Bacon Selfie!

I’m in a goofy mood today.  Probably because it is Halloween and the kids have acted cracked out all week, or because I took a rest day yesterday and I’m not totally beat down.  I went to Crossfit this morning and was pleasantly surprised by the WOD (workout of the day).  It was:

21-15-9 Thrusters 95/65#

60-30-15 Double Unders

Since I run so dang much its making me stink at the heavy stuff in Crossfit.  Running burns away my muscle.  That’s ok though, after January I’ll make a little switch back…I’ll save that story for another post.  Anyway, double unders are something I can actually do well.  I was on a competitive jump rope team in 5th grade and it turns out muscle memory is a real thing.  Jealous right?  Thrusters I’m not so great at.  I did 55#.  I meant to take some sweet Crossfit pictures for you this morning but I forgot.  BaconSelfieInstead, the kids and I took bacon selfies.  You do that right?

Tomorrow I have another 18 mile run planned.  Maybe not for everyone, but for me it takes some preparing.  Well, if I want the run to be fun as opposed to a trudge through hell.  Distance running can be a little tricky with the Paleo diet.  (Since Mark would call it chronic cardio and tell me to stop it.  Yeah, no.)  By default its a pretty low carb way of eating.  I know I need a few extra carbs to keep from running out of gas.  However, that does not mean I get to have pasta and bagels…that would be a whole other gas issue.  No, let me introduce white rice and the sweet potato. 

Sweet potatoes easy enough.  We all know they are super good for us and we should be eating those delicious little things.  White rice is something totally different.  I’ve actually hesitated to bring it up because it is not Paleo.  However, it is not toxic like other grain.  It’s literally a good source of carbs.  Rice has been buzzing around my Paleo buddies for a few weeks so I thought I would talk about it.  I eat rice and sweet potatoes to prepare for my long runs and races.  Not a ton though.  If my run is on Saturday, I’ll start upping my carbs on Wednesday.  Meaning I’ll take in about 20 extra carbs a day with the rice or potatoes.  For example, here’s a little picture of my breakfast today.  There’s only one piece of bacon because I was taking selfies with the other two.  That’s about a quarter cup of rice.baconandrice

The reason I hesitate to talk about this, if you are trying to lose weight and are not seriously using glycogen you should not be eating it.  However, if you do, it won’t kill you and if you are running or doing some other form of cardio, then know it is a good source of carbs. 

Man! To be in a goofy mood I got a little heavy.  I don’t have a “real” recipe posted for you today, but I have these little gems.  Pumpkin seeds! PumpkinSeeds I roasted a ton of them last night and they must have crack in them too because I can’t stay away.  So good.  Basically you get the gooey stuff off of them, spread them on a cookie sheet with olive oil and seasoning and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.  Really just watch them and try some along the way until they are done like you prefer.  I used a “house” seasoning that I have but you can use anything you like.  Probably not crack though. 

FOLKS!  We are still staying away from the candy right??  Right.

 

 

Sausage Stuffed Peppers

 StuffedPeppers1My second cranberry recipe!  Okay so they aren’t stuffed with fall, but they are stuffed with goodness.  They make you think of the fall.  You can only cook them in the fall as well because good luck finding fresh cranberries any other time.  I am loving those cute little bell peppers too.  My kids think it’s cool they get a whole pepper to themselves.  My kids are obviously very cool.

Last night we had our annual costume run with the running club.  Something we didn’t think through very well is the new location of the running club.  It is in a very busy part of Rockwall.  Across the street from Chick-fil-A and Target if you know what I mean.   Well, at 5am no big deal.  At 7pm with a bunch of candy hyped kids, big deal.  Cars were zooming past us.  Luckily, we were all born with brains in our head so we each grabbed a kid’s hand, walked a couple of blocks and walked back.  RunningVampireWe had a lot of fun.  I mean, who couldn’t with this rogue bunch of characters?  I’m a running vampire by the way…get it?  Only runs in the dark?  I know, I’m obviously very cool too.

This week is Halloween week.  It’s super fun to dress up but all of that candy in my house is a beat down.  Anyone else feel that way?  I feel like I do an ok job staying away from stuff I shouldn’t eat.  I don’t even like candy that much.  When it is staring me in the face and luring me with it’s mean little packaging I want to cave!  Let’s all be in this together!  Stand against that mess!  Maybe have one…little one, then get away.  We can think of each other being strong right?  Or, we can just picture them dripping in hydrogenated oil and sugar (which they are) crouched in the corner ready to kill us (which they are).  Yep, that’s what I’m going with.

