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Paleo Tuna Patties – In Five Easy Steps!


What You’ll Need:

3 cans tuna (5 oz. each – I like Wild Planet Skipjack tuna)

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

2 tsp. arrowroot starch

1/8 – 1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp. dried parsley flakes

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 c. minced onion

about 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or your choice of healthy fat)

What to Do:

1) Put oil into skillets. Preheat skillets on the stove to a medium heat, until oil is melted and shimmering. (Optional: I like to saute the onion in a little butter to soften it before mixing with tuna.) Meanwhile . . .

2.) Open cans and drain some of the water off, leaving about 2 tablespoons of liquid. Dump tuna and rest of water into a medium size bowl. Use your fingers to break up the tuna.

3.) Add rest of ingredients. Mix thoroughly to combine.

4.) Shape into patties.

5.) Fry until nicely browned on both sides.

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How I Came to Know Christ

How I Came To Know Christ

Out of the following options, can you guess how my story begins?

A) I had an abortion.

B) I was hooked on drugs and alcohol.

C) I lied and cheated my way through high school.

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New Years’ Resolutions: What I’m Doing Instead


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I usually don’t. Let me explain why . . .

You see, the problem with a lot of resolutions is that they aren’t truly attainable – because unlike goals, they aren’t specific or feasible, and don’t have a clear beginning and end date.

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Cloth Diaper Love


They told me it would be addictive. I just didn’t believe them when they said it could happen to me. But now, just look at me . . . 18 cute cloth diapers later, and I think I may be slightly obsessed. I say slightly because I’ve got this thing under control.

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I Changed My Mind About Coffee

Coffee cup with beans in it

I always used to say, “I like a little coffee with my milk and sugar.” And I love the smell of coffee. Basically I just liked coffee flavored desserts, but I thought that coffee itself was too bitter and harsh to drink. Continue reading…

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The Birth of Baby Leah (And Why There is a Placenta in My Fridge)


Almonds drying in the oven. Steel cut oats soaking for breakfast the next morning. Shepherd’s pie awaiting to be topped with mashed potatoes and frozen the next day. Cooked chicken and broth cooling in the fridge. A double batch of protein bars, cut and individually packaged for easy consumption . Clothes all ironed . . . dirty dishes in the sink.

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Amazing Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English Muffins

Well, Sourdough Sally, you have finally earned your name and your keep. I confess there were times I wanted to be rid of you. Oh, it wasn’t your fault – you did produce some good waffles, yummy tortillas, and great bagels. Problem was, I was just plumb tired of sourdough anything. Maybe it was my pregnancy hormones changing my taste buds, but whatever it was, I suddenly didn’t like the taste of sourdough anymore, even when the finished product wasn’t actually sour.

Yet, somehow I managed to keep you alive . . . and boy am I glad I did! Because these English muffins are quite possibly the best I’ve ever tasted, if I do say so myself. And best of all, they don’t taste like sourdough – they have a hint of yeastiness to them instead. Mmmm . . .

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Easy Apple Oven Pancake

Apple Oven Pancake

Mmm . . . It’s almost like having warm apple cobbler for breakfast. It’s easy. It’s light and fluffy and fun to eat. Need I say more?

Okay, so this recipe isn’t exactly the healthiest: While sugar needn’t be involved, you can’t make this pancake with 100% wheat flour or it won’t turn out very fluffy. (I’ve tried.) Puffy oven pancakes should be, well, puffy and airy! You can, however, make it with half white wheat and half all purpose. Oh, and the orginal recipe states that this is a recipe for four, but I don’t know who could eat just a fourth of a pancake! It’s easily devoured between the two of us.

Okay, let me give you the recipe real quick before I head into the kitchen to make one of these myself!

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First Trimester: Why Does My Baby Look Like a Dinosaur?

The First Trimester

The other day,  I told Caleb what I thought of my pregnancy experience so far: 

The first trimester is a little discouraging. I mean, I feel like crud most of the time and my baby looks like a dinosaur.

No laughing, you guys. This isn’t funny, you know.

Oh, and I also decided that I have felt like a little kid again…Since I became a picky eater and it seems all I did for a while was eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom! (Thanks to a certain little kumquat sitting on my bladder. :) )

Anyway, it actually wasn’t that bad and it’s all worth it for such a great cause. But in the meantime, the well-intentioned words I received from friends and family – such as, “It will all be over soon” – didn’t help me much at the time. Here are a few things that did:
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Best Homemade Vanilla Extract


Now, I know what you may be thinking:

Do we really need another blog post about making vanilla extract? Because if you’re like me, you’ve been overwhelmed with the countless options google presents you with. But that’s exactly why I’m writing this post for you – to save you hours of frustration as you try to decide which method is best.

You see, the main problem with most homemade extracts is that they simply aren’t flavorful enough. As I understand, that’s because factories have their own methods for producing them and they have equipment which we at home simply don’t. But that’s okay; as it turns out, this is a very easy “problem” to fix.

The secret is to use way more vanilla beans to vodka than most recipes call for. I also chop them into half-inch pieces to increase the surface area that is exposed to the vodka.

So are you ready to get started?

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