5 Ways to Win the Day On a Snow Day!

I was compensated by Nestle for this post, including product to review. I have included affiliate and referral links below. When you purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting this site and our sponsorship of our Compassion child, Samson! All opinions are 100% my own.

It’s going to happen. I just know it is. The boys are in school this year and we live in Nebraska, so we will have a snow day and I want to be prepared.

We used to homeschool, so a snow day meant a normal day of school for us, but all of that has changed this year. If the boys are home for a snow day, we won’t be doing any school work! Since snow days could pop up unexpectedly, I’m making a game plan right now so I’m not caught off guard looking for something fun to do!

When coming up with a game plan to win the day on a snow day, consider your child’s interests and activities you find fun as well! Snow days are a chance for us to enjoy unexpected extra time with the kiddos and great memories can be made.

Here are five ways we’re planning to win the day on a snow day!

Snow Day

Get Outside

We’ve had a few snow days that were just too cold for outdoor play, but as long as the wind chill is not dangerous, we’ll be playing in the snow! Now is the time to make sure everyone has snow gear that fits, sleds are out of storage, and all the supplies for snowman building are on hand. I finally bought myself some real snow boots this year, so I’ll bundled up playing with my boys!

Warm Snacks

There is nothing better in this world than coming in from playing in the snow to enjoy hot chocolate and warm cookies. I feel all cozy and happy just thinking about it right now! Stock your pantry with hot chocolate packets and make some cookie dough to keep in the freezer – this will leave more time for fun when that snow day arrives.
Jack's Pizza Snow Day Art

Art, Art, Art

Our kids love to draw, paint, color – just about anything artistic! They could spend hours being creative and that sounds like a perfect (mostly) quiet activity for a snow day. Before the cold and snow arrive, I’m checking our art supplies to make sure we have plenty of paper, paint, crayons, etc. We also have several great drawing books, like this one from Ed Emberley, that I save for days like this as something special to do. Art time can be for Mom, too! Adult coloring books are fun and relaxing – this is one of my favorites!

Movie Time

We are a family who loves to watch movies together. We often snuggle up on the couch, turn on the fireplace, pop some popcorn, and enjoy a good movie. This sounds like the perfect snow day activity to me! And sometimes we pair movie time with an…

Jack's Pizza Snow Day Picnic

Indoor Picnic

Our boys get super excited when we put a blanket down in the living room and have an indoor picnic. It’s a simple thing, but they love it so much! They also love pizza, so I have my freezer stocked with Jack’s Pizza to pull out for a snow day picnic in the living room.

Jack's Pizza Snow Day

Jack’s Pizza is a great choice for a snow day because it is easy to make, delicious, and a great value – what more could you want?!

Jack's Pizza Snow Day Pizza

It is made in the Midwest with 100% real Wisconsin cheese and a preservative-free crust, so you can feel good about gathering around a few Jack’s Pizzas on a cold, snowy day!

I’m not crazy about ice, wind chills, and dangerous roads, but these ideas still have me excited for our first snow day of the year! We will be ready for family fun as the snow accumulates!


Snow day or not, our lives as moms are BUSY. Even getting food on the table for dinner can be a challenge. This week, I’ll be talking with Jack’s Pizza for a Twitter party to share an easy way moms can win the day. Join us for the fun and you could win! Here are the details:

  • When: Wednesday, November 11 at 1 p.m. CT
  • Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #RealCheeseRealLife hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Vite: http://vite.io/themotherhoodchats
  • Hashtag: #RealCheeseRealLife
  • Prizes: We will be giving away four prizes to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card. Prizes limited to U.S. participants only. See official rules.
  • Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Hope to see you at the party – maybe you’ll be one of the big winners!

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

Winning the Day with Jack’s Pizza!

I was compensated by Nestle for this post, including product to review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Let’s talk about football game day. We are football family, through and through. I enjoy watching the game as much as any guy and I actually want to WATCH the game.

Our kids enjoy football, but they aren’t glued to the TV when a game is on. They usually want to play some football. And eat. They want to eat all the time.

Here is our most common game day situation: Mom wants to watch the game and the kiddos want to eat. How do we make this work? What can I make them to eat quickly that will make both them and I happy?

Enter Jack’s Pizza.

