Sunday, October 4, 2015

Home (& the menu)

We are home from our 2 month stint at the hotel. We pretty much are just now unpacking from our end-of-July vacation.

9 weeks ago, we walked in the door upon returning home from our 2k mile journey, took a look around, saw the water and the damage, and haven't slept here since. Until now. Construction is still underway, but a lot of progress has been made, and insurance says it's time to move back in. There's still a lot left to do, and I am excited for it to get done, but for now, am just glad to be in our house. I can look out the window and see green!

I have to say, though, the hotel took good care of us. (I will actually miss the sweet staff there. Gotta love it when people are excellent at their job.) We had breakfast everyday, 3 dinners a week provided, and a mini-kitchen to make the rest of the meals… so if you noticed a lack of normal meal planning, that is why… I kept it pretty boring, I wasn't about to haul my spice cabinet there or anything. Plus with the start of the school year for both me and the kids, and all of us heading different directions each day, it was crazy enough. Did we eat paleo? Mostly. I'll leave it at that. We aren't ones to pass up free food when life is in chaos.

This weekend, my in-laws have helped make our house way more conducive to living in (when you have had demo and construction going on in a small(ish) house, it affects everything), plus they snuck a couple of paleo meals in the fridge for a good start to the week. Woo-hoo!

I don't even know what to make this week. On one hand, all the possibilities seem so tempting, but really, I'm quite limited to the slow cooker, microwave, and waffle iron because the range is not in place. Neither is the dishwasher or even the kitchen sink, so no big messes allowed.

coffee, heavy cream
pumpkin waffles, chicken sausage
coconut milk smoothies (but w/ blueberries)

kids -
salami, tortilla chips (on sale at Costco), carrots, rasberries

After school snack:
yogurt or apples & almond butter

Sunday - leftovers
Monday - honey lime chicken and salad (kit from Costco)
Tuesday - leftovers
Wednesday - my version of tacos al pastor (in the crock pot, this recipe)
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - beef & chorizo burgers on the grill, sweet potatoes

It was a good week to shop at Sprouts: kombucha, chicken sausage, boneless pork chops, chicken tenders, ground beef, honey crisp apples, cilantro, cheese, yogurt, pumpkin, honey, carrots… all on sale. I didn't even need to go to Aldi this week. I picked up a few more things at Costco.

Unrelated, but an idea to try: I have a feeling these would be gobbled up in 2 seconds at my house.

Alright, I'm happy to be back, but must go to bed… Hope you have a good start to your week.

Guess what I forgot to buy. Eggs. Guess there won't be waffles tomorrow.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Feels Like Fall

Hello girls, gals, guys, whoever (whomever?)…

I thought I'd do a list of some fall favorites. Remember, we are not hardcore paleoists here, we do what works for us.

First off, rump roast was on sale for $2.99/lb. at our local store this week, so I bought $30-worth. Some for now, some for later. Yes it is conventionally raised, but that is half of what I usually pay for good ground beef, so it will help stretch the budget (without having to resort to chicken, haha!)

My favorite, oh so simple way to fix it that is definitely low-carb, but not squeaky clean paleo:
2-ingredient roast beef in the slow cooker.
I put it in frozen, cook it on low for a minimum of 8 hours, and it always shreds easily. The whole family likes it. Add a vegetable or two (or potato) and you are set for supper. And leftovers!

Or find a good rub that you like (I like this one, even if it is for pork!) and make some shredded beef. For tacos, duh. Or taco salad. Or a fajita plate.

Your children need some muffins you say? Pumpkin muffins? Try these. Just don't over bake them. So easy.

Football snacks? Just take it easy on them. There are several reasons. I haven't made these in forever, but they are still my kids' favorite.

Another sorta sweet treat that my kids like: peanut butter (or almond butter) pumpkin fruit dip.

Guess what I did. I bought whole milk instead of heavy cream on accident. Because they are the same color cartons and I was in a hurry and my children were acting like zoo animals. It was 5:30 on a Friday night. Ugh. NOT the same.

