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An OFFline (Paleo) White Christmas

Christmas Eve forecast for MinneSNOWta:

Forecast for Dec 24

PM Snow

High: 13°F
Low: 11°F

Chance of Precipitation 80%
Accumulation of 1 to 3 inches
Wind SSE 17 mph
Humidity 60%


Good thing Santa’s dressed in fur!

Forecast for
extreme cold

Wind Chill
Near -23°F

High: 13°F
Low: 11°F

Feels like -23°F
Chance of Precipitation 80%
Wind SSE 17 mph
Humidity 60%


Yes, we had a White Christmas.  It was very pretty – and cold.

I spent my Christmas Holiday OFFline with my Tribe.  Didn’t touch the computer for two days.

And it felt great.


We hosted this year.  After Christmas Eve candlelight church service we had dinner.  Foods included a veggie tray with bacon avocado dip and smoked salmon, Boeuf Burguignon with sweet potato biscuits and 4 kinds of paleo cookies: sleighbells, cookie dough bon-bons, gingersnaps and mexican wedding cakes.

We feasted, popped open crackers, exchanged gifts and sat by the real fire while watching the musical yule log on TV.  LOL


Paleo Christmas cookies: sleighbells, cookie dough bon-bons, gingersnaps and mexican wedding cakes


Christmas Day brought more feasting on roasted chicken with green beans, squash, sweet potato biscuits (they were a hit!) and another platter of Paleo cookies.  Grandpa napped while the rest of us watched the Hobbit DVD until it was time for them to continue their journey to SIL’s in Nebraska.

Great fun was had by all, especially the kiddo who found out he’s going to Disney World and LegoLand Florida in February.   Woo-Hoo!  

Any recommendations for things to see, do and EAT (Paleo) are welcome in the Comments!


“I’m going to Disney World!”

Disney Christmas

So what happened to “April Showers Bring May Flowers” ?!!

I get daily alerts on my phone from The Weather Channel listing the “School Day” forecast so we know what to wear.  Today I saw THIS and nearly passed out…


It’s MAY 1st and we have 6″-9″ of SNOW coming?!!

I might seriously just go back to bed.  *sigh*

…and I REFUSE to unpack the turtlenecks and corduroys I just put away last Saturday!!

MORE April Snow! (…and frozen mint-chip recipe)

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We got another foot of snow here in Minnesota.  Blech.  😛

The only good thing about this weather is that I can use my porch as a second fridge for cooling food.  I have some Korean-style short ribs (a la Orleatha Smith and Domestic Man) marinating and some coconut milk mint-chip pops setting up (for freezing).  Soon there will be a roaster pan with chicken thighs coming out of the oven to provide stir fry meat this weekend.

I’ve made short ribs before, using Orleatha’s marinade, but had cut them into squares.  I really like how Russ Crandall slices the ribs for more (grilling) surface.  I whisked up the marinade using coconut aminos, GF fish sauce, cinnamon applesauce, ginger, garlic, honey,  a little lime juice and oil.  I just eyeballed the quantities.  It’s just marinade, after all.

I want Spring to come soooo bad!  I will rebel against the cold and grill those short ribs tomorrow – no matter what the wind chill!  Good News: the Weather Channel is predicting temps up around 40F, so as long as I keep the grill out of the wind and turned up a bit higher than normal, it should work fine.  There’s always the option to finish them by oven-braising if necessary.

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The coconut milk mint-chip ice cream batter is an experiment.  I haven’t made this flavor at home before.  I’ve done vanilla bean, chocolate fudge, cherry cheesecake and a few others, but we’ve been on a So Delicious Mint Chip kick (well, more like a bender…) lately, and I just can’t justify spending so much on a tiny pint.  Time to put my Kitchen Aid mixer (with ice cream attachment) to good use.  So here we go:

Coconut Milk Mint-Chip Frozen Dessert

1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup sweetener
2 tsp mint flavoring
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp Taza chocolate extract
1 tbsp gelatin (optional)
1/4 cup mini-chips

(Recipe can be doubled)

If using a dry sweetener and/or gelatin, heat all ingredients except the chips in saucepan until dissolved.  Cool, then stir in chips.  Chill and prepare per ice cream maker instructions (or pour into BellyFULL silicone pop molds and freeze.)

If using a liquid sweetener, combine all ingredients except chips with a hand blender or mixer until smooth.  Stir in chips, chill and follow instructions above.

Enjoy – no matter what the weather!

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Springtime Snowman

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Mother Nature is making up for our lack of snow this winter.  She’s gone senile, in fact.
This week it was blizzarding and thunderstorming at the SAME TIME!!  Leaving us with a pile of wet snow, perfect for building the last (heck, the first!) snowman of the season.  Had to snap a pic before it melts…Which we hope will be VERY SOON!!

Spring Break is Here – If Only Spring Were!

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As Prince once sang: “Sometimes it snows in April…”

We had such high hopes for this week off of school:  parks, sunshine…but NO – we had temps just above freezing – and to add insult to injury – SNOW on Friday!  Had I taken the photo earlier, it would have been coming down thick.  Granted, it did melt on the ground, but still.   


This had to be our worst Spring Break ever, and not just because of the weather.  As you know, we lost our baby about 3 weeks ago.  Starting Easter Saturday, I had some serious complications with the miscarriage. The baby stopped developing at just under 8 weeks and had required medical intervention/initiation two weeks later.  This week, after 2 evenings of SEVERE cramps etc. I got into the clinic Tuesday where the ultrasound revealed the pregnancy was still caught inside. Luckily the doctor as able to remove it in the clinic and did not require a D&C (surgical procedure). I am so relieved now, as there was great risk of infection accompanying a LOT of pain and hemorrhaging.  The process is at 3 weeks and counting. I need to get the physical part behind me in order to deal with the emotional part of loss and grief.  It has taken a real toll on our entire family.

God giveth, and he taketh away – and don’t I know it thrice over.

Snow Day!

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Yeah, we got this! We’re tough Minnesotans, born and raised!

We got nearly a foot of snow here in Minnesota and Eden Prairie Schools declared the first Snow Day in years.  This is the kind of snow we’re used to.  We’ve been spoiled this winter, with little accumulation and slippery stuff.  The neighborhood kids had fun sledding, as the temperature was up near freezing and the sun shining.

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This is what a foot of snow turns into after the plow goes by.

Last Fall I offered to get my husband a snowblower for his birthday, but in usual frugal fashion, he declined.  In exchange, he gets quite the workout on days like today.  No doubt, he’ll be sore tomorrow.  And yes, I did help him a bit despite my “delicate” condition.  I needed to get some exercise too.   I just didn’t overdo it.  Ok, life goes back to normal now…

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