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Jan. 26, 2015 9:13 am 
Updated: Jan. 28, 2015 12:34 pm
Real Food Day 21/1009 lbs. total gone and feeling great!As promised, I am going to discuss our food budget and how we make real food a practical choice in our household.  This is complicated to me, and jumbled in my head, so I’m going to make it as simple as possible.  Before Hubby jumped on… MORE
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Jan. 19, 2015 10:52 am 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2015 3:05 pm
7 lbs. (total) gone and feeling great!  Not quite as big of a loss this week, but I’m starting to really feel changes.  The biggest change being more energy.  I used to work in short bursts throughout the day, brought on by a cup of coffee or a can of Mt. Dew.  Now, I find myself waking up… MORE
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Jan. 12, 2015 12:16 pm 
Updated: Jan. 14, 2015 12:49 am
Today is day 7/100 of my real food pledge and I am down 5 lbs! I haven't really noticed any health changes as of yet, but I'm sure they're coming.   I cleared out a lot of my pantry, either storing away junk food in a higher cabinet, donating a few items or just tossing some half-eaten rolls… MORE
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Jan. 5, 2015 2:00 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2015 1:33 pm
Like most people I made a resolution this year to lose weight.  I've never been a fan of weight loss programs--I won't drink my meals in the form of a shake, I would rather just eat an apple than a "protein bar" laden with artificial sweeteners and syrups.  I'm into real food.  I want to… MORE
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Oct. 18, 2014 7:55 pm 
Updated: Dec. 23, 2014 7:03 pm
Happy two week birthday to my six little pups! I'll make this short and sweet, and hopefully will remember to post a 4-week update.  Sorry for the low-quality phone pictures, black puppies are hard to photograph, I have the same problem with my black cat! All eyes were open on day 13! Mom went… MORE
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Oct. 5, 2014 7:47 pm 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2014 9:26 pm
Hello AR Friends!If you haven't heard as of yet, my husband and I adopted a sweet little dog from our local Humane Society a little over a month ago under the assumption she was spayed. Unfortunately she wasn't, she was pregnant!  It was just way too early to tell.The birth was a scary… MORE
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Aug. 28, 2014 1:43 pm 
Updated: Sep. 1, 2014 11:57 am
About a year ago I was browsing the web for recipes and came across the site 100 Days of Real Food.  At the point I saw this, my kitchen was very much like most people in the country.  There were weeks (sometimes months) I relied on frozen meals, little debbies, Gardettos and canned soup … MORE
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Aug. 14, 2014 5:44 pm 
Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 1:07 pm
At 20 years old, I decided to flee the coop and move out on my own.  I packed dozens of boxes of clothes, and maybe 2 boxes of odd and end kitchen supplies, and moved into my first apartment.  I was queen of the castle in my walk-in closet, but more in the realm of damsel in disaster in my… MORE
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About Me
I am a part time home maker, and part time employee in my husband's home business. My husband and I are locavores and believe in eating organic, REAL food to maintain a healthy lifestyle! We took a 100 Day Real Food Pledge on 1/4/15. We are on a tight budget, and improvising is necessary in our kitchen. I enjoy developing recipes and tweaking existing recipes to fit them in with our real food lifestyle.
My favorite things to cook
I don't specifically have a favorite food "genre". I enjoy cooking with real, raw foods and turning them into beautiful, colorful and healthy dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Outdoor grilling and summer barbecues are a favorite of mine. Anytime we can gather around a delicious meal with friends and family.
My cooking triumphs
Being able to tweak recipes containing highly processed foods into something more natural is a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I was beginning to cook a pot of stew, and I set the soup pot on the heated burner to warm up. I let it set on there a little too long while assembling the mirepoix and it got too hot. I threw in the butter to melt and it immediately smoked. I mean it filled my entire first floor with smoke! At that moment, my husband's boss walked in the house, whom I was cooking dinner for that night. I had to run the soup pot out the back door and while smoke was still pouring out. I was mortified. Thankfully he had a good sense of humor!
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