IMG_1070My yard is overgrown with hydrangeas right now, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  I love the way that certain varieties will change color, depending on the acidity of the soil.  But mostly, I just love how they look and I could sit and stare at my front yard all day.

(If I didn’t have three kids.)

This week was a tough one for me, from new camp routines to a really startling property tax appraisal from our county to four solid days of a nasty stomach virus.  I am still on the mend.

But, I have managed to find lots of nuggets from around the web, so let’s get started.

I am trying to get more adventuresome with my cuts of meat, and lamb shoulder is on my “must-try” list.  When I saw this recipe, I knew it was the impetus that I needed to buy a shoulder and give it a go.

I may pair these jicama fries with the lamb, except I usually nibble all the way through my jicama before it gets served to others.

I wish my blog were this beautiful.

Did you see my Facebook share from Toe Salad on barefoot and minimalist shoes for kids?  It featured Unshoes, and I think I just found my new obsession.

Kresha at Nourishing Joy always has such lovely posts, and this one about Ideas for Summertime Hospitality is no exception.

Since I can’t eat nightshades, I am on a perpetual hunt for the perfect tomato-free beef stew, so this Farmhouse Beef and Bacon Stew from Nourished Kitchen caught my eye.

Grain and gluten free chocolate-covered donuts.  For when the kids say, “But everyone else gets to eat donuts.”

Looking to add a little something to perk up your water?  Natural Family Today has some really great options that are easy and homemade.

Naked Avocado (and yes, I love that blog name!) serves up Vegan Banana Pudding with Nutter Butter Crumble that is Paleo-adaptable, too.  (Most Paleos avoid peanuts, but I am sure many nuts could sub.)

Baby A turns ONE this week, so I have been reflecting a lot on what I was doing this time last year.  One thing I was doing was eating every single lemon I could get my hands on.  I sure wish this Lemon Love recipe roundup had been posted this time last year!

If you walk or stand, you will want to check out the “One Alignment Cue That Changes Everything” from Fascia Freedom Fighters.  (Believe her.  It really does.)

3 Responses to “Explore More : June 14th”

  1. on 14 Jun 2013 at 8:31 amSheri Goff

    About your appraisal…….you may already know this and may have done it previously……fight your appraisal! I have done this many times in many places where we have lived. It works. Takes some time to research comparable properties in your area and prepare your case but generally speaking, those who protest usually get some relief. Just a thought…….as if you are not busy enough! So sorry about he stomach bug. UGH. We all so loved being with your Dad and Mom.

  2. on 14 Jun 2013 at 9:06 amKristine Rudolph

    We are! I spent a few hours this week gathering tax data for the neighborhood, which is why the whole appraisal thing knocked me off my game this week. It’s nearly double what it was last year, so we are challenging it for sure. There was a piece in our paper last week about how erratic the valuations were this year in my county, so my fingers are crossed.

  3. on 14 Jun 2013 at 3:29 pmStarlene @ GAPS Diet Journey

    Thanks for the mention of my Chocolate Covered Doughnuts. On Tuesday I had to attend a meeting and of course there was a “snack” table with a huge platter of commercially baked doughnuts. Hah! Since I’d just made my gluten and grain-free doughnuts days earlier it was so nice to be able to briefly glance at them and realize, “I don’t even want those because I can make my own that are tons better!” That has been important to me to find substitutes for some of those foods to which I’m occasionally exposed so that I can reassure myself there is no need to feel deprived. They are also wonderful without the chocolate topping. If you get a chance to try them, I’d love for you to leave a comment on my post. The recipe mixes up in just 10 minutes (provided everything is already at room temperature) and bake in 20 minutes. Very quick and delicious snack. 😀

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