Home Baked Joy

Home Baked Joy

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Quick and Easy Lunches – Marinated Vegetable Pasta Salad with Feta

Quick and Easy Lunches – Marinated Vegetable Pasta Salad with Feta

Today’s quick and easy lunch, Marinated Vegetable Pasta Salad with Feta, just made me simply happy:)  While it is quick and easy, it takes longer than my previous quick and easy lunch, Strawberry Spinach Salad.  This lunch requires some chopping and ideally it’s best to […]

Quick and Easy Lunches – Strawberry Spinach Salad

Quick and Easy Lunches – Strawberry Spinach Salad

Eating healthy does not have to be difficult.  Today for lunch as I opened up my fridge my first thought was, “There’s nothing to eat.”  Then I looked again and found a plethora of options.  I want to do a mini series called “Quick and […]

Joy Amidst the Storms

Joy Amidst the Storms

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma (not to mention Katia and Jose), I have been doing a lot of thinking and pondering about our day and age. With all of this destruction and chaos, how can we possibly find joy? I have […]

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders. Yum.  You guys!!!  This recipe is SO easy to make and my kids went crazy about it.  I had some shaved Parmesan Cheese leftover from Costco and wanted to make something quick but yummy for my family.  I also had some […]

Healthy Menu Plan January 2017 Week 4

Healthy Menu Plan January 2017 Week 4

My mom was in town this week and we had a lot of fun touring different retirement communities and watching my son be Aladdin in his school play.  It was a busy but fun week!  While I made a healthy menu plan for this week, […]

Healthy Menu Plan January 2017 Week 3

Healthy Menu Plan January 2017 Week 3

So…Dave went to the doctor and was told he needed to lose a little bit of weight:)  He was sent home with some healthy menu plan tips and advice and will go back for a follow up visit in a few months.  To show my […]

Potato Spinach Egg Scrambler

Potato Spinach Egg Scrambler

This is just a quick little post to share one of my favorite ways to get vegetables in for breakfast.  I LOVE making Egg Scramblers.  This one is a Potato Spinach Egg Scrambler, though you can really adapt it to what you have on hand […]

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

What’s for dinner?  Have you ever heard those words?  I know I do, ALL THE TIME lately.  When you have a gaggle of kids like I do, you are constantly trying to come up with good meals.  That said, more often than not, you need […]

Zucchini Chili – Delicious and Nutritious

Zucchini Chili – Delicious and Nutritious

With summer comes an abundance of zucchini in my garden.  While the harvest is amazing, I needed to come up with different ideas on how to use it so I decided to make a Zucchini Chili.  I must say, it was a HUGE success.  My […]

Food Blogger Pro Review – Monetize and Improve YOUR Blog

Food Blogger Pro Review – Monetize and Improve YOUR Blog

Disclaimer:  Please note, this post contains affiliate links.  Thanks for your support! I just wanted to take a minute and write a review for Food Blogger Pro.  I first signed for Food Blogger Pro when I wanted to improve upon my food photography.  I found […]

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Today for lunch I made a Strawberry Balsamic Salad recipe.  It was SO good!!!  I live in California and right now we are surrounded by local, fresh strawberries.  There are several strawberry stands close to my home and it is my favorite time of year […]

Four Cheese Italian Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

Four Cheese Italian Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

Italian lasagna with a homemade bolognese sauce is a special treat for our family.  I was SO lucky to marry into a family with an Italian heritage.  “Boompa,” as we called him, was 100% Italian and my husband is quarter Italian, so I have learned […]


Inspiration

Joy Amidst the Storms

Joy Amidst the Storms

Lake Atitlan Guatemala - Finding Joy Amidst Storms #homebakedjoy

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma (not to mention Katia and Jose), I have been doing a lot of thinking and pondering about our day and age. With all of this destruction and chaos, how can we possibly find joy? I have several close friends who have been affected or who will be affected. I truly believe that we are in the last days before the Second Coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ. These storms and afflictions will only get worse prior to His coming. Yet, I have seen the greatest side of humanity these past few weeks. People helping people, helping hands lifting the broken hearted and succoring the weak of body and spirit. I am humbled by what I have seen and have shed many tears of joy as well as sorrow. (more…)


Finding Joy

Joy Amidst the Storms

Joy Amidst the Storms

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma (not to mention Katia and Jose), I have been doing a lot of thinking and pondering about our day and age. With all of this destruction and chaos, how can we possibly find joy? I have […]

Overcoming Fear with Faith

Overcoming Fear with Faith

Overcoming fear will be a lifetime struggle and challenge for most of us.  We may have fear of failure, abandonment, rejection, or fear of the unknown.  I think I struggle with the last one most of all.  Fear of the unknown.  I went on a […]

Book Review for Evarance – Rise of the Shadows

Book Review for Evarance – Rise of the Shadows

This is a book review for the new release of the book Evarance – Rise of the Shadows.  First of all, I am a little bit biased because my sister wrote the book.  That said, I LOVED this book!!!  I mean, wow.  I had no […]

Finding Joy through Adversity

Finding Joy through Adversity

Today I want to talk about finding joy through adversity.  This past week I flew back East to attend a funeral which is why I haven’t posted recently.  This is a poem that was read at the funeral: Timur’s  Poem Although your work on earth […]

The Art of Homemaking

The Art of Homemaking

There is an art to homemaking.  It is one I think I will have to take my entire life to figure out.  I often have to remind myself that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Often I tend to have an all or nothing attitude, […]