jax love

happy sunday , friends.


Scott and I were headed out for a walk when a good friend of mine happened to call at the exact time I was turning the key in the engine to inform me of a marathon running right by my house.


Back inside we went.


So last month, life unexpectedly had me take a last minute trip to go to Jacksonville, Fla to be with my daugther in law, Amanda… you may remember her  from THIS POST


while I was there to help her through some medical issues ( my Son is still on deployment until NEXT WEEK!!!)  She and were able to spend a bit of time doing silly things that we both enjoy ….

(not a great pic of either of us, but we were having a blast)

Health Food Shopping!!!!  For about a year now, Amanda has educated herself on non-gmo foods and how to eat a healthy, balanced diet and has lost 30 pounds!!  Let’s here it for how amazing that is!!!

No lie, over my 2 1/2 day visit with her, we hit 5 health food stores !  silly silly fun ❤


And of course… we found time for food.


hold on to your hats here… even thought I posted pictures when I was Colorado about going  out for frozen yogurt.. But that was only for Scott and Ali.


*I* still had not caught onto the ‘fro yo’ craze…


until jax.


Amanda  has 2 places that she wanted me to visit with her. One was 




yum 🙂  in the event that I am NOT the last person on earth who has not got out for for yo.. I will share..



Here, we went to a wall o fun……  you serve yourself whatever flavors ( go wild with your combinations..) into your cup

* our favorite was Fat Free ‘taro’  made from a tropical asian plant that has similar nutritional values to spinach… trust me.. this was AWESOME!!!!!*

then you head over to the toppings bar


and go WILD!





yum 🙂


the other place that we went was called COZY TEA

Amanda had told me a few weeks back that when I ever got to jax again that we both must go. ( she loves tea as much as I do)  Neither of us had dreamed that I would actually be there so soon…..


but I was… so we went..


and it was a phenominal experience!


nestled in an amongst other shops in an older part of Jacksonville, it this darling tea shop.



the room is beautifuly eclectic…. with mis matched dishes, and linens and even chairs, it has all the feeling of a very special living room…


you begin by picking your tea..



so many to chose from ! it was hard to make the choice ( so hard in fact that I  bought some loose tea to bring home with me 😉



I chose the lemon grass  Chai. I forget what Amanda chose….  I think it was fruity..





the food is all home made and without a doubt some of the best that I’ve ever had…




everything is home made and the chef-owners were right there in the kitchen… a delight to to talk to.





and when your tea is done, there are so many hand made truffles to chose from!  Of course I brought a bunch home.

She and I also each picked out a freshly baked scone with cream and jam to bring back for after dinner that night




we headed back to her house to hang with the pups, Bruin & Kallie and to just hang out and relax. Relaxing was much needed 😉


we ended the night by toasting to Jason, knowing he’s be home soon..



I did a little cooking while I was there.. I’ll share that in the next post….


aren’t they adorable?? she looks a lot like her little sister in this picture :0


so pretty !


on a final note.. I finally have my own suitcase.  This may sound silly to some, but it has me feeling all grown up.  With all of the traveling that I have been doing recently, as well as much more to come, I’ve gotten pretty good at the packing thing and have discovered some handy tips that I will be sharing soon.


I feel like such a big girl when I am maneuvering through the airport..


ya know.. a big girl who still takes her blankie with her at 42 years old 🙂


smooches friends.


enjoy your Sunday ❤

re-post… service with a smile…

forgive me.. when I moved the blog over to the new server, this post did not move with the rest because I posted it during the move. So I am re typing it just so that I have it.. because I kinda like the food truck analogy… especially since I ate at one for the first time this week 😉 more on that soon!

So I am able to re-type it ( I have the draft on my phone) but I am unable to move the sweet comments that you all made 😦

that’s ok.. I will remember how much I was loved 🙂

re-posted from 10/23/2012

service with a smile?

it has come to my attention that I have actually been missed.

this makes me happy to feel so loved. Life is a bit of a whirlwind right now and support, wherever I can get it is greatly appreciated.

