Sugar and spice (not refined sugar you ninny, who do you think I am?)

I actually woke up before 7 on purpose today! I had to go bust down a door before a meeting at 9:30 and take some pics of my newest upcoming listing. Guess what?! It has orange shag carpeting and blue toilets. I’m psyched!!

After I got home and uploaded my photos and did some work, I Googled “Paleo sausage shrimp”, cause that’s what I need to use for dinner and I came across this Gumbo recipe on PaleoOMG and I was like OMG! ūüėČ

And then seriously like 2 minutes later I got an email from nom nom paleo that there was a new blog up, so of course I read it and there was another mention of these Mexican Chocolate Pots de Creme, so of course I read that too. And so it was decided it was Sugar and Spice night.

I didn’t have all the ingredients for the gumbo, so I improvised, but im pleased to report that it was surprisingly easy. More so than the curry I think. And I made the dessert during the simmer times of the dinner. Oh, the gumbo called for a cup and a half of shrimps… I used a 2 lb bag of prawns. I also used that chicken sausage from Costco instead of Andouille and 1/2 lb Mckenzie Ground Sausage instead of the shredded pork. My cauliflower had turned so I skipped that. Put it in the crockpot to keep warm till dinner and went to pick up Little Dude and a friend to go to Petra Cliffs. When we got back the house smelled so amazingly rich with spices I couldn’t wait to dig in!

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Hindsight, I should have added spinach or kale for more volume. No matter, it kicked A$$!! I ate 2 bowls. The only reason I didn’t have a 3rd was dessert.

A note about the dessert, don’t leave it unattended. Mine may have boiled for a minute but it still came out wonderful. I didn’t use her whipped cream recipe though because I just got this iSi whip thing and had a can of coconut milk and a tablespoon of vanilla already chillin, so I gave that a whirl. Holy whipped coconut Batman! I’m in love. It was like a spicy chocolate mousse. I’ll be honest, when I spilled a little during the pour, I totally licked the counter.

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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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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…