• Shame, Love and a Bare Belly: The Power of Forced Self Confidence

    Shame is a weighty word.  When you hear it, even if you aren’t feeling it, it creates a physical reaction, that pit in your stomach, head turned down.  Shame is a powerful feeling and one that can alter our state of mind.  We will often do anything to avoid shame, even if that shame, is self induced.  Shame isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It can stop us from doing, or repeating, stupid behavior.  When it is at the expense of self worth and self confidence, it is then that shame becomes dangerous and can stop us from true happiness and contentment.  I have a question for you.  Are you ashamed…

  • Spicy Chipotle Bacon Burgers with Chipotle Cilantro Mayo

    | It’s funny how some recipes come to be.  A few weeks ago we were having some people over from Germany.  When we have anyone from Germany (my husband has a team there so we do fairly often), I try to make something with beef since beef is much more expensive there and therefore they don’t often get to have it.  We also try to make something “American.”  The problem was I wasn’t craving that at all, I was craving Mexican food.  I wanted the spicy mixed with bright acidity and since I am cooking, we have what I am craving.  I still wanted to give them something that checked…

  • Dairy Free, Gluten Free, All Purpose Puffed Buns

    | Surprise!  Extra post for you today! I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this recipe.  I have been making them for weeks, but I know there are a lot of good,  low carb bread recipes out there.  What changed my mind is how much my husband LOVED these little buns. I have been using them as burger buns a lot because the harder crust holds the burger better then the average low-carb bun and especially lettuce.  Not that I don’t love a lettuce wrapped burger, but having a bun is just better.  What I didn’t realize at first was how incredibly versatile these little buns are.  I told…

  • Confidence: It’s between the ears, not the obliques

    Hello and happy July 4th!  Hopefully the weather has cooperated and you are firmly planted beside a pool, on a beach, or wherever you call paradise, with a beverage in hand and friends and family around.  I know that is certainly my goal. For today’s post, I have a story for you.  My hope is that it will give you a bit of a chuckle, and get you thinking about confidence as a state of mind, not the state of your body.  Last week I woke up and it was automatically one of those really good days.  Most days are good, but what I am talking about are those days…

  • Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Super Yummy, Snickerdoodle Cookies

    | Happy Fourth of July Weekend and Happy Friday!! You guys know I have a sweet tooth, and it definitely didn’t vanish when I decided to go Keto.  I do have to say that it is a lot more controllable, but I still enjoy a little something sweet before bed at night.  It makes me happy, so why stop especially since I have been making so many awesome Keto approved desserts lately.  It has been the most fun part of recipe testing. You know I love me some chocolate.  Always have, always will, but when I think of the perfect cookie, its not chocolate chip, it’s the humble Snickerdoodle.  I…

  • My Keto, Your Keto, His Keto

    Hello my friends!  Again, I cannot thank you enough for the awesome support in my decision to go full Keto.  I feel so much more connected to all of you and am more excited then ever about going through this new chapter of my journey. Over the past month and a half, as I have immersed myself in all things Keto, I have also spent quite a bit of time in Facebook Groups and Reddit Threads so that I can get a handle on what the “Keto” world is thinking and to get some advice for myself.  I imagine that many of you have done the same thing.  There are…

  • Coconut & Almond Crusted Salmon

    | Oh my goodness, here we are.  The Everyday Feast’s first of many Keto recipes!  Let’s get right to it, shall we?! When I started this, just like you guys, I started looking around at other Keto blogs, magazines, and cookbooks to get ideas of what to eat and when.  There are a lot of really good ideas out there…and a lot of really questionable ones.  I love bacon just as much as the next gal, but I dare say there is a point when bacon should NOT be used.  What I didn’t find were a lot of really high quality gourmet recipes out there.  I am not saying difficult…

  • A Change of Ideology and Focus

    Hello Everyone, So I am currently sitting in a coffee shop in Cold Spring. The apartment just had too many distractions to entice me, so I came here, almond milk latte in hand, to confront my fear.  Honestly, I have been procrastinating on this specific post.  I am pretty terrified of it.  It has been weighing on me for over four weeks now, but I didn’t want to write it until I was completely sure, or at least as sure as I was going to get.  So here we are…and I am sure. As many of your know, this whole journey started three years ago when a string of events knocked…

  • Cauliflower Cashew Soup (Vegan and Low Carb!)

    | HELLO HELLO HELLO!!!! Oh my goodness, it is so nice to be back.  It has been such a crazy month and a half.  First, I was in the city for almost three weeks for a food shoot as an assistant food stylist.  It was such an awesome experience and I learned so much!  I can’t wait to use some of those skills on my upcoming photographs.  Then, we went to Pittsburgh, Jeff’s hometown, so I could run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon.  It was such an incredible race and I am so happy I got to be apart of it.  Not only did I crush my goal, woot woot, but…

  • Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce

    | This past weekend my husband and I went to a new church.  You guys know me fairly well at this point so, I am sure you know that I was kind of nervous.  Going to new places like that, causes me some social anxiety.  In an attempt to combat that, I put on these fabulous high wasted trousers, a white tee, and my favorite patent leather loafers so I could feel confident.  Yes, I have more then one pair of patent leather loafer.  Don’t judge me.  I had a cute braid and put on some extra make-up.  This is all to say I felt like I looked super cute…