Throwback Thursday photo, Christmas magic

Addie, age 3 looks out at the snow

I LOVE this picture. It was taken in our old house at our acreage in northern Iowa. My then 3-year-old was watching a snow storm outside and I was breaking in my newly purchased DSLR camera. The result was her looking out the window and me capturing the moment for all posterity. I can remember how she was so excited to see the snow. Now that she is almost 8, the magic is not so prominent which makes this picture all the more special to me.

I think of this picture each year as we approach the holidays and remember how special her face was to me. I think it embodies the magic the holiday season brings. I hope I can continue to capture these moments on my childrens faces as they continue to grow. They change so fast.

Happy Throwback Thursday! Tonight I am off to watch another football game for Tyler…. Fall continues to fly by.



All day meatball stew

Disclosure: 🙂 Since I am new to this whole blogging thing and since I am NOT a professional photographer… I will simply do my best to share my favorite recipes with as appealing of photos as I can accomplish. I am not a professional, I do this for a hobby so please bear with me.

We are entering the season of colder weather, and my default for this kind of hectic night is an easy recipe that can be accomplished with minimal effort on my part, is wonderful left over, and is easy to make and throw together in the morning. The result? All day meatball stew. I LOVE this stew! In may families 1-10 rating scale this routinely gets a “10”. I have made it for holidays, on weekends, taken it to tailgates, you name it. It is a regular in my homes rotation and paired with french or chewy bread and crackers and topped with italian cheese is delicious.

I really don’t remember where I got this recipe so I cannot give specific credit to anyone. It is one of those recipes that has been passed on from party to party and through the years at get togethers when someone says “can I have that recipe” and I can rattle it off by heart. To me, it is that good.

The ingredients are simple. I hear it is wonderful paired with a red wine or Chianti. But to me, watching football on the couch with my family on a cool fall winter night it is perfect paired with just your favorite bread.

So enjoy! I would love to hear your feedback.

All day Meatball Stew

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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3 cans Italian style diced tomatoes (with basil, garlic and oregano)

1 small bag frozen mixed vegetables

1 package southern style cubed hash browns

3-4 cups beef broth

1 bag frozen meatballs, whichever style you prefer (smaller work best)

Shredded italian cheese as a topper

Mix the above ingredients in your crock pot on low and let cook all day. The longer it cooks, the better the flavor from the meatballs. Serve with bread and topped with shredded italian cheese

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Fall is here…you can tell by my hair color 😀


My hair is finally the auburn and chestnut colors that are the tell-tale hint that fall has arrived. This is… By far… one of my favorite times of the year.

Farmers in the fields, football, crisp air, turning leaves, scarves, boots, apples and pumpkins all signify the change in seasons… And so does my hair color.

  Those who know me know I go pretty blonde in the summer. Yes it takes a lot of bleach but it does accentuate my tan (at least I believe it does). Once that tan is gone, so is the blonde. I LOVE that my stylist is willing to play with color and add the red too.

Plus it helps push me along when I get my Ipsy products and they are all fall based browns as well! Eeek! It all means fall has arrived! If you want to hear more about that click here September Ipsy Bag

Admittedly I change a few things when fall arrives. I love fall decor, so my burlap pumpkins made by my grandma go up, my fall garland and Halloween decorations find their place, my burlap jack-o-lantern table runner goes on my table. Fall candles replace summer scents, even my cooking changes as the season changes. I love the comfort foods of the cooler months. More baking, more soups and stews… I have even made chili already!

What things signify the change in seasons for you? What things change in your home? Work? Beauty routine? How does your cooking change? What traditions do you have?

I am happy to welcome in this change in seasons. The months of October through December are some of the most rewarding to me. The family time the holiday season brings, the smells, the sports, all fill me with a sense of family. I can even admit (secretively) that this time of year I have been known to listen to a Christmas song or two.. I love the memories those songs bring to mind. Don’t call me crazy, just nostalgic!

So here’s to fall scents, fall smells, fall cooking, and fall hair color! Enjoy the season along with me… and savor it before it is gone.