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I bet you clicked over to read some deep thought of the day. Well, GOTCHA! Not too deep today, but don’t leave yet. You might find something unexpectedly useful. Yesterday I went to the grocery store. I spent 4 hours shopping and disinfecting my food. I made many {deep} observations from yesterday’s outing. Here’s what you’ve probably been waiting for…

  • The toilet paper shortage is real! It happened when I was in Africa, so I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. Seeing the paper product aisle empty makes this video even more hilarious. (Warning: there is a curse word in the video.)
  • Where is all the flour and yeast? Is everyone learning to bake bread while in isolation? If so, cool. Try this recipe while you’re at it.
  • Why haven’t I been washing my fruits and veggies for 20 seconds all the time? That was some dirty water. Gross.
  • My husband is grateful that I’m a perfectionistic Enneagram 1 rule follower, because admittedly, he would never take the time to disinfect the groceries but appreciates that it was done.

Happy April Fool’s. Make sure you take some time to laugh today. This prank gone wrong might be a good place to start.


pumpkin recipes!

little pumpkins

This post may be a little late seeing as how Autumn is slipping by and Winter is around the corner, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes. If anything you can tuck these away for next year, right? Click over to Tommy Nelson to read the roundup and also share your favorite pumpkin recipes!


best apple pie EVER

apple pie
So this was totally on our Thanksgiving pie menu and will be on our Christmas pie menu as well. Granny Smith apples combined with cream, sugar, and cinnamon? Yum. I could eat that any day. This time of year, as the aromas from the oven fill our home with inviting smells, it invokes smiles, peace, and nostalgia. What’s your favorite baked goodie this holiday season? For the best apple pie recipe EVER, click over to Tommy Nelson. It’s serious goodness.
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the best pizza on earth

New Haven Pizza

Now you might think you’ve had the best pizza on Earth, but if you’ve never tried a pie in New Haven, Connecticut, then I’m skeptical that your assertion is true. I’m over at Petit Elefant sharing my top New Haven pizza dives. If that doesn’t pique your interest, then perhaps my recipe for mashed potato pizza will?

What’s your favorite pizza toppings?

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my deodorant makes me grumpy

A little roasted corn snack.
No more sweet roasted corn from the side of African roads.

I’ve suspected for a while now that I have an allergy or at least a sensitivity to corn. I never wanted to admit it, because that would mean eliminating certain foods like corn tortillas, corn chips (the best with salsa), popcorn, cornbread. The list could go on. However, several years ago, I started to notice that I would get a terrible stomachache after eating a corn product. I kind of dismissed it as something else. It was a form of denial. The other day there was no denying it. I ate a bowl of popcorn, and afterwards, my stomach was a bloated, painful mess. Sigh.

The next day I looked up symptoms that you might experience when you have a corn allergy. The stomach issues did not surprise me, but the fact that you might get irritable, grumpy, and cranky did. I started making connections and realized that there might actually be something to this. I relayed the symptoms to my family. I was not prepared for their reaction when I came to the grumpy part. They emphatically shouted, “YES! That does happen!” Thanks, family.

Apparently corn allergies are hard to test, so I’m in the process of an elimination diet. That’s when I realized the potential of my homemade deodorant making me grumpy. It has corn starch in it! I’ve modified my underarm smell goodness so that I can have a true elimination experience. See my modified version below…

Homemade Deodorant

1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup Starch (arrowroot, cornstarch, tapioca…tapioca is my current choice)
1/8 cup baking soda
6 tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops essential oils (I use a combination of Young Living’s Rosemary and Bergamot…you can also use Lavender or Melaleuca or any oils you like.)

Mix all together, and apply.

You can also use equal parts starch and baking soda. I find that when I do that, it gives me a rash under my arm, so I cut back the baking soda just a bit. I like this more like a lotion, but you can also put it in a deodorant tube and store in the fridge if you don’t prefer the lotion variety.

There you have it. I’m on full corn detox. When I’m the slightest bit grumpy, my family asks if I’ve had corn. Funny, guys. My honest answer is now NO!

Do any of you have a corn allergy or sensitivity? Was it hard to pinpoint?