Paleo Pineapple BBQ Sauce

 

BBQSauce1Hi 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!

PopsicleNow 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! 

 

Paleo Pineapple BBQ Sauce
A Paleo BBQ sauce only sweetened with fresh pineapple.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 onion chopped
  2. 2 garlic cloves minced
  3. 1/3 cup of pineapple
  4. 1 tbsp. avocado oil (or fat of your choice)
  5. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  6. 4 oz. tomato paste
  7. 1/4 cup beef broth
  8. 1/2 cup water
  9. 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper each
  10. 1 tbsp. coconut aminos
  11. 1 tsp. liquid smoke
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion, minced garlic and chopped pineapple.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir frequently.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes or so and let the flavors incorporate.
  6. Next use an immersion blender or transfer ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  7. Return back to sauce pan to simmer.
  8. If sauce is too think add water and stir until desired consistency.
  9. Serve warm.
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Body Image. What in the World??

 LegsYesterday morning I was sitting around on Facebook, drinking my coffee waiting on the kids to wake up, when I came across this article.  It is written by Vanessa Bennington who basically confessed that she is a female athlete with cellulite.  She says no matter how thin she gets or how hard she works she always has the dimples.  Then she goes on to explain how most women have it, what it is, that it’s genetic and basically we need to give ourselves a break.  I liked the article so I shared it.  Boy did I open a can of worms.

I got a lot of comments from my beautiful, strong, independent, athletic buddies who have firm opinions on their own body image, but I also opened a can of worms in my own head.  Haha that’s a funny picture…anyway…the article and their comments got me thinking.

WHAT IN THE HECK IS WRONG WITH US??

As women, we get up every morning, take on the day and do extraordinary things…simultaneously!  We work, we raise kids (remember how we had to be pregnant with them as well), we care for our families, we run households, we manage money, some of us work out until we think we might die, we cook, we nurse, we care for each other, and on and on.  All the while we look in the mirror and hate what we see.

Now let me say, I don’t hate myself.  I feel like I’m generally pretty dang happy.  However, I think about my body insecurities every. single. day.  Especially my bottom half and that dang cellulite.  Let me give you a great example…

I love this picture.  It shows how awesome my bearded husband is.

This picture.  You’ve all seen it.  This is one of my favorite pictures of all time.  It really captures the spirit of finishing a marathon.  The raw emotion, the struggle, the pain, the satisfaction of completion, the support and sacrifice of my husband, it’s all there.  Guess what I also saw immediately?  Any guesses?? 

I THINK MY LEG LOOKS BIG.

What in the hell is wrong with me??  That leg that carried me hours and hours of training.  That leg that just spent a lot of time and ALL of its energy getting me across 26.2 miles.  That’s what I see?  That it looks big?  Hmmm something doesn’t seem right with that…

Why are we like this?  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  Did my grandmothers generation beat themselves up everyday?  I wish I could answer those questions definitively. 

I said it in my Facebook comments and I’ll say it here.  Of course I’m speaking from my own experience, but I feel like my fellow female athletes will agree with me.  It’s not that we are vain and outside beauty is all that matters.  The issue is, we work very, very hard training our bodies.  We also read lots of articles on our particular sports and follow the professionals and their photos.  We put all of this work in, why don’t we look like them?  Because we are NOT them and were NOT made to be them.

Look at 1 Timothy 4:8, it says “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

Maybe going forward we can try to switch our mindsets just a little?  I know this is something that isn’t going away.  But, just maybe we can try to remember that God made us perfect just the way we are.  Maybe we can try to remember to thank Him for all of our accomplishments and the incredible strengths He has given us?  Maybe be thankful for the journey and the days that we are able to get up, move and do all of those incredible things in His glory?

I’m going to try.  I’m going to try to forgive my body for it’s imperfections and teach my kids to be comfortable in their own skin.

Ok.  I feel like we all need a big group hug!  Or, maybe we need a booty bump since we’re learning to love those things huh? 

You girls have a great day and go take on the world!  Ok, ok you boys too… 

Weekend In Pictures!

Hello!  How is everyone doing on this beautiful morning?  We are fairing fairly well.  I have a sick baby.  Oh man does she milk it.  She is still super cute though.  Pitiful but cute.

SickBabyI know I have been a total blog slacker lately.  You didn’t hear from me last week!  I know you missed me…right??  Well, I actually wasn’t being a slacker at life.   We have this HUGE flowerbed that we let get completely out of control with the dang weeds.  The kids and I rolled our sleeves up and tackled it.  ALL WEEK.  I was sore from bending over pulling all of those weeds that were somehow cemented into the ground.  I finished Friday evening and was super proud of myself!  Looks good huh?

Of course Saturday morning is long run day.  Probably my favorite day of the week.  We always have so much fun acting like fools on the street of Rockwall before daylight.  As you know Lisa is back and ran 10 miles with me finally.  Don’t worry Lisa, you will never be referred to again as “my friend with the broke leg.”  That is behind us!  We had a great run and even stopped to taste a honeysuckle.  I think that counts as fuel…it’s natural! 

After the 10.5 mile run I grabbed some coffee and headed to Royse City to meet our little group there for 4 more miles.  They are the best!  Great conversation with new friends!  The only thing…we were quickly reminded that summer time is a comin.  Hot hot hot.  That’s ok.  14.5 great miles done for me!  33 miles for the week plus 3 crossfit days.  See…I was busy!

Royse City running buddies.

Royse City running buddies.

Onward to Saturday night!  I have sooo been looking forward to it.  The Bearded Husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary this past week so we stayed the night in Dallas to have some fun.  He surprised me with dinner at HG Supply Co.  It’s a Paleo restaurant in Dallas!  It was so good!  I’m dumb though, I didn’t get a picture of my delicious meal because I was too busy stuffing it in my face.  Bummer.  I did however, get a picture of my super cool drink!  As you may know, I’m pretty good at double unders right?  Well, this drink was called the “Double Under” AND it was infused with red beets!  That’s me in a glass!  Crazy.  Now, I have to say, dinner was great but I did step outside of the Paleo world Saturday night.  We had two desserts. Whoops.  Ah #sorrynotsorry.  I love that we still have so much fun together after all of this time.  My hubby is a pretty cool dude.

 

Coolest drink ever!

Coolest drink ever!

 Alright, finally Sunday.  We jumped out of bed, grabbed some old fashioned breakfast at the original Mama’s Daughters’ Diner and went to cheer on my little sista and a couple of running buddies in the Skyline Half.  Remember how I said it was hot?  Oh those poor sweaty runners.  We posted at the top of a hill and watched runner after runner trudge up it.  The coolest part you ask?  All of the RRC runners coasted up that hill like it was nothing.  I’m not just saying that because I love them.  The training really pays off.  They did great!  Little sista rocked it too! 

We'll pretend she didn't stop to take this selfie at mile 11.  K??

We’ll pretend she didn’t stop to take this selfie at mile 11. K??

Well, folks, thanks for being patient and forgiving me for my week off.  I’m getting busy with new summer recipes and excited about the prospect of training for another full.  Of course, you will get to hear all about it.  I know you’re so excited!  Life is good!

Hmmm which full should I do?  Please chime in!