Beef Tips with Sweet Potato Puree and My Thanks

BeefTips1It’s Thanksgiving week, yay!  You know that already right?  My recipe today has nothing to do with Thanksgiving because I’m one of those people that holidays sneak up on.  Ask me if I’ve bought a single Christmas present?  Nope.  I’ll wait until the last minute when I have to pay full price for everything.  Anyway, I always get stew meat (or beef tips) from the cow and I’ve had a hard time finding a way to cook them using Paleo ingredients.  Well, here it is folks.  Seriously.  It’s even taste tested by one of my running buddies.  It’s so flavorful.  It takes a little time but it’s worth it.  Mmmm, I love beef gravy.

Since it’s Thanksgiving we are supposed to reflect on what we are thankful for huh?  Well, here it is.

10 Things this Running Junkie is Thankful For

1. Running buddies who are not annoying.  I am easily annoyed.

2. Food

3. Good shoes and a husband who lets me buy them every other day

4. Bodyglide

5.  Compression pants

6. My watch that is more complicated than my twins

7. Salted caramel GU.  Nope, not Paleo.  Hey, it’s better than donuts.

8. Porta potties and public restrooms.

9. Finish lines

10. The chiropractor

In all seriousness, I have to admit, I am totally blessed.  For real.  I have an awesome family.  My husband, kids, parents, siblings, extended family, all of them are crazy birds but they are great and they are mine and I love them.  My church.  I get to wear jeans, rock babies and be held accountable for my actions.  It’s a pretty cool place.  My healthy body and early morning workout family.  Who the heck is thankful for early mornings?  You all know by now its a big part of my life.  I’m thankful for the ability to do stuff I never imagined were possible with some cool folks before dawn.  My freedom and comfort in the good ole US of A.  We have our trouble but we have it pretty great.  No, I’m not getting into a political argument with you either so don’t even try it.

What are some of the things you are thankful for? 

Beef Tips with Sweet Potato Puree
Paleo Beef Tips and Sweet Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lb beef tips or stew meat
  2. 1 large onion
  3. 4 tbsp. butter
  4. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  5. 1/4 cup almond flour
  6. salt and pepper
  7. 1 tsp granulated garlic
  8. 14oz can beef broth
  9. 2 large sweet potatoes
  10. 1/4 cup coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Thinly slice onion and cook it in dutch oven over low heat with 2 tbsp. butter and olive oil for about 45 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  3. You don't want them to burn but they do need to caramelize.
  4. When onions are done remove them from pan.
  5. Coat beef tips in almond flour and salt and pepper.
  6. Sear coated beef tips over a medium to high heat.
  7. Then add 3/4 can of beef broth and bring to a boil to deglaze the pan.
  8. Make sure you scrap the yummy bits out of the bottom of the pan.
  9. Add onions back to pan.
  10. Season with granulated garlic.
  11. Stir
  12. Put covered dish into oven for about 2.5 hours. Check a couple of times and add beef broth if needed.
  13. While beef is cooking peal and cube sweet potatoes.
  14. Boil for about 20 minutes until potatoes are tender.
  15. Drain water then add butter, coconut milk and salt and pepper. These ingredients may need to be adjusted depending on your taste.
  16. Mix with a hand mixture until pureed.
  17. When beef tips are done serve over sweet potatoes.
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All Better!

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Girl Power!

All is better in my world!  After my antibiotics kicked in I am a much happier girl.  I’m running around like crazy trying to clean up my house but I thought I would check in with you for a sec.  I know you were worried sick after my pissy face post from yesterday.  Here’s the deal, I started this blog as a fun project to share my thoughts, food, workouts and stuff with you.  My bad days are just part of it.  When I have a bad day, don’t worry, I bounce back quick.  Unless I’m injured.  Oh then you will really hear it.  That’s the worst! 

Friday is Crossfit day.  We had a great morning with an awesome group of girls!  Here’s what we did:

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20 Min AMRAP:
-3 Deadlift
-3 Cleans
-3 Front Squat
-3 Push Jerk
-150m Run

*Score is wt.number of runs
Same bar and weight for all movements of each round.

It wasn’t as bad as I expected.  I did 11 rounds with 55lbs.  After it was done I kind of regretted not adding more weight but oh well.  Next time I won’t be such a baby.  Who am I kidding, next time I’ll be forced to add more weight.

Front squat action shot!

Front squat action shot!

