Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Milkshake

If you’ve been a reader for awhile then you know that Fall is my very favorite season! For the past three years I’ve always done a blog about Fall of some sort.

I started decorating for fall at the end of August because to me, Fall begins when school starts after a long summer vacation.

I haven’t had a Pumpkin Spice Latte or Frappuccino yet this year but mostly because this year, things are a little different. 

I have officially joined a workout facility and I am thoroughly enjoying myself! I have found a place where I feel encouraged and motivated and my coaches are pretty darn amazing in my eyes! I go to class at 7:30AM and that’s how I start my Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Thursday’s I work out at home with either a video or whatever the WOD is for the gym. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I’m really active and on my feet all day. 

All that to say, I’m preparing for a 21 day challenge and that means no refined sugar in my diet. I still have 6 days til the challenge begins but food-wise, I’ve started already.

I was craving some Pumpkin last night so I decided to make a Pumpkin Shake. It really did hit the spot! Hope you get to try it soon!


Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Milkshake
Serves 4
Pumpkin Milkshake made with almond milk
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  1. 2 cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  2. 1 cup 100% pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  3. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  4. 3 Tbsp good quality honey
  5. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  7. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  8. 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (+ some for sprinkling)
  9. 3 cups of ice
  1. In a blender, pour the almond milk and then add all the other ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Blend*.
  3. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with pumpkin spice and serve with a straw.
  1. * I used a Vitamix blender and set it to the frozen treats setting. For a regular blender, just blend until you no longer hear the ice hitting the blades.
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 ~Mrs Galvan~

Better For You Pizza

I’m back on the healthy train. It’s not that I haven’t been eating healthy but I could have been eating healthier. I’m back to many servings of vegetables throughout the day and water with every meal. No more diet sodas for me.

I’ve been in a rut my friends but I’m finding my way back.

Since coming back from my mission trip to Costa Rica, The Mister and I have been trying hard to live a healthier lifestyle. I’m walking again and eating better.

At lunchtime I was craving pizza. I really wanted pizza for dinner but I know that I can’t have just one slice. So, I had to come up with an alternative so that I wouldn’t deprive myself too terribly.

I came up with the idea to use egg as my crust. I only used the serving size or less of all my ingredients so that I wouldn’t overload on cheese or pepperoni.

Basically, what we are looking at here is a Pizza Omelet!




Better For You Pizza
A healthier, more carb conscious version of delicious pizza
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Egg Mixture
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 egg white
  3. 1/4 cup Half & Half (or milk)
  4. 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
  5. Salt & Pepper (to taste)
For the topping
  1. 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  2. 7-14 pepperoni slices
  1. Beat the eggs, egg white, half & half, Parmesan, salt and pepper together and set aside.
  2. Heat a skillet on med-low and spray with cooking spray or use a little butter. I used REAL butter.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and let cook for 3-4 minutes. (Until the edges begin to firm up)
  4. Place the pepperoni in the mixture and then sprinkle the mozzarella over.
  5. Let cook for about 2-3 more minutes until the egg isn't so jiggly.
  6. Then flip the entire thing over, like a pancake.
  7. Let cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  8. Serve hot.
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I was very happy with the turn out of this comfort food of mine. Now, I still wouldn’t eat this every day but it’s definitely a great alternative every once in awhile. This could be turned into a veggie pizza omelet too. There are so many ways you could go with it, it’s actually kind of exciting when I think about it.

~Mrs Galvan~

Getting Ready to GO

For those of you who don’t already know, God has provided all the funding we need to pay for our flights, and accommodations in Costa Rica. We now just need to buy the supplies we need to GO like waterproof clothing, shoes, bug spray, ect.

We have been getting ready to GO to Costa Rica for the past month. We have attended some trainings and did a sports training as well this past weekend. It has been so much fun!

I’m super excited about this opportunity that God has given us to GO to Costa Rica and share the Gospel with people. I’m excited to travel. I’m excited to share my life experiences with others and learn about a culture that is similar to mine but still different.

My husband and I have not only been preparing physically but spiritually as well. We have been reading our Bibles and praying and being held accountable for our walk with the Lord. These are things that we do in our daily lives already but it has felt even more important since we have made the decision to GO to Costa Rica.

I keep capitalizing GO because it’s an important word. We are GOing because God has called us to GO.

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will GO for us?” And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'” Isaiah 6:8

We have been coming up against a lot of medical issues lately. I have been to the doctor more times in the past 2 months than ever! The upper respiratory thing that I had, gave me a cough for over 2 months and revealed asthma and some major allergies. I also have an appointment with a cardiologist in June. It’s been a roller coaster, let me tell you. The Mister developed a ganglion cyst on his wrist and it has been causing him pain. It’s his guitar playing hand so this could be an issue as he would have been playing music for us on this trip.

None of this is gonna stop us from going though. As long as I’m breathing and can walk, I’m going. We are going. The enemy doesn’t want us to GO but God is gonna make sure that we get there if we let Him do what He needs to do.

