I'm a Christian wife & homeschooling mama, saved by faith through grace. I changed my family's diet from SAD (Standard American Diet) to healthy, delicious & nutritious traditional foods. I've recently discovered there's a name for the way that I eat. It's called Primal or Paleo (I like the diet and think of the men and women who worked hard from sunup to sundown, constantly on the go, eating meat, berries they picked, cheese they made. I do not believe in evolution). No grains, legumes, refined sugars, and no/limited dairy.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy 1st Anniversary to me!

It was actually October 14th, but I completely missed it. Oops.
Hope you all are doing well! It's been an interesting year, that's for sure! I'm not sure what challenges I'll face with the new baby. I'm praying that the baby will not have severe food intolerances, like E3 did, but have many tools to help me out, along with great support!

Here's an AMAZING resource for any gluten/dairy/soy free family. Karina, of gluten-free goddess, made a wonderful, wonderful list of flours, baking subs, flour mixes and much, much more. I encourage you to read it if you are avoiding gluten/dairy/soy. I'm so thankful to have come across this last night. I'm going to be making her flour mix, so I don't have to buy one, and there aren't many (that are in my price range) that don't have rice flour, which E3 still can't tolerate. So excited!! Please let me know which parts you like best! And you can follow her on facebook, too!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Holiday Baking...apparently

It seems I've come to the baking/cooking portion of my pregnancy long nesting. My friends have joked that I've been nesting my whole pregnancy, and except for first trimester, they're pretty much right. I'm LOVING it!! Especially as this is the last baby that we plan to have.
Anyway, I'm enjoying my last nesting spree. It's definitely getting harder as my belly gets bigger and I get tired more easily, but I'm getting stuff done and the kids and DH have been so helpful. E1 vacuums, E2 dusts and folds dishcloths and towels, & E3 throws things away....even the things I don't necessarily want thrown away, lol. They're all so sweet and helpful, I'm very blessed!

So, on the menu tonight - Paleo Pumpkin Bread, German Chocolate Cake & my regular gluten free bread. I almost didn't make the pumpkin bread, but then I found a very easy pumpkin pie spice recipe.

German Chocolate Cake by Enjoying Healthy Foods. I overcooked it a bit, but it's not burnt and the kids LOVE it! It'd be excellent with frosting, but I don't have the stuff or energy to make frosting, so we'll enjoy it without.

Pumpkin Bread by Enjoying Healthy Foods (I really like this blog, you should take some time to peruse it)

Amazing Gluten Free Bread by Thriving Without

Pictures (hopefully) to come.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Holidays & Candy

They're coming...holidays!
At the end of this month, there's trick or treating, then Thanksgiving, Christmas and Holiday parties. How do you handle it with no refined sugars, Paleo/Primal, etc?
A friend asked about this on facebook, and here's my reply. Not super well organized, but it hits on a few things.

We don't do candy events, like trick or treating. Last year, I put some organic Yummy Earth lollipops in bags and hid them in the house - that was their trick or treating. At Christmas, my grama asks what kind of stuff they can have and gets them some gluten free stuff that she divvies up into baggies for the kids' stockings. I ask for tea and this year, Spry gum.
They don't get the lollipops every day, it's more of a weekly or less thing.
I make gluten-free brownies and cake regularly with good ingredients and natural sweeteners, like honey. And every once in a VERY great while, we get something like coconut or almond milk ice cream, gluten free donuts (did that for the first time today, bc we were visiting with their grandpa at HyVee & they were on sale). It's a struggle, and when they go to the in laws, they get refined sugar and way more than I would like, but it's a trade off...do I want them to know and get to spend time with their grandparents? or is it a hill I'm willing to die on (battle reference, not sure I got it right, teehee).
Taking things they can eat helps a lot, wherever we go or only going places I know they can have stuff when eating out, which we don't do often. Chipotle (they get tacos), restaurants with beef hamburger patties (plain) and fries (only when we ocassionally eat out).
It's also a matter of what I have time and energy for. Right now, there are things I'm not doing every day, that I will be able to do every day when I have the energy, etc. And some things we simply don't have $ for and the subpar version isn't worth it.

For some yummy recipes, see Almond Joy Candies, Pumpkin Bread Smoothie, Lemon Cashew Cheesecake, and more on my blog!

Other blogs with holiday treat recipes:
Enjoying Healthy Foods
Caramel Apples from The Spunky Coconut & Paleo Parents
Everyday Paleo - Surviving Halloween
Cinnamon Sunflower Truffles at The Whole Life Nutrition