Hi folks! I hope your day is as wonderful as mine. Well, mine just started but I have high hopes for it anyway. I said on Facebook last week that I was going to come up with some BBQ sauce to go with the bearded husbands delicious brisket and man did I. It’s yummy. On this Paleo challenge, that I am still participating in, I cannot have any type of “Paleo sugar” meaning honey or natural sweeteners, which means most of the BBQ sauce recipes were out. This one is sweetened with fresh pineapple. It did the trick. It’s good. And, it only takes about half an hour or so to make. Maybe it would be even better if it simmered for hours or something but ain’t nobody got time for that.
This week has been a little different than most. I have this dang sore knee that I’m having a hard time shaking. It’s not terrible but I have a half marathon coming up on May 30th so I’m trying not to make it terrible. Instead of running like a crazy fool I’ve been heading over to Crossfit, or F3 as we’ve been calling it. (Remember? My gym changed.) Oh man, I’m sore! I’m not used to lifting weights so often! It’s been fun though. The cool thing is, I have pretty much the same friendship and camaraderie there as I do running so I don’t feel like I’m missing out. Well, a lot of the buddies overlap but you get my point. I’m not getting out of bed to workout at ass-o-clock (as my friend Kristen says) in the morning if I’m not having fun.
Speaking of fun, tonight F3 (Crossfit) is having an event where the girls get to come, do a fun workout, and drink wine. I’m so excited! I love girls nights! We get together, act dumb and talk about super inappropriate stuff usually. I mean, does it get any better?? The only part that stinks is I have 16 miles planned for tomorrow so I’m definitely limited in the wine department. Ha! The thought of running 16 miles fueled by too many glasses of wine. Yeah no… Everyone quick, say a little prayer that my knee cooperates for 16 miles. I love running with my friends and I don’t want to have to cry uncle and limp my sorry self home. Thanks!
Now on to my real life. We got a little sun yesterday and a little teaser that summer is coming! Even though preschool is almost out and I’m going to have my kids under my feet 24/7 for three months (GASP!) I’m looking forward to summer. Swimming, vacation, camping, sweating, sleeping late, the whole nine yards. To mark the warmer weather the offspring and I made these yummy popsicles. They were coconut milk, strawberries, pineapple and honey. They loved them! I couldn’t have them because of the honey but it’s not like they would share anyway…little vultures.
What kind of popsicles do you guys make? We had fun with it!
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/3 cup of pineapple
- 1 tbsp. avocado oil (or fat of your choice)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 4 oz. tomato paste
- 1/4 cup beef broth
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper each
- 1 tbsp. coconut aminos
- 1 tsp. liquid smoke
- In a medium sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat.
- Add chopped onion, minced garlic and chopped pineapple.
- Stir occasionally until onions are translucent and pineapple starts to cook. As you cook the pineapple it adds flavor so don't rush this step.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir frequently.
- Simmer for 15 minutes or so and let the flavors incorporate.
- Next use an immersion blender or transfer ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Return back to sauce pan to simmer.
- If sauce is too think add water and stir until desired consistency.
- Serve warm.