Your #1 To Do at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market / more at:

My #1 Tip for the San Fran Farmer’s Market

I don’t know about you but I am a sucker for Farmer’s Markets! One that is nestled in an urban jungle really wins me over. San Fran’s Ferry Building Marketplace & Farmer’s Market is my absolute FAVORITE!

Let’s cut to the chase… If you’re planning a trip to San Fran, you MUST visit the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market.

The Indoor Marketplace is open everyday with great vendors like Blue Bottle, Biscuit Bender, Bocco, etc… and the local farmers descend on SF Saturdays, Tuesday & Thursdays.

[8am-2pm Saturday & 10-2pm Tues/Thurs]

Swoon over the fruits and vegetables, taste the honey, gawk at the flowers, but whatever you do: EAT THE CHILAQUILES AT PRIMAVERA.

Your #1 To Do at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market / more at:

This is your one mission.

Not sure where to find them in the sea of white tents? Just look for the tent with the longest line and you’ll know you’ve found it!

When you see the line, you've found it!

When you see the line, you’ve found it!

Worth every second of your wait, Primavera is a Sonoma-born, organic, Mexican cuisine gift to the world! Stoneground corn tortillas, handmade tamales and delicious salsas are their speciality and their products are sold in nearly 300 stores! Expect only fresh ingredients (after all Primavera does mean “the season of spring!”)

Best brunch value in all of SF!

Best brunch value in all of SF!

The free views of the skyline, Alcatraz and the Ferry port make the Primavera chilaquiles my favorite budget friendly meal in San Fran! Give it a try and see for yourself!

If you’re day tripping to Sonoma pay a visit to their newest restaurant: El Molino Central for some Mexican that will leave you raving.

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My Fear of Failure Ruined by Light

The blank, unpainted canvas

The dodged opportunities for friendship

The perpetual unfinished “goals list”…

…all pose as evidence of being governed by my fears.

The fear of failure. The fear of displeasing people. .. (Just to name a few)

It is terrifying when your world is suspended on everyone’s thoughts and perceptions of you – because, you’d better be pretty darn good at keeping everyone pleased or that world is going to come crashing down!

As a not particularly gifted artist and halfway decent at remembering birthdays, I had convinced myself it was better to keep the canvas blank and forgo any attempts to forge new friendships that would surely (I told myself) end in failure.

Growing up I remember staying at my grandparent’s house and in their guest room stood an antique mannequin outfitted in a black gown with a “roaring twenties-esque” black hat. When it was time to go to bed I would develop this irrational fear that the mannequin was going to become a real person. (It might as well had been a witch in my young mind. You should have seen the hat!) I became seized with fear the moment the room went black.

The darkness capitalized on my childish mind and birthed a very convincing irrational fear. The fear could only be dispelled when the room was illuminated by my sweet grandmother flipping on the light and coming to my rescue!

Having grown out of my night terrors of the mannequin I realize something. Isn’t that just the way fear grips us? Darkness eludes us, deceives us and quickly sends us down an irrational path that alienates us from experiencing some of God’s sweetest blessings.

What we need is the illuminating light of The Rescuer who has come to bring us out of the dominion of darkness and into His Marvelous light! (1 Peter 2:9)

“Fear and faith can never coequal. One will always dominate the other. The more you give yourself to fear, the more difficult it is to experience faith in your life.” – Robert McGee

Embrace throwing light on the things that darkness tries to win over.

Darkness is driven out by Light.

Fears are overcome by Faith.

Faith in The Light of the World, Jesus, allows you to do the audacious without fear! Even if the audacious is simply painting a canvas that has sat barren for months, initiating a new friendship and making brave goals for the future. Each can and should be done with no fear of failure because your identity is in something far more precious than your performance.

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”

– The words of Jesus (John 12:46)

Finally got around to painting that blank canvas.

Finally got around to painting that blank canvas.

Whole 30: Quick Meal Ideas /

Quick & Easy Whole 30 Meals

Many of you asked for  WHOLE 30 recipes so I am sharing a few of my favorites. In my previous post about surviving and thriving on the Whole 30 I advised to know your “go-to” favorite compliant foods and always have them on hand. This keeps you from believing the “I don’t have anything to eat” lie!

My Favorite Go-To Foods:

  • Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Chicken
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Applegate Chicken & Apple Sausage (Delicious!)
  • Proscuitto (love it in omelets!)
  • Bare Apple Chips
  • Lara Bars (Just avoid the peanut butter, chocolate and cookie-like ones),
  • Sweet potato chips – Slice those bad boys really thin, pop them in the microwave and sprinkle with a little sea salt! The slicer I use has been a game changer for me whenever I just need a little crunch. Check it out here.
  • Hot tea (Sometimes I realize I am thirsty instead of hungry. Besides it’s a treat to pause and sip a tea! Am I right?)

Quick & Easy Meal Ideas

Crockpot Chicken (Whole) – This is so easy, cheap and delicious!

  1. Rinse the chicken and remove the gizzards (this is the worst part – use your tongs and play some music to hype yourself up)
  2. Pat that bird down with olive oil
  3. Sprinkle the the top with fresh spices. I like fresh dill, or rosemary, minced garlic, onion and hot sauce.
  4. Cook in your crockpot on low 6-8 or high 4-5

Dinner done in a flash and if it’s just you and your +1 you will have plenty of leftovers for salads for the rest of the week! Add a vegetable side or salad – yumskis! Whole 30: Quick Meal Ideas /

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

  1. Spinach or Romaine (however you roll)
  2. Leftover Chicken from Crockpot Chicken
  3. Strawberries
  4. Almonds
  5. Drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar for dressing

Roasted Vegetables

  1. Veggies of your choice – I love Squash, Zucchini, Sweet Potatoes & Onions
  2. Chop Veggies & Toss in Oil
  3. Sprinkle with Sea Salt & Pepper (McCormick’s Grill Time Seasoning is delicious too! Not sure about the Whole 30 compliance though)
  4. Roast in oven for ~25 minutes at 400 degrees. Bake on aluminum foil for easy cleanup!
  5. Use leftovers for omelets in the morning!

Mango Smoothie

I allow myself smoothies on Whole 30 so if you’re down with that then click to get the recipes for my favorite Mango Smoothie. 

Crockpot Salsa Chicken Taco Salad – [Because I need Mexican food]

  1. Throw (ok, gently set) 2-3 Chicken Breasts in the crockpot.
  2. Mostly cover chicken with a Whole30 approved natural salsa (1-ish cup)
  3. Cook in your crockpot on low 6-8 or high 3-5
  4. Shred chicken with two forks
  5. Serve over lettuce with diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeños
  6. Top with salsa

** You can also do an Italian version of this with an all natural tomato marinara sauce and serve over spaghetti squash!**

Here are a few of my favorite recipes from other bloggers. Click the links for the recipes:

Chicken Sweet Potato Kale Stew – From (This recipe is favorite and her site is beautiful!)

Stuffed Peppers – From (I sub the flour with coconut or almond flour just to help things stick together. You could omit it all together). My husband and I LOVE these!

Lemon Dill Salmon – From (I serve this with roasted aspargus and my husband LOVES it!)

What are you favorite Whole30 compliant recipes? I love hearing from you!