Best soup EVER…{so says my man}

photo-14-2If you know me well, you know I’m not the best when it comes to cooking up new things in the kitchen…well actually cooking anything in the kitchen. We’re starting off the new year eating healthy and trying new paleo recipes for the entire family. Tonight my friends, I hit it out of the park. My husbands words were, “this may be the best soup I’ve ever eaten.” Now I know it was “just” soup, but it was dang good!

Just thought I’d share this healthy delicious recipe incase any of you are interested. There are many ways you can tweek this and I’m sure more ingredients you could add. I’m a firm believer in keeping it simple. Hope you enjoy!


Sausage & Spinach Soup

1 medium{ish} chopped onion

dash of crushed red pepper

1 lb smoked sausage

4 minced garlic gloves

4 cups of chicken broth

2 cups of baby spinach

1-2 tsps of chopped basil

Fresh cut squash {I got a quart sized bag out of the freezer and added it to the soup}

Cook sausage {in a little water} until brown. Cut into bit size slices.

Sauté onion, garlic, red pepper, and a little salt. Add broth, sausage, and squash. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Add spinach to the soup and cook for about 2 minutes or until the spinach is wilted.





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Promises of God

So…it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. A year has flown by and lots has happened around the Bice household. Amidst the small everyday happenings, we have relocated Greenbriar Church {our church} into a permanent post and added a new addition to our home. Baby girl #3 is healthy and just perfect in our eyes, but has wrecked my 8 hour sleep schedule {don’t feel sorry for me…she’s worth it!}.

I have something I want to share with you. Our ladies at church are going through The Patriarch by Beth Moore and we have been looking at the promises of God, focusing now on Abraham and Sarah. Inspired by our small group discussion, I created a printable of a few of God’s promises. It’s been very encouraging to me to have this visible in my home. Feel free to print it and enjoy hanging on to HIS promises daily.

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The mime


Oh the mime…what an interesting art. I’ve never put much thought into miming; until today. As I was reading through 1 Thessalonians last night, my commentary compared the conduct of Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to that of a mime.

A mime artist {Greek—mimos, “imitator, actor”}is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving miming, or the acting out a story through body motions, without use of speech.

 These men of God DID NOT:

Come to speak in vain

use flattering words

seek glory from man

 and they DID:

Speak to please God who tests their hearts

Treat the people gently; comforted and exhorted them

Pour into those they ministered to with all they had

Labor all night and pray for them as if they were their own children

My thoughts are, “Who do others see that I am imitating when I am silent?” Interestingly, the mime makes a living without saying a word. The message he sends to his audience is very clear. He never says a word, but you know by his actions what he’s trying to express.

What message do you send when you’re not speaking? Do you tell others how you serve and love, or do you just do it?

We can’t witness to others through complete silence however, during our moments of silence our lifestyle and actions can speak louder than any words we could ever speak.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1

Be Blessed…

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A Conference You Can’t Miss…

You may know by now that I have been blessed to be a part of an amazing group of women across the U.S. A few years back, God led me to a ministry Leading & Loving It. These pastor’s wives {are you ready for this}…ARE ALOT LIKE ME! Yes, this group is full of Super Sanguine women, who adore their man, LOVE the Lord, and have a HUGE heart for PW’s and women in ministry. It was love at first email :). Well, they understand the obstacles of getting to conferences therefore, they’ve created one that is impossible to miss. Read below…
The JustONE Conference is back!

Need encouragement … challenge … connection … and inspiration? All while sitting comfortably on your couch with a latte in hand?

The JustONE Conference is a free virtual conference for all Pastors’ Wives and Women in Ministry. This 4 week conference will include over 20 speakers sharing from their personal lives and leadership. Each session will be shown 4 times during the week. So find a time that is right for your schedule, and join in!

This year the conference is based on a beautiful passage of scripture, 1 Timothy 4:12b-16  (The Message) “Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed–keep that dusted off and in use. Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.” 

The conference begins Monday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 24 and is offered both morning and evening… 11am EST/ 8am PST and 9pm EST/ 6pm PST both days.  Join us for four consecutive weeks of teaching, encouragement and connection.

Click here to register and for more info:

LORI WILHITE, brandi wilson, Kay Warren, jenni catron, MICHELLE MEEKS, jessica cornelius, HeAtHeR pAlAcIoS, Makeda Pennycooke, HOLLY FURTICK, julie richard, Tricia Lovejoy, lisa hughes, TIFFANY COOPER, trisha davis, ElEaNa gArZa, Melissa Elswick, lysa terkeurst, LaRySsA tOoMeR, Kerri Weems, lucretia noble, KIMBERLY SCOTT, and Lisa Young,

You’ll be cRaZy to pass up this line-up of Godly women. Hope you’ll join me!
Be Blessed,

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This weeks treat is…

White Chocolate Covered Popcorn

You that know me well have figured out that I’m not the best cook/baker in the world. I am however a fine finder of easy and yummy ideas. This afternoon I made some chocolate covered popcorn for the kids teachers at school. It’s too good and easy not to share.

