Paleo-ish Caramel

Hey, y’all. 🙂

Happy Monday. 🙂

It’s so cold here (low 50’s) and I’m freezing to death. It’s been a couple days and I’m ready for my summer back.  🙂

I finished up most of my Christmas shopping this weekend. Mostly online so now just have to wait on it to show up here.

I’ve been waiting on a bottle of peppermint oil to show up since Tuesday. I’m losing my patience, Amazon.

Love this so much. 🙂


I’ve gotten some questions about the Follow Your Heart dairy free cheese I wrote about last week so I’m going to try to remember to take pics when I use it with different meals.  This one is to show the melt. We had hamburger night and that one was mine.  I didn’t have the fries…that night…but I do allow potatoes a couple times a week or when eating out. The cheese melts great with some things and not so great with others.


Are y’all familiar with cheese chips? It’s a low carb staple. You take a slice of American cheese and fold it in half then half again and once more til you have 8 pieces. Then microwave til crisp. I tried it out with the Follow Your Heart Pepper jack and oh my gosh y’all. This is my new addiction.  🙂  These actually crisp up better than real cheese and they don’t burn.  In my micro it takes 2 minutes and they are perfect.


Cashew cream, lemon juice and salt = diary free sour cream.


Lunch.  Avocado, dairy free sour cream, salsa and pepper jack chips.

Here’s an example of where the cheese doesn’t melt super great. Chili with cheese and cashew flour tortilla chips. Tastes great but doesn’t melt in the chili like it does on a hamburger.

Teacher of the year. 🙂

I’ve been trying to figure out some sort of Paleo version of a Christmas time treat to try.  I really want to stay away from a lot of treats but I also don’t want to miss out on some holiday traditions.  One tradition we have that is really specific to my immediate family is toffee.

So I decided to test out some of the components…starting with caramel.

I had 1/3 cup of So Delicious coconut cream left in the icebox so I used it plus 1/3 cup Ideal plus 1 tsp coconut sugar.  Put it in a Pyrex measuring cup and cooked in the micro for about 4 minutes…stirring every 2o seconds. Then stirred in a 1/2 tsp ghee and a splash of vanilla.  IT WORKED.  🙂

I learned thought that I really really hate the taste of coconut sugar so if I make it again I will just use a 1/2 tsp of molasses. The carb count would be miniscule and would taste a million times better.

I say this is paleo-ish because Ideal contains Splenda which Paleo peeps thinks is the devil.  I do not and do use it. To make it textbook Paleo use all coconut sugar or xylitol or stevia or a combination of the three.

Reminder: I’m just me. I’m not paleo or anything else. I’m keeping carbs below 25 / day with the occasional spike…with the spike coming from completely on plan foods. My plan. Not yours or anyone else.  Keep the food policing to yourselves.  Thanks.  🙂

So once I had the caramel I had to do something with it.  I decided to test out some chocolate.  This didn’t go quite as well as the caramel and it’s still a work in progress.  I used the recipe for chocolate in Kelly’s Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ book and it was good but just not exactly what I’d want for my toffee…too grainy.

Like I said before…I’m not doing a lot of treats right now so I’m not sure if I’ll keep experimenting or not but it’s nice to know it can be done.  🙂

Some before and currents…

Shirt the day I bought it (in the dressing room) and 5 weeks later. 🙂

(white out because no bra) 🙂

Santa shirt 2015 and Santa shirt 2016.

Isn’t ’16 Santa so cute? It says Merry Christmas Y’all. 🙂

Red shirt comparison from last year to this year. (the white out is just covering up one of those horrible huge blood spots I had last year…don’t want to look at those anymore).

Ok that’s all for now.  Y’all have a great week…stay safe and warm and I’ll see you soon.  🙂


Thanksgiving Hodgepodge

Hey, y’all. 🙂

Did y’all have a nice Thanksgiving weekend?  Do a bunch of shopping?

We had a good one.

And I did it, y’all.  I stayed 100% on plan. No grains, sugar or dairy.  🙂

If you’re not spatchcockin’ your turkey you don’t know what you’re missing. 🙂  This was the best turkey I’ve ever had in my life.  SO moist and juicy.

Don’t y’all wanna know how that bible study class went down.  😉



I made the Parker House rolls from Every Last Crumb and they were really good. I couldn’t believe something made with almond flour could be that soft.  Highly recommend this one (but trust me…add some salt to the dough).

