Day 165 | 365 Project


My current addiction.

Romaine lettuce, a cup or two of quinoa (cooked in bone broth), blueberries, mandarine oranges and fresh roasted almond slivers (a little ghee and some sea salt toasted on the stove top).  Add a little poppy seed dressing…..TO.DIE.FOR.  Don’t bother making it without the fresh toasted almonds.  They make the whole thing.

2015-06-17T21:25:35-05:00June 17th, 2015|365 Project - 2015, Food Is Awesome, Recipes|

Day 144 | 365 Project


I made it 143 days without posting a food photo.  As a foodie family, that was hard.  And I give up.  This is one of my most favorite fast dinners when things are chaos at our house.  We call it pizza pasta.  We choose all organic ingredients and it’s so delicious.  This serves our family of 6 dinner plus leftovers.  Recipe follows.

Pizza Pasta

Splash Braggs Olive Oil
1 Red Bell Pepper Julienne cut
1 Orange or Yellow Bell Pepper Julienne cut
1 Green Bell Pepper Julienne cut
1 White Onion
I Container Mushrooms, washed and sliced
2 Lg Cans Black Olives
2 Packages Applegate Pepperoni Slices cut in to quarters
2 Cans Organic Pizza Sauce
1 Box Quinoa Pasta or Lentil Pasta (we prefer Lentil Penne by Tolerant Noodles)
3 Cloves Minced Garlic
Handful fresh or dried basil
Tablespoon or two dried oregano
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Put water on the stove to boil, when ready, cook noodles according to the instructions on the box.  Cut up peppers, onion, mushrooms and pepperoni and place in wok with a splash of olive oil.  Add minced garlic, black olives, basil, oregano, sea salt and pepper.  Saute over medium heat for 5-10 minutes (peppers should still be crunchy).  Add pizza sauce and continue to cook for several minutes over medium heat.  Add noodles and mix well.  If you aren’t dairy free you can add some raw milk cheese or parmesan.  Serve hot.  Peppers and onions should still have some crunch to them.

2015-05-31T22:14:19-05:00May 25th, 2015|365 Project - 2015, Recipes|

itallian stirfry | personal iphoneography


I posted this photo of our dinner over on instagram tonight along with a few requests for the recipe.  So here it is.  Easy peasy, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, grain free option, fast, super yum dinner!

Italian Stirfry

1 Yellow Pepper Julienne Cut
1 Green Pepper Julienne Cut
1 Red Pepper Julienne Cut
1 White or Yellow Onion Julienne Cut
1 Container of Mushrooms sliced
1 Can Black Olives
1 Jar Artichoke Hears cut in half
Handful of Cherry Tomatoes cut in half
3 Cloves of Garlic chopped
1 Pack Applegate Pepperoni cut up
Dash of salt
Dash of fresh ground black pepper
10-15 Leaves of Fresh Basil from my garden
1 Jar of Organic Roasted Garlic Salad Dressing

Throw it all in a pan and saute for a few minutes over medium heat.  I like it warm but not overcooked so the onions and peppers still have some crisp to them.  We serve it straight up, over Red Lentil pasta from Tolerant Foods (for those in our family that are grain free), over Quinoa Pasta or you could serve it over rice.  As long as you don’t overcook the pepper, cold leftovers the next day are delish!  The above portions fed 7 at my house tonight with no leftovers so you may want to adjust if you have a smaller family to feed.

2014-09-14T18:49:32-05:00September 14th, 2014|iphoneography, My Family, Recipes|

Homemade Remineralizing Immune Boosting Tooth Paste

In an effort to save money I started making my own toothpaste a few months ago.  With 6 people in this house, we can easily go through 6+ tubes a month.  At $4+ each for natural, fluoride free toothpaste, it definitely adds up.  Who wants to spend $288 a year on toothpaste?!  Not this girl!  Plus keeping track of who likes what flavor stresses me out.  And honestly, even with the fluoride free stuff, I didn’t love the ingredients of store bought tooth paste.  I put off making my own for a long time but I totally regret that because it is SO EASY.  Less than 5 minutes and you are done.  I wrote out the recipe and my kids can do it, easy peasy!  After the initial expense of buying the ingredients, it didn’t take me long start saving.  So I started looking for a recipe on Pinterest, I tried a few and the kids weren’t fans at first.  I combine and tweaked and finally came up with something we all love.  And just in time, Taryn came down with her first cavity.  She’s been using this new recipe for 2 weeks and her tooth is well on it’s way to being fully remineralized.  Her tooth stopped hurting the same day she started using this. When we ran out of the homemade stuff this week, it took me an extra day to mix it up and make more, so I used our old natural brand.  My teeth felt so different.  I really prefer this, my teeth feel cleaner and I love that it contains On Guard, as its a boost to the immune system!


