Paleo Banana Muffins

I love easy breakfast food.  I need easy breakfast food in my life.  I am not an early morning eater and I work shift work.  That means anywhere from 5:15 am to 10 pm could be my start time.  I need recipes that are simple.  Cooking and baking are not not my favorite things to do.  Mainly because I usually make a giant mess and I don’t like the clean up.

That being said, eating paleo has caused me to become more of a cook and a baker and I am enjoying it more and more. I like finding simple recipes that taste amazing and I found a great one on my paleo flour bag from Bob’s Red Mill.

I think this muffin recipe is amazing.   What I love about this recipe is that it gives you direction about adding fruit or any other add-ins you might desire.  They are simple instructions but at least they gave me a clue about how much to add.  When I experiment or am not sure about a step the ending can be disastrous.   I also love recipe’s that come with pictures of the step by step process.  So helpful when I panic and think is this what it is supposed to look like at this point?  This recipe doesn’t come with step by step pictures – that’ just a little extra info for you.

I am a really picky banana eater.  They have to be just ripe enough to eat.  If it is anywhere past this stage I can’t eat it.  It’s a texture thing.  My husband and son are the same way.   Anyway, I had some banana’s that were well past the eatable stage so I mashed them up and added about a cup to this recipe.  They turned out really, really good.  I not only used them as my breakfast but they were sweet enough (no sugar added) that they worked great as a dessert too.  A multi use muffin that is simple to make!  Yum!

IMG_5195

 

Sometimes You Just Want A Cookie

Sometimes you just want a cookie.  A cookie that doesn’t taste like sawdust or take you 15 minutes to chew one bite.  You want a cookie that says you are making good choices and here is a little something tasty for you.  A cookie that tastes like something you shouldn’t be eating.

That’s what I was wanting the other day.  So I jumped on google and was searching  for a cookie that looked like something I shouldn’t eat but that was  compliant with my  Paleo lifestyle.

That’s when I came across allergyfreealaska.com.  I am so thankful for other bloggers. Allergyfreealaska.com’s  Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are so delish!  They truly taste like I shouldn’t be eating them and yet I can!  I love them.  I make them and put them in the freezer in 2 packs to have on hand for those days when I just need a cookie.  A good cookie.  Mine never come out looking like hers do but they always taste amazing. IMG_4912

So, if on your  journey you are having a day where you just need a really tasty cookie, try these!

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/03/12/ultimate-paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies/

#allergyfreealaska

Raspberry Picking @ Farm LoLa

I have a really fond childhood memory of going berry picking and it’s something I have always wanted to do with  my family!  This year I missed the pick your own strawberry season.  I also missed buying a large box of already picked strawberries from the guy who sells them on the side of the road.  Thankfully I have some left over strawberry jam from last year.

I was not going to miss pick your own raspberries season! I love raspberries and so does my family.  When I bring them home from the store they are gone almost before they are out of the bag. We are serious about our raspberries. But I  had no idea where to go. Thanks to a couple of my awesome coworkers I was introduced to Farm LoLa.  A great place, run by an amazing group of people.  I was so excited to take my husband and son there!

The atmosphere is lovely.  We could not have asked for a better night.  The temperature was perfect and the bugs were minimal.  The raspberry field is surrounded by forest.  We were greeted by the super friendly staff and one of their many chickens! The field of raspberries was beautiful.  My kid loved it and when he was done picking there was plenty of room in our row for him to run and play while he waited for us to finish.  They probably should have weighed him before we went in because I think he may have snacked on a few while he was picking.  The berries were perfect and so tasty.  I was thinking how wonderful it was going to be to have jam in the middle of February and my husband couldn’t wait to get home and have a scoop or two over a dish of ice cream.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Farm LoLa and came home with a box full of raspberries and a dozen eggs!  We will definitely be visiting Farm LoLa again!  Check them out on Facebook for picking times!

Superior 4th Of July

I think the 4th of July is my favorite holiday.  First, I love summer foods.  Fresh and grilled veggies, fruit salads, potato salads, BBQ’s, watermelon, and s’mores just to name a few. Yum! I am currently eating my way through my MIL’s left over potato salad.  It’s my favorite.  I love getting together with friends and/or family and I love the fireworks and the feeling you get while watching them.

This 4th my hubby and I both had to work a day shift which was totally perfect because then we had our evening free.  For the first time in 20 years the city of Superior had their 4th of July celebration down Barkers Island water front.  They had a small carnival for kids, a car show, vendors and bands playing right up until the fireworks.

