Recipe: Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Welcome today to a new recipe I just tried: Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! Please PinIt! So, I’m still on a quest to lose 15-20 pounds. I started last January and actually lost 10 pounds by doing the Daniel Plan diet (detox for 10 days and then clean eating for the next few weeks). On top of that I cut out sugar for 21 days. I checked the labels and didn’t eat anything that had any sugar in it. I {Read More}

Five 3-Ingredient Crock-Pot Dinners My Family Loves!

It’s getting to be busy fall time! Rehearsals, classes, practices–almost all of our afternoons and evenings are full. So, I don’t have time to spend in the kitchen getting dinner ready. I love crock-pot meals because they are fast and easy. But, they have to taste good and look good, too! Be sure to Pin It for later! Here are some easy 3-ingredient crock-pot dinners:  (Click through each title for the recipe, grocery list, and serving ideas.) 1. Turkey Breast Turkey {Read More}

Recipe: Angel Food Cake Frosting

  My mother-in-law has been making this Angel Food Cake Frosting for birthdays for years!  My daughter wanted it for her birthday this year, so I’m happy to share the recipe with you. I just used a box mix to make the angel food cake. Angel Food Cake Frosting: 2 cups sugar 2 egg whites 1/2 cup water 1/2 teaspoon vanilla food coloring (optional) Put about 2 inches of hot water in a saucepan and set heat to high.  Mix {Read More}

Craftsy Classes 50% off!

  I don’t know if you have ever tried a Craftsy class, but they are really neat!  I’ve watched a few of the cooking ones.  I love that they remain yours forever, so you can watch them over and over (and use them for your kids!)  Summer is a perfect time to try them out.  Choose from cooking, sewing, cake decorating, gardening, crafts, knitting, photography–browse their classes and see what you want! And they are having a BIG Summer Sale. All {Read More}

Heart Healthy Recipes With Campbell’s Soup

  We are always thinking about ways to be healthier around our home. I’m not great at it, but here are a few things we do: save desserts for the weekends, cook most meals at home rather than eating out, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Another thing I do is buy the Healthy Request Campbell’s soups because they have less sodium and no MSG. Campbell’s Soup wants you to “Address Your Heart” with Heart Healthy Tips, recipes and more! {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: Turkey Chowder recipe

I pray you are all having a very blessed Thanksgiving today!  Below is one of my favorite pictures.  My oldest (who turns 13 in a few days) did this when he was 6!     Be sure to enter all my awesome giveaways this week.  There are about 6 or 7, depending on when you read this! I made a new soup a few weeks ago that was really good– Turkey Chowder!  I had cooked up a turkey breast in {Read More}

Review of “Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey For Families”

  I’m really excited about the resource I’m reviewing today: Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey For Families by Amy Blevins. It’s an Advent Guide chock full of all kinds of wonderful ideas–and it’s only $4.99! Here are some examples of ideas I got from it that I’m going to try this year: Listening to a great version of A Christmas Carol on CD, wrapping up our Christmas books and opening one each day, using advent candles, listening to wonderful music–songs I haven’t {Read More}

Have You Tried Out Craftsy?

  Have you ever heard of Craftsy?  It’s a great new way to learn a variety of homemaking skills! What is Craftsy? Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for {Read More}

35+ Winner Meals for Fall

This week I’ve been experimenting with some new recipes, and they haven’t gone over well.  I was trying the “make-ahead frozen and then put in the crock-pot” meals.  They’re too mushy and don’t “present” well.  So, my husband helped me go through my recipes to identify the winners and get a list ready for fall. Here are my best meals.  I hope to add some photos to the posts (and the rest of the recipes) in the coming months–but only {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: Homemade Tortillas

  I did something this week that I’ve been wanting to do for years!  I made homemade tortillas! We’re doing a unit study about the American Girl Josefina who lived in New Mexico in 1824.  We got the recipe for tortillas from the Josefina Cook Book.  The kids helped make them and everyone loved them!  We eat a lot of tortillas every week, so I think I’ll invest in a tortilla press (like they sell on Amazon) to make the {Read More}

Don’t Forget! Motivated Moms and Slow Cooker Cookbook

Both are on sale until Wednesday! The Motivated Moms Planner! Motivated Moms is a printable chore planning system to help you have a clean and organized home and still have time for yourself! Just consult the list each day, do the work, check it off, and enjoy your free time. Here is a special coupon code for I Choose Joy! readers: $1 off any 2013 Planner with the code JOY, good until January 2, 2013.  Tell your friends! AND  E-book promotion {Read More}

