I’m Feeling Convicted (+Simple Meals Friday)

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Something good is starting to happen.  I’m having more and more “good energy” days between my “bad energy” days.  It’s amazing what a little bit of energy will do for a girl. Ya know? For instance, yesterday I woke up, looked around the house, and realized a couple of things: 1) Little boys are messy. Like Legos in the pantry and Sharpie on the wall messy. 2) My house doesn’t feel “homey” to me.  It’s amazing how having energy can spur you to do things.  On the days I can barely roll out of bed, the messy and homely looking house are the least of my worries.  But on days where I have energy – it bothers me and spurs me to action.

One of the things I’ve been feeling convicted about recently is how I have not been a very good “keeper of the home” (Titus 2:5).  I leave dishes in the sink, laundry in the dryer, and just about everything in my house could use a good scrubbin’.  I think about my husband and boys.  I want them to view “home” as a place of refuge – a place of love and laughter.  I want “home” to evoke feelings of joy in my family members.  I want them to want to be home.  So I have decided that since I am having more good days, I am going to start working on making my house more of a home.  Every Friday when I post the Simple Meals Friday post, I will also update with my project for that week.  It’s going to be baby steps – like an organized spice rack, or some seasonal decorations. But those little steps will add up over the course of a year.

So don’t laugh, but this weeks project was really simple.  I found some beautiful little roses at Trader Joes for $1.99 (see picture above) and placed them by the window in our kitchen.  It’s amazing what that little pop of red and green does for my spirit when I walk into the kitchen.  Every time I see them I’m reminded of my new desire to turn my home into something warm and beautiful.  So there you have it, friends. Anyone want to join me in this little homemaking challenge?  Surely I’m not the only one who needs to work on this! 

And now onto Simple Meals Friday.

SimpleMealsFridayLink-upWelcome to Simple Meals Friday!

Meet Your Hosts

  1. Katie Mae of Nourishing Simplicity
  2. Katie of Simple Foody
  3. Sarah of Simple Life Abundant Life

Please Read and Follow these Simple Meals Friday Rules

  • Keep the foods “nourishing”, such as homemade chicken stocks, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (lard, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, tallow), unrefined sugars, flours and salts and meats.
  • Please don’t include recipes using processed oils such as soy and canola oil, msg laden bouillon and other highly processed foods. If I notice a recipe using these ingredients it will be deleted. Try to incorporate traditional methods of preparing foods like, sprouting, soaking, sourdough and lacto-fermentation.
  • Link back to this blog hop, it is a common linking courtesy. It helps to build a stronger blogging community. That way we can all learn and share with each other.

We enjoyed reading all your submissions. The hosts will pick a favorite post to feature on next week’s Simple Meals Friday. If you want to be featured please be sure to link back to this blog hop. Our favorites will be featured on facebook and pinterest!

Featured Simple Meals


1. Leftover Turkey and Rice Soup from Axiom at Home

You will want to save this one for those Thanksgiving leftovers!


2. One Pot Spicy Chicken Sausage Rice from Avocado Pesto

One pot people.  Need I say more?


3. Gluten and Dairy Free Ranch Tenders from Worth Cooking

Simple. Tasty. Delicious.

Are you ready to link-up?

55 Real Food Chocolate Recipes

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I have a sweet friend who is navigating the rough waters of life right now.  Her sweet toddler girl was recently diagnosed with leukemia.  She knows God is going to use this to His glory, but she’s tired.  She’s tired and she wants some real food chocolate.

Well, if it’s real food chocolate that she wants, then it’s real food chocolate she is going to get.  If I lived closer, I would bake some of these up and deliver them right to her door step.  Since I can’t do that, I decided to compile all the best real food chocolate recipes I could find.

Maybe, from now on, whenever any of us eat a bite of chocolate, it could be a reminder for us to say a prayer for Anna, her daughter, and her whole family.