Jack's Pizza Blog 5

Jack’s Pizza has been a staple in the frozen food aisle of our local grocery store since 1960. Jack’s is made with Midwestern pride and 100% real Wisconsin cheese. We picked out an original, preservative-free thin crust – another reason to love Jack’s!

Jack's Pizza Blog 6

Did you know you can grill Jack’s Pizza? Our last game day was a warm one and I didn’t feel like heating up the oven, so we just set the pepperoni pizza right on the gas grill and it cooked up beautifully with a nice crispy crust! And all of it was ready in just 12 minutes – perfect for making during halftime! We served it up with apple slices + chocolate milk – a little something fun for game day!

Jack's Pizza Blog 2Jack's Pizza Blog 3Jack's Pizza Blog 4

Can you tell how much they enjoyed their pizza? Jack’s is a favorite for families because everyone in the family loves it! We’re a pepperoni household, but we also have the cheese variety in our freezer to mix it up.

Jack's Pizza Blog 7

I’m giving Jack’s Pizza a thumbs up with Double J because the price is low (just a few bucks) and the quality is high!

Jack's Pizza Blog 1

I was totally winning this game day because the kids loved their food and I didn’t miss much of the game! Thank you, Jack’s Pizza!

What kind of Jack’s Pizza is the favorite in your house?

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

Friday Favorites

I have included affiliate links below. When you purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting this site and our sponsorship of our Compassion child, Samson!

I haven’t done a Friday Favorites in a while, so I have all sorts of stuff stored up in my head to share with you! And my friend, Crystal, does the most fun Friday Favorites every single week, so you should check hers out. We often agree on our favorite things. We’re cool like that.

Crossway Trio

Everything I’ve read from Crossway Books

I’ve read three books published by Crossway this year and I can’t get enough of them. I’m going to be writing a review on each one, but I just need to give you a heads up that these books need to be on your list. The absolute best part about books from Crossway is how they pack a TON of wisdom and grace into a small amount of pages. I pick up a Crossway book and think, “As a busy mom, I can handle a book this size.” And then I end up underlining half the book because they have each been THAT. GOOD. The three I’ve read so far are Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, Blind Spots, and Women of the Word. I already have two more in line to read. Yes, Im addicted.


Corn Salsa

Speaking of addictions, this corn salsa is super duper easy to make and I’ve been eating it for days on everything. I mixed it in with BBQ grilled chicken and quinoa for lunch yesterday. I used it to top a turkey burger. And, it may sound strange, but I’m loving using romaine leaves as “chips” and scooping up the corn salsa as a dip. Make some this weekend.

COS Beach Sale

Summer Accessories on Sale

Sunglasses, sandals, kimonos… So, I don’t own a kimono yet, but Cents of Style is totally tempting me with their summer accessories sale today. I want grab all their fun beach items and head to the ocean. Too bad I’m in the middle of the country. So here’s the great beach sale today: Get 40% off + free shipping on all the items you need to look fabulous at the beach with the code BEACHREADY at checkout! Kimonos are just $11.97! You can also get great deals on sandals, swimsuit coverups, and more! If you spend $20 or more, you will also get three sheets of fun metallic temporary tattoos for FREE!

DaySpring Fathers Day Flash Sale

Flash Sale for Father’s Day!

DaySpring is helping you get ready for Father’s Day this weekend with a flash sale on these amazing sets for dads! There are two gift sets available, each at the super low price of $19.99! AND you can use the code THANKYOU to get an extra 25% off as part of the Customer Appreciation Sale! These sets are on sale through the weekend and they are an amazing way to bless the man in your life for Father’s Day! If you’re not shopping for Dad, you can still use the THANKYOU code to get 25% off your DaySpring order!

We have a fun-packed weekend ahead of us – I can’t wait to fill you in on Monday! Enjoy your weekend!


The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

Making Meals with NOW Foods!

I am a #NowWellness Blogger Ambassador. I have received monetary and product compensation for this post. This post contains affiliate links. All opinions, recipes, and ideas are always my own.

It has been my pleasure over the last week to be adding some amazing NOW Foods products into my daily life! I had no idea the breadth of products available from NOW Foods before becoming a blogger ambassador, so it’s been fun to try these high quality, natural, and affordable products that meet the stringent quality standards set forth by NOW Foods!


