I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and a good start to the holidays; we did at our house:) All four daughters were home, even the one who’s working in Puerto Rico; 3 boyfriends joined us, and we had our first 100% Flour Free, Sugar Free Feast.
Here’s a picture of everyone:
And here’s the menu: Turkey from Dark Hollow Farm in Markham, Va ( shout out – they raise them in the woods and they’re delicious!). Oh, I have to stop here. We decided to roast the turkey in our Big Green Egg, which we’ve used for several roasts and a couple big chickens this past year, so I felt comfortable. We live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and it’s been super cold; when we went to light up the Egg, it was frozen shut! Woops. Mark was able to feed some starter bricks in the bottom, but even when the inside temp was 400*, the lid stayed frozen. A little panic set in. He poured water on it over and over and it eventually opened, but our dinner was a slightly delayed because of this. Lesson learned though: the Big Green Egg can freeze shut in the right weather. Plan accordingly.
We also had: stuffing made with coconut flour bread; mashed potatoes, sweet potato muffins made with coconut flour, brussels with bacon, green beans, mushroom sauce/gravy which I thickened with a tablespoon of arrowroot starch(worked perfect), and carrots with butter and cinnamon.
For dessert, we had pumpkin pie with a nut crust, apple caramel cake (OMG!!), homemade ice cream w/coconut milk, regular vanilla ice cream from the store, chocolate pomegranate bark, pecan pie bark, and toasted coconut flakes. The pumpkin pie, apple caramel cake, the barks, and the mushroom sauce/gravy are all on my Pintrest page, but here’s the change we made: we used Swerve Sweetener – and LOVED it!! Definitely my new Go-To.
Paleo Cookie Exchange at my house on December 13, from noon to 2. Bring a flour free/sugar free dessert – or don’t! I’ll have plenty and everyone’s invited!
Are you remembering your mantra? “Attitudes don’t just happen, they’re the product of our choosing?” Our eating habits, our response to situations, how we react to people, these are all ACTIONS we can change or improve. Nothing about us is set in stone, but plastic. If you want to change your body, you have to change your mind first, this is an absolute. If your thinking doesn’t change, nothing changes. Instead of fixating over weight or thighs or food, think about your heart, your mind, and the vibrations and energy you give off or give away. You can either start the changes today (or continue the changes you’ve started), and be a new person by January 1, 2014; or you can keep doing the same old thoughts, actions, habits, and attitudes and be the EXACT same person.
Enjoy your Holiday Weekend! We’re off to the gym for HITT cardio, and biceps/triceps. Catching Fire Tonight!!!