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If you haven’t seen all the new changes at, I hope you take a trip on over and check it out. (This site you’re currently looking at is now new look is fresh & clean and, in my opinion, a total upgrade that will vastly improve your viewing experience.

Beyond just hyping the new site and hoping you guys love it as much as I do, this post has a purpose. With the new look, all e-mail subscriptions have been lost. Sad! Scary! Tragic!

I would just hate to lose a single one of you in the switch.  Re-subscribing (or subscribing for the first time!) will really help the new blog grow and prosper (and make my day). Plus, I’ll be sure to keep the crafts, recipes, and attempts at humor coming.

If you’re already on board, visit the bottom of this post and easily subscribe in the new site’s right sidebar. If you’re still left with questions, let me woo you.

Why bother signing up?
Subscribing by e-mail makes you the first to receive each of my unique recipes and posts. Not only that, they’ll be delivered neatly to your inbox.

Will you share my e-mail with anyone?
Never! Perish the thought. I hate spam as much as you.

What if I decide I want to unsubscribe?
It’s easy! Just click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email and you’ll be immediately removed from the mailing list.

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A super, big, enormous thank you to every one of you who has ever tried a recipe, commented, subscribed, or even just clicked around my little slice of the internet. You encourage me and allow me to do what I love!

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Salmon & Lime Rice Salad

We recently watched a documentary about grizzly bears called Grizzly Man. This movie is absolutely ridiculous. It’s a true story of some crazy dude who lived with bears for 13 years. He was eventually killed when a bear attacked and ate him. I don’t know how to gracefully transition from that to this salmon recipe other than this picture.

Maybe this movie subconsciously inspired a salmon craving?

Salmon & Lime Rice Salad
Serves 3-4

1 pound salmon filet, prepared perfectly
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
3 cups rice, prepared
1 cucumber, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Salt & pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, honey, dijon, and a dash of salt & pepper. Use two forks to shred salmon.

In a large bowl, add salmon, rice, cucumber, bell pepper, and cilantro. Continue reading

Sweet Slow Cooker Roasted Almonds

I impressed a lot of loved ones with this slow-cooked concoction. They’re great, budget conscious holiday gifts. But first, let me tell you about my history with cinnamon roasted nuts.

After a Maroon 5 concert circa summer 2010, I was walking a great distance with my friends back to our car. I was famished, as all people are after a concert, due to steeply inflated prices at the concert venue. On the dusty, beaten field of grass, one member of my party spotted an abandoned, full package of dirty, but unopened roasted nuts. He promptly picked them up and began eating them. I was half disgusted, half disappointed I hadn’t grabbed them first.

Getting tasty roasted cinnamon sugar treats shouldn’t be this complicated. So, now I will show you how to make them in a crock pot.

Sweet Slow Cooker Roasted Almonds
Makes 3 cups

1 and 1/2 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups almonds
1/4 cup water

Pour sugars, cinnamon, and salt into base of slow cooker. Mix until evenly combined throughout. In a separate bowl, whisk egg white with vanilla. Add almonds and stir until all almonds are coated with egg wash.

Pour almonds into slow cooker and stir with sugar mixture.

Cook almonds in slow cooker for 4 hours on low heat, stirring well every 20 minutes. When 1 hour of cook time remains, Continue reading

I Don’t Have Time

When did it become so cool in our culture to be busy? And stressed?

I understand the allure and I’ve been guilty of it before. It makes me feel important. Or like I have such a booming social life I can’t really commit to penciling in a hang out with someone unless it’s super far in advance or something.

I think our problem is not too little time, but making better use of the time we have. Time is precious, yet I squander it thoughtlessly.

Oswald Chambers says “‘I dont have time’ is the refuge of a small minded person. Each of us has time to do the whole will of God in our lives. The strength of moral character is conserved by refusing the unimportant.”

The president of the United States has just as many hours in the day as me.

How interesting that the Gospel accounts contain no hint of any interruption ever disturbing Jesus. Few things are more likely to produce tension in a busy life than unexpected interruptions, yet to Jesus there was no such thing. “Unexpected” events were always foreseen in the Father’s planning, and Jesus was therefore undisturbed by them. At times there was hardly time to eat, but time was always sufficient to accomplish all the Father’s will. Continue reading

Apple Chicken & Gorgonzola Quinoa Salad

Let this meal refresh you! It’s amazingly healthy and fills you up without feeling so stuffed you can’t not wear sweatpants for the rest of the day. Actually, I think I may have been wearing sweatpants when I ate this once. Well whatever. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing as long as you’re getting to eat this pure tastiness.

Apple Chicken & Gorgonzola Quinoa Salad
Serves 6-8

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, prepared and sliced in 1 inch cubes
2 cups quinoa
1/2 cup almonds
14 ounces chickpeas
2 apples, chopped
1/4 cup gorgzonzola cheese
2 green onion, thinly sliced
2/3 cup apple juice
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
A dash of salt

Prepare 2 cups uncooked quinoa according to pack instructions. Set aside and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, mix together cooled quinoa, almonds, chicken, chickpeas, apple, gorgonzola cheese, and green onions.

Whisk together juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, and salt. Continue reading