FAVORITE Cilantro Lime Dressing (Whole 30 Approved!)


Here’s a recipe for one of our staple salad dressings during our Whole 30! It’s really fresh, incredibly creamy, totally “clean” and full of healthy fats and antioxidants. Yum Yum! Ps. I like to make a big batch like the one pictured above and keep it in the fridge for quick salads. XO

Cilantro Lime Dressing
  1. 1 Cup Olive Oil
  2. 2 Avocados
  3. Juice of 1 Lime
  4. Large Handful Fresh Cilantro
  5. 1/2 Purple Onion
  6. 3 Dates (or a tablespoon of sugar, agave, or honey)
  7. 2 Cloves Garlic
  8. Tsp Salt
  9. Tsp Pepper
  1. Toss everything into a food processor or blender, chill for one hour and enjoy! Ps. If you don't have an hour to wait around, just toss in a couple ice cubes :)
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Quick Quiche Cups

Can we all agree that anything made in cupcake form is just plain cute? Kyle and I are 16 days into our Whole 30 challenge (click link to learn more about the Whole 30) and these quiche cups are a staple for us on busy weekday mornings. Pardon the poor lighting, I made these this morning while it was still pretty dark out. I just wanted to share a little something with ya’ll since it’s been so long since I’ve updated the blog. Hope you enjoy! Ps I’ll be sharing the details of the wedding and honeymoon next week! XO






Quick Quiche Cups
  1. Cooked Chopped Bacon
  2. 1 Cup Fresh Spinach
  3. 1/4 Sweet Onion, Chopped
  4. 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  5. 5 Eggs
  6. 1-2 Tbsp Almond Milk
  7. Salt and Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. On medium heat, cook bacon, chopped onion, and garlic.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, almond milk, salt, pepper, and spinach. Once cooled, mix in sautéed ingredients.
  4. Lightly coat muffin pan with ghee and fill muffin pan to the top with egg mixture.
  5. Place in oven for 20-23 minutes or until puffed and a toothpick comes out clean.
  1. Keeps well in fridge for busy weekday mornings!
Adapted from Mom's Easy Quiche
Adapted from Mom's Easy Quiche
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Why Does God Make Us Wait?


God can do anything. That includes sometimes making us wait.

It seems that usually, God is not in a big ‘ole hurry about much. The scriptures even say, He is slow at going about things, carefully knitting His plan and purpose into everything. 

God promised Abraham and Sarah a child when they were a young couple, but made them wait ’till their early 100’s to bless them with Issac. Rough, you know? Especially for the whole pregnancy and delivery thing minus epidurals and Ben & Jerry’s.  Not to mention, chasing a toddler around a few years after that, yikes. 

Jesus could have healed Lazarus sometime, well, anytime in his life. But, instead, Jesus raised him from the grave after he had already endured his entire life with an awful disease. 

God could have made David the King that same day when He was anointed. 

He could have talked to Moses after a day or two alone in the dessert, instead He waited 40 years. Personal confession: I can’t even do a three day juice cleanse. Or be patient while my phone charges. Anyways…

He could have freed Joseph from the dungeon. 

He could have let Noah in on a detail or two about timing. 

Daniel, Paul, countless others. 

Let’s not forget Jesus when He hung on the cross. 

Back to me: I don’t like to wait. Most big life decisions, successful or otherwise happen on a whim for me. One second they come into my brian, the next I am going for it. I think most people can relate to this ADD style. We just about lose our marbles over slow trucks, lines at Disneyland, and preoccupied waiters. Not to mention actual real life stuff.

The problem with this mindset is that it often sneaks into my spiritual walk and has me constantly rushing to the next big thing. My perspective is that I’ve basically “got this” and God needs to start hustling if He wants to hang. Yes, I am that bad. The Lord has His hands full. 

I require bricks to the head. So, here’s one for you: rarely does God move in accordance to our color coordinated timeframe. 

