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Lent! And A Recipe, of course!

Although I am not Catholic,I gave decided to participate in Lent this year. At first I couldn’t decide what to give up. I’ve already given up pop, (un-natural) sugars, proceeded foods, wheat…..all those things not included in a Paleo diet. I thought about giving up coffee but I am pretty sure coffee makes the pop thing bearable. I only eat honey (or other natural sweeteners), fruit and dark chocolate occasionally. So…….I decided to give up my time.

I was inspired by another blogger to spend at least 15 minutes participating in physical activity a day with my kids. I know 15 minutes doesn’t sound like much. I’m going to shoot for 30 but kept my goal at 15. So far I have pulled them them in the wagon through puddles, jumped on the trampoline, played tag and been on a walk. Each time we play I hear them say things like, “This is so fun!”, “We should definitely do this again!” and always a ton of laughter. I know there will be days when it is the last thing I want to do. On those days I am going to jump in head first and stick with it until I am having fun. I know my attitude will change because my kids laughter, enthusiasm and joy is contagious!

Now for the recipe. It’s good thing I didn’t give up chocolate cause this recipe is delicioso (Thanks for the Spanish lesson, Dora!)

Nut Butter Truffles

The change I made was to reduce the honey to 1/4 of a cup. I really think you could even leave it out completely!   

Here is my horrible picture, Enjoy!


Cheesy Baked Tomatoes

Ok all you tomato lovers out there, this recipe is for you! 4 out of the 6 of us love tomatoes so this was a big hit! I can’t wait until the summer when you can get big, red, juicy tomatoes at the farmer’s market! Also, this will be the second year in a row we have had a garden. I guess I should say Clayton has a garden. I was pregnant last year and wanted nothing to do with the garden. Lets just say my motherly instincts did not extend to the plot of weeds growing in the backyard. Please do not ask my husband if I am a pleasant pregnant person, he will surely not tell the truth……

This recipe is inspired by a pic I pinned on pinterest. Of course I didn’t actually use the original recipe because…..ummmmm….because I never do. 🙂 This drives Clayton crazy because I can never make the same thing twice, hence this blog to keep track of recipes!

tomatoes cut into 1/2 inch slices
Shredded cheese- any kind you want! I used Parmesan and a mixed Italian blend.
chopped fresh basil or dried basil
chopped fresh oregano or dried oregano

Preheat oven to 450° F.
Place tomatoes on a baking sheet.
Top with cheese, sprinkle with basil, salt and pepper. Drizzle each tomato with butter.
Bake until the tomatoes are tender and cheese is browned, about 10-15 min.

I forgot to get a pic when they were done. But they were beautiful, for a tomato. 

My pics aren’t loading….will try later.


Okay, I weighed. I made it a week. I know. I suck. And guess what? I am probably not going to quit weighing  but I am not going to let the scale dictate my attitude.

Instead I am going to focus on my successes. So here goes. The following is a list of recent successes.

1. I deadlifted 225#s. Once. But I did it! I didn’t have any chalk with me and my grip slipped but I can’t wait to do more. My goal is 250….then maybe on to 300….we shall see!

2. I back squatted 175, once. My next goal is 200. 🙂

3. I can do 1 (almost 2) chin-ups. And almost one pull-up. Clayton put one of those pull-up bars in one of our doorways and I love it.

4. Because Clayton has taught me well I have better form than most of the guys at the Y. 🙂 This one makes me laugh. I want to hang a sign on the Smith Machine that says “Attention: If you want to do real squats the squat rack is over there.” Maybe not, there is only one squat rack and I hate sharing it.

I Haven’t Been Avoiding You…..Kind of…

I know I have promised some recipes and I plan on getting those up this week, but I have been super busy! We have been cleaning, cooking, doing taxes, and lots more fun stuff.

Tonight I am making beef heart, so I will def let you know how that goes!

See ya soon, hopefully!

Today is Thanksgiving……right?

Ok, not really! BUT since we are supposed to be thankful everyday we can technically call it Thanksgiving!


