Jun 28, 2012


Acronyms. It's a Shideler thing.
They have acronyms for everything. And this may sound ridiculous but maybe acronyms will be a tradition in our Shideler family as well. Two new acronyms I learned on our weekend trip to Ryan's ranch, S.I.P'n & R.B.F.B's. Technically it's SIP'n with RBFB's, meaning swimming in pond with root beer float bars. Sadly, there were no RBFB's to be eaten, but there was some major S.I.P'n on a b-e-a-utiful summer day. I had my lounge chair, the sun on my skin, breath-taking views...all I needed was an umbrella drink to put in my cup holder. :)
And, probably the sweetest "awwww"- inducing photo of a father & son.
 My brother-in-law Michael and his little boy Roman.

Jun 27, 2012

a great burger, without the cow

When it came time to decide where to go for Ryan's birthday, I thought I would give him two options. His options were Ruth's Chris Steak House or Zinburger. Ruth's Chris is not quite in our budget, but it was a special occassion and I thought if we were ever to splurge, this was the night. Could my husband be anymore of a burger lover though? He stayed true to his 2nd love (me being his 1st) and chose Zinburger-- a burger lover's paradise. They have burgers dressed up in so many different ways, you'll have to go back more than once to try them all.

Zinburger is less than 1/2 mile from our place so in effort of not being completely lazy, we walked in the warm Arizona evening heat to Zinburger. We got there, sat down, ready for our ice waters to be brought to us to moisten our parched mouths and realized we both forgot our wallets. Not the best way to start a birthday dinner. We walked back to our place, drove back to the restaurant, were seated, and finally got our waters! The hiccup was definitely worth it though. We both loved our burgers; I went for the veggie because I felt guilty having the cow on the wall stare right at me...... literally right at me.  

Ryan walked over and asked why I wasn't posting a picture of him on his birthday dinner night and just posting my burger and picture of the cow. So here it is. The Birthday Boy on the night of his birthday dinner. Ain't he precious?

Jun 25, 2012

a dream backyard

This past weekend we went to Ryan's home in Silt, Colorado. I wish I had an amazing camera and I also wish I had some mad skills with photography but unfortunately I lack both. This was a moment when I really would have liked to capture the beauty of his family's ranch. Ryan grew up on a cattle ranch and has shared so many cool stories about his childhood.

One night, we got some blankets, jumped on a 4-wheeler and drove out in the middle of field and star gazed, which is something we used to do in Idaho when we dated. And yes, whenever someone says they went star gazing, there is some making out going on. But why wouldn't there be?? Especially in Silt where you can see every single star. It's super duper romantic. :)

Anyway, I have so many pictures from the trip and can't wait to load them and share the paradise of the Shideler Ranch. This is my attempt of giving you the panoramic view of his backyard. And because the quality is crappy, use your imagination and turn those brownish black dots in the field into horses...because that's what they really are.

airport boredom

Airport boredom alright. This is what we did to entertain a 3 hour layover on our weekend trip to Rifle to see Ryan's fam damily. They are all so awesome and we had a stellar time there.... and even at the airport. See??? I'm pretty sure everyone sitting around us was staring. Oh well. Hopefully we provided some entertainment, even if it was unwanted.

Jun 20, 2012

cinnamon rolls for the birthday boy

Well, yesterday was the ole' husband's birthday.
The big kahuna, the big 2-8.

I wanted to make him a special treat. I remember one year for his birthday, the first time I thought I'd step out of my comfort zone, I baked him a blueberry pie. Store bought crust and canned blueberry filling. Man I thought I was so awesome.
I found these precious babies from The Urban Poser and had to HAD TO make them. I've been off of Paleo for only 3 days and every day I've felt disgustingly piggish. Yes, that's exactly how I've felt.
And there was some hesitation making Ryan's birthday treat Paleo style but they were made with love and that makes up for it right? Actually, he liked them. And it wasn't like, "Yah they're good, thanks". This is what he said, and I memorized it word for word because this time I really did feel awesome. "Wow! These taste really good! You should be so proud of yourself! You have become such a good cook. I bet they're really healthy and have zucchini or something in them, and they still taste really good!"

