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Paleo Granola

I have been playing with this Paleo Granola for A LONG TIME and I think I found a winner! I started out using a more traditional recipe from my friend Stephanie, over at The Nutrtion Mom. Stephanie is such an inspiration and has a really beautiful story – stop by and say hi! She’s doing BIG things in beautiful and delicious ways. Stephanie’s also my go to girl for a (delicious) Raw Detox + Cleanse! almods When I realized I needed to get off of grains I was super bummed to think about missing out on one of my all time favorite snacks – granola. I have loved granola since I was a young girl – before it resurged into mainstream when folks would endearingly call me a crazy hippie. Folks being my parents. Boy how they were wrong! Mostly. Love you Mom + Dad❤️

One day it struck me that I didn’t have to give up granola, I simply needed to leave the oats out and add more nuts. And that’s what I did. I love to share this as gifts for holidays or just special days. One of the lovely ladies at my Nutritionist’s office said it was her “favorite new food!”. My heart jumped when I heard her and I realized I had to share it with all of you sooner than later. Enjoy! paleo granola Paleo Granola

ingredients
4 cups of raw nuts (pecans, cashews, almonds, mixed nuts all work)
1 cup of dates, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup of dried raisins and/or cranberries
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup ground flax
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup any nut butter
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ginger spice

Pre-heat oven to 200F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients together on the tray (why make more work for yourself with a bowl?). Spread evenly across the tray. Taste test to ensure seasoning is to your liking. If you don’t inhale most of the granola at this point, place in the oven and stir every 15-20 minutes so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. Bake for one hour. Let cool and enjoy!

In Love and Joy,
B

“Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.”

-1 Corinthians 13:13

Kale + Kate

Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes using the Queen of Greens – Kale! It’s a wonderful winter green that provides SO many delicious nutrients when eaten (fiber, folate and Vitamins A, C and K to name a few). This amazing green has become one of my favorite edibles that God has so generously gifted us. It’s such a hearty green it’s even proven itself against light ice and snow in our garden!

Kale and I met several years ago. I had begun working with a fabulous Health Coach and beautiful friend, Kate Lindsay, to help guide me through the beginning of our journey as a family with Food Allergies. We had just discovered that Noah, our oldest, was allergic to gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts and sugar and I was a complete novice in the kitchen. At the time, the microwave and eating out were just a way of life for our family.

I went to a cooking class hosted by Kate and I learned the in’s and out’s of Kale and never looked back! One of the oddest things Kate taught in this class was that if you’re eating raw kale it needs to be massaged. I glanced at my best friend who had come with me with my “WTF?” face (that’s “What the French Toast” in our family). But it’s true, tribe, it’s true! If you give your kale a little love and a lot of squeezing, the texture changes completely and it becomes a joy to eat. Now I scoff at any unmassaged kale salad. Well, not really, but I won’t eat them because it feels like I’m chewing on cardboard.

So, if you’re curious how to massage kale, like I was, here’s what you do! De-stem the kale leaf. Tear the leaves up in a big bowl. This is fun to do with your kids. Stella, my toddler, likes to do this with me (I’ve found if the kids help out with dinner they are much more inclined to eat what they’ve made). Then, grab the torn leaves in two handfuls, squeeze them and give them a little rubbin’ for a few seconds. Just like giving someone a hand massage. Do this with all of the kale until it’s become limp and bright green. Literally just a couple of minutes completely changes the texture and color – and I think the taste, too!

Fresh orange zest

Fresh orange zest

There are several varieties of kale and it’s fun to mix and match them in this amazing Winter Citrus Salad. Our family LOVES it and everyone heads for seconds when I make this recipe. A few tips: it makes enough for several meals, you can easily switch out different ingredients to what you have on hand or what sounds delicious to you that day AND if you let it sit overnight and eat it the next day(s) then all of the ingredients have had a chance to dance and party and the flavors blend magically together. We love it most on Days 2 and 3!

Kale salad

The undressed Winter Citrus Salad

Citrus Winter Salad

ingredients
1 head of curly kale, washed
seeds from one pomegranate or 1 cup of blueberries or any other favorite fruit
1 apple or pear (or both)
1 grapefruit
1/2 c sliced almonds or nut of preference, toasted

Pull the kale leaves off of the stems. Tear or coarsely chop leaves and place in a large bowl. Massage kale for a few minutes. Thinly slice apple or pear. Peel grapefuit. Remove seeds and skin. Cut grapefruit slices in half. Add fruit to the kale and toss.

Let’s toast the almonds! Toasting nuts is like browning meat. Simply pour raw almonds onto your pan or skillet. Turn heat to med low. Start stirring them around pan after a couple of minutes. As they start to brown, remove from heat. Keep in a tightly sealed container.

