65 Days To Reshaping It All

I’m super excited to participate in this 65 day challenge to Reshaping It All! 
Candace Cameron Bure (formerly known as DJ on Full House) and Darlene Schacht released the book Reshaping It All this past January and it hit the New York Times Best Seller list! 
Darlene is going to lead us through the book as we apply the tips!  You do not have to own the book to participate. 
Let me be honest, blogging is not figure friendly.  I’ve put on a few pounds this winter sitting at my computer desk.  Back in January, when I first read the book I started applying the principles and making the recipes (which are really good by the way!).  I lost 4 pounds in just a few weeks.  Then I finished the book and stopped applying the principles and the 4 pounds are back!  I’m hoping this time to do a little better – and make some long term changes!
You need a change?  Need some encouragement and community in this area?  The 65 days begin tomorrow!  Join Darlene (and me) over at ReshapingItAll.com
Walk with the King!


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Guess what I just learned! 

My friend Bethany from A Big Red Pot – is giving away a copy of Reshaping It All!  All you have to do is leave a comment to win!  So hop on over to the Big Red Pot and I’m crossing my fingers it’s one of you who win!!!

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10:58pm – ANNNNNND I just learned another bloggy friend Gina is giving away 3 copies starting next Monday at Chats With An Old Lady!  So check her out too and enter to win there too!!!

I’m linked to Time Warp Wife, We Are That Family and Raising Homemakers.

Healthy Homemade Pasta E Fagioli

Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen has done it again! She’s back with a healthy dish for our families!



Spinach, zucchini, onion, carrots, celery, bay leaves, chicken broth, thyme, diced tomatoes, navy beans, macaroni, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper



Rinse and drain beans



In a large pot on medium heat, add beans, tomatoes and broth



Dice onions, carrots and celery

Take thyme off of stems and break off 2 bay leaves.



Add bay leaves, thyme, onion, carrots, celery, salt, pepper, garlic powder.



Cover and let simmer for an hour on medium heat.

Add zucchini, spinach and noodles and simmer for 30 more mins until noodles are softened. Remove Bay leaves..taste and

season more with salt and pepper if desired.



Serve with parmesan cheese. Delicioso!

Pasta E Fagioli

4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes

1 15 oz can navy beans rinsed and drained

1 cup carrots chopped

1 cup celery chopped

1 cup onion diced

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp thyme

2 bay leaves

1 cup dry macaroni noodles

1 cup zucchini diced

1 cup fresh spinach

salt and pepper

Parmesan cheese

In a large pot on medium heat combine broth, tomatoes and beans. Cut/dice carrots, celery, and onions and add. Take thyme off of stems and break off 2 bay leaves, add to pot. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper, cover and allow to simmer for an hour. Add noodles, zucchini and spinach and simmer until noodles are tender. Season with salt and pepper to your taste- serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Thank you Janelle!!!!

Walk with the King!



If you are looking for more recipes or have one to share – visit Janelle’s new link-up today!



You can follow Janelle on her own blog Comfy In The Kitchen or on Facebook and Twitter.

I am participating in What’s Cooking Wednesday, Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday, Dining With Debbie , Balancing Beauty and Bedlam , and Tuesdays at the Table recipe exchanges. I am also linked up to Raising Homemakers Weds. link up and Works For Me Wednesday! For more blogger recipes go to these links.

Healthy Black Bean Soup With Rice


Janelle writes “I recently made this soup and was surprised how amazing it was! I actually ate 2 bowls! I ran some over to my mom because it is her favorite soup…the next day she called me and said “That was the best black bean soup I have ever had!” coming from her, that was a huge compliment (she orders black bean soup every where she goes, haha) I hope you enjoy this simple, delicious, and healthy recipe”~ Janelle

P.S (this is actually not very spicy despite the addition of chili powder, if you wish to have an extra kick please be my guest in adding more!)



2 cans seasoned black beans, chicken broth, olive oil, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, water (little boy optional lol!)



Dice onions



Peel and chop garlic



Saute onions and garlic in olive oil on med-high heat. When onions start to soften, add chili powder and cumin



Add broth and water



Turn heat up and let simmer for 15 mins



Turn down heat

Take an immersion blender and blend right into the pot of soup. This will liquify some of the beans making a thicker/creamy texture and will leave some beans in tact. If you do not have an immersion blender, please do not let this stop you from making this recipe! Simply take half of the soup and blend it in an actual blender or food processor and place back with remaining soup.



Scoop a cup of rice into your serving bowl. (I just used a simple minute rice here)



Pour soup over top and garnish with fresh cilantro! ( I had 2 helpings of this, which is NOT typical- it was THAT good!)

Best Ever Black Bean Soup

2 cans of seasoned black beans (drained, not rinsed)

1 can chicken broth

1 1/2 cups water

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves of garlic minced

2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cumin

White Rice (I used minute rice, follow instructions on box for 4 people)

In a large pot saute onions and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add chili powder and cumin and stir. Add remaining ingredients and let simmer for 15 mins. Take an immersion blender right into the pot so that some beans are blended and some remain in tact. Place a cup of rice in a bowl and pour in soup, garnish with fresh cilantro!

