Fashionista Friday

Fall Trends!

It’s that time of year when I just want to unleash ALL of my fall sweaters and boots! And it doesn’t help that today on the farm, it’s cool, foggy, and cloudy! The perfect, cozy fall day! Besides all the cozy sweaters, tall boots, warm scarves, and skinny jeans, here is a few of my top fall faves!

  1. FORALS! Floral prints are so beautiful this time of year and provide more color than just your basic neutral colors! I love that we can wear the colors of fall!

     

  2. MUSTARD! The golden, warm color of mustard is HUGE this fall! Plus, it’s a great color on just about everyone. It’s also easy to pair things with, like fun turquoise jewelry, a maroon cardigan, or a fun, plaid scarf!

 

3. FLOWY FRILLS! Flowy tops with embellishments like frills and cutouts are super cute this fall! Cut-outs are probably not the warmest option, especially if you live in a colder climate, you might need a sweater or a light cardigan, but it can only ADD to the colors you can play with!

 

4. PURPLES/MAROONS! Give me ALL the purple!!! And it makes a great pairing with mustard! πŸ˜‰

 

5. NAIL TRENDS. The colors of the rainbow are in with a fall twist! How pretty are these?!

 

Happy Fashionista Friday and enjoy some fall shopping this weekend! XO

Clean Eating, Healthy Recipe

What I Eat Wednesday!

As promised, from my Facebook page, I am here to give you ALL the recipes! πŸ™‚ Instead of doing a few posts here and there, I decided to give you what I eat in a day and the recipes!

It’s funny because I HATED cooking growing up!! I never wanted to be caught dead in the kitchen. However, when I had my apartment in college, I started to enjoy it more and more. It’s a good thing, because I am a self taught cook. I just enjoy watching people and coming up with my own recipes. If you know me, I hate following a recipe! I just glance at it or else just do my own thing, until it tastes good. So with that being said, hopefully these turn out for you! πŸ˜‰

I try and eat pretty healthy through out the day, but I do enjoy my treats on the weekends! I have learned though, that BALANCE is the key to life!! If you restrict yourself, you will end up caving and eating worse than before. So with that, I believe in eating three meals a day with two snacks, so you aren’t munching all day long – because I tend to be an all day snacker if something doesn’t fill me!

Breakfast – typically eggs with spinach and a little cheese and a piece of Ezekiel toast with Justin’s Almond Butter or quinoa oatmeal with an apple

Morning Snack – my superfood shake (typically chocolate) about 170 calories

Lunch – a salad with chicken or steak

Afternoon Snack – a cup of fruit (typically blueberries or peaches, now that they are in season!) and a 3/4 cup of Triple Zero Greek Yogurt, cinnamon, and some crushed pecans.

Dinner – some sort of protein, veggie, and starch

 

Quinoa Oatmeal

  • β…” cup water
  • β…“ cup dry quinoa
  • 1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • β…“ cup unsweetened almond milk – I use Cashew Milk
  • 1 tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • Β½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped apples (approx. 1 small apple)
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped raw walnuts

1. Bring water, quinoa, and salt to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.

2. Reduce heat to low; gently boil, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.

3. Add almond milk; mix well.

4. Place in a serving bowl; top with honey, cinnamon, apples, and walnuts; serve immediately.

 

Chicken Apple Walnut Salad

  • 3/4 cup of precooked, and thinly sliced chicken breast, can be grilled
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 cup of Bib or Romaine lettuce
  • Sprinkle of Feta Cheese
  • 1 cup of sliced cucumbers
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Unsweetened Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Pecans – a few chopped
  • Unsweetened dried cranberries – a few pinches

To assemble, grab a bowl with a lid, and place all of the ingredients in the bowl, cover with lid and give it a few good shakes, for dressing to coat. Remove lid and enjoy!

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Healthy Fried Rice

  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup fi nely chopped carrots
  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice, cooled
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium tamari soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (for garnish; optional)

1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. 2. Add onions and carrots; cook, stirring frequently, for 6 to 7 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Remove vegetables from pan. Set aside. 3. Add eggs to skillet; cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until eggs start to set. 4. Add onion mixture, rice, peas, and soy sauce; cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until heated through. 5. Divide evenly into four serving bowls; garnish evenly with green onions (if desired).

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There you have it! What I eat in a day! And don’t forget to drink PLENTY of water! πŸ˜‰

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Monday

Monday Mantras

Sometimes it really tough to see Mondays as a new opportunity for a successful week, especially when you struggle to enjoy your job or career. Trust me, because I have been there! Did you know that a HUGE percentage of the population is happier and in a better mood on Fridays than Mondays?! That would be easy to guess, but that is crazy!! No matter what day it is, we have the right to be happy! We are alive and there is always something, even if it’s a small something, to be thankful for! And, it IS important to maintain a positive outlook, no matter what you are going through or if it’s Monday or Friday.

