Vampires suck

It seriously smells like garlic in my house tonight!!  I made some more Spaghetti Squash with that amazing Bove’s Basil Sauce (disclaimer – there is a mistake as of the date of this blog on the Bove’s website and Mark Bove is working to get it fixed.  There is NO cheese in the Basil sauce.  It is PALEO Friendly) with extra veggies and chicken sausage, but I had a real craving for garlic bread, so I went a-Googling and came across these garlic balls and figured it was worth a try.  OMG.  It’s a really good thing my mom isn’t here tonight because these things are potent and she hates garlic, I mean HATES.  We think she’s part Vampire, but we still love her.  I also made sausage meatballs.  We had balls.  he he he…

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Don’t you worry, I had 2 helpings.  Those balls were AMAZEBALLS!

Wanna hear something funny?  Big Dude was like, “what about vegetables?”  PFFT!!!

Curry, crunches and macaroons

Little Dude and I finished up our Crunch Challenge.  200 crunches hurts like hell today, I’ll tell you that!  But we did it and I’m down at least a pant size.  Kick a$$!

Mom and Dad are staying with us for a few days while they do some remodeling on their house, so Mom and I made up a batch of the Curry from the other day, and I remembered to take a photo this time!!  It was sooo good.

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Luckily, Mom’s got a sweet tooth like me and we decided together that we needed a sweet dessert, so we made up a batch of the Raspberry Macaroons and then we decided to dip them in chocolate.  WHAT???  Yes, yes we did.  And then we dipped some fruit cause there was leftover chocolate.  And we can’t waste that.  That’s just not ok.

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Bacon Bark. WOOF WOOF

Since I was so violently I’ll last week I just realized the the rest of the frosting from those cupcakes was in the fridge, like hardening, waiting for a new lease on life, or at least a way into my mouth. Then I remembered my awesome neighbor, Nicole, made this amazing bark a few weeks before with candied bacon, almonds and cranberries and pretzels. I had the chocolate, bacon, almonds and cranberries, so why not? I gave it a try. I melted the chocolate back down in a make shift double boiler, fried up some bacon, tossed in some almonds and dried cranberries and then added some shredded coconut too.

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There are not enough words.

Sponge Bob

Monday are like Sponge Bob Square pants.  Either super awesome or super annoying.  Let’s just say I called it quits a little early today.  Easy to do when you’re your own boss.  I had a hankering for some Crabby Patty action.  These little babies are worth the search for good crab in your hood.  I found some gorgeous crabs at Costco over the weekend so I was super psyched.  I got a little lazy with the salad.  But really, who needs fancy veggies when you have fancy pants crab cakes.

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Uh, oops. I mean crap! I mean Curry!

Big Dude and Little Dude went sledding with friends today and left me alone for several hours!  I cleaned the house and went shopping.  I might have even snuck in a nap…  Then Big Dude and I cooked dinner together.  It was very sweet and easy since my kitchen allows for 2 cooks to move seamlessly through the kitchen.  I must admit I rather enjoyed having a sous chef today.  We made this curry recipe which was amazing, even though I mistook the Ginger Powder for Curry Powder…  Luckily I caught it before I began mixing it all together.  I didn’t have any spaghetti squash, but I did have these Kelp Noodles that I’d been wanting to try, so I threw those in at the end of the process and let them soak up.  Let me just say, if you hate to love Ramen Noodles, you should give these a try.  Yeah, it’s like that.

We were so ravenous I forgot to take a photo…

Blogging during daylight hours?? WTH?