Oh Ryan. Stop it....Ok go on and tell me again. :)
And F.Y.I there is no zucchini in them. Here's the recipe to see for yourself. :) I dare you to make them. First time making cinnamon rolls and they were STELLAR! The directions may seem tedious but it's worth it. And if you just so happen to have a fort set up in your living room, eat them inside your fort like us. They taste better that way. ENJOY!

For the biscuit rolls
3 cups plus 2 Tbls super fine almond flour
1/2 tsp salt (or just slightly under that amount)
1/4 tsp baking soda
*2 tbs cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil (or oil of choice)
2 Tbls honey
2 large room temp eggs

For the filling
1/4-1/2 cup honey (depending on how much sweetness you like)
1- 2 Tbls ground cinnamon
1/2 cup ground pecans/walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
*I sprinkled some shredded coconut in filling as well
For the icing
1/4 cup coconut butter at room temp
optional honey for drizzling
(keep both separate for drizzling or you will get thick paste)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350

In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, salt and baking soda * I added 2 tbs of cinnamon to give cinnamon flavor in actual dough. In a seperate bowl, gently beat together the coconut oil, honey, and eggs. If the eggs are too cold, they might cause the coconut oil to harden. Add the egg mixture to the almond flour mixture. Mix (knead) until a decently smooth dough is formed.
On a large piece of parchment paper, roll the dough out into about a 9x13 rectangle. Use a little almond flour, if needed, to keep it from sticking to the rolling pin. Drizzle the 1/4-1/2 cup of honey evenly over the dough, then carefully spread it around to cover the whole surface. Honestly, I use my fingers to do this. I find that I am less likely to tear the dough this way. Sprinkle the raisins, grounds pecans, cinnamon and *shredded coconut over the surface of the honeyed dough.
Now your ready to roll it up! Starting at the end closest to you, begin to roll the edge of the dough away from you. Try to start a tight roll from the beginning. Continue rolling until you have a nice uniform log. Use the parchment paper to help you roll if needed. Be gentle and careful when rolling up the dough. It is not as workable as a gluten based flour would be. Now roll the whole log of dough gently, lengthening it out just a bit (like making a snake out of play-dough). It is a good size when it is about a 4 in ch round log.
With a good bread knife, cut the roll into about 2 inch thick slices. I use the width of two fingers as my guide. Then lay them cut side down on to a parchment lined cookie sheet. They do best spaced a few inches apart, but not connected.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 min. I suggest staying close to the stove and checking a few times while they are baking, as everyone's oven cooks a bit differently. The rolls should be golden with a little browning at the top and the dough toward the center of the roll should be soft but not to doughy. If they bake too long they WILL become like hockey pucks! If cooked just right though, they will be heavenly.

When ready, remove from oven and let cool for 10 min. If you try to move them before then, they might break up. But if you wait for them to cool they will hold together beautifully.Drizzle with coconut butter and/or honey just before serving.Makes about 9-10 cinnamon rolls. *Note, these are gluten free so they are more like biscuits.

Jun 19, 2012

Why I got a job

There are many reasons why I needed to get a job. I've been spending too much money, watching too much tv, and baking too much food. It's also an uncomfortable subject when people ask me what I do and I say in all seriousness, "I'm a stay-at-home wife." And of course the spouts of complete boredom where I sit on the couch and stare at the wall. I start next Monday working as a surgical nurse again so this is my last week of freedom and doing whatever the heck I want!

Today though, i reconfirmed to myself that i really do need to start working. When Ryan comes home today and asks what I did I can say with a BIG SMILE on my face, "honey, while you were working all day, I built us a fort."

I love forts. Ryan and I used to make and watch movies in them while we were dating and newlyweds. I'm bringing them back and making our fort so much classier and mature. I even strung some lights and garland. I know this will be a nice surprise when Ryan gets home from a long day at the office. What grown man wouldn't love crawling into a pimped out fort after being stuck at a cubicle all day? My point precisely. Oh, and today he turns 28 so this is also a birthday gift! Ha :)

Jun 18, 2012

No moh mondays

Is anyone else feeling this way today besides me? We had a busy weekend with a friend who came in town. Friday night we had a game night with friends, Saturday was gym time then bought a car for me yay :) then went to downtown Phoenix for dinner at Hard Rock Cafe, church on Sunday, couple dozen episodes of Lost, then over to a friends for a dinner party. This morning I was planning on getting up at 6. A few hours later i finally did rise from the bed in a zombie-like state only to pour some cereal and flop myself down on the chair to watch the morning news with my eyes half shut. This is my last Monday before I start my new job next week and thus far it hasnt been the most productive.