So on that note, here are some facts about happiness!

6 or 7: The hours per day of socializing that leads to the highest levels of happiness.

10: The number of friends it takes to give your well-being a big boost.

$75,000: The annual salary it takes to put a smile on the average person’s face.

33, 55, the 70s: What do these numbers have in common? They’ve all been called β€œthe happiest age” in various studies and surveys.

 

And a few Monday Mantras!

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Happy Monday!! Make it a GREAT week! XOXO

 

 

Farm Wife, Love Story

7 Years of Us… And Counting

August 15th marks our 7th anniversary of our very first date, but actually Taylor and I go beyond that! We have technically known one another since kindergarten. πŸ™‚ However, we didn’t start dating until after we graduated. You could say that high school drama was too stressful for the both of us!

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I remember talking to Taylor a lot in first grade about Scooby-Doo episodes! I think we were the only ones in the class who openly loved Scooby and the Mystery Gang! πŸ™‚ Otherwise, I remember not liking him, AND he would throw spitballs at me in 5th or 6th grade! I remember going home CRYING because I had a tangled spitball in the back of my hair! Gross! Those years of school, I would probably rather just forget, wouldn’t we all!

Fast forward to high school, and to when I started to take notice of Taylor more, he says the same of me too, but I took school seriously. Probably too serious at times. I was there to learn and get good grades, and graduate. I had one really close friend and we are still friends to this day. Taylor was more social than I was, but his priorities lied with the farm. Which, I on the other hand, wanted NOTHING to do with farming or marrying a farmer/rancher for that matter! (Funny how that works!)

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I very well knew the stresses of growing up on a farm and being a farmer’s daughter, and a fifth generation farm girl. And I wanted nothing to do with it! I had my big dreams of moving far away, somewhere by the ocean, and working for a big, fancy design company.

So how did God bring a farmer and an anti-farm future fam wife together?

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Well, it just so happened that my dad needed a grain cart driver the summer we graduated. He had me do some asking around to a couple of my guy classmates to see if he could borrow them for a couple of days. My cousin, had left the farm to pursue his own dreams, and so we needed a new hired man altogether. I am still not sure how Taylor managed to pull driving grain cart off, because he has cattle and grain as well! I guess when God has His way, He makes it happen!

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I took one ride too many on the grain cart and we planned a “Date Night”, however, I though it was just “friends”. I secretly was hoping for more, but since I was leaving for college, I had no idea where things would lead anyway.

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On our first date, we went to Expendables – probably the worst move playing at the theater. If you haven’t seen it, it’s an action movie and you aren’t missing much at all! All through the movie, I keep questioning why I was even here. I kept thinking, “he doesn’t like me that way!” About more than half way through the movie, he reached for my hand. I remember asking him a FEW times, “are you sure?!” Because in all my life, NEVER did I ever think I would date a classmate, much less marry one. But God had different plans!

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Back to the story…. πŸ™‚

On the way home, we talked about us being a couple and how we would make it work, since I was going to college, and he was staying at home to farm. We figured that we had to try. He took me home, asked to see my swimming pool (which I lived in during the summer) and kissed me, under the stars on our first date! And I NEVER kiss on first dates either!

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I guess, we have learned through 7 years of dating, 4 years of marriage, and knowing each other for nearly 20 years, that never say never! And don’t stand in God’s timing or direction! I am so blessed that God picked this farmer to be mine, forever. Every day, he makes me laugh, teaches me patience and kindness, and shows me love. I am so glad to be his wife!

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Farm Life, Life, life lessions, Lifestyle

Excuses: Time Stealers

Excuses. We all have them. I have them too! They make life a lot harder and they are so easy to fall into! It seems like if we don’t want to do something, wether we are scared or have limiting belief, we make up excuses so we don’t have to do that thing! The most important thing to realize is that you have made the excuse before they start taking effect on you and your life!! Don’t validate your excuses by continually being trapped inside of them!

 

Here are some of my top 3 excuses that I get every single day and how I fight them, daily!

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  1. “I don’t have time.”

Yes, I know we are ALL busy, but we all have the same 24 hours in a day! It’s up to you to take control of your life and prioritize what is the most important to get done that day, and what can wait until tomorrow!

I know, sometimes my mind will fall into this trap as well, but it’s not as hard as it seems! Start by listing out your hours in your day and track when you have to get kids up, or the hours you have to be at work. Keep track of what you need to get done at home that day, like laundry or cleaning. Whatever tasks you are doing through out the day, give them 110% focus for that time. Get them done effectively and efficiently, then move on to your next task. Have laser focus rather than being off and on all day. You will get a lot more accomplished this way! You have set your boundaries as well. Know your limits and know that you need family time and time for yourself as well!

 

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2. “I can’t afford it.”

