Easiest not-so bread after all

Oh my.. I can be such a dizz-head! I forgot to post the bread recipe for PB&J’s. Ok, so here it goes. I totally ripped this off from PaleOMG. She uses this for her crust on the breakfast pizza recipe. We loved the breakfast pizza, but I know Jodi needs an easy-out some days and we have to slow down on deli meat so we came up with a solution for PB&J.

Preheat oven to 425

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey or grade B pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix the wet ingredients together well, then whisk in the dry ingredients. Let sit for 2 min to thicken. While it’s resting, get a cookie sheet with raised edge and place 1 long sheet of parchment paper over it, enough so that you have a bit of an edge of parchment, you’ll need to grab it later. Pout the batter onto the cookie sheet and spread it out so it’s even. Don’t spread it too thin, it may not go all the way to the edges. Bake for 20-22 min. Edges will look a little brown. Pull off the cookie sheet and wait for it to cool a bit. Cut into squares.

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Weekly Menu June 24 – 29

This week’s menu starts strong and kind of fades. Oh well, we all have weeks like that. As I say, you do the absolute best you can and pray for God to bridge the gap.

LUNCH:

Monday Shredded Chicken – I use an old family recipe for what we called Chicken Buns, since we no longer use buns, we just do shredded chicken. Jodi and the kids love it. I never hear complaints that they don’t get the bun and if you really need something, wrap it in a lettuce leaf. Serve with some veggies. Good meal!

Tuesday Pulled Pork same as shredded chicken, serve it on a lettuce leaf if you’re dying to wrap it.

Wednesday PB&J (Say WHA???) How could I possibly do a PB&J on Paleo? This happened by accident, but a few weeks ago we had Paleo Breakfast pizza for dinner. Kids and Jeremy loved the crust so I decided to modify a bit and voila, we now have a crusty/bread type thing that makes for a PB&J solution. This is great for days when Jodi wants to do a picnic in the park with the kiddos. Oh PLEASE NOTE: we don’t use peanut butter – I just haven’t told my kids different. I make homemade cashew butter. I’ll post the bread recipe on a follow up post.

Thursday Chicken Strips — SIMPLE! Take some chicken, cut into strips, use an egg wash, roll in almond flour, salt and pepper. Bake

Friday Roast

DINNER:

Sunday Pulled Pork (yep, we’re even using BBQ sauce, and no it’s not Paleo. It’s Kansas City Cowtown. yep I know it’s not good for us, yep I know it has sugar, yep I know it has a host of ingredients that could have me banned from the cave.) If you’re trying to lose weight don’t do the BBQ, use extra peppers and spices for flavor. It’s delicious. This is a small cheat and sometimes we have to fall off the wagon built with stone wheels. It’s not the end of the world people.

Monday Chicken Nacho Salad – I am making a boat load of shredded chicken as we speak. Part of it will go for the chicken buns, no bun, please. And the rest is going to be spiced up with peppers and seasoning. We will use it to make a spicy chicken nacho salad. Pick your toppings. You know how you like your salad.

Tuesday Ham Steak – Yeah, not much commentary needed

Wednesday Beef Roast – 1 chucke roast, 2 onion, 3 cloves garlic, 6 carrots… shove them all in the cast iron dutch oven, turn on 250 at 9:00am. By 6:00 dinner will be outstanding.

Thursday Breakfast for dinner – will probably make a Paleo apple cinnamon muffin of some kind and serve it with eggs.

Friday leftovers!

Weekly Paleo Menu (June 2-8)

I have had several friends ask me before to share my weekly menus. I will admit to you right away that I sometimes get in a rut and we have the same thing week after week, other times I decide to go through the effort of scavenging through the interwebs for some fresh ideas. Seriously, there is no excuse right now. Work has a very brief and welcome lull, the season for fresh veggies and fruit is here and quite frankly, if I don’t come up with something new my family may hire a professional chef, or worse, they may riot and then order a pizza. Oh the shame.

