Catching Up

I’m sure the one person who follows my blog (Hi Annie!) is wondering where the heck I’ve been.  Well between the holidays, the bizarre episode of Bell’s Palsy (which for me includes violent heartburn and severe insomnia due to the prednisone), and the two new puppies I brought home, I haven’t had much time to think, much less blog.


That’s Molly on the left and Apollo on the right.  Is it just me, or does Molly have Amy Winehouse eyes?


I’ve been trying to think of a way to relay all of the information I’ve collected about Paleo since I started researching it and it finally occurred to me that instead of trying to rephrase what all those other articles said it might be a darn smart idea to simply collate all of those various articles into a collection rightch heah.  It won’t be comprehensive by any means, but I’ve read a number of articles on various topics such as oils and fats, cholestorol, nuts, gluten, dairy, etc. that were (and continue to be) helpful to me on my Paleo journey.  And since I’m hoping that this will be a stopping place for newbies, those same articles might be helpful to them as well.  So the articles collection is in the works. 

As for my own Paleo diet, I’m not having any difficulty.  In fact, just yesterday I noted on Twitter that oddly enough, being Paleo is the easiest thing in my life right now.  I fail to blog, not because I’m eating things I shouldn’t, but rather because I’m a simple girl and I tend to eat simple foods and they’re not the kind of things you take pics of and post.  You’d get tired of seeing baked leg quarters, hamburgers, spaghetti meat, shrimp stir fry, and crock pot pork loin.  When you’re a single mom it’s gotta be fast and easy, or ready when you get home (ala crock pot!)  On the odd occasion when I make something special it’s usually gone before I can snap a pic and share.  But here’s a pic from the first meatza I made.  YUM.

Anything this work intensive is a rare treat – as is the raw milk cheese.

I will try to do better with the pics.  I did make a recipe from Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution book tonight that was VERY good.  If you have the book (and why wouldn’t you?!) it’s the Paleo Chicken Alfredo recipe on page 253.  Just a tip or two: if you’re using pastured chicken like I did you might need to bump up the oil since you’re making the sauce from the pan drippings.  Also I used coconut oil rather than olive oil and I still didn’t have enough liquid at the end and had to thin it with coconut milk.  I also thought the 2 tsp of tarragon was a little much, but that might just be me.  Definitely worth a repeat!

The one advantage to the prednisone drive I’m experiencing right now is I get a lot of housework done.  While I was making tonight’s dinner I got a load of laundry done, the dishwasher unloaded and reloaded, the floor swept and mopped, and tomorrow’s dinner started!  I hacked up my first whole chicken this morning and threw it in the crock pot (minus the breasts which I used tonight) for a chicken stew for tomorrow.  It was ready when I got home today so I removed the bones then tossed in a bunch of chopped veggies.  I’ll drop the crock pot bowl back in the warmer in the morning and dinner will be ready when I get home, baybay!

If today’s post seems a little disjointed, it’s probably the prednisone.  Or the insomnia.  Or the puppies who are already eating me out of house and home.  I’ve learned, however, that if I stuff their little bellies with lots of lovely raw, grass-fed beef and pastured eggs that they will sleep through the night.  Even if I’m not. :p



4 responses

  1. I had Bell’s Palsy a few years ago, it was awful. Have you had it before? I still don’t think my sense of balance ever fully recovered! On the plus side, I quit smoking- tough to smoke when your mouth doesn’t work properly.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  2. I had it once before about 12 years ago, but it was much worse the first time. I woke up and looked in the mirror and thought I had stroked out! It was very evident. This time wasn’t as bad, but my eyes wouldn’t stop running and drinking was always a challenge. Thankfully, I can usually find some humor in adversity and having water squirt out of your mouth every time you swallow is pretty darn funny. 😀

    I love that you found a positive side to having Bell’s Palsy! That’s always a good place to focus. 🙂

    January 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm

  3. Hi there! Like you blog!
    My foods get kinda boring too so sometimes I don’t post about them….lol I’m trying to try more new things though.
    Your pizza looks fabulous!!

    January 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    • Thanks! I try new things too, but more often than not I’ve eaten it before I remember to take a pic. :p

      The meatza is AWESOME. I make the crust with pureed chicken. My 11-year-old said, “Mom! You made real crust!” And I kinda did! 😀

      January 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm

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