This is World Breastfeeding Week, friends! Amos and I are celebrating our 17-month mark of nursing. I feel so blessed that I've been able to have this relationship with my little boy and provide him with the nutrition he needs. Check out the official website for more information and support.

All photos by Mae Burke Photography.


How are you?

Hey friends! It's been a while, huh? How are you? The three of us are well. This weekend we're...
enjoying the Olympics.
shopping at the new Trader Joe's. 
making these pb&j "larabars" and michael made homemade hot sauce!
relaxing indoors to escape the 100+ heat. 
eating sandwiches for dinner.
working on our constant "get Amos to sleep better" mission. 

p.s. He's so proud of his new fork skills! And yes, that's a photo from Instagram...we jumped on the i-Phone wagon (Big news, considering I previously had a go-phone, with no camera). Someone please teach me how to use Instagram, correctly.


"Oatmeal Creme Pies"

After a week of no sugar or natural sweeteners, this was our first honey-sweetened snack! The three of us had to split one to avoid a "sugar high." Okay, so they don't have any oatmeal in them, but the consistency is exactly the same. My friend, Summer, recently posted the cookies, and I decided to throw in some of the same frosting from Amos' birthday cake to make them into creme pies. Oh, man...they're awesome, especially after a week of absolutely no sweets at all. Do try them!

Spiced Banana Almond Cookies 
grain free. adapted from The Urban Poser

3/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey
half of a large ripe banana*
2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Dollop onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and use a wet fork to flatten and shape them to nice looking rounds. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Makes 12 large or 16 medium cookies. (I doubled up on the parchment to prevent the bottoms from getting over baked.)

*I learned not to bake them too close together--don't mind my square edges! 

The Frosting

1 cup softened coconut butter...or try, 3/4 cup coconut butter and 1/4 cup coconut cream from full fat canned coconut milk, just the cream off the top. (Artisana or Wilderness Family Naturals)

1 cup cold pressed palm shortening (Tropical Traditions or Spectrum)

3-4 Tbls honey
1-2 tsp vanilla extract (or 2 scraped vanilla bean pods)

Coconut butter tends to get really hard when stored below 76 degrees. If it is not warm in your house you may need to warm the coconut butter a bit. Be careful not to melt it though. I like to stick the whole jar in a pot of warm water and leave it there until it begins to soften. Once it is soft enough, stir it up, mixing well (especially mixing in any oil that settles at the top). Now it is ready to be combined with the rest of the ingredients.

Using a mixer with a paddle attachment or by hand, beat together the coconut butter, (optional coconut cream), shortening, vanilla and honey. Mix until smooth and well combined...no lumps. Don't be surprised if it gets pretty thin. It will firm up when you chill it.

Chill the mixture for at least 1 hour. I like to chill mine overnight.

Take it out of the fridge and allow to soften a bit. Beat it again until smooth and fluffy. Spread on the 'chilled' cake (cookies, in this case).
* After making the "pies," put them back in the refrigerator to allow them to mesh together a little more before eating! 


It's June!

It seems like the last three months have flown by! Since Amos turned one...

We've had visits from family.

We celebrated a 90th birthday and a family reunion in Oklahoma.  

We've gone to the park, a lot. Amos likes to climb to the top of the playground and attempt sliding on his own. 

We brewed kombucha. More to come...

We attended my mom's graduation. She has a Master of Education in School Counseling degree now, and a new job as a school counselor! We are super proud.

My brother gave me a sweet bike trailer for Mother's Day! Amos loves to go on rides, especially to the pool. 

Speaking of the pool, Amos starts swimming lessons today. He is such a fish, and has absolutely no fear of bobbing his head down in the water!

Michael and I cut out sugar and all natural sweeteners for a week. Read why here. And check back on The Baraza this Thursday for my follow-up. 

I had the most amazing coconut cream white tea on our anniversary date. No cream or sugar in it, but it was heavenly. I'm still trying to figure out how it tasted that "creamy." I bought a similar one at Central Market. I'm hoping it's close! 

My yoga class started up again and I'm loving it. 


An Anniversary Date

What?! We've been married for four years!? That makes me feel so grown up. My handsome husband took me on a date (sans baby) last night to the Kimbell to see the Impressionist exhibit. Then we got sushi for dinner, and made our way to our favorite coffee shop in Ft. Worth for "dessert" (see my post here for explanation.). We sat next to a couple with a six-week-old baby boy at the coffee shop and swooned over his tiny little hands and sweet cheeks. They were kind enough to let us stare at him, as weird as that may be, as we reminisced about how our "big" boy used to be that tiny and curl up in a ball on our chest. We've been through so many changes in four years, but Amos has been the best change of them all. 

We made one pretty awesome baby. Cheers to four years!



Life is such a hoot sometimes. And by "a hoot," I mean hard. My mom tells me, "don't borrow trouble." And she's right.   
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." matthew 6:34

Let's seek the Lord for His wisdom and comfort. And here's my list of 10 Ways to Refresh

And if you need to escape, check out my latest post on The Baraza.



"I LOVE YOU regardless of how well you are performing. Sometimes you feel uneasy, wondering if you are doing enough to be worthy of My Love. No matter how exemplary your behavior, the answer to that question will always be no. Your performance and My Love are totally different issues, which you need to sort out. I love you with an everlasting Love that flows out from eternity without limits or conditions. I have clothed you in My robe of righteousness, and this is an eternal transaction: Nothing and no one can reverse it. Therefore, your accomplishment as a Christian has no bearing on My Love for you. Even your ability to assess how well you are doing on a given day is flawed. Your limited human perspective and the condition of your body, with its mercurial variations, distort your evaluations.

Bring your performance anxiety to Me, and receive in its place My unfailing Love. Try to stay conscious of My loving Presence with you in all that you do, and I will direct your steps."

Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 61:10; Psalm 31:16; Psalm 107:8

from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young