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Do you wanna build a snowman?

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A reprieve from the cold.

It’s +40F here in Minnesota.
The perfect day to build a snowman…and for his head to fall off a half hour later!  LOL

Delenn and I took a nice long walk and she was so happy.
Tail was wagging all the way. *doggie smile*  😀

An OFFline (Paleo) White Christmas

Christmas Eve forecast for MinneSNOWta:

SNOW ALERT
Forecast for Dec 24
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN
condition

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!

EXTREME COLD ALERT
Forecast for
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN
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.

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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

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

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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!

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“I’m going to Disney World!”

Disney Christmas

The Dawn of a New Ice Age?

Closing the blinds so I don’t have to see the SNOW coming down outside on this MAY 3RD!!
Will it never end?!

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This is where I will be spending most of my day ~ at least until I get up the courage to venture out for more BACON.  (Lord help us, we’re all out…)

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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…

May 1st - SNOW WARNING

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!!