 

Fall Stuffed Peppers
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground breakfast sausage
  2. 1/2 onion diced small
  3. 1 granny smith apple diced small
  4. 1 cup fresh cranberries
  5. 2 1/2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  6. 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. 1 package mini bell peppers tops off and seeds out
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Line cookie sheet with foil. Place cranberries on cookie sheet and mix with salt and pepper and 1/2 tbsp. of maple syrup.
  3. Roast for about 10 minutes until they burst.
  4. Meanwhile, brown breakfast sausage with diced onion.
  5. About halfway through cooking the meat, add the apples.
  6. When meat is cooked through add the walnuts, roasted cranberries and 2 tbsp. of maple syrup.
  7. Cook for another 5 minutes to let ingredients incorporate and cranberries sweeten.
  8. Once meat mixture is done use a teaspoon to stuff tightly into bell peppers.
  9. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes until peppers start to blister.
Notes
  1. The level of spiciness in the sausage is up to you. Mine comes from a pastured pig that was processed for us, it is mildly spicy but nothing crazy.
  2. Also, both times I've made this I had filling left over. It's a great treat for breakfast.
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Cranberry Breakfast Smoothie

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Probably because Thanksgiving is getting closer, I have really been into cranberries.  I told you I have two yummy cranberry recipes for you and this smoothie is one of them.  I promise I won’t do all smoothies but they are so good and easy!  I got this Oster personal blender for my birthday and I love it so much.  We are good friends.  It totally jives with my morning routine so it gets to stay in my house. 

Anyway, the smoothie has Greek yogurt in it so if you don’t do dairy just leave it out and add a little extra coconut milk.  I don’t mind a little extra protein.  One more smoothie thing then moving on, I added these cute little black seeds I have been reading about.  Apparently, they are super good for you.  Smoothies are an awesome way to add in little health boosters and still feel like you are having a treat for breakfast.  If I think it’s filling enough for breakfast, believe me, you will too.

So I have the best news for you!  You know how I told you I hate baking?  Well, it was bothering me that you were going to miss out on a “desserts” category in my little blog so I enlisted a great baker to help us out!  She’s been working her tail off coming up with some Paleo treats.  You guys just sit back and relax with my dishes for now, but know you’ll have Paleo desserts very soon.  You’re welcome.

Alright, so last week I left off by saying I would talk about “cheat” days.  Everyone loves to say “cheat day”, you cheaters.  Ideally, when you take on the Paleo lifestyle you are doing it to be healthy.  Losing weight is also a big plus, I know.  If you are eating foods that are bad for you all of the time then you are just hurting yourself.  In my case, my body reacts badly to inflammatory foods (the grain and sugar and such), so the less of those foods the better.  I have discovered if I can go a month to six weeks without “cheating” the world is just better for me. 

I used to say Sunday nights at our life group meetings were my “cheat” meals.  Well, that turned into I can eat whatever I want for lunch as well because that day would be ruined anyway, then the day turned into the whole weekend.  I absolutely cannot eat sugar and grain all weekend and not suffer the consequences.  So for me, after I’ve been eating all Paleo food for a month or so, I’m feeling well and performing well, then I will allow myself whatever I want.  Oh man and that is usually a cheeseburger!  What??  I can’t help it.  The key is, have the cheeseburger, enjoy every bite and DO NOT FEEL GUILTY.  The next day I’m back at it and all is well.   Any questions??

Also, in case you are beside yourself with worry, my marathon training is still going well.  Tomorrow we have a super fun track workout.  If you’re at the track tomorrow morning just look for the blur, that’ll be me (in my dreams).

Coming up next time…da da dun…a cranberry appetizer!

Do you have scheduled “cheat” days?

How are you liking the Paleo info lately?  (I need some feedback people!)

Cranberry Breakfast Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  2. 1 cup fresh cranberries
  3. 3 tbsp. plain, full fat Greek yogurt
  4. 1 frozen banana (sliced before freezing)
  5. 1 tsp. maple syrup
  6. pinch of black seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add the coconut milk and cranberries and blend until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend.
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Paleo Talk Again!

