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Favorite Christmas Memory

Posted on December 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

What’s your favorite Christmas memory?


Mine is Christmas 2010. My grandfather had passed away earlier that year and so we decided to do something completely out of the ordinary for Christmas. (For 30 years, we’d gone to the same city, same house, same exact thing. We needed help getting through the first Christmas that was going to be different.)


So, we boarded a plane and headed to Disney. It was my parents, my brother and his new wife and my family. We played at Disney for a few days and had the best time.


I remember on Christmas Eve we’d all gone back to the hotel early. Julie and Craig were 5 and 7 at the time and needed to burn off a little more energy before bed so after dinner, Rick and I took them swimming. It was cool enough outside that you needed a light jacket, but the pools were heated and so swimming was very enjoyable. As I was sitting in the hot tub watching the kids go down the slides over and over again, I remember thinking –


“It’s Christmas Eve. Right now is perfect.”


It was just one of those moments. You know you aren’t going to get to go to Disney every year for Christmas. You know you aren’t going to have those people in your life forever even if you COULD go to Disney every year for Christmas. It was one of the moments that you just soak it all in and think … “I wouldn’t change a thing about this moment.” The kids laughter, the chill in the air, family, the joy of the season, the hope … When I look back on that family vacation, that’s the moment that sticks out to me the most. It has become my favorite Christmas memory.


What’s yours?

Essential Oils for Fear

Posted on December 3, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)


When you’re sitting on the couch in your fuzzy socks minding your own business watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znESQTt3L80" target="_blank">You’ve Got Mail under your favorite quilt sipping hot tea and all is right in the world …



Garlic Cheese Chicken

Posted on December 2, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Garlic Cheese Chicken

(Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dye-Free, Salicylate-Free, Sulfite-Free, Artificial-Sweetener-Free)



4 organic chicken breasts

8 oz organic cream cheese

4 cloves organic garlic

Sea Salt (optional)


Grill chicken in a skillet or on the grill. (Sea salt to taste.) While chicken is grilling, remove cream cheese from box, but leave it in the foil wrapper. Place in a gallon ziploc and seal. Submerge in a bowl of hot water for 20 minutes. Using a food processor, finely chop the garlic. Combine the garlic and cream cheese and spread over each chicken breast as you remove them from the heat. (You could also use the garlic cream cheese as a dip on the side.)

Grilled Cheese

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Grilled Cheese

(Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Dye-Free, Salicylate-Free, Sulfite-Free, Artificial-Sweetener-Free)


2 slices of Udi's Gluten Free white bread

2 slices of mozzarella (or any other organic, white cheese)

2 T butter

Heat skillet on medium low heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Carefully place one piece of bread on the melted butter. Layer the mozzarella and then the last piece of bread. (Gluten-free bread will burn faster than bread made with wheat.) Check the bottom of the bread every minute until desired grilling/browning has occured. Flip the sandwich and allow the "top" to brown. Grilling over medium low heat should allow the cheese just enough to to begin to melt.