Category Archives: On the Crunchy Side

guilt-free dark chocolate peppermint bark

The holidays are quickly approaching (do they ever come slowly?) and I’m strategizing about how to survive the season without blowing our new-to-us paleo-ish eating lifestyle. I’m sure that this paleo peppermint bark is one of the guilt-free treats that … Continue reading

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my oily life

If you know me and my family at all, you’ve likely noticed that our lifestyle falls into the categories of “crunchy” or “hippie.” We birth at home, eat mostly organic, avoid the medical system as much as possible, raise our … Continue reading

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baby chou five

It’s been a month since Aspen Leigh Chou made her appearance, and I’m just now getting around to writing out her birth story.  I can almost guarantee that the poor girl won’t have a baby book! We thought that baby … Continue reading

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coconut rice fritters {happy chinese new year!}

Yesterday was Chinese New Year’s Eve, probably the most significant day of celebration for Chinese families.  The lunar new year festivities continue for two weeks, but on the eve of the new year, families travel long distances to come together … Continue reading

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make your own almond milk

I’m learning that there are two kinds of homemade: one that’s worth it and one that’s not.  Some things are just not worth the massive amount of effort required when you can buy the same thing for not much more … Continue reading

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make your own elderberry syrup

It’s not technically winter yet, but it certainly feels like it here in Colorado!  We’ve seen several inches of snow and temperatures below zero over the last few days.  It’s also the season of cold, cough, and flu — yuck! … Continue reading

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paleo peach-banana pancakes

We’re taking steps to eat less grains in our home, particularly wheat.  It’s hard for me.  I really really like my breads — quick breads, yeast breads, sourdough breads, pancakes.  Pancakes are one of Calla’s and my favorite foods. We … Continue reading

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chewy granola bars

I’ve found it!  Finally.  I discovered a recipe for CHEWY granola bars (from Smitten Kitchen, of course) and after several tweaks and test runs, I don’t think the recipe can get any more delicious.  These granola bars are good.  As … Continue reading

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grain-free pumpkin spice bread

Whenever I think about the reality of reducing our grain (particularly wheat) consumption, I have to admit that I get a little sad-faced.  I am a bread girl all the way, and there’s not much I enjoy more than a … Continue reading

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grain-free raisin breakfast cookies

Figuring out the “right” way to eat for our family is a never-ending task.  Vegetarian?  Paleo?  Ferment & soak?  Gluten-free? Maybe it’s my background in nutrition, but I do enjoy the challenge of feeding my family delicious and nutritious food.  … Continue reading

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