it all started with whey…

For some really stupid reason that I do not understand I decided to put some protein powder in my smoothie today. I knew it was whey protein. But I knew I needed some protein. But I am allergic to whey. This was a bad decision that then catapulted every other decision I made today into crazy town.
I went to an appointment and then decided to skip my next 3 stops and go to the car dealer to see about turning my leased car in sooner than August, which I can’t do without a metric sh*t ton of fees.
I checked my voicemail and heard that my office heads were having a pizza lunch for all our admin today at noon, so obvi, I decided to skip my noon appointment and go eat pizza, oh and of course I should bring cake. 3 cakes to be exact. Cause one would certainly not be enough. And I ate 3 slices of pizza and a slice of each cake. Yup. Red velvet with cream cheese frosting, lemon creme and strawberry shortcake. What’s that about being allergic to whey? Oh nothing, never mind, I’m fine, I got this. Insert stomach gurgle and carb crash here…
I came home to do some work and my sister in law stopped over and I decided hanging out with her was more fun than working. It was. But I should have been working.
I started a mini-fight with Big Dude. Rectified and all is well, but unnecessary.
Had dinner with the neighbors. Pizza and cheesecake. 2 pieces of pizza and 3 pieces of cheesecake.
And now I sit watching The Vampire Diaries with a gurgly stomach wondering where it all went wrong and realize its all the smoothies fault for not being bacon.

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WARNING, this blog contains explicit language

Sometimes I impress myself. Dinner tonight was beyond faboo. But first, a little story…
I was on the phone with my BFF Kaye (a trained chef) while I was making dinner. I kept tasting the sauces I was making to accompany my coconut shrimp and she was in hysterics listening to my running commentary of what I was doing and how awesome it was. I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the zone, whether it be cooking, playing a sport or even playing Candy Crush, I get über in to it and apparently I don’t stop taking smack, even if it is only to myself. Some if the things that came out of my mouth while cooking were…
What the f*ck is that supposed to be? That’s not right.
Oh deuce bombs! That’s the tits!!
F*ck balls, I’m amazing.
This is so good I want to drink it. No, I want to take a bath in it. I don’t care if its sticky.
Bitches be nothing but hoes and tricks and this sauce is amazeballs.
Obviously, there’s something wrong with me. I apologize if this offends anyone, but not really.
At least I entertained Kaye for 20 minutes. And have no idea what amounts I put in those sauces, but one was piña colada and the other was mango. Both were the tits.
End result…

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I really need new plates. Apparently mine are all chipped.

Girl Code starts on MTV tonight. I love trying out new trashy tv shows. I need to DVR it though. I’m exhausted. Talking smack wears me out. So does driving all day. I went to Stowe to check out some work done on one of my listings and found this…

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Yup, that deer head is smirking. I almost took it. Almost.

Bacon Blondies

These are my new obsession.  

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I started with this cookie recipe from The Food Lovers Kitchen (buy their cookbooks!!) and made some adjustments, and packed them in a brownie pan rather than cookies and voila!!  I’ve made them 3 times in the last 11 days.  I brought one into my Broker who has celiac disease and has made many a comment that Gluten Free desserts really suck.  He didn’t think this one sucked.  Even my Little Dude that doesn’t really like most of my Paleo-ish options said this was the bomb.

Speaking of bombs…  I don’t want to give the events that started at the Boston Marathon any more attention than needed.  I don’t care that they didn’t read the dude his Miranda.  I don’t want to hear the conspiracy theories.  I want to see the images of the heroes in action.  I want to hear the stories of the hope and faith that I have in the rest of mankind.  I want to see photos like this one

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of an officer delivering milk to a family with small children that had run out during the lockdown of the city.  And huge PROPS to the city for taking such amazing steps towards ending the craziness.  

And I’ll end with these amazing tweets.  

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Sick Day

I’m home with a sick Little Dude today.  He didn’t sleep well last night and woke up with a bloody nose and a tummy ache.  Luckily my BFF Ali texted me to postpone our Breakfast date and I don’t have any other appts today to cancel.  I love working from home.  I don’t know what I’d do if I had to call in to work everytime I or LD felt sick or I had to go take care of personal / family business.  I’m so grateful that I have built this business that I can work it from my home and right now, in my pajamas.  BOOM.  So now I have time to plan my dinner for tomorrow night.  My younger bro and his family are coming to stay with me for a couple days, and some family friends are coming up with them, so Mom & Dad will be here along with the Athertons for dinner tomorrow night.  I have no idea what to make yet…  Off to Google some food porn!