Jun 17, 2012


ok this is being posted way late. and unfortunately my dad is in Brazil right now. He did call me for a few minutes, 2 minutes to be exact, so being able to express to him my love and appreciation over the phone was suppressed into a short few sentences. He's away on business and won't be coming back to Arizona until next week. He reads my blog and hopefully within the next few days he will see this.

Everyone claims they have the best dad in the world. I'm one of those people. And even though I think my dad is way cooler than your dad, I won't go much into bragging. Ha. BUT, i do have to brag a little because it is father's day.

My dad is a dad who gives everything for his kids. I have so many fond memories of my dad. Growing up, before school, I would go in to his bedroom in the morning to wake up him, and we would go downstairs and have a bowl of cereal together before leaving for work and school. Every single morning. I also remember when I was in 7th grade and i was wanting to buy a certain pair of jeans. He took me shopping to help me find a pair that I liked. We probably went to every single store in Phoenix trying to find me a stupid pair of jeans. At the time though, finding the "right" jeans was so important and if it was important to me, it was important to him and he was going to help me find them. :)

I don't love my dad because of all the breakfasts we ate together or because he drove me all over town to help me find those jeans. I love him because he's shown me and provided the perfect example of what parent I want to be. I love him because he has given me unconditional love and invested all he has to me and my brothers.

A little confession: Ryan and I, even though we aren't parents ourselves, have celebrated Mother's and Father's day every year we've been married. Is that weird? We give each other cards saying, "to the future father/mother of my child" and share our feelings on how  we're going to be AWESOME parents someday.

Today at church there was a little girl sitting on her dad's lap, her arms were wrapped around him and she rested her head on his shoulder. It was so sweet to see her squeezing her dad so tight. I was a daddy's girl and I remember I was the same way with my own dad. Never wanting to leave his lap. And then I thought about when we have a little girl sitting on Ryan's lap. There's that sweet pure love between a parent and child and I'm grateful that I've been able to have that with my own dad and look forward to our children having a close relationship with Ryan some day.

I want to say on this special day, Happy Father's Day to my dad, father-in-law, and of course my husband/future father of our children. I'm grateful for the courage, support, protection, and pure love they have all provided in my life. :)

Jun 15, 2012

Featured Blog of the Week

Two blogs I started following recently are What Jean Likes and Local Sugar Hawaii. These two girls are both from Hawaii. I first started my blog when the hubby and I ventured over to Hawaii to live for a few months. It doesn't take living there long-term to know how beautiful it is there and how freaking AWESOME the people are. :)
I LOVE looking at their pictures and places they go to in Hawaii. I can live Hawaii through their blog while I'm now in the Arizona desert. Love these two girls and am happy they are featuring me on their blogs today. I thought I'd share a picture of the hubby and I while living in Hawaii. I thought it was appropriate because Nicole from Local Sugar Hawaii has had a few stalker posts on Jack Johnson. :) Ha. Thanks for stopping by!

--Featured Blog of the Week: --State of Shenanigans--

State of Shenanigans is a wonderful and lovely blog written by Elizabeth about her life with her husband Ryan and all of their adventures.  I personally love her blog and was so pleased when the Rafflecopter randomly chose her as the winner for blog spotlight of the week!!!  I forgot to notify her until tonight oops!! Sorry Elizabeth! So I just wanted to put a quick blurb here.  She has wonderful pictures and posts about her life and she also has wonderful recipes that I guarantee you'll want to try!!  

This is all about sharing the Aloha spirit with other bloggers out there and helping each other to gain some exposure and find some awesome blogs to read!!!  You don't have to be from Hawai'i to participate!  In fact, we encourage and welcome people from all over the world to join us on this Aloha Friday Blog hop!
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oh no we "doughnut", oh yes we did!

Please excuse the title and my pathetic efforts to come up with something catchy. Creativity is not my 1st, 2nd, or 3rd nature. Moving on now....

