Chowder Time

Shrimp Corn Potato Chowder

4 white potatoes cubed

White mushrooms finely chopped

1/2 white onion

3 stalks celery

2 carrots

1 bunch green onions (reserve some for garnish)

Sautéed veggies in butter and

Cajun seasoning or seafood seasoning

Cut 4 ears of corn off cob

Sauté corn with 1/2 large jalapeño seeded

3 lbs shrimp or crawfish sautéed

Combine everything and add 1 1/2 cartons of chicken stock, veggie stock or seafood stock/broth

Add 1/2 cup heavy cream.

I place it all in a big crockpot and keep on warm so the family can enjoy it as they come and go.

For a special treat make some cheddar biscuits to go with the chowder!

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

Life Is Simple 

Lately, I have been reminded how simple everything is in life and I make it difficult. 

To keep it short and sweet here are three examples from this week I am reminded……
                       Life is Simple 


I dread the 4:00 pm time that I open the fridge or pantry and am forced to think, think think!!
What am I making for dinner? I have waited again till the very last minute to magically pull together a hearty healthy meal. 
Plan ahead and prepare earlier. 

Next time…..

Pull up recipe videos while grocery shopping to get ingredients and watch the video while you make it. 

Problem solved
I made this last night. It got two votes for a remake. Needs at least three to survive. 

Chicken Fried Rice Recipe 


The house is a wreck. The kitchen looks like a bomb went off and everything landed on the bar scattered with the mail from two days ago. 

Next time…..

Put everything away immediately in the proper place. Enlist your kids to help you be on clutter patrol. 

Problem solved 

Jobs are always easier with helping hands. 


During a prayer session with someone dealing with a reoccurring struggle I was yet again reminded. We make it hard and it’s really quite simple. 
Replace the lie with the truth!!

Sometimes you have to go back and unearth where the lie started taking root in your mind. Dig deep with a shovel and cut off the lies that have became your truth about yourself or others. 

Next time….

Discover what the truth is and replace the lie with the truth. A new identity starts emerging and that struggle disappears. 

Problem solved 

It’s Sozo Simple

Here is just one Example of MANY who use these type of methods to bring healing and wholeness. 

Obviously, I am only scratching the surface on simple verses complex life lessons. Let’s just end with the finished work on the Cross. 

The Simple Gospel. 
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  –John 3:16 

It’s that simple guys. 

Believe and be saved. 

Check out The Simple Gospel sang by these handsome young gentleman below:

Ball Brothers – It’s About The Cross

Simply Put,

Kelley Allison

Beans Beans The Magical…Salad

Beans are not a fruit as the catchy rhyme would suggest, but as far as the rest of the jingle, well, you will have to find out for yourself.

2 cans Bush’s purple hull peas

1 jalapeño 

1 Roma tomato

1 cup of cilantro chopped

1 cup purple onion chopped

2 limes squeezed

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1 tsp salt & pepper 

Surprisingly this salad was very good.

I will definitely be making this again. 

You could also eat with corn chips if you wanted to like a dip. 

Enjoy! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

If you have made something similar, share your recipe varieties with us in the comments.

Herb Superb! 

I am not talking Herb Superb as in Herbage- the illegal and legal in some states herb.  

We say Nope To Dope in our house.   

The superb herb I am talking about is my latest favorite thing as a Faith-Filled Foodie.

Thanks to my friend Debbie, I am loving these little dried herb grinders by McCormick. I bought the basil one and also the Italian blend of basil, oregano, and rosemary.   

They are my new favorite thing! 

We baked some Halibut fillets with grated lemon, the herbs, and a tad of butter. 

Paired it nicely with a cucumber salad tossed with grated lemon, olive oil and some more of these superb herbs! 

Try them! 
You will see for yourself- Herb Superb! 

What are you cooking for dinner? 

#RealGoodFood #YummO 
~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Hamburger Helper Grows Up 

I remember as a child in the 70’s we loved some Hamburger Helper. It was so good! 
Just Not so good for you….

Every once in awhile I will want to get the potato stroganoff one and I then I read the ingredients list and shudder and my conscience makes me leave it on the shelf. 

I have made my kids a homemade version of it before but it just takes way too many ingredients and time.  

Lately my kiddos have been wanting the cheesy greasy goodness of Hamburger Helper. Well, actually my adapted version since we stopped eating HH almost 10 years ago. 

So my version normally is all from scratch but sometimes I do opt for the box Mac N Cheese. When I go the “simple and quick” route with the box, I just don’t read the ingredients.  

I had some leftover ground sirloin that I sautéed with onions and threw in some more sautéed purple onions from the garden and a big chunk of Elephant Garlic with olive oil.  

Thankfully my kiddos like garlic and onions because we have lots of onions from my Mother In Laws garden right now and I always put enough to convince myself that it’s actually another serving of vegetables.  

Today  I wanted to save time and ingredients so I bought the store made Mac N Cheese box.

 I just didn’t read the ingredients list so my conscience stayed clear-but opted for this version since it promotes no artificial flavors or dyes etc. 

I boiled the noodles and threw all the ground sirloin, onions, garlic, herbs in with the cheese sauce and added a little steamed asparagus so they got another vegetable of course! 

So there you go- Dinner is done! 

Our Hamburger Helper Grows Up….
Just like my kiddos are in the blink of an eye.  

Makes for a happy and almost healthy dinner. 