Made the ‘cornbread’ recipe in Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations and then gave it to Mama B to make some dressing for me. Everybody else had regular dressing but she takes my Mema’s dressing recipe and makes a celiac safe version for me.  Last year I was able to have real cornbread but since I’m not doing any grains right now I had to try something else. It was good. Not great…but then my Mema made the best dressing in the world 🙂 so it’s kind of hard for nut bread to live up to that.

Blurry pic of my plate. Turkey, dressing, roll and green bean cass.

Everybody else had regular green bean cass but since I’m not doing dairy I had to make something safe.


My new favorite thing. 🙂 Follow Your Heart vegan cheese.

Now let’s be real clear here…I will never eat vegan. 

I mean this is Texas after all. 😉

But cutting out dairy has changed my life and I’m determined to keep it up.  I miss it A LOT  though so in order to stay strong with cutting it out I had to find something to keep me on track. I tried several other brands and they were horrible…not to mention expensive.

GO VEGGIE was the worst of the worst.  I tried it and was almost ready to give up then I found the Follow Your Heart at Whole Foods. I was like ok if this Follow Your Heart doesn’t taste good either then a dairy free life just isn’t for me.

Thankfully it was good.  It doesn’t melt as smoothly as I wish it would but the taste is great and it completely hits the ‘I need some cheese right this minute’ spot in my head.  Also let me add here that I’m only eating the ones labeled “New”. They don’t have any soy. I can’t speak to any of their other products but the new cheese slices are excellent.

I keep a bowl of cashew cream in the icebox at all times.  It’s so versatile.  It’s just soaked cashews, water and salt pureed til completely thick, smooth and creamy. I’ve used it in protein shakes, to make ‘sour cream’ and…as the ‘cream of chicken’ to make my green bean cass.  I took a little bit of cashew cream and mixed in some chicken broth base and then heated it up with some of the Follow Your Heart cheese til it melted then added the green beans and baked as normal.  It was my second favorite part of the meal after the turkey. 🙂

Everyone else had regular desserts and I attempted a safe one for me but it wasn’t good enough to blog.

Overall I was very happy with my totally on plan holiday meal. 🙂

I’m not sure what I’m going to do about Christmas. I’m leaning towards taking the day off and just eating regular stuff but we’ll see.  I said from the beginning I just wanted to make 100 days and then reevaluate so that’s what I’m going to do.  14 days to go.  🙂

Got the decorations up. Decided to do an all red, white and green theme this year. Thank you, CA for my beautiful poinsettia tree skirt quilt from Hawaii. I love it so much.  And you.  🙂

Ok that’s enough for today.  Y’all have a great week and I’ll see you soon.  🙂

p.s. don’t forget Giving Tuesday today.  🙂









The Best Gluten Free Waffle Recipe

Hey, y’all. 🙂

How are y’all doing this week?

As y’all know things were rough for me last week.  I got to participate in a conference call with HRC (along with other campaign volunteers) though and am doing much better.



Yeah. The #calexit won’t happen. But I mean…did we ever in our wildest dreams imagine we’d have an illiterate openly racist / misogynistic  dude as our president?  So just incase it does happen…I bought the domain for just a cali girl and her blog. 😉  Sister B wants to go to Canada.  I can’t commit to that but I think we all know I could commit to a California beach and an avocado tree in the backyard. 🙂

I almost had a heart attack last night. This thing was crawling on the wall right next to where I was sitting. It’s some kind of gross hairy spider with shiny green eyes and white spots. When it spread all the way out it was the size of a quarter. I f…uh…reeked. (But then caught it in a glass and let it outside…being a child of Charlotte’s Web and all…).

So we had breakfast for supper a few times (in a row…but who’s counting) 😉

120g Almond Flour, 70g Arrowroot, 2 tsp Baking Powder, 1 Egg, 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp Cashew Milk, 1/4 cup Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp Sugar equivalent (I used Splenda),  1 tsp Lemon Juice, 2 tbsp Blueberry Preserves.

I adapted this from Brittany Angell’s Waffle recipe in Every Last Crumb.

Almost 2 years ago now I went to a book reading / signing that featured Brittany plus some other Paleo / gluten – free people.  At the time I was going to give Paleo a try and then instead spent pretty much the entire year of 2015 feeling like death with one health crisis after another.

Since I’m mixing in some Paleo ideas right now I decided to pull out those books.