Look at that haul we get to try! So many amazing products – food, personal care, sports nutrition, and supplements! I’m not a patient person, so I’ve been diving in to try everything these past two weeks!

My focus this week: making meals with NOW Foods!

NOW Foods Meals

One of our current obsessions is grain bowls. We’ve been trying different kinds of rice and quinoa mixed with meat and veggie combos, so the Living Now® Gluten-Free Organic Tri-Color Quinoa was a perfect fit for us!

FullSizeRender 31

This tri-color quinoa is not only delicious, but also beautiful! I prepared the quinoa based on the package instructions, using chicken broth as the liquid. Quinoa is even easier to cook than rice and it doesn’t come out sticky! I also love that quinoa adds extra protein and iron to my meal.

FullSizeRender 30

To partner with the tri-color quinoa, I baked chicken breasts in Ellyndale Organics™ Coconut Infusions™ Garlic Flavor. I also stir-fried the veggies for our bowl in the same oil. The subtle garlic flavor added by this oil was scrumptious!

FullSizeRender 29

Here is the end result – garlic baked chicken, tri-color quinoa, zucchini, red pepper, and onion! We both wanted two bowls because it was so delicious! We refrained and I’m glad we did, because the leftover quinoa was the perfect side for our grilled chicken and vegetables lunch over the weekend.


Doesn’t this look like the perfect light, healthy summer meal?! The tri-color quinoa has quickly become a favorite in our household!

Another favorite summer lunch for me is a protein smoothie! 

FullSizeRender 27

Protein smoothies are cool, refreshing, filling, and quick to make! My favorite combo is unsweetened vanilla almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, frozen banana, PB2, and chocolate protein powder. I was thrilled to find the  NOW® Sports Sprouted Brown Rice Protein – Chocolate in my package because it was perfect for this smoothie! One tablespoon of this protein powder is just 30 calories and 4g of protein, and it is soy-free + dairy-free – so great for those with food allergies.

FullSizeRender 28

One last meal idea for you today – a giant salad. The Hubby and I love big salads topped with lots of veggies, a little bacon, and something crunchy. NOW Real Food® Organic Toasted Hemp Seeds are a fabulous salad topper! They lightly sea-salted (yum) and are a valuable source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. One serving also packs 5g of protein! My mind is already thinking up new ways to use these nutritious, delicious seeds!

If you think these NOW Foods products sounds fabulous, you’re right, and I have SO much more to share! Look for another post next week highlighting the great personal care products I’ve been trying!

Which of these NOW Foods products would you like to try? How would you use them in a meal?

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

A Yummy #TasteAndBelieve Challenge!

I participated in a In-Home Party Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Any reason to get together with friends is a good reason, am I right? When that reason involves the words “salted caramel” and “brownie,” I’m all in. Girlfriends and chocolate go hand-in-hand perfectly.

I got together with a few friends from my bible study this week to treat them to some decadent sweet and salty indulgences…but I had a little surprise for them! I had sampled one (or a few!) of these little bites of heaven before our little get-together and I couldn’t wait for them to give them a try AND let them guess just which company was behind their yumminess! See what I did with that twist there?!

Besides my favorite pairing of salted caramel and chocolate, I love adding fruit to the mix when chocolate is involved, so I set out a cute little tray of the brownie bliss treats and strawberries and made sure all signs of packaging were out of sight.

WW Close Up Treats

These treats are not only yummy, they are also adorable and look great on a platter, don’t you think?! They wouldn’t last long though!

WW Grabbing Treat

As we chit-chatted, everybody grabbed their sweets and took their first bite…and nobody could stop there because YUM. My favorite part was watching everyone try to figure out the company of origin for the brownies – it was a good excuse to take just one more bite…or many!

WW Answer

After all the guesses were submitted, I finally revealed that these yummy salted caramel brownie bliss treats were made by…

WW Reveal

Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods! Surprise! I wish I could have passed them off as my own creations, but it was fun to reveal that each treat was just 90 calories and 2 points for Weight Watchers PointsPlus!

WW Reveal 2

Did you know there is a whole Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods line? It includes yummy treats such as Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss, Mint Chocolate Brownie Bliss, Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss, Chocolate Crème Cake, Lemon Crème Cake, Red Velvet Crème Cake, Carrot Crème Cake, Chocolate Brownie, Coffee Cake, and Cookies! WOWZERS.

