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Random Things Wednesday

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Happy Wednesday, friends!

This quote: “And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly…. God is not ashamed of the lowliness of human beings. God marches right in. He chooses people as his instruments and performs his wonders where one would least expect them. God is near to lowliness; he loves the lost, the neglected, the unseemly, the excluded, the weak and broken.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

There’s been some fun with breakfast this week. Adding syrup to breakfast sausage, blueberry muffins. I’ve never made muffins from scratch, but I’d love to sometime soon. Any recipe suggestions? I’m welcome to all.



I’m a big fan of Dooney & Bourke, and a couple of months ago I stumbled across a vintage bag online for a reasonable price. *Cue happy dance*

J has helped me soften and treat the leather, and it’s become one of my favorite bags. I get a lot of interesting comments about it, from “Wow, that’s an old purse.” to “Cool, vintage!” All of which make me smile.


I’m currently reading Living the Proverbs, by Chuck Swindoll, and it’s been both refreshing and convicting. I’m learning that wisdom is more than simply being smart, but making decisions that affirm and help God’s working in my life. Orderly thinking is a gift from God and one way we bear his image.

I’ve also been doodling up a storm lately, inking up whatever holiday line comes to mind. If you were to visit our house you’d see them placed all over the place. (Thankfully, J loves it.)


We made this Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet last night, and it was amazing. It wasn’t even finished cooking and J was all We are definitely making this again.

Is it strange that I like writing in a planner as much as I do? Smart phones with cool calendar apps are great and all, but there is something about pen and paper that I don’t think I’ll ever not enjoy. The stickers, the highlighting, it’s a marvelous mess.


Thanks for reading along with my random thoughts.

Hope your Wednesday is a sweet one!

Recipes On My ‘To-Make’ List

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Recipes On My 'To-Make' List | heartnatured

Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Mozzarella – I’ve always wanted to make a meal with gnocchi, but alas. This month, it is.

The Ultimate Meat Lovers Pizza – An ultimate indulgence for me.

Apple Crisp Baked Brie – Tart and sweet is a marvelous combination; making this could be an adventure.

Tortellini Tomato Soup – Soups are where it’s at for the cold months, and I enjoy tortellini.

Cinnamon Crunch Bagel Loaf – Solely because I like breads.

New Orleans Style Gumbo – Looks intriguing! And flavorful.

— Any particular recipes on your December list?

Mediterranean Chicken & Vegetable Quiche

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Yes, you read correctly: mediterranean chicken and vegetable quiche.

Found it via Clean Eating Magazine and thought, J really digs Mediterranean food, we’ll give this a shot. (PS – the crust may not look very pretty, but it was quite yummy.) I’ve posted it for you here, but if you’re ever looking for a lighter version of your favorite dish? This website/magazine might what you’re looking for.

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Sweet Potato Sausage Egg Casserole

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A goal of mine for 2015 is to try and execute this nicely wrapped challenge to the human diet to remain a healthy weight. I’m sure you’ve heard it before…

“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper”

It makes sense when you think about it. When you eat a big breakfast your body has all day to move and digest… when you eat a large dinner, you sit on the couch or go to sleep feeling like you swallowed a watermelon.

At first, I was all “I can’t eat 600 calories of cereal!” (Naturally… Special K girl all the way.)

Then I realized the key to making breakfast the largest meal of the day is either variety (bowl of protein-packed cereal, apple, and piece of buttered toast) OR this casserole dish.


  • 8 eggs (we actually use 10-12)
  • 10-12 asparagus spears, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  •  1 small onion, chopped
  •  4 links/1 package of any sausage you like (I use turkey sausage.)
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, microwaved or baked until mostly cooked
  •  2 small tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 16-oz package portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil


  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  Evenly spread the coconut oil in bottom of 9×13 baking/casserole pan.
  3.  Beat the eggs together in a small bowl and set aside.
  4.  Place all remaining vegetables and sausage in the pan.
  5.  Pour the eggs over the top and season with salt and peppers.
  6.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the eggs are baked and set. A knife inserted will come out clean and the top will be a nice golden brown.

Serves 6-8