Citrus Vinaigrette

ingredients
zest of one orange
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 TBL raw honey
2 TBL Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
juice of zested orange
1/4 cup of oil (I used Avocado oil from Costco, but Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil works great, too)

Combine and whisk all ingredients, except for oil, into a small bowl. While whisking, slowly drizzle oil in. Toss dressing with kale salad. Top with toasted almonds. Remember Days 2 and 3 are the best days for utmost salad enjoyment!

Kate later inspired me to go to Nutrition School and my life was forever changed! ANNDD her and her crazy beautiful family are making a documentary and set out on a two month long road trip last summer, interviewing families all over the country. Did I mention they did this with two kiddos under 5 and she was 7 months preggos? I did say crazy beautiful! Check out what they’re up to here.

In Love and Joy!

B

A Tribe Called Love…And TWO Sweet Little Recipes to Warm You Up

Y’all! You guys! You’s guys! We have a new TRIBE of over 500 LoveJoy warriors. Here we are. Together. Ok, I’m not typically a kumbaya kinda gal but I am beyond amazed and thrilled! Welcome and big cyber hugs all around.

Now, let’s get down to business. I walked into a gas station this weekend with the kiddos and we were bombarded with all kinds of Valentine’s Day hoopla. 3 foot tall cards and bears and CANDIES were screaming at us from the shelves! Needless to say, I’m not a fan of commercialized holidays. If that’s your thing, thank you for spreading love in any and all ways! Now, I love holidays – Christmas and Easter are favorites and I even like Valentine’s Day. I mean, who doesn’t love feeling extra loved? I just don’t care for the commercialism side of it all. I started thinking, how could we change this?

Noah’s class recently sent home a note sharing they have a make your own Valentines policy, which I think is sweet. This sparked a conversation about why we celebrate this holiday and different ways we can show love to others – particularly in platonic ways.

So, tribe, this came to me and I am officially asking a favor. More like a request to play with me. I hope you’ll participate in our first LoveJoy Challenge -not that I ever intended on challenging us to anything until this fell into my lap and my heart! What would happen if all 500 of us spent a few moments each day spreading love? For the next 12 days, if each of us spread a little love and light to someone else that would equal over 6000 ACTS OF KINDNESS! I know. I couldn’t believe it either. I got out my calculator to make sure it wasn’t a mistake but that’s the truth, folks. Can you imagine the impact we’d all have on the Universe? Cherubs might swoop down from the sky! I don’t know about you but I think there might be a little more joy, maybe a little more peace, spread throughout our corners of the world. Pretty amazing, eh?

The kids and I talked about our first act of kindness at the breakfast table this morning ove Lemon Poppyseed Paleo Pankcakes. We decided to draw pictures this afternoon for a special friend of ours who will be having a double mastectomy at the end of the month and mail them out to her. We also talked about making a thank you card for our postman. In the past, we’ve left cookies for our trash collector. That was a fun one because we watched from the window as he walked up to the little wrapped box with wonder and curiosity and then a big, beautiful smile crossed his face. Then the boys danced around with joy because he loved it – even though he didn’t even know what was inside the box!

We talked about how a smile to anyone is an act of kindness or holding the door open for someone. We could pass out goodie bags to the homeless or bring a smoothie or coffee to someone you have a meeting with or the instructor of your workout class. We could even make our partner or spouse their coffee in the morning or leave a love note for them or your kiddo in a little hiding spot around the house. Anything goes folks!

Oh, and I almost forgot! I hope this recipe warms you up and lights your heart on fire to play. Enjoy!

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Paleo Hot Coco with Whipped Cream

ingredients
4 c. almond milk (or whatever milk type you prefer)
6 TBL pure grade a maple syrup
1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
4 scoops of Cocoawell (this link takes you to the sweetened version on Amazon but we use the unsweetened version that you can get at most natural foods stores) or 4 heaping TBL of cacao
pinch of sea salt
pinch of cayenne (omit if you don’t care for the spicy kick)

Heat almond milk on medium heat. Once simmering, turn heat to low and add all other ingredients and stir until coco is smooth and silky. Top with this Paleo Whipped Cream.

Paleo Whipped Cream

ingredients
1 can of chilled full fat organic coconut milk
1 TBL pure grade a maple syrup (raw honey is a great sub and I have also used about 10 drops of stevia, but I prefer the maple syrup)
1 tsp organic vanilla
pinch of sea salt

Pop your coconut milk in the freezer for an hour or so to get it nice and chilled. You can also leave it in the fridge overnight if you’re good about planning ahead – I am not. Open your can of coconut milk and scoop out all of the solid, coagulated milk into the bowl of your stand mixer. Leave the leftover liquid for another day (I’ll throw it into my coffee, a smoothie or even the above mentioned Hot Coco). Add all of the other ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for 5-7 minutes or until whipped and fluffy. If it’s not whipping to your liking, crank that puppy up to high for a minute and that should work just fine. You can also use a hand mixer, it will take a few more minutes but will be just as delicious!

