Category Archives: Intentional Living

Holistic Health and Nutrition…a Little Bit About How I Handle Them

I have been gradually increasing our family to include whole foods and decrease prepackaged goods for the past 5 years. I’ve studied holistic health and nutrition and have learned many things. Always a student is is my philosophy and I am always learning and wish to share with you what I’ve learned, past and present.

In my quest for health I’ve had to be as frugal as I could as we are only on one income and are not debt-free yet with 4 hungry kids.  I am not able to buy everything organic or get grassfed beef as I’d like to. We used to be blessed with raising chickens in a previous home but have not had the opportunity for a while. I sure do miss those yummy eggs! I do make almost everything from scratch including but not limited to macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, anything baked and chicken stock. I use dry beans in our cooking as they are cheaper, have better flavor and no preservatives. With them I will also make refried beans and hummus, yum. My kids have always grown up with a diverse diet as I like to experiment with new recipes so I luckily don’t have to deal with picky eaters.

For first aid and colds I utilize herbs, herbal teas and extracts as the first line of defense or offense. If it cannot be handled at home I will take us to the doctor or emergency department. Before staying at home I was an RN and do respect what science and medicine has contributed but feel strongly that it should be only as necessary.



Menu Monday-Plan It Don’t Panic Challenge

You know when you have something to do and things just keep coming up to take your attention elsewhere? Well, that’s what happened last week as it came and went without posting the menu. I had it in my head, just not on paper or my blog for that matter. So I’m trying harder this week to get those items checked off that I typically put on the back-burner. My week’s menu will no longer have days attached to the menu because more likely than not, we eat a different days meal. I very rarely go to the store with a specific meal in mind. Instead I will list meal ideas that I have from what is in my kitchen because I only buy staples and some items that are on sale. Here is my Plan It-Don’t Panic menu for the week:

  • Noodles with homemade spaghetti sauce and salad
  • Meatloaf, Potato Gratin from In the Green Kitchen by Alice Waters(trying this) and broccoli
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Black Beans and Rice with salad
  • My Mother’s homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with homemade rolls
  • Tostadas with homemade tortillas

Cooking with Love,


Plan It-Don’t Panic…a 6 week meal planning challenge

Keeper of the Home is one of the websites that I follow and she just started a 6 week meal planning challenge called Plan It-Don’t Panic. I will attempt to ‘keep up’ with my meal planning and post it every week for 6 weeks. I’m such a moody cook that I really needed this challenge to help me better budget my time and our money. Disclaimer- I am only planning ahead dinners. The countdown begins….this is week one.


Monday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with buttered focaccia bread

Tuesday: Spare Ribs with baked potatoes and peas

Wednesday: Shepherd’s Pie(will use leftovers from Monday and Tuesday nights dinner together with lots of veggies to make this meal very economical) If there’s not a lot of meat I add some dried beans.

Thursday: Chicken Casserole

Friday: Spaghetti with homemade sauce and homemade garlic bread


Happy Meal Planning!