Ali Wren

whole-hearted living, healthy-minded eating

Egg Muffins

These egg muffins have been a hit in our home. I’m on my second round of Whole30 (follow along on Instagram!), and Adam is eating as much of what I make as he can. I baked up 2 dozen, and froze half so I was ready for the following week! Ingredients:  16-18 eggs (I started […]

Chia Pudding

I’m on my second round of Whole30* (follow @whole30ali on Instagram for daily meals), and I’ve been eating the same thing for early-morning breakfasts: a whole30-compliant Larabar and hard-boiled egg, egg muffin, or RX bar. I wanted to add something else to the rotation, so I experimented with chia pudding. And it was a nice […]

2016 Reflection

My word for 2016 was SEEK. I tried to seek patience, faithfulness, gratitude, hope, joy, and beauty instead of seeking worry, doubt, fear, and negativity. There were also a lot of prayers I was seeking–for myself, my family, and my friends. I’ve been reflecting on the year in my prayer journal, and even though 2016 […]

Simple Style

If you asked me to sum up what I love and how I hope to inspire others with my life, I would tell you that I want to live a life of authenticity, beauty, and simplicity. I want to encourage others to live as they are–to be confident in who they were made to be, […]

Happy Anniversary to A Couple Cooks!

I am so excited to be a guest on the one-year anniversary episode of A Couple Cooks Podcast! Alex and Sonja Overhiser are the creative brains behind A Couple Cooks, and I’ve been a huge fan of their blog for years. They believe that “real, whole food not only tastes good, but can do good for our […]

A Favorite Salad

Adam and I both love to support local restaurants and businesses, and one of our favorite restaurants makes this Apple-Brie salad. We decided to recreate it at home, and it’s delicious! Ingredients: Arugula Granny Smith apples, chopped Red grapes, halved Sugared pecans (we like the Trader Joe’s bag, which is dairy-free) Dried cherries Brie–optional (or any […]

A Manifesto

Over the last 31 days, I’ve shared about authentic friendship–including my own stories, and insights from friends in all stages of life. After hearing from countless women about their desires for authentic friendship, and what it means to them, I’ve come up with a working definition of authentic friendship: a deep-rooted friendship in which we can […]

A Benediction for Authentic Friendship

A Benediction for Authentic Friendship May we have Wisdom to know when to be quiet and listen. Courage to be vulnerable and share our story. Understanding when we feel hurt. Eyes to see ways we can be a better friend. Bravery to share honestly and openly. The capacity to love selflessly and forgive unconditionally. Words to […]

The Heavy Lift

Our marriage mentors and friends Joe and Kerri once told us how important it is to recruit a home team in our marriage–a group of friends to lean on, turn to, and learn from. Although Adam and I have some amazing friendships (individually and as a couple), we are still seeking more couple friendships to […]

Open Hands

Last weekend, Adam and I went to a state park in Indiana to see the beautiful fall colors. Autumn is our favorite time of year, and we were so excited to see shades of red, orange and yellow! Instead, we saw barren trees that had no leaves at all. We’ve had a rather summer-like autumn, […]