Yes, love is in the air. Blah, blah, blah…. Valentines Day is tomorrow and it’s, you know, your typical Hallmark Holiday in which your kiddos get to (have to) hand out millions of dollars of paper cards and be given (forced upon) millions of dollars of candy (crap) hearts. Oh wow, I sound bitter. Yikes! No, no, no, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE love, really, I do. I’m quite frankly deeply in love, I have been now for years, and years, to the same dude. The guy I love every single day. The man I love so much in fact that I spare him by NOT feeling compelled to spew my love for him on Facebook, ever, because I’m pretty sure he knows how much I care because heck, I’ve stuck around this long, have had this large gaggle of boys with him, and continue to grow our flock of chickens and herd of dogs, and great adventures, and if THAT isn’t a proclamation of true love, I really don’t know what is. [Read more...]
THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED: CONGRATULATIONS TO CASEY PORTMAN!!
Tis the season for fun, family, food, and laughter and also appreciation and giving. Because we at Everyday Paleo appreciate all of you, we have teamed up with Massa Natural Meats and Mooney Farms for a giveaway – just because.
What are we giving away you ask? Well here you have it: One lucky person will win a signed copy of my latest book, Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine, 10 pounds of beef stew meat (yum!) from the wonderful Massa Natural Meats, and an awesome Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato collection that includes everything you see in the picture; 5 packages of sun dried tomatoes, two jars of sun dried tomatoes packed in pure olive oil, a jar of their tomato and artichoke pasta sauce, and a bottle of their extra virgin olive oil all from the awesome Chico, CA locally owned and operated Mooney Farms!
I’m a little (lot) later on finishing this post than I had planned on but gosh darn life keeps getting in my way! For example, I’m homeschooling my boys and finishing my next book and so a typical day is never, well, typical. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about sitting down to work on this post and then someone will yell from outside, “Mom, the dog barfed and I stepped in it!” or “Mom, I want to research about gorillas and bugs, can you help me?” or “Mom, your phone just rang 500 times and you have 500 texts, do you want me to read them all to you?” and while all this is happening, I’m somewhere in my kitchen sliding around on coconut oiled floors with two woks in each hand and a bag of Thai chilies tucked under my chin (I’m working on the Thai Cuisine book)… So, as you can see, sitting down to write a really great blog post sometimes takes longer than expected.
However – I think I have a pretty good start and as I think of more things/ideas, I’ll add to this post and please please please add to comments YOUR ideas because my little brain is not big enough to house all of them. Also, I should tell you now that some of the links to different products are affiliate links that take you to my Amazon store. Beyond that, I am not paid to endorse the following products. (although it would be nice….)
Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner and I’m so excited about this epic Thanksgiving round up of Everyday Paleo favorites as well as two never before seen recipes thanks to our wonderful Rachel Zanger! To begin the feast, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without “The Bird”. I’m not a huge fan of turkey, but my Herbed Turkey Breast with Prosciutto is so darn good that my mouth waters just thinking of it! Of course, life is not complete without a delicious stuffing and we love this stuffing recipe so much that we eat it all year; not just for the Holidays. You can also find my stuffing recipe in the beloved Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook!! Next please enjoy my Cranberry Sauce recipe; the classic with a twist (and not a gallon of sugar)… Also, the most amazingly delicious thing you just might have on feast day; we introduce to you Rachel’s Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Gratin!! In this recipe she uses my Béchamel Sauce recipe from Everyday Paleo Around the World Italian Cuisine; a recipe I vowed to keep secret unless you purchased the book, a sauce so good that when I first made it my world was forever changed, a recipe that makes grown men cry with joy, and children beg for seconds. In other words, the magic of the Béchamel with Rachel’s genius twist on the classic potatoes gratin is utterly delightful, and because it’s a season of giving, we give the gift of this recipe to you!
Not to minimize dessert because being thankful typically includes a treat or two so to finish we have two grain free pies; my classic pumpkin pie and a brand new apple pie recipe brought to you by Rachel.
So my dear readers, the Fragoso family, the Zanger family, and all of us here at Everyday Paleo want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! We are incredibly grateful and thankful for YOU so from the bottom of our hearts, as always, we hope you enjoy!!
I love this time of year, I really really do, and thanks to my mom’s genius plan that she put into place years and years ago, I appreciate the holidays even more. When I was about 12 years old, my mom put her foot down and decided to take a more realistic and sane approach to this often crazy and stressful time of year. As children, we never had buckets of money laying around. My dad worked as a school teacher and my mom choose to stay home with us and on a school teachers salary, my mom made up for our one parent income by making most of our clothes by hand, maintaining a year round garden, making all of our food from scratch, and planning our family entertainment around board games or playing music together. With that being said, Christmas time for us meant being frugal, yet still joyful.
My mom’s “genius plan” that she came up with all those years ago was quite simple. The kids would get a few gifts, and my parents would donate a little bit of money to a favorite charity. On Christmas day, when the aunts, uncles and cousins would arrive, we would have a White Elephant Gift Exchange, and some of my favorite holiday memories consist of our entire family laughing hysterically at the funny, thoughtful, or silly gifts that each family member would wrap. Did any of us feel deprived? No way. The relief of NOT purchasing extravagant or unnecessary gifts for every person in our family was wonderful; and instead we all felt good about buying one simple or funny gift to share and many of us have followed in my mom’s footsteps of giving to a favorite charity. Of course, and at the holidays especially, I miss my mom terribly; however, I’m so grateful for all that I have learned from her and every year I hold my children a little tighter, grateful to be here with them and hopeful for many more Christmas day’s together with the ones I love.
Excuse me; but when did it become the middle of November? Thanksgiving, Christmas? What??? I lost time in Italy. Well, I guess I actually lost track of time and I felt as if everything stood still for a while. I expected to come home and to pick up exactly where I left off but even in our absence life kept on happening. I came home to the reality that a month had gone by, October had vanished, and I was faced with the realization that the holidays were upon us. Wow, time flew by, despite my best efforts to slow it down.
I really do love Thanksgiving. I love being with family and watching my boys play with their zillions of cousins. I love Thanksgiving food and staying up late and laughing and playing and just “being.” I am Thankful this year, as always, for so many things; but most of all, I’m thankful for the health of my family.