Sweet Potato Fries {Recipe}

Do you love fries as much as I do?  It’s one of my kryptonites.  But, unfortunately, fries are not good for you because they’re usually fried in saturated fats.  Too much of that is not good for your health.

This recipe of sweet potatoes is extra special because the fries are not fried, they are baked!  Yes!

I will not go into a debate whether potatoes are bad or good for you, and whether sweet potatoes are better for you, but I will post the following to show you that they are both good for you!  I think it all boils down to which you prefer. Read More

5 Reasons Why People Don’t Visit Your Blog {Lifestyle}

I visit a fair amount of blog posts daily.  I like reading blog posts that are about what I am interested in to help me improve my life and to inspire what I blog about. The following is what bugs me about blog pages, from least to most important.  Of course, this isn’t an extensive list, but it’s good to keep these things in mind when you are dealing with your own personal blog.

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Grow Onions {How To}

This past year, I tried to grow onions.  I started with seeds and grew it exactly according to the instructions I read in several places, placing them in front of our large living room window (on a table) that gets plenty of sunshine in the winter.  However, when it was close to when I was to plant them outside, more than half of them died!  The only thing I could think of is that I really needed an artificial light, which I didn’t have, or could afford to get one.

So, my suggestion is to just get onion seedlings from your local nursery.  It’s just easier this way, unless you have a greenhouse with artificial lights!  (Also, the transplants I planted were twice the size of the ones I grew from seeds.) Read More

Gnocchi {Recipe}

I have a confession to make.

I didn’t realize this until recently, but there are two kinds of gnocchi.  There is the cheese kind and the potato kind.  (I know, I guess I should have known this.  I am not sure why I didn’t.)  I mean, I grew up eating this recipe on so many occasions that I thought that this was the only way to make gnocchi.  My grandma’s next door neighbors and relatives were 100% Italian (I am not.).  They would always bring over homemade sauce made with tomatoes from their own garden and fresh, homemade pasta whenever there was a get-together.  This was one recipe they would bring over.  Can you see why I thought there was only one gnocchi recipe?  I seriously just did a quick search for simply gnocchi and I couldn’t even find any recipe even close to my version!

So, this is the cheese version.  Gnocchi (Gnoccho) in Italian means “lump”, which is exactly what this is: lumps of dough and cheese.  It is starchy, thick, and filling…meaning that it is my ideal dish.  (Have I ever mentioned that I love starchy, doughy dishes before??)  This recipe is lighter in texture than the potato version, and easier to make.

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A Very Happy Easter Prayer {Review}

As all parents know, having a routine at bedtime is crucial to ensure a “smooth” sleep schedule.  (I know, smooth never really happens with children!) For us, we brush Lemon’s teeth, have her go potty, put on the PJs, and then read her three books.  One of those books is always her children’s Bible first. God always comes first for us!  We want her to know the love and grace that God has for her from a young age.  For her other books, she can pick whichever books she wants (from a pre-selected selection I have picked—because I am not reading a 1,000 page book for bedtime!).  Usually, it is a Disney book we have picked from the library, as she loves her Disney princesses right now.  However, I always love when she picks one of her books about God!  Recently, Lemon and I got to review a book named A Very Happy Easter Prayer.

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Plan Your Garden {How To}

I know that it is February and it’s so cold out, but now it’s time to plan your garden for spring and summer!  Who doesn’t want to dream of warmer weather, am I right?

To plan your garden, first start thinking about which vegetables and fruits your family actually eats.  Do they eat tomatoes and strawberries?  Plan to grow these.  Do they hate radishes?  Don’t plant these, though they are easy to grow.  Perhaps ask your family what they would want to see in the garden.  Write a list of these fruits and vegetables. Read More

Pizza Sauce {Recipe}

Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Soybean Oil, Salt, Spices, Natural Flavor.  These are the ingredients in a store-bought pizza sauce.  Looks not too bad, right?

But, let’s break it down.  That salt?  It’s 250mg of sodium!  Yikes!  This doesn’t even include the salt that is naturally in cheese (which is 597mg for 1 cup of shredded)!    Granted, you are not going to eat a whole pizza by yourself (or if you do, I am not going to judge you), but that’s still way more salt than you need.

Then, there’s the soybean oil.  Even though we have been preached that soybean oil, a newer study has proven that it is one of the worst things for us, even worse than high fructose corn syrup. It makes you obese when you eat too much of it (which is way too easy to do as it is in a ton of store-bought foods!), leads to inflammation, and can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Woe!  (Never mind the harmful ways it’s manufactured!  If you are curious, look at this.) Read More

HUGE List of Essential Oil Recipes

I posted a blog earlier this week where I talked in detail about the safety of essential oils.  Now, on to fun stuff—making recipes!  Throughout the years, I have accumulated a quite a few recipes and I have made a few recipes (with research, of course!).  Below, I will list a few recipes that I have picked just for you.  This is a HUGE list of essential oil recipes!

As I mentioned earlier in the week, please be super careful to properly dilute when putting it on your skin.  As for diffusing or using your personal inhaler, follow the instructions included for those items. Read More

5 Ways to Use Essential Oils Safely {Lifestyle}

Essential oil usage has increased dramatically in recent years.  With every day people who are not certified aromatherapists and without any training selling oils and giving recommendations on how to use the oils, there also has been a lot of misusing of essential oils.  Education on how to use oils is the best way to make sure that essential oils are used the best and safest way for you and your family.

Used properly, essential oils can moisturize your skin, lift your spirits, make you fall sleep faster, and heal you quicker.  God made these plants for us to use, so use them wisely!

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Pizza Dough {Recipe}

Raise your hand if you love pizza!  You raised your hand didn’t you.  Don’t deny it.  I know I did!  We used to get our pizzas from a local pizzeria or in the frozen section of the local grocery store.  But, those pizzas are full of preservatives and extra calories.  Um….no.  Not cool in my book.  At my age, every calorie counts.  Never mind all that sodium!  I always feel like I need to drink a half gallon of water after I finish eating pizza from those places.  However, this homemade pizza dough (to pair with the homemade pizza sauce that will come in a later post) is so much healthier for you…and it tastes so much better!  This recipe has ZERO salt in it!

I long for the days when I could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound.  I miss eating all the carbs all day long.  Carbs are my jam.


Salads are just as good as pizza, right?

Didn’t think so.

To make the pizza dough even healthier, you could use whole wheat flour, or even half whole wheat and half white.  I used to make it this way for awhile, but I have since switched back to regular bread flour as I didn’t like the taste or how dry it was.  That’s a personal opinion, though, and you may like the taste of whole wheat dough.

Here is another recipe that I use my stand mixer for.  If you do not have one, go get one or save up for one!  I use mine all the time and I haven’t regretted having it once.

I also highly suggest that you get yourself a pizza stone if you don’t have one.  It cooks your pizza dough evenly without burning it or scorching it in places, and makes it taste amazing!  The stone helps absorb the moisture and helps give you a crispy crust.  Just make sure you always heat the stone up first before using.

Once you start making your own pizzas, you will find that all other pizzas are not as good at all.  In fact, we don’t have pizza any other way now! Read More