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Homemaking can sound like a tired or old-fashioned term to some, but that isn’t the reality! Homemaking is the art of making your home – and it is a beautiful process of bringing joy, peace, and love to make it a refuge for your family! As our family grows, changes and lives life together, our homes are a constant foundation. They are a place where we can be ourselves, we can experience love flowing freely, and we can explore who we are and who we want to be.
Our house is not just a place to put our things – our home is a refuge to experience unconditional grace, open arms, welcoming tables and an invitation to be all that you are meant to be!
I don’t know about you, but quickly after my husband and I got married we found ourselves pretty knee deep in STUFF all around our house. We didn’t live together before we got married, so suddenly there were boxes of my things, his things, wedding gifts, wedding decor, half-done projects, random furniture and more hopes and dreams than I could handle.
And hey! How easy was that to handle in the moment? Stuff things in closets, fill up new drawers and move along.
Homemaking 101: What is homemaking and why does it matter?
What does the word “homemaking” mean to you?
What does “homemaking” mean to you? Does it conjure up an old and outdated outlook? Does it bring to mind the idea of a woman stuck cleaning all day? Does it sound possibly offensive because of our booming culture of feminine independence?
I’ve thought about the acts of homemaking a lot during different seasons of my life.
As a little girl, I would spend countless hours playing house in a little building we had in our backyard. At the time, I didn’t really put a term or phrase to my games. I just knew I had an inward desire to draw pictures to hang on the walls, to make mud pies out of old aluminum pie tins, to keep cobwebs at bay and floors swept, and to invite my dog over to enjoy it all with me.
Later on, when I first got married, I felt overwhelmed by my new job as a wife. Homemaking wasn’t really how I would have described what I was trying to accomplish. After all, I wasn’t a stay-at-home wife or mom and we certainly weren’t eating baked from scratch treats every day.
But whether or not I described my responsibilities as homemaking, I found myself totally overwhelmed at my lack of ability to suddenly be a hybrid of Betty Crocker, Martha Stewart, and the Proverbs 31 woman. My dinners weren’t always homemade, I didn’t sew my own curtains (or even have any hung for that matter!), and I definitely wasn’t weaving scarlet linens by candlelight.
Sometimes, I’m really not sure what I love more about Fall, specifically October ! I love the weather. I love the clothes. I love the smells. I love the cuddles. BUT I think that one of my absolute favorite things about Fall is the flavors! And topping the list of “how could anything ever taste this good and why can’t I use this all year round?!” flavors for me right now pumpkin anything. I can’t get enough of it!
I’ve been in a bit of a muffin craze recently. Why? Because they are seriously the best. They have definitely been a secret weapon during my health journey and I don’t plan on ditching them anytime soon! They can be awesome for breakfast, a great grab-and-go snack, or a perfect little dessert. They are always super easy to make ahead of time for the week and are always really welcoming to healthy add-ins like protein and extra fiber to make them a perfect add to your weekly menu. When I made these pumpkin muffins, the nutritional facts came out to being roughly 150 calories a piece, 5 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber and only 5 grams of sugar. I love, love, love these!
The process of making these little autumn clouds of heaven us three-fold but totally worth it and SO easy! To make them – make the pumpkin spice batter mixture, a cream cheese filling, and then a streusel crumble topping (PS – don’t you love recipes that are made of already super delicious components, so you think, “how could this not be incredible?!”) And then you just layer them, bake them, and they are good to go! Super easy, friends. Super healthy. Super yummy. I can’t wait for you to try them!
This Oven-Baked Lemon Chicken Parmesan is seriously all of my favorite things wrapped into one! At a recent girl’s night at my house, we made this recipe for Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Asparagus and loved it! But it sent me on a mission for a healthier version that would keep the amazing flavors intact. My Oven-Baked Lemon Chicken Parmesan totally meets the craving without the added butter and the white flour. I know you’ll love it as much as I do!
Butter and white flour certainly aren’t bad ingredients in moderation! But I love creating alternatives to recipes that have ingredients that are high in saturated fat, white sugar, and white flour. I switched out the butter used for an egg that did just the trick and switched the white flour for oat flour. What I LOVE about oat flour is that it is so filling and adds a great level of nutrition! White flour is processed quickly by your body and almost immediately is converted into sugar in your bloodstream. Not to mention that it has added chemicals from the bleaching process! But oat flour is lower on the Glycemic Index which means it helps keep your blood sugar stable for longer and helps to add fiber to this meal.
I love the fresh and vibrant flavor of lemon infused throughout this recipe – and the lemon-honey dipping sauce adds the perfect tang to every bite! I also am a huge fan of roasted broccoli, and the parmesan roasting on top of it in the process made it the perfect side to this chicken entrée.
Another great perk of this recipe is that it would be totally leftover friendly. I know in my home we love things that can be saved for the next couple of days as a protein-filled snack, quick lunch or easy add-on to a salad or wrap. This recipe could easily keep in the fridge for 3-5 days which makes it a great meal-prep option!