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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!

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.

 

Frankincense

#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.

 

Christmas Tea  brown betty

#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!

 

toe socks

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

 

salt lamps

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

 

thrive

#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.

 

beeswax candles

#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.  🙂

 

Lego mistletoe

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…

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!
Lego Feast
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!  😀

MN BlogCon 2015

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The 6th annual Minnesota Blogger Conference was held last Saturday in St. Paul, MN.

Highly informative breakout sessions and a great opportunity to meet fellow (local) bloggers made the event worthwhile.  WordPress and Securi were there to answer our most pressing questions, and there was even a professional photographer providing discounted headshots.

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Twin Cities public relations operative Arik Hanson speaks to a jam-packed room at the Minnesota Bloggers Conference in St. Paul on Saturday, Nov. 14. Hanson spoke about seven new trends in blogging. (Pioneer Press: Julio Ojeda-Zapata) Standing room only! An excellent presentation on blog trends. That’s me in the upper left corner in white!

All considered, it was definitely worth the price of admission!

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I think I need to practice my selfie skills. LOL

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#MNBlogCon

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Boo!

Another food-centered holiday – a minefeld for those of us with celiac and/or food allergies.
We will again be distributing an allergy-friendly treat for Halloween (Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops) and participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Teal Pumpkin

Teal Pumpkin Project

Trick-or-Treating is fun, so we let our son(s) do the rounds in the neighborhood with Daddy and bring home their stash for sorting (minus a few safe bites).  We use the Gluten-Free Candy List 2015 to verify GF safety and have ourselves a little gorge-fest (and ensuing sugar coma), then buy the rest of it from the kiddo(s) to send with Daddy to the office the next day.  All unsafe candy automatically goes into that pile from the get-go.

The boys got to wear their costumes last weekend at the Arboretum’s Ghouls & Giggles Event.
There was a Teddy Bear Band and Trick-or-Treating along a trail in the woods.  The maples were gorgeous, and everythign smelled like Fall.

I chose the astronaut costume for baby, and older brother decided to match.  Daddy is always telling people that Big Bro will invent the first Warp-Core Engine and double-dog dare Baby to fly it.  Gotta be an astronaut to do that, right?!

All that sugar impairs immunity.  And every year like clockwork, all the kids at school get sick right after Halloween.  One year, poor Alex even developed pneumonia.  Oy, that was scary!
This year we are prepared – above and beyond eating nutrient-dense foods and vitamin D.
I armed myself with a bottle of Young Living’s Thieves essential oil.  Legend has it, this oil protected four thieves from the Black Plague back in the Dark Ages.  It really seems to work!  If there is a hint of illness approaching, I place a few drops in a diffuser at bedtime (only for those of us older than 6!) and it works its magic.  Science has verified the power of essential oil medicinal compounds.  They are often superior to conventional antimicrobials and they do not develop resistant strains of pathogens.  Lavender and Frankincense are safe for (conservative) use on babies, while peppermint should never be used on anyone under the age of 6.

I have been learning about and using essential oils for a few months now, and I must say I am impressed.  Veriditas Botanicals (local Minneapolis company) have been my favorite products, although I also use Aura Cacia, Young Living and Mercola (all organic versions only!)

Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!