Friday, December 26, 2014

T'was the week after Christmas...

Carrying our Christmas celebrations into the next week has been something we have done for a few years. It really helps the kids (and admittedly, the adults too) transition from the Christmas-high back to normal routines much easier.

Continued Christmas music, movies, cocoa, and games- we find comfort in one another's company. Work and homeschool get done, cooking and cleaning too, but at a slower pace. It is as if it takes about a week for us to really reflect on the magic of Christmas and allow it to settle back deep in our hearts. (I find it helps me fight the post-Christmas blues, too.)

Menu for Christmas Week:

  • Breakfast Casserole (this is awesome for Saturday mornings- when Kurt and I are feeling lazy, and just want to lounge in our jammies for a little while longer!) This tastes a LOT better if the potatoes are all added first, and not mingled with the other layers. Yes, much much much better!!! (This has white potatoes and cheese- not fully paleo)
  • Baked Oatmeal (This is our daughter's favorite food. We use coconut sugar. This is not paleo.)
  • Scrambled eggs and green smoothies (I love how the body just CRAVES green smoothies! We have been doing ours with OJ, a mix of greens, blueberries, and whatever else we have laying around!)
  • Leftovers, mostly. Honestly, they are just easier... haha!
  • Roasted Chicken and Veggies
  • Ham rolls and sliced fruits and veggies
  • Hardboiled eggs and fruits and veggies
  • Chicken Curry and cauliflower rice (red curry sauteed with veggies and chicken, then simmered in coconut milk and tomato sauce)
  • Chicken Soup (homemade stock, simmer with veggies)
  • Crabmeat Stuffed Avocados (I think I will serve these on beds of shredded cabbage- so the kids can smash it all together- the like doing stuff like that.)
  • Pumpkin Soup and Kurt's favorite salad (we have to modify it to be gluten free- but essentially I toss together the salad, and just serve this with crumbled goat cheese. Kurt LOVES THIS. I have to double the recipe- and we have never had leftovers!)
  • White Chicken Chili- a friend's recipe. Make this in the crockpot on Saturday so there is soup to reheat on Sunday after Church.
  • Wild-Salmon Salad (what's with all the seafood and salad this week?)

Saturday, December 6, 2014


I know, the title has gotten old... but this is my recipe blog, and I like it.


Ham and Egg cups with Green Smoothies
Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole (honestly, I am doing this as a trial run for later- not strict paleo)
Scrambled Eggs and Green Smoothies
Baked Oatmeal (not paleo, but fun- we use coconut sugar)


Mostly will be leftovers. I am mean like that...


Vegan Split Pea Soup (sans barley)
Crock Pot Curry
Sweet Pepper Kale Toss (this is not paleo, but is Kurt's favorite thing)
Taco Night

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cranberry Pecan Bread

From the comments on this page.

Cranberry Pecan Bread
This recipe yields 1 full size loaf pan.
3/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 eggs
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup agave
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon rind
1 cup fresh cranberries
3/4 cup pecans
Mix flour, baking powder, salt.
Add oil, agave, eggs, vanilla and lemon rind.
Mix well.
Fold in cranberries and nuts.
Pour into loaf pan (I line with baking paper)
Bake at 350 for approximately 1 hour.
Cool before slicing.

Monday, October 27, 2014



Eggs & Green Smoothies
Egg Cups & Fruit
Pumpkin Apple Spice Waffles
Caramelized Plantain Pancakes
Crepes (Stuffed with choice of: Egg, Sausage, Veggies, Fruits)

Roasted Chicken and Steamed Veggies
Hot Dogs and Steamed Veggies
Brats & Roasted Sweet Potatoes


Our annual Dinner in a Pumpkin and pumpkin pie dessert (for Mom and Dad!)
Chicken Soup & Drop Biscuits
Taco Night! Seasoned Ground Beef, Shredded Cabbage, Black Olives, Salsa, Avocado
Kielbasa Hash
Cube Steak, Eggs, and Potato with Veggies
Natalie's White Chicken Chili

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Zero Excuses

School is over.  No more excuses.

We have a cute little family-owned grocery store here in town. We opened up an account there- and if you prepay $100 you get 10% off everything, every day. So, I have been doing that. Not just because I love supporting small business, I also love being able to walk to the grocery store. There is something to be said for that, you know? Kurt commutes a lot, so he is able to pick up any weird items I might need that our tiny store doesn't carry- so I more made this for his grocery trip than for me.... if that makes sense...

Here is the menu for the week!!! Funny story... I have not cooked with beef- AT ALL- since we moved. And all of a sudden it is in the menu this week. Weird, right???

Slow Cooker Taco Soup (I will be modifying this)
Burgers and fries! (Because it is getting warmer- and these are sure to please!)
Pizza (because it is delicious... seriously...)
Spaghetti Night!!! Zucchini noodles, with bulk-Italian sausage meatballs.
Orange Sriracha Chicken and steamed broccoli, served over cauliflower rice.
Apple Cinnamon Muffins!
Breakfast Sandwiches! 
Lemon Raspberry Pancakes
Meat-Crust Quiche 
Rutabega Egg Nests
Prosciutto Egg wraps and fresh fruit (for lunch)
Hard boiled eggs and sausages (for lunch)
Salad with honey mustard vinaigrette 

Friday, March 7, 2014

This week's recipes, all in one spot!

I am tired of print-outs and searching, so here is the menu plan for this week. This menu is much different than previous menus for a few reasons. First of all, I am trying really hard to get back into my paleo (or at very least, whole foods) groove! Secondly, Breakfast is now the only meal we are guaranteed to share as a family, so breakfasts will be more elaborate on most days, and lunches and dinners will be simpler.


Caramelized Plantain Pancakes with Sweet Cinnamon Plantain Maple Syrup

Lemon Raspberry Pancakes

Bacon and Eggs
Ham and Eggs

Lunches and dinners are interchangeable most days. Good for me if I get the urge to be in the kitchen earlier in the day!
Honey Apricot Pork Chops with steamed veggies (or maybe baked asparagus?)
SLOW COOKER (caps for my benefit) Chicken Adobo 
Green Smoothies - add greens, add fruits, blend. Done.
Hard boiled eggs and sliced veggies
Lunch wraps of meats and avocado, served with fruits and veggies