Because I wanted to cheat but not fail

I heard once “just because you get a flat tire doesn’t mean you slash the other 3” or something like that.  Don’t use one mistake as an excuse to derail the whole thing, I guess. Moral of the story for me- cheat, don’t fail.

Trying to get healthy and fit is hard, but on holiday weekends even harder! The food, the friends, the fun, did I mention the food? I love holiday weekend food- burgers, dips, and oh so good desserts.

But I also love be progress I’ve been making getting healthier and happier. So I looked for a way to cheat but not fail. I don’t want to fall off the wagon, just make a pit stop at Deliscious Town! 

So–it was supposed to be a cake, it started as a cake but since I, as my mom puts it, cook like the kitchens on fire, it ended a trifle. Sort of. Just go with it, mmmkay? 

I wouldn’t say it’s healthy, but it’s sure better than a lot of the alternatives I considered. (And if you’re interested in some helpful hints, tips and amazing products we’ve discovered on this journey to health & weight loss we’re on, message us over at the Hello Nest on Facebook!)

Memorial Day Weekend Strawberry Cake Trifle


One white cake mix, 2 baskets strawberries, 1 can Diet 7up, 2 tubs lite Cool Whip

Preheat oven to 325. Mix the dry cake mix with the can of soda. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Let cool completely. Layer sliced strawberries, cool whip and cubed cake pieces (or in my case, loose cake crumbles). Chill for a bit, then eat! 



Fajita |Unwrapped|

Fajita |Unwrapped|
One of my favorite “go to” dinners!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3-5

1 pound of Strip Steak

3 Organic Sweet Peppers

1 onion

3 cups of Organic Spring Mix

1 Organic Avocado

8-10 sliced Organic Cherry Tomatoes

2 cups of White Cheddar Cheese (Aldi sells delish blocks of this- tastes just like Chipotle’s)

Organic Mild Salsa (also from Aldi & delish)

Sour Cream

1 pack of Taco or Fajita Seasoning of Choice

A few tablespoons of oil or butter

1.  In medium sauce pan, sauté onion & peppers in butter or oil. Set aside.

2.  Marinate steak in seasoning.

3.  Cut steak into thin strips & pan fry them in tablespoon of oil or butter for 3-5 minutes on each side over medium/high heat.

4. Combine steak strips & veggies into one skillet for 1-2 minutes on low heat.

5.  Make a bed of spring mix, top with steak & veggies, cheese, salsa, avocado & sour cream.

E n j o y!



Dirty Feet, Home Pedicures & Jesus


We had gorgeous weather this weekend and I spent two solid days enjoying it. Well, mostly enjoying it. Okay, I was happy for the weather we had while I worked my tail off. We had a garage sale at our house- and by the time it was over my entire body ached and the whole family was dusty, dirty and sweaty. 

After finally getting the kids down for the night I sat on the couch but could not concentrate on relaxing because I was super distracted by my filthy feet. (I know, gross, right?)  So, I set out on operation bathtub pedicure. And to be honest, as I sat exhausted on the edge of my tub washing my grimy feet I started to grumble- about how tired I was and how my husband got the easy job this evening and about the baby days and with how hard I worked all weekend I certainly “deserved” a break and a pedicure. 

When all the sudden it just hit me. Jesus, washing the disciples dirty feet, not asking anyone to take His place. A king, THE King, scrubbing dusty toes and teaching about servanthood and leadership and humility. And just hours later taking my punishment so that I can share in an eternity only He ever “deserved”. 

And the more I thought the less I grumbled and the more I became grateful. Thankful for dusty little feet to chase through the yard, for such an abundance of things we needed a yard sale, for warm water and new mercies and mostly just for Jesus.




Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, that home pedicure was a perfect remedy for my worn out toesies. Here’s the recipe:

Heel Toe Foot Scrub & Pumice from Sally’s, warm water, elbow grease and a 5 minute break from the littles 

Baby Days.

We recently had some good friends of ours stop over with a load of gifts & goodies for us & the kids. It was a visit full of blessing, love & encouragement to our family. After they left, I opened a card they had given to us. Inside of it read, “Happy Baby Days!”

Every time I think of the the visit, I find myself blessed & in awe of their thoughtfulness all over again. & the card.  That card hangs on my fridge as a reminder that:

these “baby days” will run out.

It is easy to let the craziness of life distract us from some of the best moments of our stories that are all too quickly becoming memories. I am excited for the future & the coming “days/stages” but the ones I am currently in can be missed & replaced with “busy” if I am not intentional about savoring them.

So, when that card catches my eye in the middle of the messes, tasks, pressures & demands of life- I stop. I sit a little longer as I read & play with our littles. I pause to take in the sweet, soft, chubby baby cuddles. I put down my “todo list” & build a blanket fort. I stop & admire every tiny feature of their perfect faces. & I remind myself to live & cherish the precious gift of our “baby days”.

Whatever “days” you find yourself in currently, pause. Breathe. & savor your sweet, everyday moments with the ones (friends, spouses, kids, grandkids, ect.) God has given you. Today will soon be another memory. Make it count.


Lisa Ann