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Tuesday, August 15

Puzzle Update!


Oh my stars. You guys have written your names on 200 pieces of our puzzle! And in doing so, you've etched your names on our family's hearts! We got word that we might be headed to Arizona sooner than we thought to meet our little lady and we still have 300 pieces that we'd love to write some names on! Scroll down to our last post to get all the details on how you can use $20 to change a life! xo!
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Wednesday, August 9

Want To Be Part of Our Adoption? Help Us With Our Missing Piece.


 

Dear friends and family, 

We've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we are matched with a beautiful baby girl who is due in just a few weeks (if not sooner!) It's very exciting! The bad news is that we have hit a bump in the road and we now need your help.

When we started our adoption journey we worked tirelessly to save up the cash for the adoption. And you might remember my post about the moment we hit our goal and how excited we were! We were good to go with finances and feeling so blessed! Well... this week a new development has come, practically out of nowhere, and with just 3 weeks or less until baby's arrival we are now looking at a much longer stay out of state (away from our home for about a month which means more costs associated with travel) and thousands more in fees we must pay to an attorney to help us with this situation that we had no way to anticipate or be ready for.

We wanted to avoid having to ask our friends and family for money at all costs. So it is with very humble hearts that we are putting this out there. In case anyone would like to help us in this 11th hour. We have been doing all we can to take on extra photography work, to sell things we no longer need, to cut areas in our budget, but it's not going to be enough in such a short amount of time.

We need to raise $10,000.

We didn't want to just ask anyone for money and wanted to find a way to turn this rocky situation into something beautiful if we could. When we heard about this idea it instantly struck a chord in our hearts and we think it might be a powerful way to welcome this little girl to her forever family!



Let me explain how it's going to work and then read on if you want to hear the reasons why we chose this...

We have selected a beautiful puzzle with sentimental and personal meanings to our family (you can see it pictured above and again below) It has 500 pieces. We are going to basically auction each piece off at $20 a piece. When you contribute, by buying a piece or multiple pieces, we will write your name on the back of the pieces. We are going to assemble the puzzle and have it framed with both the front and back sides visible and it will hang in baby girl's room as a tangible reminder for her of all the people that love her and wanted her to come home! When we think about her having this keepsake as she gets older it makes our hearts swell a little bit! If you'd like to purchase a puzzle piece, just click the Donate button below. It will allow you to make your donation via Paypal. Please, in the "special instructions" section write your name as you want it on the puzzle piece!



Now a little bit about this puzzle....

When I was a little girl, my grandpa (who was a rose gardener) brought me these little books of illustrations based on the seasons showing different flowers that bloomed that season and the flower fairies that lived in them. There were little poems next to each vintage illustration. I was OBSESSED with them. In fact, I read the books so much that I still have some of the poems memorized! The artwork was done by artist, Cicely Mary Barker. She makes the most beautiful things if you want to look her up! When I first heard about the puzzle fundraiser I thought to myself, "only if I can find a puzzle with extra special meaning" and I stumbled upon this on on Amazon shortly after. These little flower fairies were so special to me as a little girl. PLUS, our daughter's name has a strong connection to the springtime, so I knew this blooming puzzle was meant to be!

Here is what the finished puzzle will look like hanging in her room:



Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts! We will continue to be hustling to raise funds over here and anything that you decide to contribute will be so much appreciated! Hopefully together we can make it happen in time! Anything that is raised that is above or beyond what we end up needing we will donate to another adopting family in need! Current puzzle status 217/500 pieces funded. 

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Sunday, August 6

Summer at the Little Stone Lakehouse

Watching our home go through each of the seasons has been one of my favorite things about living here! The animals have been a little bit more scarce, because of summer rains and scorching heat, but when we do see them, the are more spectacular than ever! 


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Friday, June 30

MAKE // 90 Second Grain-Free Bread

paleo primal gluten free bread

I am all about kitchen magic. Simple things that are quick and still healthy are like my holy grail. And as someone who has food sensitivities, it can naturally be more tricky. I'm gluten free 100% of the time because I have Hashimotos. But beyond that I've noticed that I am able to maintain my weight and feel better when I'm also grain free.

One of my favorite meals for lunch are sandwhiches. So when I found out I had to go gluten free I was so sad. And gluten free bread is just a bit sad too. It's so expensive and so tiny that I feel like I'm eating an elf-sized sandwhich and it's just a bummer.