Going to a potluck? Here's a recipe I want to try. Mediterranean Party Dip. If you eat cottage cheese. We sometimes do. It is so colorful! Serve it with veggies good for scooping if you don't want to go the gluten-free cracker or bread route.

That's all for now.
Nice weather = snacks outside. My 6 year old asked for hummus and carrots. Yay!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Weekly Menu

I'm sitting outside on the patio trying to enjoy the weather, but it not quite cold enough to not have mosquitoes biting me… bummer. I'll last as long as I can. I hate mosquitoes. They find me, wherever I am. My husband doesn't understand. Dang it. I'm giving up.

The kitchen is still in progress, I'm not showing any pictures yet. Here's what we are eating this weekend and the first part of the week:

hardboiled eggs, sausage
coffee, cream

Kid's school lunches:
almond butter and sliced strawberries on gluten-free bread (so I'm taking the easy way out…)


Saturday - leftovers of beef, kale salad
Sunday - something with chili, cheese, and corn tortillas

for the week-
I don't have this planned yet, but here's what I'm thinking sounds good:
Monday - orange-glazed chicken kabobs on the grill
Tuesday - mexican meatloaf (try it in the crock pot??), salad
Wednesday - of course sometime this fall, I have to make pizza spaghetti pie… I only buy spaghetti squash when it is in season because I hate paying $6 for a small amount of "pasta". Also: my favorite way to cook squash when pre-cooking it for another recipe is in the slow cooker… just stick the whole thing in and clean out the insides at the end when it comes apart easily!
Thursday - 2-ingredient roast beef in the crock pot, dill fingerling potatoes
Friday - just happy to be alive, usually. For real? burgers and something, probably :)

I love this post.

Have a good week.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

So Long, Summer


Last week felt like the longest week ever, I was so glad when the weekend came. We lived it up at my parents' community pool. And by that I mean enjoyed a couple afternoons of peace. Long live summer. And tacos.

Actually, I think I'm a little more ready to greet fall now. It will be is a busy one, as always these days, with many good things going on (school, work, gym, house, family, church, eek!) One week at a time. Or one hour at a time. That's pretty much how I have to roll.

As you know, I've been pretty much NOT cooking. Because we don't have a kitchen. But I spent part of the weekend bookmarking Juli Bauer's new cookbook. From the library. Because I don't buy cookbooks. I get the recipes I want and return the book to the library. But I might buy this one, y'all. Seriously. Because I always run out of things to make with basic beef or chicken. Especially chicken. And I think Juli and I are on the same page with that one. She straight up calls chicken effing boring. However, she has lots of recipes for both! Yay! And several of them are with a Mexican or Cuban or something south of the border flair. Yep, I want it.

(amazon affiliate link)

And I got some new clothes. On clearance. With my sister. If it weren't for her, I'd never shop or buy new clothes. That's an exaggeration. But I do always find good stuff when I'm with her.

What else is new?

My head is already spinning. No time for complaining. Have a good week.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Imaginary Menu

If I were going to cook this week, here's what I'd make :)

1. creamy sun-dried tomato chicken "pasta

2. portobello chorizo burgers

and of course…

3. homemade primal pizza!

Oh, because I'm still in denial that summer is over, I want to make some of these...

4. watermelon lime & coconut ice

Instead, we'll be eating things like taco salad with plantain chips, chili lime chicken burgers and veggies, roasted red pepper and tomato soup with beef and cheese in corn tortillas, kale salad with rotisserie chicken… not too bad… just stuff you can eat with the help of Trader Joe's and Costco when you don't have a complete kitchen :)

What are you making this week?

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Good morning!

We are having an iconic moment right now: the children are watching Saturday morning cartoons and I am sipping coffee and blogging. I’m sure it won’t last for long. I have so much to say, so little time to say it, so let’s get going!

Some of my non-traditional back-to-school favorites this year
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  •  Blank notebooks. No lines :) Room to draw and doodle around my notes. Markers to color code as I study. Can’t shake the 1st grade teacher in me, I guess.