Here’s what you need to begin: 1 bag of Ghirardelli white morsels and one bag of microwave popcorn. Pop the popcorn first and spread it out in a plastic container, making sure there are no kernels in the bottom. Melt the chocolate according to the instructions on the bag. Be very careful not to burn the chocolate.

Once those steps are done, pour the chocolate over the popcorn and stir it together.

Take parchment paper and place it on the counter. Spread the popcorn out and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

And there you have it! An easy and delicious treat.


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Tis the season to be…


Tis the season to be…

My husband and I absolutely LOVE this time of year; the cooler weather, the Christmas lights, weeks out of school, and the Christmas cheer that comes with it all. As I scroll through Pinterest, check off my gift list, read blogs, and plan lessons for my 3rd graders, I can see how easily ‘Tis the season to be jolly’ easily becomes ‘Tis the season to be stressed out’. I’m not sure whose idea it was to shower our children with EVERYTHING available for the year and outdo one another with gifts, but I’d sure like to chat with them.

The word says, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” Romans 12:10. There is a HUGE differentiation in love/honor and over abundance of toys and electronics. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy giving and receiving gifts…but the attitude that drives it should be jolly, not stress.

When our oldest child was about 3 or 4 he spent the day telling everyone he couldn’t remember all that he received on Christmas morning. Tim and I were awakened to fact that we had fallen into the “trap”. We decided that Jesus received only 3 gifts, so our children could survive with 3 as well. At 14, 12, & 6, they LOVE trying to decide which 3 they want at the top of their list.  They’ve never felt deprived or done without and they covet the 3 gifts they receive each year.

 What’s one way you have diminished stress over the holidays?

Be Blessed…



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Handwritten Letters

Ahh, the old handwritten letters. What happened to those? Where did they go? These past few months I have surprisingly thumbed through the bills to find several handwritten cards and letters to me & our family. I often get encouraging tweets, emails, texts, & facebook messages, but there’s something about a handwritten letter that just warms your heart.  Many of you probably have a box somewhere that you store those letters in. Maybe a drawer full of cards you just can’t trash. Why is that?

As I look back at the handwritten letters from my beloved, I’m flooded with memories of when we dated. The value of the words is much stronger than those that come through text. It’s that way with everyone. It’s nice to know that someone took the time to write their heartfelt message and deliver it to me.

I want to encourage you to send someone a handwritten letter this week. And, for those of you who have blessed me lately, thank you…I’m saving those letters. 🙂

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Be Blessed…

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Our Last Hours in the Swamp

Sunday afternoon we took one more ride in the boat with no seats. This time we ventured deep {well, deep enough for us} into the swamp with Lisa & Glenn. I just can’t tell you how peaceful it was. We had a few hours before the steaks & shrimp were to be cooked, so there was no rush. Tim was able to fish in the swamp and caught this Louisiana Large Mouth.  He had to have weighed at least a pound or two. 🙂

After a couple of hours boating around in the swamp, we went back to Lisa & Glenn’s and decided to go meet Clint. He was home with a few of his friends, just doing what most people do around there…eating odd things LOL. We pulled up to his house {me with my backpack filled with everything we needed to document our meeting} and around the corner we came. He knew we were in town {like everyone else}, but I don’t think he was prepared for the excitement of my camera, signing autographs, & making videos.

Clint is very laid back and enjoys his quiet evenings at home. This was far from quiet. We laughed alot and he blushed a little and we had lessons with words that neither of us understood. I found his pet bunnies, only to find out they weren’t pets :(. Yes, I shared my thoughts about that with him to which he laughed. We left him and his friends to their table of food and headed back to the Templet’s to dine with their son Kellan, his wife Amanda, Glenn’s brother & sister-in-law Corey & Bethany.Kellan, Me, Glenn, & Tim

 Me, Lisa, & Bethany

Kellen, Corey, Glenn, & Tim

Monday morning, we sadly packed our bags and headed back to Georgia. The entire way home we planned our next trip back to Cajun Country. While planning this trip, I had no idea that it would turn out the way it did. Not only did we experience Pierre Part to it’s fullest, we made connections with the wonderful people of this small town. We stopped in New Orleans for some beignets from Cafe Du Monde and a quick stroll around the square and ventured back home to Georgia. We will forever hold Pierre Part and those Crazy Cajuns close to our hearts. Little do they know, we’re coming back and bringing the family with us!

The big crop in that area is sugar cane. The fields along side the road were full of sugar cane. In the background, you can see the Sunshine bridge over the Mississippi River.

As we were pulling into New Orleans, we noticed men washing the Super Dome. Look closely…those little dots are men with pressure washers. I don’t think I would like that job.

This is an old building we spotted as we were headed to French Quarter.

As you may know, New Orleans is full of entertainment. Not sure who was preparing to play these, they were just sitting on the bench.

