30-MINUTE SESAME ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

June 29, 2016

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Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she's dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

The more kids I have the more lazy/busy I get about food. My youngest has a terrible habit of only eating fruit with bits of cheese here and there and some days I'm just too tired to even try to fight him to eat something green.
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I discovered recently that he loves dipping sauces and will sit happy as a clam with a bowl of salsa or hummus licking/chewing, so proud of himself. Seeing this as a chance to get more variety into his life, I've started adding little bowls of dip to most meals and the plan is working!
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We tried tahini sauce on sweet potatoes last night and I really loved the flavor mixed with cilantro and sesame seeds. Sweet potatoes are something my kids will try and it's a great filler food that's cheap, full of nutrients, and versatile. One of my go-to dinners is dicing and roasting sweet potatoes in the oven and then adding them to browned tortilla shells with black beans, melted feta, and cilantro. Always have some limes in the fridge because a little squeeze packs a powerful punch and almost acts as a standalone sauce. Once you get used to adding savory or citrusy to sweet, you'll never be the same again. 

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Try these! They're a great summer food and perfect for barbecues.

 //30-MINUTE SESAME ROASTED SWEET POTATOES
Author: Pinch of Yum
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper for spiciness
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons roasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Toss the sweet potatoes with the vegetable oil, chili powder, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, stirring gently every 5-10 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat to 400 degrees and roast for another 5-10 minutes until the sweet potatoes are turning golden brown. Continue to stir the sweet potato pieces as needed to prevent over-browning. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  3. On a separate platter or directly on the baking sheet, drizzle the sweet potatoes with the sesame oil and tahini. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Add a handful of cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.

a 2 year journey.

June 28, 2016



Two years ago our journey truly began with a life transformation. Before our world was rocked with oils we were aware of what we were putting in our bodies food-wise. I feel like a lot of people are like that, it's the more obvious route. Then I listened to this class about the stats from how much we ingest through our skin my mind was blown. 


A woman mentioned her kids walking barefoot in the yard where fertilizer had been, the amount that gets soaked in through deodorant, shampoos and makeup. Not to mention vitamins and medicine and all kinds of cleaning supplies in our homes. I realized how much of this was me and my sweet little family. 

Im forever grateful now for how our life has transformed. Forever grateful that I can know I am doing all I can for them and for myself. It was never about coming up with more money to buy these products, it was just moving the budget. It was just buying from YoungLiving instead of other places! 

Every night I go into each kiddos rooms.... I turn on their twinkle lights, their sound machines and their battery operated tea candles by their beds. 
I fill up their diffusers with lavender or peace and calming or stress away and I give each one a little foot massage with SleepyIze oil on their feet as we say our bedtime prayers and talk about our day. 
Im so thankful for these little bottles - they have changed everything! 



The biggest mistake I see with oils is that people use them once in a tizzy- in my experience oils need to be used daily. They don't work the ways we might be used to. Plants are powerful and amazing and they have changed things for my family in countless ways. 


+immune support
+ emotional support
+hormone support
+ clean products for tiny bodies
+ promotes restful sleep
+ safe for our littles
+ great support for healthy skin
+ support in springtime air
+ stress support 


The list goes on and on!!! Our mindset on wellness and what we put IN and ON our bodies has been transformed!



I can tell you I never in a MILLION years would have thought this would be me. 

Never thought I would use oils or be on this path...yet here I am! Then I got the MTHFR diagnosis ( read here) and I even more so realized that my body couldn't process toxins like others could. 
I became even MORE aware of what was going on my skin and coming into our home. It opened my eyes to what I was choosing for my family. I realized there was no greater investment than to do this for them. for me. 

It became the highest priority! 
So the journey began health wise. 

Then another very unexpected turn. The business side. 

I started sharing my love for these products, the same way I share about the doctor that I love, our favorite restaurant and my kid's private school. When passion and belief is there, when my heart is there- its SO easy to share. 
This was my reality 5 years ago 

No security, no direction, no financial freedom. Just prayers and hope that God had a plan for our family. and He did. Thank goodness His plans are way more creative and better than my own. 
For me- hours of hard work and a very full plate = a monthly paycheck ( security) for the first time in 10 years.


It means two of my kiddos are in a private school that we love with all our hearts, it means building something that will provide for our family for years to come, it means we are FREE to pursue our dreams and our calling, it means residual income. It means we are on a road to be debt free. 


I could go on and on. But if you want more info, please email me! check out my website. do your research....oils don't have to be intimidating!

AND I am running a huge deal right now, this is the perfect time to join me!If you signup with my link and buy the Premium Starter kit, I will give you $20 back !!! Plus the 10% off from Young Living, so the kit is just $124! 

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We are Knitters.

June 27, 2016



I am so excited to share We Are Knitters today!!! I have ALWAYS wanted to learn to knit and now that I have my gorgeous kit, I cannot WAIT to dive in!!


They have so many amazing options and all of their creations are BEAUTIFUL....I love when someone gives me the ability to create something on my own- swoon!

The cute little baby pants and booties were a gift but how cool to be able to create something like that?! I am bound to learn!

(^ above photo collage via their instagram feed! )

Not only is this the perfect summer project but what a unique, amazing gift to give someone?! AND they have knitting parties- LOVE! 



"We Are Knitters creates DIY kits for all types of crafters, DIYers and fabric enthusiasts. As our name suggests, knitting already has our hearts, and so we have created a variety of different level knitting kits that include everything you need to make your own item from scratch. 


Never knitted before? No problem! 

Our beginner knitting and crocheting kits are designed with the novice in mind, and we also publish weekly tutorials on different techniques, plus our growing video library that shows you everything you need to know to get started In addition to knitting and crocheting kits, We Are Knitters has recently added two new crafts to the family, Macramé and Petit Point. These kits also contain everything you need to complete your own DIY project to proudly display in your home or to give as a gift to someone close to you."


"Macramé is a French word that means knot; it is one of the oldest forms of art. The ancient Persians and Assyrians (2300 B.C.) finessed this art with great skill. Later, Arabs brought the art form to Europe, and the Europeans to the Americas, where Caribbean people used it to make their typical knotted hammocks. Basic macramé has a number of different knots, with the most well known being the square knot and the half knot, that when combined, create borders (overlaid or woven) or braids to decorate bags or fabrics, flower pots, lamps, wall hangings and curtains."




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*post sponsored by We are Knitters- all thoughts and opinions are my own

lately in photos.

June 25, 2016

him.

June 22, 2016



I love this man. 
We are different people than we were 11 years ago when we met. Goodness such different people. 

We celebrated 9 years of marriage this week and then celebrated what a precious daddy he is to our littles this past weekend. He's unlocked the dreams in my heart and made them possible, he loves our kids fiercely and he's moved pieces in my soul that I didn't know existed.

God has done a sweet work in us this year, I'm thankful for him and forever thankful for the love and confidence and special care he pours into each of our kiddos hearts. We all adore you so much Chris Wiegand. The Lord is sweet that He brought me to you....thankful I am the one that gets to do life by your side. I can't imagine building a life with anyone else...you deserve all the days. 

xoxo 

Baby Bump Pics.

June 21, 2016