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Cheesy Pepperoni Bites


It’s now Day 13 of our Whole 30 challenge and I can say that I do feel good! Usually by 2:30 pm I neeeed a nap (though I certainly don’t always get it) but the last week or so I haven’t had that post-lunch slump. Hooray!

These gluten-free Cheesy Pepperoni bites are deliciously chewy, cheesy, and irresistible!


That doesn’t mean I’m not missing a few tasty foods- can anyone say bread and cheese? I based this recipe for Cheesy Pepperoni Bites off my favorite Pao de Queso. I added the pepperoni for the kids and hubby and they were surely a hit! Even though our family isn’t gluten-free (well, except during Whole30), these little treats are! (And don’t worry, I made these pre-Whole30 :) )

If you make a batch, have one for me!

Cheesy Pepperoni Bites
Recipe type: bread

  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbs. butter, melted
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1.5 cups tapioca flour
  • ⅔ cup grated cheese
  • (I’ve used mozzarella, freshly-grated parm, a combo of the two, queso fresco, cheddar, and more. They’re all good!)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 oz. pepperoni slices

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Put everything in a blender, starting with wet ingredients.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into mini-muffin pans.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees about 15 minutes, until tops begin to brown.

Linking up: Time to Sparkle

Thai Shrimp Soup + #BlogFilmFood: Jaws


(make sure to read to the bottom for a printable recipe and a giveaway!)

I have a secret. And I’m going to tell you. I have a little band of blogging friends that help keep me afloat on this blog. We bounce ideas off of each other, encourage one another, and simply HELP each other navigate the ever-evolving blog world. These are the ladies that I do BlogFilmFood with each month- one of my favorite posts each month! I’m so thankful for these ladies.


This month, my friend Kirsten chose the movie Jaws because she’s spunky like that. I’ll have to admit, I totally intended on watching the movie before today, but it just didn’t happen. But I do remember watching it as a young adult and loving it- if you can love a movie that involves scary creatures and fear. Anyway, each of us are creating a recipe that relates to the movie.

This spicy thai shrimp soup is deliciously cream, spicy, and flavorful. Also It's Paloe and Whole 30 compliant! Hooray!

I created Thai Shrimp Soup- it’s a favorite at our house and is even Whole-30 friendly if I leave out the noodles! I first tasted a version of this soup with my friend Linda at a Thai restaurant over 3 years ago and I sought out to recreate it at home. Although I don’t think I got it exactly right just yet, it’s still delicious. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Also, don’t miss these ladies’ posts! Brenda made Shrimp Avocado Salsa,

Kathy made Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

Kirsten made Easy Fish Tacos

and Miranda made Shark Bait Soother!

Thai Shrimp Soup
Recipe type: soup
Cuisine: Thai

  • 1 pkg. rice noodles –> leave out for paleo/whole 30/ low carb
  • 1 Tbs. curry powder
  • 1 Tbs. garlic
  • ½ Tbs. fish sauce
  • ½ Tbs. sesame oil
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 cans broth (beef or chicken)
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 lb. shrimp
  • 1 Tbs. lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro

  1. Soak rice noodles in cold water for 30 minutes if using.
  2. Meanwhile, put remaining items (minus shrimp and cilantro) into a large pot and simmer.
  3. Drain noodles after 30 minutes and add to soup.
  4. Bring to a boil and add shrimp.
  5. Cook for five more minutes.
  6. Garnish with cilantro.

And since you know you now have a desire to re-watch Jaws, enter to win your own copy here! I know I want to watch it now!

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Linking up: Time to Sparkle

Life of the Party


Hi there! I can’t believe it’s time for Life of the Party again! (Even though I totally forgot about it last week! oops!) It’s been busy around these parts as always. I’m doing the Whole 30 diet with my husband and a friend- believe me, if you want to try it, you NEED some accountability and support! Anyway, I spent most of Wednesday with my friend (who happens to have a sweet newborn) making some yummy Whole 30-compliant meals.

I made this Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream, which has been a hit with both me and hubby.

Paleo + Whole 30 Delicious Chocolate Ice Cream

 Speaking of food, let’s take a look at some of your entries from last week’s LOTP!

These Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (Island Style) by Food, Faith, Fitness look incredibly appetizing AND they’re Whole 30 compliant if you leave off the bun (and the tiny amount of sugar :) ) Will definitely be adding these to my “to make” list. (Which, ya know, is on Pinterest!)

This Homemade Garden Vegetable Soup also looks delicious and is also Whole 30 approved! Yay! Thanks, DIY Dreamer!

Now it’s your turn! I’d love to see what you’ve been working on!

The Ultimate Free Printable Roundup


I love, love creating free printables, and love finding new ones as well!I think most love free stuff, no? So here’s the ultimate free printable roundup. If you have free printables on your blog, leave me a comment and I’ll try to include it on my next round up!

First of all, you can sign up for my e-mail list and get 3 free Scripture Printables that aren’t available otherwise!


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 Other Scripture Printables:

The Lord our God is One  (Deut 6:4, 5)

Come Unto Me, All you Who are Weary

Love the Lord Your God by Teressa Jane

The Fruit of the Spirit by Deeply Rooted

Several Inspirational Printables by Being the Imperfect Mom

Even So, Come Quickly Lord Jesus

If We Confess our Sins (1 John 1:9)

As the Deer Panteth for the Water (Psalm 42:1)

The ultimate roundup of free printables!

