Dad and I are raising you with what are termed “Judeo-Christian values.” Place God first in your life, Love Him above all. Demonstrate kindness, the kind Jesus showed to others. Don’t steal or cheat or throw baseballs on the roof or wallop on your brother with a stick. Do not scam Boy Three out of his Halloween candy. Respect authority unless asked to do something wrong, knowing full well that “wrong” does not mean having to put your clothes in the hamper rather than on the ceiling fan. Be good to strangers and love your enemies—but for the love of all that his holy and good don’t get in a car with either.
Rhonda Franz writes articles and essays for clients and to-do lists for her three lively boys. She cooks enormous batches of food and manages household operations alongside her pilot husband’s unpredictable flight schedule, using many of the adventures for writing work. Her Pandora radio stations include old hymns, concertos by Mozart, and Aerosmith.
We really enjoy the amazing food posts from our ARWB members and are excited to share a new batch with you this week. Be sure to check them out.
Keri Bucci: Coconut Chicken
Are you a fan of Asian food like we are? Then this Coconut Chicken recipe from Keri Bucci over at My Table of Three is a very tasty one to add to your menu. Plus, it’s low carb and gluten free!
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Asian food. From sushi to egg drop soup there are many I call my favorites. This Coconut Chicken, like many of my other Asian inspired recipes, was born out of my desire to enjoy my favorite dishes but in a healthier way.
Coconut Chicken is my copy cat version of one of my old buffet favorites. In the past, I would pile my plate high of the overly sweet chicken and lavish every bite. Well, that is until I felt like someone was going to have to roll me out of the restaurant. Darn, you buffet food and darn you missing will power! Read More
Helen Lampkin: Apple Tart with Calvados Cream
Nothing says fall more than apple season in Arkansas. Helen Lampkin, of My Brother’s Salsa and Helen’s Table, visits a local NWA farmers market to find out about the best of the iconic apple harvest.
Northwest Arkansas is still growing apples and we are fortunate to be the home of the family owned Vanzant Fruit Farm
So, before the peak of apple season passes you by, head to your local farmer’s market this and pick up some fresh apples. Then take the time to create this simple Apple Tart with Calvados Cream recipe, call the family around the table and savor every moment! Read More
Julie Kohl: Keto Coffee Disks
Want an easy, fool-proof way to have your keto coffee ready for you in a snap? Julie Kohl of Julie D. Kohl has the answer for you.
The problem with most of the Keto Coffee recipes I’ve seen is that they all require you to blend all of the ingredients together in a blender.
I’m not sure about you but I barely have time to press the brew button on my K-cup machine in the morning, let alone pull out the blender. Plus, I sure don’t want to clean that thing EVERY day!
These Keto disks are my answer to the hassle. The results are tasty and healthy. Read More
Easy Peasy Pleasy’s Lacie Ring has created a real winner with this snack mix. Your kiddos will definitely think you’re a winner too when you make up a batch for after school snacks or lunch box treats.
First things first…you grab a Super Size Bag of Peanut Butter Cups Cereal. Next you combine it with kid approved additions to make the perfect cereal snack mix. Adding more peanut butter and more chocolate takes this cereal over the top. Finally, you have one Super Sized Snack Idea! READ MORE
When you pick a peck of peppers, what do you next? One of my favorite solutions is to make pepper jelly. And if you have a variety of colors in your pepper peck, it makes for a fun and tasty condiment that hopefully (fingers crossed) lasts you till the next growing season. The bright colors of the different peppers give the jelly a confetti look just the right touch for a party. READ MORE…
Mexican-style Brown Rice: Jamie Smith
Does your family adore Mexican-style rice but you’d rather it have just a bit better nutrition? My Mexican-style rice uses reduced-sodium ingredients, making this recipe much less salty than what you would find from a flavor packet. Also, I use Riceland brown rice, which is usually considered better nutritionally than most white rices. This delicious, incredibly easy recipe is great as a side item or as a filler for burritos and other Tex-Mex dishes. READ MORE…
Polly’s Apple Pie: Katharine Trauger
Our gal, Katharine Trauger of Home’s Cool, shares the pie that made her learn to love apple pie. Since it’s apple season in Arkansas, we thought this was one you’d want to put on your baking menu now. Do you make apple pies ahead of time and freeze them? They’re one of the easiest to freeze and enjoy later.
Polly was the mother of one of our dearest friends. She lived a life punctuated with fabulous sugary creations. We have found we need to eliminate lots of purely sugary downloads, but I make exceptions for Thanksgiving or very special company.
This pie is one of the exceptions. The secrets to it are: real butter, too much sugar, and the baking time and temp. The bottom crust will be a bit difficult to manage, but you will NOT care. Read More
Easy Glazed 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies: Lacie Ring
In the honor of the season of giving thanks and my girlfriend who loves pumpkin, I give you this super easy Glazed 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies recipe made from a box of cake mix with glaze made from store bought frosting recipe. Read More
We have some amazing foodies in Arkansas Women Bloggers. Each week we’ll feature a few of those special ones with you here and on our Arkansas Women Bloggers Facebook. (You are following, aren’t you?) I just know you’re going to enjoy these delicious dishes they have prepared.
Amanda Farris (Embracing Grace & Living the Adventure) is a busy stay-at-home mom of 4 precious kiddos. Check out this creative way she enriched the reading of Lord of the Rings.
“I’ve been looking forward to reading all the classics with my kids since I knew I was going to be a mom. Read alouds and sharing stories is one of my favorite things about being a family.
I seriously have so many children’s picture books and classic books around my house that I just had to box some up while we are doing our house addition. If we didn’t live in the country at the end of a dirt road, I’d set up a little free library.
This summer we dived into J.R. Tolkien for our family read-aloud. Really, Sam did all the reading. He read The Hobbit to the kids this summer. The kids would sit in the floor and draw pictures as Sam read.” READ MORE
Lacie Ring (Easy Peasy Pleasy) is so ready for fall. She’s already in the pumpkin and pumpkin spice mode. Her recipe for Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Turnovers just whets our appetite. I bet it does yours as well. Let us know when you give them a try.
“Pumpkin spice and everything nice, that’s what this recipe is made of. If you love cinnamon rolls and you love pumpkin, you are in for a treat. First of all…delicious! Second of all…super easy! These Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Turnovers are all the taste you live for in the fall and there are only 5 ingredients.” READ MORE
Ricci Alexis (Ricci Alexis) works as a respiratory therapist in her spare time when she’s not doing some incredible blogging, including this made-for-the-season Pumpkin Spice Creamer. It’s that time of the year for all things pumpkin and we’re pleased to be able to share this one with you.
“If you have learned anything about me lately it’s that I am obsessed with anything pumpkin! I can’t wait to get my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season and I can’t believe how early each year they are coming out! I’m jealous if you have already gotten one. But as much as I love a yummy PSL they can get pricey. Especially if you want one every single day of your life. Ya feel me?” READ MORE
Want the recipe Lyndi Fultz’s (nwaFOODIE) mouth-watering meatballs in the featured photo? Head on over to the ARWB Facebook page now.