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My son loves that song.  Since I saw it on 365 Days of Bacon, he’s been singing it non-stop.  BOOM PIG

I love bacon.  So much.  So much that today, when I was speaking at the Women’s Small Business Program on the Graduate Panel, my friend and the organizer of the class told everyone that I’m bacon crazy.  So it inspired me to make tonights entire meal with bacon.

IMG_0096First the chicken wings:  I made a marinade/glaze out of almost paleo bbq sauce, honey, bacon fat and water.  It was crazy good.

Second the coleslaw:  I may have invented baconnaise tonight.  I started with the nomnompaleo.com recipe for macadamia nut mayo and since I didn’t have any lemons, I subbed with a lime, I didn’t have any dijon mustard so I used yellow and a splash of my maple mustard salad dressing, I used apple cider vinegar instead of plain, and then I realized I was out of macadamia nut oil too…  I grabbed olive oil, walnut oil and some more bacon fat (I keep a container of it in the fridge).  SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!  I almost wanted to eat it with a spoon!!

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Side note…  Grocery shopping on Sundays is not the best for fresh produce.  I had to buy a bag of shredded coleslaw mix cause they were all out of real cabbage.  FAIL.  Then I made the coleslaw recipe from Anna Nimmity with extra bacon and chopped macintosh apples.  YUMMO.

Lastly, the sweet potato fries:  I plopped them on the pan I cooked the bacon in (if you’re not cooking your bacon in your oven, you’re working too hard!!) and slathered them with some more bacon fat and then sprinkled them with salt and pepper and paprika.  WHAT THE DUECE??  Made a little maple/honey/mustard dipping sauce and voila!

The meal made me feel better for missing bacon this morning.  I was so nervous for my talk at the class that I skipped breakfast, just my morning latte…  and then right before the class was sooo hungry had to run and grab something from City Market.  I was pleasantly surprised to find their egg salad was local cage-free eggs!  And I thought I’d try a muffin from West Meadow Farm Bakery as I’ve had their brownies before and they were amazing, so muffin, yeah.  It was a good ‘on the go’ & ‘best you can’ meal I could do.  But no bacon, so I was sad.  🙂  Just kidding.  Well, only a little.

It’s gooder for you…

I saw this post on Facebook a few days ago and nearly died…

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I was seriously considering making them as described, but I knew that would send me into some sort of shock from the crazy deliciousness of it all.  I remember my neighbor mentioning last weekend during our campfire that we could make our own marshmallows so I googled Paleo Marshmallows and got this new blog on my bookmark list…

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and then I subbed out most of the other ingredients for this almost Paleo friendly version of this crazy delicious treat.  As I told Big Dude’s coworkers when I delivered them today to his office, “They’re gooder for you.  I healthified them.”  They laughed until they were kissing my feet at the sheer deliciousness of this crazy amazing creation.

photo-4Here’s the revised recipe:  Next time, I’ll try it with chopped nuts instead of the rice cereal to make it more Paleo.

1 lb of Bacon (or more)
2 lb of DARK chocolate (I had lots leftover, dip fruit in the remainder of the chocolate)
3 tablespoons of ghee or grass fed butter.
6 cups of marshmallows from honey recipe posted above.
6 cups of Organic Brown Rice Cereal (little/no sugar)
1 1/2 cups of softened creamy almond butter

Begin by placing the Bacon in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. Once chilled, dice the Bacon in to bit sized. Pan fry the Bacon in small handfuls over medium low flame. Once crispy golden, place the bits on a paper towel and allow them to cool.

Now cooled, toss 3/4 of the Bacon bits with 6 cups of rice cereal and 1 cup of mini marshmallows.

Using a double boiler, melt town 5 cups of mini marshmallows with 3 tablespoons of ghee/butter. Once melted, fold in 1 cup of softened almond butter. Next, pour the almond butter marshmallows over the dry ingredients. Fold gently until everything is coated evenly.

