The Best Kitchen Tool ~ Ever :)

Hi, y’all.  🙂

Hope your week was good.  For me it’s been a long one…full of horrible fire place smoke smell everywhere…2 days of interent problems and the horrible customer service that went along with it…plus some sort of sinus problem thrown in.  I hope it’s just my body purging out toxins.

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Change ‘bread’ to ‘cheese’ and that’s the message I’m needing today.

I started out the month with the plan of doing a full Whole 30.  I did that for 10 days and then added in cheese…still keeping to all the other Whole 30 rules.

Taking the cheese out and then adding it back showed me how much it really does affect me.

SO…I’m back to trying to live without it and really really not enjoying it. 🙁

But on I go.  🙂

Last time we met I was going out for the first time since all these changes.  Obviously I survived.  Mexican too.  🙂

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Taco salad.  Since I can’t use commercial dressings I used guac and salsa to make a dressing.  It was really good.

This is one of the best kitchen tool investments I’ve ever made…and y’all know I love me some kitchen tools. 😉

It’s the Instant Pot.  An electric pressure cooker.  It. Is. Amazing.  I’ve done stews, several batches of short ribs, our Thanksgiving turkey breast and now some vegetables.  🙂

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Isn’t that gorgeous?  My Meme would be so proud.  🙂

Green beans, red potatoes, and a ham hock.  Remember I’m using Whole 30 rules for my jump into paleo…they allow potatoes.

I can’t recommend the Instant Pot enough.  It makes meat so tender.  The short ribs are the house fav so far.  They’re so good they’re always gone before I even get a picture.  🙂

That’s all for today.  Y’all have a good weekend.  🙂


Learning to Embrace the New


Before I started this whole Paleo (with dairy) thing I knew it would be a rough transition.

I mean switching from running on sugar to…running on things I’ve hardly ever eaten in my life…is a change.

I downloaded / printed a bunch of positive affirmations…pulled out the scrapbooking tools…and made a pile of magnetized quotes and affirmations to stick on the icebox.

Wisdom from the likes of good ol’ Socrates (above) and Pat Benatar (song from last post).

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I know.  Scrapbooking with actual paper is like so 2003.  😉  Don’t care.  🙂

Anyway the point of this is to say that in honor of focusing on the new while still feeding the tastebuds of the old…today I made my first spaghetti squash.  🙂

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Can y’all even believe I made something like that?  Muchless ate it?

And then when having Italian what’s a Paleo (with dairy) girl to do to feed the need for the flavor of cheesy garlic bread?

Well this girl whipped up some cheesy / garlic-y artichokes.

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‘chokes.  Melted ghee.

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Mozzarella / dollops of ghee.    Baked at 350* for about 20 minutes.

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I have to say…this was actually really good.  After topping with sauce the squash tasted like nothing.  But the star for me was the cheesy ‘chokes.  Next time I will just eat the sauce on top of that.  Keen eyes might notice that my usual ranch is missing from atop the sauce.  I can’t eat bottled anymore because of the soy and other junk so I’m gonna have to make my own each time and just didn’t have time to do that for this meal.  Next time, ranch.  Next time.  🙂

Turns out ol’ Soc-y was right.  We shouldn’t waste time mourning what we can’t have.  We should use that energy to figure out how to live with what we CAN have.  🙂

I’ve now made it 14 days and tomorrow is my first shopping trip out of town since starting this…so first time eating out too.  Wish me luck.  🙂

Hope y’all are all safe and warm.   🙂





Are y’all enjoying the cold?

It’s way cooler here than it usually is.  And as much as I enjoy this standard ‘outfit’ of leggings / Uggs and long tunics…

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winter, I’m gonna need to you to be packing up and moving on along pretty soonI think you might have gotten a little lost but this is South East Texas.  It’s time for you to go.  😉

I’m seriously trying to figure out how I can sue my town for allowing people to burn some horrid toxic wood this year.  We didn’t really have that cold of a winter last year so I don’t know if these people are burning old wood that sat out in the elements all year or what but It.Is.Awful.

The only real cooking project I did this week was to make some ghee.

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Butter melting.

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Cooked til all the solids separated.  Love love love the smell at this stage.

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Yum.   Liquid Gold.  🙂

Let’s see…what else…

Those of you who know me might wanna sit down for these next pics 😉

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This pic makes it look like all of that stuff is sitting on the counter.  It’s in a glass bowl.

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Taco salad.  With some special ingredients I’ll write about later this week.

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That’s right, y’all.  Instead of drinking my greens.  I’ve been eating them.  🙂  This is double good because it means that some of my celiac digestive problems have healed.   🙂  I couldn’t have eaten this a year and a half ago without being sick for days.  Now?  I had this for lunch twice this week.  So happy.

For the last couple months I’ve been experimenting with Paleo style eating.

As part of my healing from within / holistic healing approach I’ve now jumped all the way in.

No grains, no sugar, no soy.  But I am allowing dairy starting tomorrow.  I did ten hard core ‘clean’ days but I have no intention of ever giving up cheese so I think it’s best to just incorporate it now for the start.  I think I’m gonna call it Paleo with Dairy or pwd.  🙂  I know.  There’s already a plan name for that but I like mine better. 😉

Anyway…so far so good.  🙂

I’m also trying out some new supplements but I wont write about those til I’ve taken them for at least a month.

That’s all for now.

Stay safe and warm.  🙂