THE BEST Stuffed Peppers Ever

My family LOVES stuffed peppers and the best thing is you can make them out of basically whatever you have on hand! BUT THESE, these are the go to Peppers in our house 😍 You will not be disappointed!

Ingredients:

6 large Bell Peppers ( I prefer a mix of orange, red and green)

1 lb Ground beef (I use elk or venison)

1⁄2 cup onion, Chopped

1/2 can tomato paste

3 fresh tomatoes, diced

1 cup rice of your choice (I prefer brown or jasmine) **Busy mom tip: I cook my rice in the instant pot the day before

1 cup water (for cooking rice)

1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 cup Mexican cheese blend, Shredded

Directions:

Cut off the tops of peppers; discard seeds and membranes, chop peppers in half length wise.

Cook the whole green peppers, uncovered in boiling water for about 5 minutes; invert to drain well.

*in a separate pot put water bring to boil add rice cook until rice is soft – unless using precooked rice like I do.

In a skillet cook ground beef, onion till meat is browned and onions are tender.

Add tomatoes, paste, salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire, and rice.

if needed add more water.

add rice to beef mixture.

Stir in cheese. Stuff peppers with meat/rice mixture. Place in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet lined with foil.

Bake, covered in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. in the last 5 minutes add any remaining cheese to the top of the peppers.

And ENJOY! Because these are amazing!!!

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Taco Boat Throwdown

Tonight was one of those "okay how do we throw something together fast, without going grocery shopping?" Kinda nights 😳
So was born our zucchini taco boats 😍😍😍

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole zucchini
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (I used ground elk)
  • 1 whole onion -diced
  • 2 bell peppers OR 2 cups baby sweet peppers -diced
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 avocado (or guacamole)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salsa
  • My sodium free taco seasoning
  • 1tbsp water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Saran Wrap
  • Olive oil

*optional
For the family 😉 1 box jiffy cornbread mix and it's ingredients

Directions:

  • Brown the meat in large skillet
  • Once almost completely browned add water and taco seasoning to taste
  • Slice zucchini in half lengthwise, do not cut completely through but almost
  • Spray small amount of non stick cooking
  • spray in the middle of the zucchini
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Wrap with Saran Wrap and microwave 5 minutes, then let it stand 2 minutes
  • Do the same to the other zucchini
  • Add a small amount of oil to the pan with the meat moved to the side
  • Add onion and peppers leaving 1/2 cup raw for topping
  • Cooking onion and peppers and blend with taco meat and turn off heat
  • Mix corn and black beans in microwave safe bowl and cover and microwave on high 2 minutes
  • Open Saran wrapped zucchini and *optional : scoop out center (I prefer to leave the center in
  • Top with meat mixture, lettuce, peppers, salsa, cheese, bean and corn mixture and salsa

*Optional Corn Bread Base for non-zucchini lovers

  • Follow directions on jiffy box to mix pancakes
  • Heat griddle and make corn bread pancakes 🥞
  • Top exactly the same as the zucchini boats

These were a hit by all and so fast and simple and most importantly, you don't need your oven on a hot summer day!

And for those of you following the Fixate meal plan like me 😉 here are the counts 😘

2💚💚 1❤️ 1/2💙 1💛 3 🥄🥄🥄

Summer Love Your Body

Summer Love Your Body Bootcamp is Open for Registration!

You Guys! Registration is NOW OPEN for my

Summer Love Your Body Online Bootcamp!

Lets learn to love ourselves where we are at while working towards our goals together!! This bootcamp will push us to hit our goals by the Fourth of July and more importantly to love ourselves more and more everyday while we work on being healthier and happier than ever!!!

You will get all your workouts (that you’ll do from home), 30 superfood meals, the built in support and motivation that comes from being in these groups, and the exact nutrition/meal plan you need to not only get results, but to learn how to KEEP those results forever. You’ll learn all my secrets on learning to love yourself right where you are while you work on building a healthier you and get to where you want to be! Because you are amazing just the way you are and it isn’t wrong to want more out of your life and your body You will learn to NEVER diet again and how you should NEVER be hungry!

