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Archive for August 2012

Clothing Challenge Month 2012

Closet overflowing? Do you have clothes you haven’t worn in the last 6 months to a year? Do you have skinny clothes that don’t fit? A little black dress that doesn’t get worn? Let’s fix that this month! Come and join me for a clothing challenge! Today:Make sure all your clothes are washed and hang…

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Grain Free Almond Flour Crepes

This is one of our favorite weekend breakfasts. Brian is my expert- he makes them look beautiful! I use my large cast iron frying pan, it is well seasoned, so the crepes don’t stick. Grain Free Almond Flour Crepes Ingredients: 10 eggs 1/2 cup almond flour 2 tablespoons coconut flour 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4…

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How to Declutter: Toys

I swear junk sneaks into the house and hides in the kid’s rooms! Papers seem to procreate like rabbits and poke out from under the bed and in the dresser drawers. I think dollar store type toys do the same thing! I remember reading a story of a boy who had a bad attitude and…

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Grilled Orange Drumsticks

Looking for a people pleasing dinner? This one is sure to be a hit! Grilled Orange Drumsticks Ingredients: 2 oranges, juiced (approx. 3/4 cup juice) 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon sea salt 15 chicken drumsticks (approx. 5 lbs) Directions: Combine all ingredients, except chicken, in a small bowl. Place chicken in a 9″x13″…

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Book Review: The Simplicity Primer

At Christmas my dad got me The Simplicity Primer. I had never heard of it and and was pleasantly surprised. Each page is a “new” idea on how to simplify your life, which makes it super easy to read. As a mom of 5 it seems like I only get one page read at a time anyway,…

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Apple, Celery and Raisin Salad

This salad is wonderfully refreshing and we love the crunch that comes with it! Apple, Celery and Raisin Salad Ingredients: 2 cups apples, chopped 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup mayonnaise Directions: Combine all ingredients together, adding more mayonnaise if needed. Serve chilled.   For more simple recipes check…

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Grain Free [Gluten Free] Coconut Flour Pancakes

I love the fact that these are packed with protein and healthy fat that fill the kids up- it’s a great way to start the day out right! Grain Free [Gluten Free] Coconut Flour Pancakes, pictured with green rhubarb sauce. Grain Free [Gluten Free] Coconut Flour Pancakes Ingredients: 5 eggs 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted 3 tablespoons…

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Minimalism: Deal with Your Own Guilt

The last couple weeks I’ve been talking about sentimental feelings and being responsible for your own home’s atmosphere. (not taking other people’s sentimental feelings!) What about giving sentimental items to someone else so you don’t have to deal with the emotions of letting it go? Of all my clutter, the hardest time I had was getting rid of my sewing and craft supplies.…

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Potato and Onion Pancakes

  Starting your day with something savory instead of  loads of sweets can be a refreshing change. This has been a sure-fire win with my younger boys who prefer savory dishes. Excellent dish for a relaxing weekend breakfast, when you aren’t in a rush, but easy enough they don’t take up your entire morning. Give…

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Minimalism: Your Home's Atmosphere

A couple weeks ago I talked about the Enemy of Minimalism: Sentimental Feelings. What about other people’s sentimental feelings? I think this has been just as hard as dealing with my own attachment to items. I have gotten rid of a few things that some family members might have a really hard time with. They might…

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Coffee Ice Cream

I made a difficult decision, as a minimalist, last week,  I purchased another small appliance: An Ice Cream Maker We thought about it for several months before buying it. But the benefits out way the clutter. The whole family was missing our typical summer trips to the local ice cream shop during the hot summer months… but no longer! Now…

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Homemade Hashbrowns

This is comfort food for me. My mom would make these when I was young and it still is my absolute favorite breakfast! There isn’t really a recipe, just a method. So here is what I do: Homemade Hashbrowns Ingredients: 4 potatoes, washed, dried and grated 1/4 cup coconut oil Sea Salt Directions: Spread grated potatoes…

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