Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms & Gravy

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

My mom originally made this recipe, and before that I had absolutely zero interest in salisbury steak. My only experience was serving it, as a waitress, in a diner, to maybe one out of a thousand patrons. Needless to say, it didn’t look very appetizing. I didn’t understand the concept of a salisbury steak. Was it a glorified burger? A miniature meatloaf? Why is it called steak, if it’s made with ground meat?

Fall 2018 Fashion Trends ~ What to Buy at The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

Every year, there are official Fashion Week events that help fashionistas plan their upcoming seasonal wardrobe. I have never been to one, yet. But, my goal is to attend NYFW in the Fall of 2019! Fortunately, we can see everything on-line. So, I wanted to share some of the Fall 2018 Fashion Trends that have been projected from the winter events. 

Shrimp Fra Diavolo Sauce

Food & Home, Rachel Maria's Recipes

There are so many things I love about a Shrimp Fra Diavolo Sauce. It’s typically spicy, with tomatoes, and shrimp or lobster. The flavor is intense. And, the sauce is simple to make. 

Fra Diavolo is an Italian phrase that is translated to “From the Devil”. It is documented that it was a nickname given to Michele Pezza, a famous Neapolitan guerrilla leader, who resisted the French occupation of Naples (Early 19th century). How it ended up defining this particular sauce is a bit ambiguous.

The GREATEST Book of All Time ~ Bible Basics

Foster Care & Family

Maybe you’ve never picked up a bible before. Maybe you don’t know where to start. Perhaps you don’t understand some of it, nor see the need for it. But, there are a few things I’d like to share with you about the greatest book of all time. In today’s post, I’m going to break it down for you. All the Bible Basics. My prayer for you is that you will learn a little more about this book and choose to take your scripture reading to the next level. I promise that you will find blessings along the way! 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ~ What to Look For

Beauty & Fashion, Fashion & Lifestyle

You may, or may not, have heard of it. The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale takes place, in July, and it is unique in one major factor. These are all items that are coming out in the Fall, and for a limited time, you can snag your favorite picks for a great discount! So, saddle up, and get yourself ready. I’m going to give you the lay of the land and share how this works, how you can prepare, and what I will be adding to my personal wish list. 

FIVE Faith-Building Books for Your Summer Reading List

Travel & Leisure

When I was an Elementary School Teacher, I would do more reading in the summer. I rarely had time to do the things I loved, during the school year. After ten months of teaching, I loved including faith-building books that would restore and strengthen me in every way! 

I still have the habit of including faith-building books for my summer reading list. These are books, written by modern-day authors, that reference and apply scripture to daily living. They can be in the form of a personal testimony (in which the author shares his/her life experience and how God’s word has made a positive impact). Or, they can be a commentary type of study that explains scripture in a way that is applicable and relevant to today’s times. 

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