I’m back with more paleo deep thoughts from Summer.  You’re on the edge of your seat right?  Let me just say first of all, I have been down for the last 24 hours with a nasty stomach bug.  I mean nasty.  One of my littles got it, then another one, then me.  Oh man, that is the worst!  I seem to be getting back into the groove now.  In fact, I’ve spent the last couple of hours working on two new recipes for you.  Want a little hint?  It involves fresh roasted cranberries.  Yum.  Next post, next post impatient one.roastedcranberries

So, back on the Paleo thing.  The basis of the Paleo diet… wait, I HATE using the word DIET.  It is not a diet, it is a healthy way of living.  The ways I try to stay healthy are eating the right foods, managing my training, reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and relying on God to have my back.

Okay, okay, today we are talking food.  Back to what I was saying, the basis of the Paleo LIFESTYLE, is to eat the way the cavemen did.  Apparently, they were healthier than us.  However, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, we are not cavemen.  There are so many things working against us!  If they had the choice they would want a Snickers on Halloween too!  All of that “bad” stuff does taste good, sort of. 

Let me explain, when you decide you want to eat strictly Paleo you need to just do it.  I say about 30 days to 6 weeks.  That’s not really the way I did it, but I think it’s probably easier to just bite the bullet.  In that time your body will go through a sugar detox.  I don’t mean you’ll be sitting in the corner drooling and shaking because you need sugar, but I do mean that you will want it really bad.  After a little while though you will notice your kid’s bite size snickers bar is not quite so daunting.  You really will get to a point where you can take it or leave it.  It’s amazing. 

Of course there will be times that you cannot resist.  The cool thing is, when you do give in and have that bite size snickers, it won’t taste exactly the same.  It’ll taste…different.  Not as good as you remember.  Then, the little sucker will make you feel bad!

Now, I find myself craving roasted okra, or a delicious, grass-fed T-bone steak.  Mmm…seriously.SteakandEggsSocks

Enough for today.  I think when I come back, I will talk to you about “cheat” days.  Man, that’s what everybody wants to know.  When are your “cheat” days?  You folks…tiss tiss.

 

Let’s Talk Paleo Beginnings and Shepard’s Pie

 
I’ve made a few posts now and you’re kind of getting to know me.  So far you know I like to eat and I like to run and I like to talk about them.  I’ve told you a lot about my workouts but I haven’t said much about the Paleo diet and how it works for me.  So let’s discuss, shall we?  Oh man, this will take me a couple of posts…

Oh, and I have a delicious Shepard’s Pie recipe for you today.  It’s even taste test approved by someone who doesn’t eat Paleo.

If you haven’t read my “About” page I’ll give you a short recap.  My husband and I were both overweight, he got diagnosed with diabetes in 2010, we had to get our act together.  Actually, I thought I was ok.  I started going to the gym because I had these two baby boys.  I wanted to teach them how to be healthy and not follow in our footsteps. 

SummerBefore

Here’s the dreaded “Before” Picture

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His is even worse!

 
After his diagnosis we went to a nutritionist and paid her a lot of money.  She told him to eat lots of whole grains and fruit and low fat business.  Well, I’m sure that works for a lot of people.  Everyone is different.  However, the advice she gave, did not help him.  Who knew that all of those carbs would raise his blood sugar?  Hmmm?

 Moving on, Matt, my hubby over there, had a friend who had done a lot of research on the Paleo diet.  He let us borrow the book, The Primal Blueprint, and the rest is history.

Matt went cold turkey, hit the diet and exercise hard and lost a bunch of weight.  I was different.  I did it slow and steady.  I knew that bread was bad so I stopped eating sandwiches.  Then I would cut out other stuff a little at a time.  The better I started to feel the more willing I was to let the conventional food go.

That’s the thing, everyone IS different.  You get to decide how and what you want to eat. We have learned that this works for us.  At this point the way we eat has more to do with being healthy verses losing weight.

I know you all are busy folks so I’ll come back in a day or so and talk more about our little journey.  However, I absolutely, positively, cannot leave you with those pictures.

Awe.  So cute right?

Awe. So cute right?

 Now go try my Shepard’s Pie and tell me what you think!

