Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy 16th Birthday, Adrian!

Sixteen years ago... this awesome boy was born. Adrian turn 16 on December 19,2013! Whoooot! I love him so!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Pic Post

How cute is my big boy... and look! He is wearing his new scarf... the one I made!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pic Post!


Little Aiden's selfies! Aiden took these "for the blog, Mama." Love him!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pic Post!

Snowy day!!!! Look at little Aiden's reaction to snow accumulation...

So funny!

Monday, December 9, 2013

The three week mark...

It's been three weeks and counting into our official Paleo transition and amazingly we were all looking forward to something a bit more substantial than broiled or stir-fry veggies, salads, beef broth or beef bone soup.

I must confess, that since we started our transition, I've haven't experience the usual stomach cramps that would often follow my meal of late... that that was one of my biggest surprise.
It is with this thought in the back of my mind, that we ventured into our next phase of our new Paleo adventure.

Our meal tonight... Grass fed beef burgers.

They were a great big hit... they taste so much better than they look! Little Aiden is still a bit skeptical about eating anything that looks like meat, but he ate half of one patty.
I used a cast iron frying pan... next time I think I'll use the grill. Progress!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pic Post!

Pic of the day! Christmas has come to 129th!

From Vegan to Paleo

I have been a vegan quite a few years now and recently have been struggling with  a newly discovered "sensitivity" to wheat and wheat gluten. I am finding it ever harder to find vegan ingredients that are non-GMO (genetically modified organisms), whole foods and gluten free. With this in mind... We, my sons and I with blessing of my medical professional and the support of my friends and family, we begin our transition into the Paleo lifestyle. This is one of the biggest changes to be made in our household in a very long time... and it IS hard.

Thanks to Courtney, of BaxtronLife I am able to begin our transition from Vegan to Paleo much more smoothly than I anticipated. With "Practical Paleo" I am feeling more confident with our change and less panicky about our venture back into the world of the omnivores.
If you’d have told me, three months ago, when I didn't even included honey in our diet that I would be eating a primal diet  that WILL include meat and exclude soy and TVP, I’d have thought you'd completely lost your mind. But here we are... starting this new adventure... a bit shakily, but doing it nonetheless. We will continue to exclude fouls from our diet, along with milk... the two boy are allergic.

So what is the Paleo (Paleolithic) lifestyle about? The Paleo lifestyle consist of  a "Primal" diet of whole foods or "real foods" that fuels your body naturally and avoiding all refined, processed or nutrient poor foods... including grains, beans, refined sugar and pasteurized dairy products, to name a few.

Paleo is not a cut and dry lifestyle, but we are looking forward to improving our health by transitioning slowly. I know after years of living on a vegan diet, there will be some instances when I will reflexively want to object to some of the item that will show up on our plate, but once again... we will undertake this pilgrimage with patience and an open mind.

As of December 1,2013 we have begun our slow transition into the Paleo lifestyle. I am confident that with the support of my friends and family we will set out on this new adventure of enjoying, exploring and eating new foods... I hope you all will stick around and  walk this path with us.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Introducing... Pic post of the day!

A new daily post... a pic a day!

First up: Little Aiden!

How cute is this little guy?

"Tis the season!

I grew up drinking sorrel, especially around the holiday season, so it is no surprise that brewing and drinking this wonderful drink would be a part of my life and my children's life... sorrel! I love it and just can't get enough. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I decided to get creative and made some sorrel based smoothie. They were scrumptious!!!

Sorrel Smoothie

1 16 oz Welch's Four Berry Mix
1 cup sorrel
A blender

Toss the Welch's Four Berry Mix and the cup of sorrel  into your blender and blend to your desired consistency.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

A new hobby!

Crocheting has been on my list of things to learn for quite some time now... and finally, here it is!

Initially, when I first tried my hand at crocheting, I seem to only get the same old  result... a squiggly swirly mess. If I put it together it looked like a flower, but that was it... no pattern... not resemblance to the scarf I want to make.

I had to go back to my instructor for another lesson on the basic of crocheting. Here is what I am able to do after that second lesson!

Now it's fun.. and relaxing!