Ground Chicken with Garlic, Onions, and Parsley

This is a remake of an old favorite, it’s easy, and I love it. I switched the meat and some of the spices, but the cooking method is the same as my Garlic Beef and Onions with Green Beans. This rendition has the tastes of Chicken Kiev but is way easier to make and no breadcrumbs needed. Enjoy!

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  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)

Add avocado oil to a skillet on medium heat. Then add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add the ground chicken and crumble. When the chicken is almost white, pour in the chicken stock and turn up the heat to medium high or until it begins to simmer. Add the salt and parsley. Cook until the broth cooks down or about 20 minutes.

2019: The Year That Should Have Broke Me

I just refused to let it.
I thought this would be my best year yet.
I started out 2019 traveling the US with my husband, a dream we had made a reality. When our marriage fell apart in early March, I shared about my separation and pending divorce. And as if that weren’t heart-wrenching enough for one year..
I didn’t share that my younger, older brother, was released from prison for maybe the fifth time..? I’ve honestly lost count. (And well hoping for the best, I prayed not to have to live through the worst, again.)
I didn’t share that I had a friendship-ending falling out with my “forever” best friend of 20 years in April.
Or that my step-dad was diagnosed with cancer just before Father’s day.
Or they my mom was diagnosed with cancer in August.
These things shattered my world, one by one, seemingly again and again.
So I did what I do, and I cried. I cried the tears and I felt the feels.
Then, I pulled myself together, and found strength through it all.
I cannot say the whole year was a bust. That brother I talked about is the strongest, most resilient version of himself that I have ever known, and we are closer than ever.
And that friendship I lost in April was superseded by meeting, online and then in person, the most faith-filled, beautiful inside and out, loving and caring girl that I have ever met in my entire life the month before that, and I joyously call her best friend.
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My parents are still not 100%, but are both cancer-free, praise God!
And while I don’t know where I want to live or what I want to do with my life entirely, I completed training for my new career in September and have been a flight attendant ever since, a job that I love even more than I thought I would.
In 2019, I kept select people close and I kept God closer. I put my life 100% into His hands, like never before.
I was scared and felt lost, had no idea where to live, what to do, how to feel..or how to do it all earlier this year. So I let go, and I let God.
This isn’t some miraculous turn around story and I can honestly say I’m SO happy this year is almost over.
I can also say that my work life is pretty fantastic but the rest of my life is still messy, and it still hurts.
My parents are on the mend, and I’m beyond thankful for that. My ex BFF and I have completely severed ties but I know that the people I do have in my corner are my people, my family, and my heart. I’m so blessed to have them.
And no matter what, I choose happy everyday. I choose laughing and making new IMG_20191128_130023memories to crying and replaying old ones. I choose joy and excited anticipation for the future.
I know next year won’t be perfect, and I have no false hope about creating a life without ups and downs. But at the end of this year, I find myself with a new sense of calm, a reclaimed joy, and the ability to fully-focus on the good, beautiful, and abundant blessings around me.
I didn’t write this as a pity post, or to brag on how I came out on the other side but yet to share this very real and very raw side of me as this year comes to a close. We all struggle, and we all go through hard things, whether we talk about them, or not.
If you want to share or talk through anything, please reach out to me. I will be more than happy to listen, and show you love, to pray, and be an ear for you to talk to.
And please, give yourself to God, so that He can guide you. I promise you, you can get through the hard stuff. Always believe and stay full of faith, and happy almost 2020 friends=)

Pepper and Parmesan Beef Quinoa

This recipe, like so many, was truly created out of necessity. Typically, I would have used chicken broth, but I was out. I did have beef broth though, and thus,  Pepper and Parmesan Beef Quinoa was born.

Pepper and Parmesan Beef Quinoa

  • 1 cup waterIMG_20191216_190257
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Make the quinoa according to the box directions. (So I added into a medium saucepan on high, the water, beef broth, and quinoa. Bring to a boil uncovered, then turn the heat to low, add the salt, stir, and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove from the heat. Keep covered for 5 minutes, and lastly, fluff.) After it’s cooked, add the pepper, butter, and Parmesan and enjoy!

This dish is quick and easy as a side or could be great with my Garlic Beef and Onions with Green Beans recipe.

Scripture Sunday: Calling All Prayer Requests

Hi Friends, and Happy Sunday. Today I want to allow you to give me your prayer requests so that I can pray for you!

