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31 Proverbs

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Earlier this year I read “31 Verses To Wrote On Your Heart” by Liz Curtis Higgs. I love the way she writes and makes studying and learning the Bible more approachable. I grew up as a cradle Catholic and not taking the time to really learn scripture. Reading this book helps me focus on finding meaning in each word and spend quality time with scripture. I hope Liz Curtis Higgins keeps these books coming!

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This Book is on Fire!

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Around the time my husband went through RCIA I started to focus more on my faith and along with that came following a slew of famous Catholics on social media and the internet. Bishop Robert Barron is one of my favorites. Everything he writes seems to relate to my life and give me insight right when I need it. Bishop Barron’s approachable style makes him a Catholic that appeals to non-Catholics. I love being Catholic, but often have trouble explaining Catholicism to non-Catholics. Bishop Barron is able to explain things in a way that makes it relatable and relevant. Love this book!

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30 Days to Peace

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Recently I began seeing my Pinterest feed flooding with beautiful Bible journaling images and I thought I need to give it a try…and then my Catholic guilt paralyzed me and I remembered I have no artistic skill whatsoever. I kept feeling a nudge (Holy Spirit, ahem) that I need to take more time to slow down and jot down my thoughts as I pray and meditate on devotionals. I live in Katie Davis Majors’ books how she mentions using sticky notes to write down how she sees God working in her life and it made me think journaling might be a way for me to take this next step…and then an image of “30 Days to Peace” popped up on my screen. I suppose the Holy Spirit agrees with me that I still need to work on this! I love that the book has verses on each page and is inviting and makes me feel like I can jot down a little or a lot. I also love that there are more books in the series so if I am in a groove at the end of the first 30 Days there will be another book I can dig into!

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Beloved

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I am a sucker for devotionals. When I saw “You Are The Beloved” by Henri J.M. Nouwen was coming out I had to have it. Feeling not worthy is something I struggle with in my prayer life so the title caught my attention immediately. The book is larger than other devotionals I have, but that is precisely why I need it. I look forward to reading the daily devotionals and feeding my soul for a full year and not feeling like I am needing to reach for a new book to continue on my prayer journey. I love that this devotional has some staying power!

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Book Review: Gospel-Centered Mom

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Parenting is hard. Mothering is hard, even though I have been at it for almost seven years now. The one thing I think I have down (feeding the family) sometimes doesn’t go right when the orange chicken is “too orangey” or the fruit in their lunch wasn’t their favorite fruit this week. Most days I think I am going about it all wrong and then I realize that the important things are happening: I am loving them as much as I can. At a time when I feel like I am at a parenting crossroads with needing to transition from mothering preschoolers to mothering school-age children I heard about Brooke McGothlin and her faith-based approach to parenting. Her Gospel-Centered Mom is the perfect book to help me stay grounded in what really matters and approach parenting in a more gospel-focused way. I know I will read this book again and again as I enter new parenting stages. Thank you, Brooke McGothlin, for sharing your charism with the rest of us moms!

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Book Review: Cherry Bombe

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Cherry Bombe by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu is a cookbook I have been stalking for a while and it has arrived! It is the ultimate in girl power deliciousness. Every recipe looks amazing with the impeccable food styling. I am super excited to try the Charred Pineapple Margarita by Gail Simmons and the recipes by Parma Lakshmi, Angela Dimayuga and Jessica Koslow. Meal plan…done!

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Book Review: A Well-Crafted Home

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I have a confession: our walls are bare. And I mean stark, matte white (with some scuffs, naturally) and not a thing hanging on them. We need something (anything!) hanging on our walls. I have some friends that have decorating down to a science. Their homes feel like the perfect family home from Better Homes and Gardens. And then there’s our house. I mean, I try, kinda. I started to branch out with pillows and have that kinda down. Now is my time to try some other crafts to make our house feel more homey. Thanks to A Well-Crafted Home by Janet Crowther I have a place to start and projects that I feel I can really complete without being a Pinterest fail. I think I will start with one of the pillows and work my way up to a wall hanging. Baby steps. 🙂

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Book Review: Sweet Potatoes

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With our elimination diet for our kiddo in full swing we are adding a lot of potatoes to our meal plans. I like sweet potato fries and sweet potato pie, but I don’t always love sweet potatoes in other things (said the dietitian…GASP!). I know I need to give sweet potatoes more of a chance so I decided to check out Sweet Potatoes by Mary Frances Heck. I love traditional potato rolls so I am excited to try the sweet potato pull apart rolls (with rice flour due to our wheat elimination) and can’t wait to try the recipes with an Asian flair. This book has great food photography and food styling so all of the recipes look amazing!

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Book Review: Essential Instant Pot Cookbook

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We are trying out new recipes each week and try to have a good rotation between oven/stove top/slow cooker/Instant Pot now that we have this handy tool in our kitchen. Hubby gave a wary eye when I told him I wanted an Instant Pot and he is now a believer! When I saw “The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook” by Coco Morante (#1 new release on Amazon!) I had to have it! We are doing a trial elimination diet for one of our kiddos (more on that to come) and there are a ton of recipes in this book that fit within our new restrictions. This book has a so many recipes that will help us add to our elimination diet meal planning schedule starting with the cauliflower mashed potatoes (because…vegetables, naturally), quinoa porridge with pepitas and honey (whole grains for the win!), beluga lentil salad with Italian vinaigrette, red lentil soup with sumac and some pulled pork adobo for the hubby!

We are following an elimination diet for at least six weeks so this book will be a life saver! Even though it isn’t designed to be, it is a book with many recipes that are free of wheat, eggs, dairy, nuts and artificial food coloring. Thank you, Coco Morante!

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Book Review: Holiday Cookies

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Every year I think, “this will be the year I really start baking Christmas cookies!” And then January arrives and I have slid into a new year with no cookies made in our casa. I try to blame it on being a dietitian and not wanting the sweets around, but I love the idea of making memories with my kids as we spread some icing and pretty sugars on delicious cookies. This year I am armed with Holiday Cookies by Elisabet der Nederlanden and will be able to make beautiful cookies that even my skill level (aka beginner baker) can pull off. I am planning to start with the dark chocolate hazelnut fudge (how can I screw that up?!) and cookie place cards that I know my kids will love to make…and eat!

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