So, if you are sick of wanting more and never sticking with it, or of teeter-tottering back and forth between dieting and bingeing, losing and gaining, feeling like you have no control over food or your body, feeling like you can’t remember the last time you appreciated your body for anything, dealing with anxiety, depression or lack of energy, or if you just want to lose some fat while still enjoying the things you love like wine 😉 and chocolate, send me an email ASAP or fill out the Take My Challenge form above! My groups fill up quick, and once those spots are full, its full. Can’t wait to work with you!

**only open to women who live in the US and Canada who and are not already a coach or working with one**

 

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These are real results, that you can really get and maintain while building confidence and staying full on food your whole family will love!!

 

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

His Grace Is Sufficient

As I laid in bed this morning listening to these little voices build and imagine and play in the hallway together, just to be near where I am ❤️ I was overcome with total gratitude for this amazing gift of motherhood and stewardship of these tiny hearts, hands and feet They absorb every breath I breathe, every thought I think and every word I speak.

They long to be near us always, in the quiet moments and in the crazy ones.

They watch us, watch ourselves in the mirror and learn how to think and talk about their own bodies.

They watch us show kindness to strangers and learn to be kind, always and to everyone.

They watch us love our husbands, their daddy and hero, and watch him love us, and learn what a healthy and strong marriage should look like and what they can expect from a man.

They watch us praise the Lord and sing to Him, read of Him and act as He would approve, and they learn to love Him.

They listen as We lift others up, speak acceptance and love into their lives, and they learn to pour their hearts into others, to be empathetic.

They watch and listen as we contain, or try our hardest to contain 😉, our temper, our anxiety, our depression, and learn to be strong and steadfast and a fighter-despite their weaknesses.

They watch us fall to our knees and depend on Him for our strength, and learn to be arrows, to turn to Him in times of need.

They watch us press on, work hard and talk about passion and purpose and dreams and things that seem impossible without faith, and they learn to have faith, to dream BIG, and that they can accomplish anything they want with God and mommy in their corner ❤️

We are more than just a mom, We are warriors, an example, a steward. And they are more than our beautiful children, they are daughters and sisters and someday mothers in Christ, Sons, Brothers and someday Fathers in Christ, they are arrows in the Lords army, they are the future.
So I will keep sharing my weaknesses and my fight, so they can see where I draw my strength ❤ And I urge you to share yours too, continue to lead by example and we need to remember as mommas, that even when we think they aren’t watching and maybe think we aren’t leading, they are, we are, always.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.- 2 Corinthians 12:9

Happy Mothers Day week to all my other arrow raisers, arrow sharpeners and arrow buffers 😉 whether you’re a mom of your own arrows or a significant role model for the arrows in your life, you are raising the future ❤️ Thank you for all you do and for all the beautiful “mothers” in my girls life, I could not raise these warriors without you!  

A Grateful Mothers Day 

  I have to say today I was spoiled by my amazing family and I am so full of gratitude for these girls, this man, this life, the women in it, and the path behind me 😍 it got me thinking about all that I have been through that has prepared me for being a mom and quite honestly I don’t think I could share all the ways I have been grown into this role. Let me tell you a few that I struggled with, and maybe you have pieces in your past that caused pain or worry or even complete sadness that have prepared you too.  

My preparation started young, before I was even in this world.
   First I was blessed with a strong, loving mother, THEN He made me a big sister 😍 Then He forever changed me when we moved in with my grandma and I got learn from her and my mom every day ❤️ Then so many amazing and hard things followed as I grew from child to mother.

  All the while, every moment, every struggle, every lesson from these incredible selfless women, was preparing me for the woman and mom I was meant to be ❤ I never understood ANY of it, I never saw it coming, and maybe you didn’t either? 

  Then something happened: God took my heart right out of my body and put it right in these two incredible girls I get to call mine 👭 He made me their mommy 🙌🏼🙌🏼 He was working it all together for my good, He really really was ❤ 

  These amazing girls were the reason for all of it! For being raised by the strong and selfless women who taught me everything I know about being the mom I am today. Watching my mom and grandma as best friends made me want that with my own mom and I am so thankful I have it 👭

My grandma, mom, two sisters and I


  For my mom, choosing her children and their future and success at every turn, leaving the man she loved but was no good for her, only to protect and love us. Because of her strength I have zero doubts doing what is best for my girls (even when they don’t agree😉), it is second nature, it is inate and I have the very best example over and over again to draw from ❤

