Summer Menu Printable

Free summer menu planner - download it at thegrantlife

One thing I love about summer is that we get a little lazy.  We stay up later and get to sleep in.  We make plans as we go and fly by the seat of our pants.  Unfortunately, one of the things that kind of gets left in the dust is our menu planning.  If your like me, then your menu for some reason slips between the cracks during the busy summer months.  I’m hoping that this summer menu printable will help us get back in our menu planning groove!  

Free summer menu planner - download it at thegrantlife


Lately, I have been cooking with more fresh fruits and veggies that I we pick up from the farmers market.  I still tend to throw together a meal on the fly, even with fresh produce on hand.  Sometimes, I end up throwing things away that I should have used.  And I don’t like that.  So I have my fingers crossed that this summery printable will help with that.  Here’s to getting back on the menu planning train!  Toot toot!

Summer menu planner

To print your own menu planner – click on the image, save to your computer and print.  It should print nicely on a regular piece of paper.  

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Basic Cake Recipe with Printable

Butter Cake Recipe - with free printable!

If you are anything like me then you love to try new recipes.  Its fun to tweak an old recipe or come up with something completely new.  I could spend hours in my kitchen creating new recipes for my family.  As much fun as I have making new things to try, there are a few recipes that I seem to always come back to.  One of them is this basic butter cake recipe.  I always use this recipe when making cakes because its just so good!  So I created a basic cake recipe printable to share with yall.  Ya know, in case you are like me and hate having to run to the computer for a recipe! 

Free butter cake recipe with printable!  This would look adorable in my kitchen!

I love printables.  I print them out and use them as easy decor.  I have the ingredient substitution printables proudly hanging in my kitchen.  [Because I’m the substitution queen!]  And now I can add this cake recipe print to my walls.  [Holla!]

Butter Cake Recipe - with free printable!


To print yours out – click on the image, save and print.  It should print out nicely on a regular sheet of paper.  Or you can get fancy and print it out on cardstock.  I have the ingredient substitution printables hanging on a clipboard on my wall.  Not super fancy but its cute and easy to see when I’m baking.  I’m thinking I may do something similar for this cake print.  But no matter how you display yours, once you print it out you should be ready bake some butter cakes!

Basic butter cake recipe
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  1. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 stick butter, softened
  3. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  4. 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp salt
  6. 3/4 cups milk
  7. 2 tablespoons oil
  8. 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  9. 3 large eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream the butter and the sugar.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating in between.
  4. Add the vanilla, oil and milk.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to the wet ingredients.
  6. Mix until all lumps are gone.
  7. Spray pans with cooking spray.
  8. Pour mixture into pans.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  10. Let cool completely.
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Ingredient Substitution Printables

Free Ingredient Substitution Printables!

I am the queen of “lets start a recipe and worry about ingredients later”.  Sounds silly, right?  I just always assume that I have things like eggs and butter on hand.  And we normally do, but sometimes it just seems to disappear.  So I start pulling out things to bake or cook and guess what’s missing?  Eggs.  Or vanilla extract.  Or buttermilk.  Does this ever happen to you?  It does?  Phew.  I’m not alone then!  And since I’m not alone you will absolutely love these free ingredient substitution printables.   

Free Ingredient Substitution Printables! Aren’t they cute?!  My friend Karly designed them!  I have big plans for my printables.  Like they are going to hang in my kitchen!  A totally practical, super adorable and way handy decor item.  [Can you tell I’m sorta excited about these?] 


Ingredient Substitutions Page 1 Ingredient Substitutions Page 2


To save – click on the images > save > print. 

That’s right.  There are two freebies and two super easy ways to get yours.  And then hang them on your walls like me!  Or keep them in a drawer or a cookbook.  Whatever your substitution heart desires. 

And because I don’t want you to miss out on the ingredient substitutions you can use, here is a [not as pretty, but totally handy] list of them items on the prints.

  • Vanilla – equal maple syrup or liquor
  • Butter – equal shortening or 7/8 cup veggie oil or 1 cup applesauce or mashed avocado
  • Egg – 1/2 banana or 1/4 c applesauce 
  • Honey – 1 cup with 1.25 cup sugar and 1/3 water
  • Oil – 1 cup applesauce or baby food puree
  • Brown sugar – 1 cup white sugar + 2 tbsp molasses
  • Buttermilk – 1 cup milk + 2 tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar
  • Sour cream – greek yogurt 
  • Heavy cream – 3/4 cup milk + 1/3 cup butter
  • Corn syrup – 1 cup sugar + 1/4cup liquid

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Flower Packet Valentine

We've Grown to be such good friends - flower packet Valentine.

