SPICED APPLE CIDER FLOAT

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There’s a huge controversy between the ultimate fall drink.  Some side with pumpkin spice lattes and others are all about chilled apple cider. I’m somewhere between the two. I love everything pumpkin friends, don’t get me wrong, but from time to time, I like to embrace all things apple. Apple pie, apple crumble and apple cider!

Today I’m sharing with you a fun apple cider float that will rock your socks and have you singing all the fall tunes. This recipe is really fun and best enjoyed outdoors.  Also, my secret ingredient is El Yucateco® sauce. It’s an unexpected ingredient that takes this float to the next level.

El Yucateco® is having an awesome sweepstakes and I wanted to share it with you!

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CINNAMON-APPLE CALABAZA SOUP

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Fall is officially here and it’s time for all things pumpkin. Today I’m sharing with you a simple and festive pumpkin soup that’s perfect to whip up on a weeknight. My mom used to make Calabaza soup for us when we were younger, and this soup brings back those memories for me. It’s creamy, spicy, and completely dairy free. So, here it is, my

Cinnamon Apple Calabaza Soup

Ingredients
1 tablespoon ghee
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
3 cups diced butternut squash (calabaza)
2 cups apple sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus additional for garnish
3/4 teaspoon ground sage
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Silk® Original Almondmilk
1 bag dehydrated apple chips, for garnish

Instructions
Melt ghee in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic cooking until onions are softened. Stir in broth, squash, apple sauce, cinnamon, sage and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until the squash is cooked, about 15 to 18 minutes. Stir the Silk® Original Almondmilk into soup. Let the soup cool a bit and then use an immersion blender until it’s smooth.  You can also use a high power blender and blend it in batches. Return the soup to the pan and simmer for another ten minutes.  Serve the soup warm or at room temperature in bowls.  Garnish each serving with apple chips and sprinkle with cinnamon.

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GIGGLES AND WIGGLES PHOTO SEARCH + HOW TO HELP YOUR DOGGY AND YOUR KIDS FALL INLOVE

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Hi friends! Today I want to spend some time talking about our sweet pooch Bauer. Bauer has been around for about seven years and he is as much a part of our family as our children are.  It’s been a lot of fun experiencing all of these new seasons and stages with Bauer by our side and it’s been such a fun treat seeing Bauer and our kids develop a great relationships.  It may sound strange for people who are not dog owners, but after you’ve had your doggie for such a long time, you can’t really remember what life was like before them.  Grace learned to say his name when she was one, Haddon thinks Bauer is his and only his, and Emory has shared all of her food with him since day one!   The kids have a great relationship with him, and today I wanted to share with you five tips on how to create an environment for your kids and your dogs to be the best of friends (below).
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RUTH CHOU SIMONS | STEADY MOTHERHOOD

I have some exiting news to share today….

We are picking up our #steadymotherhood series with the amazing and incredibly talented Ruth Chou Simons!

First off, I can’t tell you how excited I am that I get the chance to have such an inspiring woman on this blog, to interview her and have her share her wisdom with us newbie moms. She’s the #momgoals of all #momgoals.  Ruth is an artist, author, entrepreneur, and speaker.  She has six “man cubs,” is madly in love with her husband and she just released her first book GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart.

Ruth was kind enough to share some of her steady motherhood wisdom with us and I know you are going to love her!

How long have you been a stay at home mom and to how many kids?

I have 6 sons ranging in age from 4 to 15 years. I have been a stay-at-home mom since my firstborn was a toddler. I’ve served alongside my husband Troy during his decade as a pastor, his season of headmastering a school, and now, continue as a work-at-home mom, running our family business and online ministry together while we tag-team the boys’ education.

If you could describe your parenting style in one word, what would it be?

Honest is the first word that comes to mind. I want my children to be honest and vulnerable, but at the same time, what I want to see in them must be demonstrated in myself. I’ve learned that honesty and transparency about our brokenness and need for a Savior is one of the greatest things I can share with my boys.

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If you could offer some advise to a brand new stay at home mom, what would it be?

For the brand new stay at home mom, I would offer this advice- Staying home with your children may not be something that comes naturally or is easy; however, when it doesn’t come naturally, it comes by grace. The love of motherhood, of teaching my children, of purposefully crafting a memorable meal, of creatively reflecting beauty in my home, of doing the same thing day after day after day…those things do not come to me naturally. They are the result of pruning and cultivation. Be patient with yourself; your children are a work in progress…but so are you.

What’s your one tip for getting your day started on the right foot?

Don’t neglect spending time with the Lord. Try using a reading plan, an audio Bible, or find an accountability partner. Our family tries to gather in the living room as the day begins for quiet times (alone), but together. It really does help keep us accountable to one another in persevering in the Word.

Do you have any book/movies/pod-cast/IG feeds recommendations to help us on our journey?

There are a number of women who are on Instagram that are incredibly encouraging. Well Watered Women is a like-minded sister company to GraceLaced.  They are intentional and encouraging when it comes to motherhood online. Deeply Rooted ministry and magazine is a periodical that is also very uplifting to me.  I highly recommend the At Home 6 podcast as well as their blog. I recently did a podcast interview with Risen Motherhood. The podcast and my particular episode with them addresses the little years and how to steward well a season that may not be your time to shine in other endeavors.

If you had one whole day all to yourself what would it look like?

If I had a day to myself, I would deep clean my house first (sanity!) then pull out a giant blank canvas and paint all day…just for me, and just for fun. We all need to make more time to be creative for the sake of process instead of production.

What do you enjoy most about being a stay at home mom?

I love being able to, at the ready: train, speak, and observe what is actually going on with my kids.  I love that if they have a need or express concern for something, I am always available to provide immediate encouragement or challenge. The home is the messiest context in which we can live out the gospel with our children. That may discourage us sometimes, but it should also bring us hope, because being home (even for those who cannot be home full-time) allows opportunities to invest in each others’ lives in the most vulnerable and impacting ways.

 

 

 

Ruth Simons is an artist, writer, and speaker, who shares her journey and how God’s grace intersects daily life at her blog + shoppe at GraceLaced.com.  She’s an unlikely mom to six young boys and wife to Troy, with whom she leads GraceLaced’s small but mighty team.  Get a glimpse and behind the scenes of her heart, art, and home on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter where she shares scriptural truths daily through her hand-painted artwork and words. She has pursued her calling based on one overwhelming desire: to reflect the majesty of the Creator. Ruth and her husband, Troy, live in New Mexico and are grateful parents to six sons—their greatest adventure.

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