In fact, this is something I want to ask for more because, let’s be honest, we all have things we need to pray about. And how GREAT does it feel when people rally around us or pray with us and FOR us?

God loves to see us loving on each other. He wants us to care for everyone equally.god-1772560__340

Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

This means to care for, reach out, and pray for them, too. So, without further ado, what can I pray about for you? Send an email to emily.rokke@gmail.com or reply in the comments!

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, Never let us forget to love and pray for others! You take care of us, so we are able to put ourselves aside, and care for others. We know that You want us to love, pray for, and treat others as we would treat ourselves. Always remind us to put others first and to come to You with everything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Sunday: Be Thankful Out Loud and Intentionally

Last week Sunday I went to a church that was recommended to my by the AirBnb hosts I am staying with. I loved it, as I knew I would, and it was such a great message.

The service after Thanksgiving and leading into Christmas pointed out that gratitude is not something that is inherently known, but taught. As children, or now as parents, we are always reminding kids to say thank you, to show thankfulness, and to have gratitude.

Pastor talked of gratitude and that it is not always felt. Throughout life it must be practiced to be learned and truly felt. Do you practice gratitude? I love that it can be learned because that just means everyone has to potential for gratitude, and that it can be a part of your life, even if it isn’t in the present moment.

We were reminded to be thankful, in the good times, and the bad.

Give thanks in all things. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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We were reminded that giving thanks invites God in and that we didn’t get where we are without Him.

Along with Him, who are the people who have held you up, during good times and bad? Who has been there for you, no matter the circumstance?

It is so easy and loving to thank the people in your life. It’s free and quick, too. So really, what is there stopping you from loving those in your life and thanking them?

And to wrap it up, he told us that we are our story and what we make of it.

I am constantly saying, “Speak life,” and I love that as a thought process. Speak the good, what you want to happen, and the positive you foresee for yourself and your future. There is negative all around you but you don’t have to focus on that, or let that be a part of your day.

You are your thoughts. If you change everything from “have to” to “get to,” how will that positively impact your day? How will that change your mood?

Being thankful in everything we have is something so many take for granted. Not everyone has a car to drive, fresh water to drink, a safe place to live, or a job to go to. Turn having to drive into getting to drive. Be thankful for the water bill you pay that ensures you have running water to use. Have a grateful heart for the house you get to clean and the bed you get to make. And you get to go to work, to a job that you worked hard for and chose. If you don’t like it, work hard, and choose something else. These are all things we get to do.

But in the meantime, be thankful for what you get, all that you are blessed with, and the people all around you. There is always something to be thankful for!

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you:

Dear God, Thank You for everything You have done and everything You will do for us. We know we are not here because of what we ourselves did, but because of the grace and opportunities You have given to us. We thank You for the people in our lives. We praise You in the good and the bad. We will remember to be thankful today and everyday, and turn what we “have” to do, into what we “get” to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Scripture Sunday: The Best Way To Spend Your December

I shared this meme on my Facebook page and I wanted to share it with you, too. What better way to spend part of your prayer time in December than to learn Jesus’ story before his birthday?

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I hope this inspires you to dig deeper into the Bible and more specifically, into Jesus’ life, this December.

Today is the first day of December, so it’s the perfect day to get started=) Happy Sunday and God Bless.

 

The Easiest Leftover Turkey and Vegetable Rice Soup

My first post Thanksgiving turkey meal was a turkey salad, and it was delicious. My second turkey meal was a full plate of turkey dinner, and it was just a good as the first.

Then, I used some more of the turkey to make turkey soup. I just threw in shredded turkey, vegetables from inside the turkey, leftover rice from the fridge, and gravy for the liquid, and boom, soup.

Just kidding! I didn’t use the gravy for the liquid in my soup, or the stuffing, but this was the easiest soup ever, and here’s the recipe.

The Easiest Leftover Turkey and Vegetable Rice Soup

  • 1 cup leftover turkey, shredded
  • 1 cup turkey vegetables
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1-2 cups chicken stock (whether you like it more chunky or more soupy)
  • pepper to taste

First add the turkey to the pan, then the vegetables, then the rice, and lastly the chicken stock. Pepper to taste, and salt if you want more. My turkey had tons of spices and flavor already so I didn’t have to add much to season the soup.

This soup is the easiest and quickest, not to mention super healthy, way to use up some of your leftover turkey and I know you will love it as much as I do!