Tomorrow we have another 18 miles on the plan.  We are going out in the rain to get it done.  You’re probably used to the fact that I have a crazy/hardcore bunch of running buddies but really I’ve had some of my best runs in the rain.  It takes your mind off of what is really going on.  Plus, its fun to watch all the motorist look at you like you really are a crazy person.

Last thing really quick.  I’m so excited!!  I made waffles for you this morning!!  I’ve been wanting to come up with a waffle recipe and I did it.  They are so good.  Just for a teaser, they are banana and almond flour waffles with a blueberry, almond butter topping.  My kids loved them!  I will have the waffle recipe and some delicious beef tips for you next week.  See ya!

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad

 

BeetAppleSalad2Man, I am in a mood today.  You know how I told you I was sick last week?  Well, it struck again.  I felt it coming on.  Yesterday I wanted to sit around all day drinking coffee and watching TV.  I didn’t do that but it would have been nice.  Right?  Well, today when my alarm went off at 3:30am I knew I should have stayed in bed.  You know as well as I do, I am one of those stubborn runners.  I got up, got dressed (not well enough because I was cold) and set out for 8 miles.  We had a new girl coming!  I really wanted to meet her!  I’m sure she thought I was a crazy person or just a wuss because I refused to run a hill on the route and I cut the run short at 5 miles.  I basically told them the hell with this, I’m going home.

I DO NOT get up at 3:30am to do a PART of my workout.  Instead of being in our fun little group selfie I took this sad/pissy face selfie in the car.  SadFaceOkay, okay enough feeling sorry for myself.  I got the boys to school, went for a delicious almond butter smoothie and headed to the doc to get two shots and a Z-pack.  I appreciate all of the natural remedy suggestions but I’m over this.  My 18 mile run this weekend will be a good one dang it!TheBarSmoothie

Now, back to happy Summer!  I get to go shopping tonight for a Christmas dress for the hubbies company party.  Yay!  One night a year I get to change out of my sports bra and wear something sexy for the hubby.  Too much information to share?  Oh well, I’m in a mood remember?  I’m still excited to try on dresses.  Maybe I’ll even take pictures for a sneak peak!  Maybe…

So on to the recipe at hand.  If you haven’t tried beets or think you don’t like them, try this.  They are so good roasted.  My kids devour them.  One day I actually ate 7 beets in one sitting because I could not get enough.  This is also super easy but looks fancy enough if you are trying to impress a dinner guest.  And hey, it is a plate of super foods!  You can’t go wrong!

Are you as whiney as me when you are sick?

Let me know what you think of the recipe.

 

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 red beets
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 large apple cored
  4. 1 tbsp. butter
  5. Feta (optional)
For the Dressing
  1. 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 tbsp. honey
  4. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Scrub beets and remove stem and root.
  3. Coat beets with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Roast covered for about 45 minutes until tender.
  5. When beets have cooled you can easily remove the rest of the skin with a knife. Slice beets about a 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. While beets are cooking, slice cored apple into same thickness.
  7. Heat butter over medium heat in a skillet.
  8. Cook apples in butter until slightly browned and tender.
  9. In the meantime whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  10. When beets and apples have cooled, layer them over a spring mix salad and top with dressing.
  11. Sprinkle feta on top if using.
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Thanks for the Push! Really…Thanks.

RunningShoeCircleToday is Track Tuesday!  Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not so much.  That dang track is capable of producing asthma attacks and vomit.  I have been accused of using bad words there before as well.  Every so often though, when I’m leaving, I am on top of the world. Today was one of those days.

You see, we have workouts set by Coach and times we are supposed to get under.  Today was 6 x 400 with 400 recovery.  Not so bad, sometimes it’s 12 or longer distances or whatever.  The special part about today was the extra push.  Long story short, my close running buddy and I have been able to keep a little faster pace on long runs.  Well, that caught the attention of my faster buddies.  At their request, we lined up at the start with them.   We assumed they would leave us in the dust.  They didn’t, we kept up!  I don’t think they were sandbagging too bad (don’t tell me if they were).  The whole time they were there encouraging and pushing, refusing to accept anything less.  We absolutely would not have hit those 400 times without them there. 

That got me thinking.  I like to think that I am ambitious and driven and all, but where would I be without my support group around me?  Okay, okay, deep thoughts by Summer today but stick with me here. 

