My Not-So-Secret Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Casserole

I found this recipe shortly after I got married in my desperation to make healthy, good-tasting food for my new husband. It’s become my “go-to, know how to make behind my back, don’t even need the recipe card anymore” dinner. It’s also the perfect compromise between my meat-and-potatoes loving husband and my gluten-free, dairy-free self….

My Favorite Apps: Retail Me Not

I downloaded “Retail Me Not” to remedy the “Oh my goodness, I’m sick of going through hundreds of store emails every week” problem. You know what I’m talking about. The store clerks at your favorite retail establishments ask for your email address, and not wanting to miss out an any good sales, you give it…

One Week of Smoothies

I’m the self-proclaimed smoothie queen. Every morning, I start my day by filling up my Nutri-Bullet eager to enjoy my smoothie. Here are a week’s worth of my favorite smoothie recipes. (I use coconut milk for all my smoothies. This can easily be replaced by regular milk or almond milk.)  Tropical Paradise 1 Banana 1…

The Redemption of “Good Friday”

“Six to eight months.” Tears filled my eyes as the surgeon told my mom and I the prognosis for my dad’s cancer.  “Months,” I thought. Thirty days never sounded so short. Hearing this news was the way I began Good Friday, 2015. My dad passed away not five months later on August 22, 2015. Our…

Meta Women’s Network Spotlight

I started as the Marketing Coordinator at Meta on November 9, 2015. I was drawn to Meta by  our humanitarian mission and reputation as a community bank. Meta has given me the opportunity to be a part of an amazing team and work alongside some of the best in the industry.  Before Meta, I worked…

Book Review: “Habits of the House”

Last weekend, I spent 14 hours driving to Wichita for a baby shower for my college best friend. I don’t mind taking road trips by myself, especially when the weather is lovely and I have a good audio book. Unfortunately, only the former was true of my trip to Wichita. I found “Habits of the…

Book Review: “The Go-Giver”

Through the Embe Women’s Leadership Program I was paired with a mentor. I personally requested City Councilwomen Christine Erickson because I know we share many of the same values. I look forward to posting about my year of mentorship in a few months. But for today, I’m reviewing the book she gave to read during…

My Favorite Apps: EveryDollar

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016 was to stick to our family’s budget. Caleb and I made a budget as part of our pre-marital counseling in 2013. We used the budgeting app I had been using when I was single. It worked for a while, but we started noticing challenges in the programming….

What I’ve learned from the Strength Development Inventory

Upon the commencement of one’s new position at MetaBank, the Learning & Development department has you take the SDI assessment. From their website, the Strength Deployment Inventory “helps people understand themselves by helping them understand the motives that drive their behaviors. It also helps them understand the motives that drive the behaviors of others. By increasing self-awareness…

Book Review: “The Boys in the Boat”

My book club picked up “The Boys in the Boat” toward the end of last year. The book depicts the real-life story of the 1936 Olympic crew team and their journey to Berlin. Overall I’m not a huge fan of sports non-fiction, but to my delight this novel read more like historical fiction. The book…

Spirit of Unity: A State Cheer Story

Cheer coaching has proven to be one of the most challenging, fun and sanctifying endeavors I have ever undertaken. This year was my second year coaching at Sioux Falls Christian. I coached a JV team of six freshmen girls, and a Varsity team of eight sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Each of the young women I’ve…

A Legacy Worthy of His Calling

Terry L. Thorson, 64, of Sioux Falls, SD passed away on Saturday evening, August 22, 2015 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. His memorial service will be 11:00 AM Friday, August 28 at Oak Hills Baptist Church. Private burial will precede the service. Visitation begins at 5:00 PM Thursday, August 27 at…