I want to point out that I have been doing a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ stuff here at barefoot… I’m liking the way that the blog is looking, but the ‘inside the computer confusing internet stuff’ has me more than confuzzled.

let me try to explain. Picture that you are at a food truck. and you have a sandwich a really GREAT looking sandwich. buuut… It doesn’t really taste that good. I mean, you want it to taste good, but in reality it looks much better than it tastes.


kind of a let down.. ya think?


But over at the next food truck… the sandwoch doesn;t LOOK  quite as nice… I mean, it looks pretty good but not mouth watering to look at. But when you taste it. OH MY GOD when you taste it, it is out of this world!!

BUT!… there is more!  you can add all sorts of toppings! to it.. side dishes! pickles, chips, salads, dessert…. the posibilites are endless!


it takes someone to take a chance and try that second sandwich  to see that it really is THAT good.


Have I lost you? sorry.


Back in high school , one of my best friends and I used to sometimes ‘treat’ ourselves to one of those delicious looking brownies covered with frosting.


they looked yummy.


and it was a great experience.


until 30 minutes later when your stomach realized what you had put in there and immediately hated you  and let you know just how horrid it actually was. We used to say the brownie had ‘landed’.


we nicknamed them ‘landing squares’.. because once they hit your stomach, it was all over.


where the heck was I going with this? oh.. yeah..


I like the blog the way that it is.. but there is so much more that I want to do with it.  this si much more than a blog to me, this is me sharing,  an extension of myself.. my life.

and my life is getting crazier by the day. and it will only be crazier as time goes on..  I am always learning and love to share things with you… my friends 🙂


so even thought I have not been posting, I have been setting up my food truck.. and although a nice looking food truck with ok food is the norm, I’m not normal.


at. all.


I’m working really hard on an ok food truck with tons of sides and knock your socks off flavor!



maybe I should just stick to soup instead?


lots of fun posts coming up.. I promise.  I have tons of pictures  and recipes for you.. and a really fun home made give away.. if I can just get my engine in my truck all souped up and running…


oxoxo  thanks for standing by me





did I a-scare you? sorry about that…

I know its been awhile… I’m not proud of my behavior…

that’s not true. I am proud. I was able to make the * very difficult * switch from one server to another. Greek to some of you? good… let it stay that way…. it really wasn’t fun.. buuuut it’s done 🙂

I will have many more fun things on this server… like the ziplist feature. Don’t know what that is? no worries…. I’ll ‘splaine.

click on save this recipe and it will bring you to a create and account page . ( if you don’t have a zip list account, trust me, you want one)

think of it as your cyber recipe box. You can save any recipe to you box ( once your account is opened ) and create and print shopping lists.

it’s awesome.

soooo to try out this new feature I will share one of my oldest recipes.. Creamy Cheesy Chicken.
This recipe goes back to our camping days. I used to make meals ahead of time & freeze them so that I could just pop them in the oven in our camper. Over the years I have continued to make this, using many variations… it is always a hit!


I do not remember where I first saw this recipe… I just know that it is a family favorite. its great because you can have all of the ingredients on hand and whip it up in no time!

since I am on a new server.. anyone who had followed the blog by email will need to re follow. on the bottom right side of the screen is a ‘follow’ button.. just click that and enter your email and you are good to go!

happy halloween, friends…. I leave you with a picture of Ali’s costume this year.. along with her friends. They are the Rugrats.. form the popular 90’s cartoon… Ali made the costumes last night. I am so proud of her.. not only for wanting to be a cartoon character , but for being as creative as she was….

and lastly…. my most fav Halloween ever…..I remember it like it was yesterday…. Ryan and I painted his costume in the fornt yard and making Ali’s costume was so much fun. I’ve never been one for a pre bought costume… making them was almost as fun as the actual trick or treating 🙂

this is my last Halloween that I will be sending trick or treaters out into the world to fetch some good candy for their dad 😉 It’s quite bittersweet.

so happy halloween, my friends… be careful out there… those little witches and munchkins are very excited 🙂


autumn mushroom soup with cognac

heres a story about a fun guy. * giggle*  get it… Fun-GI?

True story… when I was little I was ADDICTED to cream of mushroom soup… I could not get enough of it.

