Archive for June, 2013

Be Back Soon

Hey Everyone,

As those that know me personally will already know, in less than two weeks my family and I will begin our cross country adventure to Alberta.  Yes, that’s right! we are moving home! Thank you military for the awesome posting!

We will arrive around the 22nd of July and then will begin settling into our new home. In the meantime the next two weeks here, are proving to be increasingly busy and chaotic.

So with all this excitement going on, Pickles are Cucumber and documenting my Paleo recipes and adventures will need to take a bit of a break. Don’t worry, As soon as I get settled, I will be back! and hopefully with more ambition than ever.

See you soon!

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Save your fruit!!

Did you buy too many bananas? or too many strawberries? or really any fruit? Is it starting to turn and is about to spoil?

In this situation you have really only three choices…

1. Let it go bad and chuck it in the trash. ( least preferable)

2. Gobble it all up. ( not a horrible idea… lol)

3. Cut it up and freeze it for smoothies ( super awesome idea!)

Ever buy frozen fruit from the grocery store? a bag of strawberries is like 6 bucks. If strawberries are on sale, you can get way more for the same price. AND fresher!

So don’t toss out your fruit! Save it! Cut it up! Freeze it! And Blend it up later!

Mmmmm

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Paleo Ribs

Who doesn’t enjoy a good rack of ribs? exactly. I LOVE ribs, slathered in BBQ sauce, falling apart in my mouth… Mmm.
I spent a while online today trying to find a Paleo BBQ sauce that both looked delicious and I actually had the ingredients to make. No success. But that doesn’t mean that I cant have juicy delicious ribs.
Really its easy peasy, I have lots of spices in my cupboard. Lets make a dry rub!

So, to make my ribs just follow these steps.
1. preheat the oven to 250
2. in a bowl, combine the following spices:

  • 1/2 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Chipotle powder
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper

3. Rubs the stuff all over the runs.. toss in the oven… wait about 2 and 3/4 hours and voila YUM!

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Home Made Blueberry Muffins

Today I wanted to bake something. I don’t know why… I usually don’t eat anything that I bake…. I think perhaps i just enjoy the baking part. So what could i make?!

Yesterday I got a bunch of free books off Amazon, so i looked through those. Blueberry Muffins…Darcy likes those! so we had a winner!

It was relatively easy. And the recipe, i just got out of an online kindle book called 30 Delicious Paleo Guilt Free Desserts…. I think it might be by someone called Cheerful Chef…. but im not positive. LOL

Darcy told me that they taste different than wheat flour made muffins, but he really liked them… took a bunch to work with him!

So, basically for today, I will just post the recipe below as I took screen shots of it ( the only alteration I made was instead of Ghee, I used melted butter) and a few photos of today’s preparation. Enjoy 🙂

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Burgers

I will admit, that in my paleo journey, I have not sought out grass fed organic meats.  If there is an option to buy hormone free, etc, i will take it. However, i cant usually afford the pricier meats. So although I claim to be paleo… perhaps, I am only sort of paleo.  I do however focus on no grains, no added garbage in my foods. Even with just that, it makes a difference. Have you ever read the ingredients on a box of frozen burgers? There is so much garbage in most of them, you often wonder, how much is actual burger. Why does it need to have wheat filler?  I guarantee that if you went to the supermarket, and unless you make your own burgers, anything you buy in a box will be full of fillers and weird ingredients.

I am a mom, I often find myself lacking in time, energy and motivation to prepare and cook a whole meal from scratch. Sometimes, I just need something easy to fry up and consume so i can keep going with my day.

So i went on a search for a yummy burger. This is when i realized the truth about packaged burgers.  And this is also when I found Bubba Burgers at Costco. I have only ever seen the sweet onion variety, but I hope to find the others someday as well.

These burgers do the trick.  They are gluten Free, and have no hidden ingredients in them. I love my burgers with some char on them, and when i fry it up, add on some cheese and bacon, I don’t even mind not using condiments.

So even tho these are not 100% paleo, they are still a really good alternative to most options out there. Image

I enjoyed my 23g of charred delicious protein… actually I devoured it so quickly tonight that I forgot to take a photo! maybe next time 🙂

Hot Wings… I’m still drooling over these!

Last Monday I made Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings. Today, I was in the mood for spicy.  So, what’s better than hot wings? Not much!

So last time when i made the wings I learned a lesson. line the bottom tray with foil, so you have a bit less scrubbing to do when its time for clean up.

Otherwise…

– Toss the chicken onto a wire rack over a lined baking sheet, and toss into a pre heated oven ( 400 degrees F)

– Cook for 20 minutes, turn over and cook another twenty minutes

– in the meantime.. melt a two tablespoons of butter and mix with about a 1/3 cup of franks red hot. ( all depending on how many wings your making… i made 20 with this)

– Once the wings are cooked toss them in the sauce, grab a drink a bunch of napkins and chow down!

NOMNOMNOM

These were seriously the easiest and best wings I’ve had in a long time. Why would I want to go out, and spend 20 bucks for this… when I can eat it in the comfort of my own home, for a fraction of the cost, but so much tastier?! I wish I had made more! seriously, they are all I can think about! im just staring at the photo below… and still drooling…

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Family Kayaking

Today Darcy, Emelyn and I tried Kayaking in a Tandem kayak.  WOW, its a lot different than kayaking solo.

The main difference is, the person in the front, doesn’t seen to have any control at all. This is where I was sitting. Sure I could help propel us forward… and if I paddled hard enough, I could kind of steer…. pathetically.  Darcy sat in the back seat, he was in control of steering and watching Emelyn. Emelyn didnt really enjoy the experience today. However I think its due to the fact that we pushed her eating time back a little bit, and it was really hot out, which with her PWS… heat and her do not mix at all!

I don’t think I liked Tandem Kayaking, although I did like being out with my family. I think that it would be a little better if Emelyn was a bit older and could understand what was going on and why she had this big frumpy life jacket on. It would also be better if the day was a bit overcast and cooler.  Heat and kayaking don’t mix well.. you are out there int he heat, working upa sweat anyhow… you don’t need to bake as well. 😉

It was a good experience and I cant wait to go kayaking again… next time I would like to leave emelyn out of the equation and just go out with Darcy and let him kayak without worrying about a baby.

 

Here are some photos from today.

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And Yes… Emelyn fell asleep… looks comfy right?