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Letting Go

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Happy Friday Ya’ll!

So, if you missed my post last week, I mentioned that I was excited about being part of the launch team for KariAnne Wood’s new book that’s coming out in September. I finished reading Chapter 2 this week and if Chapter 1 didn’t make me feel like God tapped KariAnne (Check out her blog – Thistlewood Farm) on the shoulder and said invite Wendy Walker to be part of this, well then, Chapter 2 was spot on!

Do you ever have a situation arise and you believe it’s going to happen and then all of sudden doubt comes in and fear arises? Yep, that’s me! I start focusing on all that I need to do that I have lost sight of focusing all of my efforts on God instead. When my kids were little, I would rush around and always feel like I had to do everything. Not home stuff. I mean church stuff, friends stuff, stranger stuff, etc. You with me? I wanted to have the big “S” on the front of my shirt! Instead, I became drained all the time and worn out.

I turned to God and asked “What do you want me to do”? Praying about what he wants and the direction he wanted me to go allowed me to let go of all the unnecessary stuff that someone else could be doing. There’s so many others moms in the group. Why do I have to be the one to make the cupcakes all the time? My cupcakes are pretty amazing, but

Fast forward now several years and can I tell you how good it feels to “Let it go”! I have more time in my life now to do the things that God wants me to do. Isn’t that what we should be focusing on anyways?

I hope ya’ll have a great weekend and I can’t wait for ya’ll to read the book in September. It’s pretty amazing!!!! #soclosetoamazing

Blessings!

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So Close to Amazing

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Do you ever have a day where everything goes right and you’re like “bam”, I’m the best mom ever? And, then there’s those days that absolutely nothing goes right.  Are you with me?

I am honored to be part of the Launch Team to my new friend KariAnne’s book – So Close to Amazing! KariAnne Wood is the beautiful inside and out lady behind Thistlewood Farms. If you don’t already follow her blog, go check it out.  You can thank me later. She’s absolutely amazing!

My job as part of the Launch Team is that I get to read the book before it hits the shelves in September. I can share with you some highlights and from the looks of Chapter 1, this is going to be an awesome book, especially for all of us moms! Oh, and I didn’t mention all the cute DIY tutorials at the end of each chapter. 🙂

Feel free to share this first post with all of your friends and join me on this journey. Your friends can sign up for my blog HERE. This way, they will receive all of my weekly updates I will be making weekly prior to the launch of the book in September. Chapter 1 is about taking a “Jump”. Have you ever been in a situation where you want something so bad but not sure if it’s the right thing to do? Do you ever hear God speaking to you and you just ignore him until he’s tugging on you and tugging on you? NO. Oh, ok….well I have! Instead of trusting HIM, I get scared. This book is encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and JUMP! So, are you with me?

Embrace the you God created you to be.
And discover the amazing that was there all along ~ KariAnne Wood

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So Close to Amazing, KariAnne Wood

Blessings,

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Last chance to get Dr. Izabella’s free 2-week recipe plan

The success stories of people feeling better after trying Dr. Izabella’s Autoimmune Paleo Diet protocol just keep pouring in!  I personally have watched The Thyroid Secret series and have read her recent book, Hashimoto’s Protocol.  You see, I have struggled with Thyroid issues as well.

 

I’m curious, have you downloaded your free 2-week recipe book yet?

 

This special offer is about to end, and I’m not sure it’ll ever be free again, so go ahead and click here to get your free copy.

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Here’s what you’ll get:

 

  • 14-Day Meal Plan — so you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to eat.
  • 2-Weeks Worth of Recipes — breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and dinners, that are filling, refreshing, and delicious.
  • Hassle-free Shopping Lists — for both weeks so that you get in and get out of the grocery quickly and efficiently.

 

It can’t hurt to give this diet a try because you win either way. 🙂

 

You’ll either get a breakthrough in your health and lose your thyroid symptoms, or you’ll go back to the way you’re eating right now. I hope you’ll let me know what you find out.

 

But like I said, this deal ends tonight at Midnight Pacific, so go ahead and download your free copy now.

 

To better health,

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P.S. Dr. Izabella’s step-by-step protocol guide can help you recover your health from thyroid disease in as little as two weeks. Click here to get your copy of Hashimoto’s Protocol today.

Did you grab your free 2-week recipe plan?

My friend, Dr. Izabella Wentz (thyroid expert and rebel pharmacist) has personally worked with hundreds of clients and reached millions with her best-selling books and documentary series…and she’s seen 75% of people feel better when they start doing this Autoimmune Paleo Diet!

 

Have you had a chance to download your free 2-week recipe plan yet?