A few others that I know to be true but still don’t have figured out:

  • He makes us wait to fulfill His call in our lives after He’s put the desire and passion in our hearts. 
  • He makes us wait on desires, whether it’s a baby, spouse, or new job. 
  • He makes us wait for directions when we’re stuck at a dead end. 

Abraham and Sarah prayed for a child for 100 YEARS. Heavens rain down, I can’t even handle buffering. 

David was running away for 15 years. 

Moses was in the desert for 40. 

Joseph was in the dungeon of a prison, wrongfully accused for 10 years. 

And maybe He’s making you wait right now for the same reason…

to build your faith. 

Is God really all you need? What if the cable went out? Vacation plans fell through, or if you lost your job? 

God uses waiting to develop our true character, smooth off our pretty edges, and make us realize just how badly we need a savior.

It’s during this season when nothing seems to be happening, when prayers go up and you don’t really know if He heard you or not. That is when we learn to become more like Him. In waiting, we have to grow up and get stronger in our faith out of pure necessity. To survive waiting, we need Jesus, bad. 

So, from Him, through me, to you: God hears you. He knows your desires. If He’s making you wait, He is working in your life. Rejoice! Wherever you are, know that God is right beside you and has a purpose for you, even if today that purpose is only to look to Him and wait. 

Lastly, be encouraged by the fact that He made some of the greatest men of faith, wait. He came through for them, and centuries later, the same God that raised Jesus from the grave to overcome the sin of the world, will come through for you. 

Current Happenings & Faves!

Here’s the deal. I had every intention of documenting our move, sticking to my weekly post calendar, meanwhile finishing up wedding planning, creating lots of new DIY’s/recipes for you, starting my book, and sharing a house tour. 

Welp, newsflash. Out of seven, I did two of those things. I moved, and I’m prepping for the wedding. Now that I have finally unpacked my craft boxes and I found my favorite pan, I plan to share get back on a schedule and be a better hostess to ya’ round here. However, since that has yet to occur, I thought we could just catch up a little. 

I gathered up some of my favorites as of late to share with you because they’re a lot cooler than me anyway! Lets be real. 

1. In case you’re wondering what Ina Garten’s favorite foods are… 

2. H&M now has a home decor line??? Um. Hide yo wife (and her pocket book.) 

3. I got a new bed! I can’t wait to show you more once I have everything decorated. We ordered it from Wayfair.com and I was so impressed by their quick delivery and the quality of this piece. rbeJqWn8jkryZmVrp-igNnyp2r_Ozq0yhKEPQRqrVCcvQan7UIDSVx6FGZXtBmMrnh5F4PcnXQrTexPh1tWIEk

4. Our garden roses are blooming. Naturally, so is every surface in my home. rDVxm_K18HyFNGHi3F6-qpJZ1YbPLlTktm6Mi19BsBA

 5. My current reading list. I’m just not a “one book at a time” kind of person.bJlg1HCOEIZBA2ME7Jb6hF7BPtBn5Z1-XINKgYNYZUo

6. Kyle and I celebrated his 23rd birthday at a trampoline park and it WAS FLIPPIN’ AWESOME. Note: If you must, go for donuts post jumping. IMG_8253 IMG_8288 IMG_8294

(oops all my pictures were blurry…)  IMG_8311

7. This Asian style kale salad we had for dinner the other night.  Just the pre-cut mixed greens from the grocery store and Trader Joes Sesame Balsamic with some seeds tossed on top for crunch. YUM. IMG_8318

 8. The fact that it’s already warm enough for this behavior… IMG_8371

 9. My bridal shower! Yes, that’s a rare copy of San Fransisco A La Carte in my hands. Pictured is me, FREAKING OUT (in case that wasn’t obvious). 

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10. Cinco De Mayo! I heard the Chipotle guac recipe leaked on Twitter this morning, so get after it. And fun fact, I found out today that my brilliant fiancĂ© used to think it was “Sink-Hole” de mayo. 

Anyways, since it falls on a Tuesday, you know what we’ll be having…  eat up ya’ll! 

xo Madi