Artisanal Bread

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Okay, so we try to eat pretty healthy and are learning to portion control, buuuut we’ve kind of got this thing for bread. Does anyone else love bread as much as we do? I love seeing it in bakeries. And sometimes buying some for a snack. ūüėČ

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I enjoy making bread too. I make sandwich bread for the husband and now he said that he can’t ever go back to store bought bread. I guess I’m just stuck making sandwich bread the rest of my life. ūüėČ I’m glad to have sandwich bread around when everyone is craving sandwiches. PB & J, grilled cheese, Monte Cristo, BLT, Reuben, Club. Oh, and my personal favorite – a salowich, which is a word my neighbor uses to describe a salad sandwich (think spinach, tomato, bell peppers, etc.). I love me some salowiches!

Something else that I love is this artisanal bread. I’m not really a fan of sandwich bread, unless it’s for a salowich. But artisanal bread is my favorite bread so far. I found the original recipe here¬†and I’m so glad I did! Crispy, soft, fluffy, filling, tasty. Not only tasty but SO versatile. Italian garlic, jalapeno bacon cheese, sundried tomato and basil. Yep, you can make them all and more. With just this one recipe. Yuuuum!

Oh! And it’s only like 3¬†ingredients. Unless you count water as an ingredient.

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If we were having coffee..

If we were having coffee…

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We would talk about suffering. I listened to a sermon a few weeks ago that has been on my mind. It was over¬†the idea of suffering. Suffering is an intense word, but there are different types of suffering. Maybe it’s a cold, a broken bone, or a large bill to pay. Maybe it’s divorce, job loss, or a house fire. Maybe it’s murder, rape, or losing a loved one. We suffer all the time. It’s just a part of life. That list goes on and on and ON.

But something that’s interesting is that God’s intention wasn’t for us to suffer. Suffering was not God’s idea; He didn’t design suffering into creation. In fact, when God made something new (land, sea, light, darkness, etc.), He said that it was good. Good. That’s not a word I would use to describe suffering, would you?

Genesis 3 is when we first see sin and suffering. God tells Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from one tree. Don’t eat it. That’s it. It’s like one of those you had one job memes. But the serpent (aka – Satan) persuaded the woman to eat the fruit and then the man ate some also. They chose to disobey God and sin. Because they chose to do this, suffering came about. The serpent must crawl on its belly and eat dust all the days of its life. Women¬†will have terrible labor pains when bearing children and husbands will rule over them. Men will have to work for food, growing it themselves¬†by sweat until¬†death.

Sin is not from God, but from Satan. And suffering is a direct consequence of sin. When children do something at home they’re not supposed to do, they hide. They know some sort of suffering is coming. Their parents might¬†be angry, they might get toys taken away, they might get spankings. They know some sort of consequence is coming.

Adam and Eve’s sin separated them from God. He didn’t want Adam and Eve to sin, He didn’t want them to fall, He didn’t want to ban them from the Garden. What He did want? A perfect relationship with them – filled with love, trust, respect, goodness, kindness, gentleness. He wanted that, which I think is pretty amazing.

And as far as the suffering we go through, I think we can take comfort in the fact that it’s not a part of God’s plan. It’s good to know that God doesn’t want us to go through pain, but rather that it is simply a consequence of our sin. And if we turn to him, we can find peace. We can find healing. We can know love.

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My Hair Care

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Oh. My. Gosh. You guys, I have to tell you about my new hair care routine.

I used to use whatever shampoo or conditioner. No specific brand, price, scent. Just whatever. Sometimes I didn’t even use conditioner. Or even shampoo! I’d use soap sometimes. Yikes! Some of you hair girls are cringing right now. Using soap?! Not using conditioner?! What is wrong with you lady?! I know, I know. Both of those are bad.

So I finally decided to give my hair some TLC and buy some organic shampoo and conditioner this past Christmas.

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First of all, better ingredients that I know are WAY better for my hair. This shampoo makes my hair feel so clean without any weird ingredients in it. And no scent. Sure, wildflower blossom or orange citrus are nice scents. But if it means weird ingredients, then no thanks!

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Second, my hair is SO soft thanks¬†to this amazing¬†conditioner!¬†It’s thick, buttery, and moisturizing. Soft hair and less dead ends mean my hair is getting the moisture it needs and deserves. It’s called a deep conditioning treatment for a reason!

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Third, this¬†wooden comb¬†is not only pretty but also has thick spines to handle hair. I’m aware it says “Rocky Mountain Barber Co.” and that is is directed towards men. Yeah, yeah, I hear ya. But men’s stuff seems to last longer than women’s, don’t you agree?! Plus I love wooden combs!

Am I all super crunchy in this post right now? With my organic shampoo, conditioner, and wooden comb? Why yes. Yes, I am. But you better believe it is SO worth it.

What’s your hair care look like?