Of course I am talking about running, but I’m talking about everything else as well.  I am a Christian because like I have said, God has my back and I don’t want to let him down.  When I do, my church and life group are there to call me out and get me on track.  I am a mother and a wife.  Of course I want to be the best I can, but when I am slacking those dang, brutally honest kids and Pinterest moms (you know who you are) get me back on track.  When I am shoving cookies in my face after too many glasses of wine my Paleo peeps are there to give me a hard time.  Every week, my friends and coach at Crossfit accept no excuses.

 Whatever success I have is not mine to take credit for.  I have to give credit to all of these chickens around me that are pecking me to death to do better and get better.  Sometimes, especially at track, I want to lash out.  However, in the end, I know it is out of love. 

So, thank you to my buddies and family who refuse to listen to me whine.  Thank you for insisting that I be my best.  I hope I can support you just the same.  Which means, don’t get mad when I tell you to suck it up, you’re not actually going to die from this.

Who do you have around you that makes you pull your weight?

Does anything else motivate you?

Perfect Paleo Meal

perfectpaleodinner1I promise promise I have a handful of “real” recipes I will be posting but I had to let you in on this little gem of a meal.  I did not have any time and hadn’t been to the grocery store so this is what my hubby and I came up with last night.  I mean seriously dude.  This is now on my rotating menu.

Costco has some goodies.

Costco has some goodies.

Here’s what you do.  Saute some sweet potatoes and onions for the base layer.  While those are working heat up this lovely sliced beef I found at Costco.  Have you noticed Costco is an excellent place to buy Paleo stuff?  Anyway, after the meat is heated through throw it on top of the sweet potatoes, top with a perfectly fried egg and homemade avocado mayo.  Remember the Paleomg 30 second mayo?  Mix it with avocado.  Bam!  Perfection!  Carbs, protein, fat…so good. 

Moving on.  This weekend was another busy weekend of marathon training and child rearing.  I did get a special treat Friday night and I got to go out on the town with my bearded husband.  I lovingly call him that because I have to share him on my date night with other men complimenting his beard and then the subsequent conversation with the stranger on the history of the beard.  It’s okay though, he’s hot stuff and I like it when he takes me out. 

My bearded wonderful husband.  I wouldn't trade him or the beard for anything.

My bearded, wonderful husband. Is that an angel or Batman on his shoulder? Hmmm.

I do have a real confession.  I CHEATED.  Dinner was not so bad.  It’s always hard to be perfect in a restaurant but I did the best I could.  I also ended up having three glasses of red wine, which leads me to my confession.  My sweet sister-in-law made cookies at home with my offspring while I was having a night on the town.  When I got home, those beautiful chocolate chip cookies were beckoning me from the counter.  I shoved THREE OF THEM in my face.  Yeah, proud moment.  Guess who also had two thumbs and a fast paced 10 mile run the next morning?  This girl.  When I eat food I’m not supposed to my stomach and skin pays the price, but lets be clear, I do not feel guilty.  I work hard and eat right the majority of the time.  In my opinion, occasional indulgences are part of success.

EpsomSalt1So the next morning, I showed up at 5am dragging from wine and cookies but had an awesome run!  It is not easy to run fast for a long time with crap on my stomach but God is my strength and we got it done.  Best feeling ever.  I came home shivering from this artic, polar vortex, cold blast we Texans believe we are getting and hopped into the Epsom salt bath.  Epsom salt and I are really great friends. 

After warming my bones and putting on non sporty spice clothes I had some things I had to do in town so I was gone most of the day Saturday.  While I was out my dear hubby and boys worked hard to build me a photobox for you!!  I have been working really hard on this blog.  I LOVE developing, cooking and photographing the recipes.  Really, I am getting more and more of them to share. 

Shiny new photobox!

Shiny new photobox!

Now my pictures will be better!  I am so excited!  I’m actually about to rearrange a space in my house to make it easier for me to get more posts out to you.  Good times ahead!  Stick with me folks, I’m learning everyday.

Sunday was rest day which meant, sleeping late, church with my little family and hanging out with my kiddos in the afternoon.  Things are good.  I have another busy week planned and as we speak now I am starting a new dish for you.  Stay tuned! 

 

 

Bacon and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash

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I just made this stuffed squash last night and it was a hit!  Especially, with it being cold outside.  It’s rich with the bacon fat and maple syrup but man so good.  The best part about it was all of the ingredients, except the meat, were out of my produce bin.  I’m not only using all of my produce, but I feel like a super mom making this beauty on a Wednesday night.  Let me know what you think about it!

