I’m Back!

Hello my friends, I have missed you!

When I took a break from blogging, because life was getting a little crazy, I only thought about the time I was freeing up for myself. I didn’t realize how much I would miss all of you! Well, I’m back.

Just to get you a little caught up on my life right now:

Met Lysa Terkeurst at our Women’s Conference!! Oh my word, she is amazing. She is wise, insightful, hilarious, caring and genuine. If you ever have the opportunity to hear her speak, don’t think twice. She is coming to our Shine Women’s Conference in May of 2016. I highly recommend two of her books that have been life-changing for me, Made to Crave and The Best Yes. These are books that I will NEVER give away. They are on my reading list yearly.

Our oldest daughter graduated from 12 years of homeschooling. (We didn’t mess her up too badly because she is going to college near us to get general education classes.) 🙂 She has been doing great in her classes along with nanning when she can. She also got a job for the winter. I have to say that I am super proud of how she is embracing all these new challenges in stride. We are still feeling out the whole “adult child” in our home and family. That situation is definately a work in progress.

I did another Whole 30 in Aug 2015, dropped 15 lbs and feeling great. (Made to Crave change my whole mindset about food.) Although, I still need to get an exercise routine that will work for me… no… that I will do.

My best friend moved away. 😦 Enough said.

Second oldest daughter’s senior year. She was a car-hop at a local resturant over the summer and into the school year. Last year coaching her in volleyball. Time is flying by at super-speed.

I transitioned from working at church to voluteering. There were many reasons, most importantly, I’m increasing my hours at my part-time.

And that pretty much brings us to today. I’m getting last minute things ready for our missions trip to Haiti!! We, 2nd & 3rd daughters and myself, are leaving tomorrow, Nov. 7 at 2:00 am. There are a whole lot of mixed emotions going on right now… excited, thankful, emotional, tired, nervous, hopeful, stressed, anxious, overwhelmed and peaceful, all at the same time.

haiti girl

We are working with Convoy of Hope. We are doing construction up-keep of a school. We are also going to be working with the children in the school and visiting a couple of orphanages. I am excited to see how God moves and changes me through this trip.

I will try to post as the week goes along. Prayers are greatly appreciated!!

Be Blessed!


Week 2 Completed: Whole30 for the Piepers

I have graduated to a weekly Whole30 post.

  1. have been crazy busy and squeezing it in daily it getting difficult
  2. we have been making favorite meals that I have already shared
  3. I don’t have a lot of new insight. It really feels like we’ve been eating this way forever!

Time has been a huge change for me. Eating Whole30 is not quick, fast, on-the-go foods. They are good, nutritious, healthy food that take time to prepare and eat. Although this may seem like a disadvantage, I feel like it has been a bonus.

  • It has created more meal times as a family.
  • It encourages us to get up earlier.
  • We’ve been able to get a good start to our day.

I have had some great Crockpot meals! I loved Creamy Chicken Soup (I added 16oz of chopped up mushrooms and 3 C spinach.) Tomorrow I’m going to cook a whole chicken with garlic, onions, lemons and spices. After the meal is over I’ll put bones and skin back in the crockpot with water and cook overnight to make chicken stock. I did just run across a Jambalaya Crockpot recipe that I think I’ll try next week.

Now to Easter… I think I will make:

– A roasted leg of lamb with mint pesto
– Deviled eggs with homemade mayo, paprika, (some topped with fresh jalapeño)
– Twice baked sweet potatoes topped with pecans
– sautéed mushrooms and garlic with fresh herbs

One last random though, Kim, Katie and I are going to The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo. I’m so very excited to go. I will be planning to bring most of my food to I don’t get tempted! Stay tuned for posts next week.


Jumbalaya Crockpot Recipe

Twice baked Sweet pot

Any other suggestions for Easter Menu?

Be Blessed!

Day 10: Whole30 for the Piepers

Love talking to my family and friends about the Whole30. I am far from an expert. But I do know how I’m feeling better and loving the recipes. It makes me smile when my friends try the recipes and love them too.

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Meal 1: Hardboiled eggs, orange and almonds

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Meal 2: Tuna fish salad on spinach

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Meal 3: Stuffed Cabbage (This is one of my kids favorites!)
Snacks: Peanuts and sweet peppers

Energy levels: More even over the whole day
Sleep: good
Gut issues: same
Hormonal issues: same
Focus: same

Daily Take-away:  I shouldn’t guess what my kids will like or not like. The meals that I think they will love, don’t get rave reviews; but the ones that I think will be voted “so-so,” are the ones that they LOVE and are their favorites!


