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You were born to create!

I have to admit that I tend to be a do it yourself junkie. I love making not only food from scratch but pretty much anything within reason.

I'm not sure what it is. I know when it come to food it's because I want to know what it is that I'm eating and the best way to know is to put all the ingredients in yourself. So it's the health nut in me that makes her own Ranch Dressing Mix, Taco Seasoning etc. etc. etc.

Plus food made from scratch just tastes better......I think it's the extra love that's mixed in! ;)

But I also love making my own lip balms, skin cream, herbal remedies and pretty much anything else I think I could make for A LOT less money then I could buy it. And again if I'm going to eat it or put it on my skin I would really like to know what is in it.

But guess what I started putting other things that I thought where more important ahead of what I enjoy and although it's good to have a balance and do what's needed.....I got myself to a point of burnout and honestly, although I haven't talked about it much (I will more in the future) the past few years NOTHING has seemed fun or exciting.

I have kind of felt like I was just existing......almost to the point of numb. I think just all the stresses of life just caught up with me. And the worst part was I didn't take the time to notice soon enough to refill my bucket.

It's been a long road but I'm starting to get a handle on why the constant overwhelm and I have realized that a huge part of it has been that I haven't been taking enough time focusing on things that I love.....things that bring me excitement.

The past few years I haven't read near as many books as I used too. I have very rarely got out my crochet hooks. I love creating things with yarn. I have also found myself putting off making things like lip balm until the last possible moment but then when I would take the time to make them I found such a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that I wondered why I hadn't just done it sooner.

My point is I think being children of God makes us by our very nature beings that love to create. The times when life seems most overwhelming for me are the times when I think that I'm too busy to spend a little time creating something.

For the past few months I have been trying to be more intentional about having times of creativity throughout my week. (Along with extra time for prayer and meditation.) I really feel like it's helping to take away the overwhelm and consequential numbness that has followed.

I spent too long in survival mode but now I am climbing back out and I hope to share more of my experience as time goes on. In the mean time.....I have already grabbed  The Ultimate DIY Bundle for myself because I know creating something is part of what fuels me.

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Pickled Beets, Revisited

Pickled Beets
It seems that beets aren't always a favorite with a lot of people. Maybe it's the fact that everything they touch turns red, pink or purple......but I have always loved beets! Maybe it's because my first meeting with them was in the pickled form that my Grandma would always make.

When I met Ryan I would try to get him to taste beets but he wanted none of them. I would tell him that they had to be super healthy with that deep of a color and full of lots of vitamins. I would later learn how truly healthy they really are and what a powerful blood cleanser that they where too.

I did convince him to let me plant them in the garden years ago since he did like steamed beet greens. It has taken us a few years but we have gotten pretty good at growing a good crop of beets. And early on I started pickling them. Eventually I convinced Ryan to try them on a salad and now like just last night he was sticking his fork in the jar at the table and just eating them plain!

After eating a few and saying how much he loves pickled beets I asked him if he remembered how hard I had to try to get him to just taste them. He then said that, "There are a lot of things that he enjoys eating now that he didn't think he liked back in the day." I'm just glad he enjoys them now!

In fact it was his idea to try roasting them this year with other root veggies and it is now one of our favorite fall/winter dishes! I just want to give a big thank you to all those husbands (especially mine) with open minded taste buds! ;)

For my original "Grandma's Pickled Beets Made Healthier" post click here.

Like Grandma's Pickled Beets

Grandma's Pickled Beets Made Healthier
3 gallon bags of raw beets with leaves cut off
2 teaspoons allspice
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
3 cups raw apple cider vinegar
3 cups water
4-6 cups Sucanat
2 1/2 teaspoons Real Salt

Cut the bottom tail and top stem off beets and cut in half or quarter depending on size of beet. In very large pot boil beets until tender then drain (I usually save the water and put it in the fridge and add to smoothies, keeps for a week or more)

Place the beets in cold water then peel by using a knife and slipping the skins off. (Some came off easier then others.)  See my "Can't Beet the Harvest" post for more about peeling and canning beets.

