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PW Recipe: Macaroni & Cheese

I don’t do cheese, milk, or even gluten most days. But my oh, my, this mac & cheese recipe from the Pioneer Woman is heavenly. I posted this recipe of goodness back seven years back when I first tried PW’s mac & cheese. Yes….seven bankruptcy years. My, my, my….that is a while ago.

Therefore, I think it needs to be bumped to the present day.

It’s that good.

Recipe- Comfort Food, Mac N Cheese 


Pioneer Woman’s Mac N Cheese

Keep Moving

I don’t know why, but these three quotes are what I needed to hear. Maybe someone else is needing them too.

Albert Einstein

Don’t give up.

Don’t let the weight you’re carrying sink you.

You are stronger than you think.


Three Badges

We had a cute moment the other night as we talked with Babups who is on a mission in Africa.

This was a random idea we had to take a picture of our three missionary badges. It was comforting to think that we are in this work together. Hurrah for Israel!

He is doing amazing and we love talking to him every week.

Please visit Elder Browning’s blog for his weekly emails and pictures… he is having quite the adventures in Africa!


Eyes Up

A while back, I was heading down the freeway here in Tucson. A message on the ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) overhead sign caught my attention. Usually these signs display common cliches that promote safe driving…kind of like this message-

Huh. What a nice and catchy resolution to use your blinker.

The one I saw said,

“Eyes up.  Phones down.  Just drive.”

Pretty straight forward and simple I would say, and very unremarkable.

But for some reason immediately it started me pondering.

Not only was I reminded to drive more carefully, as everyone needs to hear that, but it was a spiritual message for me that day.

“Eyes up.  Phones down.  Just drive.”

I thought of the propensity and habit I have developed over time to keep my eyes down watching a device to de-stress from the “to do’s” of life.

Everyone who has technology is guilty of this, the immediate impulse and dependence to use our devices to cope and escape from our uncomfortable realities.

How many times do we find ourselves constantly checking our screens instead of checking the people and needs around us?

Why are we so easily drawn away to the cyberspace abyss and not pulled into the people and real life right in our front rooms?

That drive on the freeway awakened my desire to look up, be intentional with my time, and connect and be engaged with the PEOPLE around me more than I am with my screens.

“It is Better to Look Up”

EYES UP.    



Tucson Cactus

Here are some of my favorite plants ever– cactus and other plants you find only in the desert. (And yes, I took all of these photos…no stock photos here.)














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