Line a 10 X 10 or 10 X 12 cake pan with parchment paper. Fill the cake pans with the mixture, then cover the top with more parchment paper. Use your hands to flatten out the top creating an even level.

Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to set.

While that’s setting, place the Bacon bits in a large bag. Pound it out, flipping the bag over at least twice, creating an even Bacon crumble.

After the hour has elapsed, uncover and square the hardened mixture in to even pieces. Melt down 1 pound of chocolate. Dip the bottoms of each square in the melted chocolate. Space them out on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, chocolate side down, and let them set in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

After the hour is up, melt down the other pound of chocolate. Once tempered, heavily drizzle the chocolate over each individual square. The chocolate will act as a binder for the Bacon crumble.

Take 1/2 a cup of almond butter and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Mix, then put it on for another 30 seconds until it’s soft and smooth. Transfer to a plastic bag and cut the tip off and drizzle all over the bars.

Generously top each square with lots and lots and lots of the Bacon crumble.

Let them set outside of the refrigerator for 2 hours, or 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Best served at room temperature, they’re meltier that way.  🙂

Difficult

Ha! From that title it sounds like this is going to be bad. It’s not. Well…  I mean I’m difficult. I’m stubborn. I’m a control freak. I’m special like that. So making the decision to hire an assistant for my Real Estate business was difficult, and long overdue. There are a lot of non-money making tasks in my business and some of them are the more enjoyable tasks.  Like going to a foreclosure property for the first time and breaking in and checking out the damages.  Yah, I know, I’m twisted like that.  But I really don’t need to spend a day a week in the car all day driving around taking photos of all my listings, going to town clerks offices and the like.  So while I might be missing out on a little fun and excitement, I know there are better ways for me to spend my working hours.  Now, having made that decision, I feel so much better!  I might actually get a day a week back in my life!!

Another thing about me…  I’m a hoarder.  Kind of.  I cleaned out my pantry of all the junk food, processed food, chips, crackers, etc… kind of a long time ago.  All that food has been sitting in a bag waiting to go to the Food shelf.  I also cleaned out Little Dude’s closet a little while ago (read months) and the clothes have been sitting in a bag ready to go to the clothing bins.  I actually put them in the car on Sunday.  I finally dropped them off today.  Had to flip a bitch to get to the big yellow bin that was at the diner in town here that I didn’t even know was there.  Again, difficult, but felt much better after having done it.

While on the road today, I got hungry, I didn’t pack anything to bring with me because, well, lets face it, dinner last night was not worth a repeat today for lunch.  So I stopped at Minor’s Store in Fairfax and asked for a Turkey Bacon Sub without the Sub.  The dude looked at me like I had 3 heads.  He said, we don’t do that.  Would you like a wrap?  I said no, I don’t eat bread or wraps.  If you give it to me, I’m just gonna throw it away, so I’d rather not take it.  Can you just put it in a salad container?  He said do you want a salad?  I said no, I want a sub.  But no bread.  It took 3 of them to figure it out.  I said to the dude, I just like being difficult.  Sorry.

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They nailed it.  The lettuce served as the perfect plate/for the rest of the goodies.  I’m sure it wasn’t all organic or free range, but it was the best I could do on the road.  The guy I was meeting for my next appt is Paleo too, so I showed him the picture.  He thought it was just as cool as I did.

Pork Chops can be difficult.  I hate to admit that previously I always used Shake and Bake to cook pork chops and served them with applesauce.  Lame and totally American.  Remember that Brady Bunch line?

So finding a new way to cook them has proved fun and exciting!!  I’ve found all sorts of recipes to try, but this one was at the top of my list now that I seem to be loving sweet potato.  I still had leftover biscuits and salad from last night and Big Dude cooked up some Asparagus, and I kid you not, even little dude at the chops (not the sweet mix on top, but the chops yes).  Big Dude and I made all sorts of noises eating it up.  I didn’t even have to eat something for dessert after.  Well, yet…  It’s only 7:15.