Cut the beets into medium sized chunks.

While beets are cooking, tie spices except for salt, into a spice bag or piece of cotton cloth. 
In a medium large pot add the water, salt and vinegar. Place bag of spices into brine and bring to a low simmer for about 10 minutes.

In clean quart jars fill a quarter of the way with brine and then fill with the cooked and peeled beets. Add more brine to the first lip on the jar leaving about an inch to 2 inches of room at the top being sure the beets are covered.

Clean rims of jars and add sterilized lids and rings to jars. Be sure rings are on tightly place in water bath canner with water covering jars by about an inch. Bring to a boil and let boil for 10-15 minutes then remove from pot with jar lifter and let cool. Be sure all lids have sealed before storing on shelves. In the event that a lit does not seal keep that jar in fridge.

Makes about 7-8 quart jars.

My Weekly Meal Plan

I am pretty much in hibernation mode lately. I am doing lots more reading than usual and if the sun does manage to peek out for a few hours I love to take my book outside and catch some rays. (As long as it's not too cold of course!;)

Also with that I'm noticing that I haven't been taking pictures really at all. I did get the Instagram app on my phone though finally so maybe I will post there a bit more if I can remind myself.....I'm one of those people who does NOT carry my phone with me everywhere so I will have to get intentional about posting. You can Follow me on Instagram here and see how I do.

We did get out this weekend and take the family down to a homeschool conference. I think the kids had a good time and where inspired! Ry and I have gotten to where we feel like we could be teaching many of the classes....not trying to brag we are just realizing that we are not new to this anymore and are now considered "experienced" homeschoolers. We still had a great time together and did learn a few fun and interesting things.

A couple of things I'm looking forward to this week is the DIY Bundle comes out this Wednesday. I have looked at the ebooks, courses and things in it and I will for sure be getting one for me. It has a handful of books and things in it that I have been wanting for a while.

Did you know that you can earn one for free by just sharing about it with 10 friends. But you only have another day or so to do that so CLICK HERE and share away!

I listened to the replay of the first Mastermind Yoga class this morning from Stay at Home Yoga. (It's not to late to start!) I am excited to go through this class again and improve my posture and work even further on resetting my bad habits and turning them into correct posture habits that come automatically. I love Jen's slow and simple approach that is totally doable!

Home made Chili Cheese Fries
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Chili Cheese Fries

Stir Fry with Quinoa

Curried Cauliflower with Sweet Potato and Black Beans

Roasted Roots


Lentil Soup

My Weekly Meal Plan

My Weekly Meal Plan

It's been kind of a recoup, reset type week for me. I have slowed down and enjoyed more reading. I have also pondered and thought about things I want to be doing differently this year.

Spent most every afternoon last week soaking up some sunshine and watching the kids roller blade. Since our January weather has been unseasonably warm! (I'll take it) Maybe one day I'll learn to roller blade or at least get me some roller skates. I used to love to roller skate as a kid. ;)

Homemade Pickled Beets

I did manage to pickle the last of our beets from our garden that I have been storing in the basement fridge since fall. One thing I love about beets is how long they will keep for. I just ran out of time and steam to get everything done in the fall but they patiently waited until I was ready. I was able to bottle 8 more quarts to add to our food storage now nothing will go to waste. I did freeze a few for my beet smoothies too.

I changed the recipe a bit and didn't use agave this time I will post an updated recipe soon.....ish. ;)

I'm looking forward to starting another round of my Stay at Home Yoga 6 Week Mastermind & Body Program on the 18th. I learned so much in the fall but need to continue to improve my posture habits and Jen makes it so easy!

Ryan had a busy week and went North for a couple of days then went with my Dad to Vegas to pick up a truck for work the same one he went to Arizona to look at.

Then he took our boys along with the rest of the scouts and leaders on a planning retreat at a cabin in the mountains. The girls and I enjoyed girl time and looking back at old home videos. It was lots of fun.