For Home/Cooking Organization:

Crockpot Freezer Meal Ideas by Suzy Homemaker

Cleaning Checklist for Unorganized Cleaners (Like me :) )

3 “In a Pinch” Crock Pot Meals (one of my most popular posts)

Daily Health Organizer

For Fall:

Thanksgiving: Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

First Day of School Printables

Free printables for first day of school 2014! At

Free Fall Banner (super cute!) at Fleece Fun

Free Thanksgiving Printables at Yellow Bliss Road, including these:

Happy Fall, Y’all Banner by 30 Days of Handmade

For kids:

10 Dinnertime Questions to ask your Kids

Chore Charts for Kids by Being the Imperfect Mom

Free Minecraft Printables by Inspiring NH Kids

Minecraft Birthday Party Printables by Being the Imperfect Mom

Sports Scavenger Hunt by Your Modern Family

“I’m Bored” activity chart

Flat Stanley Letter for all Ages by Teachers pay Teachers

Glamorous Princess Party Kit by You, Baby, and I

My Love for Words has TONS of free printables, including this Homeschool Planner

Seriously, go check out her blog! Lots of good stuff there.

Printable Coupons for Father’s Day by My Love for Words

Planning Checklists:

Free Party Planning Checklist by Meal Planning Magic

Essential Supplies for Flawless Camping at Misfit Momma


Light Summer Drinks

ArtSea Chic has several free printable on her blog, including cute grocery checklists, Christmas gift tags, and labels for handmade gifts. Check them out here.

So tell me, what kind of free printables do you enjoy?

(Linked up) Work it Wednesday


How to get Free Bath and Body Works Products


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I don’t know too many women who don’t love a trip to Bath and Body works. Delicious- smelling shower gels, luxurious scrubs, and my favorite, irresistible candles. But, the place isn’t cheap. Sure they run great sales and have coupons all the time, but still, for our family, it’s definitely a treat I wouldn’t get to indulge in often.

How I get FREE Bath & Body Works products! So easy!

Except. I have Swagbucks. What is Swagbucks? Well it’s a Search Engine that you use just like you would use Google, except that you earn points for many of the searches you do. Then, you redeem your points for gift cards or merchandise. There are tons of places that you can get gift cards- WalMart, CVS,  even Target. But I usually redeem mine for Bath and Body Works gift cards, just because it’s an easy way for me to get a little treat that’s either free or almost free.

So here’s how you do it:

  • Sign up for Swagbucks.
  • You can even install their toolbar so that it’s your automatic search engine and you don’t have to actually go to their site every time you search. (Or, make Swagbucks your homepage)
  • Then, use Swagbucks like you would Google or Bing or Yahoo search engines. Watch your points accumulate! (You can also take surveys and watch videos for extra points, but I usually don’t do this.)
  • When you’ve earned enough points to get a B&BW gift card, do that using the site’s instructions.
  • Search online for coupons that you can also use to make your deal even sweeter! (Use or another similar site.)
  • Go to and begin your shopping there. You’ll earn cash back through them as well!
  • Order your products from B&BW and enjoy them, knowing you got a great deal! You might have to pay shipping, but they do run free shipping specials at certain times of the year.



Whole 30+ Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe


Ben and I recently (as in today!) started the Whole 30 eating plan. A friend of mine did it a while back and she’s doing it, too. We got together yesterday to pre-cook some food so it wouldn’t be quite so hard. If you haven’t heard of Whole 30, you basically eat only these foods: veggies (and lots of them); fruits in moderation; meat and nuts and seeds. (you can read more here) Not.even.cheese. Y’all, I have never done a diet that didn’t include cheese, and I’ve done lots of them!

This paleowhole 30 chocolate ice cream will fill your craving for a sweet, creamy treat!

Anyway, this is only for 30 days to “reset” my body and get rid of toxins. It won’t be easy- my sister is coming into town this weekend and I’m going to a blog conference in a few weeks, but I’m determined to make it work!

This afternoon I was already craving something sweet, and no sugar, honey, or even maple syrup is allowed on Whole 30. (It’s only 30 days, I keep telling myself!) Anyway, I did a little browsing on Pinterest and decided to combine two recipes into something yummy: Whole 30 Chocolate Ice Cream. You may be wondering how one acquires ice cream with no dairy. It’s actually quite simple- a frozen banana!

Now I’m not claiming this stuff tastes like Blue Bell (this is an honest blog, after all) but it was incredibly yummy! And easy! I made it in my beloved food processor in about 2 minutes. I just have to remember to keep frozen bananas on hand! It should look about like this when it’s ready:


Mmm… this makes me wish I’d made more! Bon apetit!

Whole 30+ Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
Recipe type: dessert

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1.5 tbs pure cocoa
  • ⅓ cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1-2 tbs. almonds or sunflower seeds, optional (for added protein)

  1. Put all ingredients into your food processor and blend until very smooth, about 2 minutes on low. Scrape down sides and blend in 30 second increments, if needed.

 If you’ve done Whole 30 and have any recipes to share, please do so! This is SO new to me!

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Paleo + Whole 30 Delicious Chocolate Ice Cream

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