Monday, December 15, 2014


You know when kids come home from college on holiday break and sleep for like a week straight? No? Just me? Anyways, that is what this past weekend was for me. Recovery. But with adult responsibilities. And my workout clothes will taunt me for another day because I overslept again this morning. I'm disappointed, but what's done is done.

Sometimes I wonder why I blog. I'm not a photographer (obviously) or a professional blogger, so I'm not going to pretend to keep up with those who are. But regardless of if anyone reads or not, this corner does help keep me organized. And I think it actually has helped some people. If you've been here for any amount of time, you have more than a good idea of how we eat each week. So in the future, posts may pop up more randomly, or not at all if I don't feel like it. Don't be alarmed. I still like writing. I'm just giving myself permission to create some space if real life happens to warrant it.

Stuff from last week:
  • I made these sugared cranberries. Because I had a bag of cranberries in the fridge and they looked pretty. I think I'm the only one who liked them. They'd be a beautiful cake embellishment.
  • Speaking of cranberries, will someone make these cranberry bars for me???
  • I made this super easy peppermint fudge for a cookie exchange and party. It was way too sweet for me. That's good, I didn't want to eat it.
  • We made banana bread waffles with the kids over the weekend. The recipe is from The Paleo Kitchen.
  • Oh, and last week, we actually did make the gingerbread cookies! Personally, I love how molasses-y they are.

(we do have Christmas cookie cutters, I promise)

OK, enough of the junk, seriously.

What we're eating this week:

crock pot chicken tortilla-less soup
I made this way harder than it is (it is actually super easy and that's part of the reason I love it) because I had to make my own salsa beforehand. But then I had leftover salsa to eat with eggs. Bonus!

garbage-free chicken nuggets
I always save pickle juice in hopes that I will be motivated to make these. Yum.

burgers, salmon, taco salad… boring but delicious dinners

German bratwurst, sauerkraut (but not the kids of course), potatoes

I love the idea of a week's worth of NO-CHOP side-dish vegetables!
I will be going to Trader Joe's, so I might pick up a few of these things.

My kids have been picky eaters lately. What's up with that? It is annoying.

I forgot to buy cream at the store, so I made my paleo coffee creamer for the first time in a long time… and I didn't like it as much :(
P.S. I hate the word creamer. Just give me some cream.

Your story matters.
I'm reading this story right now.
And, because it is winter break, I have a bunch of other books reserved at the library, too. :) :) :)

I must be a teenage girl at heart because this under $20 gift round-up reminded me of a bunch of stuff I didn't know I always wanted. Seriously. I'd love just about anything on the list. Except make my water bottle a glass one, please.

(I'm too lazy to use any affiliate links today, but if you order from Amazon because of me, I'd appreciate you clicking through on the sidebar. Many thanks.)

Have a great week!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Greetings + Menu

I got the book Sewing School from the library for my daughter and she is hard at work sewing her first "hat" with scraps from a old t-shirt, which she is super pumped about. (yes, that is an affiliate link) Now that she can read, is it so nice, she can teach herself things. All the patterns were still in the back of the book which is rare for a library book. It's a cool book. However, this also means my little boy decided he wants to sew a "helmet"… I'm expecting frustrated tears any moment. Yep, there it is…

Anyway, I need to get this menu written between a thousand interruptions so let's get to it.

eggs, kale, avocados, blender salsa
turkey sausage & sweet potato hash
coffee, cream (loving this store-bought, grass-fed dairy)

adults - leftovers
kids - salami and corn tortilla roll-ups
gf mac and cheese
carrot sticks, ranch
apples and peanut butter or clementines

Preschooler's snack:
dried mango

Sunday - spaghetti squash pizza pie
Monday - chicken parmesan with marinara sauce (just bake, no frying), organic salad greens & dressing
Tuesday - chicken fajita bowl (onions, peppers, avocado, salsa, sour cream)
Wednesday - 2 ingredient meatloaf*, vegetables
Thursday - homemade primal pizza
Friday - burgers & oven potatoes/Christmas party

*I'm using 3 ingredients in my WT version: ground turkey, chopped pepperoni, and sun dried tomato pesto ($1.49 @Aldi).

I'd eat this for dinner tonight to escape cooking if I were by myself. With black olives.

Update on the sewing: I talked the youngest into using hot glue with my assistance. Peace and success.

We shopped at Price Chopper, Sprouts, and Aldi this weekend, with the majority of it at Sprouts.

I want to make some of these molasses cookies, or something like them. Also, these look amazing. Macadamias... Anyways. Maybe when it gets closer to Christmas. I have finals this week. Bleh.

My husband and I were talking about this quote the other day.

Right now I just want to sleep. Have a good night.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Weekly Menu

What? We are still eating?? Even after last week/weekend?

Just kidding. Of course we are. It just seems kind of like overkill to talk about food right now.
But, if I don't make a plan, we will all be cranky in a few days when the food runs out :) I only went rogue 1 day over Thanksgiving, so I don't physically feel bad, and that is good.

Anyways. The fridge is nearly bare. It is time to restock. Shopping today, at Costco and Aldi, most likely. Our friends gave us some fried(?) smoked(?) turkey to take home with us so my husband and I will be eating that for lunch this week.

Trying to keep it simple and cheap because there are so many other activities and expenses this time of year.

sausage and sweet potato hash
farm eggs, kale
banana/egg/pb pancakes (kids)
coffee, cream

adults - leftovers
salami & corn tortilla roll-ups
sweet potato chips

Monday - chocolate chili, sour cream
Tuesday - pulled pork (no buns), salad with dressing, potatoes
Wednesday - hamburger soup
Thursday - chicken stir fry
Friday - sloppy joes, vegetables
weekend - TBD

No photo to share :/
Have a good week!!

sharing ideas here…

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner is not a super hard event at which to eat paleo. Don't make it complicated.
You probably already know what you are going to be having in front of you for your choices, right?
Here's my hypothetical Thanksgiving meal.