I remember sitting at my mom’s small table with a bowl of it. I swear I  actually remember having it for breakfast. Good ol’ Campbell’s!

then something happened ( mom, help me out?)  I think that  I got sick after eating it once.. and from that point on… I could not STAND mushrooms. Yuck.. gross.. fungus, I tell you, fungus.

I would not get ANYWHERE near them.

About 4 years ago, something changed. I saw a grilled portabella sandwich with blue cheese ( something else that I couldn’t stand) on a cooking show for super bowl Sunday recipes.

I found myself really wanting to try that sandwich! Bizzarre, I know.

Who am I?

I ran to the store, bought the ingredients and voilia! I Liked it.  I more than liked it, I LOVED it!

go figure?  Now I eat mushrooms all the time. They say that your body and palette are always changing.  I’m so happy that mine changed for the better.

One of my favorite new magazines is Vegetarian Times.  I received the subscription as a gift when I subscribed to Yoga journal.

this months issue came in yesterday & The cover called out to me.  I opened the magazine to this page and knew that I had to make it. And let me tell you, I am so glad that I did. Easy, quick, healthy.. and trust me, you would never believe that there isn’t any cream in the recipe.


If by chance you are vegan. just switch out the butter for Earth Balance or Olive oil..

If you don’t want to use almond milk, I’m sure you could use cow’s milk.. I’m just not sure if the consistency would be as ‘creamy’

ironic, eh?

SO here you go….  grown up cream of mushroom soup.

Autumn Mushroom Soup with Cognac

2 pounds white or button mushrooms ( I used baby bella)

2 Tbsp butter

2 large leeks thinly sliced  * see note below*

2 garlic cloves peeled and thinly sliced

1 tsp. dried Thyme leaves

1/4 cup cognac ( I bought a small nip from behind the counter of the liquor store.. perfect amount)

3 1/2 cup vegetable broth ( I used low-sodium)

1 cup almond milk ( make sure it’s not flavored or sweetened )

1/4 cup chopped parsley for garnish

Sea salt & pepper  to taste.


yeah.. about that….. I can;t find the cord to upload the picture of the ingredients…. so I took a picture of the picture 🙂

Start by pulsing the mushrooms in a food processor ( or chop them finely)

Heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat  ( I use cast iron now.. I love it & will explain my reasonings later ) Add the leeks and sprinkle with salt. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until the leeks are softened, stirring occasionally.

Increase the heat to medium-high, stir in garlic and thyme and cook 1 more minute.

Deglaze pan with Cognac  and cook 1 minute or until the liquid has evaporated.

Stir in chopped shroons , cover pot and cook 5 minutes.  Then uncover and cook 5-7 minutes more or until most of the liquid  has evaporated and the mushroom start to brown.

Stir in broth and bring to a simmer. Add almond milk & s& p.. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth.

Garnish with Parsley.


ahh… look a barefootgirl in the picture !!

** note on prepping leeks**.. Leeks are grown in sand and are really sandy. No mater how hard you try to rinse them you will still get grit in your dish, Now one wants grit in their soup. yuck.

SO to prep them, do a preliminary rinse, then chop them on a cutting board. Then add the leeks to a big bowl of ice water and let them sit. The sand will all soak to the bottom. Wash the grit off of the cutting board. To drain the leeks , don’t drain them into a colander because you would just be dumping the sand right back into them.  Using your hands, reach into the ice water and lift the leeks up ( gently so that you don’t stir the sand up)

There you have it.. perfectly prepped leeks!

rejoice mushroom lovers.. rejoice!

oxoxox~ shel

manifesting abundance

soo here I am again…..

*actually, I’ve always been here, I just haven’t shared a whole heck of a lot *

How have you been? Good. Me too!

manifesting abundance.. exactly what does that mean?  Since I’ve been posting I have completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training course, which has me certified ( and no longer scared 🙂 to teach yoga!

It was an amazing journey and it really transformed me in many ways.  As part of our training, we had certain electives to choose. One that I signed up for was “manifesting abundance”

I had no idea what it was….  and I made that perfectly clear as the day-long class began. I was sitting all properly propped up on my yoga mat, tea by my side ,honoring my body as we were taught to when Tiffany, my teacher asked if there were any questions. I promptly raised my hand and asked, ” what is manifesting abundance? ”

She smiled and simply said that she would not be able to answer that question… It was a question for me to answer.