Sweet Potato and Mango Tacos

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Mushroom Stroganoff

Indian Tacos

Smothered Chimmichungas

Minestrone Soup

Sweet Potato and Mango Tacos (pictured above)


Crock Pot Lasagna

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Last week we enjoyed more snow and went to Carbon County to spend New Years with some very wonderful friends there! As usual the visit was not near long enough but it was so good to see them.

Sweet Girls

Back at home we quickly took down, cleaned up and purged our Christmas decor.....then tried cleaning just a little deeper than usual.  I'm not sure what it is but something about cleaning up after the holidays spurs me to want to deep clean and organize just a bit more. It happens most every year but don't worry I never take it too far. ;)

Recommitting just a bit to be more scheduled and spend spend more one on one time with my children has taken up the majority of my "New Years Resolution" thoughts. Along with one word... TODAY. I tend to be one who can at times find it hard to just be totally present.

New Year with Friends
So this year I'm going to take more time to just think about today and what needs doing at each moment. As I'm sure you know by now I am one that tends to get very easily overwhelmed and my mind loves to race with all the many things I think I need to be accomplishing over then next weeks, months and even sometimes years......That the weight of it all becomes unbearable.

So I have been learning and feel the need to focus on just each day at hand and learn to tackle TODAY well and let go of things that cause me to feel crushed.

Of course I always have a few health goals in mind and my very favorite one involves more movement and flexibility both in body and mind.

I have been meaning to tell you for a while now about how much I have been loving my membership to Stay at Home Yoga. I have mentioned it lots to my real life friends but somehow it has slipped my mind to share it here.

But now is the perfect time because Jen over at Stay at Home Yoga is getting ready to start up another one of her 6 week Mastermind and Body Programs starting on January 18th. I participated in her last one in the Fall and learned so much. I love her simple and peaceful way.

My membership not only gives me access to all the Mastermind and Body Programs she offers but all the classes, podcasts, live classes, videos, etc. and she has up on her site and ones she will post in the future. I have been taking her advise to move more in general and also taking the time to do a full yoga class 2-3 times per week.

I cannot tell you the difference this has made for me not only physically but since relaxation is an important part of yoga it seems to be doing wonders for my racing mind to practice the art of learning to quiet it and take a little time to deeply relax and rejuvenate in that way. Such a simple thing but I think many of us don't realize how very burnt out we are until we spend a little time to actually renew and feel the difference.

I am very much looking forward to learning more in this next Mastermind and Body Program and highly recommend that if any of you are feeling frazzled and a bit burnt out that this is a perfect non-overwhelming simple way to start to turn that around. I just can't recommend it enough and feel that it has been Heaven sent.

Simple Healthy Tacos
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Quinoa and Sweet Potato Grilled Wrap

Split Pea Soup

Sweet Potato and Chick Pea Curry

Spanish Lentil Soup

Tacos (pictured above)


Veggie Pot Pie

A little last minute info!

This is all very much last minute but I wanted be sure to let you in on some of this info before it's too late. With the New Year now here some or all of these may be just what you are looking for.

Yes I am an affiliate with some (but not all) of these programs and will make a little commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase through my links. For that I thank you for your support. Please know though that I am very committed to only sharing things that interest me and that I plan to use or have used and tried myself. I think of my readers like I do my good friends and I try very much to treat you as such.

I hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start!

Green Smoothie Girl does this live detox a few times a year and the next live one starts tomorrow! You can just buy the manual and do it on your own but you are much more likely to succeed with the added help and support. This isn't a basic little cleanse it's an all out detox that systematically tackles the different areas of your body and cleanses it. Robyn has done her research and knows her stuff perfect if you are ready for some serious cleansing!

I am not super familiar yet with all Vintage Remedies has to offer but I have done a few small classes and have been following the blog for a while now and I really like what is offered here. Great for the beginning or advanced herbalist who wants to keep on learning. I love all things herbs and my favorite thing after using them is learning more about them. Their end of year sale is still going on but it ends tonight so don't wait!

