3 Ingredient Berry Compote


My instagram feed has been FULL of strawberry picking photos lately. They are so precious & from personal experience the kids always have a great time! We went strawberry picking at Washington Farms outside Atlanta last year and had an absolute blast. Unfortunately, we haven’t made it back this year, but our fabulous neighbors were sweet enough to share some of their fresh picked strawberries and we put them right to use! 



I know I am bias, but goodness they are cute! They have grown up so much in the past year. 

So for any of those that have been strawberry picking before, you know that you always come home with MORE than you can eat. So you need lots of recipes, and today I have the perfect one!


Breakfast for dinner is a staple around here lately. I am 8.5 months pregnant and so tired by 5:30. So if dinner wasn’t prepped at nap time, we usually end up eating breakfast of some sort (well that or a frozen pizza). And though breakfast is simple, adding this compote makes it feel super fancy! This strawberry compote is amazing over waffles or pancakes but also great on ice cream or drizzled over angle food cake! It makes every bite incredible.


Along with the strawberries, you will only need 2 other ingredients & 15 minutes (basically while you are cranking out waffles on the waffle iron, this goodness will be cooking away!).

3 Ingredient Strawberry Compote
Simple 3 ingredient strawberry compote, perfect for waffles, pancakes, or ice cream
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
  1. 2 cups of diced strawberries
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  1. Combine strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a sauce pan over medium/high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Turn the heat to low and continue to simmer (stirring occasionally) for 15 minutes until the strawberries are soft and the syrup has thickened
  4. The compote will thicken as it cools, so if you don't use immediately add a little water and stir to reach desired consistency for use.
  1. This recipe can be made with any berry or mix of berries.
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Strawberry Compote

It truly is delicious. I’ve used this same recipe with blueberries and it turned out just as divine! You are going to want to save this one friends! It takes any simple waffle/pancake recipe to the next level.

And since you still probably have buckets of strawberries after picking, here are a few more strawberry recipes I’ve shared in the past.

Strawberry Granola Pancakes

Strawberry Trifle

Strawberry Cookie Recipe

Summertime Strawberry Dip

We Planted a Garden

Gardening Success from a black thumb

We planted a garden. I must admit I’m not really the gardening type, probably because I have a black thumb. However, III grew up on 11 acres and has grown a pepper or two in his day. I knew the kids would be all over it, and so of course I was in. III used some 6×6’s leftover from the play set install that he used to create a garden bed of sorts. He tilled and weeded the dirt and added fertilizer. Then we headed to Home Depot to pick up some plants. We settled on tomatoes, okra, jalapenos, bell peppers, strawberries and some herbs (oregano & basil).

I found the cutest gardening tools in Target’s Dollar section and the kids were ready to go! 


They helped III plant and they help me water every day.



It is incredible how fast those plants are growing. There are lots of little green tomatoes taking shape and the peppers are starting to blooms along with the okra. Check out this bad boy…just waiting for him to turn yellow.




The kids are obsessed with looking for new blooms and we all can’t wait to eat from the garden. The herbs are doing great and we’ve already used them several times with dinner.


So whether you have a spot in your backyard or you want to grow a planter/pot garden on your porch, I’m here to tell you, you can do it! Give it a go! And even if it fails, your kids will have fun!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

apple cinnamon muffins
Hey friends! How are you? I am enjoying a peaceful naptime..these have been rare lately due to little man getting his 2 year molars, but the one giving him trouble has seemed to finally break through and we are all getting some relief. Teething is the worst! But we will not let it defeat us & are thankful for a mouth full of healthy teeth.


