I Can See the Finish Line. #Whole30

All is well here! I know I had committed to daily blogging about my journey on the Whole30 challenge, but as usual my blog always takes a back seat. In case you were wondering about the challenge, I am doing fantastic and I can see the finish line. Seven days left! I can hardly believe I've last this long, because truthfully I didn't think anything would change. My history with diets, workouts, and supplements is that they never work, which leaves me believing something is terribly wrong with my body, however within 24 hours of the challenge I felt better....

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Suffering from the “What to cook?” question!

It has been 7.5 years sense my last child was born and 2 years after her birth I began a quest to get myself back to a pre-baby body. I started with a fantastically expensive personalized program that had me working out in the gym 6 days a week in conjunction with crazy nutrition. My weight slowly began to come off, but the rigger of this program was more then I could handle. In the wake of this program and many more that followed I began to dislike anything to do with food. Confusion over what to eat and when...

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Amaze Balls

This recipe was given to me by my dear friend Amy in the best attempt to keep our kids awake during class. I love them and I'm sure you will too. Apparently they look like droppings when your done which may hinder a picky eater from enjoying these treats, but for the rest of us there is chocolate there and that makes everything ok. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups quick oats 2 cups nut butter (walnuts, almonds, macadamias, sunflower) 2 cups minced prunes 1 cup chia seeds 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips 2/3 cup honey or coconut nectar 2 tsp...

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I am perfecting the roast chicken.

I know there are plenty of you who will read this post nodding your head to what I am about to share, and wondering why on earth it has taken me so long to make the perfect roast chicken. So for those of you who know, please give grace. I have made roast chicken for years. Always using the Butterball or Foster farm variety of chicken, but what I didn't realize is if you want to make the perfect roast chicken you need to start with the best chicken (insert heads nodding). I believe the best chicken is organic free...

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I have a pet on my counter that is taking over.

A few weeks ago I got an idea to make a homemade yeast starter,  which at the time sounded like a fantastic idea. Homemade bread, muffins, cakes, and homegrown yeast is better for your gut. What could be wrong with this? Like I said, it was a few weeks ago, and my starter started in a mason jar but it has quickly moved to huge glass container. I feed it almost twice a day because it is very alive, and truthfully I've only made a cake and some pancakes with it. I can't tell you how many times I start...

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Menu Monday

Menu Monday Yesterday, Sunday, I bought and roasted a whole chicken with lemon and garlic stuffed into the cavity. I roasted it breast side down for the first hour in a stoneware covered roaster, and then I flipped the bird over for the last 30 minutes. This made the best chicken ever! After the chicken cooled I pulled all the meat off (I'll use for lunch meat and chicken pot pie), placed the bones back into a large pot filled it with water and added Wildtree's vegetable bullion mix. A few hours later on low heat and I have a...

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Nourishing meals start somewhere.

I have bought and planned enough meals that I think this should come like second nature to me, however with our new focus on Nourishing foods I feel like I am fresh off the boat. Today after church I loaded the kids in the car and set out to our closest health food store for a little shopping. After a tour of each aisle and refereeing who can push the cart we ended up with a pretty good start to our week. Let me say, I have not bought flour sense I deemed eggs horrible for you and the thought...

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Wildtree Tuesday’s. Beer Bread

Imagine you are having dinner and your husband says, "do we have a bread to go with that," and before you say no, you remember you have the quickest most versatile bread to make. Yeah! Wildtree's Quick & Easy Beer Bread. For the best tasting and healthiest Beer Bread, simply add 12 ounces of your favorite beer (or we at our house use Fresca or club soda), bake and enjoy. For a cheesy bread flavor, add one cup of shredded cheddar cheese to mix. Try adding Wildtree’s Dill Blend for another unique taste. Spice things up by adding Wildtree’s Jalapeno...

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I want to eat!

I LOVE FOOD! I love all varieties, spices, smells, and memories that are associated with food. For so many years I enjoyed making new recipes and going to new restaurants, but after kids came my diet cycle. There was a time in my life where I ate because I loved it, and I worked out so I could eat. I was not always so obsessed with calories as I was about taste, texture, spell, and company. I miss it like missing a long lost friend. I have cook books collecting dust and anxiety building at the thought of making something...

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Strawberry Goodness

My parents came back from the valley this past week and brought me home some yummy strawberries, but like always there is to many for one sitting, and way to many to keep fresh. So what is a girl to do? With a potluck looming and after watching my new favorite channel on cable, The Cooking Channel, I was feeling inspired. I dusted off my Culinary Institute of America cook book and found what I was looking for, a Strawberry Tart filled with wonderful pastry cream. I had never attempted pastry cream before, and honestly I might never make it...

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