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 running my hands through Josh’s gorgeous thick hair saying, “Hun, it’s getting pretty long. Might be […]

Giving thanks

I’ve started a running list of things I’m thankful for on a wall in my home. I started by simply writing on Post-it notes, which works pretty well as long as the adhesive is new. :) I think a bulletin board and halved index cards might work better in the future though. Here are some […]

Top 10 Kitchen Tools for Home Chefs

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1. A Sharp Chef’s Knife A sharp knife is an absolute necessity. The most versatile type of blade is a chef’s knife or a Japanese santoku knife. A blade that has significant length and width will be the best for chopping, dicing, cubing, mincing, shredding, slicing, and scooping/transferring. Chopping is accomplished by leaving the tip […]

Tabbouleh (Parsley & Mint Salad)

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4-5 bunches organic parsley 2 bunches fresh organic mint 3/4 cup fine bulgur wheat or quinoa 2 large tomatoes, diced 1 shallot, finally chopped Juice from 1/2 lemon 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/8 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp cardamom 1/8 tsp cumin 1/8 tsp coriander 2 tsp ground allspice Pinch of cloves Pinch of […]

Hearty Beef Stew

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It’s the middle of winter here in California, and as you know that means freezing cold days, blizzards at night, icy roads, heavy coats and—-oh wait. That’s the rest of the country! I realized sometime this week that amidst the 60˚F sunny weather, I’d forgotten it was winter. Usually, in Tennessee, I’d be cooking hearty, […]

Butter Burgers (the best kind)

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What exactly is a butter burger? A butter burger is just my take on a regular cheeseburger, but with a toasted butter-soaked bun. Yum. One of my favorite ways to eat toast is to pan fry on both sides in a ton of pastured butter. So much butter that it’s just totally saturated, dripping with […]

Citrus Sunrise Cocktail

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Oh my goodness. Now, I don’t drink a lot, but every now and again I’ll indulge in a real foodie cocktail at the end of the day. This one is as simple as it is delicious, and it’s really easy to customize. This is not so much a recipe as it is guidelines, I suppose. […]

Thai Yellow Curry

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I couldn’t tell you the last time I made Thai food. Back in 2010, I got hooked on Indian food and aromatic spices and forgot about Thai for a while. This year, I’ve gotten back into making savory comfort food, courtesy of Shaye Elliott, who wrote my #1 favorite cookbook “From Scratch.” I’m also getting […]

The Easiest Crepe Recipe

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I’m literally having the best day ever! I woke up leisurely; the sun was shining, and the air was warm! I feel so lucky to live in the Bay Area in California, where there are sunny days like this at the end of January! Back home in Tennessee, it’s cloudy, 18˚F and feels like 5˚F! […]

Homemade Laundry Starch (2 ways)

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I’m not sure about you, but one of my least favorite chores is ironing. Ironing can be frustrating if, well, the wrinkles don’t come out right away. After doing a huge load of laundry with lots of dress shirts to iron, it occurred to me that maybe this whole ordeal would turn out better if […]

The real foodie’s dream lunch tote

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I’m officially in week 7 of chiropractic school, and I conquered 5 midterms last week! Four to go! Whew! After getting my grades back from my first few midterms, I’m feeling pretty confident and happy so far! I just adore all of my school-mates. The people here are passionate and really wonderful, and I feel […]