St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Louisiana

Be Blessed…

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Headed to the Camp

One thing we noticed while talking with all the locals was that everyone had a camp. People kept asking Glenn, “you going to the camp next weekend?” Tim & I didn’t fully understand what that was. Glenn explained to us that they often went to the camp on the weekends. It was a place where they hunted, relaxed, and mostly had their “man time”. Lisa and the ladies shop while the men are away. Now mind you we are in Cajun Country, so nothing is the same as ours. Glenn & Lisa decided to take us to the camp on Sunday…by boat. You see, the camp is out in the swamp. People rent land or water space for about $125 and $70 a year to place either a house or houseboat on. They drive their boats to different areas and hunt squirrel, rabbit, and duck.  What an odd combination huh? Thankfully squirrel and rabbit season came in the following weekend of our trip, so I didn’t have to taste that. We loaded up in Glenn’s little boat {did I mention it doesn’t have seats?} and headed out into the Achapallia Basin Spillway {that’s big water if you’re wondering}. Many of you may know my history with boats. I have this thing about falling out and something touching my feet. This boat was deep & wide enough that I didn’t have to worry about that. I figured if they can hold thousands of pounds of gators then it could hold me!

Something happened on this trip. It was so peaceful on the water and sitting on the bottom of this boat with no seats. Tim & I agree that our time on the boat might have been the most enjoyable part on the trip. As we were traveling at high speed we approached this barge pushing something very large. We got closer and realized they were pushing a camp house out to someone’s camp. This little ole camp house was about as big as our house! Notice the men on the front porch.

We motored on down the spillway {it was a nice smooth ride} and came upon some cows. Yes, I said COWS. That was quite amusing and unexpected. 

After about 15 minutes of peaceful speedy boating we took a right and there it was. The camp.

There was the Templet’s house {on land} and to the right down the little bayou were 3 smaller house boats. Glenn knew the people {they all know everyone} so he passed their place and we made some new friends. We parked the boat {and let me tell you he can park. He got the nose of that boat in a corner so we could get out and visit…and of course use the restroom} and right there in front of my eyes Glenn’s sweet brother began cleaning this catfish. 

It was more than I could handle so I had to turn my back and be rude :(.

We went inside and looked around at their camp and made small talk for a bit. It was truly like a camper, just on floaties and not tires. Interesting thing was, these things were everywhere. As we road through the swamp, we would come upon one alone or a community of several. It was so neat.

Random Camp out in the canal.

This is the view from their camp house. You can see that our boat only had a quilt. Glenn used the cooler to sit on while he drove. And yes, those are our bags. They made fun of me and my back-pack. I had everything I needed to survive out in the swamp…a comb, water, change of clothes, my camera, & a few other necessities.

We had to head back home because the Saints were playing and Lisa couldn’t miss her game and Tim {you’ll find this hard to believe} wanted to eat at Landry’s again. As we were headed back we spotted a gator. I was so excited to see him/her sunbathing on the land. As we turned around it scooted {I guess gators scoot} into the water. We got very close to this monster. It had to have been at least 3 or 4 feet long lol. 


We had such a fun time looking at the camps and we even boated in the Little Gator Airplane Canal. I was told that this is Willie & Jr’s hunting area {if you know who they are}. We saw several marked trees…could this have possibly been theirs?


Our experience on the swamp for the first time was breathtaking. You just can’t imagine how peaceful it really is until you visit it. Not what I had in mind at all. 🙂

to be cont…



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Yes…I ate it!

Finally the time arrived for us to eat some “real cajun cookin'”. After our ‘party barge’ ride, we drove over to Landry’s seafood. It’s a local seafood place and they say it’s often hard to get a seat. The LSU game was on Saturday evening so thankfully most of the regulars were at home. As I looked over the menu, I knew the pick-in’s for me were slim. After viewing the different frog, shrimp, alligator, and turtle options, I finally found some chicken.

Our sweet waitress Sharon was kind enough to bring us some gator bites to start us off for the evening. My friends all told me that if I was going to Cajun Country, I had to try some various animals. Well…I did it! Want proof? Here’s the video of me eating Gator with my cheering squad surrounding me. 🙂

Needless to say, we had an interesting evening at Landry’s. The food was so delicious that Tim and I ate there again on Sunday. I was so excited that Sharon and the other waitresses remembered us. Glenn said it was because I was so loud. I don’t believe that.

This is Sharon, our waitress at Landry’s. Super sweet lady and she was so kind to keep the odd animals and gooey gumbo coming to the table.

Not sure if I mentioned the casino’s in an earlier post, but I’ve got to share this. When Tim and I entered the Pierre Part area we began to see HUGE lit up Casino signs. We laughed about it being alot like Vegas and that maybe we could win some money. As we passed by the Casino facilities, we noticed they were all small service stations. Confused but humored we kept driving {not that we had planned on stopping anyway}. I was hoping to possibly see some big lights or shows, but there were none. Most of the stations/restaurants over there advertised a casino. Landry’s had a casino. Are you ready for this…and I’m not making this up at all! Here’s the entry door into the casino.

Yes my friends, behind those two swinging doors were 2 slot machines. I never saw anyone go in there and I wasn’t about to. Not sure if they ever have any big winners. I’ll have to ask on that one.

After a great meal at Landry’s, we headed back to our cabin and rested up for what was to come on Sunday.

to be cont…

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