She describes this waffle as crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. It was.  I loved it and can’t wait to make them again. She doesn’t use blueberries in her recipe but those are my favorites and I had some of those cooked down blueberries left from before so I added them.

One note from my own personal observations: The first two waffles were not crispy at all straight out of the waffle iron (they did crisp up in the toaster oven). The rest were perfect though. So plan on the first two to be a little more floppy til the iron gets supper hot.

I loved these so much and even though I’m about 2 years post purchase these alone were worth the cost of the book.

She says you can cook these straight from the freezer like regular waffles. I had 2 left over so I’ll let y’all know how that goes.

Related to the eating…went shopping for a little retail therapy this weekend. I’d tried this top on about 4 weeks ago (left) and it was on the clearance rack this weekend. Tried it on to check progress. I didn’t buy it because I’m going thru sizes so quickly I didn’t think it was worth it even on clearance.

Hope y’all have a great week and I’ll see you soon. 🙂



Get Involved

Thank y’all so much for the support for the last post. Welcome to the new subscribers too. 🙂 I used to worry about putting too much of my activism side out here but no more. This is me. If you like it Thank You. 🙂 If you don’t…don’t let the door hit ya. 🙂 This blog has never been about money or likes. It’s simply my place to share and inspire. Whether that’s in the form of recipes or getting people to get involved that’s what this space is about.

Someone reached out and asked what they could do right NOW to help. How to get involved.

The protests and petitions are a great way to get out some of the anger but at some point you have to put all of that anger into meaningful action. Side thought re: the protests. Protest away but get out of the middle of the roads. You’re hurting everybody with traffic backups. If you want to ‘hurt’ the people who put us it this mess…don’t buy tires from Ohio…don’t buy cheese or beer from WI…don’t by cars from MI…don’t support small businesses. That’s something they’ll (eventually) feel. Blocking traffic in Miami is silly and hurting the wrong people (Miami Dade overwhelmingly voted blue).

Ok back to getting involved…

People think that the immediate lead up to election season is when the action happens…and it does but some of the most important work happens in the quiet time in the year(s) leading up to it.

Now is the time to make your plan for how to get involved.

Join your state democratic party. Volunteer. Get in the trenches. The midterms are 2 years away but like I said the ground game will start next year. Get on the roll with your official state organization. Commit to helping in whatever way you can. Volunteer to make calls…to go door to door…if your state allows it and you have a van or suv volunteer to drive voters without transportation to the polls. All of this takes planning, training and coordination which starts way ahead of actual election season. If you’re shy and can’t actually do the face to face stuff volunteer to input data or work in a city / county campaign office. And if you don’t want to get that ‘hands on’ involved…just make an ongoing financial contribution. It doesn’t have to be big at all. Every little bit helps. But let me tell you…getting down in the trenches is so infinitely more rewarding to the soul than just entering your payment info on a web form. 🙂

Also join specific state centric groups:

My favorite group in Texas is Battleground Texas. BT is making crazy gains in Texas. Some food for thought from the website:

Texas is the future.

Texas had record-breaking Democratic turnout in 2016. Battleground Texas is a statewide organization with national implications.

With 38 electoral votes, Texas is the last big state that still votes Republican. Once Republicans lose Texas, they lose their path to the White House.

This is so so important y’all. Once we can flip Texas (and Arizona)…ESPECIALLY given the fact that we are doing the flipping with YOUNGER voters…the game is changed for years and years to come.

The horrible hate based voter block this year pretty much tapped out their base (and didn’t even win the popular vote with their numbers).

The numbers ARE on our side. We just have to get them inspired, motivated and involved.

BT has been a movement years in the making here. Early predictions didn’t see Texas getting into the single digits until 2024. We’re 8 years ahead of schedule.

Get involved and let’s flip this thing completely and for good. 🙂

Those of you already living in hard – core blue states…definitely continue your ground efforts in your states but think about making some of your financial donations to Texas and Arizona. Because the sooner our states flip the better for you too.

Other things we can do…

If you live in places with large immigrant communities where workers, students and women / mothers are reporting acts of racist violence…find organizations that are set up to help them and volunteer in whatever way you feel most safe / comfortable yourself. Please though do this thru an organization. Don’t just go try to help on your own. The hate filled racist garbage attacking them will turn their rage onto you without second thought. That’s just what they are. So help but do it safely and in numbers. 🙂

Donate to planned parenthood. You can donate money or time (at some locations). Volunteer to help walk / protect patients from the vile human garbage protesters. They’ll scream at you and even throw stuff at you but it’s so worth it. Just holler back at them that you’ll pray for them. They love that. 😉 you know since they think they own the market on prayer.

