Easy Beef Shish Kabobs

wpid-img_20140511_184137110.jpgThis is a little too easy to even call a recipe, and you can adapt it to whatever your mood is. When my hubby made it this particular night he chopped up some onion, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, and green peppers along with the beef. He added them all to the wooden skewers (you want to let them soak for about 30 minutes before you use them so that they don’t burn) and then added some steak seasoning. He tossed them on the grill to our preferred done-ness and we ate up. I’ve also made them with marinated meat as well. The Beef Jerky recipe from Primal Palate makes a fantastic shish kabob marinade, actually. I just let the steak soak in the marinade over night before putting the kabobs together.

wpid-img_20140511_180819096.jpgIt makes for a quick, easy meal that you can cook without heating up your entire house during the summer months. :)

Kitchen Skills, Like a Boss

I am a housewife and a stay at home mother. I took a home economics class in middle school, and that is the extend of my “culinary training.” Thanks to YouTube, though, I have been able to pick up some kitchen skills along the way that have proven to be quite valuable. Today, I wanted to share some of those with you. Please note, none of these videos are mine. They are all linked to where I found them on the internet….

How To Chop an Onion

How To Peel Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds

How to Cut a Mango

How to Cut Tomatoes

How to Hard Boil Eggs- I add a tiny bit of baking soda to the water, to make it easier to peel….

How To Slice a Pepper

How To Cut a Pineapple

How to Make an Omlette

Do you have any others that you’ve picked up along the way that you’d like to share??? Let me know in the comments section.

Paleo Bakehouse

I’ve seen rave reviews of Paleo Bakehouse all over the internet. Seriously, all over the place. Every time I see them, I think to myself, man those cookies look delicious. Not only do they look amazing, but I can pronounce and identify every single ingredient in them. That is awesome. Sure, there are lots of recipes out there to make my own cookies, but sometimes, (like right now when I can no longer see my feet and I don’t have a kitchen of my own) it’s just nice to have someone else make the cookies for me.

Right now, they have an active kickstarter campaign going. Their goal is to raise money to fund a commercial kitchen in Miami. This kitchen would allow them to be certified as 100% gluten free. It would allow them to get their products into national retailers, and ship internationally. (More cookies for everyone!!!!!!!) It would also allow them to develop more products. (Again, I say, “MORE COOKIES FOR EVERYONE!!!))

So, I am asking you guys for some help here. If you can contribute, please do so. If you can help spread the word, via social media, please do so. If they don’t meet their goal, they don’t get any of the money raised, which would be a huge bummer. They are also offering tons of fantastic incentives for your donations, which you can read about here. One of which is a  Paleo Bakehouse E-Recipe Book, which is going to be full of recipes from some amazing paleo bloggers! Yummo! So, let’s all work together and help them make some cookies!

Memorial Day

 

IMG_0377   I hope that today finds you all spending time with those you love, enjoying good food, with lots of laughter and relaxation. However, I don’t want to let the day pass without addressing the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf. Everyday, young men and women enlist in our nation’s military. Taking oaths to lay down their lives for our freedom.

IMG_0061Their sacrifices are immeasurable, and there are no words to fully express my gratitude to them. The lives lost, and the lives that are forever affected by what they have seen and done are a toll that I will never full be able to comprehend. I do, however, offer my most sincere “Thank You” to all of them. You are what makes me so proud to be an American.

littlelastkissTo my husband, I am so honored to be your wife. You have always been, and will continue to be, my biggest hero. I love you.

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Working out While Knocked Up…..

The general consensus among doctors is that if you worked out before you got pregnant, you can keep doing whatever you were doing while you are pregnant. I’ve been completely honest about this, back in December, when I got pregnant, I was way off track. The most exercise I was doing was lifting non-Paleo cookies to my mouth and eating them. That’s not awesome for me, and certainly not awesome for the tiny human I’m growing. I’ve cleaned up my eating habits quite a bit since then. (I’m not going to lie, though, I’m human, and sometimes I eat crap that I know isn’t going to make me feel my best). Now that the snow and ice have also melted, I’ve started walking again. Now, I wasn’t doing this before I got pregnant, but my doctor gave me the green light. They don’t advise going from couch surfing all the time to crossfit or running marathons during pregnancy, but taking some walks is pretty safe. So, I try to get out as often as I can for a walk. I plop our little one in her stroller, and we go. It’s nice because she loves it just as much as I do. We’ve taken walks together since I got the okay from my doctors after having her, so she’s used to be outside and getting some fresh air. I love it, too, because not only do I feel like I’m taking care of myself, and the new baby, but I feel like I’m teaching her healthy habits from the start. wpid-img_20140414_190451236_hdr.jpg wpid-img_20140411_165344604_hdr.jpgwpid-img_20140411_165420381.jpg

Easy Delicious Breakfast Hash from PaleOMG

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Easy Delicious Breakfast Hash

I love breakfast. It makes me happy. Some people aren’t big breakfast eaters, but I am. I love everything about it, and when I don’t get it, I am kind of a grumpy pants. So, when I saw this recipe for Easy Delicious Breakfast Hash from PaleOMG, I  wanted to make it right away.  I did make a few changes to the recipe. Instead of a poblano pepper, I used a jalapeno. I also left out the mushrooms, because my hubby is allergic. For the sausage, I used these guys…

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Here is a shot of the ingredients. It looks pretty good, until you see sugar mentioned. (My bad for not checking in the store…) I also tend to be a bit weary of  “natural flavorings.” If they are so natural, why can’t you just tell me what they are…..wpid-IMG_20140104_114538002.jpgRegardless, it was delicious, and the little bit of sugar in there didn’t kill us. Although, I will check more carefully next time I’m buying ingredients. It did take me longer than the 15 minutes of prep and 15 minutes of cooking time that Juli mentions in her recipe though. I’m going to guess it’s because I cooked my eggs to be over hard, not over easy, like she recommends. I’m also a bit slow with my chopping skills.

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig from Nom Nom Paleo

wpid-IMG_20140105_175602195.jpgWhen I got my hands on Nom Nom Paleo’s book Food for Humans, this recipe jumped out at me. First, because it looks delicious (although maybe not in my picture), but secondly because it’s super easy to make. It only uses 3  or 4  (if you use the optional garlic) ingredients, and it takes maybe 10 minutes of prep work. The hardest part is going to be smelling it for the 16 hours that it takes to cook.

I tried some as I was shredding it, and then made my husband try some. Then we just stood there, eating it as we were shredding it. (Because we’re civilized like that….) Also, I couldn’t find Red Hawaiian Sea Salt, so I just used the highest quality sea salt that our grocery store carried. It was delicious nonetheless. For those of you that don’t have the book yet, the recipe also happens to be right here on their blog. Horray!

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