Author Archives: Brooke

Spring’s Deception + Salvation’s Reality

Mar 19, 2016 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0

Spring, is a time to come out of hibernation. A time to put away yoga pants and sweaters. A time to clear out clutter accumulated in previous gloomy months. To start fresh. A time to trade all things cozy for longer, lighter, & warmer days, brilliant color, and renewed vigor for adventure. Arrival of Spring can also be deceptive! The snow melts away, birds return with familiar song. Spurts of warm weather invigorate our senses along with our hope. Just as I begin to accept this new reality, a blizzard strikes! My car wash, now in vain with it getting hammered with salt and dirty snow yet again. As much as Spring brings about hope, Spring can bring about doubt. As devastating as an unexpected blizzard can be, even more excruciating is a deception that can come following Salvation and newRead more …

Low Carb Zucchini Flap Jacks

Mar 3, 2016 | Posted by in Brunch, Real Food | 0

Flap jacks have a rightful place in every American’s diet, regardless of nutritional preferences. This is why I went on a quest to discover a LOW CARB, high protein, nutritious pancake alternative! It could very well be contributed to being 37 weeks pregnant, and craving cray-cray carbs…so I must come up with recipes that satisfy the craving without compromising optimal nutrition. Whatever it is – consider this my contribution to keep your brunch game strong, even while eating clean. Brunch on deliciously, people…       Low Carb Zucchini Flap Jacks Ingredients: 1 C Flaxseed 2 T Almond Flour 5 Eggs 1 Zucchini 1 T Vanilla Extract 2 t Cinnamon 1 t Baking Soda 1/2 t Sea salt 3 T Honey or Stevia to taste 2-3 T Almond Milk for runnier consistency Directions: Heat griddle to 400*, butter or sprayRead more …

Be Steadfast

Jan 12, 2016 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0

Take heart. A mother bird prepares a nest for the nearing arrival of her eggs. Each morning she awakes with the dawn, scouring for perfectly fitted sticks, straw, grass, and cozy material that will be “home” for the most crucial time of her young’s life. She hears no applause, receives no encouragement for her efforts but day after day she gathers with a fierce expectancy of life to come. Gathering sticks is a ‘glamourless’ affair. It’s her instinct moving her to persevere, guaranteeing her efforts will not be in vain. As I quickly approach motherhood for the first time, my heart is stirred to reevaluate my purposes in a new season. One of probable intensity, little reprieve, and daily repetitive tasks. All with a hope of a great future for my family & child(ren). A hope which I imagine, getsRead more …

7 Friendsgiving Tips + Paleo Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Dec 16, 2015 | Posted by in DIY, Real Food, Snacks + Sweets, The Home | 2

I guess “Friendsgiving” has been a thing for a while now. This year we finally decided to jump on the bandwagon. I mean what’s better than a second Thanksgiving dinner, friends, and games? As you will notice, we happened to pull this off two weeks before Christmas – (AFTER TURKEY DAY) but there’s no rules, right? TIP #1: NO RULES.  Do whatever is comfortable and do what is “you”! Over “pinteresting” will depress & demotivate! So we sent an invite out to some dear friends, coordinated who brought what festive dish, and got to decorating and party planning. As the host we did the turkey, and made a pie for fun, everyone else pitched in to bring a marvelous spread of sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries,hors d’oeuvre, and of course LOTS of desserts! By the way, I made THISRead more …

Harvest Brown #9

Dec 11, 2015 | Posted by in BP Recommends, The Home | 0

Gather. A word encapsulating what “Harv” is all about, and a wonderful phrase to celebrate Harvest Sale #9 in Becker,MN. Throughout the season Pat gathers hidden treasures near and far. As the sale draws near, fierce  gathering within her own home, staging, beautifying, preparing, and harvesting for the nearing rush of enthusiastic buyers. Ask any onlooker or customer during the three day sale what gather means to them – they would tell you how impressed they are with the kinds of people that gather to the event. Forget rude Black Friday crowds cutting you off in the parking lot and turning up their noses as they scurry to the sale racks. This folk’s a different kind. Nostalgia and the smell of fresh coffee linger in the air. Each unique piece beckons for attention and awe. Conversation is rich between oldRead more …

Ditch Depression + Be Dynamic

Aug 25, 2015 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0

Imagine a war torn city, finally ready to rebuild its grandeur after the devastation. Leadership set in place, vision is cast, and once weary men and woman take to the momentous task of rebuilding with fresh vigor. Hopes arise, only to be dashed by strong opposition halting all construction just after the foundations are laid. One year, turns to two, turns to twenty years! By this time oppressors have implemented high taxes for an unfavorable economic environment. Life is all around lackluster, with no foreseeable change on the horizon. People offer up weak prayers – if any,  without expectation of hearing anything back. In their minds, God has left. We enter this scene in the begging of the book of Zechariah. A prophet whose ministry was to the Jewish people. A people during this season, despised their days (4:10), and wereRead more …


Aug 13, 2015 | Posted by in Journal | 1

Anxiety strikes without warning. It’s like a little kid with a new squirt gun. Always hiding out and ready to aim-fire at the next opportunity! 40 million Americans struggle with prolonged anxiety. That’s a lot of uncanny squirt guns. Tension lies between necessary stress keeping us from danger and spurring us to action and prolonged stress. A final exam, a job interview, illness, having a child, moving, losing someone you love, divorce or even a first date. Fire will surround you, but will it consume you? I am certain being a Christian does not guarantee a life without pain. In fact, it usually increases the odds. There is however, a secret advantage which I aim expose. There is a place of calm we can run to in the midst of the ugliest storms. He is like a tree planted byRead more …

Mango + Avo Salad

Aug 11, 2015 | Posted by in Real Food, Snacks + Sweets | 0

Confession, I’ve been swept off my feet by a most deliciously inspiring cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow, It’s All Good. Buy it, savor it, make all the recipes! A new goal is to cook through the whole book and share my modification with Y O U. Today, I bring to you It’s All Good inspired, Mango Avocado Balsamic Salad. Perfectly paired with your favorite burger, alongside a green salad, or a sweet side to any summer spread. True to TEL simple style, it is just that – easy peasy. Sit back and prepared to be the star at the next picnic! Ingredients: Salad: 2 Soft Mangoes 2 Avocados 2T Fresh basil Salt & pepper Dressing: 2T Balsamic Vinegar 2T Lime Juice 2T Olive oil 1T Water Dash stevia Salt & pepper Directions: Cut mangoes and avocados in similar shapes. Chop basilRead more …