{GiveAway!!} – Sister Silver

We love to support handmade and small business here at HSE!  Its even better when we discover these fabulous shops because of something we are in the market for AND when that shop owner is just the sweetest (and an HSE reader)!!

I was looking for a cool mixed metal band to wear between my wedding band and engagement ring and stumbled on the Sister Silver shop.  Beautiful metal work pieces that fit any taste or style!  I was so thrilled when I received my ring and even more thrilled to chat with Randy!  She is a super talented artist with a great positive outlook!!  (she fits right into our “Choose Joy” way of life!!)



metal bracelet


metal bowl

Randy has been making jewelry for more years than many of us have been alive and still plans on continuing the adventure for many years to come. Back in the days when one could still find a mentor, she apprenticed for several years before becoming her own gal, forming a business with her sister in a company called Sisters Silver….which was easy to change to singular form when her sis moved to California. Throughout adventures in metal with her apprenticeship, college classes, private classes, home study and 45 years of practice, she has come into her own being and loves putting all those lessons together in new ways. Now retired to the stage of only working 6-8 hours a day, she never knows what she’ll be doing in her studio—only that she will love it or hate it!  It’s the journey that counts and so much is learned, even from mistakes. It counts in all areas of life, even metalwork!

Randy is just the best and is a regular HSE reader!!  SO as a little treat for her fellow readers she is offering a 10% off discount code through December 5th!!  Just enter the code: SPLITENDS when checking out for your super fabulous discount!!

Happy Shopping
~ Jillian


Monday Mantra: Climb

Happy Monday to you.  I hope you are gearing up to fill your hearts with love and your bellies with food this week! (hard to believe its already Thanksgiving!!)  Although we have been faced with plenty of challenges so far this year, we also have so many wonderful reasons to be thankful.  As life gets stressful and busy its so easy to let the challenges take a front row and the blessings straggle behind.  Here at HSE lately we’ve been a bit absent with our posts and we have NOT been good about keeping up with our wonderful readers.
Well….there’s a reason…
we’ve got a mini HSE-er heading our way soon!!  We couldn’t be more excited about our little bundle of joy and we are so thankful that we have the most wonderful support system around us to help us as we enter into this new chapter of our lives.  We are definitely counting our blessings around the Turkey-day table this year.

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb,
But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground”

baby climbing


Lots of Love
~ Jillian & the sprout

Yumm-O: Chicken & Rice Soup

It’s soup season.  I can’t help myself.  Something about the chill in the air and the smell of fall makes me crave warm and yummy soup!!  It’s a great filling meal that is healthy and totally satisfying!  And it meets my MOST important requirement which is easy to make!!  We are no strangers here at HSE to soup recipes…Check out Spicy Chicken Chili, Roasted Red Pepper & Corn Soup, Smokey Southwestern Soup, Cheesy Cauliflower Soup, and Monroe’s Semi-Sissy Chili.  Today’s soup recipe was inspired from a pre-made organic soup i picked up at the grocery store the other day.  It was so yummy and it just hit the spot!!  I knew i needed to figure out how to make my own version so we could have it all the time!!

Chicken & Rice Soup

chicken and rice soup

(image source)

Chicken & Rice Soup


  • 2 chicken breasts, shredded
  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice (or your favorite type of rice)
  • chicken or veggie broth
  • water
  • butter
  • paprika
  • garlic
  • cardamon
  • dehydrated red onion (can use fresh red or white onion if you’ve got them!)
  • kale
  • corn
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Prepare the chicken and shred.
    • For me the easiest way to cook chicken for shredding is in the crockpot.  For this recipe I used 8 oz of organic chicken broth, garlic powder, dehydrated red onion, paprika & a dash of cardamon.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 2 hours.  Chicken can easily shed with a fork!!
  • In a large stock pot, prepare rice.  Follow directions on the packaging but add a little more liquid then you normally would and include about a tbsp of butter.
  • Once most of the liquid has been absorbed, stir in corn and kale.  Also add carrots or any other veggies you have on hand.  I usually use frozen because its what i have on hand!!
  • Add shredded chicken and another 8 oz container of chicken broth.Stir and simmer
  • Continue to add water or additional broth until it is to your desired consistency.
  • Continue to simmer and stir in 1 tbsp of butter.
  • Taste often!!  Add additional seasoning (garlic, paprika & cardamon) and salt & pepper to taste.  There is so much flavor already in the chicken and broth that it really does not need to simmer for long!  Use your taste buds to decide but last time i made this I simmered for about 15-20 minutes!
  • Great on its own…or add greek yogurt, shredded cheese and crackers.

Yummo!!  The leftovers are also fantastic.  Do be advised that the rice does soak up a lot of the liquid so when you go in for round two, either add some additional broth or even eat it as more of a rice casserole!

~ Jillian


Yumm-O: Semi-Sissy Chili

It’s November.  Let me say that one more time…just in case you weren’t listening.  IT’S NOVEMBER!!!  How in the world did that happen so quickly?  The temperature is starting to drop here in Georgia (slowly but surely) and with that comes an absolute need to have warm, yummy comfort foods!  Foods that fill you up and make you feel nice and warm inside!!  This is a family classic that has made the rounds!!  Its hearty and delicious but easy to make and not too heavy on the waist line!  Not quite sure where the name came from…but its awesome and makes it taste even better…just cuz!!  Please enjoy…

Monroe’s Semi-Sissy Chili


Monroe’s Semi-Sissy Chili


  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans (or 2 if you are a bean lover!)
  • 1 large onion (or dehydrated red onion is lovely too!!)
  • 2 large garlic pads (or handful of garlic powder)
  • 3 tbsp chili powder (or 4 red chili peppers)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp crushed camino seeds (can omit if you can’t find them!)
  • 1 tsp cayan pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp dry salt (this is our favorite brand of super good for you celtic salt)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (we LOVE apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp tabasco
  • 1 dash worcestershire
  • 2 tbsp masaharina flour
  • 15oz tomato sauce


  • Cook ground turkey in a LARGE pot (this is a one pot wonder kids!!)
  • Once turkey is fully cooked, make a hole in the center of the pot and melt butter
  • Add onion and garlic to brown in butter and then stir in with meat
  • Add enough water to stop the meat from burning or sticking to the bottom
  • Add chili powder, oregano, camino, cayenne, mustard, salt, vinegar, tabasco & worcestershire
  • Boil & then reduce to simmer for a few minutes
  • Add masaharina & paprika
  • Cook 30 minutes; taste often!! (Add Cayenne, Mustard & Chili for heat; Honey, vinegar & masaharina if too much heat)
  • Add Tomato Sauce and cook an additional 15 minutes
  • Great additions: Greek yogurt, avocado, cheese and cilantro

Easy to make, yummy and filling!  Double or triple the recipe for lots of leftovers (freezes great too!) and ENJOY!

~ Jillian