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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…

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#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.

 

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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.  🙂

 

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…

Bread. Really.

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Attended the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest last Saturday in Minneapolis and was treated to all kinds of gluten-free food samples, ranging from sweets to savories.

Among the many booths, a few really stood out for us.  We really enjoy Kinnikinnick treats, and they did not disappoint.  Samples of their donuts were like bits of heaven, as moist and tender as the regular kind – maybe even moreso!  The big guys Enjoy Life, Glutino Coconut Bliss and So Delicious all had yummy snacks to offer, and Grandpa’s Farm Organics was a surprise local (MN) favorite.

Living Paleo, we don’t eat many of the GF substitutes because grains are not nutrient-dense.  They’re just “filler foods” and may even contain anti-nutrients.  But.  Sometimes you just have a craving or want to fit in.  Enter bread…the one food item that is so very difficult to replace.

Thanks to Three Bakers, our search is over!  Wow.  Their white bread is just like the “real” thing.  Luckily our local co-op carries it, so we are in business!  The trade-off is that the loaves are smaller than in pre-celiac days.  But hey – who cares?!  My kiddo can now sometimes have a tasty sandwich in his lunch box, just like the other kids.  Love it.

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As an aside, it was also fun to meet Erica Dermer of Celiac and the Beast  and Gina Passantino of DairyFreeGina in person!  See you next time!

Rib Eyes and Whoopie Pies!

Birthday Plate

This is our special Pfalzgraff Birthday Plate. It comes out three times a year to celebrate.

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!   

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Take a gander at these! Just one fed all three of us for dinner. Wowsa. That’s an 11″ diameter pan, btw…

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!

Carrot Cake Cream (aka Whoopie) Pies

Carrot Cake Cream (aka Whoopie) Pies
This recipe made the perfect cakes for this treat – consisting of almond butter, eggs, shredded carrots, raisins, maple syrup, cinnamon and baking soda. Paired with maple cinnamon frosting, it was a perfect Fall Birthday treat!

Family Reunion Weekend

Just returned from a Family Reunion in Chetek, Wisconsin.

It was nice to visit with everyone, especially with the recent loss of a beloved uncle.  One of the cousins owns a cabin on the lake and hosted the event.  Along with the usual water and lawn activities, we were entertained by Bald Eagles flying overhead and fishing the lake.

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Chetek is a cute little town where everything is closed by 5pm except the bars, restaurants and gas stations (even the coffee house shut down at 4:30!)  There’s also an old-fashioned 50’s-style corner diner!

The local Rod ‘n’ Gun shop was a hit with Hubby and Son.

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Good thing we don’t have a hitch on our car or… 

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We lived on the lake in Duluth for 6 years, so I’m done with launching and maintaining these.

With so many relatives attending, we decided to stay at a local resort.  Hubby went all out and got us the Waterfall Hot Tub Suite, located 20 feet from the Tiki Bar.

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Yup, that’s a real waterfall right there.

The views from our room and patio:

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Our Labrador was thrilled to be on the water again. She has never forgiven us for moving off the lake.

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A blue heron enjoying the morning quiet.

So what about the (Paleo) food?  Well, it turns out we had to bring ALL of our edibles with us.  I called ahead to the resort’s restaurant and asked if they had any gluten-free options on the menu.

“No.”

OK.  So can any items be modified, avoiding cross-contamination?

“No.”

So I spent Friday morning grilling grass-fed burgers and steak, frying tortillas and nightshade-free taco meat, and gathering fruits and veggies for side dishes and snacks.  And as most gatherings go, the only gluten- and dairy-free options were the fruit and veggie platters.  But truth be told, we ate better than everyone else!  (We just had to transport and store all of it.)

We’ll be doing it all over again in two years.  Lessons learned?

  • Don’t even think about getting a room anywhere near a Tiki Bar (a lack of sleep is decidedly NON-Paleo!)
  • Do the cooking a full day in advance.  It was cutting it close the morning of the trip – that meat needs enough time to chill for transport.  Same goes for any Paleo baked goods such as tortillas.
  • Bring some warm clothes even if the forecast is for hot weather – we forgot about the evening firepit, and Saturday was windy and cold despite the sunny forecast.
  • Do leave the phone chargers at home (as we did) to really unplug.
  • Maybe rent a larger vehicle?!  LOL  Oh wait…that might have a hitch…cancel that.
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Family Pic for the album

Insatiable Appetite

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Up until this weekend, my appetite has been pretty normal.  As a Paleo eater, it wasn’t unusual to do an occasional IF (intermittent fast) just because I wasn’t hungry.  Eating nutrient-dense foods tends to keep food volume consumption down and hunger at bay.

So I have found my sudden, ravenous hunger rather annoying.  To make things worse, my body doesn’t seem to want to digest food properly, causing much distress.  It’s enough to make anyone cranky.

So why is it that family members must tempt the beast by demanding the rest of what I am eating?  Really.  Whatever I have, they want – all of it.  This could get dangerous!  They took my eggs, sardines, dill pickles and mint chip (coconut milk) ice cream.  I was shocked at their insistence and greed.  Of course, they haven’t seen anything yet – at least my son hasn’t.  Hubbs vaguely remembers what it was like when I was pregnant with said son nine years ago.  And he still took my food.  Oy.

I tell you, I almost cried when my son snatched the last of my mint chip “ice cream”.  *sob*  Geez, do I have to start hiding food now?  Best not come to that…  *ROAR!!*

Pickles & Ice Cream

Discovered Bubbies Kosher Dill pickles Friday. Whoo! They are really strong, but oh so good!  Turns out they are a very effective digestive aid, which I really need right now.  My son went bonkers for them and finished off the jar, sending me back to the store.  He also ate all of my So Delicious Mint Chip…

At the checkout, it dawned on me that I was buying the stereotypical pregnancy crave: pickles and ice cream!  Hahahahaha!   Well, at least I don’t plan to eat them together.  I was very relieved that the checkout clerk didn’t notice and chuckled to myself… Hey, there’s a blog post in there somewhere!  😉

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FYI: Bubbies are traditionally lacto-fermented, rich in nutrients and probiotics!