About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

My Favourite Things

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Friendship, it is such a beautiful gift. There are those friends that you may not see frequently but you are bound to them the same as blood relations.

Last month I was blessed to celebrate the wedding of two dear people that are like family to me. They are part of my “Ranch Family”. Over the years, I spent in Mexico various staff came and went. Some stayed for 9 months and others for many years. Others only visited but were a part of my family none the same.

We have and continue to go through thick and thin together. We know one another’s struggles, joys, and triumphs. Once we lived within a few hundred yards of each other, now we are scattered throughout Mexico and the States.

I enjoy every wedding I attend or an a part of but this one, this one was special, it was like coming home. It was that feeling of “these are my people”, “my tribe”.  It’s true that we could survive without one another but it would be bleak and

It’s true that we could survive without one another but it would be bleak, and lonely existence where we each out barely be holding on to life by a thin thread. God knew what he was doing when we placed us in each other’s lives, in doing so he gave us such a precious gift.

Favourite Reads

Cinnamon Dandelion Tea with Milk and Honey @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Favourite Tunes/Podcasts

Get Inspired for Lent @ Fountains of Carrots

A Neighbor’s Table @ The Art of Simple

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

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Chocolate is God’s gift to women. Am I right?

Of course, there are a few people in this world who don’t like chocolate. I’m related to one of them, but I don’t hold it against her. 😉 That just means there’s more for me!

When I say chocolate, I’m not talking about that milky stuff with a huge ingredient list trying to pass itself off as chocolate.

No, I’m talking about rich, dark, organic chocolate from fair-trade companies.

Many years ago, my friends introduced me to scrumptious, bittersweet chocolate truffles coated in cocoa powder that melt in your mouth. If you couldn’t guess, I was a very big fan of those.

Salted dark chocolate caramel cups and instant dairy-free hot cocoa mix are already chocolate-y treats in my kitchen, so it was only a matter of time before I created my own version of bittersweet chocolate truffles to join them!

You know you want to make them so head over to Traditional Cooking School where I am sharing the recipe!

 

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Relying on God

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Life, it always takes us on quite a journey doesn’t it? It’s been very quite on here for over a month now, I’m sure you noticed that I took an unofficial break. It was needed, very needed.

Where to even begin? If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have seen me mention that over the past few months my family’s world has been turned upside down. Opening up about the deep situations in life has never been easy for me.

While I was visiting my dear ones in Mexico my brother was landed in the hospital for pneumonia. I was at peace because he was where he was supposed to be, he was treated and then went home a couple days later.

Fast forward a few days and my brother is in the ICU, he stops breathing, is intubated, has a series of MRIs, and is diagnosed with a brain-stem tumor.

It’s not operatable and is currently being treated.

We are praying our hearts out for 100% physical healing.

Late November and all of December were very good months. The rest of the time has been a series of trips to the ER and several long ICU stays.

As the first of January rolled around I knew I needed a break. A break to be with family, a break to refocus, and a time to just enjoy those around me.

I have plans to be around much more. There are many circumstances that could change those plans. We press on and celebrate each moment in life, a good day for my brother, an engagement for my sister, birth of dear friends’ babies, and the simple daily joys of the sun rising and the stars at night.

Daily we are relying on God.

4 Simple Goals for the New Year and the Tools to Help You Out

4 Simple Goals for the New Year and the Tools to Help You Out-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

The New Year is almost here. It’s the time of year that many of us figure out how we are going to remake ourselves for the new days ahead.

I have to be honest. I have never been one for setting New Year’s Resolutions. I scoffed a bit at those that did because, let’s be honest, most people don’t keep them, I figured why set myself up for failure? I would rather just add some things as I go.

The thing is I’m a list maker but I am also a slowly recovering procrastinator. I am slowly embracing the joys of setting goals for the new year. January really is a great time to start fresh despite the years I spent scoffing.

I’ve realized that if I set too high of goals I don’t accomplish them but if I set simple goals that are actually attainable I will be much more likely to accomplish them.

Here are 4 Simple Goals for the New Year and the Tools to Help You Out

1. Create a Morning Routine

I can not emphasize how important this is. I am a huge fan of routines. A lot of times people confuse routines and schedules. As a former dorm mom I 100% see the need for schedules at times. I lived by them, there are is a place for them but I tend to prefer routines instead when possible.

What I like about routines is that that they allow more flexibility and flow more naturally with the rhythms of life. Yoru routine can be the same on Friday morning as it is is on Sunday morning even though one day you may be at work or homeschooling the kids and the other you are relaxing a bit.

My goal is to always start my day right through spending time with God and a few simple things. Here is a glance at my morning routine.

