Happy Sunday, everyone. I hope you’re getting a bit of downtime to relax with family and friends over this long memorial weekend.

My family, we’re doing a bit of both. Yesterday, I was overjoyed to wake up without a care in the world as all 3 children had spent the night with Abuela and Papa so that Gabe and I could hit the town for an evening. We had such a wonderful time, engaged in great conversation at a new brewery in town called Exile. Their local craft brews are just what this mama needed after a long week filled in homeschooling, horseback lessons, baseball games, home made meals, and everything in between.

After our lazy morning, we filled our Saturday by picking up the kids, hitting the farmers market, and working on our homestead.  Nehemiah cleaned up the new chicks’ brooder, Gabe worked on the hen house by separating their run so that we can start planting grasses and weeds and alternating them within those areas (I’ll explain more about my idea on this later), and I worked in the gardens, mounding potatoes, watering, and sowing new seeds. It always feels great to sleep after a hard days work on an urban homestead; however, the work never seems to be done. Let’s get to my favorite things.

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Baked Strawberry & Rhubarb French Toast Casserole |

Do you remember that really simple loaf of 100% whole wheat einkorn bread I shared with you? Well, it was so simple to make that I made another loaf specifically for this recipe. I really enjoy the flavor in einkorn. It’s delicate, a bit nutty, and sweet. I knew the flavors in einkorn would lend itself well when used to soak up a creamy egg batter and then finished with a fine drizzle of the sweetest maple syrup from our own backyard.

With the season starting to bring forth the juiciest strawberries sweet as candy, I knew I had to make something extra special.

Baked Strawberry & Rhubarb French Toast Casserole |

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25 Meal Ideas for the Busy Baseball Season + Chicken Fried Rice Recipe in the Crockpot! |

By doing a quick google search, it’s very apparent that my family is not the only one spending most of our evenings at the baseball park in the spring. I’ve even found multiple pinterest boards dedicated to meal ideas for the busy baseball season.

With 2 of my boys and my husband currently playing baseball, we’re at the diamonds anywhere from 4-5 evenings during the week. It’s great fun but it’s also difficult when practices and games all start at around 5-6pm… supper time. If you’ve had a chance to join my FREE, 28 day grace filled journey to real food (you can join at any time) and have started to make the transition to eating wholesome, nourishing foods, one of the things you’ll notice right away is that your digestive system becomes more sensitive to processed foods. Most of the foods sold at concession stands leave my family with upset stomachs so it has become very important for me to make sure to have meal ideas planned and prepared for the busy baseball season.

With many crazy baseball seasons under my belt, I wanted to share with you 25 meal ideas for the busy baseball season. They are all easy to make that come together quickly. I know how important that is especially when you’re arriving home late in the evening with kids that have burned a sweat and need to be re-fueled.

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Am I ever so excited to start my first Sunday post called, My Favorite Things. I plan on sharing some of my family’s food life in pics and I’ll also be sharing with you my favorite links from around the web.

This weekend is flying by! Gabe and I were so blessed to celebrate Little Brother’s 6th birthday. Let’s just say we’re drowning in Lego’s! After the party I was able to to finish sowing and planting in my front yard garden beds. My plans for today are to finish up my back yard garden beds. I can’t wait to do that!

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A Naturally Sweetened Version of the Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever! |

If there is one thing that I love about a homemade cake is that no matter what it looks like, it will always, always, bring a smile to someone’s face. A homemade cake has a way of lifting someone’s spirits and making that special person that it was baked for feel loved.

This special cake was for my partner in crime, Gabe. I hate to say it but over the years I’ve been a bit neglectful of my husband. With 3 kids that all have spring birthday’s as well, my energy is usually caught up in planning their cakes and parties. I’ve been letting his special day swing by the wayside, usually running last minute to pick up his favorite German Chocolate Cake at the bakery.

This year I decided to be a bit more intentional and bake Gabe a naturally sweetened version of the best German Chocolate Cake recipe ever! I wanted to let him know that although the kids keep me busy, he’s deserving of a special cake baked at home as well. After all, long after the kids are grown, I’m going to grow old with this man – I better keep him happy, right?

A Naturally Sweetened Version of the Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever! |

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It’s Simple Lives Thursday!

My favorite day of the week where you share your tips and recipes for living a simple life. Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post, it will show up on all 4 sites! As a reminder, this blog hop is a way to share with many people your posts on what you are doing to live a simple life. Whether that’s gardening, raising urban chickens, homeschooling, sewing, making your own deodorant, or cleaning supplies… we want to know about it! If you’re into homeopathy, ways to save $ by conserving energy or other ways to live frugally… we want to know about it! If you bike, cook real food, homestead or farm… we want to know about it!

Your Hosts

  1. Millie from Homespun Oasis
  2. Diana from My Humble Kitchen

Please read and follow the Simple Lives Thursday bloghop rules

1. If linking real, traditional and simple recipes, please make sure all ingredients used are whole. Such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, meats, even sugar. In order to keep the integrity of “nourishing” food, we will delete any recipes that utilize processed, boxed foods. We are definitely not going to be ingredient policeman, however, please note that this is a hop hosted by advocates of the real, local and sustainable food movements.

2. Please link your posts back to one of the hosting blogs. This is a common blog hop courtesy. This link helps build the Simple Lives Thursday community by sending your readers to all of the other participants posts. We all end up sharing and learning from each other.

3. No giveaway away or otherwise primarily advertising oriented posts. Keep your topics to fit our simple living theme of “consume less, produce more.” We will delete posts that don’t fit.

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