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Hey sweet friend! Remember in February when I said “it's probably better to not know what crisis might be up ahead"? Our family faced an enormous crisis in March that had us crushed under the weight of sorrow and despair. I can't really go into the details, just out of respect for privacy, but we're hoping and praying for healing and miracles in our lives. Can you lift up my family and ask that Christ would continue to be with us? We are more aware than ever that He is all we have, all we need, and our only hope. 


If you're new here, welcome! Fig & Olive is a place where everyone is accepted and loved. Each month you'll be encouraged to make peace with your past and move forward in strength, by simply changing your spiritual posture. I'll also include resources I love that I hope will be an asset to you too!

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Serves 12. Total prep time 3 hrs 15 min 

(prep 30 min, cook 2 1/2 hrs, cooling 15 min)


1 lb sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
2 (6.5 oz) cans tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley
12 lasagna noodles
15 oz ricotta cheese
1 egg
2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 lb sliced mozzarella
3/4 cup grated Parmesan

1. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned.

2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water.

3. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tsp salt, pepper, and 2 Tbsp Italian parsley.

4. Simmer, covered for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

5. While meat sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8-10 minutes. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water. Lay noodles in a single layer on wax paper or foil.

6. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, 2 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley, and 1/2 tsp salt.

7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

8. Assemble in large lasagna dish (9x13 minimum) in this order:

1 1/2 cups meat sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan
6 noodles lengthwise, overlapping each other slightly
1/2 ricotta mixture, spread evenly
1/3 mozzarella slices
1 1/2 cups meat sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan
6 noodles lengthwise, overlapping each other slightly
1/2 ricotta mixture, spread evenly
1/3 mozzarella slices
1 1/2 cups meat sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan
1/3 mozzarella slices

9. Cover and tent with foil - don’t allow foil to touch cheese, use cooking spray on foil if needed.

10. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before serving.


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Some things live on after death.

Geraniums were my Mom’s favorite garden flower. A few weeks ago these blooms popped up and it sent me back to four years ago when my Mom was dying. She received a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis the last few days of December 2016. She lived her last days in a make shift bedroom in our dining room surrounded by family. It was truly beautiful.

Of course, all of our life together wasn’t ideal, but God graciously helped us to get it together at the end.

The most profound thing that struck me after she died was that all of her things were still here. Even her body. The only thing that wasn’t here anymore was what was within her. The most important part of my Mom had moved on into the presence of her Maker.

So when I see these geraniums I’m happy that they’ve lived on. It’s a little of my Mom that shows up every spring.

Only what was within her.

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This month I'm featuring three creatives who are bringing truth and love into the world with their beautiful products.

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It feels overly simplistic to say that this book will be a balm for your weary soul. But, that is what I found. If you have wandered away from spending a few minutes alone with the God who loves you and are longing for a way to reestablish your habit – this book is for you. If you are overwhelmed by life losses and wonder where God has been hiding – this book is for you.

—Katie K..



I'm starting a memoir and traditional publishing encourages an author to have an established platform. I'm trying to make baby book steps in the next few months by adding more Amazon reviews for my book RISE UP. If you read it and loved it, I would be honored if you would leave me a review on Amazon and Goodreads.

 Every positive review gets me a little closer to my goals!


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