 

Paleo Shepard's Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 medium spaghetti squash
  2. 4 tbsp. grass-fed butter
  3. 2 lbs. grass-fed ground beef
  4. 2 stalks of celery diced
  5. 1 leak sliced and cleaned
  6. 3 carrots diced
  7. 1 small head of broccoli - cut into small florets
  8. 1 can diced tomatoes
  9. salt and pepper to taste
  10. 1 tsp. cumin
  11. 1 tsp. granulated garlic
Instructions
  1. Stab holes into the spaghetti squash and microwave on high for 15 minutes or until it has a give to it.
  2. When cool enough, cut squash, scrape out seeds to discard, then scrape out insides onto a cookie sheet lined with a clean dish towel. Cover with another towel to soak up as much moisture as possible while the rest of the dish is cooking.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Melt 2 tbsp. of the butter into the pan.
  5. Add ground beef, celery, leeks and carrots.
  6. Stir frequently until the meat is browned.
  7. Add the cumin, granulated garlic, broccoli and diced tomatoes.
  8. Cook until broccoli is tender and ingredients are incorporated.
  9. Transfer meat mixture to a baking dish.
  10. Cover meat evenly with the spaghetti squash.
  11. Salt and pepper the top of the squash.
  12. Divide the remaining butter into small squares and place on top of the squash evenly.
  13. Bake until the squash is golden. About 30 minutes.
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Weekend Victories!

 

Whew what a weekend.  My little running buddy, Ty, and I ran in a local 5k and he rocked it!  He is 5 years old so 3 miles is a long way for those little legs. He was so excited to get started.  Naturally, he sprinted for a while, then walked for a while, then sprinted some more.  If you’ve never ran a race with a 5 year old, that’s the way it goes.  At mile 2.5 the going got tough.  I told him to dig deep and he did.  It also helped that a teenager who we consider a local track star helped him finish it out.  It brought tears to my eyes!  So stinking cute!  He earned his 3rd place medal for sure.OneProudMomma

That race had a lot of other victory stories I can share.  My friend who has been training to run the 5K came in well under her goal time and a handful of my running buddies placed in their age groups.  Yep, we are all a bunch of winners.  I am a total jerk and forgot to get pictures.  Ugh…jerk.

Then, the baby threw up in the car on the way home.  Totally not a victory story.  Throw up in the car is so fun to deal with.  Then in the bed…  Man skip over this part already!  She is all better now thankfully.  Hopefully she keeps it to herself!

Sunday we ran 18 miles!  Let me say that again.  Sunday we ran 18 miles!  The greatest thing about that run was the fun we had.  DJ Anna, as we now call her, broke out the playlist and we jammed the whole way.  We jammed on the classics like Respect and Shake Senora.  Greatness right!  I said we probably could have run 25 miles with all of the energy we used on the hand movements for the songs.

It was one of those runs that reminded me why I do it.  My body felt good, the friends were even better and it gave us a little confidence for New Orleans.  Now, if I can keep it together until January.

To top it all off I made it to church on time to work the nursery.  Man, what a morning.

This morning I went to Crossfit to shake off the run with some back squats, wall ball shots, hand stand push-ups and burpees.  I’m always tempted not to go after a long run, but it really does help take the soreness out of my knees.  Don’t ask me why.  I can just tell you its easier to get up the dang stairs.

I came home to this little plate of heaven.  I’ve told you before, I can’t get enough food.  Have a plate of scrambled eggs with brisket and it gets you a little closer.  See, I told you Paleo food is awesome.  brisketandeggs

Speaking of awesome, I have a Paleo shepherds pie headed your way this week! 

Any weekend victories you would like to share?

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Pumpkin Almond Iced Coffee

I got a picture today before I drank the whole thing in about 2 minutes!  I’m digging this coffee.  I’ve been drinking it every morning for my second breakfast.  See, I usually have half of an Isopure protein shake on the way to workout and half on the way home, then I have the two eggs we talked about last week.  Once the kids wake up a couple of hours later I’m ready to eat again.  Sometimes I cut up an apple and take it along but lately its been this delicious iced coffee.  coffeefront

As you get to know me a little better you will start to realize I eat as much as a grown man.  I try to change sometimes…not really.  I love food.

This weekend will be another big weekend.  One of my five year old twins, Ty, and I will be running his second 5k, the Jailbreak Run Fest in Royse City, TX.  He’s my little running buddy.  Hopefully I don’t have to carry him as much as I did last time.  In all seriousness though, I think he’s going to be an outstanding athlete.  We’ll see soon enough I suppose.

Then Sunday I have 18 miles on the plan with a handful of my buddies.  Oh man, I’m a little nervous.  18 will be a new distance for me.  I’ll get straight out of bed with a prayer Sunday morning you can be sure.  Don’t worry, I’ll have lots of weekend pictures to share.  You were worried right?

Try my coffee and see what you think!  Let me know!

 

Pumpkin Almond Iced Coffee
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup black coffee cooled
  2. 1 heaping tbsp. pumpkin puree
  3. 1 heaping tbsp. pure maple syrup
  4. 1 heaping tbsp. unsweetened almond butter
  5. 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  6. 1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  7. handful of ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients including ice and blend.
  2. Serve over ice.
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I’m so excited!