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Spring Fever

As you probably gathered by my previous couple posts, I’ve been in kind a rut lately.  After lunch with my BFF Nate today, I realized that it’s only Spring Fever.  Yesterday, it was 50 degrees and the sun was shining.  Today it was snowing, blowing and cold and gray.  Thanks Mother Nature.  HAHA April Fools.  I haven’t been trying new meals, desserts and baked goods yes of course, but not the real deal meals.  I had a new resolve.  Had a lovely salad bar, steak and steamed broccoli at The Windjammer for my lunch with my buddy man and then went off to Costco to fortify my fridge with plants, eggs, meats and the like.  $150 later and an hour later…  My truck was full of deliciousness.

I didn’t really have a plan in place except I knew I wanted to make these Bacon Chive Biscuits.  I threw together a Maple Mustard Balsamic Vinaigrette and used it to marinate the chicken and as a dressing for my tomato cucumber basil salad, I had a head of cabbage that needed using, so I googled “Paleo Coleslaw” and came up with this one, it had me at bacon…

Side note / side rant – what’s up with Pintrest?  I’m not on it.  Call me Old Fashioned (giggle) but I use Google.  I Google it and then bookmark it.  Everyone keeps asking me if I found it on Pintrest.  Do I need to know this?  For real??

Then I threw the chicken in the oven, made up the biscuits and sat down to play some Candy Crush.  I’m totally stuck on level 65.  Once the Dudes got home I put the biscuits in the oven and set to wait again.  Big Dude was talking on the phone when he came in and immediately opened the fridge and started taking the coleslaw out to try it.  To his credit he did offer me the first bite.  It was a hit!  He ate about 1/4 of the bowl while talking on the phone and I sat watching and laughing.

So this is the finished product…

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I will be honest and say the chicken was not very good.  I think it marinated too long.  And maybe I burned the biscuits a little.  Forgot to change the temp from 400 to 350.  But I’ll eat those for breakfast tomorrow with some bacon and eggs as suggested on the original blog!

I also tried to make sour gummy things, from this recipe, but they didn’t go over so well with the Little Dude.  I guess I’ll have to eat them…  I’ll try again some other time for him.

Now I’m off to snuggle that kiddo and watch some deliciously trashy TV.  Speaking of which, did you hear Shain from Buck Wild died yesterday?  I totally thought it was a really bad April Fools joke, but so far, it seems real.  Sad.  That was one of my favorite dirty little secret shows this past year.  It brought out my inner redneck.  RIP Shain.

Weekend Update

I took the weekend off from my computer.  I didn’t even check my email on my phone.  I just finished cleaning out my inbox.  It seriously took 2.5 hours.  More coffee please…

We also took the weekend off from Paleo – but not bacon…  Friday night Big Dude and I ate almost a whole deep dish pizza from Costco while catching up on The Americans and The Following.  Have you seen any of those things??  Let me just say, it was worth it.  And if you’re not watching either of those shows, I highly recommend both.  I even got my Dad into them while my parents were staying with us last time.  And I promise, I don’t just love The Following because Kevin Bacon is in it.  😉

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Speaking of bacon… Have you seen this??  I’m really hoping it’s not an April Fools Joke.

If you see it, please let me know!  If it’s a joke, don’t tell me today.

My neighbor and new BFF Nicole is the manager of Klinger’s Bakery, and sometimes she brings us treats.  Saturday, she brought us a Blueberry Braid Coffee Cake.  I might have eaten 75% of it.  It was soooo good.  Between that and the workout I got at Petra Cliffs, I was out for the count in a serious carb crash from like 4-7 Saturday night.  I had to lie down in bed.  Not sure that one was a smart choice.  I finally got up and went to the store to get the rest of the ingredients for Brunch on Sunday around 8.  Came home with chicken wings for dinner.  I had no energy left to cook real food.

Sunday Brunch was amazing.  We had eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit salad, baked apple french toast and Bacon Coffee Cake with Bacon Caramel Glaze, adapted from this recipe and when I say adapted, I mean I screwed up the recipe somewhere and had to improvise… I forgot to take a pic of the initial meal, but here’s what I had for leftovers at lunch time.

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After that we took a trip to Lowe’s to check out patio paver, fire pits and furniture.  It sparked our fancy for a fire.

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We raided the construction dumpster a few doors down for the scrap wood and roasted hot dogs and s’mores for dinner.  Best Easter Ever.