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Best Sausage Spice Mix EVER + Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms (Whole30, Paleo)

28 Mar

Hi Guys :)

The sun is shining over here in Ohio-land and my spirits are feeling lifted. It’s day #4 of the ‘Dirty 30’ Whole30 challenge and I think the hardest part for me has been going without sugar. I’m amazed at how much sugar I gradually incorporated into my diet. Maple Syrup, honey, fruit and dark chocolate are all things that are allowed when eating Paleo and I guess I really was relying on sweet things. It’s crazy!

So, that’s been difficult but I know that if I starve my body from those sweet things for just a few days, it will start to go away. My past experience with the Whole30 was that by day 14 I felt no real food temptation to speak of and towards the end, I was barely having 2 servings of fruit a day. Our bodies are so amazing! It’s really awesome how we can train our bodies and minds to positively change.

Today I wanted to take a minute to share a really easy recipe that is Whole30 approved and is SO GOOD. It’s inspired by the Balanced Bites Stuffed Mushrooms recipe, which  can be found in their amazing cookbook.


Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Adapted from the Balanced Bites cookbook.


  • Sausage Spice Mix (from the Balanced Bites Cookbook)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 T bacon fat
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Baby bella mushroom caps (6-12 depending on how many people you’re feeding)
  • 1/4 of a red bell pepper, minced
  • 1/4 zucchini, minced



  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Over medium heat, cook the bacon fat  in a medium skillet. Add the pork and sausage seasoning, cooking through.
  3. Take the mushrooms caps and wash them off, pull out the stems and place them on a baking sheet, bottom down. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  4. Once the sausage is cooked, add the garlic, peppers and zucchini let it cook together until the peppers are soft (5-10 minutes.)
  5. Turn the mushrooms cup side up and fill each with the sausage mixture.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes (until the sausage gets brown and crunchy but not burnt)
  7. Enjoy!

~ Kate

What to do when life is hard … A reflection.

27 Mar


Sometimes things are great. Actually, I would say that in my case, most of the times are great! I really am blessed and have been gifted with the tenacious ability to see the sunny side of life. The past couple weeks have been exceptionally hard for me. You know how I mentioned being in the hospital visiting a loved one? Well, that was Daniel. He has been in the hospital since last Monday and just got home yesterday. I won’t share the details because that’s his story to tell, not mine, but I will tell you that it was health related and it’s been extremely hard.

The hospital can just zap the strength right out of you. I was there all day and into the night most days and it made me so sad to see him be hospitalized for so long, experiencing pain and being so limited in how I could help. I like to fix problems and help people. That’s what I do in business and that’s what I like to do through this blog.

He is home now and we have begun the next stage of recovery. He still doesn’t have his strength so I’m doing everything and taking care of him along with pursuing a new diet that can be challenging to adjust to, growing my business and training for a half marathon … Um, it’s a lot. I don’t say that to complain or pat myself on the back for doing so much — I say it so that you’ll understand how tired I am and excuse the less frequent posting you’ve seen over the past week or so.

So … as I always like to do, I look to the bright side in what I, and we, can learn from challenges like this. As I’m typing this, I’m thinking … OK what can I learn?

Thankfulness. I think that’s it. Yes, I think that’s what I can learn right now. I choose thankfulness despite my circumstances. I’m going to list some of the things that come to mind and I encourage you to do the same. Stop what you’re doing and make a list right now of the things that you are thankful for and write them down. You can choose how long or short it is but get it all out until you feel filled with thankfulness despite your circumstances.

Thankfulness is the catalyst to perspective.

Here goes …

  • My husband
  • My family
  • The flexibility that being self-employed brings
  • Healthy choices
  • My church
  • Financial peace
  • Spring
  • Friends
  • My small group
  • My health
  • My fitness
  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Love
  • My God

That’s it. Do I feel amazing now? No. Did it help some? Yes but mostly I’m still tired. I hope you find encouragement through this post in that you are not alone in your struggles.

If you’d like an update on how the Whole30 is going, check out my Facebook page … recipes to follow in a post this week.

~ Kate

#Whole30 Day 1 Complete: Down ‘n Dirty

25 Mar

Whew. This has been a crazy day! I was out all last week because of a family emergency so I’m playing a major game of catch up. Today, I started the Whole30 (aka Dirty 30) with several family members, friends and several of you lovely readers.

I definitely spent some time in the kitchen today. Since this is my second time doing the Whole30, my pantry has the basic elements I need so that’s a major plus. Oh and I roasted garlic for the first time (see photo below) and it makes your house smell AMAZING. Definitely doing that again.

It’s not too late to join in and change your life (yes, I’m serious!) – just start tomorrow and adjust for 30 days. Read about the challenge here.

Here’s a recap of what I ate today:

Breakfast: I didn’t really have any quick options so I just had almond butter and an apple.

Snack: 1 small pack of raisins

I drank a LOT of water today.


I baked 2 butternut squash, 1 sweet potato and 1 bulb of garlic at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.

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I made butternut squash soup. I adapted the “It Starts with Food” recipe.


Lunch: All natural chicken with salt, pepper, lemon juice and dill pickles on a bed of romaine lettuce topped with tomatoes, almonds and drizzled with balsamic.

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Dinner: sautéed chicken breast in EVOO with sweet onion, garlic salt and Garlic and Herb Mrs. Dash over butternut squash puree.

~ Kate