Mmmm… Monday: Aldi ‘Ham’ & Beans | Love

I promised recipes. Here’s one that costs about $4.50, and takes 15 minutes, 20 max.:

Pick up one of those turkey hams from Aldi, about 2 lbs, and a whole $2.49. It legit tastes like ham, but isn’t. Which is important when you have a pork allergy like me…


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While you’re there, buy a can 2 cans of Canellini or White Navy beans. A can of Garbanzo’s, as well.


Here’s what you do:

Dice up that ham according to how much you’d like in a pot of beans. Freeze the rest. Future dinner. Yay.

Get a skillet out (preferably cast iron, but whatever), add some olive oil, and cook up the ham. Personally, I like it kind of crispy-critters, but that’s your call.

Once that’s done, add all your (rinsed) beans. As well as:
about 3/4c water
tbsp salt
2tsp pepper (black… if you use red like me, a LOT less, like, 1/2 tsp)
tbsp onion powder
tsp garlic powder
1tsp liquid smoke (smoked paprika would also work).

Simmer on stovetop for ~10 mins.

Remove from heat, and hand-mash about half the pan. Stir back together. This gives you that nice thickness of ‘gravy,’ but still texture–especially with those garbanzos! That’s why I use them.

That’s it! Obviously, adjust seasoning to you’re liking.

Some others you might try and see how you like it: paprika, ground mustard, marjoram, allspice, and of course, something mild and green, like spinach, kale, or parsley would work.


Safer Than Safe: Thieves and… SCIENCE! | Love & Oils & Humor

If you know me, (and you very well may not) you know two things:

I want our home to be as safe for our kids as possible, by reducing the amount of toxic sludge in and around their little bodies–AND–I don’t peddle bull chips.


The second is so true it’s been a bone of contention at some point in almost all my relationships, if I’m being honest. Turns out, most folks like a little dishonesty buffer in their lives! Who knew? #ThingsImWorkingOn …

So, I’m incredibly stoked to discover that when it comes to Thieves products, there is #TRUTH in advertising. Turns out, the good Lord above DID grant us the ability to clean ourselves and our homes without poison! #Winning #PlantJuice

This lady, Kirsten, (below), has done some incredible sleuthing for the restCheerfullyimperfect.com_-683x1024 of us on her blog site, “Cheerfully Imperfect.”  (And, she IS cheerful; oh, my)!

She goes through it ALL, y’all. The cleaner, the spray, the sanitizer, the laundry detergent, the dish detergent, the soap, the toothpaste, and on and on. Didn’t know there WERE that many Thieves products? Oh, my dear, there are. Check ’em out here.


Take a gander. She truly lays out the safety concerns one might have, thoroughly. Even folks who aren’t “oily” should look into Thieves products. The way these products can create a safe haven in the home–which we all crave–is incredible. #SmellsLikeChristmas


The detox can start right away with a whole Thieves kit. Swapping is easy! Gotta get some Thieves in your life (and crud out)? Give me a holler and/or try it out on your own with this info.


Longer Than… I Have Patience for Teen Drivers… Dan Folgerberg Version| Humor

In “News of the Dumbest Thing I’ve Seen in a While,” picture it: Kroger’s stoooopid parking lot, 7p.
Trying to go left from the stop sign next to the structure, appropriately. Stuck, because a girl who appears to be all of 16 in a crappy, boxy, little black something, is waiting on someone to back out of their (Driver) spot.
Mind you, there are at least 5 other spots she could go, but NO, her teenage behind would have to scoot a whole other 15-20 feet, max.
While I’m sitting there, rage building, (because Driver is taking her sweet, sweet time backing out… seemed to be struggling with the combination of her… well, she was just struggling with the seatbelt. Also, she just doesn’t care, with her 20 kids. I wouldn’t, either), I spot the bumper sticker on the back of Teenager’s car.
It says: Bumper to bumper, nut to nut, get off my a– you stupid sl–!
Now, I was about *thisclose* to rolling down my window and telling her to stop being a lazy slob, holding up the rest of humanity, lest she want to look and feel like Driver in 15 years, but I sniffed my Peace and Calming, cranked up Dan Folgerberg’s “Longer,” (don’t you DARE judge me–and yes, this whole thing was taking THAT long–also, you’re welcome for the link to this glorious bit of… glory), and glanced at Teenager’s face just long enough to catch my glorious, shining moment of schadenfreude…
As traffic was piling up behind us, people started honking, and her face turned beet red, her eyebrows raised in the middle–oh, yes, she was two seconds from crying. Little Miss “Get off my A–” was about to cry.
Besides the obvious, I find this hilarious because as a teenager, I would NEVER have had something like that on my car. WHY? Because my parents weren’t idiots! Duh. Also, because while I totally would have been honking at Driver (actual chutzpah), because I *was* an idiot, I wasn’t the kind that announced my foul, teenage stupidity on my bumper.
Also, I would have just parked (even after honking) when people started piling up.I did have these bumper stickers, that key chain, and that most hot-rockin’ car, except it was white:
ANYWAY, somebody in a Dodge finally backed out, she never got her spot, and I hope she burst into tears. There, I said it.
Oh, and if you know this little genius, smack her and pray for her for me. She needs both verbs desperately.

Love Warrior Thoughts | LOVE 

I stole this one from Glennon Doyle Melton’s Instagram account. Having a time of tremendous time of blessing in our home currently, and trying to remember that we got here because we (almost) always tried to do the right thing. 

And, now that we’re in the catbird seat, so to speak, we need to keep doing what’s right and kind–not what we’d like to do as a ‘fair’ return on the past treatment of others toward us.   

#DoTheRightThing #TwoWrongsDontMakeARight #TrustTheProcess #TrustGod 

Non-Toxic Home : Why? | LOVE


Our environment, and much of our food is increasingly toxic. Certainly, some of these numbers have increased due to more awareness, and better diagnoses.

The spike cannot be explained by the aforementioned alone, however. I was born in the Carter/Reagan Era, and I never even heard of a peanut allergy until I was in high school. If you’re over the age of 40, had you?

I keep my home as non-toxic as possible through buying minimally processed foods and YL products (bath, oral, cleaning products and oils), not because I’m a hippie weirdo, not because I’m a snob, but because my friends and family have almost all been personally affected by one or more of the above issues. We were healthy kids. We took/take care of ourselves reasonably, and perhaps obsessively during our pregnancies.

We can’t control the environment outside of our home, but we can make the environment inside our walls so much healthier. Why do I share YL products? Because I’m concerned, not just for me and mine, but for you and yours. No child should have to suffer.