Monthly Archives: November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful day. I tried to snap photos here and there but really tried to just enjoy the day 🙂 The Cookin’ Up Life team has so much to be thankful for, that’s a fact! I appreciate y’all reading the blog and keeping up with us! 

Now it’s officially time to turn up that Christmas music, drag the decorations out, and do a little Christmas shopping tomorrow 🙂 

I’ll be sure to share what kind of deal BeautyCounter runs tomorrow (and Cyber Monday!) as soon as I hear about it. I have my eye on a few other things that I’ll share too. Don’t forget to shop through my BC link– http://www.beautycounter.com/courtneystokes#


Good night!! 

Friday Favorites

Hey everyone! Just wanted to pop in before the weekend and share some things that have made my life easier this week 🙂 Yall, I even purchased a few Christmas gifts! I am bad at purchasing early because I end up getting SO excited about giving the gift that I tell the person. Haha. Enjoy some of my Friday favorites below.

  • Instant Pot- buy here from Amazon. The InstantPot has been a life saver lately. I love doing a big batch of shredded chicken for the week in it. I use the pressure feature for this, but you could slow cook it as well. Here is the pressure method that I follow then season however I need to when I reheat it (Italian, Mexican, garlic, etc.).

  • RXBAR– order them here from Amazon. I have had this everyday for a mid-morning snack. I needed chocolate and a little mint action because TEETHING. I have needed all the extra coffee this week too (thanks to my little teething buddy!).

  •  Everything in this cute little gift set has come in handy this week! I use the charcoal cleansing bar every night, I am really liking the body wash and lotion, and the shampoo and conditioner smell SO GOOD! I have ordered a few of these to gift to some special people. I think this gift set just rocks. And they are travel friendly 🙂 BeautyCounter has put together some other good looking gift sets too– look at them here.

Now, can yall believe we are days away from Thanksgiving week?? Crazy. I noticed sweet Danielle with Against All Grain shared her prep timeline… HERE. I will be using that as we plan for Thanksgiving at the farm. 


That was dinner last night– pork chops with apples, greens, and a buttered sweet potato. So good!! 


And Leo. Even though he’s acting like a teenager… he’s still my favorite dog in the world! 

Y’all have a wonderful weekend 🙂