It’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s day, y’all.  Just today I got handed a list of names for the kids school Valentine’s parties next week.  And then I sort of chuckled to myself because I’m “one of those parents”.  You know the kind that doesn’t give out candy but hands out practical gifts instead.  And whats more practical then a packet of flowers? 

Non candy Valentine 2

Last year both kids came home with more candy from their class parties on Valentine’s then they did on Halloween.  I was shocked.  I’m not opposed to the kids having sweets but we limit what they can have at the house.  So the bags got put away and I started thinking of non-candy things to hand out for their parties.  For Halloween it was coloring books and crayons and for Christmas it was play-doh and trucks.  [Which were both huge hits.]  And for Valentine’s this year its going to be flower packets with a Valentine’s note attached! 

flower valentine

The kids and I have started planning for our spring garden and went and grabbed seeds a few weeks ago.  When we were browsing through Ryley kept asking to get some flowers for her garden.  We bought a packet or two but it gave me a great idea for Valentine’s.  A non-candy idea.  All I needed was a cheesy saying and a free printable and we were set!

We've grown to be such good friends - Valentine

“Valentine- We’ve grown to be such good friends!”  How cute is that?  I seriously think its perfect!  I whipped up the printable and used a tape runner to attach it to the back of a flower packet.  It can be stapled on the back as well.  I just did the edges with tape so that it can be removed and the parents/kids can read the planting instructions.  Below is the free printable for your own flower packet Valentine.  All you have to do is click on the image, save it, print it out and attach it to a flower [or fruit or vegetable] packet.


I printed them out four to a page and once I cut them out they fit perfect over the back of the flower packet.  The best part is that its a gift that hopefully keeps on giving.  The kiddos can plant them with their parents and watch the flowers grow in the Spring! 

Flower packet Valentine.  Great non-candy Valentine for your kiddos!

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Free Printable: Christmas Recipe Cards

Free Christmas Recipe cards!  Print them out at thegrantlife

Last week I shared some awesome gift tags with yall and hinted that I had something else up my sleeve.  I had asked my friend Karly if she would make some printables to share with yall [my amazing readers and friends!] and she surprised me with two!  The gift tags and these super sweet Christmas recipe cards!  Karly is officially the coolest person ever!

Free Christmas Recipe cards!  Print them out at thegrantlife

When I saw the recipes card I was super excited.  I love Pinterest and being able to store recipes there, but there is something about writing down a recipe and adding it to your collection that is just so awesome.  I have a small collection of recipe books, one being the Rag and Bone recipe journal that I received awhile back.  I love that I can add my own handwritten recipes to it.  And I love filling things out.  Like to an odd point of obsession.  When I worked at a bank and had free time I would fill out credit applications just because.  When we applied to buy a house I secretly loved filling out all the paperwork.  [Who likes that?!  Me, apparently.]  I just like writing, and I like writing recipes the most.  [That’s probably a whole lot more then you wanted to know about me and my quirks.]  

To print out the recipes card – click on the image, “save as” and print.  They will print perfectly on a regular sheet of paper.  Or if you’re like me, a piece of brown cardstock because even my recipe cards get a little fancy. 

Christmas Recipe Cards 1 Click on image above > “Save As” > Print!

Thanks again to the super fabulous and talented Karly for the awesome freebies!  She has a shop called Three Bees Designs where she sells other awesome prints.  Or just check out her blog [ Three in three] and give her a big ole thank you!  

And if you need some new recipes for your new cards, check out these amazing Easy Homemade Christmas Desserts!  [You may need to print a couple cards for these!]

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Free Printable: Christmas Gift Tags

FREE Christmas gift tags!  Download them at thegrantlife

We are back from our Thanksgiving vacation and I am in full Christmas mode!  I have been slowly buying gifts and this weekend we will buy our tree and decorate the house!  Its crazy to think we just had turkey and dressing and now we are less then 20 days from Christmas!  Once the house is decorated I will start to wrap all the gifts I have hiding [not in the closet.. don’t even look there.  Nothing to see people].  My grandma started the tradition of each kid getting their own color wrapping paper, so she didn’t have to label our gifts.  [Genius I tell ya!] But the all the big people gifts get labels.  That’s were my super sweet and totally awesome friend Karly comes in!  She created this ahhhh-mazing Christmas gift tags! 

