New Paleo/AIP Pinterest Recipe

Chicken Sausage Poppers
I’ve been reading and pinning quite a bit from this blog and been wanting to make these little gems for a few weeks. Today happened to be the perfect storm of having all the ingredients, with a few variations of my own (of course.)

I used ground turkey and turkey bacon and switched the rosemary for thyme. I liked it. Just the right balance of sweet and savory. Perfect for breakfast or a quick afternoon protein boost. 

My grandson just told me “it tastes like a weird sausage.” Ah. Kids. πŸ˜’πŸ˜‚

That’s what’s happening around the Big Blue House this afternoon. Till next time, be blessed!



Happy 2018!

So, I surprisingly find myself able to blog. I guess something is or isn’t working correctly πŸ˜›πŸ˜‰

We’re almost 2 weeks into the new year. I have some fun plans and goals, and I hope to be sharing more on here. One thing I am doing with my online gang is A Fruitful Year. You can get some sneak peeks on Beth’s blog. I’m excited to be working through it. We’ll be using the hashtag #fruitfulyear2018 on social media if you want to keep an eye out. 

I was wondering what planner would replace my Uncalendar come July. I’m enjoying it, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get another, and yes, I was leaning towards “probably.” Then, low and behold…I WON A NEW CUSTOMIZED PLANNER FROM DAWN!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. If you’ve been reading my various versions of this blog over the years, you know I’ve been following Dawn’s beautiful blog for a long time. She has the most wonderful homeschooling plans and links and her planning posts…oh my. I’ve always admired her beautiful handmade planners. And now I get to have one! I will keep you updated on that, believe me! πŸ˜‰

My switch in health and wellness products is going very well. I am back to feeling better with paleo and Pilates, walking when weather permits, and balancing out my nutrition with Juice Plus+. What a change from my prior routine. So simple. I’m also delving into essential oils, there is so much to absorb, if you’ll forgive the pun. 

I am looking forward to blogging more regularly, with more of a focus on health and wellness. I find it more and more becoming a passion, and as I hit the big Double Nickle this year, I want to go in feeling my best! So as I learn, I shall share.

Till next time, be blessed

Barb 🌻 

15 Minutes…


If you are anything like me, you procrastinate.

There’s always something “else” to do.

Stop! Do you have 15 minutes? Then, get you booty on You Tube or pop in a DVD or go outside


Just 15 minutes a day makes a huge difference emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Stop reading. Get off the device, get on your mat, put on your running shoes, and get moving! You heart, mind and soul will thank you. πŸ’œπŸ’ͺ

New/Old Phase

I’ve been up and down and really struggling with this “new and improved” product. I’m sure, if you follow me here or on IG or FB, you’ll have noticed a lack of pink drink posts. 

So, I feel that I can finally let the pink drink disappointment out of the closet. I had quite an adverse reaction to the new stuff. Mood swings, weight gain, exhaustion. It was bad, folks. I tried to source it to anything other than the company that I had placed such faith in. 

The eye-opener was when I just stopped using it. Sure enough, I felt better. Not “peak” better, but far better than I had been. I no longer feel that I can adequately represent the company when I cannot use their anchor product. 

This has brought about some major soul-searching, and it hasn’t been pretty. But…the Lord is faithful, even when men and product companies are not. He has been with me every step, even when those steps have been misguided and blinded. He has been with me even when I misplaced His glory as my own. Or, something other than His. 

This is the crux of life. Who am I bowing to? Who am I worshipping? Who gets the glory? 

And here I am. Back at square 1. But, it’s a good place to be. Firmly in His will. Stepping out in faith in Him, not self. Oy, it can be scary. But He is with me.

Psalm 51:10-17

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Fill me now, Lord, with all I need to fully follow You.

30 Day AIP Journey

Embarking on a new phase of my health and wellness journey. It’s a little scary, but I’m looking forward to all the lessons the Lord will show me in it.

Through a series of events (like eating my way through Boston with abandon) I’m finding myself a few steps back from my peak in March. So, I am embarking on a 30 day AutoImmune Protocol to snap myself back and fine tune my inflammatory triggers.

I have a stack of books to read through, the main one being The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballentyne. I’ve been following her FB page for a while, and it’s a great source of info.

I have a new planner (an Uncalendar!! More on that in a later post) and notebook to chronicle my month. I’ll be walking and returning to Pilates. Bone broth was simmering overnight. Yep, I’m ready!

I’m all about easy. I found those neat, spiralized veggies at Sprouts. I had my final eggs for the month over the beets this morning. Yeah…I’m going to moan about my eggs a lot. But, I digress. I’ll post some of my other cool finds, too.

Here’s my first recipe of sorts. I have about 1 cup of chicken/turkey meat from my bone broth that I squeezed all if the good stuff out of. You know, all those little bits and bobs on the bottom if the pot. I’m going to make a spread out of this. I checked all ingredients with The Paleo Approach safe herb chart pg 351. Unsure about the mustard, but it is a gluten free brand (Annie’s Naturals). Pictured above.

1 cup chicken bits (see comment above)
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Dash of ground thyme
1/8 teaspoon salt (I use Orsa)
Mix all together. Taste and adjust to your preference.
Serve on celery sticks.

On Monday I will do my weight and measurements. Eeek. Till then, enjoy the weekend!

Be Blessed


Catching up…Again

This is the perpetual state of my life, I suppose. Catching up.

Meanwhile, So much time has gone by and I have far too much to blather about; my trip to Boston, my grandson starting school, etc. So, I will stick with what I know and discuss, well, all of it.

Boston was amazing. More than amazing. Not because it was Boston, although that was pretty cool (I’ve always wanted to go there) but I got to spend time with my oldest son, the Dog Walker. I met up with a dear friend from school (that’s elementary through high school, thank you!). I ate lobster. And raw clams. And real cannolli and pizza. Almost Eagle got his first look at an ocean. Then, I got to leave my son, Almost Eagle Scout, with his brother for 6 weeks when I left. Wowzers!

The visit was good for all of us, I think. Almost Eagle Scout is determined to 1-attend Harvard in 2021 and 2-relocate to Boston permanently. Okay. I, however, have no desire to return to living on the East Coast, but a nice spot to visit will be nice.

Yes, it was fun.

Community Bible Study: this is my 4th year as Children and Youth Director…wow! I feel like it was only yesterday that God nudged me to step into this role. We start Wednesday. We’re ready!

Writing; I’ve been sporadically working on Lakeville, book 5. Funny thing, when I was in Boston, I spotted TWO different signs that said “Lakeville” on them. Hmmm. Hint, much? So, since CBS is starting up and school is back in, AND I have finally accessed my original manuscript…look out! Thanksgiving release is my goal.

Health: I’ll save that for another post, except right now to say that September is AIP month for me (autoimmune protocol) and eeek, I think I am going to need to vent quite a bit. I have a new pin board here Β to show you all the new info that I am overloading on.

I’m deciding on a bike (and in 2 wheels, no motor) or hiking or both as a new outdoor activity. I’ll keep you posted.

Time to head home (I’m at the library using free internet, yipee!) Time to start working on…stuff πŸ˜‰

Be Blessed!