It is cold here in Texas!  I know, I know, it’s colder other places, but we like to freak out about it.  At least it’s not snowing.  You will hear me whining when it starts that mess.  I think we skipped fall.  Oh well.

You’re probably thinking since it’s getting colder this girl and her friends will skip out on the cold workouts.  Heck no.  Unless there is ice under my feet I’m out the door at 4am like any other day.  We get icicles in our hair when we run and sometimes I think my hands may actually stick to the barbells, but its all part of the fun.  No, Crossfit does not have a heater.  Nice try though. 

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Strict press. Super hard for me but come on, I’m working on it!

I went a little crazy this week and decided to change up my workout days.  I normally run Thursday and Crossfit Friday but I flipped them.  Whoa, don’t worry, I won’t get too wild on you. 

The WOD (Workout of the Day) today is:

Strength:
-Behind neck snatch grip Strict Press, 4X10
*Light and controlled.
-Strict Press, 8X3
*Heaviest possible.

WOD
12 Min AMRAP:
-5 KB Swing, 53/35#
-5 KB Lunges, 53/35#
-5 KB  SDHP, 53/35#
-5 KB Lunges, 53/35#

Kettlebell fun!

Kettlebell fun!

I actually was able to do RX.  Meaning I could do exactly what it says and use the 35# kettlebell.  I did whine a little but in the end it wasn’t horrible.  Dang!  Crossfit guy is probably reading this.  The next WOD will be horrible since I said that. 

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to a 23 degree, 8 mile run at 4:15am.  Always an adventure.  I’ll be sure to take a cold weather selfie for you.  As always, I know you can’t wait.

Do you workout in cold weather?  If not, do you draw the line at a specific temp? 

Bacon and Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash
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Ingredients
  1. 1 acorn squash
  2. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 lb. ground beef
  4. 6 oz. diced bacon (nitrate free and uncured)
  5. 1 yellow onion diced
  6. 1 cup fresh cranberries
  7. 2 cups of fresh kale chopped
  8. 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  9. 1 tsp. salt
  10. 1 tsp. pepper
  11. 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  12. 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  13. 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil.
  3. Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise. Be careful cutting through stem.
  4. Scrap out seeds with a spoon and discard.
  5. Rub flesh of squash with olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Roast flesh side down for about 45 minutes until squash is tender.
  7. When done remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  8. While squash is roasting brown ground beef, drain and set aside.
  9. Wipe all grease out of skillet.
  10. Add onions and bacon to the skillet. Cook on medium heat until bacon is almost done. Stirring frequently to avoid burning onions.
  11. Add cranberries, ground beef and maple syrup. Stir until cranberries burst and become tender.
  12. Add kale, salt, pepper, garlic and cumin.
  13. Last scrap out flesh of squash, chop and incorporate into mixture. Careful not to over mix.
  14. Divide mixture and fill each squash shell evenly. Top with cheese and broil until cheese is golden.
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Basic Paleo Chicken Salad

 

chickensalad1Ugh, I have a stinking head cold that is making me angry.  I don’t do sick well.  I’m kind of a baby about it.  That’s why I’ve been MIA for a few days.  I’ve been sitting in the recliner watching Royal Pains on Netflix instead of cooking or doing chores or blogging.  I did get a really great run in this weekend though.  I know you’re on the edge of your seat to hear about it!

Oh, and we tried the cow!  T-Bones.  Man they are like butter.  Don’t be jealous just get you a grass-fed bovine and we can talk about how great it is!

Moving on.  I have a yummy chicken salad for you today.  I did not reinvent the wheel with this thing.  I’m sharing with you how I make my chicken salad.  It’s basic and simple but sometimes that is all you need.  Really, I want you to see this mayo recipe.  It’s from www.paleomg.com.  She is my favorite paleo blogger.  Her recipes are also great, she uses everyday food that is easy and tasty.  People get weird about making homemade mayo but I’ve been making this for a while now and you cannot tell the difference.  Plus, you feel pretty cool when you brag about the mayo being homemade.  Then, from the mayo you can make this ranch.  Ah, the world is a better place!

So even with a head cold I got 19 miles in on Saturday morning.  Yay!  That’s a lot for me!  The crazy part was, we had a social run at 7:00am with the area running clubs so we had to be done by 6:30.  We started at 3:30am.  Yep, my alarm went off at 2:30am.  That is not morning folks.  Hmm, I wonder why I can’t shake this head cold??  We decided no matter the outcome of New Orleans no one can question our commitment.  Maybe sanity, but not commitment. 