My 30 day Paleo Challenge is coming to an end. Last night in bed Ryan asked me where I'd like to go eat to celebrate the commencement of this "caveman diet" and although we agreed we'd go get frozen yogurt, I told him I'm going to try and keep the Paleo-lifestyle up. I won't be as strict as I have been and the only reason I have been strict is because of the challenge and maybe the prize my CrossFit gym has been doing (come on baby, mama wants to win those lifting shoes).

To explain what I've felt this past month it's important to know my eating has had it's struggles like many others. I never ate super unhealthy, but when I did, I would eat A LOT ALOT of it. It's pretty bad when the hubby has to tell you, "Are you sure you want more of that? I don't want you to get sick." "OF COURSE I WANT MORE....GIMMME GIMMME!"

Then I would get sick and feel so gross. What we put in our bodies affects more than just a waist line. When we put good food in, we feel good. Same goes for bad. Going 30 days without processed foods, no added/refined sugar, focusing on lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and peanuts....man i feel really good. Not once have I had the feeling , Man, I really shouldn't have eaten that. There definitely is more planning and work with cooking, but to feel great about everything I've put in my body has been SO worth it.

And can I say something about desserts and the baked Paleo goods I've been making? Everything is in moderation and the baked goods are okay to have but not every single day. With Paleo, raw honey or agave can be used as natural sweetners when used in moderation. With that being said, I've loved baking Paleo. My biff and I made these doughnuts from the Spunky Coconut and one thing about eating sweets that are grain/gluten free with natural sweeteners, I don't feel gross after eating it. (Eating a box of ding dongs from the grocery store, as yummy as they start out to be, leave me feeling BLAH!)Not that you should be binging on paleo sweets either. Although the biff and i did eat the whole batch but to my defense they are smaller doughnuts. Ha! You get my point.

As if this post couldn't get any longer, here's the recipe:
Chocolate Doughnuts with Coconut Cream Frosting

Add to blender:
1 egg
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 to 1/4 tsp vanilla stevia (i didn't use)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder (or 2 tbsp coconut flour for vanilla doughnuts)
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup coconut milk, as needed
Note: The amount of milk you need depends on how thick your almond butter is. You want the batter to be fairly thick - almost too thick to pour from the blender. Add the milk gradually - you can always add more, but you can't take it out :-)

Puree the batter.
Add 1/2 tsp of oil (I use coconut oil, liquified) to each doughnut well. My doughnut pan holds six regular sized doughnuts, and it is non-stick. You really need the oil for these doughnuts even with the non-stick pan. Rub the oil all around each well.Pour the batter evenly between the six doughnut wells. There may be a little left over. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. They will continue cooking slightly as they cool in the pan. Cool the doughnuts in the pan for at least 10 minutes before carefully taking them out.

Coconut Glaze Ingredients:
1/3 cup warmed coconut butter (should be able to pour it)
2 tablespoons honey
Add 1 tsp of water as need till smooth and creamy. You can add more warmed coconut butter if it gets too thin.

Happy Friday!

Jun 13, 2012

Embracing my bracelet

My biff went to Spain and has been gone for the past three weeks. She's still my best friend even though she went without me. She made it up with this beautiful bracelet from Granada. I took a picture of it and it's beautiful with my turquoise bracelet. They team up perfectly don't they with their complimenting colors. Bright colors just make me smile. Smiling at my newest and prettiest friendship bracelet. :)

Jun 12, 2012

vegas weekend

For two married L.D.S. people, Vegas is not the ideal vacation. Let me explain...

1. We don't drink alcohol- but we do love our green tea and coconut water
2. We're not big gamblers- Ryan dropped & lost 60 bucks in like 20 minutes. Does that count? :)
3. We don't go to the strip/dance clubs- we have our own private shows and dance parties with just the two of us. :) ha  

HOWEVER, this weekend we had the best time. We are such home-bodies so staying out till 1-2am was CA-RAZY for us! Ha. We walked around to the different hotels, watched the water show at the Bellagio, late night dinners, laying out by the pool, and shopping at miracle mile. 

One night, as we headed back to our hotel, we stopped at a convenience store. I got dark chocolate and Ryan got a bag of candy. As we were walking I laughed to myself. There we were, eating our treats, walking hand-in-hand, and we were so happy; it doesn't take much. It's the simple things, each other, and our sweets. :)

Jun 11, 2012

Recovering from E.D.C.

