This Freekeh Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Pears is a healthy, seasonal side dish or lunch!

It’s incredibly frustrating when I have a ton of work to do and my body won’t cooperate. I’ve been sick for almost 6 weeks now and it’s really getting in the way of everything! I feel overwhelmed by my to-do list which seems to be growing by the minute while this silly cough keeps me up at night and makes me sluggish all day. It’s a lose-lose situation. If I cough all night, I’m groggy. If I take medicine to help me sleep, I’m groggy. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that this annoying bronchitis finishes running its course ASAP.

Healthy salads are keeping me sane at the moment. I don’t want to stop and think about cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m already cooking all day for work. I’ve been enjoying throwing chicken or steak on greens with some fruit and nuts. I’ve also been eating a lot of grain salads that use up my produce. I can make a large grain salad over the weekend and enjoy it for several days. This freekeh salad is a new favorite. It’s flavorful, healthy and full of protein and fiber.

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This Pumpkin Spiced Buttermilk Layer Cake with Maple Buttercream is a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas! #dessert

I’ve never been very good at creating a work/life balance. It was easy when I worked for someone else. Every week, 40 hours were spent mostly sitting in front of a desk with breaks for lunch and meetings. Now that I work for myself, my weekdays and weekends are very similar. My mornings and evenings are very similar. I space out the work, but it’s always there.

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This one pot chicken and bacon orzo soup from Savory Simple is perfect for chilly days or when you just need a warm bowl of comfort food.  #Soup #Autumn #Recipe www.savorysimple.net

I’ve decided to judge how productive my days are based on how many times I have to run the dishwasher. It’s a running joke between Jeff and I because when I go out of town for a week, he might run the machine one time. But in my day to day life, I’m using it at least once per day even though I wash many dishes by hand. And I hate doing dishes. But they’re a clear indicator of whether I’ve been slacking or getting things done.

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Strawberry Macadamia Nut Milk is a healthy, sweet drink that can be enjoyed on its own or used as the base for a smoothie. #Vegan #Paleo #DairyFree

I love making nut milks from scratch. It’s not very time consuming or expensive to make and the flavor is, in my opinion, far superior to anything sold at the grocery store. There are no weird preservatives or stabilizers. It’s a nice, unprocessed drink that can be used as a base for smoothies or in place or regular milk in baked goods or coffee drinks.

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This autumn Spiced Octoberfest Beer Bread recipe is so easy to make! No mixer or kneading required. www.savorysimple.net

I’m writing a cookbook. I’ve only just begun the process and I’m already feeling very overwhelmed. But I also feel excited and validated. I feel as though everything I have been working for over the past few years is finally coming together. I feel like I made the right choices. This book is going to be 12 months of blood, sweat and tears. I’m going to put everything I have into it.

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