  For the role of big sister, mediator, advice giver, blame taker, rule breaker and even sometimes bully 😬, it prepared me for everything I go through every day raising a big sister 😉 and a little sister, and allowed me to understand their relationship on a level I never could have without my beautiful baby sisters ❤️

My sisters meeting and holding my oldest, Kayden 😍


  For the moments I missed having a dad around, it prepared me to choose the right man to be their daddy, a good and strong man who would ALWAYS be there for them, In All the moments they want him there for and even in the ones they don’t 😉

My husband Tyler and youngest daughter Tenley at Bib Sister Kayden’s Softball game last week


  For the illness of my grandma, who was my second parent, my best friend and an incredible woman, it taught me compassion and empathy and patience and as a mother I use those EVERY day ❤️

My dear grandma ❤


  And even for my angel babies up there looking down and living in my heart, He was preparing my body, my marriage and my heart for these girls, for this scary and sometimes treacherous ride of motherhood and even in that grief I am thankful. 

  He continues to surround me with the strongest and most incredible women and I am thankful for each of them ❤️

Just some of the strong women I have in my life at my baby shower for Tenley


  But these girls, Kayden Elizabeth and Tenley Florence, they were written on my heart before I ever knew they were coming, it is incredibly obvious to me NOW, that THEY were the reason for it all, they are His plan, they are the freakin best 😍 They are the perfect mix of sweet and sassy, loving, giving, grateful, hilarious, intelligent, compassionate girls and they are my best friends❤ I mean, I literally miss them when they are sleeping and feel what they are feeling and hurt when they are hurting…I mean every word when I call them my heart, because Even though my physical heart is still inside my body, my “heart” for the world, for others, and the center of all my emotions is completely in their hands and dependent on their day and their mood. There is nothing that could be better than being their mommy and I am so thankful God chose me for the job all those years ago!

What is your pain in your past? What have you struggled to overcome? What is different about you and your story? I would really love to hear! Because I guarantee you, THOSE are the things that have prepared you for your future, your purpose, your real life. They are the things that hurt the most, but help you grow the best❤️ They are your story.

Kayden, Tenley and I this morning, for Mothers Day breakfast in bed


This Mothers Day my heart for all of you is to see and feel the purpose in your pain, because being a mom is not an easy job, so it goes to figure, it comes from a less than easy path ❤️ Find gratitude in it all, big and small, lead with gratitude. 

Check Out these ‘Tricks & Treats’ To Keep You On Track!

  With Halloween just around the corner your house is probably stocked with mini chocolate bars and sweets galore, and if you aren’t yet, you will be! Whether you have kiddos who will bring home their loot for you to “taste test” or you plan on sitting by the door and doling out the goods to your own neighborhood kids, the temptation remains the same…SUGAR!
We all love it from time to time and the more we eat, the more we crave! So here are a few tried and true tricks to keep you out of the treats 😉

1.  Eat Before You Trick or Treat

Serve a healthy family dinner before the fun begins, this way the kids will be less tempted to eat candy along the way and so will you! After trick or treating, offer a cup of warm sugar free hot cocoa made with almond milk or low fat milk with just one treat to ensure that blood sugar is stable before bedtime, and hold yourself to the same treat 😉

2.  Trick-or-Treat and Exercise  Make your children walk from house to house instead of driving them, and walk along with them. Parents can even encourage siblings or friends to wear pedometers or activity meters and start a friendly competition for who can be the most active while they are collecting candy.

3.  Keep the Best, Donate the Rest!

When children get back home from trick-or-treating,  have them make two piles: one for the candy they want to keep, another for the candy they will not eat. Consider donating the second pile to a local senior citizens home, food pantry, Ronald McDonald House, or children’s hospital.
My family personally donates our leftovers and extra to Operation Gratitude, where it is shipped over seas to our troops and brightens the day of a hard working soldier who is missing the Halloween fun! My kids look forward to doing it every year and it starts off the season of giving! Ask your dentist about it or find local drop offs here!

4.  Procrastinate

Purchase Halloween candy the day of trick or treating to avoid temptation. Buy less than what you think you will need to avoid leftovers and purchase candies that you do not like, if you still have leftovers donate them! If you really have a hard time with temptation choose to pass out non-candy treats such as bouncy balls, spider rings, pencils, erasers, bubbles or stickers.

