2019 Word of the Year: Healthy

This year’s word wasn’t hard to choose like last year…
I think if I had a word for 2018 it would have been “Enough”
Enough with everything.

2018 was a hard year for us.
A hard, hard, very hard year for us.

The first half was okay.
The second half starting around July
was when the proverbial “crap” hit the fan.

By July my mother-in-law began a downward health spiral
that would later claim her life.

During that spiral, my husband & I would be there every step of the way.
Honestly, we thought she would get better enough to live at an assisted living,
but much to our dismay, she had given up and wanted nothing more than to let go…
And she did…
A couple of weeks ago…

We miss her terribly every day
and… we just miss her.

Which comes to the 2019 word of the year.

Healthy.

Over the past 6 months,
I have literally been eating my feelings.
Not only that but with things going the way they were,
I had begun to understand healthy relationships and what they truly look like,
and how unhealthy relationships can pretty much destructive they can be.
UR’s can insidiously destroy a person.
But I digress…

In 2018 I put others over self to the point where I ended up in the ER in a bad way.
The doctor told me,  I don’t know what you’ve got going on but if you don’t relax, the stress of it all will kill you.

I didn’t know what to say when he said that,
but what I did know is that all the stress ended there.

With all this said
2019 is the year of Healthy

Healthy Relationships
Healthy Boundaries
Healthy Growth in All Areas
Healthy Me.

I am going to be the healthiest version of myself and live my best life, why?

Why not?

Healthy

Me at my heaviest weight ever 210lbs just a week ago. I smile because I’m blessed, but 210 is not going to be hanging out with me in 2019.

What’s your word of 2019?

Tschüss bis später Deutschland

Guys…

We did it.
We made it 3 years in Germany
&
What an incredible journey it was!

 

We grew closer as a family.

We traveled all over Europe
and
made friends with people from all over the world.

We created lots of fun memories
and as we look back on our time here in Germany
we can’t help but wonder what awesomeness awaits us at our new location.

Stay tuned for new adventures in Florida!

 

The Good…

“Everyday might not be good, but it is good in everyday”

Pool day

I’m not sure who originally said this, but I know it’s not me and at this point, I am too tired to google. (I’m certain you’ve been this tired before, right?)

This quote has become something like a mantra to me as of late. Every day might not be good, but there is good in every single day, although you might not see it at the time.

I do a thing where I reflect on the day as I’m laying in bed and it’s 0 dark thirty in the morning, and I should be asleep, but it’s quiet and the babies (all 4 of them) are sleeping and life is perfect in those deliciously quiet moments.

Anyway, as I reflect on the day, I try to see it from all angles. I try to see if I was kind, or if I extended the right amount of grace (because God knows I need it extended to me all the time), if I was a good mom today, or if I was not… I wonder if I was loving enough from afar with my husband or if I was the listening friend and not the overwhelming one. I ask myself if I left a person feeling peaceful and happy after an encounter with me, or if I made them feel less than.

About 70% of the time I rock the day, then there’s that 30% where I could have done better. I should have done better and I know it. Ever felt that? Yeah, we’re in it together sister!

So then, the good. As I lay in bed, overthinking I remember the aforementioned quote, and then I focus on the good.

The good like:
-The daily walks with the kids
-New baseball teams that are super welcoming and friendly
-Time at the pool (The Foodie Critic’s most favorite thing to do)
-Living in a place with constant sunshine
-The shopping and DELIVERY services available to us
-Amazing schools with beautifully brilliant teachers that bless my children daily. I really thank God for them.
-New friends found in the unlikeliest of places
-Finding Home (More on this later)

Y’all… Let’s do something this week. Let’s focus on the good. In a world where the news and everything are bombarding us with bad news, let’s focus on the good, and be light where we can. Shine bright this week friends, and allow the space for others to turn their lights on too. We all can make this place a little bit more sparkly if we try.

Until Next Taste,

Foodie Finds Home

Daily walk

 

 

 

 

I am grateful for my resilience and the ability to see the good in any situation. I enjoy a challenge as I know that growth is on the other end, and I hope I am instilling these traits in my children.

And I say…. Hey, What’s going on?

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Story of my life as of late… lol

I have been putting off this post for a while… Things have been less than (insert adjective here).

