Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for being patient as I was taking a little break from the blogging world and enjoying the week with my family. We had a great time hanging out at home, relaxing, playing and enjoying kids being out of school. This Christmas season was so wonderful. We really tried to center this Christmas on our Savior and the true meaning of Christmas and it really made for such a better, and more fulfilling Christmas season. It makes me excited for next year to try even harder to slow down a little and enjoy the simple things in life. That sure seems to be a lesson I keep needing to relearn, doesn’t it? 🙂 Hope I’m not the only one!

Well, it’s a new year now and I am so excited to continue this blogging journey with each of you. I want you to know how much I appreciate you stopping by every now and then and sharing this blog experience with me. I love sharing my recipes, meal planning tips, family traditions, food storage tips and more. If you ever have any suggestions for this blog, I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hear them! I love your comments and feedback. We are in the beginning stages of totally revamping this blog and I want to mold it into something that all of you can truly benefit from. So…send me some feedback and we’ll try to get your ideas and suggestions incorporated into our new blog. I’m super excited about it!

Now..onto the preverbal New Year’s traditions of wanting to eat healthier and lose weight. I’m sure I’m not the only one anxious to lose a few holiday pounds (okay…how about 15?!?). I think I enjoyed myself a little too much this season. A few too many parties and holiday recipes has me desperate for eating healthier. I am excited to have you join me through this process of healthier eating throughout the month of January–and 2016. I will be sharing with you some of my favorite healthy recipes, new recipes I am loving, and lots of healthy habit-tips that I hope you will enjoy.



Let’s kick off this Healthy Lifestyle portion of our blog with this simple recipe for Cranberry Almond Steel Cut Oats. This is such a healthy and delicious recipe to help get you going in the morning. One tip, I used to cook my steel cut oats in my crock pot, but my new favorite tip is to cook these in your rice cooker on the brown rice setting. It comes out perfectly cooked in less than 30 minutes and you don’t have to worry about them drying out or being too sticky. They come out perfectly every time! Enjoy 😉

Cranberry Almond Steel Cut Oats
  1. 2 cups steel cut oats
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 1-2 cups almond or rice milk
  4. 1 cup fresh cranberry sauce (or canned)
  5. 1-2 cups fresh cranberries (or dried)
  6. 1/2 cup almonds, sliced (candied is also delicious!)
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  1. In a rice cooker (or saute pan), add the steel cut oats and water and stir. Cook the steel cut oats on the brown rice setting until they are tender and cooked through. Once they are cooked through, stir in the fresh cranberries (or you can use dried cranberries). Spoon a good portion into your bowl. Pour as much rice or almond milk as you wish to your cereal. Top with the cranberry sauce and chopped almonds. If you need more sweetness, drizzle with agave nectar or some brown sugar.
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