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Hi, my name is LaRena! I have a BA in theater. I love cooking, baking, travel hacking,  homeschooling and recipe creating. I have several autoimmune issues, such as Hashimoto’s disease, and chronic urticaria, that have caused me to revamp my diet. I have done away with grains of all kinds, potatoes (for the time being), and refined sugars. I have had to do research and trial and error recipes to change the way I and my family eat. If I want to eat something I pretty much have to make it from scratch. I have found a way to make tasty and delicious food without grains, refined sugar and in many cases without dairy.

I make a lot of different dairy things from coconut milk as my children have a dairy allergy. Things like coconut buttermilk, coconut sweetened condensed milk etc.

My mother is from Sweden and I went to high school there. When I was little I was the hostess at my families Scandinavian restaurant in Ririe, Idaho, USA. Where my families restaurant won a distinction award.  My mother always raised us to celebrate our Swedish culture and traditions. We, therefore, celebrated Midsummer, Sankta Lucia and went to Sons of Norway.

I taught ESL and technical English Instruction in Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi-ken Japan. I learned to write over 200 Kanji. Sounds impressive but doesn’t even qualify me for kindergarten in Japan. I speak Swedish, some Japanese and bits and pieces of various language. As I always think it is polite to ask a Frenchmen (if you are in France) “Do you speak English?” in French if you are in France. I try to be respectful of the country and culture I am visiting. I also think it is polite to at least say please and thank you in the language of the country you are in.  Therefore I can say please and thank you in over 10 languages probably more.

I love to travel and travel hack. That means I try to find the cheapest way to travel so that I can travel more often. Little tricks like using budget airlines to travel. Therefore my recipes tend to have international flairs as well as American.

I am currently homeschooling my high schooler. I love history, science, microeconomics, and improv theater. I have a BA in Theater. I have lived in other countries and love to learn about culture, customs, traditions, and languages. A mom to two almost grown kids and wife to my wonderful husband who is also my crush!!

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Joy Shelver says:

    I’m excited to follow your blog, sweet friend! Everything looks delicious!

    1. Thank you so much. Most of my recipes are easy to adapt to regular flour. If you try a recipe please let me know.

  2. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for following my blog!

  3. Amanda says:

    I’m excited to follow your blog, sweet lady. You’re the best ❤️

    1. Thanks, Amanda. Please let me know what you think of my recipes.

  4. Melanie Hutchings says:

    Would enjoy seeing your receipts as I’ve just started my program with Dr. Kelly.

    Thank you!

    1. Awesome sauce!! You’ll love the program. Let me know if you need encouragement. Keep in mind not all my recipes are keto. They are all grain free, refined sugar free and many are dairy free.

  5. commememucho says:

    Hi Larena, Thanks again for your nomination. I have published my post. Please check link https://commememucho.com/2018/08/06/blogger-recognition-award-2018-8/
    A big hug!! Alicia

    1. Thanks so much! You are so elegant and kind. I just thought I would let you know I am a she. No worries. It brought a smile to my face. Swedish Proverb: Life is too short to be taken seriously. Enjoy your day/night! Thanks so very much!!

      1. commememucho says:

        LOL… translation problems!!!
        In fact, I knew you are a she and as a she you are in my post. In fact, a very smart and nice “she” as I explain in my post.
        Thanks again for everything.
        A big hug, Alicia

      2. LOL!! You are amazing!!

  6. Very glad to hear you

    1. Thank you. Nice to meet you! Have an awesome day/night!

      1. Good night

  7. Beverly says:

    Please include me

    1. Beverly, I am not sure what you mean. Please let me know if I can help?

  8. libarah says:

    Following you on insta tooo

    1. You are so sweet. Thank you! Following you back. Have a wonderful day/night!

      1. libarah says:

        You tooodear

      2. libarah says:

        You are welcome👍🏻

  9. Melissa says:

    You could certainly see your skills within the article you write.
    The sector hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to
    mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful and blessed day/night!

  10. Denise says:

    Have you attempted Lefsa with sweet potatoes? I see they require potatoes and still can’t put them in my autoimmune diet, so I was wondering? Thanks Appreciate all your recipe’s and research! They are very helpful.

    1. Denise I have not as that is not traditional. I have always used a little potato flour in my recipes. I may look into it. If I do I’ll let you know.

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