My name is Kelsey and the way I approach & eat food is always evolving.  I grew up absolutely loving to bake and had the biggest sweet tooth ever. I had dreams of becoming a pastry chef, but 2 summers working in a bakery in college made me realize that wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  The thing I love most about food is making it for friends and family. Food just makes people happy!

As I grew up and graduated college, I moved back in with my parents for a bit and started to get more into cooking.  So in May of 2012 I started this blog.  I started it as a way to document the meals & treats I made as well as the DIY projects I would do around the house.  Cut to 4 years later>>>  Married, homeowner, dog owner.  A lot can happen in 4 years!  Especially the way I look at health and what I eat.  I really started trying to lose a few pounds in the summer of 2014, to get into wedding shape.  After taking a couple years off of working out and enjoying one to many fun dinners out, I was starting to feel quite puffy… all the time.  So I started working out again and began tracking what I ate in My Fitness Pal.  This was a great way to start out because I had to come to terms with the fact that I should be eating way less than what I was eating.  And it totally worked!  I lost about 10 pounds in 6 months which was healthy and started to feel great, but I still felt pretty deprived.  I also found myself feeling like I couldn’t eat things like nuts because of the calorie content, but would wolf down 2 protein bars a day as snacks.  I knew it wasn’t very sustainable but didn’t know what the happy medium would be!

Then I saw the movie Fed Up.  WOW!  Eye opening.  If you haven’t seen it, the documentary talks about the food industry today and how they pump sugar into everything we eat.  Most processed food has added sugars in order to make it taste better and get us even more addicted to it.  Now this wasn’t something that was completely shocking. I know that “low-fat” usually just means more sugar and chemicals, but I never took the time to actually read the labels of most things I was consuming.  Those protein bars I thought were so healthy contained about 20 chemicals I couldn’t pronounce and just because it had protein and fiber I thought it was great.  The movie also talks about how hard those foods are on our bodies to break down and that is why that belly fat hangs on for dear life.

It all seemed to just make sense that I should stop putting those chemicals in my body.  So I thought, why not give it a try for a week?  In just one week I started to feel SO GREAT!  I didn’t feel deprived because I didn’t want the bad stuff anymore and I could eat a tasty steak covered in butter and caramelized onions!  It also gave me tons of inspiration for new recipes and therefore completely changed this blog over night.  If you look back in the archives you will find lots of tasty cake and cookie recipes and trust me they are good! I think I will just save those treats for special occasions now.

I will also come out and say that I am not about to turn down a delicious meal out, or a drink on the weekend, but I just try to be conscious about what I decide to eat.  Hopefully my story and recipes will inspire you to give it a try for yourself!  Now excuse me while I go eat all of the almond butter………

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I roasted up a ton of veggies that were going to go bad earlier today to have for meals this week and put them all into my dinner tonight!! Then for protein I mixed up some @safecatchfoods tuna with @primalkitchenfoods ranch & franks red hot buffalo sauce!! It's matts last night shift for 3 days straight so it's back to watching girlfriends guide to divorce all night 😂😂
Today is super rainy and we are watching this is us non stop!! We had another salad today for lunch but this was yesterday's!! Tahini dressing, chicken, sweet taters and apple! Yum yum yum!
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I hope you Sunday is just as lazy as mine!!
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Oh my lanta! Extra crispy hash browns in the waffle maker this morning!! Then scrambled eggs and @pedersonsnaturalfarms bacon! I had 2 pieces but had to eat one before the hash browns were done! 
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I am loving these whole30 recipe redos and here is another classic - Chicken Marsala!! With some simple swaps like using a combo of @simpletruth4u almond flour and coconut flour instead of breadcrumbs for the breading on this chicken and chicken broth instead of Marsala wine! This is such a simple recipe and a super healthy dish! I am sharing the whole recipe right here so check it out below:
Ingredients: 
1 tablespoon avocado oil
4 chicken breasts
½ cup almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 egg
1 tablespoon ghee
8 oz. sliced mushrooms (baby bella or cremini)
1 ¼ cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
Directions:
Place chicken on a plate and season with some salt and pepper. On another plate combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt, garlic powder and oregano then set aside. On another plate crack the egg and whisk it to spread it out on the plate. Place a large skillet over medium high heat and add oil to the pan. Dip the chicken breast in the egg to coat, then toss in the flour mixture to coat. Put a large skillet oven medium high heat and add avocado oil to the pan.  Place breaded chicken breasts in the pan and cook for 4-6 minutes per side (covered) until cooked through.

Once the chicken is cooked, place on a plate and set aside. Add the ghee into the pan, then add sliced mushrooms and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft. Then add 1 cup of chicken broth to the pan and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl combine the other ¼ cup chicken broth and arrowroot powder. Then add that mixture into the simmering broth and mushrooms and whisk to combine and thicken sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste then add the chicken back into the pan and pour sauce over the top.
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In lieu of egg cups this week, @thehealthymaven inspired me to make an egg bake with some leftover roasted veggies I had!! It has been our breakfast for the last few days and so easy to reheat! Then of course my beloved chicken apple sausage! Time to cook up some food for my mamas bunco party tonight while watching the inauguration and then tonight I get some one on one time with my nephew!! 👏🏼👏🏼 #
Any fun plans for the weekend??
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