Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Bark

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Every Christmas as a kid, my mom would buy peppermint chunks and white chocolate melting wafers to make homemade peppermint bark. As a food-a-holic these days, I naturally wanted to check out the ingredients for the classic melting wafer and was hit with a devastating surprise: Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel And Palm Oils, Nonfat […]

Homemade Vanilla Pudding


Florida, you tricked me. I thought you would be warm year round, but instead you are bone-chillingly cold today. I’m a wimp, I know. It’s only 46˚F. But after skipping out on winter two years in a row—not to mention living in dry areas—my body forgot what humidity and low temperatures feel like! My goodness! […]

Shepherd’s Pie

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Let me start off by showing you what I’m listening to in my kitchen right now. Plug this song into your Pandora, and you’ll be set with some fun upbeat music while you spin and dance around the kitchen. :) Even better, you should CLICK HERE to stream some great tunes. Okay! Now, we’re ready […]

Gourmet Muffin Frittatas


This recipe for muffin frittatas just came to me this morning. So many times, I just grab 2-3 ingredients, start cooking and make up something as I go along. This was one of those. The result was a mini frittata, perfectly portion sized. (Although, to be honest, I ate 4 or 5 of these!) Ingredients […]

Savory Crepes

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On lazy mornings or special occasions, I love making crepes. Savory crepes are one of my favorites, because you can eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you can fill them with whatever you want. The following crepe recipe is delicious, but feel free to modify the filling however you want. :) Enjoy! Ingredients […]

Homemade Beef Jerky

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This beef jerky is not dry, flavorless, packed with MSG, GMO’s, or preservatives. This beef jerky is completely good for you, all natural, delicious, and best of all, easy to make! Step 1: Start with a lean piece of meat. I like to use a roast, or brisket, or a flank steak. The most important […]

If you cannot offer empathy, offer grace instead.


This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy. As life does, the longer it goes on, the more experiences we gain. And recently, for me, there have been several “Ah-ha!” moments, where I’ve realized that where I had been unyielding in the past, I now “get” the other point of view. I’m gaining empathy. […]

A word on criticism

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I haven’t felt all that on top of things lately. The last few months, I’ve spent my days dazed and confused about my life and where it’s going. My success at relationships is at an all time low. So what’s a girl to do? Well, when you’re looking for some direction, the best place to […]

Update on my life post-divorce

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I can’t do it guys. I can’t bring myself to blog or talk about my life or what I’m doing post-divorce. I know I’ve let the blog die. I’m sorry guys. I feel like I’ve let you down. I changed the name from “The Polivka Family” to “Revived Kitchen” last November. But I’m not “revived” […]

The trick to polishing stainless steel

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I’ve used this simple method to polish stainless steel for years now. Maybe it’s so simple that it doesn’t need telling. Maybe you already know this trick, BUT just in case you didn’t… The trick to polishing stainless steel is VINEGAR! If I have a pot I’ve ruined or if my Berkey water filter is […]

Homemade Waterproof Sunscreen (SPF 40)

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Procrastination, people. Procrastination is what does THIS. One minute you’re innocently sunning at the pool, and the next—BAM! You’re next to a lobster that kind of resembles your boyfriend. All because you procrastinated making the sunscreen. (And also because he didn’t warn you how fair he was and *technically* also because he didn’t wear a […]

Chicken Pot Pie


This year, I’ve become a chicken pot pie lover. I mean, who doesn’t love chicken pot pie, really? But I feel like my chicken pot pie skills have finally matured into consistent, wonderful chicken-ie, vegetable-ie, creamy-saucy, flaky-buttery-crust goodness. I have my friend Shaye to thank for this obsession. Her flaky butter pie crust changed my […]

The hardest part about getting a divorce


The hardest part about getting a divorce is people care about you. People care about you for different reasons. Some people care out of curiosity. Some people mourn for you. Some people worry. Some people pray. But the hardest part is that they care at all. Because then you wonder what they’re thinking. What are […]

About my absence

Sorry for my absence loves! I’ve been ignoring my email and the blog and social media in exchange for drive-in movies, mini-golf, roller coasters, long bike rides, beach walks, seasonal festivals, good coffee with friends, musicals, camping, hiking, roller skating, dancing, sight-seeing, midwifery school, and so much more! Oh my goodness! So much happy! I’m […]

Starting Midwifery School

Watching birth videos always makes me cry. Maybe I’ll be able to handle myself one day. Hopefully. Maybe. But then again maybe not. I just finished watching the birth video in this post, and mom’s reaction just had me in tears. Joyful tears, but tears none the less. Sometimes it gets really bad when I’m […]

Cutting hair for the first time

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Now, (Mom, correct me if I’m wrong) but I don’t think I ever cut off my hair or anyone else’s as a kid, so that would mean that yesterday I gave my first haircut! Two days ago, I was looking at Josh’s thick hair saying, “Hun, it’s getting pretty long. Might be time for a […]