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Starfish & Coffee

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04/21/2016… The day the music died (for our generation).

So sad to hear about Prince.  Paisley Park is just minutes west of where we live.  I loved him.

So, as a tribute to the Purple One and to celebrate family May Birthdays and Mothers’ Day,
we chose a Starfish & Coffee theme for brunch.  Diamonds and Pearls were worn.

We had:
starfish and coffee
maple syrup and jam
butterscotch clouds
a tangerine

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…and a side order of ham

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With waffles to hold it all!

WAFFLES:

1 1/2 cups Otto’s Cassava Flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

1 can Native Forest Coconut Milk (full fat)
2 eggs
2 tbsp TigerNut Oil
1 tsp vanilla

Whisk together dry ingredients
Whisk together wet ingredients
Combine wet with dry and whisk until well-blended – batter will be thick
Use medium cookie scoop to portion into waffle maker (mine uses one scoop in each quadrant of a round waffle – see photo) and follow machine instructions

My sweet boys gave me a tea-themed bracelet for Mothers’ Day.  They know what I like!

So blessed to be these boys’ Mamma!

Join Thrive Market by 12/24 – Receive 2 FREE Cans of Salmon

 

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Join Thrive Market by 12/24 and receive 2 FREE cans of Wild Planet salmon!

We all know how good for us wild-caught salmon is – and how expensive it can be!
Thrive Market provides wholesome products at wholesale prices.  Everything from food, household, personal care and even toys – at great savings!  Shipped right to your door.

I’ve been a member since last February and shop regularly.  When I’m low on something, I add it to my list, and when I get to $50+, place my order to get free shipping.  I also browse the site for new stuff I might need – especially for Baby.  Just got my most recent box yesterday!

I have saved waaay more money than the cost of membership on products I buy anyway, and scored some good deals on fun things or something new along the way.  Like the latest, greatest Primal Kitchen Chocolate Almond Collagen Protein Bars at  25% off EVERY DAY.

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12 Days of (Paleo) Christmas 2015

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2015 List of Paleo-Friendly Gift Ideas:

On the first day of Christmas…la la la la la la…

InstantPot-IP-DUO

#1 Instant Pot pressure cooker for convenient prep of favorite Paleo comfort foods.

 

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#2 Frankincense & Myrrh essential oils for nearly anything that ails you – even kills cancer cells!

 

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#3 Red Apple Lipstick Gluten-free makeup to deck yourself out for the holidays and every day.

 

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#4 Downton Abbey Christmas Tea and Brown Betty Teapot – because Downton and tea.  Yeah.

 

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#5 Otto’s Cassava Flour and Tigernut Flour for all your GF/Paleo cooking and baking needs.

 

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#6 Bulletproof Cookbook Fuel yourself to live a kick-ass life – and enjoy it!

 

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#7 Happy Feet Toe Socks align your feet and destress your body.

 

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#8 Himalayan Salt Lamps purify the air of electrical pollution and particles.

 

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#9 Thrive Market Membership for Paleo-friendly discounted food and lifestyle products.

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#10 Glutenza and Bulletproof Activated Charcoal Protect/recover from all those holiday parties.

 

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#11 Beeswax Candles for clean, sweet-smelling ambient light.

 

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#12 EPIC Bacon Bars & Bites  Well, because BACON!


Have a very Merry Christmas (or other appropriate Winter Holiday!)
We look forward to another year of sharing and caring with you.  🙂

 

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All of my boys LOVE Legos, so they are always on the Gift List!

2015 Paleo Thanksgiving Recap

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Thanksgiving was pretty low-key this year at our house.  It was just the four of us and the cats.

I did roast the annual Ferndale Farms pastured turkey, and there was pumpkin pie, of course.  The exciting part was the addition of Otto’s cassava flour to the recipes.  It made an awesome gravy thickener, as well as real pie crust and bread rolls.  Thank you Paleo Mom and Zenbelly for the pie crust and dinner roll recipes!

So while the rest of the family played and watched the parade on TV, I was in the kitchen.
Most of the food was made the day before, as I only have one oven and it was needed for the turkey.  For the fifth year, I used my trusty America’s Test Kitchen recipe for turkey and gravy, substituting Paleo-friendly ingredients.  I can always count on them for perfection!

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The Chef Alarm (by the makers of the Thermapen) is critical to perfectly roasted meat. The alarm goes off when the probe reaches desired temperature an attaches to the outside of the oven with magnets.

Bent the rules a bit and made fingerling potatoes and stuffing with Udi’s Gluten-Free bread.

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See how nicely that gravy is thickening? Even smoother and easier than traditional flour roux.

