Joanna Gaines inspires me.  After reading one of her magazines, I am reading to clean the house, decorate a room, cook a new recipe, and call my children.  I am super impressed with this fellow Texan and all she has accomplished.

Her most recent edition of her magazine, The Magnolia Journal is dedicated to interntional living.  I try to live with intention, but fail in so many areas.  It seems there is just not enough time in the day to accomplish all I want to with true intention.  But, over the years, I have improved a lot, and hope to improve more.  This topic lead me to set some personal goals in several areas.  I will let you know how I am doing as the year progresses.   She did inspire me to cook more over the weekend.  My husband and I have started a bad habit of eating out alot each weekend.  I know it is mostly my fault…claiming I am too busy to cook.  But, the meals last weekend were very simple and allowed me to test some new products.

I was asked to try this AR’S HOT SOUTHERN is honey with a spicy kick of red chili peppers.  So, I tossed these sweet potatoes in cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg; sprinkled the honey over the pieces I cut up; and then baked at 400 for about thirty minutes.  They were yummy!  I also tried the honey on this baked salmon with pesto sauce.  The two together made for a delicious salmon.  Yep…we really like this honey!

Another product, I was happy to review are the Holmsted Fines Churneys  I do not usually good with Chutney, but was happy to give them a go.  I cooked chicken in the slow cooker covered with the Holmstead Fines Apple and Jalepeno Chutney, and the sprinkled dry onion soup mix on top of it, added a little chicken broth; and some sliced sweet potatoes….yes, we love sweet potatoes!  It was delicious and I am anxious to try the other flavors sent my way.


I know many of you will be cooking this holiday weekend for family and friends…perhaps this gave you a little inspiration.

What does it mean to you to live with INTENTION?  Please share….and as always…


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