I think I’ve mentioned before that I kind of have a routine of activities that get us through afternoons/witching hour as we wait for dad to get home from work. If not, I need to share more details….Mondays are reserved for baking and lately we have been making a lot of muffins. They make great snacks for the week and are such an easy way to sneak in healthy goodness. Plus they look really pretty sitting on the counter under the glass topped cake stand & give the illusion that our life is somewhat put together :)

These banana muffins are our FAVORITE, especially with a few chocolate chips, but you can also find us making blueberry muffins, applesauce muffins, these carrot & cranberry muffins, pumpkin muffins, and even an occasional lemon poppy seed. A few weeks ago we added another recipe to our rotation, apple cinnamon muffins. Chopped apples, brown sugar, and a little maple syrup…you can’t go wrong! Here is the scoop.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Yields 12
Delicious muffins full of chopped apples and maple syrup...then topped with brown sugar goodness.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 large red apple, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  2. 1/2 cup of milk
  3. 1.5 tsp of baking powder
  4. 1.5 cups of whole wheat all purpose flour
  5. 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/4 cup of white sugar
  8. 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
  9. 1/2 cup or 1 stick of softened butter
  10. 1/2 packed light brown sugar
  11. 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using a mixer cream together softened butter, sugar and maple syrup
  3. Add in vanilla and eggs
  4. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, then baking powder
  5. Finally add in the milk. Mix until well combined
  6. In a SEPARATE bowl combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Use liners or grease regular sized muffin tins
  8. Fill each muffin hole 1/4 full with mixture.
  9. Then top with 1/2 the diced apples & pat down.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture
  11. Cover apples with an equal amount of mixture as before.
  12. Top with more remaining apples and then the cinnamon sugar mixture and pat it down.
  13. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean
  14. Allow to cool before eating
  15. Enjoy!
Adapted from All Recipes
Adapted from All Recipes
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They are truly delicious! I first found this recipe on All Recipes, and knew with a few tweaks (like reducing the sugar) I could make them perfect for our family. I love substituting things like unsweetened applesauce, raw organic honey, or organic pure maple syrup for sugar in my recipes. You still get the sweetness, but it isn’t as terrible for you. I can’t say it’s healthy, but better than white sugar! This recipe would also be great as apple cinnamon loaf bread, you could follow the same directions, but just pour into a 9×5 loaf pan and cook for a little longer (probably 45-50 minutes)! Enjoy! 

Sprout is TWO!

Happy Sprout


Our sweet sweet boy! I cannot believe you are two. It seems like just yesterday we were moving into our house and you decided to show up before we could get settled, 5.5 weeks early! It was a crazy but amazing time and every day with you since has brought us all so much JOY! 

You have grown leaps and bounds in the last year. For starters you are extremely verbal, you have been talking for a while now and a lot of it is in full sentences. My favorite is your dialogue with Chickadee. I love sending her in your room when yall are both awake after nap time and listening to you both chat back and forth on the monitor. 

Sprout is 2

Speaking of Chickadee, you love her dearly. You have really become the best of friends and watching yall interact is the sweetest (most of the time)! You want to do anything she is doing and because of that have become quite brave on the playground, going down the big slides and climbing rock walls. You miss her so much when she is at preschool, and ask for “More Chickadee” as she gets out of the car. Yall read together, play trains, set up tea parties, play in the sand table, and love running down the sidewalk on our evening walks. We pray the two of you are always close, encourage one another, and point each other to Jesus!

We have been soaking up so much new information in the past 6 months. From colors and shapes to a few numbers and letters. But your current obsession is Thomas the Tank Engine. Nothing would make you happier than driving your trains around the tracks on the train table all morning and then reading about Thomas all afternoon! In your Easter basket you received a set of Thomas alphabet cards and in less than 2 days you knew EVERY engine’s name. It’s good to see if the interest is there you soak up that knowledge quickly! My new tactic (not that I’m in a huge rush) is teaching numbers by using the numbers on the engines and letters by spelling the engine names. Whatever works, right?

Sprout is TWO

 I mentioned you love reading about Thomas, but really you love books in general. I hear multiple times a day “Read this book, please.” Some of your favorite are Steam Train Dream Train, Franklin, Owl at Home, Little Blue Truck, Llama Llama, Where do Diggers Sleep at Night and Brown Bear Brown Bear. We pray you always have a love for reading, imagination, and learning. 

