waiting for my nut bag

I got my Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook today!  And the glass bottle I ordered from amazon to store my homemade almond milk!  When I make it.  Once my nut bag comes.  🙂

The fun thing about trying Paleo/Whole 30 is that I get to try all these new recipes and feel good about eating them because I know it’s just real food.  Also, a lot of the recipes are super tasty and don’t require that much prep or fancy ingredients.  Tonight I made sweet potato “noodles” and baked them with carrots and onions and then topped them with bacon.  UM.  YUM.  Cooked up some kale in the bacon fat as a side and called it a day.  Unfortunately I did not document it, but I can tell you that my belly is very happy.  Here is the sweet potato noodle recipe.  Will I ever cook a recipe from somewhere else??  Of course I will, this is just my kick right now and it’s so delicious!

So now I’m just winding down for bed since I work early in the morning tomorrow and dreaming of my leftovers with a fried egg on top.  “Winding down” for me means watching Gilmore Girls in bed with a cup of tea, and eventually just turning over and passing out.  And to answer your question yes I am an 80 year old woman.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share what I ate today haha and say Hi.  Maybe I will write more over the weekend, tomorrow I was thinking I’d make some zoodles with pesto.img_1809

This is me as a chameleon.

 

 

HOLY CHICKEN

WOW.  ok so R and I tried the Whole 30 diet recently.  Which you are supposed to do for 30 consecutive days, but I broke down after two weeks because I was like I need cream and sugar in my coffee.  And we were kinda doing it during the week, until my friend came to stay with us annnnnd at least for me everything has gone out the window.

But!  We are going to try again in January and I’m kinda excited about it because I found a blog with all these great looking recipes that are Paleo/Whole 30.  And I’m saying great-looking because I haven’t actually cooked any of them yet.

UNTIL NOW.

Holy crap.  I tried Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken.  It is totally Whole 30 approved and it is so freaking delicious I can’t even.  It took me a little bit of time because the recipe calls for chicken thighs with skin and bone, and then you cut out the bone, but once the bone is out it’s SUPER EASY and so tasty.  And I just cooked up some broccoli as a side and…had a drink.  Not Whole 30.  Oops. I kinda forgot about that part.

I also found where I can get Whole 30 Bacon today!  Sprouts!  It ended up having some other great things like substitute soy sauce and chocolate almond milk without added sugar.  I think this go-round with Whole 30 we will be much better prepared.  Especially armed with bacon now, hahaha.

I think that’s all I have for now, I really just wanted to share how amazing the chicken was.  Good night internet!

 

I’m back!

Hi.  There is a lot of customizing associated with blog writing that I forgot about.  Starting to write again seemed like a pretty involved undertaking in itself, but then you have to pick which picture you want as the cover photo!  Too much.

Anyway, now I’m here.  At the part that feels most comfortable and uncomfortable at the same time.  The part where I am typing thoughts to be sent off  into the abyss of the internet for lord knows what reason.  Probably because I’m a millennial.  And we’re share-ers.

I found my old livejournal from high school today because the internet lives forever!  And reading entries from 10 years ago was supposed to be a great idea.  Maybe it was a great idea because I have definitely been glossing over bad memories to make myself think that I had no worries 10 years ago, or they were dumb kid worries, or I must’ve eaten ice cream every day when I was 17.  But reading those entries back forced me to remember that there were times when I was a little shit bc well, high school, along with the good times of dumb kid worries and being a huge unapologetic nerd.

So.  I read some old blog entries and decided that I want to start writing again.  It is winter, arguably the worst season of the year, and since it feels like 10 PM even though it is really 5, I’m going to write my way out of this seasonal depression.  She says quietly to her computer, sitting in a dark room in silence.

This is what people want to read, right?  They want to know about other people and their personal lives.  Right?  This is just one really long prologue to the entry I’m actually going to write.  Get ready.

We have tons of leftover ham.  Ham that R(my boyfriend) claims I will not finish.  I’m terrible at leftovers, always have been, possibly always will be.  Tonight I am supposed to be cooking scalloped potatoes with ham, to use up some of said ham.  And yet…I started writing this.  Scalloped potatoes is one of my mom’s best recipes.  Somehow over the years, it has just gotten cheesier and creamier and more delicious with each incarnation.  I made it when R and I first started dating to try to impress him and also to impress upon him my strong Irish background.  I also tried to cook a whole chicken, which quite frankly may have been way too forward at the time.  But I think the potatoes turned out pretty well.

Alright, I started cooking so that I’m not staying up until midnight making dinner.  The potatoes are tucked safely in the oven, cooking away.  My soundtrack while cooking was basically “Boy Problems” by Carly Rae Jepsen on repeat.  Just as it should be.  Here’s the recipe, straight from the Betty Crocker Cookbook:

betty-crocker-scalloped-potatoe

I made the creamy recipe and added ham, and shredded some white cheddar on top.

 

Annnd I tried to document step by step as best as I could, but the cream sauce kinda confounded that because I had to watch it and stop screwing around with the camera haha.

The potatoes were delicious.  I’m finishing this entry a day later, and they are already all gone.  So I did it Mom!  I cooked your famous potatoes, and it was easier than I remembered so I can make them again soon.