I know I have increased my fish intake, but something smells

Oh wait my Dove antiperspirant deodorant stinks.  Well it actually smells really nice and does a wonderful job, but the ingredients stink.  I am an AVID ARBONNE user and even though Arbonne has a deodorant out, I am not a fan of mint…actually really don’t like mint smell at all.  So my friend Jane told me about a deodorant she was making and I was all over that like….well like me on bacon.

So I cleaned out a deodorant container and got to work on the recipe.  So easy and I have been using it for a week now and I really love it.

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I know you can read but I will list it out so you can copy and paste 😉

1/2 cup arrowroot flour

1/2 cup baking soda

5 drops each of your fav oils.  (tea tree, eucalyptus, cinnamon is what I used, Jane used the first two and Lavender…I smelt it it was awesome!)  Mine is pretty good too except I want to lick my underarms *blush*

approx 5 tbsp coconut oil melted

Mix all together and either put into an old deodorant container, or even make into a ball and put in a baggie and rub on.

Since doing this I have ordered some empty container and a few more oils from http://www.saffireblue.ca  I got ocean breeze and a gentlemen’s scent.  Yes I am making a tube for each member of my family.

WHY?  Well just too many people close to me are being diagnosed with breast cancer and I am going to do everything I can do for me and my girls.

As for the fish comment…that is for another post!!!!!

Guess who is going to Texas for the PALEOFX EVENT???

*SQUEEEEEEEEEE!*  yes…that would be me.  That is my excitement squeal. 

I got my first Paleo Magazine delivered and opened it up to the PaleoFX advertisement and wondered if anyone from the Toronto Paleo group was going and sure enough found a group looking for a 4th person!  I am very excited, but there were conditions under me going.  I have to pre-cook several freezer meals for my family before I left.  DOABLE!

Anyway that trip will happen March 26th and be back April 1st.  I have been just sort of maintaining with eating, cooking up favorites and right now I am making Valentine Shortbread cookies…so hopefully they work out. 

My new love are green drinks.  Fresh organic (when I can) kale, avocados, ginger, lemon, raw local honey, carrots etc…all blended up with some water and drink!  I call this my 1st Breakfast because I drink this and then I make my 2nd Breakfast of high quality animal fats!  I am reading two books right now  “Why women need fat” and “The vegetarian myth”  both are excellent!!!  The vegetarian myth has me all motivated to plant a huge garden so my friend Jane has offered her farmland and so her and I and the 5 kids between us will be farming some awesome veggies this summer.  Very excited.  Did you know that Plants eat MEAT!  LOL  yep they do!  On that note…here is this morning’s Green Drink.  Yum!

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Snow Day #2 Doughnuts and Chinese Food!

Yes another snow day and another day to sleep in  YES!!!  I love that 6:30 am call…”Go back to sleep Shannon, it’s a snow day”  Then I hang up and smile and cozy in deeper to my bed and pillow and then *BOING!*  My eyes pop open and I scream Nooooooooo!  I can sleep, mind go to sleep!  Anyway…

This was supper and this is the first time I have ever seen my 10 year old daughter bounce and eat at the same time.  Pure sign of enjoying her food.

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Chicken Fried ‘ahem’ Rice

In a pan with olive oil I fried up 1 head of riced cauliflower.  After 5 min or so I then pushed to the side and scrambled 2 eggs and then mixed it with the cauliflower, I then chopped up 1 carrot and nuked for about 2 min in the microwave (yes I know this kills our food)  Then I mixed that all together with some gluten free soy sauce.

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Curried Shrimp and Veggies

After I cleaned the pan with the rice, I then put more olive oil in and chopped up a small onion, red pepper, green pepper and sauted until the onions were translucent.  I then threw in some cooked shrimp and sprinkled curry over it all then I put a few splashes of soy sauce and let that fry for a bit (till all the water from the shrimp was gone)

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Beef & Broccoli and Chinese 5 Spice

Chris then arrived home with the few ingredients I was missing to finish this meal.  Then after cleaning the pan *again*  another splash of olive oil and threw in broccoli and while that was cooking I soaked the thinly sliced beef in Tamari Sauce with 1 tbsp of the 5 spice and tossed and then threw in with the broccoli and then I put a splash of Tempura sauce ( I know..that’s Japanese!)  Then of course I made everyone try each dish without anything on it and then after they all said it was good we drizzled on cherry sauce and sweet and sour sauce to make it feel more like take out…oh and chop sticks!!!

I got big thumbs up and like I said…to watch my 10 year eat and tell me it was the best dinner she ever had…put a HUGE smile on my face ❤

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And yes I made more doughnuts!!!  I will have to learn how to make fortune cookies next!