I turned bright red and was so embaressed that I actually asked the question.

I almost walked out. But I didn’t.   I stayed and had a most amazing day with a bunch of wonderful women. I cannot go into too much detail of what happened in that room, but I can tell you that it was amazing and it changed me. When I left at the end of the day, I knew everything would be ok. I also realized just how many signs in my life are all pointing me in the direction that I am supposed to be going in.

The signs have always been there, I was just too naive to see them.

Let me explain a little.

As some of you know Scott and I had our children very young. I was 16 when our oldest, Jason, was born; Ryan and Ali followed when we were in our early 20s.

We have spent not only our entire adult lives raising our children, but much of our adolescence as well.

It’s pretty much all that I know.  Jason has been out on his own for many years now, happily married to a wonderful girl , Amanda Sue, who I am proud to call my daughter- in-law. I love her for loving him.

Y’all may also know that ryan has had a rough road. The deck of cards that he was dealt left him with a wild, wild ride for him to get to where he is today. I cannot tell you how much of my life revolved around helping him get to where he is now

( he has done so much on his own, but I have always been right in the sidelines ready to help him with whatever twist or turn was waiting )

Unfortunately, there were far to many turns.

Fast forward and He is now a freshman in college, at his dream school, majoring in history, a subject that he is passionate about.

He is clear on the other side of the country.

Ali is a senior in high school, very independent, and very goal-orientated when it comes to her picking her college for her next 4 years..

Scott and I have raised 3 independent, compassionate, thoughtful kids who have carried on with them the ability to think out of the box and take the road less- traveled and stop to enjoy the view.

26 years ago, if you had asked me what I would want for my children when I was becoming a parent, I could not have dreamed the outcome.

It was what I had , unknowingly, had spent my life manifesting.

So that day in the room, Tiff had us write some things down… Things about us now, things that we would like to see in our futures.

I came across that paper the other day.

1~ become a yoga instructor.  check. I love yoga and I love to teach others to be healthy and HONOR and LOVE yourself for who you are today.  I’m all for being healthy, but I get bothered when I see folks beat themselves up for that ‘extra 5 pounds’..

to put it in perspective, somebody going through chemo would LOVE those 5 pounds..

right? right.

And look back at a picture of yourself from ten years ago.. most likely you were thinking to yourself , ” I could be skinnier, or more muscular, or richer, or… well, you get the point.

And I’m willing to bet that when you look at that pic now, you would love to be who you were back then.

So stop and love yourself for who you are today… strive for more, but accept who you are. for who you are.

I always say, stop comparing yourself to the person next to you…. they are doing a terrible job at trying to be you .

2~ I wanted to become a runner. I have never been athletic. Like ever. I purposely bailed out of gym class ( but excelled in home EC.. go figure?) I’ve played one tiny season of softball when I was 9 and even though I was supposed to love it, I hated it. ( I’m sorry, dad , 😦 )

I have always envied runners.  They just seem to have a sense of self and look so carefree and comfortable in their own skin.  I have tried many times to learn to run, but I’ve just simply hated it.

So one of the things on my list that day was to become a runner.  I am working very hard on that one. I have some excellent guidance and I am determined. And when I set my mind to something.. that’s it.  I signed up for my first 5 k  (dragging my little sister along with me)  and I am scared to death… but you know what? I am going to do it. And I am going to love it… because I want to..

perhaps I should have warned you ahead of time regarding the length of this post.. sorry 🙂

back to being a mom.. I have dreaded this time in my life for the past few years. what would I do without my kids here? This question has had me lose more nights of sleep than I care to admit. I have obsessed and dreaded it.  I have even gone as far to talk to my doctor about it.  26 years of being a mom & being SO involved in my kids lives… what would be around the corner for me?

What I learned in that room that day was like I said, I am going to not only be ok, I’m going to be better than ok. I have been working on ‘manifesting abundance’ and by that I mean that I am going after all of my little dreams one at a time.

