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...
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