Hope your Thanksgiving was great and full of love=)

I’m Back and I’m Ready to Talk, Kinda

It’s been on my heart to share my life, but in the midst of the hard stuff, talking about the hard stuff, well, that’s the hardest stuff of all.

But when you truly feel a calling to do something, you cannot get away from it.

You can push it away, you can think yourself out of it, you can “wait” until you’re past the hard part to talk about it… if you want to.

Or, you can just start talking.

I haven’t been talking too much, but then again, maybe just enough. I’ve shared about my separation and divorce, but not the other things that have happened these last 9 or so months.

And, if I’m being really real, my divorce was the least hardest thing I’ve been through this year. I haven’t been very vocal about the rest but instead have tried to share that I’m struggling but still choosing happy, that things are hard, but I’m making them happen anyway, and that just because your life is a wreck, doesn’t mean you have to be.

It’s not here that I’ve shared things, but on my Facebook page and on Instagram. It’s not daily posts or anything, but really real, really heartfelt truths that I feel truly led to share.

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And then, when I do, someone will pm me or dm me, they will ask a seemingly unrelated question to which I answer with something so raw, I think it couldn’t possibly be what they meant, what they wanted to hear, or what they needed. But it is.

It turns out it’s EXACTLY what they wanted from me. The whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Their truth is that they want to hear my truth. They want to know what is happening with me and how the fuck (sorry for the language) I’m getting through it. Much less smiling, much less LIVING.

I miss blogging. I miss sharing my life. But I don’t miss that I was only sharing a part of my life. It was only the part of life I wanted to share. The happy stuff, the fun stuff, the smiles and the trips and the special occasions. It wasn’t all of it.

And this will not turn into a negative or ranting space, but it will be the realest me yet. Because I am not who I was when I started this blog, I’m not even who I was at the beginning of this year, and I am NEVER going to let me get away again.

I will still share food and fun, I will still share my faith, but I will also share my struggles, the hard stuff, the stuff I just know you want to hear. And I know it’s what you want to hear, what you need to hear..

Because you keep telling me.

 

 

PS you can find and follow me on media if you want to:

Facebook: Emily Ann     Instagram: iwantwellness.co

Also, Happy Thanksgiving! Remember all you have to be thankful for!!!

Scripture Sunday: Calling All Prayer Requests

Hi Friends, and Happy Sunday. Today I want to allow you to give me your prayer requests so that I can pray for you!

In fact, this is something I want to ask for more because, let’s be honest, we all have things we need to pray about. And how GREAT does it feel when people rally around us and pray with us or FOR us?

God loves to see us loving on each other. He wants us to care for everyone equally.

Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:39

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This means to care for, reach out, and pray for them, too. So, without further ado, what can I pray about for you? Send an email to emily.rokke@gmail.com or reply in the comments!

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, Never let us forget to love and pray for others! You take care of us, so we are able to put ourselves aside, and care for others. We know that You want us to love, pray for, and treat others as we would treat ourselves. Always remind us to put others first and to come to You with everything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

From Kim K To No Way: This is How I Keep My Psoriasis Away

#psoriasissucks And I’m not the only one who feels this way. In fact, I don’t know anyone with psoriasis who doesn’t feel like this.

 

And it doesn’t matter if you’re Kim Kardashian, making all the money in the world, or me, making substantially less, it still sucks. And until you can get a hold of it, it will be your worst enemy, the thing you hate most about your body, and the thing you feel is holding you back.

This post is for you if you want all the secrets, all the ideas, and all the inspiration to get rid of your psoriasis, naturally. It has all my tips and tricks. My skin is currently 100% clear of psoriasis and has been since December 2018.

I was diagnosed with psoriasis in the summer of 2016. At that time, I was eating whatever I wanted, dealing with a very stressful season of life, (and work for that matter,) and I had tried every natural thing I could think of and find that may help with my psoriasis. The thing was, nothing was working. So, I went to my dermatologist, took her advice, and started using the steroid cream that she prescribed me. Not only did I HATE using the prescription, it didn’t work either. I went back and we discussed the shots.

I wanted to get rid of my psoriasis and that was that. But I knew I needed to do something different. I didn’t want my only relief from this disease to be $100+ shots several times a month and constant psoriasis patches, inflammation, and discomfort. I went in for the shots less than 10 times in total, mostly for my elbows and legs, the spots that had the worst plaques.