When I left Ryan last week, I cried one tiny tear. No where near the mess that I thought I would be.. Pride took over . and Happiness. As sad as I am to not have him here to get my quirky humor ( he ‘gets’ me like no one else does) .. the smile on his face and seeing him in his element SOO happy washed away any tears that I might have cried.

This happened once before too…  When Jason graduated from Navy boot camp.  I was ready to be a mess, but when he marched in, a man… I was overwhelmed with pride. I simply cannot describe it.

It is safe to say that my kids mean the world to me, and while I am still their mom and biggest fan, the fact that they are all living their own lives SO happy.. well, that make me happy.

and ready to manifest what is next for me 🙂 I’m only 41 years old. Really, quite young to be at this point of my life.

I do still have Ali for her senior year, as well as Tian, my exchange daughter form Hong Kong ( who i love like my own) and Ali’s multiple friends who call me mom & make our home their second home. It will be an amazing year for all of these beautiful young women, and I intend on keeping in touch with each and every one of them.

( I may be known at the post office as the queen of care packages )

I love that they are all going on with their own lives and that I am ready for this point of my life.  I never imagined the peace that I could find in my own skin 🙂

so.. if I haven’t lost you yet, thanks for letting me share. I love to write and I have alot to say ( clearly)

don’t give up on me, food and quilting will still be here…. ( I’m about to make mushroom soup for one … as my entire family is currently in 4 separate time zones )

as I leave you… think about this…  what are you manifesting? can you picture it? can you love yourself just as much as you love that certain someone that you would do anything for?

just try



the blind side

*warning* there is no food in this post.. if you are looking for food, you can click the link to my sister blog for the best pea soup recipe.  But please, read this for me.

now, onto my thoughts.

Scott and I watched the Blind side this weekend. A special thanks  to my daughter who encouraged me to watch it. It thoroughly enjoyed it & would like to think that I could inspire a kid like that. It was heartwarming.

What I’m about to share is heartbreaking.

Friday morning about 20 minutes after me kids left for school, my struggling eyes were reading my facebook newsfeed on my phone, and I read  ” car strikes bus head in in crash in Kingston”.

my daughter, who has had her licence for less than a year, goes to school in Kingston. I quickly ran to my computer, where my eyes stood a better chance at reading & discovered that the accident had happened right before she had left home. She was safe. In those few seconds on the way to my computer, my  stomach turned.

Then I saw the car involved and almost threw up.  The next few hours unfolded details that are just horrific. The story is that 4 kids, on their way to school crossed the yellow line & slammed head on into a school bus. The bus had just dropped off students, so only the bus driver was on the bus ( Thank God.)

The three passengers were unconscious when rescue arrived. The driver was the only one awake and needed the jaws of life to free her. 3 of the kids were medflighted to a Boston hospital with life  extremely serious injuries.

My daughter did not know any of these kids personally, but she has friends who are very close to them. ( she attends a different high school in the same town) Throughout the morning, more & more details were emerging, each one more disturbing than the last.

This happend on the morning of the junior prom.

The thoughts of this accident are haunting me.  There are certain things in your life that stick with you. I remember in my freshman year of high school, we all gathered in the auditorium to watch a movie for drivers’ ed. ( some of you who read this may remember the video, because you may have been sitting with me)

The video was about a boy who recently got his licence and took his little brother out on a ‘joy ride’

Speed was a factor & he hit a fence head on & one of the posts went straight through the windshield & through his little brother’s chest, killig him instantly.

I don’t think I slept for weeks after seeing that.  It has stayed with me all these years later….

Out of respect for the kids & the families, I will not go into details of their conditions, but let me tell you, it isn’t good. At all.

The news showed the image of the father of the driver showing up to the scene of the accident, then quickly leaving. I cannot imagine that feeling, nor would I wish it on my worst enemy.

I keep thinking of the bus driver…  whose wheels had turned, I’m sure in an effort to avoid the oncoming car, and what she must have seen. Four kids screaming at the top of their lungs. I have heard that she only had minor injuries, but the damage done to her physcologically is unimaginable.

The kids involved and their families.. lives changed forever in the blink of a second.

The accident is still under investigation, and while speed and inexperience are both obvioulsly factors, they are investigating cell phone usage.