Enter this incredible recipe I learned from some low carb friends! It is so stinking easy and it is so very delicious that I have no desire to ever go back to regular bread or even regular gluten free bread! When I shared this recipe step by step in my Instagram story you guys flipped out! And I got tons of messages asking more about it! (If you aren't following me on instagram, you're missing out!) Today I'm going to teach you how to make 90 Second Bread at home and I think it just might change your life.

First things first, you need to gather your ingredients:
➳ 3 tbs almond flour
➳ 2 tbs butter (melted)
➳ 1/2 tsp baking powder
➳ 1 egg


In a small mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix up with a spoon until they are all combined. Pro tip: let your melted butter cool down just a smidge or it will actually start to cook your egg and you'll end up with little eggy clumps which is fine really but will mess up the texture so just let the butter cool on your countertop for a minute before you add it in.


Grab a microwave safe plate (or ramekin) and spray it with olive oil or your favorite nonstick spray. (Please please please choose one that is natural. We use a stainless steel sprayer and put our own extra virgin olive oil in it so we know it's the good stuff!) Then spread your mixture evenly. If you use a plate, you'll end up with a bigger, thinner end result. If you use a smaller bowl or ramekin you're bread will be more like an english muffin.


Pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds! Now you've got three minutes to do with what you will. Maybe have a dance party. Maybe make a smoothie. Maybe relish 3 minutes of doing nothing. I have faith in you that you'll come up with something great to do here.


Use a spatula or a chef's knife to take it off the plate and cut into two pieces. If you did yours on a plate like I do, you'll end up with two half-circle shaped pieces that almost look like a pita pocket when you stack em. If you did yours in a bowl you'll cut yours in half midway through like a biscuit.

Now here's my biggest pro tip: the bread is ready to eat now. But if you really wanna level up, pop it in the toaster for a minute or two. I don't know what sort of buttery black magic happens when you do this, but it crisps up the bread a smidge and the butter flavor really comes out. It's scrumptious. And it's worth waiting another minute or two for!


Load up your sandwich with your favorites! Mine are chipotle avocado oil mayo and turkey, ham, and cheese! Fold your sandwich meat and cheese in half and it will fit perfectly. See? I thought of everything for you! Start to finish this is about a 5-minute lunch. Grab a piece of dark chocolate because you deserve it! Enjoy!

Let me know if you try it and what your favorite sandwich recipe ends up being! I hope you love this as much as I do!!! xo, B
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Tuesday, May 9

High Fat Low Carb Key Lime Cheesecake Bites


Do you have a sweet tooth like me? Or miss treats when you're trying to eat on plan? I hear ya! Recently I've been switching up my meal plan and experimenting with different things to find what works best for my body! Adding in some more fat and taking out grains and trying some high quality dairy (which I usually fully avoid) and just really being constantly trying to refine and get better at fueling my body! I encourage you to do the same!

I came across this recipe from a friend and instantly I knew I had to try it! Cheesecake is a FAVORITE dessert of mine! But it's normally got gluten and tons of sugar in it. Also, I can't not eat an entire slide when given the chance. So these little grain free, sugar-less treats that are muffin tin sized are so PERFECT for me! Plus they are full of good quality fat so they actually satiate you instead of leaving you craving more! It's crazy. After 1 I feel fully satisfied!

You could probably, pretty easily swap out the key lime for other cheesecake flavors. Just remember to avoid high sugar toppings (like jam or milk chocolate) because that will change the end result. Dark chocolate could work (especial if you make it by mixing cocoa with coconut oil!) Almond butter could be good too! Or maybe a little bit of fresh strawberries crushed up? Play around with it!

FOR THE CRUST:
Mix 2 Tbsp salted butter (melted) and 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted) with 1 tsp Swerve, a few shakes of cinnamon and at least 1/3 cup almond meal. Keep adding until it's not runny. (I used closer to 1/2 cup) Line six baking cups and place in oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Just watch for it to brown slightly.

FOR THE FILLING:
Squeeze 2 limes, add 8oz soft cream cheese, 1/4 cup Swerve, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract...mix it up with beaters and add to the bases in each of the 6 cups. Place in oven and cook 350 degrees for 20-25 min - just watch for the filling to rise a bit. If it's cracking it's definitely done! Place in the fridge to chill overnight then enjoy!
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