Easy, yummy dinner idea.


Hi, everyone!

With bar prep in full swing, my slow cooker has become one of my bffs when it comes to meal time. Forreals. We even have a new one that's programmable. Amen.

My aunt and I were talking about a recipe she tried the other day, and I took a little spin on it to make something super easy. Let's just call it, "3 ingredient Italian beef yumminess".

4 Servings
Prep Time- 5 minutes
Cook time- 6 hours on low

Ingredients:
1 package of stew beef/beef for stewing
1 bottle of zesty Italian (I use Good Seasons as I never buy bottled dressing anymore. yum)
1 can of Italian roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions:
Cut up the stew beef into smaller pieces
Put beef (uncooked) into slow cooker
Pour in Italian dressing and canned tomatoes
Stir all the ingredients together to coat beef well
Cook on low for 6 hours

It smells amaaazzzing all day. The beef is super tender and flavorful. The sauce is fresh and light. We put ours over egg noodles. Would be delish over rice, mashed potatoes...or spaghetti squash if you want to keep it perfectly paleo.

Enjoy! We sure did...


:) LFC

For this week.


via pinterest.

Happy Friday!

I hope you all have fun weekends with family and friends! Enjoy mine and AC's newest fave:


 

Throwback Thursday: America!


On Instagram, the hashtag #tbt can be found on a lot of posts, indicating "Throwback Thursday".

With Memorial Day coming up, I decided to post these "throwback" pictures of my beau and myself in our younger years. 

Clearly, our proud American roots run way back. (as well as out of control hair and weird hand gestures. well, for one of us. ahem.)

Let's all remember to take some time amidst our relaxing, fun weekend to give thanks for those who gave their lives for our freedoms! And to thank those currently serving, too.

We couldn't parade our bowed sweatshirts proudly without 'em!

Waiting.


"Waiting! Yes patiently waiting!
Till next steps made plain will be;
To hear, with the inner hearing,
The Voice that will call for me.

Waiting! Yes, hopefully waiting!
With hope that need not grow dim;
The Master is pledged to guide me,
And my eyes are unto Him.

Waiting! Yes, expectantly waiting! 
Perhaps it may be today
The master will quickly open 
The gate to my future way.

Waiting! Yes, waiting! Still waiting!
I know, though I've waited long, 
That, while He withholds His purpose,
His waiting cannot be wrong.

Waiting! Yes waiting! Still waiting!
The Master will not be late:
Since He knows that I am waiting
For Him to unlatch the gate."
-J. Danson Smith
(Taken from Streams in the Desert)

Psalm 1:3a
"He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields fruit in its season...."

Learning a lot during this waiting season! 

If I'm honest, it's kind of tough for a type-A to be put in a "Congrats, you graduated law school! Reward? A long few months of studying, hoping to pass the bar exam, waiting for the right job to come along" season. A doer in waiting becomes antsy.

Yet, the "to do" right now is surrender, to run after HIS heart, not my agenda.

(oh, and to study, without complaining. keep me accountable, will ya?)

Tough tough tough to learn, y'all, yet a really great place to be.

Holding tight to
"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion.." (Phil 1:6)

Clinging to
"It is the Lord who goes before you...." (Deut. 31:8)

Praying for all of my fellow waiting (and fellow stubborn) season-ers! I love ya and believe in you-
LFC

Pic from Pinterest, duh.

InstaFriday.

Here's the exciting things that happened here this week:

My parents came back to MS with us after graduation and Saturday to move us "officially" in. We ate and laughed and ate and laughed some more. It was a wonderful time.


Speaking of moving in, we now have ALL of our FURNITURE! yeeeaaaa.
The cutest hand-me-down house on the block, if I say so myself.
More pics later, once I get the office a little more tidied up. :)


MUW makes for a great running path in the afternoons. We've had gorgeous weather here!


We have been blessed with wonderful next door neighbors, another young, married AF couple.
She and I walked to the local coffee shop a few days ago to enjoy some brew and their amazing sweet potato muffins. (pretty sure they're just cupcakes...yippee)

I then left there and walked to the YMCA for some morning Zumbaaaaa.
Really happy I joined a gym nearby. Plus, it smells just like the Y I learned to play basketball at when I was much smaller (an added perk).

A huge bug in the office while I'm home alone = screams followed by an obscene amount of killer spray. 
I thought of leaving him there for his friends to get the picture. Then I realized that was irrational. Then I thought about it again.
I just needed to share that. I feel better now.

We got letters from our Children of Hope today. Happy happy hearts.