You are still sleeping in your crib, taking one nap a day for about 1.5-2 hours. At night you are in bed around 7:30 and wake up about 7:00am. You have really become a good sleeper after a rough start! You love to snuggle and and give kisses and hugs. You are SUPER friendly to everyone and seem to have your dad’s outgoing personality. Since finding out you were going to be a BIG brother this summer you have been my constant doctor buddy…and you’ve handled our weekly visits like a champ. Everyone at the office LOVES you and always ask where you are if for some reason you are not with me. 

At church you love going to see Dottie and Nina (Anita) and and talk about them all the way home. For a while when we would ask you “Who love you?” You would say “Jesus, so much! And Dottie and Nina). We are thankful for all of those who are pouring the love of Jesus into your heart.

A few “stats:” At your two year old appointment you weighed 27.5 pounds and were 34.5 inches tall which put you around the 50% percentile in both, so you are finally “evening” out. You were 24 months or 2T in tops, but still an 18m in pants/shorts (you can thank Daddy for your short legs!). The doctor mentioned potty training, but you are not interested and tell me you want to go in your diaper. You are still working on your last set of molars and will head to the dentist for the first time in the middle of May. Your favorite foods are spaghetti, meatballs, nachos, smoothies, fruit and ice cream, but for the most part there is very little you turn down. 

Two Sprout

We continue to pray over you each night that God will use you to move mountains for Him. And I believe he is beginning to do that with your contagious smile. We are looking forward to watching you become a big brother and give that endless love to both your sisters. You are our JOY sweet boy and we thank God for every moment we get to be your mama and daddy. We pray for the day you root Jesus deep in your heart and live for Him. We love you!

And if anyone wants to take a trip down memory lane to when Chickadee was TWO, check out this old post!

Best Shredded Barbecue in the Crock Pot

Simple Crockpot Barbecue Chicken

Yall, we went the aquarium about a week ago and can I tell you…I am starting to FEEL this pregnancy. We parked at III’s office downtown and walked to the aquarium to save a few bucks. Then we walked ALL OVER the aquarium. It was an absolute blast, and the kids loved it. (Especially “Hank” from Finding Dory!) But when we got home that afternoon it was clear that 1. I wore the wrong shoes and 2. I am starting to be very pregnant. Hello 3rd trimester. Luckily, I already had something in the works for dinner (yay! crockpot) and I was able to put my feet up while III took over the kids solo for a little bit! If you are in Atlanta I definitely recommend a stop at the Georgia Aquarium…it’s incredible!


So, who else loves the crock pot? I’m pretty sure the answer is everyone. Working moms, stay at home moms, one pot meal folks, guys that love anything that requires very little work… This shredded BBQ chicken recipe is great for weeknight family dinners or large groups. It’s easy, tasty, and makes great leftovers! Promise me you’ll give it a try soon!

crockpot barbecue chicken

Crock Pot Shredded Barbecue Chicken
Serves 6
Simple, effortless, and delicious barbecue chicken made in the crock pot
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast
  2. 3/4 cup of Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce
  3. 1/4 cup of Sticky Fingers Barbecue Sauce
  4. 1/4 cup of Italian Dressing
  5. 1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
  6. 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  7. 1 tsp garlic salt
  1. Season chicken breasts with garlic salt and place in the crock pot.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together barbecue sauces, dressing, brown sugar & Worcestershire sauce.
  3. Pour on top of the chicken.
  4. Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  5. Around 3.5 hours two forks to shred the chicken and then allow it to continue cooking in the sauce until you are ready to serve.
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Barbecue Chicken Sliders

We love eating this chicken with King’s Hawaiian Rolls, but it would also be great on any bun or by itself. If you want to double the recipe it’s a great choice for feeding larger groups! Happy Monday. What’s for dinner at your house this week??

Barbecue Chicken Sliders Crocpot