Thank you Janelle for another amazing recipe!



Walk with the King!



If you are looking for more recipes or have one to share – visit Janelle’s new link-up today!

You can follow Janelle on her own blog Comfy In The Kitchen or on Facebook and Twitter.

I am participating in What’s Cooking Wednesday, Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday, Dining With Debbie , Balancing Beauty and Bedlam , and Tuesdays at the Table recipe exchanges. I am also linked up to Raising Homemakers Weds. link up and Works For Me Wednesday! For more blogger recipes go to these links.

Quick, Easy and Healthy Homemade Marinara



Today Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen is guest posting – she writes: “This recipe comes from my dear friend Mindy…we have been friends for literally our entire lives…our parents are friends and our mom’s were pregnant with us at the same time! What a blessing it is to have a life-long friend. She also comes from an Italian family who loves to cook! Mindy made this dish for me at my house a few years ago and left the recipe…Since then, I have made it over and over. It is so simple and so Bellisimo (as she would say)! The fresh herbs and garlic make this sauce!”

Crushed tomatoes, olive oil, chicken bouillon, parsley, basil, garlic, onion, black pepper, angel hair pasta There is no secret to chopping fresh herbs…but it is well worth the extra effort! Just bunch together and start chopping into small pieces. (You may substitute dry herbs for fresh- I do it all the time)



Then, take 4 cloves apart from the head of garlic and peel/chop into fine pieces.



Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil in a pot (enough to cover the bottom of the pot) and set on medium heat

Dice onion



Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until tender



Start boiling water for noodles…I add a touch of oil in my water to prevent the noodles from sticking (a little trick my grandma taught me)



Add noodles and boil- Angel Hair does not take long to cook..go by package instructions for al dente (appx 5 mins)



Drain well



Back to the sauce! Add bouillon, parsley, basil and pepper into the onion mixture and stir well for 1 min.

Add crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil for 15 mins

Add 3/4 cup of water

Let simmer for 10 more mins



Voila! Bellisimo!!! My hubby thinks it is hilarious I eat my pasta with a spoon and fork…:)

Quick, Easy and Healthy Homemade Marinara

2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes

2 tsp chicken bouillon

2 tsp fresh parsley (chopped)

1 tsp fresh basil (chopped)

4 cloves fresh garlic (diced)

1 medium onion (diced)

¼ cup olive oil

3/4 cup water

black pepper to taste

1 Package of Angel Hair Pasta( or any pasta of your liking).

Pour olive oil in large pot and turn burner onto medium/high heat. Saute diced onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add bouillon, parsley, basil in onion mixture for 1 min. Add crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil for 15 mins. Add ½ can of water and let boil 10 more mins. Serve over Angel Hair pasta of your choice. MMMmmm…

Thank you so much Janelle for a another dynamite recipe!

Walk with the King!



If you are looking for more recipes or have one to share – visit Janelle’s new link-up today!

You can follow Janelle on her own blog Comfy In The Kitchen or on Facebook and Twitter.

I am participating in What’s Cooking Wednesday, Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday, Dining With Debbie , Balancing Beauty and Bedlam , and Tuesdays at the Table recipe exchanges. I am also linked up to Raising Homemakers Weds. link up and Works For Me Wednesday! For more blogger recipes go to these links.

My Fitness Instructor


If the healthy living posts this week have struck a chord with you – then I want to recommend one final resource to you – my fitness instructor!

During the first year of Women Living Well, I featured a personal friend of mine regularly. She is my fitness instructor named Clare. Clare was a friend of mine for a few years before I attended her first fitness class. I was shocked the evening after her first class – I felt like I had been hit by a semi-truck…I was SO sore – I could not move!!!

My respect for her and her ability to talk through high cardio intensity lol! and her physical strength has nothing but grown since then. At 32 weeks pregnant with her second child, she was still leading her classes. Honestly, by about 12 weeks, I would have used the excuse that I was pregnant to bow out of all challenging workout routines – but not Clare! I have officially labeled her the “bionic woman”.

Clare is not only physically fit but spiritually this girl blows me away. She is kind, always ready to help anyone who asks, a great listener, wise, hungry for God’s truth, and not shy in sharing her faith.

For over 2 years I have told her, “you must start a blog“. This girl is filled with amazing fun facts mixed with a spiritual maturity that is contagious! I am so excited to share her brand new blog that just launched late last night!!! In the early stages of her choosing her name and the other details, I invited Clare and Janelle to my home for bloggy talk – here’s some pics…


Since that night, she has worked diligently to build an on-line ministry to reach ladies who need encouragement from the inside out.

I invite you to visit her and give her a warm welcome here!

Clare – I feel like a big sister who is so proud of her little sister today!!!

Walk with the King!