Just got back to Phoenix from the weekend in Vegas. I drove back with just my brother and his friend. Ryan ended up flying back last night so he wouldn't miss work today, although there was much debate whether he should "miss" his flight or not. He decided to be responsible. The joy of adulthood.

Anyway, on the drive back this morning, the two boys were passed out HARD! I guess three 7pm-5:30am nights at the EDC will do it to ya. Oh the joy of being young.

Jun 8, 2012

a rough night but the pork helped

Last night was a little on the rough side.

From the point AFTER we had a fabulous dinner (recipe below) to the moment we went to sleep. I had a church event I was originally planning on attending but in lieu of buying a new car, I had to skip out to go see a car we were interested in. On our drive out, the seller canceled on us last minute. DOH! From that point on, I was a 'little' cranky the rest of the night. To my defense, and yes I will try and defend my irritable behavior, the night before I got 2 1/2 hours of sleep. Seriously, no exaggeration. (Watch, I'll prove it by telling you times) I didn't go to bed until 1am that night and when the hubby got up at 3:30 for work, I never fell back asleep. Let's just say, last night around 7pm I was doing everything I could to keep those eyelids open. It probably worked out that I didn't make the pool party. I would have been the one sleeping on the raft in the pool and everyone would be poking me to see if I was breathing....

Vegas baby, Vegas!
Well, today, the hubby and I are taking off to Vegas with my little brother and his friend. My lil bro just graduated from high school and he's going to a three-day music festival. You can imagine my parents weren't the most thrilled about him going to Vegas for a senior trip, which is why Ryan and I tagging along. We aren't going to the music festival, we're just there to make sure they stay alive for the weekend. We're taking off this afternoon and we'll just be enjoying the"cooler" 90 degree weather by the pool and I will be doing some shopping :)

Before the lack of sleep had the worst of me last night, we did have a stellar dinner. We actually sat down together, TV off, and talked about our day and plans for the weekend. We've always been really good at eating dinner together at the table but have slacked these past few months. We've never had TV before but now watching the news and talking about how crazy people are during dinner has become the norm.

Anyway, I think, no wait, I know, this is the first time we've made pork chops. Almost 4 years of being married and we've never cooked pork chops. But, i got a killer deal on them yesterday (99cents/lb) so we'll be eating quite a bit of pork in the next few months.

Here's last nights dinner. :)

Paleo Almond and Herb Crusted Pork Chops and Roasted Carrots

recipes via easy paleo
Paleo Almond and Herb Crusted Pork Chops
4 pork chops
1/2 cup of almond meal
3 tbs italian seasonings
sea salt and pepper

Spread a little coconut oil on the chops.
Mix seasonings together and spread on a plate.
Firmly pack almond herb mixture to chops and set aside for 10 minutes
or coating will slip off during cooking.
Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes or internal temp reaches 160.
Make sure to flip chops around the 30 minute mark.

*i needed more than the 1/2 cup almond meal because our chops were big! We also ended up frying them in a pan with some coconut oil so if you're not able to bake them, you can easily do the stove top method. :)

Roasted Carrots
cilantro, finely chopped
sea salt and pepper
garlic, minced

Either use prepackaged baby carrots or small full carrots. I found these small skinny full carrots that were so cute, i just could chop them up into smaller pieces.
Lightly coat with olive oil or coconut oil.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20.
While baking, add finely chopped cilantro, garlic, salt/pepper, and just enough oil to make a little glaze you can pour of carrots.
Remove from oven and pour mixture over carrots.
Bake for another 5 minutes.


Jun 7, 2012

Paleo Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones

The other night Ryan and I were talking about memories we have from elementary school. He's certain that he remembers nothing before 7th grade but I remember a lot-a lot.  I told him story after story laughing at myself and how my personality back then still reflects who I am today. "Okay girls. If I let you use my jump rope for double dutch at recess today, here are some rules you're going to have to follow." Ryan did pipe in  saying, "Yeah, that sounds like you."  Have you ever told someone a story about yourself and you're laughing at something you did but the other person listening isn't laughing. I get that a lot. I usually follow my story with, "I crack myself up." And it's true. I really do. And if I don't make anyone else laugh besides myself then I'm okay with that. Ohhh sweet sweet memories.

