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Author: Keeks

I am a nurse, lover of life, spazztastic dinosaur, explorer, adventurer, nerd (kinda), natural hippie attempter, optimist, postcard enthusiast, pen pal, missionary, exerciser, health conscious, tea addict who gets confused in life and loves living it.
Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

Hello Winter and the dark days you bring. Thankfully during the winter months eating soup every day for two out of three meals is acceptable. Today I was craving tomato soup, but there was none to be found in my cupboard (this is often the case in this house). This soup grew into a recipe as I discovered what I had on hand in my kitchen. I found some fresh tomatoes on the counter that needed eating, some onion already…

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Conflicted

Conflicted

Recently, I have been feeling conflicted about MY meat consumption. Why? Your guess is as good as mine at this point. So, a couple of weeks back I decided to just do a “Vegetarian Challenge” (?) for myself. This post is not about that, this one will be more about the background of it all. I have always had a small inner conflict with eating meat, but I still eat meat and so does my family. I don’t have any…

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Stuffed Bell Peppers – no rice

Stuffed Bell Peppers – no rice

I have dreaded stuffed bell peppers for the majority of my life. For me they meant this tortured meal that consisted of a hard, crunchy, chewy, bland, gross thing I was forced to masticate and enjoy….. UGH. There was NEVER enough ketchup to cover up their nastiness. No offense to my mother growing up, she may have actually been making very good stuffed peppers, and I just wasn’t grown up enough to appreciate them, but they were disgusting. Also, I…

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Recovery is a long and complicated road

Recovery is a long and complicated road

Here I am at just over a year since my back surgery. Woah, it has been a very long year… What I have dealt with since my discectomy: Physical recovery- I have felt so slow during this recovery… I felt like I should be HEALED in 3 months. Truth be told, I was not. I did not realize how much the hernia affected my strength until I started my recovery — weeks after the initial surgery because I had to…

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Crock Pot New Mexican Pork

Crock Pot New Mexican Pork

I love food that warms the belly and soul. This is a New Mexican dish that is soul-warming, tasty, and feels like your stomach just gave you a hug! The sauce is fiery, red, and has just the right amount of spice to tinkle your tongue.    It started all because I saw this amazing recipe in a magazine of Cook’s Illustrated. They have a Braised Carne Adovada recipe in their recent magazine and I HAD to make it. I spent…

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Favourite Vegetarian Dishes

Favourite Vegetarian Dishes

Recently Instagram did this really fun thing where it allowed text boxes on their stories that prompted people to “Ask Me A Question”— I caved and did it. I really do like answering questions and I want people to ask questions… just beware you’ll get blatant, honest answers. (I wonder how outdated this feature will seem in three months!) One of my followers, who also happens to be a life long friend, asked me about my favourite vegetarian recipes/dishes… oh…

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2017 Temperature Blanket

2017 Temperature Blanket

  This past year, as a project, I crocheted a Temperature Blanket. What is this you may ask? Well, this is a project where you crochet one row on a blanket for every day of the year based on the current high temperature of that day. I live is Seattle region so rightfully my blanket is mainly green and blue! Hahahaha. Tools: – Crochet hook to match yarn – Yarn of rainbow colors – Notebook to keep track of temperatures…

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Happy New YEAR!!! 2018

Happy New YEAR!!! 2018

It is that time of year again, the time we all make resolutions just so we can break them by February 1st and then feel like a failure for the rest of the year. I had three ideas of a New Year’s post. What were popular New Years Resolutions in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, e.t.c. My resolutions and why. The “science” of creating real goals for our life. Frankly, I like all three topics, but the first one was difficult…

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Vegan Hearty Vegetable Stew

Vegan Hearty Vegetable Stew

…..it is winter and that means stew. Yes, yes, yes I realize there will be THOUSANDS of stew recipes on the internet this season to had to the millions that already exist. I have narrowed it by a bit since I made this stew vegan. Let’s see what happens. Do you love vegetables? I do. Don’t forget Parsley! Or the homemade bread! Of course, add some Gardein Beefless Beef Tips! Keek’s Kitchen Hearty Vegetable Stew about 8 servings Ingredients: 1…

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