5. Stock Up on Non-Candy Alternatives

Both for you and your kiddos, stock up on items you and they enjoy and offer those as alternatives to candy or in addition to eating 1 piece of candy vs. 2 or 3. Some great examples might be Trail Mix, Yogurt Covered raisins or pretzels, fruit for smoothies and frozen sugar free yogurt or popsicles. Non food items are great too like an extra 10-30 minutes of screen time, a special movie, a fun project, bubble bath, bubbles, nature walk etc.
When you’re tempted to grab a candy bar or your kiddos are begging you for them, reach for an alternate fun snack or activity and keep that craving at bay!

 

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Best Veggie and Chicken Stir Fry – Sodium Free!

Tonight for dinner: Veggie and Chicken Stir Fry with soba noodles!
Recipe: great with or without the noodles, and delicious served with brown rice
Spice mix:

2 tbsp ground ginger

2 tbsp garlic powder

2 tbsp onion powder

2 tsp red pepper flakes

*mix together in a bowl and set aside*
– Add about 2tbsp coconut oil to your wok and heat on high, add: 1/2 Spice mix
– add 3 thawed and sliced chicken breasts
– cook on high until cooked through
-remove chicken from wok and set aside
– add 1 more tbsp of coconut oil to the wok and heat
– add your sliced veggies of choice

I use: Sliced mini sweet peppers, a sliced onion and tomatoes – other great options I have tried are zucchini, broccoli, snap peas, carrots and celery
– add 2 tbsp minced garlic
– Cook on high 3-4 minutes
– add noodles (optional)
– cook 3 more minutes
– add the other half of the seasoning and the chicken back into the wok and cook for about 1-2 more minutes on high
Serve while hot and enjoy!
ADDITIONAL NOTE to those following the Fix Portion Plan like me:

Soba Noodles are made out of buckwheat, which is an approved Fix portion food BUT these are not technically on the list of approved foods, I choose to use them anyway rarely and portion is key! I load up my plate with veggies and chicken first and then add about 1/2 yellow container to my meal and count it as a full yellow just to be safe 🙂

The choice is of course personal where to moderate items like this and what works for your family, I do not recommend using items that are not made from ingredients on the approved list at any time 🙂

Spread Joy, Stop Hate

My heart is breaking for the state of our country and the lives that are continuously lost on our soil in addition to all the lives out on the line and lost to fight for our freedom. We are blessed and surrounded with strong and brave men and women who fight for us to be able to go to movies, schools and dance clubs and live our lives safely and independently…yet there are terrible acts of hate taking place right here in our towns, Trying to push us into fear and doubt and submission. We can lock up our guns, we can ban them from the market, we can bar our windows and add metal detectors and give away the freedoms that those brave men and women are so selflessly fighting FOR. That might work for a while, it might make a dent, or it might not, it WILL push the hateful people to new means of harming others and to the black market (which is where most of their weapons are purchased illegally anyway) , it WILL take away decent people’s rights to protect themselves and others, It WILL instill a sense of distrust in our government and their ability to fairly protect us without taking away our rights, and it WILL NOT stop HATE. I am not saying I know what the “right” answer is, I am not saying I 100% agree we shouldn’t adjust some laws and regulations. What we should do: we should choose to spread joy, lead with love, and teach respect, responsibility and safety to our youth. We should speak with kindness to ALL people types at ALL times, we should show compassion and acceptance and humanity to all those who cross our path. WE are raising the generation who will run this country into the ground or out of it…We have the power to fight hate but the strongest weapon we have is not a gun or a bomb, it’s our words and our actions. Do not tolerate bullying, teasing, violence, foul speech or exclusion or others. Teach joy, love, kindness and acceptance, fight against making more monsters and towards making more heroes. People turn to hate and destruction out of fear and exclusion, don’t be a part of creating that environment. Be a part of eliminating it. I am not so naive to say that joy & love can fix all our problems, but they can lead us in the direction we need to go.

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The Power of Positive Thinking, The Will to Change Your Life

So many people are pigeonholed into careers and roles that they never feel truly passionate about and they feel angst and regret for the life they should have lived or could have lived.