Donate to legal justice groups that help the disenfranchised (people of color / the LGBT community / women’s groups / etc). There are too many organizations to try to list. Pick the one that’s closest to your heart and help. Again with your time or money.

Just find your cause(s) and dig in. That’s the only way this works. You have to commit and do your part.

We can’t win this on twitter or Facebook (leave all that nonsense to all our crazy racist aunts). You have to get out and do something. Anything. It can be scary at first but you will find your place and it is so unbelievably worth it.

Speaking of the collective crazy racist ‘Aunt Bertha’. It’s time to start shaming her. No more of this ‘oh Aunt B doesn’t know any better…she’s from a different time’ bullsh–. It’s 2016. If crazy Aunt B is 90…maybe give her a little pass. Anybody under the age of 90 knows better. They choose to be mean / hateful / horrible / garbage. Let’s take the smoking shame game and apply it to the racism (really to any of the -ist and -ic behaviors). It’s WAY past time.

I hope y’all will get involved. I promise it will fill your soul in ways you never imagined. 🙂

Y’all have a great weekend. 🙂

Post Election Blues

So fair warning…today I’m going to use this space to express myself.  My pain and anger.  Some of you might wanna check back in on another day.

First and foremost on a personal note:

I feel so privileged to have done my part for this campaign. I’ve volunteered for so many campaigns in my life but this one was special. Personal. Hillary you are…to quote Tina Turner…simply the (very) best. You have spent your entire life trying to make things better for ALL women and children. From the first time I heard you speak in person in a tiny South Texas elementary school library you were (and will always be) one of the greatest female inspirations of my life.  I am so proud of you…always…but especially today. From the bottom of this Texas girl’s heart…Thank you. 🙂

Now onto the rantin’.


Dig in they say. Keep fighting they say. Words that are being echoed by compassionate / strong women everywhere today.

Uhmm no thanks. Not today.


Congratulations, hate filled white, racist, misogynist human garbage voters.  Your new president elect pandered to your lowest common denominator status and y’all snorted it up like crack…or coke…whichever one you snort.

Bless your cold ugly little hearts when you realize you were played…as the only people who benefit from new economic policies are your bosses and their bosses and their bosses.  You know the republican way…the rich get richer and all that jazz.

So yeah, you let your little racist, misogynistic, hate filled hearts speak loud and clear last nigh. Good luck with that when you can’t afford the rent or to put food on the table.

Unlike you I’m a compassionate woman and my bleeding heart will even feel sorry for the likes of you / and especially your children…but if I’m completely honest a teeny tiny little part of me will take great pleasure knowing the impending financial hit will hit you the hardest.

YOU who masked your racist, misogynistic hate filled vote behind the guise of economic hardship.

I’ll say a little prayer for you tonight. Heaven knows you’re gonna need it.

Young voters: You’re on the rant list today too. You showed so much promise in the primaries. Rallying behind Bernie in numbers we hadn’t seen since Clinton in the early 90’s. You spoke loud and clear last night too. You had a little tittie baby fit and withheld your votes in protest. Good luck to you too when you can’t find a job after graduation.

More than any other group…mothers of daughters…fathers of daughters…granparents of girls: if you voted for this horrible piece of human garbage you are worse than he is. He owes nothing to your daughters yet. You do. You too sent a loud and clear message to your daughters / granddaughters that they don’t matter. You told them loud and clear that your hate filled racist, misogynistic, financial reasons are more important. More important than them being represented by someone who respects them as human beings.  Of course most of you don’t even respect them as human beings yourselves so I’m not sure why I’d expect you to hold anyone else to higher standards. But I digress.

I feel so sorry for the young daughters of our country today.

Strong women, damn y’all we’ve got our work cut out for us.

Rant and cry today and then let’s do what we always do…pull it together and get back to work. 🙂

On one tiny good note:

Texas…we got it within single digits. We’re getting closer and closer to flipping this state (way sooner than expected) and it. is. going. to. be. glorious. Some of us have been working on this for so long and make no mistake y’all…it’s coming. 🙂

Y’all have a good week and I’ll see you soon in a better mood. 🙂