WW Me with Treat

If you’ve been wanting to give one of these treats a try, NOW is the time because you can be a part of the Tasting is Believing Challenge! Until May 31, 2015, buy any Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods product, try it, and if you don’t love it, get your money back! Find these treats at your local store for a suggested retail price of just $3.29 per box!

The #TasteAndBelieve Challenge has me convinced! Which of these Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods will you try as part of this yummy challenge?!

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

Sensible Portions Puffs: Snacks for the Whole Family!

This is a sponsored post from Hain Celestials. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own.

I know I’m not the only mom who has kiddos CONSTANTLY asking for things to eat, right?! I’m always on the look out for better-for-you snacks to feed the whole family when they need to munch on something. The boys have found a new favorite in Sensible Portions Puffs from Hain Celestials!


Made with organic corn and no fillers, Sensible Portions Puffs are baked and deliciously seasoned bite-size poppable treats for the entire family to enjoy! Sensible Portions Puffs are made with the belief that an after-school snack, or a movie-watching treat, can be fun and delicious while also being a better-for-you, smarter snacking option.

Puffs Eating

The boys take after me and like something a little salty for an afternoon snack along with some fruit or string cheese. I don’t want them to fill up on junk, especially with dinner right around the corner. Sensible Portions Puffs satisfy that salty craving with their four yummy flavors: Veggie, Cheddar, Tomato Basil, and Sour Cream & Onion.

Puffs Boys

The boys loved all four flavors, but the Cheddar were definitely a favorite! The Hubby enjoyed all of the flavors as well, while I had a strong preference for the Veggie Puffs! These really are the perfect thing to snack on – low-calorie and without any nasty fillers! You can grab your own at WalMart stores for just $2.88 a bag!

I want your family to be able to give Sensible Portions Puffs a try, so we’re giving one of you four bags – one of each flavor! To enter, just tell me about your favorite better-for-you snacks for your family! For an extra entry, tweet this and come back to leave a separate comment telling me you did:

Tweet: Enter to win 4 bags of #SensiblePortionsPuffs from @homewiththeboys! http://ctt.ec/3dJF1+ #giveaway

Leave your comments by Monday, May 11th at 8PM CST to be entered!

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

Heavenly Soft Breadsticks (Bread Machine Recipe)

I love carb-loading. The Hubby and I look forward to Thursdays + Fridays each week because we get to stock up on carbs for our weekend long runs. It might be my favorite part of race training.

Carb-loading is tricky business. It is not adding a whole bunch of carb calories to what you’re already eating those days. Carb-loading is upping the ratio of carbs in your diet on those two days leading up to a long run.

Our favorite way to carb-load: heavenly soft breadsticks.


Oh my. We already have every Friday designated as homemade pizza night, so adding breadsticks to the menu makes sense. These breadsticks are SUPER easy to make and absolutely delicious! We’ve been making them for years and they never, ever disappoint!

After seeing these pictures, I’m sure you’ll be ready to down some of these carbs yourself, so I’ll share the recipe.

You’re welcome.

The best part of this recipe for me is the use of the bread machine to make the dough! God bless bread machines. I love throwing everything in the machine and letting it do all the work of mixing and rising and kneading!


A few notes since I’ve made these a gazillion times:

You’ll need to start the process about 2 – 2 1/2 hours before you plan to eat to allow for the bread machine time, extra rising after they are cut into sticks, and baking.

I have had this (affiliate link) Oster Breadmaker since we got married 12 years ago and it still works perfectly! I mostly use it for the dough setting because I still like baking bread in the oven.

Breadsticks Pizza Cutter

A pizza cutter works like a dream for cutting the strips from the dough! I wish I would have figured this out years ago! SO EASY!

Breadsticks Butter

The recipe calls for bread flour, but all-purpose flour works just as well. I have always used extra virgin olive oil, so I can’t tell you how other oils would work. If you try another oil in the recipe, let me know how it turns out!

Who is ready to make some breadsticks?!

