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.
Happiest First Birthday my miracle Max!
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.
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 to all the dads out there, and especially to my husband!
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*
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.
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!
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…
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…
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.
Addressed a critical issue for those undergoing radical transformation.
Cooked a LOT. Ate a lot.
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.
Attended a family reunion, lost two more members thereof.
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!
This was us 9 years ago, awaiting the arrival of our son – a big 10-pounder!
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!
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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!
Happy Halloween! This is a fun holiday for kids, as they can pretend to be anything.
(Not that they can’t do that any other time of year, but the costumes are better!)
When I was a kid, it was all about the candy. Still is for most kids, I think – which is of concern to health-conscious parents like me. What to do?
In past years our son would go trick-or-treating and bring home lots of junk. We would sort out a few of the less yukky treats for him to eat and then offered him money for rest – a trade he happily made. Said treats then went to Hubby’s office or the trash. The boy got to have fun going around the neighborhood with his friends, participating in the fun without the sugar-coma consequences.
Other strategies to distract from the candy-coma frightfulness:
Focus on the costumes.
Make homemade Paleo-ized treats. Less yukky stuff.
There might be some sugar – but not the chemicals, colorants, gluten and other nasties.
Play some music and have a dance party.
My Hubby’s (also now known as Captain Caveman!) birthday was yesterday. He’s been working ungodly hours lately (meaning LOTS!) so I wanted to make him a special meal on the one day he managed to get home at a decent hour.
Steak and bacon green beans with mushrooms and onions were on the menu, with carrot cake whoopie pies for dessert. [All Paleo, of course!]
I get our grass-fed beef in bundles for variety and best price. Lakewinds gets fresh steers from Iowa every week and butchers them to order within days. It’s always good, but I was absolutely gobsmacked when I opened the ribeye steak packets – they were a full two inches thick! Whoa!
I’ve found that my food preparation has greatly simplified since going Paleo. Rather than a complex seasoning, marinades or other techniques popular in “conventional” kitchens, I prefer to let the [quality] food speak for itself. So the steaks were seasoned only with Himalayan pink salt and grilled on medium 10 minutes each side. Soo tender and tasty!
Sauteed the green beans in bacon fat and added some (pre-sauteed) mushrooms & onions – a staple in my fridge – and a bit of bacon crumbles atop to complete.
These Carrot Cake Cream Pies from Primal Cravings are about the most complicated food item I’ve prepared in a while. Since we cannot tolerate dairy (cream cheese) I made the maple cinnamon frosting from Paleo Indulgences instead. Mmm.. We didn’t even get the chance to insert and light a birthday candle!
Happiest 43rd Birthday to my wonderful Husband!
He’s supported us through it all: in sickness and in health.
Despite his skepticism, he went along with the “Paleo Thing” to help me heal,
and then discovered how good it made him look and feel.
Now he tells anyone who will listen that Paleo is the way to go
if you want to be happy, healthy and hot! LOL Go Captain Caveman!
Here’s to many more years together. Luv U!