We also had dinner last night with the family that introduced us to Children of Hope. They were hosting family night at their home, with their children and grandson. We ate SO much. Pot roast, rice, homemade creamed corn, squash casserole (with ritz on top, amen.), sliced garden tomatoes, blackeyed peas, sweet tea...and lemon icebox pie. GLORY. We are so blessed with their love and hospitality! And still feeling full today!

Andrew had the day off today, so we went ahead and ran our errands.
Here's my manly man, changing the oil in my truck. mhmmm.

Then we came home and enjoyed our books in our new sitting space. 
I am just loving that summer is here. :)

Hope you all are doing well!
Lizanne

Ps- We saw The Great Gatsby Tuesday night. So good! Have been listening to the soundtrack on my runs:

Clean Eating Nachos.

We love us some Mexican food around these parts.

And I mean love. My affection for the salty, crunchy, fresh, summery tastes abounds.

However, it's not always in the budget to go out to Mex everyday (like in my dreams), nor is Mexi restaurant food the best for the bod (it will be in Heaven, I'm certain).

So what do you do when you're craving Mexican for the 51341374th time but you want to keep it frugal and keep it somewhat healthy?

You make your own! :) Here's some healthier nachos we made last night:

Start with some wholegrain wraps or tortillas. After preheating the oven to 400 degrees, use your pizza cutter to make small triangles out of the wraps.
Even if you want to buy regular flour tortillas, it's still better to make the chips this way anyways.

Place the triangles on a cookie sheet and spray with olive oil cooking spray and salt.
Bake for 5 minutes, flip the chips, and bake for 5 more minutes.
You want them to be a darker color. They make look burnt, but will be crispy.

In the meantime, cut up your toppings
We did lettuce, tomatoes, avocado (resist eating all of it before the chips are even baked), onions and...some kale. ;) For everything but the avocado, I used this handy gadget

When the chips are out of the oven, top with some protein and the rest of the goodness.
We used beans from our freezer stock. Also, some sour cream (you could use greek yogurt)

Enjoy!


That weekend I graduated from law school.








Woohoooooo!

Love y'all,
LFC, J.D.

What we've been eating lately.


Hi, everyone!

It's been raining and cold here and Andrew has a night flight this evening. This means a few things:

I'm in my holey yoga pants and Clemson hoodie...with socks AND moccasins. I was made for warmth.

Additionally, I'm alone for dinner, so I have great plans for a glass of red and a can of spaghetti-o's I found in the pantry. :)

Lovely.

With the exception of my slumming it this wonderful evening, we've been eating some yummy things around here lately. I'd love to share them with you:

Pot Roast. I like to do a hybrid of PW's version and this in the crockpot. We did garlicy peas on the side.

Baked tilapia with roasted brussel sprouts and saffron rice. I could eat this everyday!

Spaghetti squash and chicken pad thai. I sub kale for the bok choy. Was so sad we didn't have any leftovers. :)

Salmon patties, honey roasted sweet potatoes, and salad. Pure comfort.


Oh and then there was homemade guacamole (for the second time...), grilled fish, and zucchini "hobos". We can't forget the mason jar SANGRIA!

What have you been cooking lately?
LFC

Fighting for us, always.


This morning we attempted to attend a new church in town that we heard mentioned by a friend.

...We couldn't find it.

Seriously, we drove around this neighborhood for 10 minutes with no avail.

After re-checking the website and our directions, we are thinking now that it is a tiny church that meets in a separate building. We just didn't have success in locating it. :)

So, with it being too late to go to another church, we came back and watched a sermon from the Elevation archives, "A New Way to Pray" from the Sun Stand Still series in 2010.

I've listened to these sermons, and even read Pastor Steven's book. The Sun Stand Still series is incredible, and it was so refreshing to hear more on the power of God and His miracles.

"Is it not written in the book of Jashar? The sun stopped in the midst of heaven and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. There has been no day like this before or since, when the Lord heeded the voice of man, for the Lord fought for Israel." Joshua 10:13-14

What big things are you believing in God for today?

Praying for you, friends!
Lizanne

PS- Love this one for today. Our God is fighting for us, always.

Oh beautiful for spacious skies.

The other day, we bought a flag for our front porch.

Yesterday morning, I asked Andrew if he wouldn't mind hanging the flag before he headed out for work.

I went into the laundry room to switch the towels over and I hear a booming voice and marching steps coming from the living room into the kitchen:

"America! America! God shed his grace on theeeeee


And crown thy good with brotherhood


from sea to shining seeeeeeeaaaaa"


There's never a dull moment at this house.


America! God bless it. 
Lizanne