What are you Cookin today? 
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Perfect Fried Eggs

I read this trick recently and it works! 

When you crack your eggs in the non stick skillet place a plate over the skillet.  

Just for a minute or two and you will see the whites of the egg quickly are firm. 

 Makes for easier flipping and you salt and pepper and replace the plate again for a minute or so and you have perfect over easy eggs.  

You can leave plate on longer for less runny yokes.

Share your cooking tips or tricks with us.  

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

A New Twist On Tacos

Confession! Since finding this little gem at our HEB deli we have had these tacos …. Uh well, let’s just say …. Too many times! 

I was at our local HEB and I buy their in house roasted deli meats. You pay more but they taste better and have no nitrates added. 

I noticed they now had brisket. So at just $12.97 a pound I thought “hey easy meal” “why not”?

I always buy the mission brand extra thin corn tortillas. The reason is for 3 tacos you are under 200 or so calories and your carb count is around 24. 

So I thought, hey we have some Hot Hot Hot Salsa and some Holy Guacamole – why not have easy tacos? 

I don’t fry my corn tortillas in oil to keep it healthy and instead place on a baking pan.
Our big pan holds 6 easily. 
I laid down one slice of the thin brisket, and a small sprinkle of Extra Sharp White Vermont Cheddar. Placed in oven at 350 for 5 minutes.   
Topped with shredded lettuce, and our salsa and guacamole. You can add sour cream or olives or onions or tomatoes or whatever taco toppings you like.  
There you have a quick easy dinner idea and of course something new for taco Tuesday or any day of the week. 

We loved those so much we decided to make a breakfast version- we topped them with a nice over easy fried egg. #YummO. – Holy Guacamole is optional but we liked them with the avocado. 

   It was good stuff! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 
You can also make with rotisserie chicken or whatever meat or even beans you have handy. 

Hot Hot Hot ! 

No -I am not talking about the Texas Summer heat quickly approaching or something on HBO after dark. 

 I am talking Salsa Season! 

My family loves good salsa. And there is a difference in fresh and jar salsa. 
 The jar salsa just won’t cut it.

Sorry Pace- you are not my idea of salsa. 

Now I can handle Arriba Salsa in the jar if desperate… But only in a pinch. 

My hubby is a gardener. I am not. 

I do however like to cook up all the yumminess that his garden produces but when everything is producing rapidly the counters can get full quickly and it drives my old OCD tendencies a little crazy. 

So into the Vitamix went a large purple onion, 8 medium tomatoes, a big handful of parsley and cilantro, 2 yellow banana peppers and 2 sweet red peppers, a squeeze of lime juice, pink salt, a big spoon of chopped garlic and a pinch of cayenne with one long skinny Serrano pepper and ….. Ta da! Salsa is done!

Grab your favorite chips and here you go! 

Clean counter….=Momma Happy 

 #YummO salsa made out of #RealGoodFood 

= Family Happy! 

Doesn’t get much better in the ole South – where we like keeping things Hot Hot Hot! 

         ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Faith-Filled Foodie 

I always thought my dream job would be a food critic or food journalist. Problem is there is not much food that I don’t like or won’t try so people would probably get annoyed that I didn’t have anything bad to report. I probably would weigh a thousand pounds too because I just am not that into Tapas style portions- but I am learning portion control and that a little really can go a long way. 

For our followers that don’t know this about me – I do have a passion for cooking. Sometimes I get bored and try to find creative ideas so I make up a lot of recipes. I have only had a couple of flops in all these years. If you have followed me on Instagram on my personal account @schells you know I love the #(Hashtag) #RealGoodFood & #YummO 

I know- some of you may hate food pics- but I love them for the most part.  

I like to take pics of my food. I like to share great dining places. I like to create recipes and I like to use silly #Hashtags.   

So as I was trying to figure out what to cook today and how to use the surplus of green beans the garden is producing, I decided to create something #YummO out of #RealGoodFood and thought- why not share with all my awesome blog followers.  

Now, I must also disclose that my intention is not to cause anyone to stumble that may be fasting or on a diet. 
Since recently going on a fast last October I had to repent and apologize for posting food pics so much on social media. Plus the little Tasty videos of recipes is brutal when you are abstaining from cheese, and sugar, and white flour….. I get it!  

I also struggle with emotional stuffing with foods so I attend and lead a 12 Step Recovery Group for Emotional Eating each week so I will say I am Recovering … ing… Not ed-recovered. 

I am learning to let God fill those voids and deal with emotions and finding my words instead of stuffing.

I am a Faith-Filled Foodie that is simply trying not to stuff my face…make healthier choices and take care of my temple better, but I don’t always get it right. Progress… Not perfection.  

For Fun- if you like recipes, I am doing a new category called the Faith-Filled Foodie.

This will be a place for recipes and all things food and cooking.  

If you want to guest blog for us- contact me. 
       ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Tonight’s dinner was brown basmati rice, grilled chicken and purple onions sautéed in a tab of butter and garlic, Steamed fresh green beans with toasted slivered almonds with a light sprinkle of Feta. Put it all in a 13×9 pan and heated on 350 till feta was slightly melted.  

I paired it with my favorite salad right now-

Watercress, cucumber, green olives, yellow squash, green onions, cherry tomatoes, avocado with a sprinkling of Raspberry Vinaigrette. 

 I have to say- it was quite #YummO 😋 plus my daughter gave it two Thumbs up!