This is Me

I am a (stay-at-home) mom.

I am a wife.

We have a big dog (half English Mastiff, half Rottweiler) named Colonel and two cats named Rolo (calico) & Cinnamon (tabby).

I am a CrossFit style athlete.

I'm a Potterhead, Trekkie, Marvel (or any superhero movie) fan & adore the Hunger Games.  I really just love movies in general.  Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, etc.  


I play Lego PS3 games with my kids.

I love bulletproof coffee, wine & beer.

I love food.

I grew up in a family of 5.  When I was a teen I started cooking meals for my family.  To the point where my mom really didn't have to cook supper if she didn't want to.  I loved it.  The kitchen was, and still is, my sanctuary.  I love creating food that people like eating.  I enjoy hosting gatherings where I make all the food.  Not because I'm vain, but because I just genuinely like to cook and want others to enjoy the food I've made.  Whenever I've hosted, people always ask me what they can do to help.  My answer is always the same.  Nothing.  The kitchen is all mine.  I like it that way.  Unfortunately for my kids, I don't have a lot of patience for them to be with me in my kitchen. I'm slowly teaching them things here and there and trying to have more patience with them.

When I started this blog I was a terrible food photographer (I'm still not that great) and was just sharing my regular everyday recipes that I had always made.  Mostly homemade, some with processed items or added sugar.  Then a few years ago I started working out at Go Beyond Fitness.  My trainer, John, talked to us often about nutrition and diet.  The more I got into CrossFit the more I learned about a paleo lifestyle and have very slowly moved my family's eating habits that way.  It's been a struggle and we still aren't there yet, but my kids and hubby are slowly adapting.  (I still can't keep white bread out of the house!!!)  My recipes have reflected a more paleo lifestyle also now.  I plan to continue to share these recipes in the hopes that people who aren't paleo can still enjoy them as much as I do.  The current idea for my website/blog is to 'bridge the gap' between the Western diet and paleo.  Almost all of my recipes are adaptable to either diet and I really try to keep things simple and easy with ingredients that can be found almost anywhere.  I live in the country in a very small-town area where our closest 'whole food' style market and other large grocery stores are an hour away.  Our small town grocery store is 15 minutes away and they do try to carry a good variety, but obviously can't get everything I want.  So I do what I can with what I have available to me.

Some people who don't follow a paleo lifestyle or know anything about it aren't really sure what to think about how I eat.  I've been told I eat weird food.  Other people I work out with who follow a paleo lifestyle have also been told they eat strangely.  It's not weird food. It's just real food.  Nothing processed.  No grains. No sugars.  No legumes (although I still eat them occasionally). No alcohol (and I still enjoy this occasionally also). No dairy.  I eat a lot of protein in the form of meat and eggs, fat in the form of coconut oil, olive oil, bacon and nuts (not peanuts cuz they're legumes) along with tons of veggies and some fruit.  I'm not a big fruit fan - I could take it or leave it, but I try to get in at least one piece of fruit a day.

 And I don't.  Track.  Anything.  

I eat what I want, when I want and I enjoy the food.  If I want a burger and fries when I go out to eat, I have it (usually a double burger). Without feeling guilty.  One 'unhealthy' meal won't ruin you.

I don't have any health issues that prevent me from eating certain things.  I did think, for a period of time, that my mental health was declining.  I was having memory & cognitive issues to the point where I was seeing a neurologist and he put me on some awful medication that made me feel like I drank 10 cups of coffee.  I didn't like it at all.  So in February of 2014 I did the Whole30.  When I was done, mental health was back to normal, a lingering issue with a sprained ankle had cleared up and I had lost inches and pounds.

I.  Felt.  Great.  

It was wonderful.  I had my oldest daughter do a W30 with me again after she got done with school for the year and she had weight loss benefits also.  It's not something you can stick with for extended periods of time, but it was definitely a good experience for us both.

I'm open to any questions you may have and even though I'm still learning a lot of new things each day, I will always find the time to answer anything and if I don't have an answer, I will find one.  :)

Thank you for visiting my website and I hope you enjoy my recipes.  Don't forget to shop my store too!


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