What’s cooking?

One of my favorite things about colder weather, is all of the hearty meals I put out on the table. Vegetable beef soup, Mac n cheese, chili…What is even better, is the crock pot recipes. Any parent knows, that the crock pot or insta pot is one of the best kitchen inventions.

Lately, the family has been running around like crazy. Honey and I have been putting in long hours at work, squeezing in holiday fun,and we have been trying to update our house. Which means by the end of the day neither of us want to be on our feet over the stove. Da da da dahhh- in comes the crock pot!Some people say its cheat cooking, I think its genius!

One of the recipes I like to make is POT ROAST. I learned how to make this years ago from my mom. I grew up eating it and now the boys will. Kevin was trying to describe the flavors to the them the other night while I dished it out and he used savory. That’s my guy! Who can say no to meat and potatoes! Not this family! ( I later found out that our boys are pickier than I thought, and they may have gone to bed without a snack. )

My pot roast:

1 – 2 pounds of chuck roast, not frozen

1 can of cream of mushroom soup

1 cup of chicken broth

1 pack of onion soup mix

Chopped carrots

Cubed potatoes

1 can of corn

( you can add green beans if you’d like )

Pour the soup, broth and mix over top of the roast and veggies, set to low for 6-7 hours. That’s it!! It’s creamy, hearty, and savory. It is also great for left overs!

My kitchen guru, go-to, inspiration is the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. I can thank my step mom for that! I have all of her cookbooks, her dishes, utensils, you name it! She has beautiful products that match my farm house décor, perfect. Her cook books, blog, and website are full of delicious recipes and she provides great tips on how to make your cooking experience that much better. She also sets a great example on how a family and kitchen should be ran. I admire her for that. I wish I had more time to spend at home and in the kitchen teaching the littles. I look forward to filling my boy’s tummies with her expertise and my cold weather pinterest finds this winter. What are some of your favorite crock pot recipes? Who is your kitchen guru?



Elf on the shelf


Ive been excited for the arrival of this little fella for quite some time. He was given as a gift for my son last Christmas. Bennett is now almost 3 and my soon to be stepson is almost 5! Perfect ages for the elf to show up I thought! The boys decided to name him “Robot Magee” after some careful consideration. I was secretly praying for them to stay away from “ Mr. Mcfart”,  “Stinkle”, and similar names. I don’t think I could have written them down in the book. Boys will be boys.

We decided to introduce him to the family after Thanksgiving. He brought an elf on the shelf candy cane for each kiddo, his book, and a little note. I think notes to the boys will make it seem a little more magical. Also, I get to practice my 1st grade handwriting skills.
We read to the boys every night before bed, so we got to sit down and read the book that Robot Magee brought. It is such a cute book! If you are thinking about brining the elf into your family traditions, I recommend getting the entire package rather than just the elf by himself.

Our elf has visited a couple nights so far, he has shared many secrets with Santa about my two rascals at home. This year they wished for a fast racing car and a power ranger megazord. Our oldest has been on his best behavior( YAY), although it takes a gentle reminder that our elf friend is watching sometimes. Our youngest, Bennett, doesn’t really care at this point. Which is a little bit of a bummer, but maybe he will warm up as we get further into December.

I have seen so many funny, creative ideas on how to hide and decorate our elf. What are some of your favorites? I can’t wait to show you our family elf adventures through-out this month!

Stay warm,



A little stress relief

Hey guys, I’m writing a quick post because I know everyone has those stressful days. Sometimes you feel like you can’t keep up, whether it’s at home or at work, with friends or partners. I’ve been there, I’m still there actually. It helps to know that you are not alone. How can you keep your life “maintained” when the world doesn’t stop turning?

One thing I have taken from my journey when dealing with stress and even anxiety, is that you have to take it a day at a time. You are one person. When I take a step back and realize that I can’t get everything on my to-do list done right now, or I can’t answer all 50 voicemails at work right this minute because I am one person, it becomes real. My expectations become a reality.

I know what it’s like to juggle a busy home life and a full time job on top of multiple other things. Constantly on the go with little time to yourself. Constant focus on little feet running around..But, you need that self time! You need to take a part of each day and do something for yourself. Why? Because it’s good for your mental health. I make sure to keep a tight schedule, self time included, and I have my calendar handy for scheduling my family life. Organization is key! ( I love BlueSky products like this planner) I am also a huge essential oil user at home and at work! I am the all natural go to gal! My favorite product right now is the “tranquil” roll on through Young Living. It has lavender and cedarwood, just a couple deep breaths and I already feel relaxed.

Here are a couple things I brought into my life to help me get through those rough days:

But, above all, the best thing you can do for yourself is to find support. Thankfully I have a great partner who is my rock, but I also see my doctor regularly and participate in counseling. Just know that you aren’t alone.  You can do this, you rock!

Sincerely, Mom Maintained