Cochlear Implant Update: 3 Months Since Activation

It’s been three months since my cochlear implant was activated and four and a half months since my surgery. We finally have some data on the actual progress I’ve made! All the struggles and headaches have actually been worth it. A personally shout out to Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. That book was aContinue reading “Cochlear Implant Update: 3 Months Since Activation”

Indoor Composting

Every Earth Day I make a resolution to be less wasteful. Last year in 2021 I chose to start composting. Since we live in Minnesota it is almost impossible to keep our compost alive (today the high was -1 degree Fahrenheit.) Our tumbler was full and literally frozen shut by November. When I saw theContinue reading “Indoor Composting”

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Chicken Wild Rice Soup serves about 10 This is my version of the creamy Minnesota classic. It is wholesome and filling without making you feel tired after eating a bowl. 6 ounces uncooked Wild Rice 2 quarts of chicken bone broth or stock (divided) 2 pounds raw, boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1/2″ piecesContinue reading “Chicken Wild Rice Soup”

Cochlear Implant Journey Continues

This week I was cleared to be healed enough to receive my device. As exciting as this is, my journey to better hearing is in it’s infancy. After the surgical site is healthy enough to handle a magnet, I got the processor which tells the implanted device in my head which electrical pulses to send.Continue reading “Cochlear Implant Journey Continues”

Recycled Wrapping Paper

I always feel a bit of guilt buying and throwing away single use things. Wrapping paper is one of my big gut punches. Since we still want to keep our Christmas and birthday gifts fun surprises we’re trying something different this year. Recycled grocery bag wrapping paper. My 4 year old had so much funContinue reading “Recycled Wrapping Paper”

Pumpkin Pie Crust Essentials

The best pumpkin pie I’ve ever made is from the Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook and I’m not even going to try to make a better recipe. That baking book is literally my baking bible and I highly recommend buying if you see it. I do deviate from the crust recipe and opt hand mix myContinue reading “Pumpkin Pie Crust Essentials”

White Bean and Squash Soup

with turkey and sage….vegan options listed 1/2 a medium butternut squash, cubed to 1/2 inch pieces 1 TBS of olive oil 1 lb of lean ground turkey (use vegan alternative or 2 cups cooked lentils) 2 medium onions white or red, diced 4 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tsp dried sage or 2 TBS choppedContinue reading “White Bean and Squash Soup”

Quick Whole Wheat Vegan Rolls

Modified from Taste of Home’s 40 minute Hamburger Buns Even after switching out the refined sugar and replacing the egg I was able to make fluffy, delish hotdog buns. 2 TBS dry active yeast 1 cup + 2 TBS of warm water 1/3 cup olive oil 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1 TBS Bob’s RedContinue reading “Quick Whole Wheat Vegan Rolls”

Ombre Roasted Vegetables

Simple Sheet Pan Roasted Vegetables 3 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed 3 cups carrots, chopped 3 cups beets, peeled, cubed 3 cups turnips, cubed 3 cups parsnips, cubed 2 TBS olive or avocado oil 1 TBS dried rosemary or 4 TBS fresh, chopped salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400 orContinue reading “Ombre Roasted Vegetables”

Getting Connected off the Internet

I am here to grow my relationships with Mother Nature and my local community. There is too much hate and disconnect with those two things so I am striving to be better. My goal is to teach my children that actions do speak louder than words on the internet and that tomatoes are not alwaysContinue reading “Getting Connected off the Internet”