I posted this photo of our dinner over on instagram tonight along with a few requests for the recipe.  So here it is.  Easy peasy, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, grain free option, fast, super yum dinner!

Italian Stirfry

1 Yellow Pepper Julienne Cut
1 Green Pepper Julienne Cut
1 Red Pepper Julienne Cut
1 White or Yellow Onion Julienne Cut
1 Container of Mushrooms sliced
1 Can Black Olives
1 Jar Artichoke Hears cut in half
Handful of Cherry Tomatoes cut in half
3 Cloves of Garlic chopped
1 Pack Applegate Pepperoni cut up
Dash of salt
Dash of fresh ground black pepper
10-15 Leaves of Fresh Basil from my garden
1 Jar of Organic Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

Throw it all in a pan and saute for a few minutes over medium heat.  I like it warm but not overcooked so the onions and peppers still have some crisp to them.  We serve it straight up, over Red Lentil pasta from Tolerant Foods (for those in our family that are grain free), over Quinoa Pasta or you could serve it over rice.  As long as you don’t overcook the pepper, cold leftovers the next day are delish!  The above portions fed 7 at my house tonight with no leftovers so you may want to adjust if you have a smaller family to feed.


This sweet little guy was totally worth the wait.  His big sister is so very gentle with him.  Prepare yourself, you’re totally going to fall in love with him over the next year.


A new haircut, fresh jams straight out of the bath, one cheesy face grin and a whole bunch of bubbles before bed last night.


My baby girl is growing up.  It’s funny, I don’t notice it so much day by day, but when I put her in front of the camera it hits me like a brick wall.


This smart girl is turning 8…which is just crazy to me.  8?!?!  I’m so very blessed to have been invited to capture her for the last 6 years.

diy fun backyard dig zone for kids

After 7 years of living in our house and having our backyard be a boring empty slate….we’ve started a few projects in our backyard.  Ty decided he wanted in on it and build our first project, a backyard digger construction zone for the little kids.  He did an amazing job on it too!  You can see the before shot HERE.  This was a low cost DIY project, coming in at around $75 for the whole thing, including new digger trucks, the wood frame, pea gravel and stones!  And Ty did it all, start to finish, including purchasing all the materials (driving his new truck of course), picking out the trucks and the gravel, leveling the ground and building the frame.  The little kids LOVE it too!

build a backyard gravel dig space

I think I’m going to have a hard time getting them to come inside.  I’m pretty sure Ty wins the award for best big brother EVER.  Our new custom swing set is being built now and will be installed next week!  After that, we will be embracing the slope in our yard by installing an in ground hill slide.  More pics to come as we go!