Back-to-Basics Bread Making

There is so much information out there, so many voices telling us that they know the way to eat, to exercise, to work and live.  I find it all time-consuming, overwhelming and, at times, stressful. I had an epiphany over the holiday break:  Experience has shown me that my instincts are spot on for what works Read More …

Colossal Cinnamon Rolls

Winter Storm Jonas, I thank you.  Cozy home, smelling of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, usually a once-a-year, carby Christmas treat.  Mmmm.  Except your blustery deluge gives me the perfect physical outlet to burn off these babies. I mentioned in my last post that I’m into bread making lately, partially as research for a story I’m working on Read More …

Week 4 Paleo Meal Plan and Notes

We made it!  One month down.  My biggest takeaway:  feeling better.  Head clear.  Good energy.  Much less irritable.  Yes, there is the weight loss factor, but it is very easy to get fixated on weight.  Weight fixation is a slippery slope to nowhere. Instead, I am cultivating presence.  How do I feel today?  Am I in Read More …

Week 3 Paleo Meal Plans and Notes

Week 3’s Meal Plan.  My goal this week was to use what I had on hand.  The ground beef, the last pack of chicken breasts, the spaghetti squash leftover from this summer’s CSA basket.  Talk about saving some cash.  My grocery bill this week was $64.24! Plan your menus around what you have on hand.  Read More …

Week 2 Paleo Menu Plan and Notes

Time has moved quickly and I have lost count of my days on a low-sugar, whole foods diet.  I kept a food journal for the first two weeks to keep track of what I ate, my mood and triggers.  But, I have stepped away from the journal because I feel a bit more on autopilot now.  Read More …

How to Butterfly and Sear Chicken Breasts and Make A Pan Sauce

Sometimes I run across a recipe for skinless chicken breasts that includes 30 minutes to several hours of marinating.  Then the recipes says bake.  Pshaw!  No amount of marinating has ever yielded juicy chicken breasts, at least for me.  The muscle fibers may be tenderized, but juicy the chicken is not. Searing Locks In the Juices Read More …

Week 1 Paleo Menu Plan and Notes

With this round of whole food eating, I thought I’d shake things up and invest in some more cookbooks.  I purchased two:  The Performance Paleo Cookbook by Stephanie Gaudreau and Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker.  I should add that both authors have blogs (Stupid Easy Paleo and Against All Grain) which may have the referenced recipes, but I Read More …

Black and White Tomboy Cake

  The Black and White Tomboy Cake.  There, I finally settled on a name for my signature cake.  It is my favorite cake.  It is my family’s favorite cake.  It is the cake that I get the most requests to make for events.  It is an organic, non-fussy cake:  no dyes to poison the body or frilly Read More …

Things That Make Me Go Mmmmmm

Some things just make me happy 😂 Just got a shipment in of baking supplies and a delicious harvest from the garden.