I want to send a message to our youth to our children and to our current working force women and men that YOU ARE MORE THAN!  You are worth more, you were made for more… I am not talking about mothers and fathers being unhappy in their domestic roles or about the workforce being undriven in their current positions.

DRIVE IS NOT THE SAME AS PURPOSE

I am talking about being COMPLACENT to accept their career, their ladder to success, their daily monotony… Even the most successful business women and men are NOT walking in their purpose, do NOT feel a fire in their hearts and are NOT fulfilled in their invested time at work.

They go to work. They come home. They often even work once they are at home. But they NEVER feel at peace. No matter how high they climb or how hard they try, or how many promotions they get… something is ALWAYS MISSING.

WHY you ask?!?

WHY would I make such a bold statement? How dare I?

Well just ASK THEM. Or better yet, ask yourself:

What is the desire of my heart?

What was I created to do?

When do I feel the most alive?

NOW ask :

Am I fulfilling that desire?

Am I using that gift to do what I was created to do?

Am I impacting the world in a positive way?

Am I fulfilled?

What was your answer?  Do you want to answer yes to all those big life questions?

What if I told you, YOU CAN!  You can live out your HIGHEST purpose in this world and still make lots of money, or have personal success or emotional happiness.  You do not have to choose between being successful and being happy. You can have it all. Seriously I am not pulling your chain, I’ve been there.

Actually I’ve been in all of the roles imaginable, I am a mom and wife and I’ve stayed home while my hubby worked, I’ve worked part time, full time, I’ve been completely broke, had immense business success and had great financial gain, I’ve been restless and  lost and had small to large regrets, I’ve been walked on, passed up and even unknown by my boss who I’ve centered my world around.

  One day I asked myself “what kind of example am I setting for my kids if I let them see me like this?”

Like a deflated balloon someone is dragging around by the string!?!

What message does that send them?

So I decided NO MORE Mrs. Nice Girl. No more pulling my string. No more regrets, no more excuses.  I DECIDED to take the reigns and put all the positive energy I could muster out into the universe (the universe=Gods plan=fate=whatever you believe insert it here), into every single aspect of my life.  Into every person I meet, every hater I encounter, every obstacle I cross and every thing I do, I do it with POSITIVITY.  Do you know what happens when you put positivity into the universe?

Positivity comes back to you, 10 fold, 20 fold, Hell I don’t even know how much but a heck of a lot of positivity!

In the form of personal growth, financial gain, self confidence, self love, marital bliss, parenting success, emotional stability, relational peace… you name it, you will receive it. All by putting your very best positive foot forward in this world.

  Do you struggle with where to start?  How to be postitive?  Well I have a few tried and true tips for you! Follow these simple steps to get started, and see your life change before your eyes!

  1. Meet EVERYONE with a smile, not just those who deserve a smile, not just those who smile at you, but everyone you encounter
  2. Don’t allow others to dictate your actions or feelings, you are not a balloon on a string, do not act like it
  3. Choose your battles, I mean really choose them… Is it worth it to win the arguement about who left the dishes in the sink, when it means fighting for an hour about everything in between?  Probably not, you know what you could do with that hour?  Take 2 minutes and rinse the stupid dishes, politely ask whoever you think left them there to try and not do it in the future, then spend the rest of the 57 or so minutes talking about positive things going on in your life, connecting and conversing – building a relationship and meeting the world with positivity
  4. Don’t say things you don’t want repeated
  5. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.  Seems pretty basic right?  But it is probably one of the hardest things to really do…Even in frustration, in total stress-dom, speak in kindness, speak criticism from a place of love and safety…believe me you and they will be much happier
  6. Stand up for others
  7. Take time for yourself EVERY DAY – a minimum of 10 minutes, totally for yourself…not locking yourself in the bathroom and playing a game on your phone, but turning off the world for 10 whole minutes and focus on your goals with total and complete positivity
  8. Put what you want into the universe, and the universe will deliver it…speak your goals out loud, say them to someone, make them real and known and present
  9. Lastly and most importantly BE KIND – above all else treat everyone with kindnessSounds easy enough right? You cannot achieve your purpose and greatness if you do not own your drive and dream – the universe simply CANNOT give you the desires of your heart if you do not give them to the universe!

So what are you waiting for?  Your mind is a powerful force, when you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change… go change your life.