I needed change. So I googled everything I could about how to change my lifestyle, from the inside out. In the winter of 2017, I took an allergy test. Among other things, the test told me that I had a sensitivity to gluten.

Gluten causes inflammation and psoriasis and inflammation have a direct link. So as of Christmas 2017, when I got the results of my test, I’ve been gluten-free. I have not turned back. And a short 15 months later, I am completely psoriasis-free. I have no plaques on my legs, elbows, or face. (Yes, I had it on my face, too. Worst ever.) Also, my scalp psoriasis, the only spot on my body I did not treat with anything, has completely cleared.

So here you go. These are all the things I have done, will continue to do, and how I have found relief from this disease. I only hope these things help you as much as they did me!

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What do I eat? Well, to be completely honest, I am a healthy food lover, and proud of it. My diet is filled with fruits and vegetables. I eat meat. I eat a lot of sweet potatoes. I cut them all up, coat them in avocado oil, salt, and pepper and bake them in the oven. I also like rice. A new favorite is white potatoes covered in oil, garlic, salt, and pepper, and very rarely, gluten-free pasta, because it’s my favorite.

As a Wisconsin girl, I was raised consuming all the dairy including milk, cheese, cottage cheese, full-fat cream, and the list goes on. That allergy test I took also said I was sensitive to dairy and while I have not fully cut it out, I have cut back more than I ever thought I would. Why? Dairy is inflammatory, too. And inflammation and psoriasis are the perfect match, for more psoriasis. So this is what I do. I only have cheese/dairy a few times a week, and when I do have cheese in a meal, that is the only meal with cheese in it for that day.

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Long story short, my whole life (and health routine,) revolves around my skin. Good skin,  like really great skin, comes from the inside, out. It doesn’t matter what you are putting on your skin, or how you are taking care of your skin from the outside, if you aren’t eating right and drinking water, and resting, your skin will not shine, it will not be healthy, and you will see your psoriasis not only not getting better, but getting worse.

Sorry, tangent, back to the sun. According to my dermatologist, a short amount of sun is great for psoriasis. Getting burned and extended exposure is detrimental to psoriasis, so this is the rule I follow. When I’m in the sun, it’s 20 minutes of unprotected sun for my skin. Then, it’s a safe, natural, sunscreen, every hour, until I am out of the sun. And for a reference, I’m in direct sun less than three hours a day on the regular.

Psoriasis Soap

The only non-natural product I use is CeraVe soap. I use the bar soap all over my body, including my face. Otherwise, all the products I use are natural. This means no fragrances, no parabens or sulfates, and organic and locally sourced items whenever possible. Now that I am psoriasis free, I am fairly confident I could switch to a natural soap, and be fine. But in this case, old (and psoriasis clearing) habits die hard. So for me, it’s still CeraVe.

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Drink all the water. This applies to everyone, across the board. There is nothing better for your skin than water. Water keeps you hydrated, keeps inflammation down (and swelling, something else I deal with,) and just makes me feel better all around. If you have read my stuff before, you have heard me say a million times to drink all the water. And I will never stop saying it. Drink the water, all the water. It will not solely rid you of psoriasis, but I guarantee, it will help.

Lotion and Oils

So let’s talk about essential oils. I love them and I will always share my love of them, uses of them, and my favorite diffuser blends. Essential oils have been around forever and are even in the bible, that’s how old they are. For me, it’s a no brainer. These natural and healthful oils work great for preventative health, natural aroma therapy, and so much more. I use sweet almond oil and Frankincense on my face, and have for several years now. I first started trying different oils on my face when I was dealing with hormonal acne. That has since passed but this face moisturizing method has stayed with me.

For lotion, it needs to be the good stuff. I use it all over my body, besides my face and upper chest (which also gets the sweet Almond oil and Frankincense,) at least 3-4 times a week and directly after a shower. The stuff I use is from Amazon and it’s called Vanicream. I have used this for several years too and it’s great. It’s non-greasy and exceptionally moisturizing. It’s free of dyes, fragrances, masking fragrances, lanolin, parabens, formaldehye, and formaldehye releasers. It’s dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, sulfate, phosphate, and gluten-free. It’s good stuff.

Alright, that’s all of it. This is my key to psoriasis-free skin. I’m not naive enough to think it will never come back and in fact, I do ‘flare’ every once in a while. This post will help you navigate those flares.

Good luck with your psoriasis! Don’t forget these tips and give me any you have found, too. Knowledge is power! XOXO