Sausage, White Bean, & Kale Soup

Sausage White Bean Kale Soup

Soups on Sundays are my jam. My sister and I have been making soup on Sunday for several years now and it’s quickly become a little tradition amongst our families to settle in for a bowl on a crisp evening in the fall. I look forward to the experience of searching for new recipes or remaking the ones we love and savoring the flavors and warmth of the season.

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Pot Roast “Stoup”

Pot Roast Stoup


On Sunday, it was cold and rainy, and very much a typical late fall day in Ohio. You either get beautiful, blue skies or you get rainy and drab. And there is a lot of rainy and drab in Ohio. Because it was also #SoupSunday, I knew I wanted something soup-like, but I also wanted something hearty and soul-warming. So, I ventured to make my own dish: Pot Roast Stoup.

Not quite stew. Not quite soup. Stoup! Continue reading “Pot Roast “Stoup””


Finding Recipes


IMG_2973As word of my journey through the Whole30 program has spread, a lot of people have asked me where I get my recipes. Probably the same place most people search for recipes these days: Pinterest.

Pinterest makes it ridiculously easy to locate a recipe using a series of keywords. I typically start my searches with something like “Whole30…” and the lob in things like soup, breakfast, lunches, etc. The results are usually too long to sort through everything, but some repeat from multiple pinners. From these results, we have actually added a few staple recipes to the repertoire and rotation.

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Bringing It All Together

Ingredients that went into the best lamb burgers I’ve ever had.

I’ve been absent a few days because time is fleeting around this place. The weekend blew in and out faster than a blink. Mondays are the worst for me because it’s back to work and back to class – along with all the normal things I have to do in a day. Like mother a child. And clean stuff up. Always cleaning stuff up after humans and dogs alike.

Thankfully, I have been doing both meal planning and meal prep. Both of those actions are highly recommended for people doing the Whole30. In fact, there are thousands of blog posts and equally as many, if not more, Pinterest pins celebrating the weekly ritual of meal planning and prep. It is worth doing if you’re committed to making it through the 30 day program. Continue reading “Bringing It All Together”


Takeout on Whole30


When you are not eating added sugars, dairy, alcohol, legumes, or grains for thirty days, your options when ordering take out aren’t absent, but they certainly aren’t abundant. At least not in the Akron, Ohio area. On day four of the program, I’m still feeling focused and committed, so I didn’t want to ruin the progress.

Tonight, with the #WINDIANS on against the Yankees and a very tired toddler requiring an on-time bedtime, we decided we’d order wings for dinner instead of venturing against the crowds. Well, if you want wings, pretty much every single sauce recipe has sugar added to enhance or shape the flavor. Since I didn’t want to be a royal pain in the derriere to our favorite local establishment, the Winking Lizard, on a huge ballgame night when they are stacked with customers, I didn’t quiz the poor girl that answered the phone on what sauces had sugar added to them. Continue reading “Takeout on Whole30”


Sugar Addictions…and Ghee


Today is Day 3 of my Whole30 journey. Day 1 and 2 felt exceptionally easy, and Day 3 was feeling the same way until lunch rolled around. I ate a salad with Tessamae ranch dressing, leftover filet mignon, and an entire avocado. Yep, you read that right: a whole avocado. It was delicious.

Sidebar: a few years ago I did some Dr. Oz 21 day cleanse (and it did some good things for me, which is why I felt like I could do the Whole30). I recall eating a lot of avocados and being completely enraged that I was eating a plain avocado. Fast forward to present day and I was nearly licking the inside the skin clean to eat the entire thing. So, your tastes can change in your thirties. It’s not a myth. I didn’t even need to salt it! Continue reading “Sugar Addictions…and Ghee”


The Scoop.

Not Whole30 approved. Nope.

This is not my first foray into blogging. Actually, I’ve started and discarded so many blogs an embarrassing number of times that you might think I’m a serial blogger.

So why another blog and why this one?

To be honest, I had been considering getting back into blogging for a long time. I enjoy writing and recording my thoughts, images, creativity, etc. But for the better part of five years, I have been a busy bee: moving across the country, new jobs, promotions, buying a house, finishing an MBA, starting a family, and more. While life continues to be a precious whirlwind, it is starting to find an easier cadence. We’re out of the infant stage. I’ll be done with my MBA in December. I’m settling into a new role at work. Time, while fleeting, I have a little more of lately.

I also wanted to document my head-first dive into the Whole30 program. I’ve been playing with the idea of starting on the program (and am currently on Day 3), but I wanted somewhere I could go and talk about how the program is going for me. I felt like blogging about the experience would be more engaging than drudging along all by my lonesome. Or forcing my husband to hear about it Instead, an audience made up of the wide open Internet seemed a little more fun in the long run.

I plan to document my Whole30 journey, my life, my interests, and probably a little naval-gazing from time-to-time.

So, that’s why I’m here. That’s the scoop. I hope you stick around for more.