July 28, 2016

My take on Pets

Pets are amazing. They can comfort you, keep you company, and they are like a live stuffed animal! When we moved to Mexico, we had no one to talk to, no one to hang out with. It was so tough. And to top it off, we had to let someone else take our beloved cat. I wished so hard that we could stick him in a crate and bring him with us but that wasn't possible. We really just needed a pet. To play with and love.

July 18, 2016

My Take on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

This whole AIP thing, yeah. Its an adventure. Eating so strict with nothing but fruit, veggies, and meat to eat is difficult. I am pretty sure I have never done something this hard for so long. But you know what? It is totally worth it! And you know what? I am enjoying the struggles. I am enjoying having to pick myself up when I am in a low and I am enjoying the times when I am completely healthy and satisfied. The AIP changed me! I don't have to rely on prepackaged food and I don't have to pretend that I don't see all of those mysterious ingredients on the back. I am stronger now.

July 16, 2016

Stuffed Mini Zucchini (AIP)

I saw some tiny little zucchinis at the grocery store and they were too adorable!! I decided that since they were perfectly round, I would stuff them full of meaty goodness! They sure were tasty!

July 13, 2016

Our Callings

God is calling. We must answer. It is terrifying! What will he call ME to do?! What does he have in store for me? Even though it can be scary to think of what I might be called to do today or tomorrow, his plans are better than anything I can imagine. His ways are better than my ways and his thoughts are better than my thoughts. I need to trust in him and take the first leap of faith!

July 11, 2016

Victory

Jesus didn't come down from heaven for the sole purpose to die on a cross. He came down to be a living example of what we should strive for and IN that, he gave his life for us. He was SO obedient that in order to show us what the ultimate sacrifice truly looks like, he was willing to give his life. He was showing us what it means to truly love one another. He was showing us that no power formed against him (death) will prosper. He was giving us a glimpse of his victory yet to come when he rose from the grave. That he has already won.

July 10, 2016

AIP Daikon Hash browns

While grocery shopping we decided to buy a parsnip. It was quite humongous actually and I planned to make some whipped parsnips with it. So I was chopping it up and I had some water that was boiling and I was almost ready but I decided to nibble a little piece. Hmmm. That is weird! I didn't know that parsnips taste just like RADISH!!! Well, there goes my plan for whipped parsnips! Google says that the root is actually called a daikon! Oops! What on earth shall we do?! Once it was mixed with some flour and made into a dough, we smooshed it and threw it (more like placed it carefully) into a pan. When they were done we tried a little shnibble of it and OH MY GOODNESS! IT IS SO GOOD! I could hardly believe how tasty it was! Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside! It was perfect! The radish flavor nearly vanished but the small hint of it worked perfectly with the onions and ginger! Hmmmm!

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They may not look fantastic but they are quite deceiving!

My Chain Masterpieces

July 6, 2016

How To Build an AWESOME Salad!

To build the ultimate salad that will never bore you, make sure to do all of the following!


Step 1: choose one or more leafy greens (the darker the better)

  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • kale
  • arugula
  • romaine


Step 2: Choose one or more secondary vegetables

  • carrots
  • mushrooms
  • cucumber
  • celery
  • onions
  • avocado

Step 3: Choose a fruit. The fruit helps lighten it up a bit and gives you a pop of moisture here and there.
  • apple
  • orange (or citrus in general)
  • peach
  • pear
  • berries (blueberry, blackberry, raspberry,strawberry)
  • grapes
  • cherries
Step 4: Choose some dried fruit, nuts, and seeds. I love dried fruit on salads because it gives it a new texture.
  • raisins
  • craisins
  • prunes
  • dates
  • pistachios
  • cashews
  • pecans
  • almonds
  • macadamia
  • walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
Basically, anything you have on hand!


Step 5: Choose a protein.

  • shredded chicken
  • diced pork pieces
  • tuna
  • salmon

Aaand finally: the dressing. 


  • pre-made store-bought dressing
                OR
  • My ALL-TIME FAVORITE: Some apple cider vinegar, some olive oil, and some honey!! Yum! (Use a 3:1 ratio of olive oil to apple cider vinegar and a drizzle of honey!)

Now, enjoy the best salad EVER and be filled up with super healthy food!

July 5, 2016

Our Struggles


Your struggles today are setting you up for success tomorrow. When we first moved to Mexico, I struggled. I missed having friends, family, and a routine! It was a big adventure and I loved it but I struggled. Mom and Dad would always tell me that once I got through this, I would be that much stronger. There was no way I could have done it without relying on God. In the future I will be able face the unknown and tackle it with smile because I now I know that whatever is thrown my way, WE can get through it.

AIP Plantain biscuits

You have no idea how excited I am to share this recipe! When making these biscuits, I was so incredibly surprised at how much the dough held together and looked and felt just like normal dough! It was beautiful! I was even more surprised when I was able to cut out the biscuits from the dough and they held together!!