  • Lifting shoes. At half price, the choices in my size were pink and white or pick from the men's. I chose the latter.

  • Lipstick. Really, Clinique black honey is my fave. I returned to the 90's classic (is that a term?) last year after this reminder and this one, too, and can’t believe I ever left it behind. But it runs out quickly, and so this time around I am trying out a drugstore dupe . ($5 vs. $20... ) I like it. I’ll use it. (Neither are anything as dark as they appear in the tube.)

What else is going on? Oh yes, our kitchen is still getting remodeled. As an emergency. Except it is happening s-l-o-w-l-y. Actually, it hasn’t even begun yet. It has only been gutted. I’m already impatient. That would be why I’ve added a kitchen board to my Pinterest page.
Follow Emily's board Kitchens on Pinterest.
So I can at least think about it. And why I have no menu plan to share! Things are topsy-turvy and I really miss having our house to ourselves. Nothing is where it “belongs” except that we are all together, and that’s most important. Aw.

I’m hoping when all is said and done, our kitchen will be a little bit lighter and brighter so  maybe I can take some photos in it? And our bedroom will be a little bit darker. Because I like to pretend I’m sleeping in a cave :)

We’ve been eating things that don’t take a lot of prep... (or you can get pre-prepped):

  • yogurt (the kids have had tons...)
  • apples
  • peanut butter
  • gf crackers or sweet potato chips
  • frozen gluten free pizza (with meat added)
  • carrots
  • LOTS of salads and fresh veggies
  • burgers, sausages, roasted chicken, hot dogs, salami, any kind of ready-to-eat meat...

It’s pretty boring, but it is working OK so far.

The kids have had even eaten breakfast and lunch at school a few times (cringe). They get super excited to have cocoa pebbles. (Noooooooooooo......!)

All right, it’s time to finish my coffee, make the grocery list, and be productive. Have a good weekend!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hello again!

Friday (yesterday):

Hi there! Sorrynotsorry for ditching the blog of a few weeks. We took a fabulous vacation and then came home to some surprise home renovations that have taken over our lives. The one room that was last on our list of rooms to redo suddenly got bumped to the top… because a functioning kitchen is pretty important.

My brain might explode. It seems like everything happens/begins at once. Back-to-school is next week, and as soon as the kids begin, I do, too! Studying is about to occupy all my "free" time. I like fall, but  thinking about it is kind of freaking me out right now. Oh yeah, and of course my library holds come in right when I do not have time to read them. So I'll just take a picture.

We ate well on vacation. And by that I mean we ate delicious food. Very fresh and homemade. But of course we did indulge. We love dessert. My favorites: the anniversary cake with lemon frosting that was made for us (and was as good as any wedding cake) and blueberry pie.

And then as I mentioned, this past week has been chaotic. So now it is back to the straight and narrow with food. Because I need to eat well (and it this case I mean delicious protein, fat, and veggie carbs, not sugary stuff) because it helps me feel more emotionally stable and that's important right now :)


Today started with a workout, shower, breakfast, and then tackling the grocery and school supplies shopping and to-do list. I'm feeling a little better about things. I'm not into trying new recipes right now. I didn't make much of a plan before I went to the store. Instead, I just purchased the kid's school lunch items, beef, sausage frozen green vegetables, kale, potatoes, and gluten-free birthday cake items (one more of our summer b-days this week). Right now, my children are kindly playing with each other (for the first time all week) so I'll keep writing...

This menu is very simple...

eggs, sausage, salsa
coffee, cream

kids - nitrate free ham, cheese, gf crackers, yogurt, fruit
adults - leftovers

beef or sausage + vegetable + potatoes (sometimes)

gf Pillsbury cake with buttercream frosting (1 or 2 days, not all week, obvs)

Allright. I've decided children are like puppies. I have to get them some exercise or they just get in trouble. So we are headed to the pool. Stat. Ciao.
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