 

Click here to get your free copy.

 

People are experiencing breakthroughs with thyroid symptoms like fatigue, stomach issues, and even depression just a few days after starting this diet – and some are even seeing a reversal of their thyroid condition!

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For a limited time, you can download this free Autoimmune Paleo eBook to help you overcome these symptoms and start getting your health back. Here’s the free 2-week recipe eBook to get you started.

 

Click here to get your free copy.

 

●     You’ll get 14-days worth of delicious meal plans and recipes. We’re talking breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, for two weeks, so you never get bored or feel like you’re missing out!

●     Plus a hassle-free shopping list for each week, so that you can go to the store, stock up on everything you need and keep living your life.

These recipes will easily fit into your lifestyle. So go ahead and download your two weeks worth of recipes, meal plans and shopping lists based on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet template because this special offer won’t be around much longer.

 

Click here to get your free copy now!

 

There’s no risk here except to try something new and feel a whole lot better. I hope you’ll give this diet a try and let me know how it goes.

 

 

Cheers,

 

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P.S. Dr. Izabella has a step-by-step guide to help you recover your health in as little as two weeks! Click here to get your copy of Hashimoto’s Protocol today.

Make Your Own Hamburger Buns

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There’s nothing like a big juicy burger, right?  I like mine with bacon, provolone cheese, avocado slices, lettuce, tomato and some mkm (aka mustard, ketchup, mayo)……oh, and of course a bun.  But I couldn’t have the bun for about three years due to my gluten intolerance.  I used to get this “chicken skin” on my elbows every time I would eat store bought or restaurant bread.  I started doing some research on where flour came from and found out that the problem is not with the gluten, but with the way the millers were removing all the vital ingredients (and adding bad stuff) from our flour just so it would stay fresh.

I was bound and determined to eat bread.  Like, who doesn’t love bread?  I can let go of the pasta and the refined sugar for sure.  But, I can’t live without bread.

I found this Co-Op and ordered some grains.  I didn’t even have a grain mill but I was going to grind my own flout and provide a delicious loaf of bread for my family.

I ended up going to my friends house to grind my first batch.  I came home and made the bread.  It was the most delicious bread I’d ever had.  Seriously, it was.

I started eating bread more often and my “chicken skin” started to go away.  Uhhm, maybe I’m on to something here.  I honestly feel better when I eat the bread.  No bloat, no itchiness like with the other kind of bread either. Read

HERE for more on grinding your own flour.

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After making loaf bread, I thought to myself, ” I wonder what else I can make?”  I had become used to eating pretty much anything without bread or a bun.  Man, I really missed having a bun on a burger or a sloppy joe.

So, I did some research ( can you tell I like to research things?) and found this cool pan to make hamburger buns.  I only bought one so a cookie sheet will suffice for now. Yeah, baby!

They aren’t perfect in shape like you would buy store bought, factory made with a perfect machine buns, but they got the seal of approval from my family and that’s what is important to me.  Besides, knowing that they are healthy for us is what really matters. I’m feeding my family good nutrition.

Here’s my recipe.  I’d love to see how yours turn out.  I like using Hard White wheat but you can easily use Hard Red for a nuttier flavor.

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: Total: 3 hrs
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is a basic dough recipe.  You can use it to make sandwich/loaf bread, rolls & hamburger/hot dog buns.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of hot water                                                2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt

1/3 cup of olive or coconut oil                                   2 tbsp. Flaxseed Meal           

1/3 cup of raw local honey                                         1 tbsp. instant yeast

4-4 ½ cups of freshly milled Hard White flour

 

Directions:

Combine water, oil, honey, salt and flax-seed meal. Add half the flour and mix thoroughly. Add yeast and enough flour to make a soft dough.  Knead until smooth and elastic (about 5-6 minutes).  Cover with plastic and let rise until double. Now, shape into 12 balls on greased cookie sheets, cover and let rise again. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

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I love to share and see what others are doing in our efforts to have healthy families.  Enjoy your buns LOL and have a wonderful day!

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How to Dry Your Own Herbs

We all have good intentions when we plant herbs in the garden.  But what happens when the basil takes over or the dill weed is out of control.  Before it gets to that point, you can harvest it and dry it for use later.

I know I have wasted good herbs in the garden because I didn’t know what to do with it all.

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It’s super simple and easy to do. Kinda like one of those “set it and forget it” moments, but don’t forget to check on them things LOL.

STEP 1. Grow your herbs

OK, this step is pretty simple but hey, if you don’t want to grow your own, you can easily go buy herb plants that are already grown and start from there.