Top two pictures are of the fun social run. Bottom two are of my crazy 3:30am crew. I look a little sleepy huh?

 We started out with 16miles then met up with the other runners from the other clubs for the last three.  I was dumb and cold and did not get a picture with everyone else, only my friends.  Nice huh.  Anyway, there were two ultra runners there.  One was Molly Sheridan, who wrote “Running Past Midnight.”  She has ran over 50 ultramarathons.  She STARTED running at 48 years old.  She made a great point saying that she had that friend who nudged her to run her first mile which was AWFUL.  It always is.  Now look at her!

The great point is that the first mile is always the hardest.  If you have thought about running, or have just started, remember that you are totally capable.  It WILL NOT be easy but so incredibly worth it.  The distance or speed is not important.  The fact that you are tapping into your God given super power is.  Once foot in front of the other.  You can do it! 

Unless, you’re my mom.  She started out on her feet but finished the run on her face.  No worries, I’ll get her to try again right side up.

Basic Paleo Chicken Salad
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Ingredients
  1. whole rotisserie chicken cubed
  2. 3 celery stalks diced small
  3. 1/2 granny smith apple diced small
  4. 2 tbsp. onion diced small
  5. 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  6. 1/2 lemon
  7. 3 heaping tbsp. of homemade mayo from link below
  8. 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  9. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine chicken, celery, apple, walnuts and onion in a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze lemon juice over ingredients.
  3. Stir to distribute lemon juice.
  4. Add mayo, mustard and salt and pepper.
  5. Fold to incorporate all ingredients.
Adapted from Mayo from www.paleomg.com
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Simple Fruit Salad and How to Save Some Bucks

 

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I feel like this week has been one of those weeks that I’ve been running around doing a bunch of stuff, but not actually doing anything.  Do you have those days?  Probably not weeks huh.  Well, don’t judge.  All of my kids are alive and my house doesn’t meet the hoarder standards, so there.

This is the easiest recipe ever.  I know people like to say that, but this is for real.  It’s fruit with lime and mint.  The lime gives it that extra fancy flavor without taking up all of your time.  I wanted to post this today because it leads into what I feel like chatting about.  Money.  This recipe was born because I had to bring food to a bible study and I had no money.  I bought the cheapest fruit they had in the store that day. 

A couple of you have asked how to eat Paleo on a budget.  Let me start by saying that healthy food is expensive.  There’s really no way to get around that except make it a priority and change your mindset.  It’s not as expensive as the medical bills when you jack yourself up from eating a lot of crap.  Just saying.

There are however, ways to help cut some of those costs. 

  • I determine what I am going to cook by what is on sale.  It sounds simple enough, but I know I used to meal plan, then go to the store and buy those things.  Now, I go to the store, buy the produce and meat that is on sale, then go home and have fun with what I have.  I’m using the word meal plan because I’m getting fancy again, when really I eat a salad everyday for lunch and meat and veggies for dinner.  

 

  • You’ve all done some Paleo research by now and you know that you should be eating grass-fed beef, pastured pork and free range chicken and eggs.  Well, my advice is if you don’t have those things, don’t let it stop you from eating this way.  However, always be on the lookout.  I’m finding more and more in regular grocery stores and Costco is kind of becoming a rock star when it comes to carrying good stuff.  If you can’t afford it every time, then do it every other.  You get my drift.

 

  • Look at other ways besides the grocery store to buy the meat.  Google farms in your area and ask around.  People are raising animals.  You will come out much cheaper buying in bulk than by the pound.  I will say this does take time, but when you do find something affordable it will make your day!  You will be bragging about your beef in the freezer too!  And man does it taste better.

 

  • Compare your grocery stores.  I know that also sounds too simple but if you open your eyes you will be surprised.  Just because it is at Costco in bulk, that does not mean it is cheaper. 

 

  • My last little two cents.  Do not throw away food unless it will make you die.  Eat those leftovers.  Eat them as breakfast or snack or whatever.  My dear hubby knows, if there is already cooked food in the fridge we are eating it.  It hurts me to throw away stuff I worked so hard to get my hands on.

Hopefully this helps.  I’m sure some of you are made of money, but me not so much. 

Any other tips you guys can share with me?

