Jan 08

“Accidental Chowder”

Written by Contributing Writer, Ashley @ Pioneer Momma

Happy New Year, Everyone!  I have been throughly enjoying some family time over the holidays and haven’t gotten much back into blogging just yet.  But Ashley is here again with another wonderful recipe.  As cold as it has been in some areas of the country, I think we could all use something warm and toasty to fill our bellies!  Thanks, Ashley!!

Accidental Chowder by PioneerMomma.com for Eyes on the Source

Ever start out making a meal that ends up completely different than you’d thought it would? This happened to me recently, while I was attempting some creamy crock pot chicken. I had sides planned out and everything. Lo and behold, it ended up a whole new dish! The end result is more of a chowder-type soup, but with chunky carrots and a whole chicken thigh. Because it’s made in the crock pot, the chicken stays moist and delicious, and can easily be broken up with a spoon. The meal gained the title “accidental chowder”, since that’s what the family kept calling it. It is definitely a favorite around here now!

You can totally make this using homemade cream soups, but for ease of recipe, I’m going to tell you the sizes in the standard cans. If you’re using your own soups, just make sure to use the same amount. Easy!

Here’s what I did…

Accidental Chowder

(serves 6)


6 chicken thighs (can be either boneless/skinless or regular. I’ve tried both, and they both taste equally as delicious. Only difference would be less fat without the skin.)

1 10.75 ounce can cream of mushroom soup

1 10.75 ounce can cream of potato soup

5 carrots

1 1/2 cup whole kernel corn

1 Tbsp minced garlic

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 cup water


1. Peel and slice the carrots into bite-sized pieces. Lay on bottom of crock pot. Add corn, then place chicken thighs on top.

2. In a medium bowl, mix both soups, salt, pepper, thyme, garlic, and water. Pour over the top of chicken in crock pot. Cook on low approximately 8 hours, or high for approximately 6 hours. Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite crock pot recipe? What recipes have you tried that turned out differently than you’d expected?


Dec 20

Simple Pinecone Swag

Simple Pinecone Swag

Recently our family was out on a walk together and we came across a trail littered with beautiful pinecones.  Don’t you love how God decorates for us in the beauty of nature?! :) Beyond the physical beauty of pinecones, just think about their picture of renewal and growth.  It is not until a pinecone experiences hot/dry/difficult times that it open up to fulfill the greatness it was created for.  If a pinecone never opens up and grows, it cannot spread any seed or fulfill its purpose.  So lovely!

That day it didn’t occur to me to pick some up and bring them home…so I had to go back another day when I had decided to put this project together.  

Simple Pinecone Swag

DIY Simple Pinecone Swag…

Simple Pinecone Swag 5

Find the rest of this post at Day2DayJoys!  I’d love to hear your favorite pinecone project ideas as I picked up quite a collection of them!  See you there!


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Dec 11

Let’s Talk High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup Written by Contributing Writer, Ashley @Pioneer Momma

High fructose corn syrup. Take one look in today’s grocery store, and chances are, the majority of food items up for sale have high fructose corn syrup as one of the ingredients, if not THE main ingredient. But what is it?

High fructose corn syrup is chemically derived from corn. It is composed of fructose and glucose, the same as sugar, but has a higher ratio of fructose, which makes it sweeter than sugar. Because of this, HFCS can be used in place of sugar, to get more bang for your buck. Well technically, the corn corporations buck. By using less of something sweeter than the conventional ingredient, companies can then start pumping out large quantities of larger portions, with less cost to them.

Now think about where that corn comes from. I recently wrote a post on GMOs that goes more in-depth on that topic. The cloned corn crops of today with the herbicidal and pesticidal alterations at the genetic level have been subject of debates, and under public scrutiny over the potential resulting infertility, tumors, and organ disease. But the main point is this: companies are taking chemically and genetically altered corn, then chemically processing it to create this cheaper version of “sugar”. Sugar is purposely air-quoted, only because by that point, it really is just a mess of unnatural.

I am in no way saying to go out and replace all items in your house that have HFCS with sugar. Both can be dangerous, and lead to diabetes, cancer, and other harmful diseases when consumed in large quantities. But if you had to choose one, organic cane sugar would be the route I’d choose. The glucose and fructose bond isn’t there in the HFCS, as it is in sugar. This means that it goes to the blood stream quicker, and possibly taking all those nasty man-made alterations with it. I know I don’t want chemicals roaming freely in my body, do you?

High fructose corn syrup is in a lot of foods most people eat today, but it can be avoided. Simply look at the ingredient lists next time you are in the grocery store. Better yet, try some homemade versions of your favorite foods. I know this week I’ll be coming up with a good recipe for homemade ketchup. Most bottles in the US have the corn syrup. But did you know that same company makes the European version with sugar? So it can be done…

What are your thoughts? I love to hear from all perspectives!


**Necessary disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and am in no way giving medical advice. Any concerns should be directed toward your family doctor.**

Dec 08

Simple “Pop Your Own” Corn


Dec 01

12 Days of Christmas ~Thirty-One Gifts Review

On the 6th day of Christmas, day2day joys gave to me…

A cute and roomy tote from 31 Gifts by Tiffany!  A festive bag to carry all of your goodies to and from holiday events (and more)!

  12 days of Christmas 2014 Review and Giveaway

Thirty-One is a tote/purse company developed to help women bless each other through beautiful products and friendships. The faith-based company not only offers quality products that can be personalized, but also income opportunity for women wanting flexible work hours, more family time, etc.  
There are so many styles to choose from and each one can be personalized by pattern, size, wording and more!  Really something for everyone to meet every purse, storage and organizing need.  I could look at the product catalog for hours, they’re all so PRETTY! You have GOT to check out these products!!

12 Days of Christmas Thirty-One Penguin Party


See my complete review and enter to win this and other great gifts at Day2DayJoys!


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