STEP 2. Pull a bunch off and get a piece of twine and tie the bottom ends together (the cut pieces)

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STEP 3. Set it and forget it LOL, well, make sure you check on them from time to time but they will take roughly 2-3 weeks to dry.  Hang them on a rack or from a piece of twine out of the way so the kids don’t pull them down or the dogs don’t think it’s a snack!  The laundry room is a good place.  No one ever goes in there, right?

STEP 4. Once they are all dry, remove the twine, grab a cutting board and a knife.  If you have a coffee grinder, you can use that too.  Just make sure it’s clean from all the coffee grinds ha ha! Take the knife and just start rough chopping the herbs to your liking and fill them into a jar.

STEP 5. Enjoy your fresh dried herbs in your soups, stews or whatever you are cooking. This is great for flowers as well.  Stay tuned as I will be posting about drying flowers for herbal remedies later this spring.

I hope you have a great weekend and share this with your friends and family.  Tag me on Instagram with your herb pictures – @lhsimpleliving

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Kinda Amish

I was blessed this summer with a trip to the Amish County in Ohio.  I’ve wanted to go for some time now so we had a “girls” weekend and took my Aunt for her 75th birthday.  My birthday was just a week before hers so my husband and kids decided to give me cash for my birthday and told me to have a good time.  Well, I kinda begged a little for the money.  Just a little.

Unfortunately, we were only able to stay one night, but let me tell you, I decided you need 3-4 nights as there is just too much to see.  We still had a wonderful time!

We stayed in a cute inn in Walnut Creek and I went antique pickin’ for some neat goodies at an adorable antique store ran by an Amish couple.  Oh, did I find some neat things.

We then went into Berlin, which is way too commercial.  I was on a mission to find a homemade quilt made by Amish ladies and kept having the hardest time finding anything.  They were all made in China as most of the stores were.  I was looking for “real” Amish items.

Well, I ended up finding an Amish quilt shop that were handmade locally.  I was mesmerized by all the quilts but then saddened as I couldn’t afford any of them LOL.  The king size quilts were over $1,200.00.  Rightfully worth it, I just wasn’t prepared to spend that much this trip.  I’ll bring my hubby next time and that might work.

My sister found an adorable fall print table runner that I just had to have and it was in my price point and then I found a “wedding ring” pattern table runner that I fell in love with too.  I went to go check out and pay for my items and looked up on the wall and this beautiful “hanging quilt” was in the same pattern as one of the runners.  I had to have it.  Fortunately, I could afford it.  I just decided we wouldn’t eat going back home HA!

I also snagged a “quillow”.  It’s a pillow that is also a throw.  I was so excited with my purchases and new my trip was almost complete.  I was then on my search for a “real” Amish basket.

Well, low and behold, I was in another shop and found this beautiful casserole holding basket with handles.  I was amazed when I flipped it over and it was made from a 5 year old.  That just made it even more special.

We were kinda in a hurry that day as we had dinner reservations at an Amish home and a buggy ride scheduled.  I was again mesmerized at the home, the barn, the farm and the garden when we arrived.  It’s everything I long to have here in Florida.  It was so simple but yet productive.

We met the most nicest couple.  Of course their last name was Yoder and the meal was out of this world!  They have a custom where the food gets passed twice and then they have dessert.  We were able to ask them questions and I will share more on that in another post.

After supper, their son took us on our buggy ride.  At first, it felt a little “rackety” and I jokingly (but way serious) told him I’d like to stay on two wheels LOL.

I just can’t explain it all here.  If you long for the simple life, you have to plan a trip to the Amish community.  I hear there is one here in Florida near Sarasota.  I plan to take a trip down there next spring so I’ll share that experience with you then.

Well, after all I saw and learned from the Amish, I’ve decided I want to be “Kinda Amish”.  I love the simplicity of their lives and their faith and love for the Lord.  I even love their mealtime prayer: Lord, we thank you for this meal.  For all blessings you impart.  For our family, for our friends.  And for living in our heart.  Amen.  How simple is that?

I even would be willing to give up my vehicle and drive a buggy to town.  I just would hate not being able to travel like I do.  It would take way too long by buggy.  The bonnets are cute but I’m not sure I want to do all my chores in a long dress.

My family and friends would probably think I was crazy so for now, I’m going to be “Kinda Amish”.  But then again, I shouldn’t be worried about what other think of me, right?

Until next time……

What are some ways you are Kinda Amish?  Could you go full Amish?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

P.S. All photos are © Wendy Walker Photography unless otherwise noted.  You are welcome to pin my photos, share them or use them in your own blogs, but please do not claim the photos as your own. Thank you!

Blessings!

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