I’m sick. Pukey sick. I didn’t blog last night because I went to my friend Beth’s house to hang out and got home very late for a school night. As I lay in bed reading, this awful feeling washed over me and then I spent the next few hours with my friend John T. Commode. He’s nice enough and all, but kinda dirty, smelly, cold and a little holier than thou for my taste. At least he doesn’t talk much.
Anyway, I’m actually taking a sick day today. Which if you know me, is really hard for me to do. Especially since I work from home and my office, all my files, computer and all my other gadgets and doohickeys are in the next room over from my sick bed on the couch here. I’m letting my phone go to voicemail. I’m not checking my emails every time my phone dings with a new one. I’m not even checking Facebook that often. I’m cashed out on the couch with my mutts watching movies and catching up on my favorite trashy tv shows. Snooki & Jwoww are up next. Don’t judge me. Send me flowers. Like these…

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How the Internet saved my life and those lives of everyone around me today

Today was a day. You know how sometimes you get to tell someone off or deliver bad news to someone you don’t really like? Well today, I had to deliver really hard news to a couple different people, people that I really like, and I didn’t enjoy it. They all took it well and everything will be fine, I mean its Real Estate, not brain surgery, but still, setbacks suck. Especially when we don’t know the answer or sometimes even the right question.
So today, more than ever, I needed a cupcake(s). I Googled (I love that that is a verb) chocolate Paleo cupcakes and came across this recipe. I had everything in the house to make them and they sounded fabaloo, so off I went to the kitchen. I followed the directions to the T. I put the frosting in the fridge to cool while I made the cupcakes. But I couldn’t wait for the cupcakes to fully cool, yes my day was that rough, and I dipped the cupcake in the still warm frosting and took a giant bite. OMG. It was like chocolate molten lava cake in my mouth. I still can’t believe I didn’t eat the while pan.
But now you understand why there are no photos.

I’m sorry, did you say squash?

When I was about 8 years old my mom made squash for dinner. I didn’t want to eat it, but there were starving children in Africa and I had to clean my plate if I wanted any dessert. So I choked it down. Literally. After I swallowed the last bite, I sang out, “clean plate club!!” Triumphant and ready for dessert, but my ever wise older brother said, “Not for long…” And then I vomited it all back up and onto my previously clean plate.
I really haven’t eaten squash or any other cooked orange vegetable since. So when I keep hearing about spaghetti squash on all the Paleo blogs, I figured, what’s the worst that could happen? I throw up on my plate!? Ha! Wouldn’t be the first time!! So I slathered my spaghetti squash with Ghee and put it in the oven to bake. Then I pulled out my favorite marinara, Bove’s of Vermont Basil

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, and this amazing chicken sausage I found at Costco…

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Chopped up some peppers, onions and garlic and set them to simmer while the squash did its thing.
I’m so happy to tell you I didn’t throw up! But I’m so sorry I forgot to take a photo because it smelled so good I couldn’t wait to dig into it and the my plate was a mess and I can’t post messy photos, only messy stories! Next time!

Copycat Allycat

Remember that weekend I went to Jay Peak and ate an amazing chicken w mushroom gravy dish? You should!! It was last weekend!
Well anyway, the mushroom gravy has been on my mind, seriously, i think i had a dream about it. So I trolled the internets today to find a like minded sounding sauce to try.
So I did. It was scary!! But delish!!

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Sing for your supper or read books and make your own!

I love chick lit. Love it. Almost as much as bacon. I listen to a lot of books on tape in the car as I drive about 70% of the time for my work and I get really sick of the same songs on the radio and the news is way too depressing, so I listen to chick lit and the like. Recently I was listening to a Jane Green novel that had the most amazing sounding recipes in it. I was drooling in the car. When I heard this recipe I knew it was going to be modified to Paleo style and in my mouth that night. It was and it was amazeballs.

Cauliflower and Bacon soup with truffle oil
* 2 ounces chopped bacon
* 1 cup chopped onion
* 3/4 cup chopped celery
* 3 garlic cloves, chopped
* 1 head cauliflower
* 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
* 1/2 cup coconut milk
* White or black truffle oil (for drizzling)

Sauté bacon until brown. Add onion, garlic and celery and cook until vegetables are soft – a little over five minutes. Add cauliflower and broth. Bring to boil and simmer, covered, for around 20 minutes.

Puree soup with a hand-held blender, add coconut milk. When ready to serve, ladle into bowls and drizzle with truffle oil.

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It would have been boss if I had a piece of bacon as garnish. FAIL!!

Original recipe here: http://www.janegreen.com/index.php/2010/10/cauliflower-and-parmigiano-soup-with-truffle-oil/