I decided to not stay on plan during the month of December. I know, I know many people do and it can be done, but I really wanted to enjoy the parties and not have to worry if there was nothing complaint to eat. I guess you could say I was lazy about it. But oh well!
I will tell you that I started feeling blah. I knew that the sugar and carbs I was eating was getting to me. I just didn’t feel well. I have found that it seems to be all or nothing for me. I can’t just have a taste of sugar and be okay. I want more and more and then I keep eating.
Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get back into the game.
Today was Day 1 and things went well! I have done this before, I know that I can do it again!
I am not a food blogger.
I am a mom who is super busy. Right now we are in the process of selling our house and moving. (more about that later) I want to encourage other moms that yes, you can do this!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The table will be filled with so many amazing foods. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and DESSERTS! All of which I can’t have, well at least the way we traditionally make them.
We will still have all of the normal foods, and of course there will be pumpkin pie. Sugar free pumpkin pie is not the same. I will be adding in foods that I will be able to enjoy. Staying on the Whole30 plan this holiday may be a little harder and it may take a little more work, but it is doable.
I put together a great list of recipe ideas. We don’t have to miss out on a great meal time.
Whole30 Gravy (you can’t have mashed potatoes without gravy)
There are many more ideas on my Pinterest board.
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for our health included!
It’s fall and the evenings are cool.
My kids wanted potato soup. Of course I know that I can have potatoes but I add cheese and butter and milk to the potato soup I make. I knew that was a no no. I really wanted soup. So I made something work.
One of the things that I am learning is how to make my own meals with what I have learned while on Whole30. Learning what spices and what veggies go together well.
I usually don’t use a recipe and when I post a picture of my food I am asked how to make it. I am going to do my best for you and share recipes that I come up with if I can remember when I am cooking.
1 TBS Coconut Oil
2-3 cups of Riced Cauliflower
1 Med Onion Diced Small
2 Carrots Diced Small
2 stalks celery Diced small
3 Cloves Garlic Minced
1 tsp salt
1 ½ cups Chicken Broth
2 TBS Curry Powder
1 can coconut milk
Compliant bacon or prosciutto
Heat Coconut Oil in pan. Saute onions, carrots, celery, garlic and cauliflower for about 5 mins. Add in salt and chicken stock and curry. Let simmer until vegetables are tender. About 15-20 mins Add can of coconut milk and let simmer again for 5 mins. After simmering take an immersion blender and blend soup until creamy.
Garnish with green onion and prosciutto.
It’s time to start over!
It’s been too long. Over the last few years I have lost myself in what everyone else was doing. Trying to keep up with the next big thing. Not a good idea!
I focused too much on others and not enough on me. Not enough on what God has for me.
One night I was talking to my husband. He knows that I enjoy blogging and social media. He has also seen me stop doing what I was doing because I got too caught up in key words and numbers. He asked me what I was passionate about. That question has come up so much in the many conference I have gone to but again I was too caught up.
I went to bed that night and prayed. I needed God’s help Honestly the answer didn’t happen over night. Probably because I was trying to listen for certain words like “you should be passionate about” or “this is what will work”. I laugh now, but then, I was getting even more discouraged. Am I not good at anything?
Then it hit me!
The life that God has blessed me with.
EVERYTHING God has given me!
My life does not look like everyone else’s. That’s okay!
I want to share with you what I am passionate about!
Take the remaining hair and divide to make two pony tails.
Take the hair in the pony tail under and up through the hole you made for each side.
Divide each pony tail into two equal sections.
Braid each section.
Treating lice can be a headache. This past summer we had a small attack from what is being called, “super lice”. We were in the midst of a very busy season and I didn’t want to chance myself with trying something new to see if it would work, so I went and bought the expensive lice medicine from the drug store. I didn’t like the thought of using such strong chemicals on her head but I needed to get rid of these bad boys fast. Two, yes, two treatments! They were still there!
So I went a different route. One that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg.