If you know me then you know that I am HUGELY against texting and driving. And in my state it is the law to NOT text and drive. Yet I see people doing it all the time & it irritates the hell out of me. In fact ,I know of several friends and soem family members who still do it.

We are not invinsible. Not even a little. For the love of God, just don’t text while driving. there is NOTHING so important that can’t wait until you are stopped and parked. I NEVER ever do it and hope that I have passed how wrong this is onto my children.

When Ali heard updates yesterday, she and I sat in my parked car and cried. I almost threw up. She said, “mom, what of that other car wasn’t a bus? what if it was another car.. maybe with more kids? “

You hear tragic stories all the time, but when it hits this close to home, it stings. In a big way. I have said som many prayers for all involved and if you can find it in you heart to send a few more, that would be wonderful.

I’m sorry if I sound preachy…. no, actually I’m not sorry. Because If you think of this and somehow you think of my preaching & it saves you from being air lifted, or showing up to see your child air lifted, then I’m ok with that.

I am so heartbroken over this. For whatever reason, it has lodged itself in my chest and it is truly heavy and sad.

I love my family more than anything and cannot imagine……

I’m posting this picture to to remind us all that we are not invincible. If this hadn’t have been on the news then I would not have posted it, but my hope is that you will share this with your  loved, especially if they text & drive.  And if you are my family member, don’t ever do it. I would rather never hear from you then have me be on the other end of that partial text before a med flight helicopter is needed.

talk about being blind sided.

God Bless these kids and their families, and dear Lord, Please hear our prayers…….

life happens

for good or bad, better or worse… life happens

It’s been quite the busy October ’round here. A few weeks ago, my eldest son, Jason, who is an aviation technician in the NAVY got word that he will be getting deployed overseas around the first of  December.

While the news should not have come to a surprise for me, I was shocked & blown away at my reaction. I had a roller-coaster of emotions over the course of the next couple of days.

I was proud, scared, sad, & worried all at the same time.

He himself put in in perspective for me when he said, “mom, this is what I signed up to do”.

It’s a strange feeling when your children become your voice of reason…

One of the things about him leaving at the beginning of December is that they obviously won’t’ be home for  Christmas 😦

He was given 2 weeks leave immediately so he & Amanda booked a last minute 3-day weekend away.

Scott & I were trying desperately to figure out when we could see him before he left and given the time constraints could not find a suitable time to fly south.

Then Scott had an idea…

It was crazy, irresponsible, only heard of in movies.. which is why we decided to do it!

We dipped into our savings, scrambled our lives around & decided to crash their vacation!!

With 4 days notice.

And didn’t tell them 😉

They were very excited to see us & the 6 of us spent 3 whole days just hanging together, playing games, doing scavenger hunts, horseback riding & 🙂 eating 🙂

and well, just being as silly as we always are..

We were sad when it was over

After our 3 days together, we spent a whole day flying home, switching planes & waiting in airports.. to come back to reality.

And in one of the next days to follow, I had a birthday.

A big birthday.

I’m now 40.

I had all sorts of wonderful ’40’ posts planned, but with the chaotic-ness of the last few weeks, this is as good as it gets.

I may through a random post up at sometime about my thoughts on aging, but for now… I want to bring you a recipe that I made last month….

This IS a food blog, correct?
here is what I did..

1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded & cubed

1 box low-sodium chicken broth

1 can Tj’s light coconut milk

4 cups canneloni (white) beans

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 carrots, peeled & chopped

2 onions, peeled & chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled & chopped

2 TBSP Madras Curry Powder ( I actually used a little bit more than this, bit I like it spicy 😉

pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon & allspice

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup whipping cream

(only a few minor changes from her recipe)

Add everything except the cream to the crock-pot

cook on low for 5-6 hours, then use an immersion blender to puree. I didn’t add the cream to the whole pot, instead..

I swirled in some cream for serving & topped with some pumpkin seeds.

Heaven. In a bowl.

And we haven’t heard that last about Jason’s deployment, we are still waiting for details, so I’m sure that you’ll hear from me on this subject again.

but in the meantime…

life happens.

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