"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Stone has it good. She's such a protector of him, and Abel, well... Abel will be the one to put every kid in their place if they have something cross to say. He's like the bodyguard.

Sometimes I feel bad that she's the only girl. No sister. I'll have to make up for that somehow.


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"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

I have PROOF! They are not always fighting with each other.. Normally it's 2 against 1, but I captured a rare moment when they were all three getting along.. and laughing to boot!


"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Stump Pass is probably my favorite beach.. I've posted about it before. It was scorching walking out there, pure sunshine. Like always, we walked the trail out to the point, then the beach back. By the time we got to the water, I didn't even stop, I peeled off my dress and jumped in. Within minutes- it started down pouring. We walked for a bit, and then set up camp under our beach umbrella and some brush to wait out the heaviest rainfall. 
I would have never thought at the beginning of this walk, that I would be shivering, wet & cold by the end.
The kids enjoyed playing in the rain- but they're not used to any sort of coldness either- so we were all over it pretty quick- fighting for towels to warm up with. 


"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

If you're ever in my neck of the woods, I highly suggest heading down to Fishermans Village. Stroll through the covered walkway, peek into some of the fun shops and end at the bar with a few drinks. You're welcome.

If you have kids, I recommend leaving them at home, as the store owners are sort of yuppity- and don't take kindly to kids touching $200 hand-blown glass fish.


"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

Drawing is a MUST in this house! Imaginations are required to run wild.
Clothes are always optional.

It's a struggle- keeping their minds untouched. Encouraging green sky's and purple horses. Art has no rules- which is what makes it perfect for everyone. Adelyn is a perfectionist, and if Stone's picture isn't turning out just like he imagined it- well- a tornado erupts. Abel likes to torment them by taking their perfect picture and quickly scribbling all over it. Even when they cry and I explain it's wrong- he always wears that devilish smile, as if he's saying "I know mom, and I don't care- it's fun".


"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

This horse. OMG! a;lskdjf;alsdjf It's the size of a dog, you guys. And it's full grown. I mean, c'mon- those Build A Bear shoes- I want them all! I love that we live by a horse rescue! The kids were in love with this girl, and they want one almost as much as I do!


"A snapshot of my littles almost every week in 2015."

We hiked through Myakka State Forest. We walked the canopy walk- twice. It was hot & sweaty, filled with lots of complaining. Towards the end, Craig would run ahead and hide to pop out and scare the kids... it's the only thing that kept them going.


This recipe is a lot like my black bean burger recipe.  And in true Kristan form- I didn't measure anything... so these are approximate measurements. It yields around 30-40 nuggets, although I did eat quite a few heaping spoonfuls of the mixture prior to forming. hah. I was going to add in some wheat germ, but couldn't get the jar open (Craig tried too). You don't HAVE to add in the nutritional yeast, I just try to add it into whatever I can because it's a great source of Vitamin B12 and folic acid and it's high in fiber & protein.

Let's be honest- before we made the whole vegan switch- my kids lived off of chicken nuggets. Especially Stone- it was only form of meat they would eat. They devoured these nuggets and didn't miss the real thing at all.


1 C uncooked brown rice
3-4 C chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/2 onion, chopped
3/4 C hemp seeds
1/2 C rolled oats
Bread Crumbs 
Herbs and Spices

Cook your rice.
Combine chickpeas & 3/4 of the rice and onions in a food processor; mix well.
Pour mixture into a large bowl and add the remaining rice, hemp seeds and rolled oats; mix well.
Take a scoop full of mixture and roll into ball.
Press the bass between your hands to form a 'nugget'.
Add bread crumbs with chosen herbs and spices into a shallow dish. This would be a good time to start preheating the oven.
Coat each nugget in the bread crumbs.

Bake @ 375ΒΊF for 15 minutes on each side; or until golden brown.

vegan pizza // with hummus

Who says you need cheese on pizza?! True story- I am a pizza addict. hah. I can literally eat an entire large pizza to myself- and have on multiple occasions. It was the one thing that gave me a slight hang up when we decided to go plant based- sans cheese. 

But this pizza- AMAZING!! I found the recipe on Steller in The Dreamy Leaf's feed. It does not disappoint. It's everything a pizza should be- DELISH!

3 cups bread flour
1Β½ cup water
ΒΌ cup olive oil
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp maple syrup (or sugar)
1 tsp salt

any veggies you fancy - we lightly sautΓ©ed ours.

from The Dreamy Leaf (edited slightly)


  1. Put the flour, instant yeast and the salt in a large bowl and mix them.
  2. Add the water to the bowl. Start combining and kneading with your hand. When the flour and water is more or less combined, add the olive oil.
  3. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, using folding and pressing motions. The dough should turn out quite soft and stretchy.
  4. Cover the top of the bowl, wrap the bowl with towels, and keep in a very warm place if possible. Let the dough rise for about 40 minutes. It should at least double in size.
  5. When the dough has risen enough, split it in half (this makes two large pizzas).
  6. Now is a good time to start pre-heating the oven to 450F.
  7. Dust a clean surface with flour and hand-roll the dough into a pizza pie shape. Work from the center outwards so that you get the "pizza handle", i.e. the thicker crust at the rim of the pie and a thin crust where the filling will be. You can use a roller in the beginning if it makes it easier, but try to hand-shape as much as you can. Hopefully at this stage, you are noticing that air bubbles have formed in the dough. That is a good sign that you will have an awesome outcome.


  1. Dust a pizza peel liberally with flour.
  2. Transfer the crust to the pizza peel and re-shape.
  3. Spread half of the hummus over the crust, sparing the outermost rim.
  4. Add the rest of the toppings (half of them, the remaining is for the second pizza pie) except the parsley- it gets added after the pizza is baked. 
  5. Brush the crust with olive oil and sprinkle some garlic + salt for a flavorful crust.


  1. The oven needs to be pre-heated to 450F before the pizza gets in there. A hot oven is essential.
  2. Having a pizza stone helps retain the heat and gives much better results. But if you don't have one, you can bake it on a parchment paper dusted with flour.
  3. Bake for about 17 minutes or until golden on the rim.
  4. Top with fresh parsleys.