Month: December 2017

The Importance of Ritual

The Importance of Ritual

I have my first ever couples massage tomorrow! All I have for you today is some heart to heart words of encouragement.

Life can be exhausting–trust me, I know. Sometimes I wake up not sure how I’m going to get through the day. Sometimes I see the dishes in the sink and the toys on the floor and give an exasperated sigh.

It’s okay to get tired and burnt out, it’s just the way it goes–we’re human, we can only handle so much. Sometimes the shrill, high-pitched scream of my younger daughter grates on my nerves one too many times or my tired toddler’s whining just gets to me. What’s important is how you handle it. I generally have a three tiered system for hard days:

1. Stop and take a deep breath. If your kids are frustrating you, try your best go empathize. Maybe they don’t know how to express that they’re tired, hungry, or just need you. And that’s okay, they’re kids. I find that I can often talk my toddler through figuring out what she needs.

2. Fall back on the basic routine. Don’t stress over housework, chores, or anything extra, just the bare bones necessities. So for me diapers, food, nursing, naps–the dishes and toys will be there to pick up later.

3. If this isn’t working, We get up and change the scenery. We go to the library, park, sit at a favorite haunt, or even just go walk somewhere for a while. Changing the scenery really helps me and the kids when we’re all in sour moods and brightens the day.

And last of all, it’s important to have time to yourself, for your sake as well as theirs. Make sure that you make time for your significant other and for keeping in touch with who you are and your own interests. Make it a regular part of your routine, even if it’s only five minutes in the shower alone. You’ll be thankful for the break. Though I know it’s easy to do, don’t get lost in being a parent.

 

Powdered Chocolate Cookies

Powdered Chocolate Cookies

Ho ho ho. I found out that I have Hashimoto’s recently, which explains a lot, and because of this I’m on another unforgiving diet (aren’t I always?) It’s AIP except with nuts and cocoa. No nightshades, eggs, dairy, grain, or soy.

I started making these cookies because of how easy they are. All you need is a few ingredients laying around and bam–you’ve got chocolate cookies! I like them with powdered swerve sprinkled on top, they remind me of crinkle cookies like this. My measurements are always guesses, since I usually don’t measure when I bake. I am sending these to work with my husband and making a huge batch to take to my in-laws on Christmas day, too.

Powdered Chocolate Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 Dozen
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Almond flour I've used coconut flour too. Alternatives are fine, I love almond flour
  • 1/4 Cup Tapioca starch
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Cocoa powder
  • Pimch Sea salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Swerve sweetener I used confectioners powdered. You will want a little extra for dusting.
  • 1/2 Cup Almond milk
  • Dash Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375Ā°. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir well with a fork.

  2. Add almond milk and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Mixture should be a good consistency--not too doughy or liquidy. To correct too much liquid simply add more tapioca starch, and more almond milk if too thick.

  3. Spoon onto parchment paper on cookie sheets and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove when still soft, they will firm up as they cool. Dust with powdered swerve and serve. 

Glitter Pinecone Ornament

Glitter Pinecone Ornament

Trying to get two small children immersed in the spirit of the season can be tough. It involves lots of music, lights, walking, crayons, wrapping paper and bows. When you add crafting components it can get loud and messy. That’s alright though–we had a ton of fun! Karissa kept saying, “It’s pretty, mommy,” as she poured it through her fingers over the pinecone. Fun fact: everyone was 85 percent less frustrated than usual. That’s a win for me! Heads up, my one year old did nothing except eat glue and chew on the brush, so that could be in your future.

Supplies:

Elmer’s glue

Pinecones (we used three)

Paintbrushes or sponges

Festive colored glitter (we mixed green and silver, and red and gold)

Ribbon

Steps:

1. Brush glue over the outside of the pinecone.

 

2. Pour glitter over the pinecone.

3. Set aside and allow to dry.

4. Tie a ribbon to hang.

Nourish and Nurture

Nourish and Nurture

Well, December is here! Confession, I don’t have much to talk about this week. My mom’s birthday was yesterday, though–happy birthday mommy! This is mostly a rambling family update.

So here in Southern California it’s in the 70s and I’m really missing Texas December. I miss cold. I got some blood tests done and I’m super Vitamin D deficient, my thyroid hormones are off, and I had high RDW, which I think means leaky gut issues again. I feel like there might be some adrenal fatigue mixed in there. Fun stuff!

It seems that for our family the holiday season is going to have to be all broths, meats, and immune support. Sure, that’s ideal, but we’re an indulgent, dessert-loving lot (except Madilyn, who doesn’t seem to like sweet much). Hard to accept that I can’t have a slice of pumpkin pie and whipped cream. It’s taken a long time to figure out that cheating on eating right is only cheating myself.

So this is why I don’t really know what to say. We’ve gone back to Autoimmune Paleo to try and resolve issues for both me and Karissa: that means no nuts, dairy, nightshades, seeds, grainsĀ  (which is always), soy, eggs, or legumes to eliminate inflammatory sources and will reintroduce some foods in the spring. For now its all soups, scrambles, and stir-fry.

It’s tough to get myself outside to get enough vitamin D sometimes, especially in the winter. Increasing my supplementation has already made me feel quite a bit better, but I’m still tired a lot.


Still working on moving. No news. Seems like one final Christmas in California. I have an Amazon wishlist for the girls, some ideas for Santa or whoever. Anyway, have a great holiday season!

Sweet Buttercream Latte

Sweet Buttercream Latte

Last night I was making hot cocoa and happened to taste my mixture right before I added the cocoa powder–oh my! It tasted like a warm, frothy version of buttercream ice cream.

There is no coffee in this, but I didn’t know what else to call it. There IS, however, lots of almond milk and deliciousness!

Sweet Buttercream Latte

Course Dessert, Drinks
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 2
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp Salted butter We use Kerrygold
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Optional, I like it with and without
  • Liquid stevia To taste

Instructions

Method 1: quick mix

  1. Microwave almond milk for 2-3 minutes. 

  2. Add butter, vanilla, and sweetener. Blend until frothy.

  3. Enjoy!

Method 2: stovetop

  1. Stovetop is ideal for bigger batches. Pour almond milk into a pot and warm over medium heat. 

  2. Add butter and sweetener and whisk. Mixture should become frothy as it combines.

  3. Add vanilla and remove from heat. Pour into mugs and enjoy. 

This is also delightful with a dash of cinnamon. Happy Holidays!