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I hope you’ll come play with us over the next two weeks and show the world how Love and Light are truly spread ❤

In Love and Joy!
B

Strength

Well, it’s been awhile since my yoga mat and I have had a date. Like, maybe, creeping on 3 months awhile. I think we had a 30 minute power lunch next to my bed one day in December. But it was a long December, a blur to be honest, and that could very well be a false statement. I looked at my schedule for this week and decided Hump Day would be my January 1st. Twenty seven days late really isn’t so bad if you’re a Kerby…or a Ferguson…or most anyone related to me.

I felt like we were on a first date. I was a little shy and feeling a bit self conscious to say the least. I decided at the last minute, since I was being so awkward with myself and my mat, that I would push the awkwardness a bit farther and try a new studio. Just jump ship. Have you ever done that? Yep, me either.

I walked into the trendy yoga studio with EDM blaring in the back ground thinking, “Oh boy. This is going to be a fun hour.” Let me rewind and give you the scoop on how my yoga practice normally flows. My routine is to go to the same studio I started practicing in with VERY calm music welcoming me into my church. It’s my time to sit and get real with God. God and a few other sweaty, smelly, seemingly nice folk. It’s almost 100F and I breathe and move and pray and surrender. However, today I walk directly into the actual studio (it’s donation only, so a lobby is obviously a waste of money) where the very friendly instructor was hanging out at a little side kiosk and what I felt like everyone in the room was greeting me with a look of horror. Of course they weren’t but I felt like I had just walked in naked.

I plopped down next to the dread head- I say this with absolute endearment. I’ve always wanted dreads but never grew the cojones that comes with them. I get my mat rolled out and lay down to get my Jesus time on. I’m quickly interrupted by the friendly instructor who asks us to introduce ourselves to someone next to us and say hi so the next hour will feel more comfortable, you know. The woman on my other side and I say hello and shake hands, both of us obviously thinking “oh boy”. I’m pretty sure she was expecting some holy time, too, not so much a social hour. But come to think of it, a lot of churches do have a Meet Your Neighbor moment. I think it’s called Pass the Peace. Maybe the friendly instructor was following a church agenda without me ever realizing it as such.

ANYWAY.

The hour was holy. I went with the flow and found God on my mat. I rediscovered my breath. I realized that God gives strength to me whenever I ask for it, which is typically in emotional or spiritual requests. But He showed up again today and reminded me that He’s there for my physical needs, too.

So quickly I forgot how grateful I had become for two working legs. I broke my knee last spring in a freak ski accident. It was my first time skiing and the freaky part was that I was screaming into the mountain at the sound of my knee snapping, and, yes, I was on the bunny hill. A humbling experience one has while being sledded down the mountain by ski patrol as five year olds whiz past your head. Once I had completed Physical Therapy months later, a very profound gratitude for two working legs and a healthy body came over me. God showed me then and again today that I can rest, even for a few months, and He will provide all the strength I need. I hit Bird of Paradise like I hadn’t skipped a beat. All the while, that little voice inside my head had had me worried about simply keeping up with the flow.

Please don’t get me wrong I also stumbled. And I fell. I even knocked my cup of water all over the floor rolling out of a headstand.  But I also breathed. I prayed. And I showed up. I got my Jesus time and I had a beautiful rest of the day. There is something miraculous about starting your day with God and movement. Something I hadn’t experienced in quite awhile.

The rest of the day held a similar flow. And it ended with something AMAZING. Click here to witness a miracle in humanity (and participate if you’re so inclined)! There is no way in the Universe that you will be disappointed. It could possibly be the best click of your day…

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This photo was taken by Humans of New York. This is Vidal and he inspires me with his strength and abundant courage.

Have a beautiful weekend!

In Love and Joy,

B

Love…and Utter Joy

Wow. You know that feeling you get when you set out to do something that could totally flop? You could fail and land face down first and eat mud? OR you could fly and breathe and feel complete exhilaration and utter joy? Well, the release of this blog last week did just that for me. I rolled out a similar concept a few years ago to little reception but plugged through for a few months until I finally let it fizzle. In the midst of my fizzling, I found out I was pregnant with Stella and work more than doubled – all big and beautiful Life happenings. On top of all of these Life happenings, a little voice in my head kept saying “Next month. You can pick it up again next month…”

Excuse after excuse kept popping up until I finally realized tomorrow would never come unless I re-organized my time, stated my goal out loud (to real, live people) and set the date. I think this goal setting system might work well for me!

And here we are.