Speaking of.....I had one tonight. Around 11:30pm when I decided to get out of bed to go bake something. If you saw how empty our fridge was, you would rush to the grocery store and buy us everything out of sheer sympathy. I had few responsibilities being a stay-at-home wife these past few months, one of which is grocery shopping, and I've been slacking big time. My slacking has led me to go ahead and get a job. If I'm not going to have our small apartment clean, fridge stocked, and dinner ready, I might as well be helping pay the bills.

Back to my flashback memory. I came across this Paleo recipe and just so happened to have 2 nearly unedible oranges in the fridge and so this recipe helped rescue them. I have zero to little patience so as soon as these babies were out of the oven I dove right in. Now that I've started baking a little more, I've started talking out loud to myself. Creepy right? Moving on though, after I took my first bite I said something along these lines, "Mmmm.....ahhh..hot hot hot...mmm that's good....hot oooh hot......those are really good...ha-ha-hot." Anyway, that delicious bite brought me back to Christmas as a child. One thing we would always get in our stocking, and still do, are those chocolate oranges. They are the coolest!!!! You get to smash them on the ground to break it apart before eating. And there's little bits of toffee and the orange chocolate melts in your mouth......i'm literally drooling. Well, these scones are the baked goods of those. And if you want to see for yourself, here's the recipe I got from Elanas Pantry.

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones
2 cups blanched almond flour
3/4 teaspon baking soda
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I used 1/4 and chopped them up)
1 tbs orange zest (I'll put more in next time)
1 egg
3 tbs agave nectar

In large bowl combine flour, baking soda, chips and zest.
In smaller bowl combine egg and agave.
Combine two bowls and knead with hands if necessary to combine all ingredients into dough.
Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Form dough into circle, 1/2 in. thick*
Cut dough like pizza into 8 slices
Bake 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. I waited till they were dark golden brown.

*It helped placing a separate sheet of parchment on top and using a rolling pin to flatten dough. But take it off to cut dough and cook.

Jun 6, 2012

counting my many blessings

I had the opportunity today to volunteer with a dear friend and her coworkers at the soup kitchen. It wasn't my first time, but the times I have been are few and far inbetween. But I wanted to write my feelings to help motivate myself to make the effort to volunteer more.
There is nothing more rewarding than giving to those who are in need. I looked at their faces and wondered what circumstances brought them to this point in their life? This is someone's child living on the streets. Have you ever stopped and seriously considered how your life would be with no home, no job, no car. I stopped and thought what I would do, where I would go.

The work that is accomplished through donations and volunteers is remarkable. We fed over 1500 people today, breakfast and lunch. To see that these people are taken care of for three meals a day and that everything is run by volunteers, clothes that are handed out- donated, and the food served was prepared and donated as well.....completely humbling. I'm so grateful for the blessings in my life and know that because I have been blessed, I need to give back to others. It's a blessing in itself serving those in need.

There's always one person who expresses so much gratitutde, it makes donating your time worth it. There was one guy who, as I handed him his fork, reached out to shake my hand and with a warm smile, said thank you for everything you are doing. After he finished eating, he came back again to share his gratitude. I don't know his name, I don't know his story, and I don't know where he will be sleeping tonight, but I do know that sacrificing a few hours of my time, touched at least one person's life.  

flying cat....

I saw this on the morning news.... i could NOT.....STOP.....LAUGHING!
I'm not a cat person but this cat, I like.

Paleo Banana-nut waffles

Last night we had dinner around 6. We then drove around the entire city of Phoenix looking at cars. We're in the market and car shopping here during the summer is rough. Every car with ice cold AC looks very appealing. Around 9pm though, i was hit with a craving. What was I craving? I wanted bread and a lot of it. More specifically, I wanted waffles. I haven't dusted off the ol' waffle maker since we've moved down. I had Ryan get it for me out of the black hole. ( a.k.a the very top shelf in our kitchen cupboard above the sink. ) It just so happens to be my grandma's old waffle maker that's heart shaped. So sentimental and fitting for this dish because it made my heart happy eating them.

recipe via Joyful Abode


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 5 eggs (mine were on the small side, so 4 large ones may be fine)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed (the more ripe they are, the sweeter the waffles will be)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (i doubled this since I had no pumpkin spice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Chopped pecans (optional)