While I like to keep it uplifting and positive here, I realize that it is my responsibility to be as transparent and authentic as possible…

Life right now is ugly, messy, crazy, beautiful, chaotic, and surprisingly sometimes wonderful, with heaps of grace sprinkled in.

I arrived in Florida on the 7th of August “expecting” to be here for 2 weeks. That means I packed for 2 weeks, my kids were packed for 2 weeks, and we had return flights for 2 weeks from the day we arrived.

It is the 15th of September and I am still in the United States of America. That’s not to say it doesn’t have good moments(hey Chipotle, Target, and Costco), but the mess of it is, I wasn’t prepared.

I wasn’t prepared for the task at hand. My husband and I along with our four children are relocating to the states so that my Mother-in-Law can move in with us.

She is not in the best of health and can no longer live alone. One option was assisted living, but honestly, who wants to live out the last years of their lives with strangers? I mean, it works for some people and that’s awesome, but for me, as someone who has a very strong sense of family I couldn’t see letting that happen… at least not right now.

So the Mother-in-Law will be joining us in the new digs (more on the new digs later, I promise). Huzzah!

I am grateful for the opportunity that my children will have to be able to spend time with their grandmother. I am a firm believer that grandmothers make life better, mine certainly enhanced my life and gave me invaluable wisdom that I carry with me and use often.. So it was a no-brainer when faced with the choice of one city sans grandmother, or another city with grandmother; we chose with.

Now that we’re here in the thick of things, I still would not change my choice. In a perfect world I would have more of a support system (not having good girlfriends nearby sucks), like really, going this alone sucks, but change anything? Nope.

So with this being said, you my dear readers are now along for the ride. The very bumpy, topsy turvy, and occasionally smooth ride. This platform will now become a bit of a haven… Not only for me, but for anyone who has had their lives put on hold, turned upside down, and are still standing from it. We are warriors, we are nurturers, we are carers, in a world that doesn’t care for much. Onward and upwards friends. I look forward to sharing this part of my journey with you.

Until next taste,
Lori
aka
Foodie Lady

 

Easy and Delicious 5-Minute Hummus

Did you guys know that May 21st is
National Hummus Day?

I know I haven’t gotten into it yet on this blog,
but before we moved to Europe,  our little family (at the time)
had the distinct pleasure of spending a few years living in the Middle East.

At first, (I’m going to be completely honest here…)
It wasn’t my favorite, but after a few months, I slowly found my groove,
made some new friends after leaving my family and everything back in America
and I began to fall in love with my new surroundings.

I fell in love with the people, the country, and the cuisine.
(Y’all seriously… the food!)

Hummus, was my snack of choice and although,
nothing can beat experiencing it in a Middle Eastern country, however
making this 5 minute version can definitely curb a craving.

I hope you enjoy snacking on it, as much as we do.

Foodie Family 5 Minute Hummus

Ingredients
1 can garbanzo beans, drained (liquid reserved)
2 Tbsp EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1 lemon, juiced
4-5 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
(chives for garnish)

Directions
Place all ingredients in a bullet/food processor/Ninja and blend until desired consistency is reached.

*Cooks Note: I only use about 2 Tbsp of reserved liquid, but use your discretion. I use a Ninja with auto IQ and the setting of my choice is Ultra Blend.

I’m looking forward to sharing more of my Middle Eastern memories & recipes with you.

Until Next Yum,

Foodie Finds Home

FFH-Style Strawberry Cream Pie

Hey Y’all!

Can you guys believe that our time in Europe is coming to a close?

I can’t, but I’m pretty happy about it. We’ve had an epic time in Europe, but I’m looking forward to the new.

We get to live somewhere new, make new friends, and have new adventures and travels, oh yeah and sample new cuisine.

Right now it’s summer strawberry season and they are so lovely, flavorful, and perfect for this dish.

I recently made this pie for The Athlete as a way to celebrate the end of a stellar baseball season. He pitched his heart out and grew so much as a player. I’m proud of him and I look forward to seeing all that he accomplishes in the future with baseball and beyond.

