy snacking idea for new/busy moms and dads.  And the star ingredient is…EGGS!

 

 

Date posted: January 5, 2015 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Health and Diet Pregnancy Snacks

granola

This is a granola recipe I have been making for several years now, and I absolutely love it!  You may want to make this just so your whole house will smell amazing, it’s like edible potpourri!  A wonderful treat on a crisp fall day.  Enjoy this granola over yogurt, ice cream, or just by the handful!

 

Date posted: October 16, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Breakfast Dessert Holidays Snacks

pizza rolls

Who didn’t love those frozen pepperoni pizza rolls as kid?!  I know I did, but those deep fried little nuggets probably aren’t the healthiest after school snack.  So I have come up with these easy, cheesy homemade pizza rolls that are so quick to make and bake!

Be sure to watch the video below for how to really get creative with these.  The kids are gonna love them, and you probably will to ;)

 

Date posted: August 15, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Appetizer Snacks