Hello Monday + Weekly Meal Plan

Happy Monday, friends!  I haven’t done a post like this in quite a while and thought I’d share the things I’m saying hello to on this overcast Monday… Hello Quiet House The kids are back in school today after a week off for mid-winter break.  As much as I loved the break and time off with the kiddos, I am so glad to get back into our routine and get their schedules back to normal.  My kids thrive on routine, and a[Read more]

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

If you haven’t heard (or have been living in a cave), this year’s cold and flu season has been horrible.  Every single family we know has been affected in some way, shape, or form, and not just by bad colds, but the flu, upper respiratory infections, strep throat, or a terrible combination of a few!  Typically I am not a big germaphobe, but I have been trying really hard to keep our family healthy by taking vitamins, diffusing and applying[Read more]

VEO Gala Recap + Weekly Menu Plan

Hello Friends!  Happy Monday!  Last week was a rough one- with Scott and Ben both home sick all week (strep for Ben, upper respiratory infection for Scott), AND Valentine’s Day, AND life and work that didn’t stop, so when Friday arrived, and the boys were starting to feel a bit better we were glad for a break! Brantley had her first softball practice of the season, so we spent a bit of time out at the ballfield, and got home[Read more]

Four Years of Father-Daughter Dances + Weekly Meal Plan

On Friday night, Scott went to his FOURTH Father-Daughter Dance with his little girls (WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE). It’s Brantley’s and Grayson’s favorite night of year!  Fancy dresses, (a little bit of) makeup, (just barely) high heels, and a special night out with their Daddy. As I was posting this year’s pictures, I was reminded of years past.  Anyone remember this sweet little girl? Brantley’s first Daddy-Daughter Dance was in kindergarten, and I thought she looked so, so beautiful[Read more]

My Favorite Instant Pot Recipes + Weekly Meal Plan

If you follow along with any of my meal planning or recipe posts, you know that I looooooove my Instant Pot.  It’s the electric pressure cooker that I got Christmas 2016  and used it so much over the last year that I leave it out on the countertop all the time.  We use it almost daily for one thing or another and is easily my favorite appliance in the kitchen.  I know it was a very popular Christmas gift again this[Read more]

What We’ve Been Watching + Weekly Meal Plan

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We took it easy- did some laundry, tidied the house, took Brantley for her softball observation on Saturday, then returned back home for more relaxing.  Sunday was super rainy and yucky, and as much as we were tempted to stay in bed, we made it to Sunday school and church.  But that was as productive as I got- I took a pretty solid Sunday afternoon nap on the couch!  Woke up to[Read more]

Lutons Lately + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We spent our time cleaning the house, relaxing, getting a lot of work done, and getting these kids ready to go back to school today!  Today I thought I’d share what’s been going on around here lately, and what we’ve been up to. Last weekend we headed to Columbia, South Carolina, for a Luton family reunion!  We joined my in-laws, brothers and sisters in law, all the cousins, my husband’s aunts[Read more]

What Worked in 2017 + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend.  We drove to South Carolina Friday night and visited with our Luton family on Saturday for a family reunion (photos coming soon!).  We drove home afterward and went to bed at 10:00 (a recent record for me- I’m typically a night owl!) because we were WORN OUT.  Sunday was for church and laundry, and even though the kids were out of school yesterday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, there’s no[Read more]

Favorite Recipes of 2017

I did a LOT of cooking this past year, trying out TONS of new recipes, and also making a lot of tried and true ones too.  Today I’m sharing a collection of our favorite recipes from 2017!  What were your family favorites?  I’d love some more new ones to try for 2018! Roasted Cauliflower Tacos Squash Fritters, Corn on the Cob, Sliced Tomatoes, and Butter Beans Veggie Fried Rie, Fried Shishito Peppers, and Stir Fried Mushrooms Grilled Salmon with Dijon[Read more]

Weekend Recap + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I cannot BELIEVE that Christmas is now less than one week away!  Are you ready?  Are you done with your shopping?  Are you ready to just sit back and enjoy the holiday cheer this week?  If your answers are no, no, and no, then I’m right there with you!!  I have a SUPER CRAZY week this week (just like last week- hello, only one post), we have three school parties this week, and we’re finishing up teacher gifts,[Read more]

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