February’s Desktop Wallpaper is here! Give your desktop a makeover and add a little bit of love to your workspace!

February Desktop Wallpaper | Twin Tough

Actually, I have to admit something. This wallpaper was a difficult one for me to design. I love February and Valentine’s Day as much as the next guy, but overall, the holiday has become so commercialized and materialistic, I found myself feeling a strong aversion to the sticky-sweet, filled-with-tiny-hearts-and-lips kind of look. I wanted this month’s wallpaper to be a lovely little reminder of how loved you really are!

We have an incredible ministry at our church, Embrace Grace, for unwed mothers, and it is such a beautiful picture of our God loving us all, right where we’re at, taking our faults, failures, hurts, and brokenness, and loving us back to wholeness! We all need that. Every one.

YOU ARE LOVED! Maybe not by that cute someone you have your eye on, but by a very real, present, loving God who has literally spared no expense to romance your heart and make you His own. Talk about swoon-worthy! True love has come for us. (I would totally insert a heart emoji here, if I could!)

February Desktop Wallpaper | Twin Tough

In the end, I chose not one, but two different designs for you to choose from! (I know, I’m awesome!) 😉 One is soft, simple, and clean, and the other is bright and fun, and you can download one or both to dress up your digital space!

February Desktop Wallpaper | Twin Tough

I hope you have a wonderful “Month of Love!” Remind yourself how loved you are, and maybe even take a few minutes today to let someone else know that they are loved, too!

*To install your new wallpaper, right-click on the images, and select “Use Image as Desktop Picture” or “Set as Wallpaper.”

please note: all Twin Tough images and designs are free to download for your personal use. You may not reproduce, re-create or sell these in any way. And, if you love it lots, and decide to share – on your own blog or social media – I’d do a little happy dance!  Just please link back to this post to download the file. Thank you!

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Homemade Beef & Veggie Soup is a huge favorite at our house! This quick, crazy-easy recipe is easily adaptable to ingredients you have on hand, and makes enough to feed a small army!

Best-Ever Homemade Beef & Veggie Soup | Twin Tough

What is it about veggie soup simmering on the stove, the smells wafting through the house, that reminds me of childhood? My mother, grandmother, and Greek grandfather were all amazing cooks, and the soups that they produced in tiny kitchens kept our family well-fed, warm, and comforted on cold, winter nights.

I am not a culinary genius by any means, but I do know my way around a soup pot, thanks to my soup-loving predecessors!

Best-Ever Homemade Beef & Veggie Soup | Twin Tough

This Best-Ever Beef & Veggie Soup recipe is often-requested, and one that I’ve created over the years, tweaking things to suit our family’s tastes. It is full of flavor, and bursting to the seams with ground beef bits, veggies, and beans! It can be made on the stove and ready to eat in less than an hour, but also works great in a slow-cooker or crockpot! Super-versatile!

Best-Ever Homemade Beef & Veggie Soup | Twin Tough

Best-Ever Homemade Beef & Veggie Soup | Twin Tough

I have not specified exact amounts of the seasonings used in this recipe, because I just season by feel and to taste. Start with small amounts, then add as needed to suit your taste. Make it your own!

I hope this recipe evokes warm, cozy feelings (and happy tummies!) and makes you feel like a soup-making super-star! Enjoy!

Best-Ever Homemade Beef & Veggie Soup | Twin Tough

Best-Ever Homemade Beef & Veggie Soup | Twin Tough

Best-Ever Homemade Beef and Veggie Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef (you can also use ground turkey)
  • 1 small bag frozen soup mix vegetables
  • 1 small bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 15 oz can cannellini beans (or great northern, pinto, whatever you have!)
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 carton (4 cups) vegetable broth or stock (you can also substitute beef broth/stock)
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • dried herbs for seasoning (I used thyme, basil, rubbed sage, herbs de provence, & oregano)

Instructions

  1. Drizzle about 1 TBSP olive oil in large soup pot. Heat on medium.
  2. Add ground beef, season with salt, pepper, and herbs, and cook until meat is browned, and no longer pink.
  3. Add frozen veggies, beans, tomatoes, garlic, and vegetable broth. (You can also add a little water if you like your soup thinner.)
  4. Season a little more, if desired, and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer for 30-45 minutes before serving.
  6. Freeze leftovers for another quick meal!
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*Tip: Keep a bag or two of frozen soup or mixed veggies in the freezer, as well as some chicken stock or broth on hand. Whenever you need a quick, easy meal to throw together, just add some ground beef and you’re good to go!

*This recipe also works really well in the crockpot! Just add all of your ingredients, and cook on low for 6-8 hours. (You can brown the meat before adding, but it will also work just adding it in with the other ingredients.) Easy-peasy!

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Download your very own, first-ever Twin Tough desktop wallpaper (free!) and made just for you guys!

Twin Tough | January Desktop Wallpaper

Happy Monday, friends! I have something extra-special for you today! If you’re anything like me, you look at your computer screen a whole lot. I’m talking lots and lots. Anyway, having something happy and cheerful and pretty to look at while you stare at said screen can make a huge difference! I love finding a new desktop wallpaper that brightens up my digital space, but they can be hard to find.

So, (drumroll…) I MADE you guys one!! It is simple and chic, with clean lines and an awesome (and true!) message for each one of you! I hope you like it, and if you do, I’m going to try to have a brand-new one for you every month! (See…Monday’s aren’t all bad!)

Click here to download your new desktop wallpaper, or right-click on the image, and select “Use Image As Desktop Picture.

Twin Tough | Jan Desktop Wallpaper

I hope you guys love this wallpaper, and I hope that every single time you look at your screen you will be reminded that you are beautiful and very, very special! Happy week, y’all!

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