Turkey or ham? Check.
Potatoes? Check. (Don't overdo it.)
Something green? Check. (If there won't be, offer to bring it: green beans or salad or brussels sprouts.)
Cranberries? (I love tart cranberries, but if you don't, even the sugary ones are usually grain-free.)
Make your own gravy with the drippings and a paleo starchy powder if you must.

Most of the meals at our house consists of 2-3 main items, so 5 seems indulgent. Ha.

Skip the stuffing/dressing. Or make a paleo version, perhaps?
Skip the rolls.
Skip the marshmallows.
Skip the mystery dishes.
Skip the corn. (Sometimes I don't.)

Save room for dessert!
I've had enough pumpkin by this time of year that I would actually take the time to make something apple-y… served with real ice cream or whipped cream on top.

In case you think my list is too boring, here's a menu to make your mouth water. Just goes to show that eating in a way that is good for you can hardly be called deprivation… quite the opposite. (Just don't go cross-eyed looking at my blurry photo.)

credit to coach Dan for this one

Now, I'm not cooking this year. My parents will be making their ah-mazing homemade stuffing. Yes, my family actually stuffs the turkey. It is hard to pass up and is truly only made once a year. So, I may have some. And suffer the puffy-ness. We shall see. I just can't eat it 5 days in a row :)

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekly Menu

Here's what I bought at Sprouts over the weekend. The only thing not on sale was the cream.
I love that Sprouts has the full-fat version of the plain yogurt that Costco carries. I don't love that chicken, but it helps the budget when it is $1.88/lb. I also shopped at Aldi.

We just got a new batch of farm fresh eggs. Yay.
Eggs, avocado, coffee? I love you, breakfast.
My kids? Not so much. Since we have less days of get-up-and-run this week with the Thanksgiving holiday and all, I'll probably make them some more of the pancakes I mentioned. I don't love banana everyday with breakfast (too much sweetness does not start my day well) but I feel OK giving it to the kids. And they don't realize I'm sneaking 2 eggs and some nut butter into them at the same time.
also: sausage and sweet potato hash

leftovers for the adults
salad with dressing
nut butter and jam corn tortilla roll-ups
or gf mac and cheese
yogurt (sweetened with apple juice concentrate)

orange chicken and green beans
chicken fajita bowl with onions, bell peppers, blender salsa, guacamole, and sour cream
burgers, salad and dressing, baked potatoes
homemade primal pizza
korean beef and broccoli
Thanksgiving with family

pumpkin chocolate pudding
apple tart (from Primal Cravings)

Thanksgiving dinner ideas coming soon!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Paleo Cookbooks for Gifting

Most of the paleo/paleo recipes I make on a regular basis can be found online.

However, there are 2 cookbooks that I checked out from the public library once upon a time (or two!), and made sure to keep the details of several of the recipes for myself after I turned the books back into the library. If you have been following here for any amount of time, you can probably guess what they are...


(affiliate links)

Since I've been working on streamlining my life (and therefore my belongings), I've donated a lot of kitchen items. Basically, if I didn't miss it being packed away for the last 6 months while we lived with a small kitchen, I'm passing it along to someone who will use it. For example, do I need to keep a cake pan that I use once a year or less? The answer is no.

And I don't have a ton of gadgets. The small kitchen appliances I do have include (in descending order of importance): coffee maker, mixer, crockpot, blender (not fancy), waffle iron (because paleo waffles), and…. oh, and a coffee grinder that I don't use but keep just in case I'm feeling fancy one day because the one in our coffee maker is broken. That all still feels like way too much to me.

What I am getting at is that I don't want to tell you that you need more stuff. You probably don't. I've become a fan of lightening the load. Get rid of stuff. You'll feel better.

But if you want to purchase cookbooks for someone or yourself, those are my picks. I hope you enjoy them!


How are you doing? I'm just procrastinating on doing homework.

I like the holiday season. I tell myself I do. Because I used to. But sometimes the holiday season on top of real crazy life is just asking a little too much. It's enough to make anyone a scrooge. As much as I try to tune out the madness and nonsense, you just can't escape it, which is a horrible feeling. So there's nothing to do but muddle through, daily handing my heart to Jesus and doing my best to love the people I've been given to love. Remembering the ugliness of this world is why he came. God loves us even when we are in the mess. The mess is a reminder that we need him and he loves us enough to enter into it with us. Emmanuel.

Now let's be hypocrites and talk about stuff.
I'm not a scarf person (I get claustrophobic or something - what's the word for fear of choking?) But I still want to make these.
What is on your wish list?
I'm getting new windows. No joke. And walls. And trim. So being able to decorate for Christmas before Christmas will be present enough for me.

This is a good reminder for me to pay attention to how I speak to my kids (and everyone.)

Such a summertime food, but I would really love someone to make this blt chopped salad for me.

I'm not cooking for Thanksgiving this year, but I'll share with you some of my ideas (if I were cooking) early this week.

We made giant pancakes this morning… each person got one made of 1 banana, 2 eggs, 1 T. peanut butter, and a splash of vanilla. Cooked in Kerrygold butter. Topped with cinnamon sugar. They were decadent. Reminded me of the banana stuffed french toast I had as a kid at Disney World. Yum.

Beef stew is in the crockpot for supper. I didn't have any chicken stock, so I threw some red wine in. I think I'll serve it over roasted acorn squash.

That's all. Just emptying my brain a little.

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