Heavenly Soft

Bread Machine Soft Breadsticks

  • Yield: 24 breadsticks
  • Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)
  • 3 cups bread flour (all-purpose flour will also work)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast


  1. Place all ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed, making a well in the flour for the yeast. Select “Dough” setting. Push start. (don’t skip that last part)
  2. Read a book, watch some TV, go for a run – let the bread machine do the work!
  3. When the dough is completed, roll it out on to a floured surface into a 10×12 inch rectangle.
  4. Cut into strips about 3/4 inch wide. (I would also cut them in half as they ended up very long.)
  5. Give each strip a twist and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  6. Preheat oven to 375º.
  7. Let breadstick dough rise for at least 20 minutes or more if you have time.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  9. Brush with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and/or Parmesan cheese.

I think I may need to try these as dessert breadsticks next time! A little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top instead of garlic or cheese?! Yum!

How would you eat these delightful bits of heaven?


The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

Nourish: A New Cookbook + 2 Recipe Sneak Peeks!

I know you can find SO many recipes online these days, especially with Pinterest, but I still love a beautiful, hard copy cookbook, where I can flip through the pages and put tabs on the recipes I want to try. And I found a gorgeous new cookbook that appeals to both my food-lover and fitness-lover sides!

I received Nourish: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook by Lorna Jane Clarkson to review as part of the SweatPink Ambassador program. Lorna Jane is the founder of Lorna Jane Active Living, a super stylish fitness clothing line. Her approach to health involves an active lifestyle and well-rounded, healthy eating habits.

Nourish 5

Nourish is not just a cookbook. It is a beautiful book with fantastic photos of healthy foods and inspirational moments. It is a book that will help you focus on good eating habits and break several healthy eating myths. It is a book that shows you don’t have to eat bland food to eat healthy food.

I will admit that Lorna Jane uses quite a few ingredients I don’t usually keep around, so not everything in practical for me. But every recipe is well put-together and will keep your active body fueled well with lots of real food. Despite my initial hesitations about the uncommon ingredients, I did find several recipes I was excited to try. And I had to pick a summery one to get started.

The Chocolate, Banana, and Almond Yoghurt Pops were the first to draw me in! 

Nourish 2

I love the combo of chocolate, nut butter, and banana, and I’m always a fan of adding Greek yogurt to up the protein level.

Nourish 3

These pops were relatively easy to make and the maple syrup and banana added just the right amount of natural sweetness. And here is the recipe for you to try yourself!

Nourish 4

Chocolate, Banana, and Almond Yoghurt Pops


1 cup (280g) unsweetened greek-style yoghurt
2 tablespoons natural almond butter
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 small banana (130g), sliced thinly


1. Combine half the yoghurt, almond butter and half the maple syrup in a small bowl.
2. Combine the remaining yoghurt with the remaining maple syrup and sifted cacao powder in another small bowl.
3. Using the tip of your fingers, carefully press banana slices on the insides of 6 x ¼-cup (60ml) ice-block moulds. Layer almond mixture and cacao mixture into moulds, alternating which mixture you start with. Push in sticks.
4. Freeze 3 hours or overnight until firm.

prep + cook time 15 minutes (+ freezing)
makes 6
nutritional count per pop protein (4.6g), carbohydrate (13.1g), total fat (6.7g), fibre (0.4g).

There are also several breakfast recipes that sound delicious to me, especially this Quinoa, Mushroom, and Spinach Frittata. I’m not always great about getting enough veggies in my day, but throwing some veggies in with eggs is the perfect way to start the day! Here is the recipe for you:

Quinoa, Mushroom, and Spinach Frittata


1 teaspoon cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil
200g (6½ ounces) swiss brown mushrooms, halved
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup (50g) baby spinach leaves
¾ cup cooked white quinoa
6 organic free-range eggs
¼ cup (60ml) iced filtered water


1. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.
2. Heat coconut oil in a small frying pan (top measurement about 20cm/8 inches); cook mushrooms with garlic, stirring, until mushrooms are browned and tender.
3. Add spinach and quinoa to pan; toss gently. Whisk eggs and the water in a medium jug until frothy. Pour the egg mixture into pan; cook frittata over medium-low heat, about 10 minutes or until about halfway set. Place pan in oven; cook frittata about 15 minutes or until browned and set. Garnish with mushrooms and spinach leaves.

prep + cook time 40 minutes
serves 2
nutritional count per serving protein (25.7g), carbohydrate (14.9g), total fat (19.2g), fibre (4.5g).

