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.  🙂



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.  🙂

Happy New Year

Hope the hangovers have subsided and 2015 is off to a roaring start for y’all.  🙂

Before sharing my 2015 goals I thought I’d look back at last year.

Looking back over the year…it was good in some ways and absolutely horrible in others.

I spent so much of the year (around 28 weeks total) sick…but at the same time we ‘cured’ Mama B of her year long cough.   I’m very grateful for that.  She’s still rocking right along with her low acid / no sugar lifestyle.  🙂

I don’t do resolutions.  If I want to do something I just do it instead of waiting for a date on the calendar.  But last year I did have a few goals.

One of them was to stop coloring my hair.  The dye was making me sicker and sicker each time.  I probably had a PPD allergy all along and just didn’t even know what that was.

Dec 20, 2013 was the last time anything bad touched my hair.  🙂

For those of you who don’t know me in real life…Mama B’s side of the fam suffers from premature graying.  Her dad was completely white haired in his 20’s.  I started graying in my early 20’s and started dying it immediately.  Every 4 weeks like clockwork.  For over 20 years.

Needless to say I really didn’t know how saying goodbye to the dye and hello to the gray was going to go.

Was I going to cry?  Was I going to start drinking coffee at the crack of dawn and watching Walton’s reruns?    Ya know…like a little old lady.  😉

Thankfully no.  None of that happened.  I completely embraced the process…even practically shaving it all off to just go ahead and get all the non-gray growth gone.

And it’s been one the best things I’ve done for my health in a long long time.

It was also so very completely empowering.  Saying “nope…sorry…media / advertisers / superficial people’ you aren’t going to tell me how I need to look…it’s seriously empowering.

I’ve been telling y’all for a while that I was going to do a before and after post.  I promise I will.  I just don’t have the amount of growth I thought I would have by now so I’m still saying no to pictures.  I think the short hair makes my face look humongous.  I did allow ONE single pic at Christmas for Mama B.  After cropping everyone else out it’s not very big at all but I’m gonna stick it here just for those of you who’ve been wondering how it’s going.

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It’s a cool mix of gunmetal gray…white and some buried natural brown that hasn’t turned yet.

I seriously love it.

Maybe by Easter the sides with have some good growth and I can do the full before / after post.


For 2015 I have some goals planned too.

One I’ll share because I’m sure I’ll write about it a lot as the year goes on.

I’m going to work on a more holistic approach to treating my Lupus.

I first started having symptoms in 1998.  I was finally diagnosed in 2002.  From 1998 – today I have really only totaled about TWO years of feeling well.  Not a consecutive two years.  Just days and weeks added up.  I’ve been on various medication the ENTIRE time but yet feeling worse and worse.  🙁

So I figure giving something else a try can’t hurt and very well may help.

I’ll keep taking my blood thinner but am going to try weaning myself off of everything else (safely of course).

I’m also going to eliminate the last small bits of soy remaining in my diet.  So that means a lot of experimentation in creating a homemade mayo recipe.  Because if ya know me…ya know life without mayo isn’t an option.  😉

I’ll share more as things happen but that’s about it for now.

Hit me with your best shot, 2015.  I’m ridiculously determined to make you a million times better than previous years.  🙂

Happy New Year and thanks for stopping by.  🙂