We really have enjoyed the benefits of a paleo diet for our own health and wellness, and we felt it was only fair to share the love with our dog, Mason, as well. He does eat a real-food, gluten-free dog food, but we have had mixed success with dog treats.
Leave it to my Mom to come up with a cool, paleo-friendly dog treat recipe. She also hit a home run with her mushroom soup. Another fun fact is that she loves crafting, and makes a lot of the napkins and place settings for our photo shoots. You can check out her stuff on her Etsy site.
This is a guest post we did for Matt & Stacy at the Paleo Parents. If you aren’t already aware of the amazing things that they are putting out, go ahead and check out their website, podcast, and books. I’m sure I’m already preaching to the choir here, but if not–go check it out and thank me later.
Quality time is a big part of any relationship–without it, it’s easy for little things to get in the way of the bigger picture and sit under the surface until you end up in a huge fight about not looking both ways before crossing the street (true story). When Heather and I first met, we were both in grad school and working full time. Since, we’ve
managed to move twice and work more than when we were managing school. Working 60+ hours a week each makes it difficult to carve out time with and for each other, especially because my second job occurs on evenings and weekends.
We just celebrated our 3-year anniversary, and I’ve taken time to really reflect on the things that make us work as a team. One of the things that has really helped us grow is our time in the kitchen. We, like others, once made the argument that, “Cooking takes too long–let’s just order in.” I learned the hard way that is hard on both the waist and the wallet, packing on 50+ pounds in the first year we were together. So, about a year and a half ago, I decided to make the switch, and made a little website as an accountability measure. Heather will admit, she was hesitant at first; but she supported me and eventually realized the dietary changes were good for her too (her allergies are more manageable now).
Below is a distillation of some of the life lessons that we’ve learned in the kitchen. Not only do we get to spend time
together, it is making the choice to better our health and wellness, and hopefully reduce stress. Our diet and fitness can only do so much if we’re stressed out of our minds. Continue reading
Just over a week ago, Heather and I received terrible news. Our friend and former neighbor Brian had died suddenly at home. We had seen Brian last at our house to watch a UFC fight and indulge on one of the most intense feasts of 2012: bacon-wrapped venison, steak, and sweet potato fries. I was full for 2 days. It was a great night of food and fights. His wife had recently been relocated for work to North Carolina, and we were looking forward to hosting them occasionally while Brian continued his school and work up here in Virginia. We were devastated when we heard the news, and have spent a good deal of time reflecting on our time together. Continue reading
We had quite a few fresh cranberries leftover from Thanksgiving. I searched our cookbooks and the web for inspiration–trying my best to avoid the typical muffins, breads, and other sweets. I know, that sounds a little silly; but seriously, the holidays are so full of baked goodies, I wanted to make something different. Alas, my efforts to make craisins failed miserably, and the cranberry sauces and baked goods recipes abound.