Here are 5 Budget Friendly Ways to Treat Lice
Coconut oil – Saturate the hair in coconut oil and wrapped the head in plastic wrap. A shower cap would work as well. In the morning we washed the hair and then I went through her hair to get any nits that I found. This will take a bit of time and you will need to nit pick a few days in the week. You can use a lice comb if you want but the hair that I was working on was so fine that I just used a regular comb and my fingers.
Rosemary Shampoo– We used this shampoo for a long time after the second round of treatment. The rosemary keep the nits from attaching to the root of the hair.
Tea Tree Oil– After washing the hair we then put some tea tree oil and rubbed it through the hair. Lice do not like the smell so they will not want to come near your child’s head again. If you don’t want to use the coconut oil you can just go with this oil but the two together work great.
This oil is amazing for so many things and if you don’t have a bottle you need to get one or two.
You can also buy rosemary shampoo with tea tree oil in it!
Black Trash Bags– No, we didn’t use a trash bag to put over her head at night, that wouldn’t have been very nice. But you will need a lot of trash bags. The more toys and stuffed animals your child has the more bags you will need. You will want to put all toys and things that can’t be washed in the trash bags. Tie then nice and tight and put away for at least 2 weeks. It takes one to two weeks for the eggs to hatch so you want to make sure those bad boys don’t survive. If you have a nice warm place to put the bags that is even better. We ended up putting the bags in our attic.
Listerine – Before putting the toys and stuffed animals in the bags, spray then really well with Listerine. You will also want to make sure the mattresses are sprayed as well.
I retreated the hair twice with coconut oil just to be on the safe side.
When your child has lice it isn’t the end of the world. It is a lot of work, but you will get through it. I really did enjoy the one on one time with the child when I was literally nit picking.
Take a deep breath, cry if you want ( I did) and push forward.
It’s Christmas time! Every year we have a big Christmas cookie baking day. With 5 kids things get a bit wild and crazy, but we have a method down. It’s a time that Christmas memories are made.
Rest assured you will not be stuck with dozens of cookies that you will have to eat yourself.
A plate of Christmas cookies makes a great gift for just about anyone. A neighbor, the fire department, the police department, your pastor, the mailman, and so on.
Let the mouth watering begin.
White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies – Cooking Classy
Peppermint Bark Treats – Hoosier Homemade
Salted Caramel Coconut Thumbprints – Inspired By Charm
Christmas Crack Cookie Bites – Complete Recipes
Kiss Pies – Picky Palate
Peppermint Patties – The Gunny Sack
White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread – Hostess With The Mostess
Seven Layer Cookies – MBA SAHM
Oreo Fudge – Buns In My Oven
Cinnamon Caramel Cookies – Inside Bru Crew Life
Salted Caramel Brownie Bites – Inside Bru Crew Life
Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting – Cooking Classy
Pie Crust Cookies – The Cake Blog
Sugar Cookies with Almond Glaze – It’s Always Autumn
Orange Ricotta Cookies – A Family Feast
Christmas Cookie S’mores Recipe – Sugar & Cloth
Easy Apple Pie Cookies – Passion For Savings
Bon Bon Cookies – I Heart Naptime
Buttery Jam Thumbprint Cookies – Chew Out Loud
Christmas Magic Cookie Bars – From The Love Oven
Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars – Let The Baking Begin
Cinnamon Roll Cookies – Sprinkle Some Sugar
Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Sally’s Baking Addiction
Snowball Cookies – Setting For Four
Krispie Treat Christmas Trees – Raining Hot Coupons
Grinch Pretzel Bites – Two Sisters Crafting
Christmas Cookie Bark – Red Sky Food
Christmas CornFlake Wreaths – Petty Providence
Reindeer Poop Cookies – Midget Mama
Chocolate Crinkles – Simply Recipes
For more amazing recipes follow my Christmas Cookie Pinterest Board
Now off to make some of these amazing recipes!
What is your favorite Christmas Cookie?