Also be sure to check out their FREE 8 Weeks of Real Food....it started yesterday but I'm sure you can still sign up. I got the first email and it is fun and informative giving ideas and recipes for healthy drinks to replace things like soda etc.

Frugal Real Food Meal Plans

I have been following Tiffany over at Don't Waste the Crumbs ever since I fell in love with her High Protein No Powder ebook. I have been fascinated by how little money she spends on healthy meals for her family. We are pretty frugal around here but she has inspired me to be even more so and shows that it can be done. She does feed her family more animal products then we do but the principles and her system will still be the same and when trying it out I found her meals easy to adjust, substitute or leave out what we use instead. Check it out it may be a great fit for you and your family. Special introductory price ends on January 5th! 

I have really enjoyed the blog Beauty that Moves for I while now. I find it very inspiring especially the posts this week in my kitchen. I have also felt like winters get really long, dark and cold for me and maybe even a little SAD at times. So this year I have decided to participate in Heather's Hibernate program and see if it can help me with my winter blahs. It starts January 12th and I'm looking forward to it! Maybe I'll "see" you there!

Crunchy Candy Bars

So this recipe came about because I was wanting a high protein healthy fat snack that wasn't super high in SWEET! ;)

Remember when I told you that my body hasn't been really thrilled with with overly sweet things. It's been to my benefit really because it keeps me from overdoing even the healthy treats and I think that's a good thing.

But in the late afternoon before dinner time I found my self pretty dang hungry and needing a good snack that didn't make me feel tired but fueled me on for the rest of my evening. Lately this has been my snack of choice. And it's one the whole family loves so I thought you might like too!

It actually kind of reminds me of those Krackle or Crunch bars....although it's been a very long time since I have had one of those so I'm not certain it can really compare but that's what these reminded me of.  ENJOY!

Crunchy Candy Bars
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 heaping Tablespoons almond butter
1 Tablespoon honey
2-3 Tablespoons carob powder
1/2 teaspoon Real Salt
1 cup brown rice crisps
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1-2 Tablespoons chia seed (optional)

On very low heat melt the coconut oil, almond butter and honey together. Add the carob powder and salt, mix well. Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Spread into a 9 inch square pan covered with parchment paper and freeze until firm. Doesn't take very long.

My Weekly Meal Plan

This week was a wonderful week full of family, food and friends. We were a bit slow but we managed to put together some fun and simple neighbor gifts for our many friends and neighbors. It was a small thing but we hoped it spread a little Christmas Cheer!

Our Grinchy Christmas turned out to be lots of fun yet low key and simple.....I like that! We may have to try it again.

And would you believe.......we were not sure if there would be snow for Christmas but just like we have been all season it came last minute!

Oh we also loved spending much of our holiday with family, Grandparents, Cousins, Aunts and Uncles....my Sister even came and spent the afternoon one day this week so her kids could get some snow time too! Good times!

Ryan also had a birthday this past week and apparently........he turned 6! ;)

My Weekly Meal Plan 


Lentil Soup

New Year's Eve Menu


Taco Sundays

Baked Potato Bar

Potato Soup

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Vegetables and Garlic Sauce

This recipe has taken me quite a while to get just the way I wanted it. I was going for garlic sauce just like you get at the restaurant....I think I got pretty close especially since I was determined to make it soy free. I tend to have a bit of an allergy to soy so I try to stay away from it as much as possible. Although the fermented kind that you can get in shoyu etc. should be okay for me to have.....I have tried to just stay away from all of it as best I could this past year.

I actually think this recipe may be better with shoyu instead of the coconut aminos if that is what you want to use I would leave out the salt because shoyu is much saltier than the coconut aminos.

Also a word about the fish sauce. I searched and searched for a fish sauce with ingredients that I was happy with. I found this kind that is just salted and aged anchovies with no added sugars, MSG or anything else. I know some of you may not be very keen on anchovies (they are a very good source of calcium) so feel free to leave it out but you may want to add more salt because fish sauce is salty.

