HAPPILY HOMEMADE RELEASE DAY!

February 14, 2017

Today I started thinking backward to remember how long we have been working on this book. I got the very first email from my publisher in February or March of 2015, so that is almost exactly two years for Happily Homemade from start to finish.

I was meticulous when making this book and really believe it is my best work. I hope you see that in the photography and recipes when you flip through and try cooking something of your own.

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There are lots of ways to show people love, of course, but one of them is providing for those simple, reoccurring needs – like a warm meal after a long day. I wrote this book because making good food is one of my favorite ways to care for my people.

Happily Homemade has 100 recipes, including breakfasts, snacks, appetizers, entrees, sides, sauces, seasonings, and (DEFINITELY) desserts. There are lots of takes on classics that mix it up with a new or unique flavor combination. Like probably most wives and moms, I just shop at a big, regular grocery store, so all the ingredients in any of the recipes are ones that can be easily found, or you may already have in your pantry.

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Pictured above are a Plum Caprese Stuffed Porkloin, Beet & Kale Lasagna Roll Ups, Doughnut Milkshake, and Mushroom Braciole. Just a few of my other favorites in the book you should earmark to try first are the Pumpkin & Pecan Baked Oatmeal, my favorite Chicken Noodle Soup, Apple Mac & Gouda, Broccoli & Cauliflower Tots, and Peanut Butter & Banana Cake.

Happily Homemade is available NOW from any of these super fine retailers (among others):
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Christianbook | faithgateway | Family Christianindiebound | Parable

30 MINUTE TACO CORNBREAD

February 9, 2017

A dinner in 30 minutes, I am a simple girl and these are what make me happy. Mexican spice, cornbread, fresh ingredients. This is the meal for me.

30 MINUTE TACO CORNBREAD from Rachel Schultz30 MINUTE TACO CORNBREAD
Serves 3 to 4

1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon mexican seasoning
9×9 pan of cornbread, prepared
15 ounces black beans
1/4 red onion, diced
3 green onions, sliced
1 cup cheddar, shredded
1 romaine, sliced thinly
1 roma tomato, diced

Brown turkey in a skillet over medium heat until no pink remains. When turkey is mostly cooked, strain liquid from pan and season with mexican seasoning. Slice cornbread and top with turkey, black beans, red onion, green onion, cheddar, romaine, and tomato.

30 MINUTE TACO CORNBREAD
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon mexican seasoning
  • 9x9 pan of cornbread, prepared
  • 15 ounces black beans
  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 1 romaine, sliced thinly
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
Instructions
  1. Brown turkey in a skillet over medium heat until no pink remains.
  2. When turkey is mostly cooked, strain liquid from pan and season with mexican seasoning.
  3. Slice cornbread and top with turkey, black beans, red onion, green onion, cheddar, romaine, and tomato.

 

CHOOSING SOPHISTICATED LIGHTING FOR CHILDREN’S ROOMS

February 2, 2017

I have shared before that I am all about sophisticated children’s rooms. Those are a place kids love to be (toys and fun features), but that mom also loves looking at. On top of that, I think it is nice for the children’s room to still have stylistic continuity with the rest of the house and that is going to be hard to get with primary colors and plastics. (Unless of course that is the theme you have chosen everywhere else!)

Children’s rooms also need durability. (Really, the whole house needs durability for those dear little ones too.) One of my favorite ways to inject something refined into a kid’s room is the light fixture.

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Light fixtures are never touched, so while they could still in theory be broken by a stray football, they are a safer route to get something unique and styled in a kids room than trying to place cool antique accessories on their night stands and attempt to keep them from getting broken.

I had been pining over the Lucent Lightshop etsy store for years, so we went with two custom pieces made by their team. For our daughter’s room (above), I chose a fixture that is everything my slightly glam “girls rooms” pin board has dreamed of.

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For our current designated “boys” room (birth order might swap these one day), I chose a piece a tad industrial for a more romp around boy feel. Best of all with these, I get to have pretty things to look at while acting like the no-stress mom I pretend to be.

There is much more I would love to do in these rooms, but I am holding off on most of it so we can see exactly how we end up needing them with our kid gender and birth order stuff. The good light fixtures make me much more okay with feeling like these in progress spaces are decoratively addressed-ish and at least a little styled.

Copyright © Rachel Schultz 2017