Please keep us in your prayers. Pray for our health, for our safety and protection and that we can battle the lies that come from the enemy with God’s truth. It’s been a rough couple of weeks now but we are standing firm. Pray that we continue to stand firm against the attacks and obstacles.


~Mrs Galvan~

Sweet Basil Citrus Water

Summer isn’t even here yet and it’s been 90 degrees by 10AM. I love the sun but the humidity around here kills me.

I’ve joined a Saturday morning walking small group and walked 2.5 miles this past Saturday. After my walk, I realized how dehydrated I was even though I’ve been drinking 96-112oz of water a day. I was told that I should drink at least half my body weight in ounces. 

I got to thinking about how I could encourage myself to drink more water throughout the day and I decided that adding some citrus and herbs to my water might help.

This refreshing water is gonna be great ALL SUMMER LONG and I’m so excited to have it readily available throughout the next couple of months.


Sweet Basil Citrus Water
Infused water for the hot summer months
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  1. 1 medium cucumber, sliced
  2. 1 large lemon, sliced
  3. 1 lime, sliced
  4. 1/4 cup of sweet basil leaves
  5. 1/4 cup of mint leaves
  6. • 1 gallon of bottled/filtered/clean water
  1. Add the sliced cucumber, lemon slices, and lime slices to the bottom of a glass gallon pitcher.
  2. Bruise the basil and mint with a mortar and pestle and then add to the pitcher as well.
  3. (P.S. I got to use my own fresh sweet basil plant.)
  4. Pour the gallon of water into the pitcher and place pitcher in the water for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Serve water over ice.
  1. This will get you through the summer months! I'm excited to try a few other combos of fruits but I think this one will be my favorite.
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Remember to keep hydrated this summer whether you think you need the water or not. It’s hot outside and it’s better to be hydrated than dehydrated!

~Mrs Galvan~


Not Blogging But Still In The Kitchen

Hello my friends!

Don’t you worry, even though I have not been blogging, I HAVE been in the kitchen.

Life, as always has stayed busy but a girl and her Mister still have to eat.

The week before Easter, the week of Easter and the week after Easter, I didn’t do much cooking at all. It’s one of the busiest seasons in ministry and so we ate out a lot. I hate when we do it too because it takes the biggest toll on our bank account.

Nonetheless, we are back to brown bagging and cooking which makes my heart and wallet smile really big!

Here are some pictures of what I’ve been cooking up.

I love roasting cherry tomatoes because of the way they burst with flavor after they are done. I mixed them with some roasted asparagus tips and zucchini with yellow squash. Then, I sprinkled some shredded Parmesan over it all. I didn’t get a picture of the final product but I promise that it looked absolutely delicious.

I love roasting asparagus and then just eating it with my hands. Who needs a fork? Great finger food in my opinion!

Being that today is Cinco De Mayo I decided that I wanted to make something appropriate but not too unhealthy for dinner. The worst part of this meal is the flautas because they are from a box but the rest of the meal is pretty fresh! 

This week is the Mister’s birthday week so there will be plenty to share all about it soon. Excitement is looming!

P.S. For those of you wondering how the mission trip fundraising is going…God has provided every penny that we need for the trip. It has been so amazing and humbling to watch Him do this. Please pray for us as we prepare to GO.

~Mrs Galvan~

Mission Trip : Costa Rica

When I gave my life to Jesus in October of 2002 never in my wildest dreams did I ever think:

1. That I would work for a church.

2. I would want to do ministry for the rest of my life.

3. I would want to or get to sing for Jesus for the rest of my life.

4. That I would marry a man who loved God.

5. That I would go on a mission trip.

This year, in June, The Mister and I will be joining our church and e3 partners on a mission trip to Costa Rica!

We will get to:

  • Help start new churches
  • Share the Gospel
  • Start bible studies
  • Give out free reading glasses to the adult community
  • Reach kids through Sports Clinics

So, you’re probably wondering why I’m posting about this, right? Well, we have to raise money to go on this trip and we will be working hard to raise as much of this money as we can but we could also use some help monetarily.

We need to raise our first $2200 for airfare by April 1st and that is coming so quickly!


If you feel like God is calling you to help send us to Costa Rica this is where you can go to help us do that:

If you would like to be a part of our prayer team, drop me an email at mykitchenisopen@gmail.com and I can make that happen as well.

Thanks so much for reading and I hope that you will considering either giving or being a part of our prayer team or both!

For now, please pray that we can reach this goal of $2200 in the next week.

Thank you!

~Mrs Galvan~

Why My Imperfect Husband Is Awesome

I haven’t blogged in awhile, again, because my motto for this year is “Less Stress in 2015” and I just haven’t had a lot of extra time for blogging.

This past week I have been sick with an upper respiratory- cold thing that knocked me on my butt for a few days. That’s how this blog post was formed actually. While sick, I saw a couple of articles about husbands and how to basically be a better husband and they upset me! Like really upset me. They were good articles with relevant information but I just felt like whoever wrote them were saying, “Here, dear husband of mine, let me tell you why you are a terrible husband– because you don’t do these things.”