Simple Fruit Salad
Budget friendly Paleo fruit salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lbs. red seedless grapes, halved
  2. 1 fresh pineapple cubed
  3. 1 cantaloupe cubed
  4. handful of mint leaves julienned
  5. Juice of two limes
Instructions
  1. Add all fruit to a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze lime juice over fruit and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Fold in mint leaves.
  4. Garnish with whole mint leaves (optional)
Notes
  1. Any fruit could be substituted.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

chocolatechipcookies2The cookies are finally here!  Man I had a busy weekend and I still feel like I am going a little crazy.  I have a ton of stuff to get done, but I also had way too much coffee this morning.  I think that is where the craziness is coming from.  Oh well, at least I’m typing really fast.

So back to the cookies then I’ll give you a quick weekend recap.  Ah cookies, I can just picture the caveman sitting around the fire enjoying his dark chocolate, grain free cookies.  Yeah no.  Paleo treats are there for us to have an occasional treat that will not mess us up like everyday white flour desserts.  They are not something you should eat everyday nor should you eat a dozen in one sitting.  When you do take the time to make yourself these delicious little gems, enjoy yourself, share with your Paleo buddies and revel in the “I get to have dessert without the unappealing stomach issues” feeling.  Also, they do have a lot of ingredients because we wanted them to taste good.  The good news is, it is ingredients you have to buy once that will last you forever if you store them properly.

Now, I know you’re dying to hear about my weekend.  I’m dying to tell you anyway.  Lets do a weekend of pictures.  First, Friday night was Halloween so my kiddos got to trick or treat around the neighborhood.  It was fun.  RoanHalloweenI got this picture of my littlest one that shows exactly what I’m dealing with.  Trouble. 

 Then I got up early, in the cold, Saturday morning to run an 18 mile run with my buddies.  MeHeatherKaraSelfieIt was a good run.  We met at a new location so the sights were new and the company was good.  Only little glitch was maybe we chatted too much but our pace was slower than normal and it felt like we came up on three hours pretty quick.  Crazy right.  Anway, it was getting late and we were starting to limp so we cut it at 15.  Next weekend WILL be 18.

After a long run I stuffed my stiff legs and kids into the minivan to drive to East Texas.  We saw this burning RV on the way.  Talk about wheels on fire!  Huge fire!  Thankfully, no one was hurt.  It was a sight to see.RVonFire

We visited my mom for a while.  Poor thing is sick as a dog so I did a little work around the house for her.  Say a little prayer that she gets better.  She’s normally a spunky little thing.  From there we headed to my Dad and Stepmom, Carolyn’s house.  Guys, she is the baker!  Surprise!  She’s a little skinny to be trusted right off as a baker, but her and my Dad follow the Paleo lifestyle and she can seriously bake.  Awesome! 

She loves this action shot.

She loves this action shot.

 After baking most of the day.  Well, she baked, I ate and took pictures.  feettothefireWe sat around the fire pit.  I love fire pits, but my shoes kept smoking.  I need to work on them to quit. 

 Monday morning I loaded up the kids and the best part of the whole weekend, my newly processed grass-fed cow!  Do you know how happy it makes me to have this beautiful beef in my freezer.  Not only did my mom watch this little darling grow up nice and happy, but that cow sure does taste good and it is so much better for my family.  Once I have you over for a steak you’ll want to be my friend forever!frozenbeefAny big weekend stories from you?

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Paleo chocolate chip cookies that are actually good.
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup + 2 Tbs Potato Flour
  2. ¼ cup Coconut Flour
  3. 3 Tbs Arrow Root Flour
  4. ¼ tsp Xanthan Gum
  5. 1 tsp Baking Soda
  6. ½ tsp Sea Salt
  7. Wet Ingredients
  8. 1 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  9. ¾ cup Date Sugar
  10. ¾ cup 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  11. 1 Tbs Unsweetened Applesauce
  12. 3 eggs slightly beaten
  13. 1 ½ tsp Vanilla
  14. 2 cups Dark Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients and set aside
  3. In a separate bowl mix butter and date sugar
  4. Blend in maple syrup and applesauce
  5. Slowly add eggs and vanilla
  6. Add the mixture of dry ingredients a little at a time
  7. Take a teaspoon of mixture and roll into a ball
  8. Place on lined cookie sheet and press ball until it forms a thin disc
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven for 10 minutes
Notes
  1. You can use a hand mixer or food processor to blend ingredients.
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