September 2016 - Buttered Side Up

Organic Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup

Organic Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup
Fall is absolutely my favorite of all the seasons. If Christmas were a season, I guess I'd choose that. But winter is far too long here in northern Minnesota for me. 3 months of beautiful snowy landscapes would be lovely. 5 is a bit ridiculous. 

So autumn it is. 

Organic Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup
To describe the feeling that fall gives me is difficult. I'm not gifted with words. But I feel a bit achy when the air turns crisp and fragrant with the fallen leaves. I know that fall is fleeting and I won't be able to do all of the autumnal things I would like.

So I pull out my mug and make myself a good hot drink. It helps me to slow down during my day and savor the season. 

What I Ate Wednesday (9-15-16)

Hey, friends! I'm here with another installment of What I Ate Wednesday!

Before we begin this time, there's something I'd like to explain: These posts are meant to inspire you in your real food journey. Maybe they'll give you some ideas to help you change up your cooking routine. Or maybe they'll  encourage you by showing that my diet is certainly not perfect, and that's okay! 

Also, to put my meals into perspective, I am a petite woman: 5'2" with a small frame. My meals may seem small to some of you, or they may seem huge to others! Keep in mind that I include a LOT of fat in my diet, so my portions may seem small, but they are calorie dense. Right now I am nursing a 7-month-old baby, so I'm eating more than I usually do.

Now let's dive in and see what I ate in a day:

Duck Eggs vs Chicken Eggs

Duck Eggs 101 | Buttered Side Up
The other day, I did TWO embarrassing things at the grocery store.

I hurried into our little health food store to grab just a few items. Reuben and the kids were in the car, so I needed to shop quickly.

When I made my way to the produce section, I heard a distinct chirping. Thinking a cricket must have somehow made its way into the vegetables, I continued with my shopping.

An older gentlemen came up to two ladies shopping next to me.

"Did a cricket get into the store?" he asked them with a smile.

I turned and said, "I know, right?!"

"It's my hearing aid," a young lady replied.

I cringed and moved on to the dairy section, hoping they hadn't heard my response.

As I was checking out, I lifted a half-dozen carton of duck eggs out of my cart. To my horror, the package opened, spilling the eggs into my cart.

"Did any of them crack?" the young man at the register asked.

A couple of them had. But I was just going to purchase them anyway and use them up fast. But the young man grabbed me a new carton. I was grateful to him, but I still felt bad for dropping the eggs.

30 Minute Shrimp and Shiitake Stir Fry

30 Minute Shrimp Stir-Fry
In my recent reader survey, y'all asked for more healthy main dish recipes. So I thought I'd show you one of my favorite quick-and-easy suppers: Shrimp Stir-Fry!

30 Minute Shrimp Stir-Fry
I think all of us have at some point been strapped for time and scrambling for an idea for what to make for supper. Your husband and kids are staring at you because they were hungry YESTERDAY. You desperately want to call in some takeout, or pack everyone up and head to the nearest restaurant.

But in the time it takes for the delivery guy to make it to your house or for your food to arrive at the restaurant, you can have this healthy 30-minute stir fry on the table.

I actually lied: this recipe only took me 26 minutes to complete from start to finish. I was working quickly, but I wasn't going at breakneck speed.

3 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Almond Butter

3 Reasons You Should Make Your Own Almond Butter

One of my all-time favorite snacks is dark chocolate chips poked into almond (or peanut or cashew) butter. It's salty, rich, and just a bit sweet. A cold glass of milk is an imperative accompaniment.

As many of you know, I've really been trying to step up my health game after giving birth. Commercial nut butters were one of the things that I decided to let go in my attempts to clean up my diet. Of course I still wanted a treat, so I got into making my own.

Now, why would I want to avoid commercially produced almond butters? Let me explain...

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