  1. Plug in/preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Mix everything else together, except for the coconut oil and pecans.
  3. Once the waffle iron is warm, spray with olive oil
  4. Drop a blob of batter into the center of each waffle-spot.
  5. Optional – sprinkle some or all of them with chopped pecans.
  6. Make sure you wait for them to be COMPLETELY done before opening. Usually there is a light indicator or something. If you open before they're done....oh it's a mess. Trust me.
  7. Take the waffles out and eat them. I sliced banana on top, put on crushed pecans and used a little agave for my syrup. :)


Chicken Tomato coleslaw

On our trip to Cali, I made a few paleo meals to take along in our cooler for the beach. I prepared this and made enough for two lunches and it was filling, convenient, and tasty! This is something I would have eaten regardless of doing paleo for the next month so double win for me. hehe :)

Shredded chicken
1/4 Cabbage
2 Tomatoes
1 cucumber
1/2 avocado, sliced
1/4 yellow onion
juice of 1 lemon and olive oil
Black pepper and sea salt

Chop up all the ingredients, add cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Better the day after so juices marinate.

Jun 5, 2012

purple! my favorite!

blue suede shoes
purple suede sandals
Went to Gap.
Found these PURPLE sandals.
Painted me toes.
Now I can't stop staring at my feet.

Jun 3, 2012

Avo-cocoa mousse

Here's a Paleo dessert I found that sounded so flippin weird and gross that I actually had to make it and try it out. Doesn't that chocolate mousse like yummy? Of course it does. Would you believe it's an avocado??? Well it is. I wouldn't lie to you. Here's the recipe.

2 ripe avocados, the meat scooped out of the shell
3 tablespoons honey or agave (more or less to taste.)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (i'll put a little less in next time)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Instructions:Use a blender or food processor to blend the avocados until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend again until everything is combined. Add more or less honey/agave according to your taste. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. I sliced some bananas and layered the mousse inbetween and sprinkled with coconut flakes. Pretty much satisfied my sweet tooth mouth! :)

Jun 1, 2012

Paleo Muffins two-ways

Same basic muffin recipe, two different ways. :)
These look especially good because of the muffin cups right? I got them from Michael's for $1 which was probably the cheapest thing I bought there. I've never been huge into crafts until recently and having a Michael's close by has 1.) created a new category to budget for and 2.) turned me into a little girl at a candy store.... but instead of candy it's paint, and stickers, and paper, and ribbon and magic!

 Anyway, pretty happy with these muffin cups but let's get onto the recipes. I found a recipe off of this blog and altered some ingredients to MY liking. Because in my world, it's all about what I like. HA!

Paleo Blueberry Muffins
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (i used 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tbs vanilla extract
1/2 cup blueberries
3 large eggs beaten well (i used 2 eggs)

350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients well.
Add beaten eggs, honey, vanilla, applesauce, and blueberries.
Grease muffin pan with olive oil spray. Bake 30-40 minutes.

After they were already in the oven, I realized I had some lemons I could have used to make Blueberry Lemon Muffins..... Doh! Next time. Now I have an excuse to make these again. So moist and perfect for breakfast. Or, if you're like me, whenever you are craving a baked goodie.

The nice thing about muffins, you can get ca-razy (as far as the cooking world is concerned) and change the add-ins. I found a recipe that for carrot muffins and made them 2 weeks ago. I didn't care for them and ended up giving them to my parents to eat. I wouldn't feed them to my husband but for someone reason I thought feeding them to my parents was ok. Ha. You can imagine how shocked I was when MY DAD asked me to bake him some more soon. (Jaw dropped).

YES! I'd love to! BUT!....
If I was going to make them again, I wanted to try and adjust the recipe so they tasted better by my standards. Like I mentioned before, it's all about what I like. I can't bake something I don't think tastes good..... that's just..... well.....awkward.  

Who would have thunk adding something as little as would make the difference. :) WOO HOO! Now eating a vegetable in my muffin doesn't seem unfathomable.

Paleo Cinnamon Applesauce and Carrot Muffins
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (i used 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tbs vanilla extract
1/2 cup shredded carrots
3 large eggs beaten well (i used 2 eggs)

350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients well.
Add beaten eggs, honey, vanilla, applesauce, and shredded carrots.
Grease muffin pan with olive oil spray. Bake 30-40 minutes.