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Photo Contest: I Need Your Help! :)

My kids entered a photo contest and they need likes! Please click the picture link below and like the photo for us! Most likes by September wins! Thanks so much!

In other news, I will post some really exciting pictures and blogs soon about a huge trip that I just took, with tips and ideas to help you plan ahead!

Have an awesome day!

Low Carb Meal Plan

One of the fastest ways and in my opinion healthiest ways to lose weight is to limit processed carbohydrates.  I lean toward low-carb, high-fat paleo diets.  Limiting carbs has been the easiest way to maintain weight-loss in my experience.  Here is a sample menu to get you started:


1 Cup Cottage Cheese with 1/2 Cup Peaches mixed in

1 Apple, small handful of Kale, water and ice blended into a juice



2 Cups at least of Spinach or Romaine Lettuce with 1/2 Cup Grape Tomatoes, 3oz Organic Turkey Breast served with Annie’s Organic Lite Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing.

1 Cup Whole Milk or Half and Half and 1/2 a banana Smoothie



3oz of Meat: Beef, Chicken, Fish, etc.  Get Organic and Grass-fed/free range where possible.

1 Cup Green Vegetable such as asparagus, broccoli, or brussels sprouts

1 Tablespoon of butter on veggie



1/2 cup carrots

1 Tablespoon Butter on an Organic Graham Cracker


This roughly equals 1400 calories.  I hope this helps you get started.  The great thing about this diet is you don’t get hungry or famished as on other diets because the extra fat keeps you satisfied!


Hey everyone, I am still here!  I took a little unannounced personal hiatus from blogging to focus on some other activities and hobbies for a little while.  I can’t wait to share with you the things I have been learning and doing!

I recently opened an instagram account which I plan to use to update with pictures of my travels and everyday things that I find beautiful and inspiring.  In my next blog post I will share with you how you can connect with that.

I took up some running/walking recently that turned out to be not the greatest idea and set my health back a little bit, but things seem to be improving now!

I’ve been doing a lot of freelance writing which is awesome and getting back into photography and bird watching.

I have become a HUGE fan of National and State Parks, especially those in the western US such as the Grand Canyon and Arches National Park.  Find them on facebook because the photos they post are just amazing!

Well that is just a sample of what has been filling my days and I will fill you in on more in the coming days!

What’s been keeping you busy?


I am hosting a giveaway on my facebook page which is linked to my blog!



Head over to the facebook page to enter!

Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies


These look so AMAZING! So going to try these! #notpaleo #notdiet #butohsogood

Originally posted on My Foray Into Food Storage:

Before I begin, here’s a quick reminder to enter my 2nd April giveaway here.  Simply visit Emergency Essentials’ website, find something you’d like to try, visit this post, and tell me what it is.  It’s a Quick, Simple, and FREE entry!

Yesterday, as I was preparing to go to a surprise birthday party for a dear friend, I was trying to think of some yummy treats to bring along with me.  I planned to bring some homemade artisan crackers to serve with goat cheese and vanilla pear jam (click here to learn how easy it is to make these delicious crackers!), but I wanted to bring something sweet like a cookie.

Yummy homemade crackers served with Vanilla Pear Jam over goat cheese.  YUM!

Yummy homemade crackers served with Vanilla Pear Jam over goat cheese. YUM!

I took a look in my baking cupboard and found that I was running out of chocolate chips.  Not too great for a so…

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Gluten Free Coconut Crusted Chicken

I decided to try something a little new when I was making chicken this week.  I am a huge coconut fan.  I thought maybe I could give my chicken a little island flavor with some coconut.  Also, if you like chicken that is a little crispy like shake and bake but you don’t want to have to put a bunch of processed/carb-filled breading or seasoning, this works great!


Coconut Crusted Chicken


I used bone in and skin on pieces of drumsticks and wings, but you can use which ever you prefer.

2 Tbsp Unrefined Coconut Oil melted (I used unrefined in this recipe because it retains more coconut flavor than refined)

1/2 a cup Coconut Flour

2 Eggs

1 Tbsp half and half

Shredded Coconut



Whisk the eggs with the melted coconut oil and half and half until well combined.


Place the coconut flour in a separate bowl.


Coat chicken pieces in the coconut flour.


Then dip and coat in the egg mixture.  Dunk it in the coconut flour again and then back in the egg mixture.  Follow this for each piece.  Doing this helps the flour and egg to stick on the chicken and coat it better.


Place coated chicken pieces on parchment paper on a baking sheet.


After the chicken is all coated, sprinkle and pat shredded coconut all over the chicken. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of this part of the process!

Bake the chicken a for 30-45 minutes at 400 degrees.  Some bits of coconut may turn brown which is fine and gives the chicken it’s crunchy texture.  If your chicken is taking longer to cook and you are worried about the coconut coating becoming burnt, simply cover the chicken with aluminum foil.


This was one of the best recipes I ever came up with!  I hope you enjoy it!

This website has some awesome gluten free recipes:

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