All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.   – Charles M. Schulz


The Great Real Food Chocolate Round Up

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Glazed Chocolate Stove Top Donuts – This House of Joy

Glazed Chocolate Stove-Top Donuts – This House of Joy

Chocolate Avocado Pudding – An Avocado A Day

Almond Power Bars – Kitchen Stewardship

Slow Cooker Fudge – Skinny Ms.

Dark Chocolate Fudge – Nourishing Simplicity

Coffee and Cookie Brownie Bars – Brittany Angell

Raw Brownie Bites – Simply Smiles

German Chocolate Cake – Worth Cooking

Healthy Homemade Butterfingers – Natural Sweet Recipes

Raspberry Hot Cocoa – Nourishing Simplicity

Classic Nourishing Hot Cocoa - Nourishing Simplicity

Classic Nourishing Hot Cocoa – Nourishing Simplicity

Classic Nourishing Hot Cocoa – Nourishing Simplicity

Best Ever Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe – Natural Momma In Progress

Honey Sweetened Dark Chocolate – This House of Joy

3 Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cake – Gimme Some Oven

Chocolate Coconut Donuts – Mommypotamus

Raw Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallow Cream – Natural Momma In Progress

Raw Peppermint Patties – The Tasty Alternative

Triple Mint Cookies and Cream Ice Cream – Nourishing Simplicity

Dark Chocolate Mints (Healthy Andes Copycat) – Livin The Crunchy Life

Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs – Life Made Full

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Grain Free Triple Chocolate Brownie Cake

Grain Free Triple Chocolate Brownie Cake – This House of Joy

Chocolate Glaze – Worth Cooking

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Soaked and Sprouted) – Nourishing Simplicity

Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Cookies – Ditch the Wheat

Homemade Cacao Powder – The Pantry Paratus

Spiked Chocolate Mint Gelato – Worth Cooking

Homemade Junior Mints – Coconut Mama

Sneaky Chocolate Pudding – This House of Joy

Healthy Makeover Entenmann’s Chocolate Frosted Donuts – Chocolate Covered Katie

Real Food No Bake Cookies With Gelatin – Simple Life Abundant Life

{Healthy} Chocolate Mint Truffles - Worth Cooking

{Healthy} Chocolate Mint Truffles – Worth Cooking

{Healthy} Chocolate Mint Truffles – Worth Cooking

Soaked Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – Nourishing Simplicity

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars – Delicious Obsessions

Fudge Pudding Pops – Mommypotamus

Frothy Raw Chocolate Milk – Nourishing Simplicity

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Blondies – Worth Cooking

Fruit Sweetened Chocolate Pudding – Raising the Barrs

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting – Gnowfglins

Real Food Chocolate Coconut Protein Bar – Girl Meets Nourishment

Real Food Milk Chocolate Mousse – Food Renegade

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Frosted Chocolate Mint Cookies – Worth Cooking

Frosted Chocolate Mint Cookies – Worth Cooking

Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream with Chocolate Magic Shell – Nourishing Simplicity

The Best Paleo Brownies – Paleo Grubs

Chocolate Granola – Real Food Real Deals

Ultimate Healthier Brownies – Worth Cooking

Grandma’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake – Nourishing Simplicity

Homemade Nutella Recipe – Real Food Real Deals

Strawberry Chocolate Delight – Nourishing Simplicity

Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread - Creative Green Living

Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread – Creative Green Living

Chocolate Cheesecake Pie – Gnowfglins

Mexican Chocolate Icecream – Nourishing Simplicity

Chocolate Chunk Zucchini Bread Recipe – Creative Green Living

Chocolate Cupcakes (Soaked) – Nourishing Simplicity

Chocolate Custard (allergy friendly) – Gnowfglins

Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Icecream – Nourishing Simplicity

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For a visual of all these yummy recipes, check out my Real Food Chocolate Pinterest board with all of these recipes plus more!

Do you love chocolate?  Do you have a word of encouragement for my friend Anna?

Photo Credit: Bob.Fornal via Compfight cc