What a difference a year makes…

  Can you believe it’s been almost a year since we moved to South Dakota? I can’t. What’s even more shocking is the fact that we’re already back in California! It’s hard to believe that our family was uprooted from California and moved all the way to South Dakota. We lived there for six months…

Quinoa Cornbread with Pumpkin

So I know that we’re not in Fall anymore BUT, there is always a need for more things pumpkin. And more things with quinoa too! This is the perfect marriage.    Quinoa Cornbread with Pumpkin This cornbread is both sweet and savory with hints of homemade pumpkin pie in the background. The perfect side dish…

2012: Mission Accomplished

I’m proud of myself. No, no modesty. I’m REALLY proud of myself. In December of last year I set a goal to make 2012 a 90% plant-based year. Here we are one year later and I’m proud to say that we as an entire family have accomplished that goal. I also proved that it is…

On The Road Again

Before we left California, a friend of mine told me, “You should try to teach turbo kick on the Indian reservation!”. Gotta admit I totally dismissed the idea. Didn’t even entertain the possibility! Wouldn’t you know the Lord would have other plans! Who remembers my post about “waiting on Him to open doors” for me???…

All The Small Things

I love how God works in small ways everyday. Something so small like being able to have a tv in our bedroom is a huge deal for me! Ryder still sleeps with us and I normally have to just lay there until he wakes up in the morning. Now I can watch tv! Another great…

Settling In

How nice is it to go from an 8ft x 4ft kitchen to a 12ft x 12ft kitchen with double ovens?! Yeah. I’m BEYOND excited about that! And that’s just ONE of the many perks to living here on the reservation. Today I found out that Riley can attend head start (preschool) 5 days a…

Day Four: Work In Progress

I’m pretty sure I didn’t sleep at all last night. Getting in at 10pm didn’t allow much time for me to pull a “Monica from Friends” and deep clean like I wanted before turning in for the evening. Nevertheless we were happy to finally be home. Today was full of work but we’ve had so…

Day Three: Comfort and Joy

Did you think of the Christmas song after reading the title of today’s blog? It’s ok you can admit it. I did too! Those were the only two words I could think of to describe how I felt this morning. Last night we were able to skype from our cell phone to my mom and…

Day Two: Strength and Healing

Waking up this morning felt good. The feeling of dread was no longer in the pit of my stomach and the anticipation of departure didn’t loom over my head. It was replaced with a feeling of peace. Almost as if I could feel a blanket of prayer covering me. Progress. As I lay there in…

Day One: Pain

Pulling out of the driveway of my parent’s house today was WAY harder then I anticipated. The images of my parent’s heartbroken, tear-stained faces will be burned into my brain forever.It kills me that I’ve caused them so much pain. It was never my intent. My heart aches so much… I can barely see through…

Perfectly Easy Hashbrowns

Who doesn’t love hashbrowns? Crispy, golden, perfect hashbrowns! Nothing really compares to the kind you get when you go out to eat. I know so many of us have attempted to make them at home only for them to end up gummy and gray on the inside! Right? Unless you go for the frozen, bagged,…

Something To Celebrate!

For those of you who don’t know, it’s coming up on 11 years that I had my roux-n-y gastric bypass surgery.                                                  2001                  …