What you need:

3 GoToobs
3/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil
3 Tbs Redmond Bentonite Clay
1 Tbs Aluminum Free Baking Soda
2-3 Tbs Organic Xylitol
Pinch of Real Salt
15-20 Trace Mineral Drops
20-30 Drops of DoTerra On Guard

This recipe is enough to fill 3 GoToobs.  I’ve seen other recipes us Peppermint, Lemon or Sweet Orange essential oil as well, but On Guard is definitely our favorite.

2014-07-08T07:34:53-05:00July 8th, 2014|My Family, Recipes|

craving | austin photographer

Yum!  Grass fed beef burger, raw milk cheese, bacon, avocado and salsa.  All organic.  Sooooooo good.  And already gone.  And I didn’t share a single bite with the kids, even though they asked.

You know you are really pregnant when you find the time to blog and you choose to talk about food over the latest cute thing your kid did.  Guilty.

2012-09-04T11:08:08-05:00September 4th, 2012|Austin Photographer, My Family, Recipes|

watermelon slush | austin food photographer

We had half of a small organic watermelon left over this week.  I rarely ever buy them and I wasn’t about to let it go to waste!  The kids and I chopped it up and fed it through our Breville Juicer.  Oh my goodness, just a small amount gave us a ton of juice!  We then added some ice to our fresh watermelon juice and made a slush with our Magic Bullet.  Just watermelon and ice, that’s it.  Oh my, so refreshing on a hot summer day.  And so much better than driving through Sonic like we used to.  Did you know that Sonic refuses to disclose the ingredients in the slushies?!  Not ok!  I think it’s pretty safe to assume that a homemade version is much healthier and better for us.  There are so many wonderful things about watermelon:

  • Rich in vitamins C, A, Magnesium and Potassium
  • Tackles the inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
  • Helps prevent macular degeneration
  • Exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid our bodies use to make another amino acid, arginine, which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body, and by the cells lining our blood vessels to make nitric oxide. Nitric oxide not only relaxes blood vessels, lowering high blood pressure, it is the compound whose production is enhanced by Viagra to prevent erectile dysfunction. Arginine has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in obese type 2 diabetic patients with insulin resistance.
  • A source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause a great deal of damage. They are able to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls, where it can lead to heart attack or stroke. They can add to the severity of asthma attacks by causing airways to clamp down and close. They can increase the inflammation that occurs in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and cause most of the joint damage that occurs in these conditions, and they can damage cells lining the colon, turning them into cancer cells.  Teagan suffered a lot of free radical damage after his vaccine injury, it is so important to remove them from the body.
  • High intakes of vitamin C and beta-carotene have been shown in a number of scientific studies to reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce the airway spasm that occurs in asthma, reduce the risk of colon cancer, and alleviate some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.A cup of watermelon provides 21% of the daily value for vitamin C, and, through its carotenoids, 17% of the DV for vitamin A.
  • Watermelon is also a very concentrated source of the carotenoid, lycopene. Well known for being abundant in tomatoes and particularly well absorbed from cooked tomato products containing a little fat such as olive oil, lycopene is also present in high amounts in watermelon and mangoes. Lycopene has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties. In contrast to many other food phytonutrients, whose effects have only been studied in animals, lycopene has been repeatedly studied in humans and found to be protective against a growing list of cancers. These cancers now include prostate cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancers.
  • Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. Watermelon is a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, and potassium. This is due to the higher nutrient richness of watermelon. Because this food has a higher water content and lower calorie content than many other fruits (a whole cup of watermelon contains only 48 calories), it delivers more nutrients per calorie—an outstanding health benefit!

    Source:  World’s Healthiest Foods

2012-05-18T13:30:59-05:00May 18th, 2012|Client Work, Food Is Awesome, My Family, Recipes|
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