Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad

Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad

This is probably one of my favorite salads… and it’s SO easy to make.  And because it has sunflower sprouts it seems all fancy.  Which it’s not, but it tastes like it. 1.  Peel and cut 4-5 whole carrots into 1/2 inch pieces.  I use rainbow carrots so it’s pretty. 2.  Put carrots on a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast at 350 degrees for 20 min. until they are tender but still a little crunchy. 3.  Put warm carrots into a bowl.  Add sunflower sprouts (get them in the produce section of your grocery store.  They cost about $1) and one diced avocado. 4.  In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp sesame oil, 3 tbsp rice vinegar, a squirt of honey and salt and pepper to taste.  Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss.  Serve when carrots are still...

What I’m Going To Be Doing While You Stand In Line at the Ticket Office to Watch 50 Shades

A girlfriend told us last week that she’s planning a girl’s night to go watch 50 Shades of Grey with her friends in a few weeks. And another friend is planning on going to the movie with her husband for their Valentine’s Day night out. We hope they have a great time. Really, we do. But we won’t be going with them. Because we’ll be at home having sex with our husbands. We’ll just come right out and say it: We’re not feeling overly enthused with the entire 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. It feels so wrong to be glorifying this relationship where a woman is abused and the man is sadistic. Are these the kind of romantic heroes on which we want to base our love stories? It doesn’t make sense to us. We don’t want that for ourselves, but even more, we can’t stand the thought of our daughters believing that 50 Shades of Grey is a modern fairy tale. But we’re afraid that’s exactly where our culture is headed: Christian Grey has been elevated to some sort of modern Mr. Darcy and the true romantic heroes of our time—men like our husbands who cherish us and have never demeaned us—are labeled as… boring? It really doesn’t make sense. But we don’t have to let it make sense. We can stand up and say that we don’t want Anastasia and Christian to be our romantic example. Not when we have so many better examples—examples of men and women who have chosen to love each other fully, to never demean, to never demoralize, to keep sex as a...

The EASIEST Pork Carnitas Recipe

  This is one of my favorite dinners to make because it’s super easy and everyone LOVES it (it’s Joey’s official favorite food) and… best of all… it comes with tons of leftovers so I always get 2-3 dinners out of one meal.  Woo hoo! Ingredients: 3-4 pound pork shoulder roast (for carnitas) 2 tbsp olive oil salt and pepper 2 oranges 2 limes 1 onion 1 bay leaf 1 tbsp cumin 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 2.  Heat oil in large dutch oven.  Cut pork into 2-3 inch pieces.  Add salt and pepper ( a good amount.) Set in oil and brown. 3.  Once pork is browned, slice open the oranges and limes, squeeze juice.  Throw halves (rind and all) into pot.  Cut onion into quarters, add to pot.  Add bay leaf and cumin.  Add 2 cups of water so pork is sitting in a nice broth but not entirely covered.  Bring  to boil. 4.  Once pork is boiling, transfer to the oven for 2-3 hours. 5.  After 2-3 hours, remove from oven and use a slotted spoon to take pork out.  Put it on a baking sheet in one layer.  Set aside. 6.  Bring dutch oven to stove, bring liquid to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes until it’s reduced by one half.  It will be almost sticky. 7.  Pour liquid over pork on baking sheet. 8.  Put pork back in oven on broil for 5-10 minutes until it starts to brown. Serve with tortillas, cheese, guacamole and beans. Leftover ideas: Pork fajita soup Enchiladas Burrito bowls Fajitas  ...
Hot Mama:  An Excerpt

Hot Mama: An Excerpt

I am SO excited to announce that I am releasing a new series of books this year!  I’m even more excited about the topic:  Sex!  Yes, sex.  I have to admit that it feels like a bit of a stretch for me (oh my goodness, what will my mother-in-law think?) but I also truly believe this topic is so important.  In fact, I believe that our marriages depend on it! Now, these books aren’t just about sex:  They are about good, old-fashioned married sex that is not only wholesome and God-honoring but is also FUN.  And by fun, I mean we’re going to give you loads of flirty, between-the-sheets tips and ideas that are hot, hot, hot.  Your husband is going to thank me, isn’t he? The first e-book, ’10 Ideas to Inspire Red Hot Sex’ comes out in just a few weeks.  (In fact, you can preorder it now for $2.99!) and it will be followed by ’10 Quick Fashion Fixes to Feel Confident and Sexy’ (preorder here) and ’10 Hot Date Night Ideas for Married Couples’.  Then, next fall, our paperback entitled Hot Mama will hit bookstores.  And let me tell you… they.are.hot. Anyway, to kick off this launch, I wanted to give you a taste of what to expect in the series.  So, here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote for a magazine that’s coming out next month, that includes an excerpt from the book. Also, to my friend M:  If you’re reading this, thank you.  You’re the best.  I’m sure no one will have ANY clue who you are. (An excerpt from Hot Mama:...
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