ericaleaphotos I hope the rest of my garden grows as well as my comfrey always does! 4h

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ericaleaphotos Beautiful sky. #minnesota #vscocam 7h

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ericaleaphotos I love a good storm. #minnesota 1d

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ericaleaphotos Thanks to the folks from @drinkpositiveenergy for sending me their energy drinks to sample! I'll be letting you know what I think of them once I get a chance to taste them. 3d

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ericaleaphotos I have my Week 3 Recap of my modified #whole30 on Buttered Side Up! This chicken salad was amazing. Details on the blog. #latergram #vscocam 3d

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ericaleaphotos I made the "cheater" sourdough bread recipe from @ladyandpups and turned it into burger buns! They smelled lovely fresh out of the oven. I haven't tasted them, but Helen really liked it. #latergram #vscocam 1w

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ericaleaphotos You guys, it was SO hard not to eat a spoonful of this cookie dough. I saved a ball of dough in the freezer for after my Whole 30. #whole30problems #firstworldproblems #latergram 1w
  •   mattberge Erica is a machine. None of this flimsy whimsy, mamby pamby stuff! 1w
  •   eeh1218 Now that is self control! No way could I have made dough without eating any of it! 1w
  •   ericaleaphotos @estherivy It would have for me if this would have been week one! Thankfully a lot of my cravings have lessened. But I had to stop myself a couple of times as I raised the spoon to my mouth. 1w
  •   ericaleaphotos @perrysplate I wouldn't have made them, but we're attending a potluck on Sunday. And normally my willpower is about nil when it comes to sampling cookie dough. 1w
  •   ericaleaphotos @chocolateandcarrots Thanks, Caroline! I DID sample one chocolate chip to make sure it wasn't freezer burnt. 1w
  •   ericaleaphotos @mattberge Oh yeah, that's totally me. 1w
  •   ericaleaphotos @eeh1218 It was really hard! But there's hope: I'm planning on having a cookie on my cheat day. 1w
  •   chocolateandcarrots Quality control is necessary. ;-) 1w

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ericaleaphotos Wild strawberry blossoms right outside my window. #latergram 1w

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ericaleaphotos It's a bit hard to see in this photo, but it's snowing off and on this morning! #minnesota 2w

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ericaleaphotos It's been a funny sort of day, weather-wise. Stormy one minute, sunny the next. I love it. 2w

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ericaleaphotos My lunch: leftover potatoes and baby broccoli (topped with loads of butter) and a cup of joe in the style of @bulletproofcoffee (I used cream instead of coconut oil). The coffee was good, but very strong with no sweetener. Reuben didn't care for it at all. | Also, my #whole30 is going quite well! My cravings have subsided significantly. Though I could definitely go for a piece of dark chocolate right now. 2w

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ericaleaphotos I am now the proud owner of a succulent! Any tips to keep me from killing it? #vscocam 2w
  •   whiskkid Let it get very very dry before you water it, and pot it in a well-draining pot with sandy soil! Give it lots of sun and if the leaves turn purpley or red on the edges, he's telling you he's a very happy guy :) 2w
  •   dualhemispheres I've always killed mine. Good luck! #blackthumb 2w
  •   ericaleaphotos @whiskkid Thank you for the tips! I got some sand tonight so now I can put it in a new pot. :) 2w
  •   ericaleaphotos @dualhemispheres Thanks! Hopefully THIS will be the plant I can keep alive. 😛 2w

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ericaleaphotos A late lunch: orange chicken stir-fry (recipe via @carrievitt) over cauliflower "rice" - I couldn't finish my bowl it was so filling! #whole30 #paleo #vscocam 3w

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ericaleaphotos A delicious chocolate blackberry mousse cup (part of my first cheat meal), made by my sister and I. At least I was a good girl and didn't go back for spoonfuls of the mousse. #latergram #cheatmeal 3w

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ericaleaphotos Lunch = salad with dates, blueberries, strawberries, chicken, and a balsamic dressing. Hoping it keeps me full for a while! #whole30 #salad #lunch 3w

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ericaleaphotos Here is the photo that I entered in the Marx Foods Edible Flower Photography Challenge! Triple Lemon Naked Cake with Pansies. You can head over to the @marxfoods Instagram account and vote by liking the photo if you'd like. 🍋 And you can, of course, get more details and the recipe on Buttered Side Up. 3w

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ericaleaphotos So, I'm doing a (modified) Whole 30, starting today! I already cheated a tiny bit because I absentmindedly ate a crumb from Reuben's toast. Oops.
BTW, eggs ate so much easier to eat if you have fresh fruit! See comments for details about my modifications...
4w
  •   ericaleaphotos Here are my modifications: When I'm at someone else's house, I'll try to make good choices (e.g. I won't have 3 servings of dessert), but I'll eat what they serve me. And I won't be giving up ALL dairy - I can't live without butter. Besides, I buy pasture butter which I consider to be a superfood. 4w
  •   thenewoutlaw great mods 4w

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ericaleaphotos Dandelion Headband! #latergram #spring 4w

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ericaleaphotos Spring is officially here (in my mind) because the #hepaticas are blooming. When I saw that @haystackstyle found some, I had to hunt them up. I picked some yesterday and put them in an espresso cup. I'll have more pictures on Simple Days later this week. #minnesota #spring #flowers 1mon
  •   heynanabread How pretty! 1mon
  •   dmarieberroya 1mon
  •   gcjj2012 Have never heard of or seen those before! Those are absolutely glorious!!! 4w
  •   lizzabellle Putting them in an espresso mug is genius! Totally gonna use this idea. 4w

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