Added bacon deviled eggs for the appetizer (aka breakfast!) and Tigernut apple crisp.

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Pastured eggs with Primal Mayo, scallions and BACON.

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My latest creation: apple crisp made with Tigernut flour.

FINALLY found this – and it is the BEST!  So good I stocked up on a few tubs for Christmas…
just in case there’s a run on it at the co-op – yes, it’s that good!   *nom nom nom*

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Yummy!

This was Max’s first Thanksgiving feast, and he enjoyed it immensely.
A little cautious about the pie and whip at first…

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Then grabbed the whole thing and chomped it down!

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BIG smile!  Toddler-approved.

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Bath time! LOL

Our new kittens Remi & Ella helped with the cleanup.  Panda & Raven got some turkey later.

We had our first snowfall of the season after a mild, extended Fall.
So Alex finally got his wish, and gleefully played in it.
Bundled up Max, only to find he outgrew his snow boots before ever wearing them!  Oy!  

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Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Time to make notes for next year and start on Christmas celebration planning…

The Bulletproof Cookbook is Finally Here!

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The Bulletproof cookbook is HERE at last!

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Here’s what’s inside…

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Our First Paleo Thanksgiving #TBT

 This will be our 4th Paleo Thanksgiving… My, how time flies when you’re having fun.
Once again, we will roast a local pastured Ferndale Farms turkey and serve it with sweet
potatoes, veggies and something pumpkin or apple for dessert.  Let the feasting begin!
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We hosted Thanksgiving dinner at our house for the first time in a few years, which meant NO TRAVEL (Yeah!) and we were not required to navigate a buffet avoiding sugars, grains, legumes, dairy and nightshades, resulting in a pile of dry turkey and small spoonful of squash.
Our menu was much more satisfying: a 15-pound local, pastured roast turkey with gravy made from drippings and bone broth stock; baked sweet potatoes; acorn and delicata squash; haricot verts sauteed with bacon, onions and mushrooms; chocolate coconut milk “pudding” and pumpkin coconut milk “pudding”  sweetened with maple syrup
Mmm…drooling just remembering it…
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That turkey fed the five of us for Thanksgiving and was so good it lasted (the 3 of us) only another 2 days, including a batch of turkey stock.
We used America’s Test Kitchen’s turkey roasting technique, which involves a 1/2 sheet pan and cooling rack, with mirepoix (carrots, celery and onions) and broth under the rack, and the turkey parts on top for roasting.  Drippings and added bone broth reduced to make the gravy.
Baked the squash and sweet potatoes, sautéed the beans and made no-bake custards using coconut cream (separated from coconut milk).  [I highly recommend Lake Champlain’s Organic Cocoa for excellent chocolate flavor!]
Sorry, but there are no photos this time – I was too busy enjoying the meal!  😀

*oink oink* Piggy Fat! (Rendering Lard in the Instant Pot)

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Pastured Berkshire Hogs

Finding pastured pork/bacon can be challenging – even here in (agricultural) Minnesota.
Once finding a source, the supply is NOT guaranteed either!   

At a recent Farmers’ Market, I located a farm that produces pastured beef, pork, poultry and eggs (which happens to be near where I grew up in Central MN) and was so excited!  The initial sampling of beef and eggs were outstanding, so you can imagine my disappointment when told they were out of bacon for the season.  *sob*  Oh, The Horror!

Pastured piggy fat is one of the few food sources with any appreciable amount of vitamin D, which we really need here in the Northland winters.  So, after a moment to calm myself, I perused the menu and saw pork organ/back fat on the list.  Did they still have some in stock?  Yes, one package in the trailer.   Score!  Only I had to render it myself.  Sure, I could buy a jar on Thrive Market, but it wouldn’t be local or as fresh.

How hard could it be?  I took to the Paleosphere and read a few blog posts and decided to do it crockpot-style in my Instant Pot.  [This appliance has been an incredible help in the kitchen as a pressure cooker, and I’ve used it for beef, poultry, root veggies and curcurbits with great success.  As an aside, if you have little ones with hands that reach the stovetop like I do, it’s a huge help safety-wise as it can be kept on the counter out of reach and is insulated should it be touched.]

I cut up the slabs of back fat into cubes and set the Instant Pot to Slow Cook (vented, of course!)

It took much longer than expected on the slow cooker setting, so I opened the pot and continued on the Meat/Stew setting, stirring occasionally.  Once most of the fat was melted, I strained it, removed the pot from the base and finished rendering on the stovetop for better heat control.  Apparently it is better to take the time to cut up the fat into really small pieces.

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It’s getting there!

All told, I got 3x the amount of lard at 30% less cost than buying it finished.
And got a jar of tasty cracklings to boot!