Wife, Mama to 5 kids in 5 years, business owner, YouTuber, Blogger, Licensed Esthetician, and former Birth Doula! I love coaching and empowering women through the Birth experience. We are building a farm with our five kids in order to help them learn the value of work and to ground ourselves from the busyness of the world! On my blog and various channels, we also talk about Anxiety and PPD, and I am passionate about helping others not feel alone in their journey! Thanks for being here, I love getting to know you!
Here’s to hoping you’re able to feel the magic of small moments during this season!
I was excited to chat with the awesome sisters of the “Hey, Sister Podcast!” They asked me how to be a “Grounded Hostess.” These girls are so fun and smart.
BACON JAM, CRANBERRY,
AND BRIE WREATH
• ½ pound sliced bacon
• 2 onions, thinly sliced
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• Pinch ground cinnamon
• Pinch ground nutmeg
• ½ cup balsamic vinegar
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• 2 tablespoons ketchup
• 1 box puff pastry, thawed
• ¼ cup cranberries, roughly chopped
• 7 ounces brie cheese, cut into slices
• 2 tablespoons pecans, roughly chopped
• 2 tablespoons rosemary, finely chopped
• 1 egg, beaten
1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cook the bacon in a non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat for 10 minutes until it browns, and the fat has rendered out. Leave bacon grease in the pan.
3. Add the onions to the pan and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the brown sugar and cook for another 5 minutes until sticky and browned.
4. Add the garlic, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg and cook for another minute.
5. Add the balsamic and maple syrup and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat once boiling to medium-low, cook for 25-30 minutes, and cook until the bacon jam has thickened. 6. Stir in the ketchup and remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool before adding it to a food processor and pulsing a few times until it has a slightly chunky, but spreadable, consistency.
7. Lay the thawed puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and flour on both sides.
8. Using a large bowl (I used an 11-inch diameter bowl) place on puff pastry and cut around the bowl to create a circle. Transfer the cut dough to the prepared baking sheet.
9. Using a smaller bowl (I used about a 7-inch diameter bowl), make an imprint in thecenter of the 11-inch circle you just cut out.
10. Cut the inner circle into eight equal triangles using a sharp knife (Like you would cut a pizza into 8 equal portions.)
11. Add the bacon jam, cranberries, rosemary, brie and pecans to the outer circle of thewreath.
12. Pull up the previously cut triangles, press the dough together on the edge of thewreath, and then push up the outer edges.
13. Brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
14. Remove from the oven. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
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What is it? We (and our kids) like business, so we like to call it a family board meeting! Usually it’s at our kitchen table on a Sunday night, and every few months, we’ll take it to a restaurant on a weekend and go over broader goals and ideas.
Elements of a family meeting:
•Word or phrase of the week: this is one of my personal favorite parts! Everybody gets to decide on something that we should focus on! Ones we have used in the past our gratitude, pick up after yourself, kindness, listening, we have used scripture verses, and more! It’s especially helpful for us as parents because it gives us something to remind the kids of that they all agreed upon!
•Loosely plan meals. We like to try and have a couple of meals from my cookbook every week, so the kids and my husband will go through and choose which ones they want! It’s fun to have the kids involved. They get excited about it and they like to help make things.
I’m not the greatest at meal planning, but even having a loose outline helps keep us a little bit organized with meals and grocery shopping.
•Chores for the week
•Gratitude – we all go around and say something we are grateful for
•Prayer section: We like to physically write down anyone that we are keeping us on our minds and in our prayers throughout the week. It helps us remember to not only pray for them, but it gets them thinking of others and their needs.
• Important events: This can be birthdays or recitals, or sports games, or a test that somebody has coming up that they want us to be encouraging them about!
Benefits: The weeks and days can get away from us, so having scheduled time to talk and plan ensures that we are connecting on a deeper level often and are staying in touch with our children’s goals and things going on in their lives inside and outside of the home.
Click HERE for a free family meeting printable.