Hey guys, this has been the best day!  I have been working on a Paleo Pumpkin Iced Coffee recipe for you and I perfected it this morning!  The thing is though, I was super busy getting kids ready for school and I drank it all before I could get a picture.  So, consider this a teaser.  Poor me, I get to drink another one tomorrow.

Yesterday, I overslept and missed a run where people were expecting me.  Then, for some reason, right at lunch I took all of my littles to Wal-Mart to buy one balloon for a friend’s birthday.  Three kids, one balloon, what was I thinking?  I know, I was thinking that the balloon was a gift and it was an important life lesson.  I’m sure everyone in the store agreed with me. 

Anyway, the fact that I made it to our 4:20am start time this morning was already a plus.  I guess because it was so early or maybe that the weather is cooler we acted like a bunch of 5 year olds all morning.  It was a blast!  We do this interval drill called an Indian run.  I have no idea why it is called that.  Basically after warm up, you get in a line, run, and the last person has to run faster to get to the front and so on.  Sounds easy enough right?  Oh no, it took us way longer to figure10-16 Indian Run it out than it should have.  Especially since we’ve done it before…together. 

If that wasn’t chaos enough, DURING the drill we managed to take a couple of selfies, sing Eye of the Tiger and demonstrate the different sounds a fox makes.  Coach would be so proud.  He says if you can talk you’re not working hard enough.  I’m not arguing one bit and I have to say I felt like I might have an asthma attack during Eye of the Tiger.  Hey, we have to keep it fun right? Sure.

I feel really bad that I don’t have my recipe ready for you so I will hand over this beauty.  It’s not mine but it is one of my favorite paleo breakfast recipes.  I got it from Marks Daily Apple.  If you have not visited that website, please do.  He’s the boss of Paleo and its a great reference.  Anyway, the recipe is a Paleo oatmeal.  It’s eggs, bananas, butter and some spices.  It sounds a little strange but it is delicious.  Trust me!

Give me your thoughts after you try the Oatmeal!

Butternut Squash and Shrimp Soup

 
 I have a little extra time today since my twins are in preschool so I thought I would give you a delicious soup recipe to make as the weather gets colder.  It’s pretty simple. I made it last week in the middle of a storm that kept shutting our electricity down.  It seemed to be forgiving. butternutsquashsoup1

I am back to real life after camping.  Well, really I am cleaning up the aftermath of the weekend.  It’s amazing how you leave your house clean (or at least close) then when you get home it looks like a bomb exploded.  There was definitely a camping bomb in my house.   I’m trying to get it all organized but really I want to play with my new watch.  I feel like I’m making some progress getting it set up exactly like I want it.  I’ve taken it on a couple of runs and I’m really happy so far.  It is a little big but that just makes me look faster right?  Sure.

So, I talk about running a lot but the other huge health component in my life is Crossfit.  People like to say its too intense or Crossfit people are just crazy but I have not had that experience.  Oh wait, yes I have!  It is intense and the people are a little crazy but it’s great!  You’re not going to go on your first day, deadlift a million pounds and end up with a skeletal muscle disease.  You go, learn about the movements and exercises and work your way up.  My Crossfit buddies are incredibly encouraging but a little competitive which I dig.  Now, I have to say, when it comes to lifting weights I try to be a wuss and get away with smaller weights.  My Coach knows my game by now and makes me stay the course.  I haven’t died yet…  Dang!  I hope he’s not reading this.

 Until January, I am having a bit of a struggle fitting in the miles plus the Crossfit.  I know Crossfit is part of what keeps my body healthy and able to do the runs.  If you see me slacking off, smack me in the head (not really, I’ll get offended) and send me back to the box!

