Day 3-Recipes and A PKD Update 

Good morning everyone! Yesterday I started Lets Talk About Food Week but before we move on to the recipe, I need to give y’all a little update on the Walk for PKD. As you may know from my post earlier in the month, I’m planning on attending the walk with family and as many friends as I can gather. I will be making a pledge and I’m asking you if you could possibly help me reach my team goal of $250 by pledging whatever amount you feel comfortable with. If I was to get all my followers to donate just $1-$10 for example, I would reach my goal in no time flat! This is for a very worthy cause, your donation helps support research and promotes advocacy and awareness of polycystic kidney disease and improve all the lives it affects.


For more info and to learn how to make pledges in my name if you want to help my team, or to register to walk yourselves, please go to the website provided on the card pictured or go to the foundation website at www.pkdcure.org. Let me thank you ahead of time for your interest and I appreciate whatever you can do.

Ok, update done, let’s get to today’s recipe shall we? I thought today I’d go more savory since I’m trying to get back to basics myself! Looking at my Pinterest page, I realized even though they are Paleo, I have way too many sweet things on there!

So for today’s recipe, I thought I’d help out all those needing a quick breakfast that can actually be taken to go with you if you like! I do this one a lot as it’s easy peasy and ready in less than two minutes! It’s from The Kitchn and it is called Western Omelet in a Mug. thanks to Kelli Foster for sharing this one on Pinterest!

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Recipe: serves 1

2 lg eggs

1 tbsp milk (I use almond or coconut)

1tsp chopped onion

2 Tbsps chopped bell pepper

2 slices deli ham, chopped

1 Tbsp shredded cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Spray the inside of your mug with coconut cooking spray (use a microwave-safe mug)

Crack the eggs into the mug and beat to combine. Whisk in the milk, onions, peppers, ham and spices. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, top with cheese and cook for one more minute until eggs are completely set. Remove and serve immediately.

Check out my Pinterest page at Everything Paleo for exact recipe and notes. My special note is to carefully stir after the second minute of cooking because I’ve had the eggs pop some air out before, I always use caution now to prevent possible burns and getting the heck scared out of me, lol!

As always, thanks for reading, following and liking and please comment or share what you like here! See ya later, I’m going to warm up my coffee and thaw my legs out on the patio.😉

Day 2-Lets Talk Food Week

So, for the rest of this week, I thought I’d post a few of my go-to recipes from my Pinterest page, Everything Paleo at Kim Smyth.

I love chocolate chip cookies, so when I get a craving, I turn to this version from Texanerin Baking which are gluten free,grain free, dairy free and vegan. Don’t let all that fool you though, these cookies are seriously delicious!

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Here is the recipe and thank you to Erin for providing it!

1 Cup blanched almond flour

1/4 Cup coconut flour

1 tsp baking soda

6 Tbsp coconut oil or unsalted butter, room temp (firm though not melted)

3/4 Cup coconut sugar

6 Tbsp natural almond butter (no sugar added)

1 1/2 Tsp vanilla extract

1 Lg egg

1 1/4 Cups paleo friendly chocolate chips (I prefer dark) EnjoyLife makes the best!

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the fat and sugar at medium speed until well combined, about one minute.
  3. Beat in the almond butter and vanilla on medium speed and mix until combined. Beat in the egg on low until well incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Then stir in one cup of the chocolate chips. If you used coconut sugar, place bowl in the fridge for about one hour til firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or baking mat (my preference)
  5. Roll dough into balls and place 3″ apart the mash slightly with the palm of your hand (or the back of a spoon)
  6. Bake for 11-14 min. or until the surface of the center no longer appears wet.
  7. Let cool on the baking sheet. Store in airtight container for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for a week.

Go to my Pinterest page for complete recipe and all of her notes, I simplified things here.

Do note that this recipe will NOT work with peanut butter.

That’s it for today, come back tomorrow for another delicious recipe and maybe a story to go with! Join in the fun by suggesting and/or providing your own recipes. Comment below or shoot me an email, see you tomorrow on the patio!

A Year Long Quest (Day 1)

imageI’ve been trying to write daily on this here little blog for a bit now, but to keep my commitment to myself, I’d like to borrow an example from Hearts Everywhere blog and write a daily post, not in club form like hers, but numbered stories or posts, so that I can stay on track and know when I’ve reached a year.

So, I guess technically today would be post number one of 365 and that way, I can keep my blog as it is, a place we can talk about anything. That doesn’t mean however that I won’t decide to do a theme week or make my posts part of a group or something, that has yet to be decided. Tomorrow, I will look at my calendar and try to come up with a plan, whether by the week or by the month. I may do something like a week of poems, a week of stories, a week of articles-not sure yet. What I am sure of is, I have a goal to write every day and today starts the quest to keep the commitment.

