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I met Sir Kensington…and Fell in Love

I recently discovered Sir Kensington’s condiments at our local Sur la Table in Edina.

Wow!

This is some good stuff – in more ways than one!  The ketchups, mustards, and mayonnaises are about as close to Paleo as you can get, short of making them yourself.
Quality ingredients, non-GMO and gluten-free!  And VERY tasty!  Check them out:

The Originals:

 

And the Newcomers:

SK mustards

I think it’s time to fire up the grill!  :d

Soccer Ball?!

soccer ball

We are 6 months (24 weeks) along our journey to second-time parenthood.
BabyCenter.com says,

“Your uterus is now the size of a soccer ball.”

Read that, looked down and though, “Yup.  Sure is.”  LOL  #paleopregnancy

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The Bump at 23 Weeks

How much bigger will he get?  My first son was 10 lbs and 22 inches at birth.
I’m hoping this one won’t get quite that heavy!

More than halfway through this pregnancy, things have normalized for the most part, with the exception of that “soccer ball effect”, making it impossible to bend.  All the early pregnancy symptoms have disappeared – nausea, fatigue, digestive issues, big appetite, etc.
I envy all the Paleo Preggers who had few to none of these challenges.  I guess they can still come with the territory even when living Paleo and eating a nutrient-dense diet.

I feel truly blessed, receiving this miracle child.  I know every life is a miracle, but this one even moreso than most.  Against all odds, a healthy boy is expected in September to a
47-year-old mother with two autoimmune disorders.

According to a number of medical sites, the chances of a woman over age 42 conceiving with her own DNA is less than 1%.  it drops even lower at age 45.  In my case, cut that in half due to a missing fallopian tube (from an ectopic pregnancy) and that comes to less than 1/2% chance of even getting pregnant!  Of those pregnancies, 55+% tragically do not survive the first trimester.  Serious chromosome defects are also a concern for these older mothers.
This boy got past ALL of that!  

We are looking forward to meeting little Max in the Fall!

Big Yawn!

Big Yawn!

 

Primal Cooking

There is not much more Primal than cooking meat over flame – whether that flame come from wood, charcoal or propane!

Spring has finally sprung in Minnesota. Time to bring out the grill…

Wait – why isn’t it working properly?!

After 11+ years, it was time to do a full overhaul. Luckily Weber still makes the replacement parts for our model. I took a deep breath and prayed for patience before replacing all in the inner “guts”  with Hubby’s help.

Fortunately, it was much easier than expected and we were up and grilling in no time. Yeah!

There really is nothing like meat cooked over open flame, and I have missed it so.  I put this baby to work immediately on grass-fed burgers and bratwurst!

Grill revived

Don’t be fooled by appearances: it’s good as new – on the INSIDE anyway!

Half-Baked!

A little humor:  Our bun in the oven is now half-baked.  LOL!
Well, I think it’s funny, anyway…  Today we are 20 weeks along – half way there!

Had our ultrasound today and saw our little boy in detail.  He bounced around, annoying the technician while she was trying to take measurements and photos, sucked his tumb and even yawned a few times!

 

And So the Marketing Deluge Begins…

 Target Baby Book

Last year I received one of these the day BEFORE I found out I was pregnant!  

This time, I managed to evade their detection for 3 months – probably due to wearing a parka hood and/or sunglasses when entering the store.  I know it wasn’t due to purchase patterns because I haven’t made any changes or bought anything baby-related besides my usual California Baby Calendula Cream.  It still irks me that the booklet states: “Thank you for being a Targt Baby registrant”, as I have NOT registered since 2004 when my son was born!

This time around, I am much better educated about health and safety, and therefore plan to minimize the plastics and all-around over-consumption of baby goods.  Simple is better – especially in light of our Paleo lifestyle!

Any product recommendations from other Paleo Moms out there?

Celebrating 13 Years with My Kitties

My kitties turned 13 years old this past weekend on March 29th.  Time sure flies!

Highlights from the first 12 years

To celebrate, we got the girls some new Cat Faeries nip toys and fed them raw egg yolks in addition to their grain-free kitty kibbles and freeze-dried raw food.  These Paleo Puddies love their raw egg yolks!!  They slurked them up lickety-split!

When presented with their gifts, Panda sniffed each one, clawed and swiped her choice away to play.  She chose the oyster – so Raven got the fried egg.  (Snooze and you lose!)  Some of their most “well-loved” toys include the shrimp sushi roll, birds and the oyster.  The catnip in Cat Faeries Legendary Cat Toys is especially potent.  There’s nothing else quite like it.

Kitty Panda Birthday

Panda with BOTH oysters – new and old

Kitty Ravi Birthday

Ravi enjoying her new fried egg toy and nip carrot

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Some of their most “well-loved” toys! Rabbit recently bit the dust – they actually shredded and unstuffed it!

Happy Birthday Kittens!  Looking forward to many more years together.  <3

New FAVORITE Treat!

OMG – these are SO good!  Where have they been?!

cherry fruit bites

Seriously – are they new or did I just miss the boat?  Wow.  Found these at the co-op today. Gluten-free, all-fruit snacks that taste like Twizzlers!  And no tapioca, either.  Love the Annie’s Bunny Fruits to bits, but the tapioca can be bothersome for me.  The cherry are my faves, but the strawberry and grape are nummy too.

Ooh, I’m in trouble now…