Mocha Protein Shake (Dairy, Gluten, Grain, Soy-Free)

I tried Insanity today. I’m feeling pretty good now, but ask me tomorrow. I also did a yoga class afterwards. So tomorrow could be a different story. I liked the class. I feel like my body worked and that I got my heart rate up. It’s good to use your body. That being said, I got […]

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Grain-Free Pie Crust

Making grain-free desserts mimic like their gluten containing counterparts, is somewhat difficult. The taste is not what gets me, I usually like the taste of all gluten or grain free recreations. However, I’m a texture gal. Even the slightest discrepancy in texture turns me off completely. I can’t do “Paleo Cakes” or “Paleo bread” because […]



One of the things I miss the most about being single and childless, is the endless amount of time I could spend at the coffee shop. I would go to Starbucks, or another local coffee shop for hours upon hours – reading, writing, chatting, doing homework. It really didn’t matter what I was doing, I […]


Week One Summary

“Suddenly, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. For the first time, I felt a new kind of urgency – an unsettling, uncomfortable, downright painful kind of urgency. Time was running out.” – Rachel Macy Stafford Last week I picked up this book, Hands Free Mama. I wrote a short post last week introducing the book and […]


Becoming Hands Free

I believe I need a heart change. I believe I need an all-consuming, everlasting God to come in and do a work in me. My mothering is not ideal. My marriage is not ideal. My selfishness rules my life. My desires run my life. My circumstances are less then perfect, and I let it get […]


Apple “Crisp” (Sugar/Gluten/Grain/Soy/Dairy Free)

I’ve figured out why I don’t like restricting food. I’ve only “finished” 1 detox before, from start to finish. It’s not because I’m not motivated, I’m very motivated. It also has nothing to do with missing certain foods, or hunger. It has everything to do with my coping mechanisms for stress. I am a stress […]


Won’t the squirrel’s eat My Granola Home?

I was sitting down with George from The Civilized Caveman and Danielle from Against All Grain (shameless name dropping!) at a restaurant in San Francisco. George turned to me, and said: “are you waiting for the day that someone ask’s you why your blog’s name is ”granola” when you eat Paleo?” I’d never actually thought of […]


A Traditional Irish Holiday

Dang Gina, it’s been awhile! My apologies friends, with the holiday season FINALLY over, and me getting “back in to the grove of things” I promise, I’ll be around more. This holiday season was an especially stressful time, for no reason (could it be the fact I have a busy, high energy toddler?) Anyways, back […]


DIY Lavender Deodorant

A while back I posted a method of using coconut oil and baking soda as a deodorant replacement. It worked great to cut the smell out, but the baking soda was too harsh for my sensitive skin. I came up with another recipe if you want to try it. It works better than what I […]

What If We Just Stopped?

“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain I’m sitting here, re-reading this quote. Laughing. My troubles seem endless. I can not even catch […]