Holding Butterflies

Not too tight, not too loose

A trip to the farm

For my photography class I had to practice a little composition. Darcy and I went to the farm and then the bookstore on Saturday. These are just a couple of my favorites from the shoot. We went to the farm because…the surveyors staked our our property lines!! Yay!! This is a big deal. Our farm consists of about eight pieces of property. We are redrawing the property lines to have.. Read More

This has got to stop.

I have come to the conclusion that if I continue writing every single day about Whole30 I will die of boredom. I’m done. Of course we will keep on doing it, and I’ll give a summary every few days. You can always check my Pinterest board to get some ideas of what is good for dinner. But I think about a lot more than food, usually. And I just really.. Read More

Whole30, Day Eleven.

Bill’s trip is starting to seem really long. When you can’t really eat out the weekend gets kind of long! I hadn’t realized how I look forward to that. I know we COULD find something to eat but it seems like a big challenge. Before I get to today’s menu, some news. I now have a Paleo/Whole30 Pinterest Board! You can go there for all of the recipe links in.. Read More

Wrestling with Whole30. Day 10.

Okay, today my life really didn’t revolve around our food. I will pay for that tomorrow! Today the boys wrestled. It was a decent showing for my boys and an excellent one for the team, so I guess that makes it worth the hour-and-forty-minute drive to the school. Eating at events like this can be a challenge even when we aren’t trying to modify our diet. I’ve yet to see.. Read More

Whole30, Day Nine. Meh.

The picture has nothing to do with anything. I just liked it. I was shooting today while the girls took a ride and the sun made his appearance. We are on hump-day of Bill’s nine day trip to Shanghai. We haven’t had bread in nine days. We are over it. That’s not completely true. Let’s take a moment to talk about breakfast. My boys are sometime breakfast eaters at home,.. Read More

Refreshed on Day 8.

At one point while I was writing yesterday’s post, I woke up with my head on the desk. I was that tired. So it seems a little incoherent, and I was going to rewrite it, but I think I’ll leave it. And review. I had some grim kids last night. Seriously hostile. Since I’m flying solo this week, it’s particularly exhausting. Something had to give, and it was the rigid.. Read More

Whole30, Day Seven. Changin’ it up.

Wednesdays are my quiet day around here. We usually eat at my mom and dad’s on Wednesdays, and this week my sweet mom made homemade ketchup! Because of our crazy Whole30 thing she fixed a whole Paleo meal: pork chops cooked with onions and ketchup, potatoes and green beans. It was really sweet. Oh! I also made the salmon cakes that are in the It Starts With Food book. They.. Read More

On Day Six I fed a crowd.

Bunco night! Usually a fun night for me, especially when I host. I love finding a fun theme and then pulling together an interesting menu complete with a couple of yummy desserts and a great mixed drink. Just typing that makes me sad. Bunco is a simple little dice game–it’s really a good excuse to get together and chat with friends. My group has been meeting together for more than.. Read More

Day Five? Yes.

Whole30. First, Larabars. Thank you, God, for Larabars. They are energy bars, Whole30 approved, and I was able to buy them at Publix and bring them to my wrestlers before practice. You would have thought it was actual manna from heaven. The girls also had one. I tried theirs and they were yummy–but I know the girls’ tastes have already started to shift because they absolutely wouldn’t have found them.. Read More

Whole30. Day Four.

I’m not going to lie. I am cooking all the time. I mean, all the time. Today I made ketchup, for goodness’ sake. This diet may do me in just because it seems like all I am doing is cooking, or thinking about cooking, or cleaning up from cooking, or shopping. It is taking a lot of energy and time, and that is really eating into the laundry time around.. Read More