Category: Holidays

Remember to Love

Remember to Love

Valentine’s day is fast approaching, and a lot of us have LOVE on our minds because of it. Many of us have a spouse, partner, child, parent, friend, classmate or coworker in mind to share the spirit of the holiday with–which is wonderful(obviously). Love is wonderful.

Don’t forget, though, to show love to everyone else that you meet. We’re all brothers and sisters, after all–we’re all here, in this same brief moment in time on this same planet earth together. And we all get this one chance. One chance to smile at the stranger as you walk by. One chance to say hi. One day, one time, one life to see the beauty of every single moment and every single person and live in it.

What is life without light, without sharing love and hope?

In the words of the Beatles, “All you need is love.” Or the Youngbloods:

“Come on, people now,

Smile on your brother

Everybody get together

Try to love one another right now.”

Seriously, take a step back outside of yourself and look at the big picture here. What the heck are we doing here on this big, beautiful planet besides destroying itself and each other? Why have we chosen destruction of ourselves and one another? And, perhaps most importantly, what is it all going to lead to–what’s going to happen to everything and everyone around us continuing down this path?

That’s just insanity. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Electing a president isn’t the answer. Drawing illusory lines, putting up walls, running away, not the answer. Only One thing will rectify the chaos.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

This year, 2020, year of clarity, perfect vision, dig deep inside and find your light. Find your fountain of neverending love. We all have it. Love yourself, love your family, love thy enemy. Love thy neighbor as thyself–there’s no difference except for the flesh and blood that you perceive.

Follow the light within, it will not lead you astray.

Fall Porridge

Fall Porridge

Some mornings I feel like making something a little different for the kids. They will only eat eggs for so many days in a row, and I like experimenting on them. 🙂 This porridge is quick and easy, with only a minimal amount of work required.

If you have leftover pumpkin, it’s so great to freeze in small containers or an ice cube tray for later. I’ve been keeping it around in cubes for fall.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pecans, chopped or ground

1/4 cup almond meal or flour

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup almond (or other) milk

7-10 stevia drops

Dash of salt

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp maple syrup or alternative (I use Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup)

Directions:

1. In a small pot combine almond flour, pumpkin, pecans, and almond milk and simmer.

2. Add stevia drops, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir and allow to simmer for another minute.

3. Stir in maple syrup. Remove from heat.

Serve with whipped cream or a drizzle of kefir for a hearty, fall inspired breakfast or satisfying dessert.

4th of July Fork Painting

4th of July Fork Painting

This is really simple, but with my younger girls I often find that simple is best.

Supplies:

Tempera paint–white, red, and blue

Red or blue construction paper

A fork

Directions:

1. Hand out paint, paper, and forks.

2. Let the kids draw by dipping the fork in paint and using it on paper. I had hoped that the forks would help make firework and stripe patterns, but it turns out that they are 1 and 2 and mommy’s complex art ideas can be a bit silly to them.

Easy Whipped Cream

Easy Whipped Cream

Sometimes you need a quick and easy whipped cream recipe–whether it’s for a quick fatty snack, perfect pumpkin pie, or to top off a delicious keto frappuccino.

So here it is! This recipe is 4 ingredients and whips together in a magic bullet or similar blender so fast it’s unbelievable.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

A sprinkle of cream of tartar

1/4 tsp vanilla

15-20 drops of stevia

Directions:

1. Combine ingredients in magic bullet or other blender and blend. With the bullet it takes about a minute (this can vary). Watch it, though. It will thicken to a nice, creamy consistency–you can sometimes hear it change when whipping, but you don’t want to blend it for so long that it separates.

2. Enjoy your whipped cream!

Paper Tulip Bouquet

Paper Tulip Bouquet

Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

Last night I wrote up my first instructable for a gift I’m giving my mom tomorrow, and this morning it’s featured on the front page, so that’s awesome. If you don’t have something for mom yet you can find it here:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Tulip-Bouquet/

My other projects are on here but for this one I suggest looking at the link on Instructables, because you really need the pictures laid out with it and I love how their site handles it.

And A Happy New Year

And A Happy New Year

It’s officially 2018, hurrah! I think everyone loves new beginnings. It’s exciting to anticipate change and rejuvenation, and the new year always does that for me.

So talk of a new beginning always leads to a predictable topic: resolutions. I suppose I’m going to lay mine out there for the sake of accountability.

Most people give up on their new year’s resolutions pretty fast. Oh well. That’s why I’m not calling these resolutions–it’s more like refocusing my efforts in specific areas: health, the kids, and the family.

In terms of health I am beginning a Hashimoto’s thyroiditis healing protocol this month, starting with a 2 week liver detoxification, followed by adrenal support and then gut repair. It will certainly be interesting! I want to regain some more energy (although the synthroid is already helping tons) and try to repair my body. I know that healing hypothyroidism isn’t common, and remission is a lofty goal, but I’m a lofty-minded girl. I’m comfortable shooting for the stars. I’d like to lose some more weight, and I’ve been doing well so far, but losing weight isn’t the priority–health is.

With the girls I want to be more hands-on than I am. It’s difficult for me to focus on being an interactive mom when other people besides the kids are in the house, and too easy for me to turn the TV on and let them listen to nursery rhyme songs repeatedly (and they love it). It’s not bad in moderation, but imaginative play is important. Reading is important. Running around outside and getting dirty, and falling and getting scratched up and all of that stuff is really important, too. Arts, crafts, and music are important. I want to really find my groove with them. Part of me thinks that this isn’t going to happen until we move and that’s okay.

And with the family as a whole, and just in general, I want to improve. Such a broad statement, but it’s true. We want to relocate. I can wash dishes and sweep floors and mop more frequently. I can vacuum and pick up toys more. I can get kids to help me with clean up! I want to focus on writing and my online stores a lot more than I have. A lot of this stuff is energy based, and I’ve gained a lot of energy and motivation back since starting my thyroid medication so it’s all good.

After Christmas I bought myself a small gift. Well, three, actually–three small notebooks labeled goals, fitness, and projects. Fitness is primarily for meal planning, because if I don’t have a dedicated place to write down my meal prep I won’t do it (and I desperately need to do it). Projects is intended for organizing my plans with the kids–small “lessons,” crafts and activities, anything kid related is going in there. Goals was intended to be just a generic planner where I could write out what needs to get done when, but I think it’s going to be more than that–something greater! There are pages dedicated to goal setting and executing them, and I’m going to use them.

What are your plans for the new year? I’d love to hear!

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 375°. 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, grains  (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!

Festive Fall Centerpieces

Festive Fall Centerpieces

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! If you’re like me and prepare everything for the holidays at the last minute, then this is for you.

I tend to buy flowers, change the water a few times, and then leave them dying in the vase. Today this tendency actually proved itself useful when I decided to make fall decorations for Thursday:

You can do this alone or with your kids, up to you.

Supplies:

A mason jar (or many of different sizes)

Fresh, dried, or dying flowers

Optional: coordinating ribbon

Steps:

1. Cut the flower heads off of stems. Discard stems.

2. Pluck the petals from most of the flowers. Leave some intact for variety and dimension. My kids liked this part!

3. Arrange flowers and petals in mason jars. Have fun! Top with a large flower.