So, in honor of the new,
summer, baseball, family, friends,
and most importantly
new adventures,
I give you…

1

FFH-Style Strawberry Cream Pie

Ingredients
1 Pkg Cream Cheese,
(softened and room temp)
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Almond Extract
1 Cup Whipping Cream
3 Cups Berries
(I used strawberries, but you can use any berries for topping)
1 Bag Semisweet chocolate chips
1 Box refrigerated pie crust or if you’re really short on time,
graham cracker pie crust works and tastes absolutely phenom and turns this into a NO-BAKE! Woot-Woot! 😉

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 450° and follow directions on the box if you’re using a refrigerated pie crust for a one crust baked shell pie. (A little tip, to prevent your crust from rising during the baking process, place a handful of dry beans in the center of your pie as weights while baking) Remember to follow the directions on the box, for whatever brand you choose. You’ll typically bake for 9-11 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool completely, usually takes about 30 minutes.
If you’re using a graham cracker pie crust move on to step two!

2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer,
beat the whipping cream on high until soft peaks form,
then blend in the cream cheese, sugar, and almond extract, until well mixed.
Spoon into your pie shell, and smooth out.

Arrange the berries over the top however you’d like, then refrigerate while you melt your chocolate.

3. Melt the chocolate and drizzle all over the top of your pie! This the fun part!
I don’t use a double broiler, so I use the water/saucepan/bowl method to melt my chocolate,
but the microwave is also an easy option as well.
(Here is a great website that does an excellent job of explaining the chocolate melting process)

Return the pie to fridge and refrigerate at least an hour and a half or until set.

This pie is sure to please any crowd. It’s light, it’s fluffy, and delicious.

I’m thinking about serving it during the 4th of July for dessert, what do you think?

Would it make a good holiday dessert?  How would you serve it?

Until Next Yum,

Foodie Finds Home

Panhandle Caviar (Summer Side Dish)

I’m just stopping in to drop off another quick
and easy recipe that I’ve been making for quite some time now
It’s a dish that’s a  huge hit with everyone
grown-ups and kids alike!

This one is from one that I learned from my great aunt
and after making it a few times,
while doing a bit of fine tuning and tweaking
with Mr. Foodie, I think we’ve got it right! 😉

Now it’s your turn to try it out
and let us know how you like it.

I have to be honest though,
you won’t be able to stop after one serving.
It’s that good.

So without further ado…

Aunt Adaline’s Panhandle Caviar

Ingredients
2 Cans Black-Eyed Peas, drained
2 Cans Shoepeg Corn, drained
2 Bell Peppers, chopped
3 Tomatoes, chopped (I like heirlooms)
½ Bunch Green Onions, sliced
4 cloves Garlic, minced
½ – ¾ Bottle Italian Dressing
(A whole bottle is too much)

Directions

First combine the peas, corn, peppers, tomatoes, onions, and garlic in a large bowl, then pour the dressing over the ingredients. Mix well. Cover then refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.

Serve in bowl alone or as a side dish to a fantastic meal.

Enjoy!

This is the perfect side dish for practically anything and it’s so easy to make.
It’s healthy too! We love it in the Foodie house, and we hope you enjoy it as well.

I can’t wait to share more of the meal that I made to go along with this dish.

Are you following our adventures on Instagram yet? FoodieFindsHome
If so leave your Instagram name in the comments,
along with your favorite summer dish!

Until Next Yum,
Foodie Finds Home

*Cooks Notes: If you don’t have shoepeg corn, a white sweet corn is the perfect substitute and it’s fine to use fresh corn off the cob. I do it all the time.  I only use Shoepeg when I’m home and can get it. Another good substitution is homemade black-eyed peas, so if you have some left over use those instead of the can. Yum, yum, yum!

Grandma Jannie’s Candied Bacon

Y’all…
It’s been so long.
I have so much to share…

So much news, so little time,
I’m sorry to rush through, but I come with a gift.

My Granny gave me this recipe a long time ago and
while the OG recipe is tedious and calls for a lot more work…

So a revision was born.

I decided that my peers in the millennial generation don’t have time for that,
nor do my fellow moms, dads, students, teachers, or whoever is reading this! Ha! 😉

We barely have 20 minutes,
but, for this candied bacon recipe,
you’ll make the time,
because it’s super easy.
I promise.

Now, go forth and make some bacon!

