Dance Hall Days – Pizza Party Style

Picture the scene:  Girls’-Only Pizza Party while Hubby is away at his class. In the kitchen, “Please Don’t Stop The Music” (a song my corpse would roll off the table and twitch to) is pumping its very contagious cha-cha beat. And I’m dancing.  Just. Like. The. Old. Days: (Sigh) Good times. Good times… Then (record Read More …

Adventures in Foodscaping

It is very satisfying to see results early in the season.  I owe a debt of gratitude (and a share of what comes up) to my pal, G, who helped me get my kitchen garden planted after a long winter/early spring of first low energy and fatigue, then four weeks of vertigo.  My vision for our 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 …

The Blanket

The house smells amazing, she thinks, stepping back into its warmth after a trip into the cold to throw out the trash.  And I did this, I created this…(inhale) yum.   The aroma, a blend of meatloaf and silky gingered zucchini soup, is active memory.  It is a blanket woven both from childhood – threads of 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 …

Day 1

Okay. Check out it. Everybody’s doing it. What’s the problem? I’ll make you feel good. I’ll make you feel safe. I’ll make anything possible. Come on. Just one hit. You know you want it. You can start again tomorrow. Just enough to get you through this rough patch. This’ll be the last time. What’s the difference? Read More …