 

 

 

Snow Day = Doughnut Day

In my house anyway!  Wished you lived here don’t ya!?

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This past weekend we did a road trip to see my family and Chris’s family.  My sister took me across to the states and we hit Sam’s Club and the only regret I had was that I wasn’t filthy rich and my husband (if I had one) was working the border.

So yes I am stocked up on my grass fed butter and I bought a Wilton Doughnut pan!  We got home late last night and this morning we woke up to SNOW DAY!!!  Perfect day to try out the doughnut pan and of course my kids agreed!

My girlfriend and fellow Primal eater Jane posted this great Breakfast Paleo Bread and I wondered if it would make a good doughnut batter.  So from Elana’s Pantry (google her cause she has some amazing recipes)

So I whipped up the batter and poured it into the pan!Image

It was kind of hard not to eat the batter this recipe made 6 perfect doughnuts! YAY!

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I took some Xyla through the coffee grinder to make powdered sugar for a sugar doughnut, and then mixed the xyla with cinnamon for the cinnamon doughnuts, then I melted 70% chocolate with butter and a bit of water to make a glaze and then topped some with hazelnuts, coconuts and silver candy.  The girls preferred the powdered Xyla the best because it reminded them of sugar coated doughnuts I used to buy a million years ago (or so that is what they believed the time frame to be)

Paleo Breakfast Bread (source: http://www.elanaspantry.com)

  • ½ cup creamy roasted almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey (I didn’t have honey so I put 2 tbsp xyla)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon stevia (I don’t use stevia so again another tbsp xyla)
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  1. In a large bowl, with a hand blender, mix almond butter until creamy
  2. Mix in eggs, honey, vanilla and stevia
  3. Add salt, baking soda and cinnamon
  4. Mix well with hand blender until all ingredients are combined
  5. Transfer batter into a well greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish (of course I put into doughnut pan and I cooked it for the 12 min)
  6. Bake at 325° for 12 to 15 minutes

For the chocolate glaze I took a handful of 70% chocolate chips and a tsp butter and melted in microwave and then added 2 tsp hot water.  dipped the doughnut and decorate.

For the others I dipped the doughnut in melted butter and then into the sugar and Cinnamon mixture, then took the extra chocolate in a sandwich bag and cut the corner and drizzled on.Also I just crushed hazel nuts
I got a thumbs up for the doughnuts from the kids and I LOVED them too.  There are 3 left for Chris to sample when he gets home.  ❤

 

 

The Calzone Diet

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One of the Joys of the internet is the access to millions of wonderful ideas floating around.  When I saw this posted by http://www.mariahealth.blogspot.ca Resistance was Futile!  I mean like SERIOUS!?!?!  CALZONES!!!

Even though I am on this new quest to lose 10lbs nothing was going to stop me from trying this out last night.  So I followed the recipe and at the end where it said to add the 1 cup of boiled water I was thinking…”something is wrong here!?!”  I knew that if I added water to this dough I was going to get slop and I stood there for a moment processing what I knew.  Psyllium seed husk do gel up and there are 5 tbsp in there…so I closed my eyes and added the water…I started turning and so did my stomach with disappointment because I was looking at slop….but then it started…the psyllium seed husk started to work and sure enough I ended up with a  pizza like dough.  YAY.

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Topped this puppy with cheese, pepperoni, mushroom, bacon, and hot peppers.  I used the parchment to fold over and removed the top parchment and pinched the side together.  Then I cut the parchment around the calzone and transferred to a cookie sheet.  It said to cook for 45 to 55 min.  So I put it on for 55, but because I rolled it out a bit thinner it was ready at 45 min.  Store bought gluten free Marinara sauce and my family members gave two 9.9’s and one 9.  When I asked why not just give it a 10, my quite literal daughter said “Well you said a number BETWEEN 1 and 10.”  *sigh*  They asked it be made more often for supper !   Are you not just IN LOVE!?!

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CRUST:
1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour (or 1/2 cup coconut flour)

5 TBS psyllium husk powder (no substitutes)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 eggs (4 if using coconut flour)
1 cup BOILING water (or marinara sauce)

FILLING:
1 cup mozzerella cheese
Favorite Pizza Toppings: olives, artichokes, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions…

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium sized bowl, combine the almond, psyllium powder (no substitutes: flaxseed meal won’t work), baking powder and salt. Add in the eggs and combine until a thick dough. Add boiling water or salsa into the bowl. Mix until well combined.