Review of “Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: Use Two Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals”by Cheryl Moeller

  Last review of 2011:  Creative Slow-Cooker Meals:  Use Two  Slow Cookers for Tasty and Easy Meals by Cheryl Moeller. When Cheryl first told me about her cookbook and its focus on using two slow cookers, I had my husband buy us a second one as soon as they were on sale at Aldi!  This is such a cool idea.  The cookbook is divided into the following sections:  Breakfast, Shopping Local, Passport to the Nations, Simple Meals, Bulk Bargains, Parties, {Read More}

Review and Giveaway of NuNaturals Stevia products

  What a fun post today!  Thank you so much to the NuNaturals company for sending me a box of wonderful natural sugar-free gluten-free products to try out!  I received five bottles of liquid NuStevia:  Peppermint, Vanilla, Orange, Lemon, and Plain; a package of Presweet Tagatose; and NuStevia Prebiotic blend. Stevia is derived from a leaf that is used as a sweetener.  Many Stevia products on the market have a bitter aftertaste, but not NuStevia!  NuNaturals sells it in powdered {Read More}

Canning Crock Pot Apple Butter- A Tutorial

**Jars of this delicious homemade Apple Butter would make an awesome Christmas gift! Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address * First Name Are you ready to make some yummy apple butter? My husband LOVES it, so I’ve been making lots every fall for the past few years.  Here’s the recipe: Crock Pot Apple Butter 20 apples, cored and cut into pieces (keep skins on) 2 cups apple cider (or substitute apple juice or water) 3 cups {Read More}

Crock-pot Turkey Breast and Cranberry Sauce

Such an easy meal, and really good for the fall!  I made this yesterday. It’s one of the few meals that ALL my kids will eat!  One thing I do every November is buy lots (10-15) of bags of cranberries when they’re on sale around Thanksgiving.  No preparation needed–just throw them in the freezer.  I love to make cranberry sauce throughout the year.  We had that yesterday, too!  It’s also great for my Cranberry Roast recipe. How to cook a {Read More}

Meals for 7/14 – 7/20, 2012

I’m going to start putting my weekly meal list here to see if I can simplify my life a bit.  Then, I’ll be able to come back here in future and not think about it again! Meals for 7/14 – 7/20, 2012 Saturday:  Poppyseed Kabobs 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 cup each of zucchini, red bell peppers, not-too-ripe peaches, mushrooms, onions half bottle of Kraft Signature Collection Creamy Poppyseed Dressing Cut chicken and veggies into kabob sizes.  Marinate in {Read More}

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches- Pinterest Challenge

Last night I made these yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, that I originally saw on Pinterest.  I used my husband’s wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe. This post is linked up to the Pinterest Challenge.   New Quizno’s Coupons! Get Free Small Sub with purchase of any sub of equal or greater value and a large Fountain Drink. $1 Off a Regular create your own steak or Chicken Sub or $2 Off a Large create your own steak or Chicken {Read More}

What’s going on Today?

Well, I have slept through the night (7 hours in a row) the last TWO nights!  I don’t think that has happened in years!  Of course, I’m still so sleep-deprived that I don’t feel any better yet, but maybe if the trend continues. . . .  I’ve felt like I’ve been living in a cloud for so long, it’s hard to remember what it’s like to be clear-headed.  I’m going to try Claritan to help with my allergies–got the doctor’s {Read More}

Chuck Roast with Veggies and Gravy

I finally learned how to make gravy!  This is one of our favorite meals. Chuck Roast with Veggies and Gravy chuck roast 2 large onions, cut in large pieces 6 cloves garlic, minced (pressed) package of mushrooms, cut in large pieces 2 t. beef bouillon (Better Than Bouillon paste) bag of carrots, peeled and cut in large pieces a few potatoes, cut in large pieces Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Brown roast, onions, garlic, and mushrooms in skillet.  Add 2 {Read More}

Spinach-Artichoke Dip recipe

Spinach-Artichoke Dip 1 can marinated artichoke hearts 1 pkg (9-11 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1 garlic clove, pressed 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese Coursely chop artichokes.  Mix it with spinach, mayo, and sour cream.  Add pressed garlic and Parmesan cheese.  Mix well. Spoon into oven-safe baking dish and bake 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.  Serve with chips, pita bread, crackers, or raw veggies!