My heart is all ooey gooey with the out pouring of LOVE and support, near and far, from each and every one of you magnificent people. I simply cannot put into words my gratitude for your open arms. Thank you.

And to really show how much this means to me, I thought I’d share a little treat that I think you might just fall in love with. The kiddos and I made these for our quiet New Year’s Eve celebration and then I played with them again for a dear friend’s baby shower because they are just too cute and tasty!

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Thumbprint Cookies

A quick word about ingredients. I will always try and share the brands I use. I’ve tested a variety of brands and will play with more, but I cannot convey how different the recipes taste with quality ingredients. And by different I mean better. I use organic whenever possible, pink sea salt (Real Salt), raw honey, Grade A  Maple Syrup, and so on and so forth. These ingredients can be found at some grocery stores and most natural food stores like Whole Foods. However, Costco has joined the world of natural living and offers a great selection of high quality, bulk selections of coconut oil and almond flour! I could write an entire post about ingredients. Hmmm….back to your special treat!

Thumbprint Cookies

ingredients

1 1/2 c almond flour

1/2 c arrowroot starch

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/3 c melted coconut oil (you can always sub butter if you have allergies)

1/3 c pure grade a maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

a jar of your favorite preserves or jam (we use a sugar free, juice sweetened version you can find here)

Preheat your oven to 350F. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt your coconut oil on your stove top. This only takes a sec, so keep a watchful eye because if the oil is too hot when adding it to your dry mix, it will burn the flour and burnt flour is not the taste we’re going for. Trust me.

Mix the almond flour, arrowroot starch, baking powder, and salt together. Add your melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and stir until you have a creamy cookie dough. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough into your palm and roll into a ball. Gently press the dough down onto the cookie sheet to slightly flatten. Do this with the rest of your dough then go back and insert your thumb into the center of each cookie to make a basin for your jam. During the ball rolling and laying, the kids and I know we must taste test the dough (no eggs!) to ensure a perfect balance of sweet and salty. Go ahead. Just leave a few to bake or quickly whip up another batch if you look down and your mixing bowl is empty.

Spoon a dollop of jam into the thumbprint hole of each cookie. Bake for 13-15 minutes. Oven times vary so keep an eye out for a beautiful golden color and you’ll know they’re ready. The warmer the golden color, the more flavor and better set the cookie! Let cool and enjoy – if you can wait that long!

Again, my most heartfelt thanks for the beautiful kick off!

In Love and Joy!

B

Birthday Breakfast

We just celebrated two very special birthdays. Our sons have birthdays that are one day apart, which lends to a very exciting December. Growing up, my mom began our special day with the breakfast of our choice. I always chose blueberry muffins. Not the blueberry muffins in the little blue box that were the occasional treat. I chose the streusel topped Read More

Nature’s Prozac Part I

Depending where you’re planted right now, the great outdoors might not feel like an oasis. Buuuuuuuttt, please hear me out. I was in quite a dumpy mood for a few days while the weather was cooling down. I spent my time bundled up nice and tight inside, trying to keep warm with hot tea and extra hugs from the kiddos. My favorite winter activities involve blankets, snuggling and movies. But as the temperatures were dropping I noticed my temp(er) rising. Finally, in a tizzy, I bundled the kids up and decided we would overhaul our raggedy garden and get those spring bulbs in.

No more than five minutes had passed and my Spirit was lifted! I heard laughter all around me. And wait, what was that noise coming from me? Alas. It was laughter as well. Maybe it was the brisk, cold air. Maybe it was getting my hands in the dirt. Possibly, it was the hunch I had as I planted 100 bulbs around my home, that in a few short months there would be a bounty of beauty and gorgeous color surrounding my Life. And I simply savored that moment in my raggedy garden, planting the seeds, knowing I would forget they were even there, then waiting and remembering my Soul lifting afternoon.

Whether you’re surrounded by snow, the ocean, or a mountain – get outside today! The sun, the air, the ground. You know you can do 15 minutes.  You deserve it!

 

**This was our first time planting bulbs so be on the lookout for a Spring Review of our endeavor. I have all of my fingers and toes crossed for a few awe inspiring blooms!

 

Finally Flannel

Hands down, my favorite decade is the 90’s. From music to fashion, good tv and great movies, I loved everything about it.

To my utter delight, flannel has finally made it’s way back to my closet and I am tickled. A recent snag I found was at Target! It happened to be 40% off and I snatched it without thinking twice. Read More

The Sharpie Mug

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I love me some pinterest. I have to be very careful not to overdue it and look up to take care of my family and husband. I’m teasing. Mostly. (I really do save my pinterest time for after the kids’ bedtime. Usually.)

Well, I’ve been seeing the sharpie mugs for the last year now and finally decided to give it a go. I only had regular sharpies on hand and this is the process I ended up using. Read More