My compliments to the chef.

My compliments to the chef.

Shhhh… don’t tell, but – Matt won today’s competitive company potluck!  As the organizer of the potluck and as someone who’s recently won another company competition (I’ve already got a trophy on my desk from my Weight Wars win) – I skewed results in favor of another winner – so this news is going to be hush hush.  But, I would advise you to try this...
Holiday Treats

Holiday Treats

For years, we’ve been baking up a storm at the holidays.  This year I thought we’d have to give up the tradition, since we refuse to use flour & sugar anymore.  But then I found chocolate on sale at Whole Foods and was gifted jar of homemade Pomegranate Jelly; shortly after, our kitchen was a cookin’ again! We made Candy (recipe follows) and the Spunky Coconut’s...

Giving Thanks

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always a holiday of much to-do. My vegan brother introduced me to the idea of non-traditional Thanksgiving wonders, and now I host a dinner where normal eaters, vegans and Paleo eaters all come together to celebrate family and give thanks to the life we get to live. In anticipation of this lovely family day where we sip wine and cider while...

Amazon Subscribe & Save

A few weeks ago I stumbled across Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program; I had been looking into a post Joyful Abode made about Mom items through the program and realized there was a wealth of opportunity for more than diapers and wipes. I will admit it took me a few days to get my order together, price compare and commit to buying bulk up-front on a program I’d never...
Pumpkins

Pumpkins

I’ve been waiting a long time for fall to finally arrive.Visiting pumpkin patches with the kids, enjoying a cool breeze and a hot beverage, and unpacking boots and turtlenecks from the storage bins are some of my favorite activities. This weekend in Northern Virginia was the first official weekend of fall.With weather in the 90’s, it didn’t exactly feel like it –...

We’ve lost a whole person.

This morning Stacy weighed in for “Weight Wars” at work - and hit 70lbs lost!  Matt has lost 33!  It’s pretty simple math.  That’s 103 pounds between us, in about 4 months.*  An entire human being size amount of fat has melted off of the both of us.  If only we’d thought to go on Biggest Loser first – then we could be rich AND sexy healthy! Plus, our children are...

Preparation

One of the keys to successful parenting, and especially family Paleo living, is adequate preparation.  Most chaotic moments are able to be mitigated with whatever tools you need, ready and available.  I find our best days are had when our trunk is full of water cups, snacks, extra clothes, toys, books, etc. This week we’re preparing for school lunches, snacks, and more...
Hot Pot

Hot Pot

The boys love a nearby authentic Chinese restaurant, Uncle Liu’s Hot Pot.  They’ll eat quail eggs, octopus and anything else that comes our way – simply because they can cook it themselves at our table.  After dining and studying the menu, we realized we could recreate it at home.  First thing first, use a good stock.  I’m not trying to get Barefoot Contessa on you...
Curried Mussels, Not Muscles

Curried Mussels, Not Muscles

We weren’t sure how this meal would go over.  It was one of our first “Paleo meals”, we made 2 1/2 lbs of mussels for 3 adults and 2 children.  My oldest son had 5 bowls before we cut him off.  Another pound probably would’ve been the right amount, but since it was our first time feeding the boys seafood still in the shell (although they used to LOVE linguine with clams)...
Lady Gaga’s Egg Cups

Lady Gaga’s Egg Cups

As a working mother, my time is limited in the mornings.  I’m lucky if I get to sit down and enjoy breakfast at the table one day a week.  Our family makes a lot of fritatas, hard boiled eggs and almond flour muffins but these little guys are a tasty surprise that will add something special to your morning. We prefer to make these with nitrate-free apple chicken sausage...
Some Weekend Prep Recipes

Some Weekend Prep Recipes

We spent Sunday preparing for this week. It’s been so great to have breakfast pre-made and ready to eat as something you can grab on your way out the door. I think breakfast has been the hardest part about going Paleo. There’s only so many days I can have a Buffalo Jerky Stick from Cibola Farms and a hard boiled egg! We made a Crock-Pot roasted chicken which we then...
Healthful Trickery

Healthful Trickery

I posted before about taking the opportunity to use cooking as a teaching opportunity. But today has especially been full of perfect moments to share with the children about food. We started off the day visiting our local farmer’s market – where the boys were treated like royalty, raking free goodies from the local butcher, the melon farmer and even the organic...

Corn

We live in Northern Virginia, otherwise know as the ‘burbs of DC. It’s lovely here, free cultural events and endless activities. There’s also a plethora of places to visit nearby. In the past few weeks we’ve made several roadtrips – to Ocean City, Maryland, Chincoteague Island on the Eastern Shore and now to our regular U-Pick farm, Great Country in Bluemont,...

10 Weeks Tomorrow

I started a gradual Paleo diet (no dairy, no crap) 10 weeks ago and now am fully integrated and loving it. My husband and children are on modified versions with no complaint (when Batman fruit snacks were replaced with dried fruit I was sure I’d find myself in trouble, but nope – they love dried pineapple and watermelon just as much). My husband has been serious...

Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led Weaning, who knew that’s what we were doing. I had no idea there was a “named approach” to how we introduce solids to our children.  But there is.  And it works. Well, at least so far.  Both our kids will eat almost anything.  Yes, even salad.  But mostly cookies if you ask...
Top Ten Items Cave-parents Wish They Had

Top Ten Items Cave-parents Wish They Had

Inspired by Dear Baby here’s our Top Ten List for surviving the pre-walking months/years. 1. Our Swing My kids LOVE their swing, Grandma bought them the now discontinued Fisher Price Papasan Cradle Swing Natures Touch (link goes to the closest item in stock).  All 3 boys have given us many quiet and peaceful hours due to this lovey device which swings both to the front...

Surviving Parties

July 1st, Day 5: Thursday started off with eggs, apple chicken sausage and fruit, lunch was leftover taco salad and we attempted an eggplant curry for dinner.  We had spent the afternoon with friends at their pool and made the curry before we left, knowing it’d be late and we’d be tired at dinnertime.  A great idea, but somehow we failed execution.  I think we rushed the...

Being honest about your food

When I was 15 and taking high school biology, an interesting discovery was made by another student in the class: eggs were cells! How gross! A friend of mine was discussing organ meats with a girl at a party. He said, “Yeah, I can’t really stomach the idea of eating liver, I’ll just eat the muscle.” She said, “I can’t even eat the muscle! Just the meat part.” Even my own...

Why we chose to start eating Paleolithicly

With each of my 3 pregnancies I have craved a tremendous amount of protein.  They come in varying forms, but ultimately my body is sending the same message each time – what it wants, what it needs is more protein. Postpartum I’ve found that I’m lactose and milk protein (whey) intolerant; each of my babies has had severe gas and colic if I don’t manage this intake. ...
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