A resource that I highly recommend in “Make Over Your Mornings” from The Money Saving Mom. The course is on sale right now for only $9, which is an awesome deal!

2. Take Baby Steps to Going Non-toxic

We are exposed to so many toxic products in our day to day lives. They are everywhere, in the shampoo we use, the candles we burn, the cream we put on our faces, and the cleaner use on the counters.

It has taken me a long time but I am happy to say that I no longer use any toxic cleaning or personal products. For most people it isn’t practical to just toss everything and start from scratch. A great way to get started is when you run out of a product to replace it with a non-toxic products whether it’s homemade or one you have purchased.

I am a huge DIYer when it comes to most beauty products and cleaners that being said making your own products isn’t for everyone. Ava Anderson Non Toxic is one of the best one-stop shops I have found for replacing a large majority of the toxic products in your home.

 

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3. Eat More Real Food

Transitioning to real food is a journey. It doesn’t happen all at once. I have yet to “arrive”. It’s a process that take time and the longer you are at it the easier it becomes. I actually contemplated my jump into real food back in 2008/2009 for about 6 months and then through myself in full force (or so I thought). It’s not exactly how I would suggest doing it but that being said it worked for me.

Your Grace Filled Journey to Real Food by my friend Diana of My Humble Kitchen is one of my favourite books I suggest to people as they transition to real food.

 

4. Commit to Exercising

My general choice for getting exercise is taking a walk or hike. When I go a few days without exercise I tend to feel unmotivated and sluggish. I get that it is hard to make time to exercise. Set attainable goals and have someone hold you accountable. Don’t commit to going to the gym 7 days a week if you aren’t already in the habit. Take it slowly. Commit to one or two days and take it from there.

If I just take a brisk 20-minute walk I feel better and am more motivated to accomplish the rest of my tasks for the day. Fit2B is my favourite online program. It is easy to do and very attainable.

Remember that simple, attainable goals are the best way to aim for success! If you accomplish the few you set, you can always set more later in the year.

 

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What are goals you have for this next year?

 

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is Back for 2 Days Only!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is Back for 2 Days Only!

Special bonus for our readers, when you buy the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle through our links you will get the free gift of my yet to be released ebook, “Sipped: Simple Nourishing Drinks for Winter.” 

Don’t you wish you had affordable short-cuts to make healthy living easier? Are you tired of trying to make a Whole Foods lifestyle work on a Trader Joe’s budget?

I get it. You want the best for your family. You want to raise healthy kids, have strong immune systems, be more fit and energetic, and be intentional about creating a natural home, but sometimes it just feels so hard.

There’s a lot to learn and the internet can be more than a little overwhelming at times.

I know what it’s like to feel that healthy living shouldn’t be this difficult, and it shouldn’t have to cost so much, either! Don’t you ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what you need to know and how to make these changes for less?

When you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it all comes together so much more easily. You know what to cook for your family. You’re more confident in choosing natural alternatives. You can easily replace store-bought products with DIY options that really work. You feel better (and even look better, too). Healthy living becomes less stressful and more enjoyable.

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the fourth year in a row. Each year, they’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete collection of natural-living resources for a crazy low price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes over 90 digital products on topics like natural remedies, essential oils, real food recipes, paleo & allergy-friendly eating, fitness & weight loss and much more. All together, it’s worth over $1900!

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Plus, it comes with $175 worth of bonus products including:

  • GetKombucha – FREE 30 ml bottle of Kombucha Pro ($39.99 value)
  • ePantry – FREE hand soap + $8 credit on one shipment, FREE dish soap + $8 credit on the next shipment, AND 60-day VIP access with FREE shipping ($30 value)
  • Bloom Naturals – FREE SPOT treatment for acne & eczema OR a $15 gift certificate toward Bloom Naturals products ($15 value)
  • Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product ($15 value)
  • Strawesome – $15 gift certificate toward the straws and accessories of your choice ($15 value)
  • TriLight Health – FREE 2-oz liquid herbal formula or $15 off larger bottles ($15 value)
  • Craftsy – 1 FREE online class ($44.99 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $2000 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus products.
  3. Use their Getting Started Interactive Guides to pick the area you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is back for just 2 days! After Tuesday night, December 29th, the sale ends for good and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full 30-day guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

No one should have to put off a healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. Our family has felt so much better by making changes to the way we eat, the products we use, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family.

 

Special bonus for our readers, when you buy the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle through our links you will get the free gift of my yet to be releases ebook, “Sipped: Simple Norishing Drinks for Winter.” 

How to claim your free ebook?

Email us at nourishingsimplicity@gmail.com letting us know you purchased the bundle through our link.
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