I totally understand that everything is expensive these days. And just like we have to prioritize your time, you have to prioritize your wallet! What is the most important and vital to your life right now? Do you really need that cute top or leggings? What are your health priorities financially? It’s important to keep a budget of groceries, to bills, to savings. What are your monthly budget goals? Keeping in mind that you do need to keep yourself healthy, well, and happy as well!

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3. Β “I could never do that, be that disciplined..”

Trust me, I am not that disciplined either. I have learned discipline. You just have to take it one day at a time,. Stay on track for that day and make the effort. This is why you have to have a WHY! Why you do what you do or even why you wake up and get out of bed everyday is so critical to sticking with something and being committed! Create a STRONG why, because you will want to give up! For myself, I was a serial quitter at everything! I quit piano and guitar lessons, I quit numerous workout programs, I was inconsistent at going to the gym, and I got so sick of quitting! Having a WHY that I can push harder for and stay committed for, is what keeps me disciplined!

 

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Last TIP: Stay POSITIVE!! No matter what excuses your mind will tell you, have a positive attitude! Excuses will always be there, but be the person who makes her excuses into reasons WHY you need to do something. Don’t let the excuses your mind comes up with hold you back! Stop getting in your own way and just do you! Find your reason WHY to do something instead of reasons not!

Fashion, Fashionista Friday, Summer Fashion

Fashionista Friday: Greece Vibes with a Little Bit o’ Country

Summer is ALL about that laid back vibe with flow-y tops and fun jewelry! So last week, I was SO beyond excited to tell you about my collaboration with Wild Prairie Market – a local North Dakota boutique run my a mom and daughter duo! (See bottom for an exclusive coupon, from yours truly!)

Well, this week, I couldn’t be MORE excited to show you THIS outfit, which is also from WPM!

How cute is this top?! I absolutely love it! I haven’t gotten the chance to actually wear it “out” yet, but the material is so flow-y and air-y! Perfect summer combination! And it’s super cute too!

 

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The navy, Greece inspired embellishments are embroidered, and so detailed! It’s absolutely beautiful! I chose to pair it with a chunky, colorful necklace to bring in some more colors to the outfit. Because it’s summer!! You can never have too much color, right?! πŸ˜‰ And Lord knows, I LOVE a good chunky necklace in my life!

 

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I also paired it with white wedges and ripped, skinny crops for the ultimate, laid back summer feel! It would also be super cute paired with a pencil skirt and heels for work!

 

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The outfit might be Grecian inspired, but I am a country girl, so I had to add my country choices! Including a garden picture! πŸ˜‰

 

TopΒ (Don’t forget to add in ALECIA10 for 10% off your order!)

Crops

Shoes (similar and ALECIA10)

Necklace (similar)

Sunglasses (similar)

 

Oh and…

 

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Happy Fashionista Friday!

XOXO

German, Recipes

Making Knoephla

German cooking is in my blood, literally. I remember going to my great grandma’s house and at any occasion, she would have either dumplings, strudel, or knoephla – fresh, hot, and homemade. When I am making and rolling out my dough, I have to think of her and her love for cooking, baking, and food. Even until the end of her life. I don’t have her recipe, but I make my own!

If you don’t know knoephla, after you make it, you can either turn it into soup, with cream, butter, carrots, potatoes, and celery. Or you can fry it with lots of butter, sausage and potatoes. Totally healthy and calorie free, I know! πŸ˜‰ But hey, we wouldn’t be Germans without some hardy dough bellies!

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The main thing to remember when making knoephla is patience. It doesn’t take long to get the dough made or to cook, but it takes time to actually form them. Don’t rush, and just take your time! πŸ™‚ Enjoy the process and remember your German ancestors!

 

German Knoephla Dough

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of milk
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Place water in large pot; set aside. In a Kitchen Aid mixing bowl, beat eggs, add in 2 tablespoons of soft butter. Then add in flour and salt. Start mixer, and add in milk slowly until a thick dough forms. Mix well with the dough hook attachment.

Once the dough has been well mixed, lay it out on a floured surface, and hand kneed to form a smooth ball. Should not be sticky. If sticky, add more flour. Coat rolling pin in flour and roll out to a thin, large circle. Take a butter knife, and cut 1.5″ vertical strips. Then take kitchen scissors (or butter knife) and snip off Β 2.5″ pieces. Roll the piece to form a oblong shape, wrapping the dough around, and pressing the dough down, to retain the shape. They should be, small, bite-sized pieces. If larger, you can alway snip them in half. Continue this until all strips have been used.

Place pot on high add in salt for boiling and place dough in the boiling water. Let boil for 3-5 minutes or until all dough is fully cooked. Drain water, and butter with remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, stirring until all butter has fully coated the knoepla. Add salt and pepper to taste.

You have made knoephla! Now, you can either freeze in a freezer bag, fry with peeled and sliced potatoes, and sausage, or use for soup!

Enjoy!!!