My weekly menu consists of a lunch and dinner menu. I do have to plan both since we have a nanny and the kids are home all day. Of course you will see though that lunch usually a very simple meal or leftovers. I’ll post both, just so you can see how we do it. Also, if I have a specific recipe I’m using, I will try to coordinate the links with the menu item. WHEW! I’m making myself tired and I haven’t started.

LUNCH:

Cobb Salad (Recipe)
Breakfast Patties and Eggs (Recipe)
Ground Beef Casserole — This is a new one and I’m going to totally make it up as I go. I’ll post the recipe I come up with.
Pork Green Chile
Shredded Beef

DINNER:

6/2/12 – Date night for mom and dad. Kids will have sugar-free brats from Looks Market
6/3/12 – Shredded Beef (Recipe)
6/4/12 – Fish and roasted veggies. I will head to my favorite meat market and pick out a beautiful piece of Chilean Sea Bass or other fresh choice.
6/5/12 – Pork Green Chile (Recipe)
6/6/12 – Lettuce wrap sandwiches – Little Z has tumbling on Wed nights, we need something on the fly.
6/7/12 – Burgers and veggies – I use quality ground beef, grass-fed when possible, and cook up some bacon. This is one of the few times I deviate from strict Paleo and I’ll add a slice of cheese. Cause sometimes I just hafta!
6/8/12 – Daddy’s night with the girls, mom and Z will be in KC. I will let him decide what he wants to do.

SNACKS:

I usually plan to make snacks and treats over the weekend so that there are fun, healthy options available. This helps minimize the chanting “I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!” I will admit, it’s not fool-proof and you will find us at Red Mango now and again. Oh Red Mango… tell me you haven’t tried it… see, now stop judging me. This week is a bit ambitious I admit. I’m living vicariously through my family while I endure 30 days of zero sugars.

  • Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins (a recipe on this blog)
  • No bake Sticky Apple Bars (Recipe)
  • No bake Sticky Berry Bars (Recipe)

Just a quick note: I do not take responsiblity for the content of the sites that I link to. I have found recipes that I enjoy or want to try. Because I have included the link does not mean that I am promoting the rest of the content on the site.

Paleo Pumpkin Banana Pancakes

I am posting this based on the opinion of my family, based on their reactions tonight I think this might be one for the books. Oh I totally stole this from another website and added my own twist. So truth is I haven’t tried these yet, but here’s the recipe:

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 mashed up very ripe banana
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil – melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl, mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl. Gradually mix the dry into the wet and stir until it’s completely combined. My batter was very thick.

Heat a pan on med-low heat, add coconut oil and then spoon in the batter. I used the spoon to spread it out a bit and make it a little less thick. Cook each side for a few minutes. It will take a while, but you need to use low heat and let it cook all the way through. Flipping these where a bit tricky at first. Use a big spatula.

Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

So last night, I had a small vision of something I wanted to try, but wasn’t quite sure how I was going to get there. I wanted Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins… Paleo Versionized. Today, it came to life. So here’s the low down.

Cut up 1 lb of strawberries
Dice 2 stalks of rhubarb
Place in a pot, with 2 Tbs honey and heat on med-low for approx 20. Rhubarb should be tender. Place in the fridge and let it cool.

Muffins:

Preheat oven to 350

1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baing powder
Mix the above ingredients in a bowl

3 eggs
1 Tbp Honey
3/4 cup of strawberry rhubarb mixture
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs almond or cashew butter
Mix above ingredients together very well, then mix in the dry ingredients

You should have about 1/2 of the strawberry rhubarb mixture left. Using a muffin tin lined with paper liners or well greased muffin cups, scoop mixture into muffin cups. Bake for 20 min, then remove from the oven and using a teaspoon, put one scoop of strawberry rhubarb mixture into the middle of the muffin. You will need to use the spoon to place a small tear in the top of the muffin to let the mixture sink in a bit. Place back in the over and bake for another 5 min.