FREE Christmas gift tags!  Download them at thegrantlife

See?  Aren’t they super fun?  [Yes, the answer is yes!]  Karly whipped these up [and a little something else to come later.. hint hint!] for all yall!  All you have to do it click on the image below, “Save As” and then print them out.  They will print out perfect on an regular size sheet of paper.  Punch a whole up top for a ribbon or string and you’re all set!  I think Im going to use a thick cardstock to print mine.  And use some bakers twine to attach them.  Is it normal to be this excited about gift tags?  [Because I am!] 

Click on image below > “Save As” > Print!

Christmas Gift Tags 1

A big, huge THANK YOU to Karly for such sweet gift tags!  She’s a momma to 4 beautiful girls all under 5!  And she’s hilarious and spunky and gosh darn it, I like her!  [And I bet you will too!]  So be sure to stop by her blog or follow her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!  Happy Holidays yall!

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Family Life: The Juggling Act


The one question that I get asked over and over is “How do you do it all?”  And I try to be polite but most of the time I laugh and said I don’t.  I honestly don’t ‘do it all’ and I never will.  Maybe our definition of “all” is a little different though, but to me it means my house is clean, my dishes done, laundry put away and my kids eat three square meals a day.  Is that what you were thinking “all” means?  Because then I very much do not do it all.  I maybe partially do all of those things daily, but never do am I physically able to get everything done and continue to be somewhat sane. 


I am very blessed that I am able to work from home while my kids are young and that they go to mothers day out 3 days a week.  [Whaaaaa?!]  Yup.  Both of my kiddos go to “school” for a few hours 3 days a week.  And you know what I do?  I work.  I go to the gym sometimes.  I eat lunch in the quiet.  And if I have any time left, I wash the dishes and put away a load of laundry.  But even then I fight an internal mommy battle about sending them to school.  I think I struggle almost every day with the feeling that I am in some way failing them as a mom.  From dropping them at school, to letting them eat while watching toons in the morning, to not having a bed routine written in stone.  I worry all the time that Im not going “by the book” and my parenting is lacking. 


So lets clear the air and set my mommy conscience free.  Here is how I do it all.  [Or don’t do it all.]

  • My kids hate sitting down to eat, they are like free range chickens during meals
  • Sometimes, they don’t get a bath every day.  Sounds gross but its better for their dry skin.
  • I work at night and sleep in most days.  Ryon gets up early and handles the kids for an hour or so.  [And I love him dearly for it!]
  • Ryley sneaks into our bed every.single.night.  And I love it. 
  • The kids clothes are mostly housed in laundry baskets.  I have it on my “to-do” list every week to hang them up.
  • On days the kids are home, I sometimes don’t shower or leave the house.
  • I refuse to pick up after them until they are asleep.  There is no point in fighting that endless battle.
  • The kids rarely wear pants around the house.  Or clothes in general.
  • My dishes prefer to soak overnight.  Every night.
  • Most days there is lots of yelling in the house.  Sometimes from the kids, sometimes from mom.
  • Once in awhile, Ill nap with the kids.  And its amazing. 

And  I could go on.  But you know what?  My kids are polite.  They say please and thank you and Im sorry.  [Sometimes they have to be prompted.  I don’t have angels here people.]  They are sweet.  Both of them give me hugs and kisses all day long and tell me “love you too”.  Ryley even says Im her best friend.  And they are funny.  We laugh more then we yell, cry, scream, and argue.  If those three things are all I accomplish as a mom, then I’ve done my job.  And Im proud to say that I am enough.  And so are you! 


You can click on this image, right click and save as if you would like to print it out. 

I made a printable because I was inspired by Brooke from my  I follow her on Instagram and she is just so inspiring as a person and a mother.  She has 5 boys yall!  FIVE!  And those boys seem to be the sweetest, kindest boys I have seen.  Its nice to be reminded that as mothers we are enough.  We are strong enough and mindful enough to be able to do it all. 

Free Printable: Give Thanks

Free Give Thanks Printable via thegrantlife

Hey yall!  Happy Monday to everyone.  [I know, I say it but I really don’t think it helps.]  I’ve been thinking of Thanksgiving a lot lately, mainly because its one of my favorite holidays.  And no, its not just because of the food.  [Although I do love a good meal.] 