Whole30 Stuffed Cabbage recipe

So, I’m starting to think about Easter. We will still be on the Whole30 over the holiday. I want to start new traditions for our holidays that don’t revolve around. Any ideas?

Be Blessed!

Day 09: Whole30 for the Piepers

Well I’ve been feeling great. It’s 11:00 pm and this is my “snack time.” It used to be one or two squares of dark chocolate, chips, popcorn or a scoop or two of ice cream. Now, my snack is dates and pecans, grapes and almonds or a Larabar. It’s all about the choices.

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Meal 1: Hard Boiled Eggs, orange and sweet peppers

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Meal 2: Tuna Salad on Spinach

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Meal 3: Citrus Chicken, Brussel sprouts and Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Snacks: Orange and almonds

Energy levels: the afternoon energy drop has gone away
Sleep: good
Gut issues: same
Hormonal issues: same
Focus: same

Daily Take-away: Cooking takes time. Prep, Prep, Prep… My kids would quickly grab some fruit for a snack before veggies. As I thought about it, the reason was because most fruits are grab and go. Veggies usually need to be cut, pealed or chopped before they are easily eaten. So, as  make my meals I spent an extra 10-15 minutes prepping veggies for snacks.

What are some of your kids favorite veggies to snack on?

Be Blessed!


Day 08: Whole30 for the Piepers

Happy April’s Fool’s Day! All I have to say is that the Whole30 is no JOKE! If you’ve ever thought that you would like to try it, you should! It’s well worth the sacrifice. 30 days is do-able. There is a end. It’s long enough to start feeling the good effects of eating healthy. I’m so glad that we are doing the Whole30!

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Meal 1: Mushroom, Onion Frattata

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Meal 2: Asian Beef and Broccoli
Meal 3: 10-Minute Chili

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Snacks: https://cultivatingtrio.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/whole30-banana-blueberry-smoothie-recipe.jpg

Energy levels: Same
Sleep: Good
Gut issues: same
Hormonal issues: I’m on Day2 of my period and I had the worst cramps since childbirth… hormone levels must be changing.
Focus: same

Daily Take-away: Love this blog by Heather Sanders. I have been reading her blog for about a year. She started the Whole30 and blogged about it. That’s where I got inspired. Check her out here. She is on Day 22… there is hope! 🙂


Whole30 Asian Beef & Broccoli recipe

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Whole30 banana blueberry smoothie recipe

Let me know if you have a great recipe. The kid’s favorite meal so far is the  10-Minute Chili.


Day 07: Whole30 for the Piepers

I’m such a bad blogger!!! I totally keep on forgetting to take pictures of our meals. I’m so sorry!! (The next time I make the Beef Roast I’ll take a picture and put it in.)

Whole30 Meal Planning

I did find some FREE Whole30 resources to share with you. They are awesome!

Meal 1: Mushroom, Onion Frattata
Meal 2: Leftover Chicken on a Salad with Mango Salsa
Meal 3: Beef Roast with Sweet Potato Hash
Snacks: Mashed banana with cocoa powder

Energy levels: same
Sleep: same
Gut issues: getting better
Hormonal issues: same
Focus: some of the teens seem to have better focus

Daily Take-away:

-Eating healthy is expensive. But that shouldn’t be a reason not to do the Whole30. When I’m planning my week of meals, I check out what protein is on sale this week. From there, I see what we still have in the fridge that need to be eaten up. I make my list. The first store I go to is Aldi. I get whatever I can there; I just have to be careful to read ingredients. Lot’s of things have sugar in them. Then I’ll get the rest at our local grocery store.

-My youngest is having the hardest time with this last week. He’s 10 and a good eater. He tries everything. I think he is just worried that he will never have candy or ice cream again. 😉 The older girls have grasped the bigger picture. They don’t always like it but they do understand it.


whole30 Beef Roast

Have a Blessed Day!


Day 06: Whole30 for the Piepers

We had a good, sunny Saturday. Greg spray-painted the outline in our backyard for our garden that we will be putting in this spring. We are getting ready for the Whole30 this summer with our own grown veggies.

Meal 1: Melon, Banana Muffin and Veggie Omelet
Meal 2: Left over Grilled Chicken and Steamed Veggies


Meal 3: Salmon Salad with Mango Salsa
Snacks: Nuts, Apples and Hard Boiled Eggs

Energy levels: Seems to be the same, back to normal for kids
Sleep: I’m sleeping better, waking at 6:30 rested and refreshed
Gut issues: slightly bloated
Hormonal issues: same
Focus: same

Daily Take-away: Being outside and active is a great way to get your mind off things you can’t eat! A nice walk, a few min shooing hoops or even a bike ride.


Mango salsa

What’s your favorite outside activity to do alone or as a family?

Be Blessed!