Wish me luck, make suggestions, give me cool ideas, whatever and however you want to be involved, it’s all welcomed. One more thing, although I do have a patio, and I enjoy working on it and hanging out there, it’s also an imaginary place for all of us to share. I would love it if you want to contribute to whatever ends up here on my pages. Maybe together we can complete the yearlong quest. For now, I’m retiring for the night, see you all from the patio tomorrow!

My Friday Finds

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Friday afternoon, as I was getting ready to go on the fishing trip I spoke of yesterday, I walked onto my patio to check my plants and let the pups out for a pee break. As I was checking my ivy I was greeted by this cute little baby lizard. He now graces my Instagram feed, I think he makes it look more tropical. In my mind, my patio is a tropical paradise anyway so….

Before the foray onto the patio, I had visited one of my favorite health food stores, Sprouts, and picked up some new items I’d never tried before. I was getting near to running out of probiotics, but instead I opted to try this yummy chocolate snack-it has your probiotics in it!! How cool is that! On top of that, you can eat a half of the bar to get your daily dose (not that I could or did) and it’s very low in sugar-7g per serving-but I only ate 1/4 of that. It was super delicious as well and is a good source of calcium, iron, and fiber. Each serving also delivers 4g of protein. I only agreed to try this snack because of all that and the fact that it is dark chocolate 72% cacao, the only kind I eat is that or higher (usually 85% or greater).

To wash all that down, I grabbed this yummy French soda by Diabolo that was dragonfruit/plum flavored. I threw away the can before I nabbed all the pertinent info, however, I do recall it was only 30 calories per serving (the whole can). This is the second time I’ve scored well trying new snacks at health food stores. I hope that makes up for how bad I was this weekend, here lately I’ve been less than good on the weekends.

I ould love to know your “healthier” snack ideas and suggestions. Comment below or shoot me an email. For now, goodnight from my personal paradise, see you tomorrow on the patio.

A Very Productive Trip

image This weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to go with my brother-in-law and his wife on a five hour fishing trip. Last night we checked into motel hell, which was next to the grill/bait shop/check in spot for booking the trips. This place was bad enough to mention it to our wonderful fishing guide Jarod later in the day, who told us he wished he would have known, he would have recommended different accommodations. Oh well, live and learn right? Anyway, upon deciding to retire for the evening, we peel back the bedspread (I knew it was going to be bad when I noticed the sheets underneath were visibly wrinkled) only to find live ants crawling around on the sheets! After a vigorous shaking did not seem to make the filthy things much better, we pulled the spread back up and slept on top of it under two blankets we found in the “closet”. It’s a wonder we fell asleep worrying about whether ants would decide to crawl in our ears but somehow we managed it.

image This morning, a short walk to the dock revealed a beautiful sunrise and I just knew right then it was going to be a good day. Turns out, it was a great one! After loading up, we headed out on to the lake and got ready for an epic day of fishing hybrids. Hybrids are a cross between sand bass and striper and proved to be a blast to catch.

image Our trusty guide Jarod was so friendly, capable and personable, he made the trip very enjoyable indeed. He put us on fish at our very first stop and the action started immediately with yours truly netting the first catch (but certainly not the last) of the day!

image image Soon, there were more to follow, and at one point we had 3 in the net at one time. In five hours we caught our limit plus several throwbacks, including catfish and sand bass.

image image Here, my sister-in-law is working the pole with Jarod patiently waiting to scoop that baby into the net. Not sure who’s fish he’s holding in the next pic because I lost count of how many each of us caught, although I believe I had somewhere between 8-10 caught (not every one a keeper though) and Connie caught the largest one and couldn’t be beat all day long, although I gave it all I had trying!

image Of course, there was plenty of down time as well but I tried to take advantage of these times by taking cool pics like this one showing the sun on the water and a pole just waiting for the next victim to strike it. After it was all said and done, we went back to the dock where he was kind enough to clean and fillet our cooler full of fish. As the guys were watching and waiting to pay him, thank him and tip him for a fantastic experience, Connie and I took a walk down to the water to see if there were any treasures to be had. She is famous for finding things she can use in her crafting like old pieces of driftwood, shells or even old rusty hooks and such. One never knows when such items will come in handy, either for decoration or crafting purposes. Trust me, I have picked up a fair amount of shells in my day as well. Not today though. We did spot this pretty marsh plant complete with a butterfly and she kindly shared the pic with me.

image Aside from not having the best eating experience that we’ve ever had, the awesome fishing made the whole day worth every penny we spent. All of the sun and a tasty beverage from hours ago (the best part of lunch btw) have got this girl beat, so this here angler needs to leave the heat of the patio and go find a comfy couch and some boxed air.

image I almost forgot the best pics of the day!!

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