Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: Vintage Tradition Body Balm

Have you heard about the benefits of cooking with tallow rather than vegetable oils? How about using it to moisturize your skin? Rubbing beef fat on your skin may sound a little out there but it turns out that it's a fantastic moisturizer!

Some of my fellow Paleo friends were raving about how much they love this body balm so I immediately reached out to Kenneth at Vintage Tradition to see if I could find out what all the fuss is about. Kenneth kindly sent me some samples to try and even patiently endured my questions about using products with essential oils while pregnant.

I still love white's why!

Spoon in a Bowl of Sugar

You may have read a lot recently about all the terrible things white sugar does to our bodies (here's a great piece from Wellness Mama). I truly believe it's one of the major causes of many of our modern day ailments. Sugar is in EVERYTHING and not to mention that if the product is not organic you may be consuming a GMO. Here's a quick lineup of genetically modified foods.

So why do I keep my white sugar? Because it makes a fantastic body scrub! This is exactly what I did when I decided that white sugar no longer had a place in my kitchen. And it's so simple to use as a scrub.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Rainbow Sausage Sauté

I've been thinking a lot over the past few months and trying to decide where I want to go with the blog. First I wanted to rename and redesign the blog and then I got so off track that I was completely confused about how to proceed. See I love the idea of focusing on achieving professional success through my paleo lifestyle, but I also want to include some other posts about things like beauty or even fashion because I'm a girl and I like girly things! So here's the deal...I'm going to post whatever I feel like, with a mostly "working woman" focus, and maybe even throw in some reviews and giveaways for good measure. Sound good? I'll have faith that things tend to sort themselves out if you keep the ball rolling. Glad we sorted that out. So back to the regularly scheduled programming...

This summer I've really been enjoying eating local foods and trying to cook meals each week based upon what I find at the farmer's market. Lately I've made dishes with a lot of kale, rainbow chard, carrots, blueberries, tomatoes, onions, green beans, beets, beet greens, peppers and eggplant.

 Beautiful heirloom candy-stripe beets! 
I'm seriously considering hanging this picture on the wall in my kitchen. 

Rainbow Sausage Saute

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rediscovering Rhubarb: Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Gelatin Jam

Thanks to my May Paleo Pen Pal Amy (check out her blog), I had the pleasure of rediscovering rhubarb this month! I have such fond memories of sweet rhubarb treats as a child but haven't worked with it myself in years. Amy recently found some at her local farmer's market and sent it my way along with some local herbal salt which was such an interesting find!

Here's what I made...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Infusions of Lavender

April installment of Paleo Pen Pals: Lavender!

For today, a post in pictures. Stay tuned to hear all about my adventures with lavender tomorrow. And in the meantime, check out my swap Pal at Vivacious Dish and Paleo Pen Pals on Facebook.

Lavender Sweet Potato Mash
Lavender Infused Coconut Milk

Garlic and Lavender Aioli

Garlic and Lavender Infused Olive Oil

Monday, April 15, 2013

Crunchy Kale

A little inspiration for you to start your week....

And now for a quick, healthful treat to keep you moving onward and upward this week...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Slow Cooked Beef and Lamb Stew

Wow, life really gets in the way sometimes, right? I feel like I've pulled a 180 here from posting almost daily to somehow struggling to even get a post a week in. Working, commuting, exercising, sleeping and having a social life have gotten the better of me lately. But life is about the journey and we must keep adapting as things change, so I'll keep riding through it and hope that my free time adjusts for the better soon. I have some great posts planned for you if I can find the time to sit down and's a quick preview of what's to come:
  • my first giveaway!
  • a couple awesome Paleo product reviews
  • a brand new 21-Day Sugar Detox dessert!
Stay tuned for that, but now to today's delicious recipe...

Monday, March 18, 2013

Introducing Minute Mondays: Flourless Chocolate Cake

Introducing Minute Mondays! You may have noticed that my focus in cooking is often finding the quickest and most efficient ways to get dishes done without sacrificing flavor and nutrition. I accomplish this through many methods - slow cookers, pressure cookers, semi-homemade ingredients, and quick microwave dishes, to name a few. With this in mind, I've decided to create Minute Mondays where I will share a recipe each Monday that literally takes minutes from start to finish. I hope you enjoy the first installment below...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sweet & Salty Celeriac

It's time for another Paleo Pen Pals post. This month was so much fun as I got to try a new veggie that has literally been staring me down at the grocery store and I never knew it was there. Jill from Real Food Forager was my swap buddy this month and I was so excited to learn that she and I live nearby. Hopefully we can connect in the real world one day! Isn't it great to meet fellow real food lovers locally? I often feel like I spend most of my life online!
Speaking of local real food lovers, I met some awesome people when I attended the Balanced Bites seminar a few weeks back who connected me with some local farmers and I just picked up my first order last weekend. I really love the idea of farm-to-table and can't wait visit the source of my food someday soon. The best part is that I'm supporting small businesses, and with local delivery it's not costing me any more money or time to do so. That's been a big focus for me lately - balancing the cost of time versus money - since time is at a premium in most of our busy lives.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Pressure Cooker Green Beans & Sausage (plus 21-Day Sugar Detox recap)

I bet you thought the 21-Day Sugar Detox did me in - I know, I know, I've been a bit MIA. Things at work became busy - real busy - over the past few weeks and threw my whole life out of whack. Sometimes life boils down to sleeping, eating, and working and you push through till you emerge victorious. My victory this week is having survived to see the weekend!
So, without further ado, I wanted to briefly share a little recap and post-detox results with you. I'll start by saying that it was a fabulous 3 weeks and I never ever thought I'd say that. It was actually freeing to restrict myself. That's a fun little oxymoron. For the first time, I gave myself permission to say "no" to food.