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If we were having coffee…

If we were having coffee…

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We would talk about this mom gig. I had a moment where I accepted that this mom thing is a calling. We sometimes view the early stages of motherhood as a phase. Because really those early stages are SO hard and draining, which makes it easier to view as a stage.

Those kiddos need you. Literally. They can’t make a lunch without you or limit how much chocolate they have. Stomachache anyone?¬†All the cooking, endless laundry, seasonal snotty noses, disaster of toys, never-ending dishes – there’s always a random cup somewhere. It’s so exhausting!

But I was sitting at our dining room table during a “nap” time. Screaming toddler in her crib, dishes piled high, everyone on their last clean pair of undies, day 2 of cheese quesadillas because, well, dishes. And I started crying.¬†“I can’t do this! It’s so hard!” I thought.¬†After crying for a few minutes, I pulled myself together.¬†“Being a mom lasts for the rest of my life. How am I going to get through it without having broken dreams left behind?”¬†Which, to be honest, I have quite a few. And then I prayed. Prayer is a powerful tool. After praying for a bit, I realized that this mom thing is a calling. It’s not a phase. Our kids have phases – infant, toddler, kiddo, teen, young adult, mid-life adult, elder. We have phases too – first time mom, newborn mom, toddler mom, second time mom, mom of teens, empty nest. But they will always be our kids. And we will always be their mamas.

It’s not meant to be a phase. It’s not a “if I can just get through this tantrum” or “how much longer until bedtime?” Those are phases, situations, things that just don’t last forever. It’s “how can I handle this tantrum to grow myself and my toddler?” and “I am going to switch gears because my kids and I are driving each other crazy – snack time.” It’s a calling, this mom gig. And callings last for the rest of our lives. They have a purpose, a place, a meaning. They look differently at different times, but they are performed with great love and compassion.

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V-Day Gifts for Him

Okay, I gave a guide to the men about buying gifts for you ladies. But let’s be super real right now. Valentine’s Day is usually all about the ladies. But our men deserve some love on Valentine’s Day too! And something we all know about men – they’re SUPER hard to shop for! I know, I know. Frustrating. Which is exactly why I decided to make a list for him too. So this one’s for you wives, girlfriends, and fiances!

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1) Whiskey stones¬†// 2) Ron Swanson glass¬†3)¬†Bottle opener & survival tool¬†// 4)¬†Eyeglasses holder¬†// 5)¬†“The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man”¬†// 6)¬†Key ring system¬†// 7) Catchall tray¬†// 8)¬†Fossil watch // 9)¬†Travel mug¬†// 10)¬†Amazon gift card

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V-Day Gifts for Her

Happy February!

Husband, boyfriends, fiances – this post is for you! Valentine’s Day is RIGHT¬†around the corner. Like only 13 days away fellas – 13 DAYS!¬†What does your pretty woman want? Here are some ideas!

Tip: If you’re going to order her chocolate covered strawberries¬†(recommended, STRONGLY recommended), do it now. Many places need an order in at least a week prior, sometimes 2 weeks. So stop by after work and get that order in!

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1)¬†“I Feel Bad About¬†My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman”¬†// 2)¬†Gold letter necklace // 3) Coffee mug¬†// 4) Write notebook¬†// 5) Jewelry holder¬†// 6)¬†Eyeglasses holder¬†// 7)¬†Travel mug¬†// 8)¬†Mint gold earrings¬†// 9)¬†Throw blankets (ON SALE!)¬†// 10)¬†Target gift card

What’s on your list?

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Travel Favorites

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We traveled this weekend and are hanging out with some family.¬†It’s good to hang out with family. And also get laundry done. Because, you know, #apartmentlife with no washer or dryer.

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But something interesting about us – we only travel at night. Yep, only night drives for us. Why you ask? We used to do day drives before we had Lilly. But after I had her I tried to do a 5 hour day drive with a nursing baby. That 5 hour trip turned into a 7 hour trip. Which made for one tired and crabby mama.

In order to get through those night drives, I need a few of my travel faves while our precious toddler sleeps in the back.

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Okay, so Anthony thinks this is weird. But when we’re going on a night drive and I need to stay awake to drive, I buy gum. Not just any gum, but 2 kinds – Juicy Fruit and Red Hot. I alternate between the 2 of them so my taste buds are like, “WHOA!” which helps keep me awake. Weird? Helpful? What do you think?

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We try to opt for healthy snacks – apples, bananas, grapes. Things that are easy to throw in a bag to keep up front. And we usually do stick to it. Buuuut, let’s be honest. When it’s midnight and you’re¬†driving, it is totally acceptable to grab some mozzarella sticks from Sonic or curly fries from Arby’s. Or maybe it’s that bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos. You too or just me?

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Lilly doesn’t need much when we travel at night because she sleeps most of the time. Just a sippy cup, her blanket, and a paci. And that kid is set to go! Also,¬†she is SO tired today because travel messing with our schedule. I may or may not need a spoonful of Nutella at lunch time. Haha!

What are your travel favorites?

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