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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!
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!  😀

My Baby Boy is ONE!

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The cliche is so true: time flies.

I cannot believe it has been a year since this adorable baby boy joined us in this world.
I love him with all my heart.

1st Birthday Invite

Happiest First Birthday my miracle Max!

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What to serve a Paleo Baby on his birthday?

Why, grilled meat and veggies, of course!
Burgers and sweet potato fries followed by a coconut flour-based vanilla cake coming right up!

The cake recipe is from Paleo Indulgences.

29 with 19 Years’ Experience

Happy Birthday Meme

Somehow, I don’t think 48 candles will fit on a gluten-free birthday cake as they tend to be on the small side. LOL

I certainly don’t feel this old.  How did that happen?!
Thank goodness for living Paleo.  It has given me a new life full of energy.

So grateful for all the blessings I have in my life on my 48th birthday.  🙂

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and especially to my husband!

What a Dad

What a Dad!

The celebration started Saturday with a sampling of recipes from The Paleo Kitchen.
Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes and Lemon Raspberry Swirl Muffins were both outstanding –
as is everything George Bryant dreams up!

Sunday morning we had pastured eggs and bacon with tea – one of his favorite breakfasts.  We gave him his card and gift at breakfast, and he gave ME a card that said:

“Thank You for Giving me Father’s Day.”   Aww!  *sob*  

I spent much of the morning cooking while he played.  Mushrooms & onions, yams for Paleo Dough, roast chicken & carrots, marinating Asian chicken wings  and jerkybeef stock etc.

And after all that food prep, Hubby wanted to go out to eat.  He’d heard of a rotisserie restaurant called Brasa in Minneapolis, which must be as good as the blogs say because there was an hour and fifteen minute wait!  We knew the boy wouldn’t stand for that, so we ventured onward to the French Meadow Cafe.

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Plenty of gluten-free menu options, including dessert!  And they even have a dedicated fryer!  We got a table outside and enjoyed a beautiful evening. The boys were drinking lemonade.  On a whim, I dared my son to bite the lemon.  I really did not think he would do it, but…

All in good fun.  Happy Father’s Day!

29 with 18 Years’ Experience

Birthday flowers and cake

Vanilla cupcake and strawberry frosting recipes from Paleo Indulgences

We couldn’t have had a more beautiful day to celebrate here in Minnesota.  Sunny and mid-70’s was perfect for tea al fresco at the local Farmhouse coffee shop and my son’s all-school picnic lunch.  Surprised him with our favorite sushi takeout and made his day.  🙂

I was also treated to birthday balloons and flowers from family, along with a Paleo strawberry shortcake birthday cake.  Has anyone else received gifts that weren’t really for them, but for their kid(s) or spouse?  LOL My wrapped gifts were Lego mystery minifigures and a little blankie bear.  Hmm…

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5 1/2 months (22 weeks) pregnant with son Max – YES at the age of 47!

Finished the day with our annual (4+ years now) traditional dinner at Axel’s in Chanhassen.

I am still in denial about being 47.  There is NO WAY I can be that old!  Must be a mistake…

2013 in Review: Rollercoaster Year

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Happy New Year, Everyone!  Sad to say I didn’t make it to midnight.  So close!
This was the first year Alex tried to stay up until midnight, but by 11pm or so we were both teetering – and NOT from alcohol! We collapsed into our beds without seeing the sparkly ball drop.  Oh well, maybe next year.  Wait… what did I say last year about practicing what I preach about healthy sleep habits?  We’re both in a sleep-deprived fog this morning.  No energy to take down the tree and decorations yet.  Maybe later…after our movie marathon.

We did celebrate by roasting the turkey that was intended for Christmas – the one that arrived frozen solid (unlike the one we ordered at Thanksgiving, which was fresh).  Served with sweet potatoes, cucumber-avocado-salmon roe appetizer and vanilla-honey-cinnamon coconut butter candy.  And let’s not forget the sparkling apple juice to toast the New Year!


This past year has had some tremendous ups and downs for me.

I started Pamela’s Paleo Life just over a year ago after Thanksgiving.

Completed a 21-Day Sugar Detox, during which I discovered I was pregnant at the age of 45.

Addressed a critical issue for those undergoing radical transformation.

Cooked a LOT.  Ate a lot.

Suffered a miscarriage with complications requiring antibiotics at Easter time and lingering adrenal fatigue throughout the summer.

Son turned 9.  Pets turned 12 and 14 years old respectively.

Son had orthodontic palate expander and braces.

Met my hero, Tara Grant at the Minneapolis Primal Blueprint seminar.

Completed a course in Behavioral Economics from Duke University (fascinating!)

Celebrated turning 29 with 17 years experience (that’s 46 for the math-challenged.)

Posted lots of pet photos for cuteness and laughs.

Discovered Paleo Dough!  Used it lots.

Rediscovered archery.

Attended a family reunion, lost two more members thereof.

Did an interview with Alison Golden of PaleoNonPaleo.

Enjoyed playing with the ever-expanding line of colors and products at Red Apple Lipstick!

Continued to educate myself about autoimmune disorders, especially celiac disease and ways to heal and stay healthy.

Celebrated our 1st Blog Birthday!

Whew!  That’s a lot of ups and downs.
Here’s wishing all of us a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, SMOOTH and STEADY 2014!

Birthdays are a Good Time for a DNA History Lesson

Birthday Lego Minifigures

It’s Party Time!

This was us 9 years ago, awaiting the arrival of our son – a big 10-pounder!

9 months pregnant - Thanksgiving 2004

After 39 hours of labor and a c-section, we had our boy.
He was so big the nurses dressed him in a 3-6 month sized sleeper – and it fit!

Alex 12-12-2004

We like to tell him the story of how he got revenge on the doctor and nurses for making him wait so long to be born.  After they lifted him out, he piddled on every one of the medical staff in the O.R. (about 6 in all)!  Mommy and Daddy were the only ones unsoiled.  He was literally pissed!  LOL

Here he is now – still a very tall boy.

Santa 2013

Happiest Birthday to my precious boy!  He is our miracle.  We had lost two before he came along (and another one this Spring) likely due to my Hashimoto’s and Celiac conditions.
His birthday is a most joyous occasion, worthy of special celebration.

Birthday Balloons

He has rediscovered Transformers. Cool balloons, huh?

I’m making one of his favorites, Paleo Taco Pockets for dinner.  Trying a new variation by layering the dough and taco meat in bacon-greased muffin tins.  Some greens on the side and dessert of vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting (Paleo-ized with ghee and coconut milk, of course!) and cookie dough bon-bons.  Yummy!

Singing “Happy Birthday”.

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On a related note…Just this week, he did a class presentation on his family history.
He learned a lot about where he came from.

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The presentation was on December 6th, St. Nicholas Day.  Here I am holding up the wooden shoes my father brought back from the Netherlands in 1962 while in the Navy.  As my family is from the area bordering the Netherlands, we celebrate by placing wooden shoes out at night for St. Nicholas to leave treats (for good children) or coal.  This pair held a small Lego Christmas Train Kit and a hat.

Window Week Poster (final)

Our son is half German and half Finn.  We recently participated in the National Genographic Project to get our DNA history, and the findings confirm that we are who we think we are.

This is a fascinating project.  Check it out!