Separate the dough into 2. Place the dough onto a piece of greased parchment paper (I used THIS coconut oil spray). Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out in a circle shape with even thickness throughout, about 1/4 inch thick. Place desired pizza fillings in the middle of each circle. Fold the circle in half and pinch the edges closed with your fingers. Place each calzone onto a cookie sheet about 3 inches apart from each other.  Bake for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 6 servings.

I hear Bone Broth is going to make me Dead Sexy!

I hear Bone Broth is going to make me Dead Sexy!

Funny how things happen…I was in Whole Foods on Monday and picked up a few things…one being beef bones for broth. I have chicken coming out of the yingyang and was craving beef broth. Now because I am trying to limit or avoid some FODMAPS, this called for a whole head of garlic and I was a bit nervous about putting that amount in…if I am trying to heal my tummy and I know FODMAPS kind of mess it up…I limited the garlic to 6 buds as I know that won’t bother me. Then today as I am surfing my favorite bloggers didn’t I notice a few were putting their bone broth in the crock pots. So out came mine and here we go!

Now why drink bone broth this magic elixir you ask?

1. Bone broth makes your joints feel smooth as silk as it is loaded with glycosaminoglycans.

2. Makes Your Hair, Skin, and Nails Look Dead Sexy (well I hope so anyway…)

3. Bone Broth Heals Your Gut! (the second reason I am doing this…the first being I want to be Dead Sexy! *huh?* lol yes Gelatin is a great gut healer.

4. Bone Broth Reduces Your Need for Meat and Protein (But I LOVE Meat and Protein!!!..I love organic grass fed as well and maybe buying less would be healing for my wallet too…just a thought!

5. Bone Broth gets rid of toxins! The liver i capacity to detoxify is limited by the availability of the amino acid glycine. And guess what is abundant in bone broth??? yep.

Bone Broth (high in minerals)
– Bones of any kind of meat really (1/5lbs to 2lbs)
– 16 cups of water (mine is drilled well)
– 2 tsp sea salt
– 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
– 1 whole head garlic (optional) minced.

In a slow cooker bring to a boil and then put on low for 8 to 24 hours (longer the better)
Turn off and strain and put in fridge
chip off layer of fat and heat and drink or use as broth for dishes.

Brainstorming with my sister

Brainstorming with my sister

I am sure I bored my sister to death yesterday talking about food….all day. But by last night I had her on track and we started talking perogies…I could hardly sleep last night waiting to try our idea. This morning I woke up and started peeling the yam and dicing it up and baking in the oven. Then I baked the bacon…then we put the cooked yams in the kitchen aid mixer and I chopped the bacon and she shredded the cheese. It all went in the mixer. Then I made the hand pie dough recipe and had NO IDEA if this was going to work at all or not. So we only made six in case it was a bust. Into the boiling water they went for roughly 40 seconds…and then out and drained and into the frying pan with the onion, bacon and butter…so far so good…then we did some food stylin to take some pictures and then we got out the fork for the REAL TEST. OMFG!!!! We both *GASPED* and had the chill up the spine feeling of “WOW NOT ONLY DID IT WORK….TASTES AWESOME!”

We had 3 each and honestly they are rich and filling and so we made up the rest and froze them….so I just have to pull them out, boil for a minute and fry up. Can’t wait to eat them again. One day I am going to have a perogie making day….Care to join me?

Dough
2 Tsp Whole Psyllium Husks
1/8 Tsp Xanthan
1/3 Cup of Warm Water.
1 3/4 Packed Cup of Blanched Almond Flour
1/2 Packed Cup Starch (Tapioca, Arrowroot or Potato)
3/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tbs of additional water.
1. In a small cup or bowl combine the Psyllium, Xanthan and 1/3 Cup of Water. Mix and set aside for a few minutes so that it can thicken.
2. In the bowl of a food processor combine the Almond Flour, Starch, Salt and Baking Soda. Process to combine. Add the thickened Psyllium Mixture to the food processor. Turn on high and process- then add the last Tbs of water and combine until dough becomes a thick ball. It should be just slightly sticky and hold together really well. * If your dough is at all crumbly add a little bit more water ( 1 tsp at a time) until it starts to hold firmly together.*
3. Remove dough from food processor. Place between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to desired thickness.

Filling
1 large sweet potatoe peeled, diced baked at 350 for 30 min
1/2 lb bacon, baked at 350 for 30 min
1 cup shredded cheese.

Mix filling ingredients together, cut out dough in circles and fill with less than a tsp of filling, fold over and pinch edges.

Boil for 40 seconds and fry in butter with onion and bacon and top with sour cream. Hope I am not missing any steps.

*another option* before boiling, lay out on cookie sheet and freeze and then put in freezer bag for future use.

YUMMERS!