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There is such enormous pressure to be with family this time of year.  Pressure to make a huge sacrifice to sit with narrow-minded people that if you had just met them, you would walk away shaking your head in disbelief at how cruel and ignorant they were. Some of the things that come out of their mouth are just astounding and yet you are supposed to sit there, crack a weak smile and just count the minutes until you are home again and back to the people that give a damn about you. Staying silent to keep the peace so your “family” can have a Happy Holiday filled with bastardized sentiment and an insane amount of consumer crap that will be clogging landfills in a matter of days.

I am fortunate that Mamma taught me many things. Be kind to animals, help those in need, people come in all varieties, and they are all HUMAN. The one thing that I am most grateful for and has given me the most peace is that DNA does not make you family. People in your life simply because of a genetic connection doesn’t mean that they deserve your love or your time.

“Life is too short to put up with assholes.”

I have had blood knock me down, and I have had strangers help me up. You don’t have to put up with toxic people just because you share some DNA.

Find your tribe, make your FRAMILY.

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We have been on a low-carb high-fat lifestyle for some time now.  We have found mock up recipes and replacements for carby food favorites. I had all but given up on pancakes. On a whim, I picked up a package of “Birch Benders Paleo” pancake mix.

The last pre-mix I had tried was very grainy and almost impossible to clean up. It even left a grainy crust in the dishwasher.

Birch Benders is nothing short of amazing. You do have to let it thicken a bit, but honestly no more of a hassle than your typical pancake 1 step mix.

I cooked them in coconut oil then served them with some Kerrygold butter and a drizzle of Pahrump Honey.