Real Food Weight Loss – Month 1 Results

Real Food Weight Loss – Month 1 Results

+J.M.J.+ When I posted about needing accountability last month, I meant it. That late night sugary snacking lead me to gain 20 pounds and has affected my health. I'm more tired. I feel sluggish. My knees hurt. I get out of breath way too easily. Despite a good, real food diet all day, those huge [...]

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My Favorite Healthy Coffee at Home {Real Food Recipe}

My Favorite Healthy Coffee at Home {Real Food Recipe}

+J.M.J.+ I have a confession to make. I used to have a REALLY bad Dunkin Donuts coffee habit. This was just in the last couple years. Even with a very clean diet overall, those sugary sweet coffees were an indulgence that I knew was terrible for me, but I kept drinking as a treat because [...]

I Need Some Accountability

+J.M.J.+ Is anyone one else just craving a change and a new start as we approach the new year? Ethan and I always say that we are going to enjoy the two big meals at my parents' house at Christmas and then not endlessly eat carb-heavy leftovers and the millions of sweets around the house [...]

Grocery Haul + Menu Plan {Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017}

Grocery Haul + Menu Plan {Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017}

+J.M.J.+ Here is our grocery haul from Trader Joes this week. Lately I have been going to Aldi first to find what is on my list for cheap, and then over to Trader Joes for the rest. We just got back from Thanksgiving in Georgia, however, so this week the girls and I were so [...]

The Two Best Cookbooks You Will ACTUALLY Use

The Two Best Cookbooks You Will ACTUALLY Use

+J.M.J.+ Have you ever impulsively bought a cookbook you stumbled upon at the bookstore? It was full of beautiful, glossy, full-page color photos of tantalizing (and complicated) dishes that you just had to try, wasn't it? You were going to make every one of those recipes, impressing your family and friends, and broadening your culinary [...]

Grocery Haul/Menu + Instant Pot Grits

Grocery Haul/Menu + Instant Pot Grits

+J.M.J.+ Hello friends! I wanted to give you a quick peek at our grocery haul from this week, and a current favorite breakfast recipe. We went to Trader Joes for everything except milk, shrimp, and cheddar bunny crackers, which came from Whole Foods. Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, [...]

{Real Food} 1 Minute Blender Whipped Cream

{Real Food} 1 Minute Blender Whipped Cream

+J.M.J.+ You know those strangely addicting to watch cooking videos all over Facebook? The dessert ones very often call for Kraft Cool Whip. I used to eat it whenever I had pie as a kid, and I always knew I didn't quite like it as much as I remembered when the holidays rolled around and [...]

Birthday Party + {Real Food} Salisbury Steak Dinner

Birthday Party + {Real Food} Salisbury Steak Dinner

+J.M.J.+ We celebrated my husband's thirty-fifth birthday this past week with a small family party at home. Ethan requested Salisbury steak for dinner, which I have only ever eaten once or twice before, and had never made myself. I searched online for a real-food version and found this great recipe from Nourish Your Life. We [...]

House Blessing + {Real Food} Comfort Food Dinner

House Blessing + {Real Food} Comfort Food Dinner

+J.M.J.+ Yesterday Father came over to bless our home. We have rented here for three years and even though Ethan always does the Epiphany Blessing every January 6th, we had neglected to have to house officially blessed by a priest. Father came and Philomena was very intrigued. Afterwards we ate a homemade, comfort food dinner. [...]

Bulk Cooking + Swedish Meatball Recipe

Bulk Cooking + Swedish Meatball Recipe

+J.M.J.+ Today I am going to share with you some of the reasons I love to bulk cook, tips to make it easier, as well as my Swedish meatball recipe which tastes *amazing,* even after a stay in our deep freezer. We bought said small deep freezer off of Craigslist for less than $100 before [...]