Thursday, August 2, 2018

Stuffed Avocados

I have a lot of ground beef in my freezer and I was racking my brain to try to think of some different ways to use it all up (I can only eat so much spaghetti). I wanted to prepare something light, fresh, and easy for dinner tonight and voila, my stuffed avocados were born! If you have avocado fans in your house they will enjoy these as much as my family did! We have a family of 6 so I made enough for each person to have two halves. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Power Ball Recipe

My kids have a new found excitement for a little snack we call Power Balls. This no-bake treat is a great choice if you want a healthier option for baked cookies. They are easy to prepare and any home chef can change them up to their personal preference. In our house, one Power Ball silences those claims of starvation and satisfies the cravings for sweets. They've really become a staple around our house!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Work & Play With Groove Life Rings

Disclosure: I received Groove Life rings at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

 If you are married and you enjoy doing anything outdoors, or support your family by working with your own two hands, you are going to want to pay attention to this post! It's been a couple years now since Ben and I transitioned from a couple who weren't able to get out much, to a kayaking, bike riding, hiking, "let's get on the river" kind of couple. We've made time for ourselves and choose activities that alleviate distractions from our life which has brought us even closer together. I can't remember how many times we were out in our kayaks (and especially the time when we were white water rafting on the Gauley River) that I went, "Oh my gosh my wedding rings!". I just never take them off. I always, always forgot until it was too late to put them in a place of safety. Thankfully, my wedding bands have made it through all my adventures but a couple weeks ago, we decided it was time to try out some rings that were a little more fitting for adventures and work. We found Groove Life and they changed everything I ever thought about silicone wedding rings.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Southern Meatballs & Gravy

It has been raining for what seems like an entire month straight. Our farmers are thrilled but all of the rainy gloominess made me hungry for some comfort food. Years ago our family attended a Christian Summer camp that, aside from it's life-changing experiences with God, was also known for its delicious southern cooking. One of my absolute favorite dishes was meatballs and gravy that they served over a bed of white rice. I decided this week to develop my own recipe which I served over mashed potatoes. The kids raved and each gave their blessing to pass the goodness on to you. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

In A Snap Banana Muffins

Yesterday our home was snackless. The kids are out of school for the summer and their attempts to clean out my fridge and pantry since day one had on not gone unnoticed. My fruit bowl had dwindled down to two lonely bananas that were well past their prime. I had spent the better part of my day trying to get our home office in order and my will to whip up anything home had gotten lost somewhere between the 3-foot stack of papers I had organized and relabeling all of our manila folders for upcoming jobs. By mid-day the natives had finally grown restless and I needed a brain break. Turns out it was the perfect scenario to create one of our favorite summer snacks yet; banana muffins, which I whipped up in a snap!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Climb And Conquer In Xero Shoes

Disclosure: I received the hiking boots featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. 

 If you've followed my posts or Our Southern Style for any length of time, it's probably no surprise that you're finding me on yet, another adventure. I love pushing myself and finding out just what I'm capable of. It's part of what has helped me become the determined person that I am today. For me, it's easy to apply each and every one of those adventures to every day life. Life has a way of showing just how strong we really are and hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, (insert your favorite adventure here) is a reminder that I can conquer anything if I put my mind to it. Some friends and I set out to take on the "Old Rag", a rigorous 10 mile hike in the Shenandoah Mountains, and the only thing on my mind was making sure I had a good set of hiking shoes. Lately, I've been discovering the greatness of barefoot shoes and wondered how I'd do in a pair on such a long hike. Ben, myself, and two of our friends had the pleasure of trying out two styles of Xero Shoes hiking boots in both men and women's styles and I'm giving you the scoop on why these are one of the greatest hiking shoes I have put on my feet!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Kayak Warm This Spring With Wetsuit Wearhouse

 Disclosure: I received the wetsuits worn above to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

 It's here! It's here! It's finally here! Ya'll have no idea how much I have been longing for this day; the day that I finally get to take my kayak out on the water! After months of passing by my yak every time I went down to the basement, to say I was excited about finally taking her out would be an understatement. Even though the air is warmer, the water is still bitter cold in our part of West Virginia. To travel safely and keep from a potential bone-chilling moment should we capsize our boats, we turned to our friends at Wetsuit Wearhouse to outfit Ben and I with their best spring Shorties. If you enjoy water sports, you won't want to miss this review!