God is speaking

Do you hear Him? He’s speaking… softly, sweetly … He’s whispering. He’s wooing you. He longs for your heart. He wants the hearts that are in dispair, the broken ones, the hurting ones. He wants the hearts that have been torn apart and stepped on. He whispers “Let me fix this”. He has nothing but love for his people. He is patient. His grace is sufficient. His love is overwhelming, never fading, never failing. He sees through eyes of mercy. You are the apple of his eye.

He has written his Love Letter to you. Have you seen it? I want to write a love letter back to Him. I am empty and lost and consumed with this world without Him. I want to be consumed with Him. When I close my eyes I can see myself sitting on a porch swing that we had in the back of our house when I was growing up. And I imaging Jesus sitting next to me and the two of us talking. I can hear in his voice and tell by his actions that he cares about me. He wants to know how my day was. He wants to hear what is on my heart. He wants to know how I’m feeling.

But I believe there is a flip side. God wants to tell us what’s on his heart too. He is searching for those that are willing to take a stand. He wants to share with us what pains Him. There is a song “Hosana” by Hillsong and in it says “Break my heart for what breaks yours” and God will do that for those who are willing to sit still long enough to let him. Why? Because when we know what is breaking the heart of God we can pray to make a difference. We can act upon the injustice.

What is God saying to you today?

I Promise

I will write again sometime soon. Things have been super crazy lately – new job, fight for life, new baby, new kindergartener (with homework??) — in the mean time, pray for LIFE! Pray for IM 11 to pass in SD this November.

My Eyes are Open!

So here’s the deal… I have a new job, but in the negotiations, I requested that I not start until August 19th so that I have time to stay home with the kids. This is an opportunity I probably won’t get again, so I thought I should take advantage of it while I can. This will give me a few weeks to hang out with Zander before he starts kindergarten (Which is only 3 short weeks away) and some time to be with my little Zoe at such a tender time in her life. But oh my word, what a challenge! I don’t know if it’s easier or more difficult to have them closer in age, but a 5 year old and a 4 month old is more than I bargained for some days!

So, not sure how much blogging I will get done… as even now I can’t finish this one… Zoe’s crying which is my cue to sign off.

Tarry with me for a while

So last night we had the TV off and the iPod on (those are my favorite times, cause then we are hanging with each other and enjoying each other instead of focusing on the TV) — and while my husband and I were making dinner together the song Narrow Way by Audra Lynn comes on and the lyrics say

There is a way – a gate that is narrow
There is a road – very few have gone
There is a path – the way I have taken
Here is the call – come away with me

Take up your cross – and follow
Lay down your burdens – and tarry with me for a while

My husband asked what tarry is and I thought I knew so I spewed out an answer, but today thought I should double check and althought I was close, I was not quite right. I found that tarry is defined by Webster as this: to abide or stay in one place

AWESOME! I love the song even more than what I did ten minutes ago. I will be faithful! I will tarry with you, Jesus. I will take up my cross. Kristen Hickey has some awesome posts on abiding if you’re looking for more. I can’t come close to her level of teaching, so I will just give you the links.

Abiding #1
Abiding #2
Abiding #3
Abiding #4

Is it ever enough?

If you’ve been following my blog at all you know that I have been searching for another job and during the job search there has also been a lot of searching for God’s will and His word. Well, today I accepted an offer for a position that I have been wanting and God is blessing us greatly from the financial part of the job to all of the “extras” that come with it.

Last night I was at a prayer meeting and I cried out to God, “Thank You. (I already knew the offer would be sent today) But it’s still not enough. I want more of YOU God! More of YOU! More of your love.” I am not trying to be greedy or materialistic with things of this world, but I am being greedy in my relationship with Christ. I can not get enough. A job is a job and money is money – those things are nothing if I don’t have a deep, intimate relationship with my Savior.

So, while I praise Him for the blessings he pours out on us I still say “MORE of YOU, God!”

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