New NON TOXIC Cookware!

In an effort to be more “Paleo” i’ve given up my non-stick cookware.  They’re only 3 years old and in good condition.  Only 1 piece started to peel while the others look brand new.  Probably because they are.  We really only use the pots for sauce or pasta and just 1 or 2 of the pans.  I think it’s safe to say there are 3 pieces we’ve NEVER used.  They’ve just been taking up precious space in my cabinet.  I’m actually looking forward to having some extra space.  In a one bedroom apartment with a tiny walk-through kitchen, all my cabinet’s are completely stuffed!

Ignore the mess on my table and the really bad cell pic!  Well, they’re all pretty bad cell pics, but this one was taken when my battery was low and I really needed more light, but my flash wouldn’t fire.

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I did a lot of research on stainless steel sets and found a few really nice ones on Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond.  My mom offered to get me a set for my birthday as long as it was reasonably priced.  This is the set I decided on from Amazon.  I really wanted a set made in the US, but the cost was more than double!!!  INSANE!  The reviews were great, they are magnetic, 18/10 stainless… and I LOVE them!

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As soon as the UPS guy delivered it I ripped the box open and started washing all the pieces!  Then I remembered we were having leftovers for dinner, so I was pretty disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to actually cook in them tonight, but at least I could re-heat!  I’m avoiding using my microwave, so i’m thrilled to have these!

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There was more chicken in this pan, but we ate it.  Guess I should have taken a pic before we ate, huh?

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With the very pretty lid on!

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Do you use stainless steel?  Any tips for me?  So far, I really love them!  I’ve only used these 2 pieces, but I can’t wait to try some more.  Especially the steamer insert!

A Very Paleo Birthday

Today I turned 33. Yikes! And to celebrate, I did a lot of cleaning and prepping and even some baking. Tomorrow my mom is cooking me a completely paleo dinner! I can’t wait! I found recipes for paleo coconut shrimp, paleo chicken francaise, paleo stuffed mushrooms, and even a paleo chocolate cake, which I just baked! Tomorrow morning I have to make some sort of frosting for it.

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I’ve been 33 for a whole day… not sure yet how I feel about this.  :/

Ok, a new day…. and what a day it was!!!!!  I feel old.  But here’s what was on the menu!!!!

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Everything was organic except the blue cheese!

Top left, mushrooms stuffed with spinach, bacon and blue cheese, then coconut shrimp and chicken francaise coated with millet flour (a grain cheat, but it worked well and at least it’s gluten free and organic)

Next row… roasted asparagus, roasted broccoli, and green cauliflower risotto (my favorite!)

And my paleo cake……

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It looked great.  It smelled awesome while it baked.  It didn’t rise much, but I didn’t really expect it to.  The batter was incredible too.  In really liked the cake.  It had a very fudgy texture.  Almost like a super thick pudding.  And the only sweetener in it was a cup of dates and 1/2 cup honey.  Total winner!

The frosting…. yea… not so much.

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I’m a baker.  I expect buttercream to be light and fluffy and melt on my tongue.  This had none of those qualities.  Well, it was pretty light, but not in a fluffy way.  I can’t really explain it.  I wanted to make a buttercream that I was used to, so I decided to go a little off paleo and use Swerve Sweetener powdered “sugar”.  It’s supposed to be just as sweet as sugar.  This was super sweet!  I followed my regular recipe… a cup of unsalted grass fed butter, 4 cups powdered “sugar” and a tsp. vanilla.  I tinted it with some beet juice because my daughter wanted a pink cake.

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I looked pretty… at first.

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But the frosting was just too sweet to eat.  I just kept playing with it, disappointed that I wasted so much precious butter on it.

But that’s ok… we had these to fall back on!  And a few others too, but these were the best!

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This was a breakdown of my birthday yesterday.  I woke up nice and late to find these beautiful flowers waiting for me from my babies!  Had a bit of a hectic day and then celebrated by going out to Arirangs for dinner.

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My meat eating daughter ate ALL her steak!  With her chopsticks!  Not to mention all her cucumbers, some salad, a whole shrimp, and a few raisins that we brought with us!  Not too shabby for a 2 year old!

Other than the few bites of fried rice, I think it was a pretty successful meal.  I don’t even want to know what kind of oil they use because i’m sure it was probably GMO… i’ll just take comfort in the fact that we avoided gluten and had a really great night out.

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So Happy Birthday to me!!!!!  My daughter’s birthday isn’t until July, so I have lots of time to figure out a new frosting idea.  I’ll probably do a meringue based buttercream since I’m used to making Swiss meringue.

If you’re interested in seeing some of my non-healthy cake creations… please do!

All Good Things!

I have a few totally awesome things to share today!!!!  For starters, I went down a pants size!!!!  I’m so excited!  I went to Old Navy this past Monday and decided to pick up a pair of jeans in a smaller size.  I didn’t bother to try them on there, I figured that even if they didn’t fit yet, they would soon.  After I got home I tried them on and they went right on!  Not even snug!  But they have to go back because I accidentally bought long.  If you know me, you know the last thing I need is long jeans!  I’m 5’5″!  I could probably wear short since I usually have to cuff my jeans.  I don’t really consider myself short either.  So how is it that regular jeans are always short on me?  Hmmmmm…. I wonder.

The next 2 are related to something that makes me so very happy!  COFFEE!!!!!

Coffee… The elixir of life!

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This is what starts my day! It doesn’t get much better than a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

Unless you have kids and drink your coffee on the go. In which case, I very highly recommended the Hydro Flask! I wanted one so bad because every single morning I would make coffee, walk out the door, get in the car, drop my daughter off at school… And have an ice cold cup of coffee.  NOT good!

I take my coffee very seriously. I don’t just pour it into a mug and run, I take my time. I brew it fresh. I grind the beans, use an aeropress, then blend it with some grass fed butter and coconut oil so that it’s super rich and creamy. So when it’s cold 10 minutes later, it makes me sad.

My cousin first told me about the Hydro Flask. I planned on ordering something similar from another company, but he said this really works and keeps coffee hot for 12 hours! I only needed about 20 minutes, but 12 hours sounds good too!  Oh, and it keeps cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours!!!!!!  Sign me up!!!

So my birthday is coming up. I told my husband all I want is hot coffee and a Squatty Potty. It will be a very poopy birthday! But since I forgot that our anniversary comes first, my amazing husband got me the gift of hot coffee! And let me tell you… It works! I love it!  (If you don’t know what a Squatty Potty is… check them out!  Once I get mine, I will blog all about it!)

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Now, if your wondering about the straw… Another amazing find! Hot Straws! They are made for hot beverages, won’t leach any chemicals or  toxins into your drink, won’t melt… And they’re just amazing!  They also prevent coffee stains on your teeth!  Is there nothing these things can’t do???