Monday, April 12, 2021

Shamrock Breakfast Sandwich

This is one of my favorite breakfast treats. It's not your typical breakfast, but it's that perfect combination of savory and fresh to get me going in the morning. You also don't have to wait until March 17th to enjoy it. I eat it year round! 

Since this isn't exactly a recipe, I'll share with you the assembly of my favorite breakfast sandwich in a slightly different format.

Shamrock Breakfast Sandwich

What you need:
-breakfast sausage patties (*see note below)
-kaiser rolls
-fresh kale

First what you need to do is cook your sausage. As it's cooking, prepare your sriracha mayo. You may buy it premade, but I prefer to make mine based on how hot I want it that particular morning. How much you make is up to you. 

Slice your tomato and avocado, and wash your kale.

Next, assemble the sandwich:

On the bottom half of the bun, spread a light portion of sriracha mayo (too much will make the bun soggy and you'll be eating your sandwich with a fork). 

Then add kale, topped with the sausage patty. Tomato goes on top of the sausage, then top with sliced avocado. Spread a generous amount of sriracha mayo on the top bun, then place on top of the sandwich. 


Note: We abstain from eating pork, so we use plant-based breakfast sausage. I used to use Gardein brand for this sandwich, but they decided to shrink their patties from burger size to biscuit size, which doesn't quite work for this sandwich. I was able to find the perfect size meatless patty from Simple Truth at our grocery store freezer section. Beyond Meat makes a breakfats sausage, though I've never tried it and don't know what size it is. Turkey sausage patties would also work fine, though I haven't tried those either. 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Spring Garden Update | End of March 2021

 We've had quite a bit of warm days recently and the yard is coming back to life, and so is the garden.

 We'll start with the lettuce bed. The lettuce I purchased has grown some, though there is no sign of the lettuce seeds I planted. I'm still sad that I will not be enjoying my favorite lettuce this year, but lesson learned and I'll be starting my own lettuce seeds indoors for next year. 

The peas I planted are coming up! Many are still missing form the two rows I planted, but I am hopeful more will come up soon. I just pray that the weather is not already too warm for our peas to thrive. 

Take a look at this oregano! I planted it three years ago and it has completely taken over. I've already begun disassembling this portion of the garden bed and sadly, this beauty has to go. I was able to separate a few pieces to plant in pots for myself and for my parents. I will not be putting oregano directly in the ground again. I could never eat that much pasta and pizza! 

The kale and bok choy are doing great! I love experimenting with new vegetables in the garden. I am unsure what pests may eat these greens, but I hope they stay far away. The beets haven't come up, and I am doubting they ever will. I'll have to remember to plant them earlier in the year next time. 

The broccoli is also growing well. I still have replanted the rose bushes (not pictured) that they're sharing a bed with. Prepping the summer garden beds has taken up most of my time. 

Strawberries seem to be doing well. There might be one or two blossoms, but I'm also not expecting a huge harvest from these this year.

The blueberries survived the move! Lot's of green is showing up and I've even found new branches. I think they'll be doing better this year in their new location than they ever have in the years we've had them. 

When we first moved in four years ago, I had dreams of a mini-orchard in my backyard. I bought two apple trees and two peach trees. After the first year, one of the apple trees died. The second year, a peach tree. The second peach tree was struggling, but it stayed on for another year. I ended up removing this year because I could tell it wasn't going to thrive here. Now I have one lone apple tree. It has never produced fruit and this year it didn't produce blossoms. I thought for sure it was dead and had made plans to dig it up tis week, until I came out and found these little leaves. It gets to stay and we'll see what it does.

I have four blackberry bushes along the fence on the other side of our yard. When I planted them, I didn't realize the area was not in full sun, but the blackberries have always done well. It looks like they're getting ready to blossom. I didn't have a chance to prune them back this year. 

That's all for this update! I can't wait to see how much everything grows next month. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Spring Garden Update | Mid-March 2021

Can you believe spring is almost officially here? We've been very busy around our home over the past month or two. I've been digging up sod along the edges of our fence to make way for flower beds. In February, I transplanted our blueberry bushes from our raised bed garden and planted them alongside the fence. It is too early to tell if they'll survive, but I am hopeful. 

Last week, we planted a new strawberry bed. Something took out our old one that we had for three years. After the harvest season last year, the plants just died. The new strawberry bed is against the fence and framed in with 100-year-old handmade bricks from our family farm. This week, I finally added wheat straw to finish it up. 

We made a trip to the plant nursery this week and purchased broccoli, kale, bok choy, and lettuce. This is my broccoli bed this year. I planted two different varieties and a total of 8 plants. They're currently sharing the space with a couple of rose bushes I dug up but have not replanted in their new space yet. 

I've never grown kale or bok choy, so I am very excited about this bed. It will be nice not to buy any from the grocery store this spring. I also planted beets at the far end, but I'm a little late so they may not come up. 

Unfortunately, the nursery did not have any of the lettuce I love (a dark red and green salad blend) so I bought what they had and planted it anyway. I bought some seeds for what I love and planted those, but because it is so late in the season, I am not certain I'll get anything. Same goes for the peas and radishes I planted in this same bed, though not pictured. I've been so busy on other projects that the planting dates completely slipped my mind. 