I love my husband.


He is FAR from perfect but He is AWESOME!

Maybe not everyone feels that way about their husband but everyone should try to find something good about the man they are married to without turning it around and saying “But you’re still not good at this.” I understand trying and helping to make each other better but please don’t do it in a blog post.

***DISCLAIMER:I know there are some husbands who haven’t been good husbands nor do they want to be good husbands and I’m sorry for those of you who have had that experience but don’t let that experience make you bitter or unforgiving or unloving.***

I will tell you that there have been times when I didn’t always feel like my husband was awesome but God has shown me that I should feel this way all the time because who am I to say any different. He has his faults, and SO DO I. Those blog posts reminded me that I have a lot to be grateful for.

My husband is not perfect but:

1. He leads my family.

2. He leads me.

3. He loves Jesus and everyday I see him work hard to live for Him.

4. He takes care of me when I’m sick.

5. He takes care of my mom when I’m sick.

6. He takes care of my mom when I can’t.

7. He sweeps and mops our house.

8. He does laundry.

9. He takes out the trash.

10. He loves me when I am unloveable.

11. He gets into my world and does things I like.

12. He takes me on date nights.

13. He’s a hard worker and provider for our family.

14. He has a very forgiving heart.

15. He is so kind and gentle.

16. He holds me when I’m sad.

17. He cries with me when I’m sad.

18. He reminds me to laugh.

19. He’s dependable.

20. He’s trustworthy.

There are many, many more things I could list that make my husband AWESOME but I’ll stop here so that I can write about the other reasons on another blog post.

I guess what I want to say is, Ladies, ENCOURAGE your husbands, LIFT them up. Tell them WHY they are AMAZING. Tell them WHY you think they are AWESOME.

I’m grateful for my husband for all of the above reasons and still more.

Do something nice for your hubby this week to show him how grateful you are for him and come back and share how that went. Oh, and how about boasting on him a little in the comments section too by telling me why your husband is awesome.

~Mrs Galvan~


Cookbooking It: Chile Relleno Bake

Another cookbook dinner last night. Now, I was a little skeptical about this one because when I looked at the ingredients I was afraid it would just be a cheesy mess but OH MY FOODIE GOODNESS!


The Chile Relleno Bake is delicious. I can see using different things to change it up a bit as well. This has two different kinds of cheese that you put down in an 8×8 pan and then sprinkle a cup of diced chili’s over and then MORE cheese!


The egg mixture is what gives this recipe substance. The cheese and chili’s are what give it delicious flavor!




I served it up with a dollop of cream cheese, salsa and half of an avocado on the side.


It was fluffy and creamy and not real heavy. So much so that I probably could have eaten the entire pan myself, but I didn’t! It’s a great meal for “Meatless Monday” too!



My friends, I’m telling you that you really need to own this cookbook.  It’s really worth whatever you have to pay for it. The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating Food & Fellowship in the American South.


~Mrs Galvan~

Cookbooking It: Poppyseed Chicken Casserole

I am absolutely IN LOVE with this cookbook!


I made the Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole and it was so good. It was creamy and delicious. I did add one ingredient that wasn’t on the list and that was an entire chopped red pepper. It just seemed like it would go with all the other ingredients and IT DID!




It was delicious that evening and then when I had the leftovers two days later it was even more delicious! I ate it with a salad on the side.


I’m still not sure what part the poppy seeds play in it all but I won’t take them out.

The Mister loved it as well and asked if I would make it again. It was comfort in a pan and then on our plates. It will be good in any season!

~Mrs Galvan~

CookBooking It: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Hi friends!

I know, I know, I haven’t blogged in awhile but let me tell you. I have been less stressed in 2015. Not just because I am blogging less though. I am also just making better decisions for my schedule.

This past weekend The Mister and I went on a little weekend getaway and while we were out and about this cookbook caught my eye. The Southern Living Community Cookbook: Celebrating Food & Fellowship in the American South by Sheri Castle.


It’s so pretty to look at! I picked it up and shuffled through some of the pages and realized that I had heard about some of these recipes from one of my close girlfriends. She’s from Georgia. She’s southern. She’s hospitable. She makes me smile and she makes awesome food! You know, I’m southern too, just not the kind of southern she is and I recently told her that she needed to teach me all about HER south. So begins my venture into some southern cooking.

The Mister is on vacation and has actually been at home for dinner. Last night, in celebration of him being home, I made Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy from this cute cookbook.

It was sooooo good! I’ve never made mushroom gravy and oh my goodness! It’s divine!




I served our Salisbury Steak with broccoli and then we enjoyed a couple of episodes of Downton Abbey.


I chose to buy this cookbook because it actually had recipes that I would make. You know, sometimes you pick up a book and there’s like 2 recipes in the whole thing you MIGHT make. Not this one. I’m gonna be cookbooking it for awhile.

Get ready for some cookbook eats. I’m excited!

 ~Mrs Galvan~