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! First you need to start with Celine piece of meat. I like to use a roast, or brisket, or a flank steak. The most […]

If you cannot offer empathy, offer grace instead.

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

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

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 […]

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 […]