That's all I'm planting this spring, as part of the project I am working on is disassembling the old garden beds and moving the raised bed garden to a new location in our backyard. I'll plant our summer garden in the new beds and finish disassembling the old beds once the spring garden has finished its harvest. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

A Homemaker's Journal | February 15, 2021

After careful thought and consideration, I've been stepping back from mainstream social media sites and am really going to make an effort to blog more. While I enjoy blogging, it often takes a backseat to social media posting. I've already said what I needed to say there, so why say it again here? Well, I'm not saying much there anymore. 

I figured the best way to jump back into a blogging routine is to pick back up on my weekly homemaker's journal posts. I'll again be joining Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday!


Oh, we have had so much rain! Our backyard is a soggy mess and any preparations for our spring garden have come to a pause. At the moment the rain has let up, but thunderstorms are expected tonight and into tomorrow. Wednesday is supposed to be sunny, but I may need to stay indoors for fear of sinking into the mud. More rain is predicted for Thursday and Friday, with sunshine over the weekend. 


My oldest son woke up bright and early this morning and came downstairs to watch Bob Ross paint. The fireplace is going and the baby has made a mess of her toys and blankets in the living room. My younger son is in the boys room playing with legos. My oldest daughter is working on a new cross-stich handicraft I got her for Christmas. I have dinner in the crockpot, which will be ready by 6. I'm also working on this weeks grocery list. 


We have a lot of housework to get done and I am slow moving today. If I can get the laundry done, the kitchen cleaned, and the floors mopped, I'll be satisfied. 


I haven't taken any pictures today, but this is a picture from last weekend. My oldest daughter made the blanket (pictured front left) for her baby sister. My mom helped her with the sewing machine, but Bridget cut and pinned it mostly on her own. She couldn't decide which material she liked best so she made it reversible. She also added extra padding to make it super soft. Baby sister has had nearly every nap on it since. Bridget also stitched by hand two small matching pillows. 


“I have one desire now—to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.” 
-Elisabeth Elliot


Monday: Crockpot Spaghetti
Tuesday: Blackened Tilapia with Jambalaya
Wednesday: Tofu Luau w/ Brown Rice
Thursday: Chickpea Noodle Soup 
Friday: Baked Chicken, Scalloped Potatoes, Salad, and Challah
Saturday: Pizza
Sunday: Vegetarian Cheeseburger Wraps w/ Sweet Potato Fries



My oldest daughter has dance twice this week and my oldest son has baseball evaluations this weekend, as they were postponed last weekend due to the rain. I'll continue working on lesson plans. I need to order new handwriting books for the children which I have been putting off for an embarrassing amount of time. My daughter also asked me to order more dresses for her. She loves wearing dresses but wants them to be comfortable for everyday use and it's a bit of a struggle to find them at a good price. I'd love to be able to get out into the garden this weekend, but that will depend on weather conditions. 


Sunday, February 14, 2021

A Gentle Kind of Love

I've never been a big fan of Valentine's Day but as our children have grown, my husband and I have started celebrating it more. We don't go out to eat and he doesn't buy me jewelry or things like that, but he does give me flowers. Some years he has given our oldest daughter flowers as well, and the children often cut out and decorate paper hearts to give to one another. This year, my husband bought each of our children a little box of chocolates, which was a first for them.

This year, my husband gave me a small planter box of sweet pink miniature roses. He said he wanted to get me yellow roses because they were so pretty, but thought they meant "friendship" and therefore didn't match his intentions. I've never known what all of the rose colors mean, so I looked up what pink roses symbolize and this is what popped up: 

"Pink roses symbolize gratitude, grace, and joy. Overall, pink roses suggest a gentleness compared to the typical bright red rose." 

Other words that popped up in the search were admiration, elegance, and innocence. (In case you were wondering, red roses symbolize love, passion, and desire.)

We're not the romantic type, and while we absolutely love one another, our love is kind and gentle. Our marriage is one of joy and gratitude for one another. He supports my role at home with the children, and I support, encourage, and admire him as our provider. I think the pink roses are perfect to symbolize our marriage and how he looks at me as his wife. I can think of no better man that I would want to go through life with.

"Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."

 -Ephesians 5:33  (KJV)

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Am I Doing Enough?

Am I Doing Enough?

It's a question I often ask myself as I reflect on my children and the current state of our country. They do not see a lot of what I see, and we're doing our best to keep it that way. Children should be children and not have to worry over adult problems. It is my goal to prepare them to lead a good and moral life. We pray often, read our scriptures together, and talk about what is right and wrong. Overall, they're good children so I think I'm doing something right in that aspect. They're kind to others and for the most part get along with one another. But I do still wonder if I am doing enough. My heart is in constant prayer as I navigate motherhood. Only time will tell if I've succeeded in bringing goodness into the world. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Curry Artichoke and Rice Salad

Curry Artichoke and Rice Salad

1 box chicken flavored Rice-A-Roni
1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 tsp. curry powder

1. Prepare Rice-A-Roni as directed on the package. 
2. In a small bowl, whisk juice of artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, and curry powder. 
3. Meanwhile, chop the artichoke hearts into small bite sized pieces.
4. Combine Rice-A-Roni, artichoke hearts and mayonnaise mixture together.
5. Chill in the refrigerator.

Note: My Grandma's recipe calls for 2 c. of chopped chicken in place of the artichokes (you still need the juice from the jar). It's delicious, but I love the artichokes.