Eat your heart out, Martha!

I will post my recipes later.


So as the turkey was getting done I began to take its temperature with a meat thermometer. When the thermometer stated the temperature of the turkey was a safe 170ish, I foolishly believed it. The mashed potatoes, gravy,and sweet potato pie were all done and waiting patiently to be devoured. The broccoli was in the oven getting roasted to perfection. Clayton (the husband) began to cut into the perfectly golden, juicy bird. He carved one side…mmmmm it smelled (and looked) heavenly. As he cut into the 2nd side he began to look slightly worried. Instead of cutting with confidence he was staring at the bird with a look of anguish.


We examined the meat we thought was done but couldn’t come to a conclusion as to whether it was fully cooked. We decide that even though it’s fun to live dangerously, eating raw poultry was not the way. Sooooooo we stuck it back in the oven with the roasting broccoli to finish cooking. One problem though, you don’t cook a turkey at the same temperature you roast broccoli at…..

By this time we were all starving. We had fluffy potatoes, rich gravy, a mouth-watering sweet potato pie, broccoli roasted to perfection and partially raw, partially burnt turkey.

So we sat down for a Paleo nightmare…..a meatless meal. We ate our sides (that were awesome, by the way) and waited for the turkey to be done. The whole time we ate I kept replaying the scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where they are all chewing the over cooked turkey. If you’ve seen it you know what I mean and if you haven’t, shame on you, it’s a classic!

By the time we took the turkey out of the oven the kids had moved on but Clayton and I faithfully ate our dry turkey, covered it gravy, of course!

Moral of the story: A meat thermometer might not be the best item to skimp on.

I am just happy to say that I kept my cool during the entire fiasco. There were no tears, foot stomping or yelling at all. However, please do not ask my husband to confirm the last statement….

Recipes to be shared later but don’t worry I will not be instructing anyone on how to cook a turkey.

An Achievement, A Recipe and A Confession

1. An Achievement– I did 2 underhanded pull ups today! Before I had Finn (baby #4) it took me over a year to do one!! Now I need to work on overhanded ones!

2. A Recipe: I have a million I need to post! But for now I will focus on one. It was the bomb diggity! Yes, you read that right I said it was the bomb diggity. I can use dorky phrases ike that because it’s my blog. Anyway, this recipe is for cookies!!

(Bomb Diggity) Chocolate Glazed Banana Cookies


1 cup and 2T Coconut Flour

1t of baking soda

1/2 cup of water

1/2 cup coconut oil

4 eggs

2 ripe bananas

2t vanilla

1/2 a bar of dark chocolate broken into small chunks

2T cocoa powder

Usually in cookie recipes you mix the dry ingredients in one bow and the wet in another. I have no patience. I dumped it all in one bowl and mixed it up! Place heaping Tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet. I made 27 cookies with this recipe.

Chocolate Glaze


2T Cocoa powder

4T coconut oil, melted

4T Maple Syrup (I use a gluten free, sugar-free Maple Syrup)

1T cinnamon

Mix all ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Eat anc Enjoy!


A confession: I know you all skipped the majority of this post to read my confession. Who doesn’t love a juicy confession? One problem though, I am sure I am talking to no one because I haven’t shown this blog to anyone AND my confession isn’t really juicy. Ok, if you are still here:

I am a scale addict. I weigh myself when I wake up, after I go to the bathroom, after I eat, when I have clothes on, when I have clothes off, with a fox, in a box. And when it (the scale) tells me I’m down a couple of pounds, I am happy. When it goes up, I am a grouch.

Sooooooooooooooooooooo…………………I had Clayton hide it! I am not going to weigh for ONE WHOLE MONTH!!!! I am sure I could go find the scale, Clayton stinks at hiding things, but I will not. I am even going to avoid the scale at the Y. Who knows what will happen in a month but I know this, I am not going  to let the scale tell me if I am making progress. I already know I am, hence the 2 pull ups!! I am going to keep setting workout goals and trying to meet them.

If you want to know more about why I am ditching my scale go here and here!