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I was on the hunt for an easy and fun spring snack to do with the kids when I ran across butterscotch haystacks and figured it would be fun to turn them into bird nests since Easter is right around the corner! It may not be spring quite yet -- and we maybe had snow on the ground as recently as yesterday -- but Jack and Alice spotted some dandelions out back so I know it won't be long!
Enjoy this fun recipe (video) and let us know what you think! We did this in collaboration with Stephanie from This Lexington Life (video here) and Stevie from Stevie's Life (video here), who are both likely much more savvy in the kitchen than I am, so check their videos out as well!
One of our favorite and MOST asked for videos in recent months...crack slaw (or egg roll in a bowl, depending on who you ask). We make this multiple times per month because it is QUICK and it is DELICIOUS.
When my friend told me that she made this soup and that it tasted exactly like potato soup, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't at least a bit skeptical. Needless to say, I wanted to try it for ourselves and holy moly! It tastes exactly like creamy potato soup! This will be added to our regular rotation of keto/low carb meals for sure. Even the hubby and kids liked it.
I posted something on my social media today that got me thinking deeper about what it's like to live with a chronic illness:
Transparency: the last few days (and today) have been HARD. My body is demanding rest but my to do list is demanding attention.
So I got up. I showered. I did my hair and makeup, any semblance of energy that I had stored at that point being used up. So then I sat, my to do list mocking me. I stared into space for what could have been 5 minutes or an hour, contemplating why my body felt the need to do this to me. Feeling sorry for myself.
Some days are hard.
Then I got up. I recorded a video. I made lunch for the kids, through the brain fog and exhaustion. I threw in a load of laundry, attacking the easiest things on my list first so that I could get a feeling of accomplishment in an afternoon full of anxiety and being let down by my body.
Some days are hard.
I was able to get some things done, this is true. And at some point, I gave up on the rest of my list and I laid down in my bed. The rain was coming down outside and I snuggled into my pillows watching TV. This is how I spent the rest of my evening, trying not to feel guilty at all the things that went undone.
Some days are hard...and we just have to push through it, knowing that tomorrow is a new day. Hoping that we have more energy, less pain, a clearer mind. Embracing who we are and what we are capable (or incapable) of while trying not to let the guilt and anxiety take over.
I live with chronic illness, but I cannot let it define me.