Thursday, May 30, 2013

Picnic at the Park

Holy (*#&$%!  It's me.  Posting.  What!

It's been extremely hard being a single mom of three little girls while Adam is gone.  I. am. exhausted. overwhelmed. cranky. and twenty other things.  Which isn't to say I've fallen off the wagon.  I am actually eating well.  We're Paleo 95% of the time, but I have not cut out the sugars and starches that I need to cut out in order to lose weight.  For now I'll just leave it at that!

I started up a Natural Living Group here in Fort Bliss and it's been slow going to say the least.  Not like the NLG - Graf in Germany that has nearly 180 members now!  We're getting there though... Today we had a Picnic Potluck at the Park.

I made a yummy ambrosia fruit salad using coconut cream and a curried chicken salad:

Terrible quality pics I know.  We were sitting under a yellow tent, haha.  I promise they tasted better than they looked.

My friend Shannon brought some delicious oatmeal, chocolate chip, craisin cookies.  She is so, so supportive of my Paleo diet and always asks me if what she's making is ok <3 

Sarah went to town on the cookies.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that's all she had for lunch:

And my former NLG - Graf buddy, Jenessa is stationed here now too, woohoo!  She is Vegan so I always look forward to what creative non-paleo goodness she brings :D  She makes some bomb cashew cheese... with crackers... om nom nom.  I tell her that every time I see her I think.  She brought salsa, chimichurri, and black bean hummus: 

A lot of my fellow Paleoers have the hardest time giving up dairy.  I don't care about dairy.  Sure sometimes I'll crave some yogurt (and ok my Ben & Jerry's too), but I can live without it no big deal.  Pasta, I don't care about.  Bread is seriously a thing of the past.  I've even gotten over my cold cereal addiction.  But what I actually have the hardest time with is... beans.  I love me some hummus.  So naturally I was pretty thrilled to get to eat some today!

If it weren't for the fact that they make me feel absolutely *terrible* I would probably not follow this part of the Paleo diet.  Unfortunately fortunately they do so I almost always pass on the beans.  In fact, this is only the second time in *eight months* that I have eaten them!

The kids had fun at the park (shaded by a blue tent haha):

Calliegh and Becca with their friend Caiden.

And here's my goofy, little cheeseball:

 This is how she always smiles now.  And to prove it, here's a picture I took last Sunday at the same park:

Silly girl!

This little guy made a few rounds to pick up crumbs:

We had a fun day with delicious food and great company!  I look forward to more of them :)

I do apologize for my lack of posts... honestly, truly.  I hope to write a more detailed post in the future about what is going on with me, but I make no promises on when that will be.  I do hope to get you guys a recipe on the fruit and chicken salads soon though!

What is one food that you had a hard time giving up?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My Trip + Hibachi Night

Hey Everyone!

So I know it's been a crazy long time since my last post, two months to be exact!  What!  I actually thought I would have had way more time on my hands then I ended up with.  I even packed my new, and sadly still unused, photography equipment thinking I would be a traveling, blogging, superstar.  But alas... No.

I packed up the car and I'm pretty sure I burned 1.5million calories doing it.  Remember the whole two flights of stairs thing...

My little sardines.

 My only goal was to see out the rear view mirror.  And while I started out with some serious doubts of that happening, I did prove that I'm something of a pack-master.

I made it to Cali in about 12 hours snacking on root veggie chips, almond flour cookies, strawberry coconut flour muffins, sausage, olives, and cucumber rounds.  I found that we all would rather snack the entire way than have meals, so that's how we do.

We made it just in time to celebrate my Uncle John's 50th birthday!  It was a blast!  The night before the party, close family went out to Hibachi (and if you're friends with me on Facebook you will remember my not-quite-but-almost-coulda-been run-in with Gwen Stafani).  Our evening looked somethin' like this:

The Birthday Uncle and my beautiful Cousin Mic.

The Hibachi(er) making onion volcanoes.

He did make me some pretty bomb calamari.

But then he started throwing shrimp at people.  Some caught them with their mouths...

Others used their eyes.

It wasn't long before I became the DD. #sakebomb

Well, I have an adorable little girl insisting I hold her so despite this post being unfinished, I'm going to go ahead and publish it now so you guys don't have to suffer any longer without me... haha.  Which reminds me...!  When I logged in to blogger today, I had an awesome surprise... new followers and tons of pageviews.  Thanks for stickin' with this slacker! ;)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream

I had a serious hankering for ice cream, so rather than pick up some notoriously unhealthy ice cream from the store, I whipped this up instead!  It's only six simple ingredients and the best part, you don't have to wait!  This ice cream is ready to devour in less than five minutes.  It's super thick and silky and totally hits the spot. 

Strawberry Chocolate Ice Cream - serves 4-6

1 can full-fat coconut milk
1 heaping cup frozen, organic strawberries
1 tsp. pure vanilla
2-4 medjool dates, pits removed
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
4 medium over-ripe bananas, broken into large pieces and frozen (I keep these on hand)

In a high-speed blender, puree all ingredients except bananas.  (When pitting your dates, be sure you don't actually throw a pit in the blender and the date on the counter... If you do, be sure to dig that thing out otherwise bad things will happen.  Trust me.)

When mixture is very smooth add in frozen banana chunks.  You will need to use a tamper for this.  The last step goes quickly so be careful not to over mix otherwise you will lose some of the thickness.  And there you have it, Paleo, no wait, Vegan, oh who cares... Delicious ice cream!  Enjoy!