Doesn’t that sound fabulous?! There are lots more wonderful recipes where these came from – dinners and lunches and desserts and snacks and even juices for all purposes! I also love the Lorna Jane includes information about super foods and her top healthy eating habits.

Are you excited about all of this healthy eating talk like I am? Join the movement with #LiveLoveNOURISH. You have the opportunity to be 1 of 10 winners that will get their own hard copy NOURISH cookbook. The most active participant will receive a cookbook AND a $200 Gift Card to Lorna Jane!

Show us how the NOURISH cookbook works for your lifestyle – in between work, play, sweat sessions, etc! Join the live Twitter Party tomorrow night (7/9) 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. Click here to tweet and enter to win —> Tweet: Join the #LiveLoveNOURISH initiative w/ @LornaJaneActive @FitApproach! Giveaway of: 10 NOURISH Cookbooks + $200 Gift Card to #lornajane!

Don’t forget to check out the Lorna Jane site for lots of awesome fitness clothing and read more about the Nourish cookbook!


I received this a digital copy of this cookbook to review plus a $50 gift card in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own!

The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

A Bowl of Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

It’s cold and blustery and there’s a dusting of snow on the ground. It feels like the perfect winter day – one that requires hats and scarves and a warm bowl of chicken soup.

Chicken Soup + Bread

And if you lived nearby, I’d invite you over to share a bowl of this chicken soup with some warm, fresh bread and we could just forget about the hustle and bustle of the holidays. That is, of course, after I deal with the pile of laundry as tall as me…

This was a new chicken soup recipe for me. I am always drawn in by the words “crockpot” and “slow cooker” because that means less dinner time stress for me! And, to be totally honest, I’m not a big fan of noodles in soup, so this chicken and veggies combo was just what I was looking for! I hope it hits the spot for you as well!

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup


  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 3-4 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Chop onion and garlic. Add to the slow cooker with the coconut oil. Turn the slow cooker to high, letting the garlic and onion heat up for about 10 minutes.
  2. Chop the carrots, celery, and red pepper.
  3. Turn the slow cooker to low (or keep on high for shorter cooking time).
  4. Add the chicken, vegetables, broth, and spices.
  5. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  6. Remove the chicken to shred. Return the shredded chicken to the soup. Stir and serve.

A few notes: I put the chicken breasts in frozen and cooked everything on low for 6-7 hours and it was perfect! I used low-sodium chicken broth, but found that I needed to add some extra salt at the end, so just use your personal taste as a guide!

Recipe adapted from Paleo Recipe Share.

What goes into your favorite chicken soup recipe?


The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook

Bread Machine Focaccia

My love for bread is the very reason I work out. Carbs are yummy and I just can’t let go of them. So I exercise and call it good.

The bread machine is one of my enablers. It wasn’t always that way. For a few years after we got married, it sat in the closet because I had no idea the wonders it could perform. Then recipes like this one came along.

Bread Machine Focaccia

Who knew you could make yummy, flavorful focaccia in a bread machine?! In the interest of full disclosure, you just make the dough in the machine, but that’s what makes this so easy! After it’s done mixing up in the machine, just flatten the dough into a pan, dimple and doctor it up a bit, and bake in the oven.

You may love me for this. You may hate me for this. I’ll take the bad with the good because I believe we should all eat really delicious bread at least every once in a while.

We’re gobbling this up with some spaghetti tonight. And it tastes really good dipped in a mixture of olive oil and spices. Mmmmm…

I’ll work it off with T25 tomorrow.

Bread Machine Focaccia


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus 2 tablespoons for later)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary (plus 1 teaspoon for later)
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • Kosher salt, for sprinkling


  1. Put water, 2 Tbsp olive oil, salt, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, 2 tsp rosemary, bread flour, and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. {I did mine in the exact order listed, making a well in the flour for the yeast.}
  2. Select dough cycle; press start.
  3. Remove dough from bread machine when cycle is complete. Pat dough into a 9×13 inch baking pan or 12 inch pizza pan. Use your fingers to dimple the dough every inch or so. Brush with remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and remaining 1 tsp rosemary.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover focaccia with plastic wrap while oven preheats.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.


The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook