Your Real Food Journey {a Review}

Friday, September 12

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Your Real Food Journey A Gentle Guide to Steady Progress by Trina Holden at - Book and Recipe Review from

It’s been more than 5 months, since I’ve had a home, and time, to focus on the food we eat. Not living in your own space, with your own habits isn’t easy. Moving back into your own space at the height of chaos isn’t easy either.

Between projects and the fair Matt and I have spent next to no time with any sort of focus on cooking. It has been whatever can be slapped together when it’s thought of, even if that meant hot dogs twice in a row.

I read Trina’s new book, Your Real Food Journey: A Gentle Guide to Steady Progress, during nap time. That’s right. The whole book took me a total of 1 hour and 50 minutes to read. It was enjoyable. It was informative. And it gave me what I needed to get us back on the path to eating better, right at the time when I had absolutely no motivation to do so.

Where as Trina’s first book was all about the what of eating Real Food, this book, is all about the why. Why you should; Why you can. Without making it some complicated science project that blows up in your face.

We eat pretty healthy, but Matt is very much into eating healthier and eating more fermented foods {he is a home-brewer after all}. He’s been pouring over this book and the recipes in it, fortunately not with a list of things I need to do. Right now, as I’m typing this, he’s working on making sauerkraut {Trina’s recipe for German Kraut}.

So, just how easy are the recipes in this book?

Tonight was another night that I had no idea what to make for dinner. I knew I had a plethora of ground beef in the house, but had no desire to make tacos, chili, burgers, meatballs or meatloaf {my usual ground beef fair}. I then decided to scroll Trina’s book for a ground beef recipe, and came upon Cheeseburger Soup {page 81}.

Honestly, the idea of ground beef in soup is not my cup of tea, but I figured I’d give it a shot. In the pot went my meat, potatoes, carrots, celery and onions. Tossed in the salt, pepper, {lots of} garlic, and some other spices {we kind of do our own thing around here with spices and herbs}. Mixed in some roux, milk, plain whole milk yogurt {I didn’t have sour cream}, and cheese.

IMG_3661A little while later, dinner was ready! Think of cheesy cream of potato soup with ground beef and carrots: YUM! Even Avie was excited to have soup for Friday’s leftovers.IMG_3666

Where can you get this little gem for yourself? You can get it through Trina directly at And when you do, enjoy the ease in which you’ll be cooking better and more healthful meals for you family, without feeling like you’re going to fail or be overwhelmed.

Bumble Berry Pie

Tuesday, September 9

I love Pie. I don’t know many people who DON’T love pie, and I don’t know as I would trust someone who didn’t.

I’m always looking for new ways to remake old favorites. One of my favorite desserts was Krusteaz Raspberry Bars, so good, but then I figured out how to make them myself, which was so much cheaper AND so much yummier. Then another time I got a crazy-hair and decided that instead of just using raspberry jam, I would throw in a bunch of mixed berries…oh my…Bumble Berry Pie was born!

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Here it is:

1 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of chopped nuts {pecans are divine in it; I’ve use walnuts in it too}
2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup of Raspberry Jam
2-3 cups of fresh or thawed, mixed berries {the skies the limit so use your imagination!}

Mix all of that together. Press about half of the dough in the bottom of a 9” pie dish {or a 9” square}. Spread with a little more than half of the jam, sprinkle with the mixed berries {even throw thin slices of apples in!}. Warm up the rest of the jam, so that it can be drizzled, and drizzle the rest of it over the berries.

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Take the remainder of your dough and crumble it over the top of the pie. This doesn’t have to be beautiful.


Bake at 350* for 50-60 minutes, until golden brown on top and fruit is fork tender.
Allow to cool slightly before serving {otherwise it’s just going to run everywhere.

Serve warm with a heaping dollop of cream or vanilla ice cream. You can just scoop this out, or cut actual pie slices…we kind of do both, with a mix of keeping a fork in the plate to help ourselves.

*Unfortunately I did not get a straight out of the oven shot, since it was night and Matt and I wanted to eat it.

Summer Stories {Part 4}

Tuesday, September 2

This past weekend we headed out of town, albeit only 1 night, to Hershey Park, for Matt’s family’s annual get together. We don’t go every year, because it would just be too much, but when we do we always have fun. The first year we went with all 4 kids we decided that instead of buying them a t-shirt every year or some such thing, we would buy 1 t-shirt in a bigger size and take pictures every year. Here’s the picture from 2 years ago…

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you’ll already have seen this gem.

We did have a few side stops on the way down, the biggest one was for Daddy to go to Cabela’s, which was fine with me because the kids were quite enamored with all of the animals and the live aquarium they now have.



After Cabela’s it was onward to Hershey Park! We got to the campground, setup our tent, and…hold up, tent?! Yep, we slept the night we were there in a tent…6 of us. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds, but it wasn’t that great either. Matt, Ave and I were on the floor, the kids in the pack n play {they stayed some of the night in there}.IMG_3238

In the evening we went with tradition: Chocolate World, followed by ice cream.

IMG_3239The awesome t-shirts they got from Aunt Meggie and Uncle Matt.IMG_3251Finding out how they measure up!IMG_3262IMG_3265Henry was a bit overwhelmed by the busy, but Daddy didn’t mind.IMG_3267Riding the Chocolate World ride: I think James was impressed.IMG_3274IMG_3282Then it was time for ice cream!IMG_3292IMG_3294IMG_3300IMG_3303Back to the campground it was, and baths in Baba’IMG_3312Sunday morning we got up bright and early {not that we needed any help with that, since the kids were up at 3:30, until 5:30, then woke up at 6:30am}. Off to Hershey we went! They were a bit excited. See how much they’ve grown in those shirts?!IMG_3322IMG_3334IMG_3337James on his first ever ride: He loved it!IMG_3339IMG_3343Ellie wasn’t too keen on the whole bit of nonsense.IMG_3354IMG_3361Then it was time for Mommy to take the crazies on the Tilt-a-Whirl….one of my favorite rides. They LOVED it!IMG_3372IMG_3374Ellie didn’t like it at first, but by the end she loved it!IMG_3378Henry finally found a ride he liked, the cars {and Mater!}…that was the only way we could get him on it.IMG_3380IMG_3382IMG_3390IMG_3397Interestingly enough all of the kids went on their first big-kid roller coaster and LOVED it! After that we were all so hot it was time for the water rides.IMG_3419Soon after, it was lunch, meltdowns and time to go home, but not before one last ride.IMG_3438IMG_3443In the car and ready to roll.IMG_3471Literally 5 minutes later.IMG_3473We stopped about halfway home at Cracker Barrel, our first time taking all the kids out to eat since they’re more than 6 months old. It went surprisingly well, given the exhausted and meltdown conditions.IMG_3476IMG_3477IMG_3478IMG_3480IMG_3481IMG_3486IMG_3488We came home, put the kids in bed and mommy crashed with an exhaustion induced migraine. It was a great time though, it was so much fun seeing the kids with cousins and family, and riding all the rides.IMG_3515