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Strawberry Chicken Salad w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Strawberry Chicken Salad was a life saver for me last week! I was getting so burnt out on my “same ol same ol” salad….I needed something fresh with some new flavors…Something to keep my palate excited. This salad was the perfect solution!! 😀 The strawberries give it a slight bit of sweet and tart, […]

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Cajun Seasoning Made Easy

This Cajun Seasoning is another yummy recipe that I stole from my sister. This makes the most awesome sweet potato fries, not to mention all of the other foods that it could bless with its flavor! This is another one that is really simple to make, and leaves no room for excuses as to why […]


The Paleo Approach Cookbook – The long awaited review and GIVEAWAY!

The Paleo Approach Cookbook, by Sarah Ballentine, is one of the most comprehensive and complete sources for recipes just for the Autoimmune Protocol that you will ever get your hands on! There is over 75 pages solely dedicated to kitchen/cooking basics 101…That doesn’t include the 12 pages of meal plans and shopping lists! The Basics […]

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Simple Chili Powder

This Chili Powder is another super easy way to save money and make sure you are getting quality seasoning blends without all the filler! It is incredibly simple and delicious and well worth the 5 minutes to throw it all together! 😉 1/2 cup paprika 3 tablespoons oregano 2 tablespoons cumin 2 tablespoons garlic powder […]

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Homemade Taco Seasoning & A Note About My Blogging Style

Another easy, yet definitely helpful to have, homemade spice blend! Love this taco seasoning! There is not a lot that I can write about most of my recipes. I like things simple, natural, and tasty. I don’t spend a lot of time writing out long stories on here because that’s just not what I am […]

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Spanish Rice – An Easy Freezer Meal

I love this Spanish Rice recipe! I remember as a kid, my mom used to make spanish rice all the time…and it was one of my favorite dishes. I just had to recreate it so I could indulge in that yummy flavor once again! There is several twists from the original recipe, but the wonderful […]


3 Months and 8 Days Post Stem Cell – Moved furniture while walking! A confusing disease!!!

So…this journey is a wild one, and I am having a very hard time making sense of it. The last few weeks, I have been SOOOOOO overly spastic and stiff, it has been nearly impossible to straighten my legs from a sitting position. Over the last 3 days, I have not had any strength to […]


Stem Cells – Week 7

So on Friday of this week, I will be at 7 weeks post stem cell. I would love to say that I am running marathons or at least running up and down my stairs by now, but sadly, I am not. Healing is a much slower process than I have the patience for. I get […]


Almost 3 weeks post stem cell – (day 19)

I am 19 days post stem cell, and boy has this been a ride so far. Lots of successes and lots of setbacks. I will try to elaborate a bit. The first 4 to 5 days post stem cell, I was seeing some AMAZING results. You can check out all of my videos on the […]

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Day 9 – Post Adult Stem Cell Procedure

I have had a rocky first week since stem cell treatment. I was so encouraged at the start because we were seeing all of these little improvements. I will include the Facebook documented videos in this post. For those of you that would like more consistent updates, please be sure to like us and follow […]

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Stem Cells – Procedure day and the 2 days following

Me and Kate after I returned to the hotel after the stem cell procedure! I am a bit delayed from updating on the procedure. After much thought and debate, we decided to come home a day early…we felt that I would do a lot better at home in my own bed…and we were right. I […]


Stem Cells – Pre Op Day

To make sure that I start from the beginning and cover all of the bases, I should probably talk a bit about the trip yesterday. It wasn’t tooooo bad. It was a 7 1/2 hour drive that took us 10, so that sucked, but the weather was nice! 😉 On a serious note though, it […]

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My Stem Cell Journey – Gearing Up

We leave in the morning for the long drive to Chicago for my adult stem cell treatment. I have so many mixed emotions right now. Part of me is so excited and hopeful and faithful that wonderful and amazing things are about to happen! Yet, there is a part of me that is so afraid and […]

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Sweet Italian Dressing

    As promised on Facebook yesterday, this is a very yummy and easy salad dressing that my husband just can’t seem to get enough of! It doesn’t need a lot of fancy talk or long explanations…it is just simple and GOOD! So without further ado…     You will need just 5 simple ingredients… […]

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The Paleo Approach: A Review

Where do I even begin with this book!? It is an amazing work of intellect! This is like having the benefit of a college course without the massive student debt and homework! 😀 Sarah has really put her heart and soul into making sure that we are provided with the most thorough information possible in […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone needs a sweet treat during the holidays. These are the yummy Chocolate Chip cookies that Steven and I whipped up this morning. They are quick and easy and oh so tasty! Plus, they are paleo AND gluten, egg, and dairy free! Can’t beat that! I adapted this recipe from Elana Amsterdam’s, found in her […]

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Anemia…Do You Have Enough Iron?

What Is Anemia? Anemia is diagnosed when your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells or when your blood does not contain enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein rich in iron that helps your blood carry oxygen from the lungs to other areas of the body. There are many different types of anemia…over […]

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The Seasons of Life

You all are going to have to forgive me for my fair weather blogging recently. These Seasons of Life are such roller coasters, and I seem to always use that as an excuse to run away and hide in my box. I have been dealing with a couple of new relapses, and one of those […]

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Aronia Smoothie

I love my aronia smoothies!! 😀 These have been the perfect addition to my diet! They are so tasty and satisfying, I just had to share them with you! The best thing about these smoothies is their health benefits! Aronia berries are fast becoming a popular new super food…and for good reason! These tiny berries […]

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Beans & Rice Enchiladas

For those of you who are not aware, I have been on a very restricted diet for some time now. I have pretty much been all over the place in the way of eliminations and re-introductions of foods, trying to figure out what works best for me. Beans and tomatoes have not been on my […]

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Garlic & Chive Notatoes

So most people look at me with a very awkward stare when I tell them that I’m making notatoes for supper. We don’t do white potatoes, but we sure do miss the yummy stuff that goes along with them. So…I came up with this awesome recipe for notatoes that tastes just like mashed potatoes, but […]

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Hot Cereal – Quinoa/Rice with Cinnamon

I have never been a fan of hot cereals. Mom could never get me to eat oatmeal, let alone cream of wheat or anything like that. But oh how I love my rice cereal! Thank you soooo much Chantale for the wonderful recipe! She has had me on this as part of my “gut healing” […]

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Amy’s Curry Powder

I had never tried curry before. I have heard of it a million times, I’ve just never taken the time or had much desire to give it a shot. However, my nutritionist suggested it to me as something that would possibly help aleviate some inflammation…so I decided it was worth a try. But you know […]

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Peas & Carrots Casserole

This new diet change has not been near as much of a challenge as I thought it was going to be. For the most part, I am still blending everything, to make it super easy to digest…but there are times when I just feel like chewing, so I cook me some stuff that will curb […]