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.
New year, new goals! As is customary for this time of year, we sat down and discussed what we hope to accomplish in 2018. I don't really like the term resolutions, but GOALS? I can dig some goals. We had every intention of sitting down on New Year's Eve with glasses of wine and recording this. However, life happened and we ordered pizza, watched the Psych movie via the USA app on XBox and were asleep by 12:30am.
We know how to party, ya'll.
I then proceeded to cough my way through the night, waking up with an aching chest and fully prepared to go to the Kroger Little Clinic (it's a walk-in option that I prefer for ease of access). With it being a holiday, they were closed. So instead, I sipped some tea. Then some broth. Then downed an energy drink, trying to get any semblance of life into my body. As I was about to take a nap, Will came downstairs from cutting his hair and made me a cup of coffee and convinced me that we needed to get this video filmed! He was right.
So here it is. We are ready for you, 2018!