Grandma Jannie’s 20-Minute Baked Candied Bacon

Ingredients
1 Pkg. Bacon
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsps.  Maple Syrup
¼ – 1 Tsp.  Black Pepper (Chipotle or Cayenne work great with this recipe as well)
(definitely to taste, this will vary based on the amount of bacon you make,
don’t add too much though, you don’t want the pepper to overpower the other flavors)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F or 175°C
2. Mix the cinnamon, syrup, pepper, and sugar in a bowl
3. Place bacon in a roasting pan with the rack
4. Coat bacon with a layer of the sugar mixture and bake for 10 minutes
5. Remove the bacon from the oven and top with the remaining mixture, then return it to the oven for 10 minutes or until the bacon is the texture of your liking.

Y’all, when I tell you this bacon is good,
I mean this bacon is good.

Let’s chat, what are some of your favorite ways to cook bacon?

Until Next Yum,

Foodie Finds Home

 

Kid Friendly Peach Salsa

This recipe has always been on my list of favorites for the summer because it is:
a. kid-approved 😉
b. can travel well
c. beach and pool friendly
d. snack-able and versatile enough to be used in or with other dishes (Hello Peach Salsa Grilled Salmon or Chicken)

This peach salsa checks all of these requirements off the list and what’s even more awesome?

It’s healthy too!

I don’t know about you, but to me there’s almost nothing better
than a fresh Georgia peach on a hot summer day, well almost,
Florida oranges are pretty spectacular too. 😉

There’s also nothing better than cooking with fresh ingredients
surrounded by family, friends, and the ones you love.

Summer might just be replacing spring as my second favorite season.
Just maybe…

Let’s get to that peach salsa recipe.

Great Aunt Georgia’s Peach Salsa

Ingredients
2 Large Peaches, peeled and diced
4 green onions, chopped
1 lime, juiced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, peeled and diced,
1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl, mix well. Refrigerate before serving, and keep cold. This salsa can be served with chips, meats, or simply eaten by itself with a spoon. 😉

Guten Appetit,
Foodie Finds Home

Settling In…

There is so much I want to share with you all…

So many new travels and so many new life changes…

Right now, I’m sitting at our 9.5-foot dining room table with my Washington D.C. Starbucks mug filled with a creamy chai tea latte looking out on our back patio into our yard at all the lush greenery completely content. Le sigh.

It has taken me a while to get here to this point.

Content.

We moved and I am surrounded by reminders that I should be up putting things away, but here in this moment I am content to simply be.
Being.

It’s something we don’t get to do very often, at least I know that I don’t get to do it very often.

I’m far too busy moming, wifeing, working, cooking, friending, moving, shaking, doing thising and thating to sit around and be content being.

But this morning I made the conscious effort to get up, grab this latte, and sit back to watch the birds play in my epic sanctuary of a backyard. I was praying that they find the feeder we left out for them and low and behold today of all days, they found it. Glorious. (Romans 8:28)

Peacefully being me and the birds.

You know cool things come about from being still too…

I could read my bible.  I could write this. I could pray. It was awesome.

I could think clearly and put down some goals that I wanted to accomplish in the upcoming months. It was nice and I look forward to seeing if the addition of stillness to my routine changes my trajectory. Worth a shot. 😉

But I digress… settling in hmmm…

We are movers. I think we’ve come to realize this a bit ago. While I don’t think we enjoy the act of moving, we do enjoy change. This new move has brought with it the welcome change of incredibly happy children.

We literally weren’t in our new home for 5 minutes and the kids already had 3 friends a piece and were gone. “Bye Mom, Bye Dad” and just like that they were off. It was exactly what we were hoping for and so much more. The new friends and their parents are lovely. We are blessed in that regard and we are looking forward to the kids having friends for life.

I have so much more to share with you, especially about Austria. Oh Salzburg. Innsbruck! Summer was such fun! I can’t wait to winter with you… You were delicious too…

Y’all… if you ever get the chance to visit Austria, please do; I am looking forward to sharing our experiences there with you, but until the next post…

You can find me deliciously settling in…

Anyone want to come help with these boxes? Ha!

Until Next Yum,

Lori

 

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The Tinest Foodie during our summer travels. ❤  The hills were alive with the sound of music! 
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