Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Smoothie

Oh boy guys, I am tired. And not like my-kid-was-up-all-night kind of tired (although, that did happen the night before last), I’m the I’ve-been-doing-so-much-manual-labor-lately kind of tired. If I can be honest with you guys (and I know I can), we’re drowning a little bit in our Spring to-do list on the Plow. In the next two weeks, we have to build a chicken coop, get ready for a yard sale, plant our garden, and clean out and organize the barn. All, of course, on top of all the regular upkeep tasks like mowing, trimming, weeding, and baby wrangling.

We’re basically spending every second that we aren’t sleeping, working. And if it sounds like I’m complaining, let me clarify—I love it. Seriously, it feels so good to be working so hard at stuff that I love. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, it’s a little overwhelming, but being overwhelmed by too much awesome stuff is a great problem to have.

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Our Newest Family Additions

Baby ChicksNo, this post isn't a pregnancy announcement (no, just no), it's to introduce you to the 12 newest residents of the Broken Plow. We got chickens! We've been talking for years about getting chickens, and for one reason or another, we kept putting it off. Our biggest hesitation recently has been that we really aren't tied down by anything—my work can travel with me anywhere, Craig is a stay-at-home-dad, and Juniper isn't in school yet. If we wanted to, we. . .
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Pea and Spinach Fettuccine Alfredo

Pea and Spinach Fettuccine AlfredoThings are growing, guys! I know it's no surprise that Spring comes every year, but it always feels like a gift when the weather warms up enough that we can start growing food again. We're harvesting spinach right now (from seeds that we sowed in a cold frame back in the Fall), and it feels so great to be eating hyper local again. Right around the corner will be radishes, lettuce, green onions, and asparagus, and then, strawberries will be. . .
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How to Grow Microgreens Indoors

How to Grow Microgreens IndoorsIf I was really on top of my game, I would have posted this tutorial back in the dead of winter when nothing was growing outside. Now, a lot of folks (us included) have greens popping out of the ground and the harvest of fresh veggies is upon us again. Yay! So chances are, you probably don't need a how-to guide for growing microgreens indoors right now. So, go ahead and pin this, and then set an alarm on your phone. . .
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Cheddar Chive Beer Bread

Cheddar Chive Beer BreadHave I told you guys that we have been homebrewing our own beer for the past 18 months or so? And by "we" I mean "my Dad and my husband". I have plans to get more involved in the future, but right now, my contributions are limited to recipe brainstorming and taste-testing. As a beer lover, it is awesome having a constant supply of really great beer. I have to be honest, when they first started this endeavor, I was. . .
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Coffee Date

1Oh, hello, my dear friend! If you and I were able to get together today for a coffee date, I'd gush over how beautifully radiant you look. You are such a stunner! Ow, ow! Tell me your secret? Did you find some new, awesome skin care line? Or are you just that naturally beautiful? Then, I'd tell you how glad I am that we could finally get together for another coffee date. Is Spring always as crazy for you as it is. . .
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Tortilla Chopped Salad with Black Bean Salsa and Ranch

Black Bean Tortilla Chopped Salad with RanchDoes it mean you've unlocked some sort of adulthood merit badge when you can say with all seriousness that you totally love salads? You would have almost never caught me ordering a salad in a restaurant when I was in high school or college or heck, even a few years ago. But now, I make a beeline for the salad section of the menu whenever I'm out. Especially if they offer big, beautiful bowls of dinner salads. I love salads. . .
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Turkey Florentine Calzones

Turkey Florentine CalzonesIs Spring and early Summer hectic for everyone, or is it just in our family? March through June is like a crazy marathon of birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and events. By the time July comes around, I just want to spend a weekend on my couch doing absolutely nothing. It's such a blessing to have a life filled with so much to celebrate, but holy cow, it's exhausting. To prepare for our yearly busy season, I try hard to stock our. . .
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Peach, Flax, and Walnut Oatmeal

Peach, Walnut, and Flax OatmealIf you took a peek into our deep freezer in October, you would see it overflowing with preserved food from the growing season. We do a lot of canning and dehydrating, too, but freezing is a wonderful option for a lot of foods that maybe won't make it through the tougher canning process. And just as full as our freezer is in October, by the time March runs around, it's pretty much an empty cave. We've worked through all the. . .
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In The Garden

Garden: Water Bottle and GlovesI kinda disappeared there for a bit, didn't I? Well, I have a good excuse—it's gardening season! We've had a stretch of really nice days recently, and every free moment has been spent getting our garden in tip-top shape. Spring is a really crazy time around here. There is a short period of time when the weather is warm enough to be outside working, but before the weeds and bugs start to take over. I'd say, on average, we get. . .
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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and CabbageHappy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! I'm only a tiny part Irish, but today, everyone gets to pretend like they are from Ireland, right? Actually, in our house, St. Patrick's Day is a whole lot less about green beer (although, we do love some beer, we just don't dye it), and a whole lot more about celebrating big milestones—March 17th is our wedding anniversary! We were married at city hall on a very cold St. Patrick's Day morning eight years ago.. . .
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Baked Salmon Fish Sticks

Baked Salmon Fish SticksThis is the first recipe I ever posted online. It was way back in the LiveJournal days (hands up, LJ lovers), and I was part of a community there that shared healthy recipes. One day after work, I thought it would be fun to photograph all my steps to make these baked salmon fish sticks—a recipe that we absolutely loved in our house—and share it with the group. So I snapped photos while I worked in our tiny apartment kitchen, I. . .
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Healthy Meal Plan: Loving Lentils

Healthy Meal Plan: Loving LentilsI love menu planning. I think it is absolutely key to helping you eat a healthy diet that helps you feel awesome. Because I think meal planning is so important, I'll be sharing a five-day healthy meal plan with you guys every few weeks. These are all recipes I've tried in my own kitchen (and snapped a photo of), so you can trust they are tasty! Each menu will revolve around a theme, and each menu will include tips and. . .
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Pear and Spinach Smoothie

Pear-Spinach SmoothieHave I told you guys that I'm off the juice? And by "the juice" I mean—dun, dun, dun—added sugar. My husband and I somewhat randomly decided one day a few weeks back that we were sick of being so totally obsessed with sugar. I truly believe that sweets can be a part of any healthy diet in moderation, but thanks to a quite decadent holiday season (ahem, I'm looking at you Christmas cookies), my body had become so addicted to. . .
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Blogging About Blogging: 5 Must Have Blogging Tools

5 Must Have Blogging ToolsThose of you that were loyal fans of my monthly blogging income reports, may have noticed that there hasn't been an update to them in a few months. Why? Well, some of my agreements with sponsors and ad networks prevent me from being able to fully disclose the amount of money I make. I've been trying to figure out how to share the blogger-to-blogger type of information that was in those posts, without sharing my numbers, and I've decided to. . .
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