Butternut Squash and Shrimp Soup
Butternut Squash, sweet potatoes and shrimp with bacon on top.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs of wild caught shrimp. Peeled and deveined
  2. 3 stalks of celery diced
  3. 3 carrots diced
  4. 1 onion diced
  5. 2 tbsp. butter
  6. 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  7. 1 small butternut squash diced
  8. 3 gloves of garlic diced
  9. 1 cup of milk (your choice of milk)
  10. tsp. sage
  11. tsp. cumin
  12. 1/8 tsp. cayenne (or more to taste)
  13. salt and pepper to taste
  14. 2 cans of free range chicken stock
  15. 8oz of uncured bacon cooked and crumbled for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot warm the butter over medium heat. Add in the diced celery, carrots, and onion.
  2. Once those have started to cook some, add the sweet potatoes, butternut squash and garlic. Cook well until all veggies are tender.
  3. Once tender, add one can of chicken stock and puree with an immersion blender until smooth. Be very careful not to splash the warm liquid.
  4. When pureed add the spices and milk. Stir well.
  5. Depending on how thick or thin you like your soup add the rest of the chicken stock to taste.
  6. Simmer for about 10 mins to incorporate all ingredients.
  7. Lastly, add the shrimp. Let them cook through which only takes a few minutes.
  8. When shrimp are done, serve warm with bacon crumbled on top.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you do not have an immersion blender the ingredients can be transferred to a blender. Please be careful transferring the hot liquid. It would need to cool some before being blended.
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Camping Adventure as Promised

 

 We are home from our little trip and it was as crazy as I thought it would be.  The forecast called for rain but there is always that little voice in your head that says, “No way dude, it’s not going to rain on our camping trip.”  That little voice was incorrect this time…  However, it is still a beautiful place and we ended up having a great weekend. 

Friday night started out nice.  We were there with our neighbors, got everything set up and cooked some seriously delicious camp food.  No smores here, everything was better than that.  My hubby made a new recipe called Discada.  Its traditionally a Mexican dish and it’s actually cooked on a Discada.  Let me just say, as I was purchasing the ingredients I was thinking maybe he has lost his mind.  Maybe we could just eat fajitas like we normally do.  I was wrong, give me this plate of meat any day.  Just ask the neighbors.  I included the recipe below and before the Paleo police come knocking on my door I know its not strict Paleo because of the sausage and beer.  The beer cooks away so no worries there for us and you can leave out the sausage if you need to.  We call this a weekend recipe.  I promise the rest of my recipes will be Paleo stuff you cook in your house.

After our stomachs were full and we had our time sitting and chatting about important global issues we hunkered down and waited for the rain.  Well it started to rain about midnight and I think something happened with the rain cloud.  Maybe it stopped for a sandwich or stopped on the side of the road to send a very long text, but it stopped ON TOP OF US.  We were ok, but it filled my neighbors tent with water.  That or they snuck down to the lake and submerged all of their belongings in the water.  Either way, sadly, they had to leave the next morning.  We hated to see them go but ended up having a great time bonding as a little family. camprunning

Saturday afternoon, after a lunch comprised of chicken sausage, baked apple chips and salsa I headed out for a 10mile run with my new watch!  I can’t figure out how to work the dang thing so far.  It seems like it has a lot of fun stuff and is going to make me super fast but I haven’t played with it enough yet.  Saturday, it at least measured distance and pace in miles so I was happy enough.  My run wasn’t awesome because my stomach was stuffed and Gloria Estefan kept showing up on my playlist??  Either way, NOLA is one run closer.wineandchocolate

Saturday night I had this.  Cabernet I picked up on my Napa trip and 85% dark chocolate I get at a great price at Aldi.  So what if I drank my wine from a solo cup??    

 

 

Mexican Discada According to Matt
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Ingredients
  1. ½ lb bacon cut to ¼” pieces
  2. 1lb chorizo
  3. 2lbs of country style pork ribs, cubed ~1 inch
  4. 1lb Fajita meat cubed
  5. Kielbasa sausage or hot dogs cubed
  6. 1 Mexican Beer
  7. I can diced tomatoes drained
  8. 1 onion chopped
  9. 2 bell peppers chopped
  10. 1 jalapeno diced small
  11. 2tbsp Fajita seasoning
  12. 1tbsp Cumin
  13. 2tbsp Paprika (Seasoning all to taste)
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in center until browned, then push to edge
  2. Cook Chorizo in center until cooked, then push to the edge
  3. Cook/fry cubed country style ribs with some fajita seasoning in oil for around 10 minutes or until nicely browned then move to the side
  4. Cook fajita beef. Then move to the side
  5. Remove ½ - ¾ of remaining oil
  6. Add sausage and veggies. Cook veggies until onion is soft. Also, threw in a whole jalapeno.
  7. Add cumin and paprika, tomatoes, beer and stir all together
  8. Don’t be stingy with the paprika. It will give it nice color.
  9. Cook at medium for about 15-20 minutes, stirring often or until it’s thickened up nicely.
Notes
  1. If you don’t have a Discada, instead of pushing to the edge – remove from skillet, leaving oil and put in bowl until later. When it calls to stir all together, combine all ingredients.
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