Cream of Tomato Soup


I sure hope I caught you hungry! Hi friends, it's me, Julie from with a yummy, comforting, homemade Creamy Tomato Soup recipe. Unfortunately, with the beautiful Autumn months, comes the dreaded cold & flu season. In fact, I've been fighting a cold for almost 3 weeks now, but I'm thankfully on the mend. With that being said, there is nothing more soothing than a hot bowl of soup when you're not feeling well physically or emotionally. It also feels nice to make someone … [Read more...]

Apple Hazelnut Cocktail Recipe

Hazelnut Apple Cider Cocktail

*I have the most delicious apple hazelnut cocktail to share with you today!* I've always known what a privilege is to call the Willamette Valley home. I mean, this place is truly beautiful. Rolling hills of farmland and vineyards with a river winding it's way through the landscape. And I'm not saying that we really need anyone from the 'outside' confirming what we already know. But, I gotta tell ya, it sure was nice to have the Wall Street Journal recently agree that this little slice of … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings Fourth of July Edition


I have a little Public Service Announcement for you today. If your cable provider offers the music channels, when the 4th of July rolls around be sure to check the seasonal channel (ours is called Sounds of the Season). Because on that day they will play non-stop patriotic music that will definitely put you in the spirit of Independence Day. I may or may not also like to sing along very loudly to these songs which my children just LOVE and I may or may not have tried to get them to march around … [Read more...]

Healthy Chow Mein with Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodle chow mein with shrimp

When our kiddos were little, Saturday nights were sacred. We had the routine down to a science. Since they went to bed fairly early, we would feed them first then, when they were finally off to dreamland, my husband and I would make a delicious meal just for us which we would eat on the coffee table in the family room while watching a movie.   … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings


Happy weekend my friends!! What will you be up to? We're celebrating my son's 13th birthday today and I can be found curled up in a corner in the fetal position because I cannot believe that my baby boy is now officially a TEENAGER! Sniff...sniff... Actually, even though it's so bittersweet we are incredibly proud of the young man he is becoming and we have a BIG surprise trip planned for him. I'll fill you in more on that another time. But first, how about a little bit of inspiration to … [Read more...]

Weekend Wonderings


Does anyone else feel like the month of May might actually be the busiest month of the year? I always thought it was December but I now think that Spring is more insanely crammed with activities especially if you have school-aged children. It's like the powers that be are wanting us to be REALLY ready for summer. ;-) So, if you are feeling overwhelmed and needing a few minutes to catch your breath, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a little bit of inspiration to start your weekend off on the … [Read more...]