Since choosing to live a gluten- and dairy-free lifestyle three years ago, we have generally skipped the toast, croissants, and other bread-y goods prepared by family and friends for brunches, dinners, and parties. We have ventured on a few successful baking adventures—see our Orange-Cranberry Bread, Bacon Jalapeño Bread, and Pumpkin “Cornbread.”
Still, we have shied away from rolls, donuts, and croissants until recently. A few weekends ago, I was doing some exploratory ready about egg replacement (because one of my nephews is allergic to egg, among other things) and learned that chia seed flour can mimic the stretchy consistency of glutenous dough.
Tis the season for cookies and hot cocoa with marshmallows and presents galore! It is also the season of resolutions, including many promises to eat and live more healthfully. These resolutions are notoriously hard to keep.
However, having the right resources and having others to help you stay accountable will help you increase your chances of success. I first really paid attention to this after hearing an NPR story back in 2012. Clinical psychologist John Norcross said, “The buddy system works” and “publicly declare your resolution as a family. […] Families can do it all together much more effectively than one alone.” (Check it out here: Making Resolutions That Stick.) This is one of the many reasons Brent and I have been successful in living more healthfully over the past few years; we support each other and surround ourselves with resources and great friends who support us, too.
Today is a pretty cool day for us—we’re a part of The Best Paleo Recipes eBookthat Bill and Hayley of Primal Palate put together. This book has been in the works for months, and we think you are absolutely going to love it. There are recipes from the big names the Paleo world knows and loves, friends of ours, and even us! Check out the smiling faces of all the contributors below.
There are over 150 recipes in this collection, with 25 never-before-seen recipes as well. We put together my family’s delicious shrimp dip as an exclusive and can’t wait for you to try it. The Best of Paleo Recipes eBookwill also introduce you to new bloggers we think you’ll really enjoy; even after 3 years blogging, we found some new blogs we’ll now start regularly reading.
This week only (November 10-17, 2014) the book is on sale f0r $20, from its regular price of $25. We think it’s a tremendous deal and love how this interactive PDF allows you to easily navigate a 300+ page eBook on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Full disclosure: if you choose to buy the eBook through us, we will receive affiliate compensation. This blog is a fun hobby for us, so if you’d like to support us and the blog (and help us keep this blog low on advertisements), this is among the best ways to do so. Either way, we think this eBook is going to be something you’ll really enjoy. Bill and Hayley have put together more information for you to review should you want to learn more.
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. Continue reading →
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 →