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Easy White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili | Mini Van Dreams

Today’s recipe for easy white chicken chili is so easy and perfect for a chilly night or when you don’t have time to throw together a full meal.  I love when recipes are quick and easy – almost faster than going through the drive thru for fast food.  Plus, white chicken chili is a perfect “belly warmer” when it is cold outside.  With very few ingredients – most you might already have on your pantry shelves – you can have this delicious chili on the table in a matter of minutes.


Jesus Don’t Make Junk

God Don't Make Junk | Mini Van Dreams

I cannot believe it has been five years since Brother Rick passed away.  Going to mom’s church is just not the same – he isn’t there.  This post popped up on my feed today and I wanted to re-share.  Every day, I still remind myself that Jesus “don’t” make junk.


Thanksgiving Meal Planner Free Printable

Thanksgiving Meal Planner Free Printable | Mini Van Dreams

I cannot believe it is almost Thanksgiving!  I tend to have all my Thanksgiving notes jotted all over on sticky notes – I am sure I am not the only one, right?  I decided to create a Thanksgiving Meal Planner free printable to keep everything in one place this year!  So, go grab the download and stop worrying about what you are making, who is coming and if you might have thrown away a note you jotted down on an envelope!   (more…)

Easy Ham and Beans

Easy Ham and Beans | Mini Van Dreams

Before making ham and beans, I really didn’t realize how easy it truly was.  I wasn’t going to share the recipe, but I thought maybe I wasn’t the only one who didn’t realize how easy it was!  So, I am going to share my recipe… it tasted just like mom’s.  Serve it with hot cornbread and enjoy.


Unofficial and Somewhat Snarky Guide to Amicable Divorce

Unofficial and Somewhat Snarky Guide to Divorce | Mini Van Dreams

Earlier this year, Don and I decided we would be better parents and happier people if we were no longer married.  Don’t get me wrong – I will always love him for the two beautiful children we have and the memories we share.  However, I was unhappy and I believe he was to.  Our unhappiness with each other and our situation was spilling over into our family and how we interacted with each other and the twins.  We decided to get an amicable divorce.  But, is there really such a thing?


Gathering of Sisters by Darla Weaver Review

Gathering of Sisters by Darla Weaver | Mini Van Dreams

If you are a long time reader, you know how much I love the simple way of life Amish and Mennonite families lead.  When I was asked to review Gathering of Sisters by Darla Weaver, I jumped at the chance.  A book about the “real” lives of Old Order Mennonite?  Sign me up.  So, I joined Darla, her five sisters, her mother and a bunch of kids for an entire year of Tuesday visits.


Car Chases and Bread Sandwiches

Car Chases and Bread Sandwiches | Mini Van Dreams

Today, October 11, 2018, my daddy has been in heaven 14 years.  Fourteen years without his love and support when I needed it most.  Fourteen years without hearing, “Who loves ya baby cakes?” when he would see me.  Fourteen years without my daddy.  I was flipping through old posts trying to find a favorite about my dad.  I stumbled across this one and it is one of my favorite memories of my dad.  My dad loved and supported me through every decision I ever made.  I know he would be proud of what I have done and what I have become.  Right before I went to the starting line at bracket finals, he leaned into the car and yelled, “Kick some ass!”  Ever since then, I have tried to live my life that same way.  I try to kick ass every day.  I miss you more than anything, daddy!


365 Days of Happiness Review

365 Days of Happiness Review | Mini Van Dreams

How many times do you wake up happy, with a positive attitude for the day?  How often are you truly happy?  How many times do you choose to make your life happy?  Are you truly living your life as your authentic self?  Jacqueline Pirtle has written an amazingly inspirational book that can help you do just that!