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recipes: whole30 homemade breakfast sausage

                    hey guys! i hope you are all having a great week. Is it Friday yet?! haha just kidding, or maybe I'm not! I wanted to share a delicious whole30 sausage that we made over the weekend for the first time. we really liked this one and it was literally so easy to make. here is the recipe and this one can actually be found on page 251 of the whole30 book. the sausage we purchased fresh at sprouts and it didn't contain a lot of the preservatives like most meats do; therefore, this was really light and not a heavy meat. this recipe is so good!! 

-1 pound of ground pork
-1/4 tension of ground sage
-1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
-1/4 teaspoon of dried thyme
-1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
-1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
-1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
-1 teaspoon of salt
-1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
-grated zest of one lemon

(this recipe calls for baking the sausage patties; however, i actually used a grill pan on top of the stove to make them a little crispy- either way is great)
-preheat your oven to 350
-in a large mixing bowl, mix all of the sausage ingredients
-form into 8 equal patties (i did smaller patties in this recipe)
-place on a plate and chill in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes
-remove the sausage from the freezer and place on parchment paper in your baking sheet (i actually put mine in a grill pan on top of the stove instead until golden brown and all of the pink is gone)
-to bake: you can pop these in the oven until no pink remains in the middle of the patty--check with a fork 
-i sprinkled some salt and pepper on top and made breakfast for dinner with this! 

enjoy!! have a great week, ill see you again real soon xoxo

whole30 blueberry pancakes, egg muffins, and sausage- dinner for breakfast! blueberry pancake recipe is coming soon :)

(sorry these photos are a little dark, they came from my phone) 


home decor: my current favorite magnolia market picks

                           hi everyone! i hope you are having a great week! i am constantly looking at home decor blogs and shops for new ideas and ways to re-decorate our home. one shop i can't ever get enough of is obviously magnolia market. i just ordered a few items for spring and wanted to share with you some of my favorite magnolia picks right now. as much as i love winter and snow, i also really enjoy brightening up my house with some pops of color, fresh flowers in several rooms, and incorporating some new floral details in the house. so basically, if there isn't snow on the ground i want fun new spring decor inside haha I'm weird i know.

anyways, i thought it would be fun to share some favorite picks that i am currently craving. i am also trying to plan a weekend to magnolia this year, but more on that later. here are a few of my favorite picks  below and how to use them. happy tuesday! have a great week and i will see you again real soon xoxo

All of these items are found on the magnolia website

metal cake stands: how amazing are these? i love the shape and the size. perfect for entertaining or stacking in your kitchen to make a statement.

in love with this wired 2 tier stand. this would be great for coffee mugs in the kitchen, cupcakes for a party, or as they have it above with gardening items. so cute!

these wooden buckets are beautiful for fresh flowers on your porch or could be used in doors as well with the right greenery.

i am a sucker for a good vase and flowers. i can't wait to display these in my home! i love the florals as well for a pop of color in any room in the house. 

this is perfect! thats all.

how cute are these french canisters? i love them with the wooden spoons, spatulas, placing flour or sugar in them or just for a good kitchen display 

locker baskets! what a neat way to organize for a kids room or in a mud room. love the colors and the  distressed look on these,


2017: new year, new goals

                       hey everyone! happy new year. it's hard to believe Christmas has come and gone and now new years as well. 2017 is here and instead of coming up with resolutions that will probably slip between the cracks i wanted to share my personal goals for this year instead. we all know everyone wants to be healthy and lose weight at the beginning of the year and you always hear the jokes about how many people open up a gym membership in january and don't ever see the gym again after february or start a diet and don't finish it; it's funny to me because i have been one of those people before. been there done that. 
                      i was so thankful my best friend jordan introduced me to whole30 in 2016. after about 45 days of strict discipline in maintaining the whole30 program i felt so good. yes i lost weight but i mean truly felt good inside and had more energy!  after eating bad food over the holidays (which was wonderful, don't get me wrong) it really felt like my body was hating me for how bad i was eating. it's amazing the difference you can make just by choosing healthy foods each day. thats my first goal for the year is to take care of myself and my family by keeping up the whole30 lifestyle and extending it past the first few months. i plan to keep this going as a lifestyle verses a diet. this might be a little easier to follow: heres a few goals i have for 2017

  • HEALTH: put my health first- maintain the whole30 lifestyle and share recipes and ideas with others 
  • GIVE: my goal is to give more throughout the year in ways we can impact others and through our church--  to actively seek new ways to give to others who are in need 
  • BIBLE: my goal is to start a new women's bible study plan- anyone have any good recommendations for this one?? 
  • SAVE: everyone wants to save more and spend less, but my goal is to save more each month 
  • MEMORIES: reed and i love to travel, we will have more weekend time this year to make more road-trips and have more opportunities to travel often and even more than we did last year-- my goal is to keep this going and spend more time trying new things together 
  • FAMILY: to continue to spend more time and as much time as we can with our families :)
  • FREE WEEKENDS: this is a big one for us, my goal is to not plan every weekend packed full of things to do each weekend of every month-- plan weekends with nothing to do!!
  • READ:  the goal is to put away the phone more often and grab a good book instead

those are a few meaningful goals for this year and i know you all have your own as well! I would love to hear yours as well, feel free to share and comment below! my hope for my blog is that i can share ideas with you through my little spot on the internet and inspire you to do things you love each and every day :) thank you for reading and for your support. have a great week  and cheers to a fresh new year with endless possibilities!! God is good!! see you again soon xoxo