I have tried it so many different ways and just so you know every way was super yummy and got good reviews by my fam. But this recipe is the one that they all agreed (especially Ryan) was the most like you would get at a restaurant.

I love it for this time of year with all the garlic. Every time someone was saying that they were trying to get a sore throat I would say well I think I will try that garlic sauce recipe again tonight. It's a great way to get lots of garlic in and with the other spices it seems to be great to help with scratchy throats.

I hope you will enjoy it too!

Vegetables and Garlic Sauce
Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 cup Coconut Aminos
1 1/2 teaspoon Real Salt
1 cup water with 2 heaping teaspoons broth powder
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2-3 Tablespoons Sucanat
1 Tablespoon coconut or sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8-10 clove garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder mixed in 1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Other Ingredients:
Favorite stir fry veggies
more coconut oil for stir frying

In medium sauce pan add first 10 ingredients. Bring to a medium boil then add the arrowroot powder mixed with water while stirring well. Stir until slightly thickened then add red pepper flakes if wanted.

In separate large frying pan or wok stir fry your favorite stir fry veggies in coconut oil (just a Tablespoon or two) until crisp tender add the garlic sauce and stir until well coated and everything is bubbling. Remove from heat

Serve over rice.

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My Weekly Meal Plan

This week there wasn't as much at home time as I like to have but it was a fun week! Ry and my Dad took a quick road trip to Phoenix to look at a truck. It ended up taking them a bit longer but the younger kids and I spent good time with my Mom and Grandma. While the older kids I know enjoyed having the house to themselves.

We were late getting back but made it in time for the younger kids to have a  Christmas movie marathon and sleepover with cousins at Grandpa and Grandma Nelson's house! Then the next day we went down to my Sister's house for a Christmas Sing-a-long!

It was lots of fun we sang and laughed together.....don't you just love Emily's awesome socks!

We even went caroling and spread a little Christmas Cheer! The kids all had a ball and are already looking forward to next year. ;)

My Weekly Meal Plan

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

Bean Burritos

Christmas Dinner - This year we are keeping it really simple but fun by having a Grinch Dinner, there will be Roast Beast (still thinking on this one probably a little free range shredded BBQ turkey on a roll....maybe) Who Hash (mashed potatoes and gravy) Who Pudding (using this recipe only making parfait out of it and maybe coloring it green with liquid chlorophyll.) Grinchy Clause Kabobs, Grinchy Greens (a veggie tray with green veggies and a green salad) Some Who Punch (just our traditional Christmas Punch) There will also be some dips, like this one and this one and probably even this one.

For other Christmas Menu Ideas you can see our plan from last year here!


Lentil Soup

Mongolian BBQ


Wishing everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

My Weekly Meal Plan

My Weekly Meal Plan
So I just can't seem to put blogging at the top of my priority list lately except being sure to get my meal plan posted since well......I haven't figured out how to push eating off our priority list. ;) Some days oh I think it would be nice but meal prep doesn't take up too much time around here and no one seems to want to give up eating so it's here to stay.

I do have some recipes that are all perfected and ready for me to sit down and blog about and I will do it soon.....for now though I have just been trying to enjoy the holiday season and make lots of time for friends and family.

Last week Missy turned 18! Oh my heck everyone warned me how fast it goes but you kind of have to experience it for yourself to really know. I tell you I'm pretty sure I just turned 18! ;) She said she wanted peppermint bark for her "cake" so I tried making some with homemade coconut butter it turned out kind of grainy but tasty a recipe that needs work but has potential.

It was Ryan's brilliant idea to put 18 candles all together and set them in the middle since we couldn't stick them into it. The boys all thought it was a great idea we sang to her super speedy so she could hurry and get that torch blown out before it melted everything!

We also had a few Christmas parties to attend last week and Ryan was busy with his companies annual customer appreciation breakfasts at all of the branches.

All in all a good week!

Cheese and Broccoli Soup

My Weekly Meal Plan

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Apple, Pecans and Cranberries

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Minestrone Soup



Super Simple Veggie Pot Pie