I love Thanksgiving because most of the time you are surrounded by family, good food, laughter and love.  Its hard to be upset on Thanksgiving because you are too busy being thankful.  I am thankful everyday for my beautiful family, my hard working husband, our health and my faith in the Lord.  Everything might not be picture perfect but I am thankful for our blessings.  Today Im sharing a printable of Psalm 136 that reminds us to “..give thanks unto the Lord.  For he is good and his mercy endures forever.”

Free Give Thanks printable via

Its easy to download!  Just click on the image below, hit “Save As” and then print.  It is set to print as a 8.5×11.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved making it!

Free Give Thanks Printable via thegrantlife

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Easy Homemade Recipe: Pumpkin Chili

Easy Pumpkin Chili Recipe via

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wolf Brand Chili.  To read more about my disclosure policy – click here.

Im pretty sure that yall know I love pumpkin season.  I dedicated a whole week to sharing new pumpkin recipes, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to them and I talk about them constantly.  I love everything about pumpkins but I especially love cooking with them.  I’ve pumpkin in cakes, oatmeal, French toast and even in a chai latte but I had never used pumpkin in an easy homemade dinner recipe before.  That is, until now.  I was sent a few cans of the new Wolf Brand Chili to try and I knew I wanted to try something new.  Something delicious.  Something like pumpkin chili!

Easy Pumpkin Chili Recipe via

Im sure I have a few of you shaking your head at me now, but hear me out.  Its good yall!  Its a combination of two of my fall favorites – chili and pumpkins.  It was destined to come together.  And its so easy to make.  Like I only used four ingredients easy. 

Easy Homemade Recipe - Pumpkin Chili

To make your own pumpkin chili you will need:

  • 1 can of Wolf Brand Chili [no beans]
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree [Libby’s is my favorite]
  • 1/2 can of beans of your choice [I used kidney]
  • Cheese

Combine your chili, beans and pumpkin in a small saucepan until blended.  Heat until bubbling.  Spoon into bowls, top with cheese and enjoy!

Easy Pumpkin Chili

Yup.  Its really that easy.  The Wolf Brand Chili and the pumpkin work so well together because the chili is thick and hearty and the pumpkin is creamy and delicious.  Its like a ying and yang recipe.  Oh and the cheese is like the icing on the cake.  Or the cheese on the chili.  However you want to look at it, its amazing. 

You wanna know what else is amazing?  A Wolf Brand Chili tasting party!  Amy from Living Locurto threw a tasting party and has shared the free printables with everyone! 


You can head over to Living Locurto to print them out and have your own chili party!  Oh, but what about the chili?  You’ll need some of that too.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Wolf Brand Chili is giving away a prize pack to one lucky winner worth $100!  Chili included! 


Enter below to win!  Good luck, and happy chili tasting! 
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Free Printable: Happy Fall Y’all

Free Printable Happy Fall Yall

Hey yall!  I don’t care what the weather is doing [or not doing] I’m ready for fall!  I want to do more fall baking, and wear cute fall clothes and spend more time outside.  Its funny because we end up spending more time outside during the ‘colder’ months then we do during the summer months.  So while some people have started to enjoy the cooler temperatures, we have not.  But Im ready for those cooler temperatures whenever they decide to make their way to South Texas.  Ill embrace them with open arms and no coat.  Im ready.  I even made a super cute printable to show fall it can come over and hang out anytime.  Im ready fall. 

Free Printable Happy Fall Yall

To download your printable click on the image below.  Click save and print on a regular sheet of paper. 

What are your favorite things to do during the fall?  Sadly, our leaves don’t change colors they just kind of die off.  I know my kids would love to run and jump into a fresh pile of raked leaves [they’d of course be the ones who raked them] and have them crunch under their feet.  Until then we have a few weeks during the year were coats are even a necessity and we will love every second of it.  You know how people ‘spring clean’?  Well, I ‘fall clean’ when Im able to open the windows and enjoy the crisp, cool air.  It just gets me going and I love it.  Whether you are already enjoying the fall weather or hope it in the future, I hope that you love this free printable as much as I do. 

Happy Fall Yall Printable


^Click on the image above.  Save to your computer.  Print and enjoy!  Happy fall y’all!