Of course in true Northern Wisconsin fashion it was 57 degrees. 4th3My in laws came over and we had a delish summer meal and since we only live 5 blocks from Barkers Island it was an easy walk down to enjoy the festivities.  We arrived just as the last band for the night, Aftershock was beginning to play.   They were great!  We will definitely be hunting down where and when their shows are. My kid danced the night away and had a blast.  One of the lead singers even came down and danced and sang with my him.  It was such a great time!

The fireworks were AMAZING!  Perfect length and really beautiful.  It was so relaxing to sit near the lake bundled under blankets (note a small tone of sarcasm) and watch the fireworks surrounded by my fellow Superians.

Superior you did an amazing job with the 4th of July celebration this year. I can’t wait to see what you have planned for next year!  I love my city!

http://www.aftershockduluth.com

Wisconsin Point

During the summer one of our favorite places to go is Wisconsin Point.  It’s a long stretch of sandy beach surrounded by forest and Lake Superior.  You can see the hillside of Duluth and the ships out in the lakes.  There is a stoic white lighthouse with a red roof. On a still day, the gentle lapping of the water is mesmerizing and on a strong windy day the powerful waves crashing on the beach are a site to behold.  Nothing can soothe the soul after a long day like a few hours at this beautiful beach.

Wisconsin Point is also an entry point for ships.  wp6We have been out there numerous times but we have never been out there when a ship has come through. Then the other night we were just starting to pack up to leave and I noticed a ship that looked as if it was lining up to come in. We jumped in the truck and drove down further down the beach to the entry point.  I was right! The ship was coming through the entry point!  This huge ship was close enough to talk to the crew.  They even blew the horn for Noah when he asked.  I had no idea how long these ships, or are they boats? Anyway, I had no idea that these Great Lake’s ships are so long.  It was so fun and so exciting to actually be there when a ship came through the entry.  I am hoping since we spend so much time at this beautiful place that we will get to see another ship come through.  Maybe next time it will be a salty (a ship that does both lake and ocean) and we can see what the differences are.

If you haven’t been to Wisconsin Point you should definitely put it on your list of destinations this summer.

Quick and Tasty Paleo Breakfast

My favorite breakfast pre-paleo was eggs Benedict.  The English muffin, the sauce, the eggs.  Delish! One day near the start of this life style change I was really craving eggs Benedict so I googled paleo English muffin.  I was not expecting to find anything but to my great delight I did!  I’ll share the link to the recipe at the end of this post.

My favorite thing about this recipe is how quick and easy it is! Here is the cast of ingredients required.paleo breakfast 4

The English muffin comes out light and fluffy and looking like this.

paleo breakfast 2

Sometimes I toast it and put honey on it but today I made my version of eggs Benedict.  I added some ham and made a couple of over easy eggs and put those on top.  The yoke of the eggs acts as the sauce.  Delish!

paleo breakfast 3

Here is the link to the recipe.  The original recipe calls for coconut flour but I prefer to use almond.  It takes 3- 4 Tablespoons of almond flour to get the consistency of the 1 Tablespoon of coconut flour.  Thank you beautyandthefoodie.com for this great recipe!

http://beautyandthefoodie.com/quick-paleo-english-muffins/

Mini Holiday – Part 1 Stonegate

My husband’s birthday was this past Monday and since his primary love language is quality time I decided to take him away for the weekend.  We went to a wonderful resort on the North Shore of Lake Superior.  Have you ever needed time away from your day to day life? Time to sit and stare aimlessly at a beautiful view and let your mind rest?  If so, you need to plan a trip to this place.

stonegate1

Stonegate On Superior is a beautiful 8 cabin resort nestled right up to shore of the lake.
stonegate2
We stayed in cabin 1 and it is literally feet from the water. stonegate3
It is their smallest cabin with a small eat in kitchen, bathroom and large living space that includes a couch, chair and bed.
stonegate5
As you sit on the couch and look out the big picture window at the lake and listen to the waves crash against the rocks your worries and stresses melt away.  As we sat watching we saw a loon swim by and boats making their way to Duluth/Superior and/or Two Harbors.  Going to sleep at night watching and hearing the waves was incredible.  Relaxing and peaceful are two words that just being to describe the tranquility of this resort.
The sunrises over the lake are fuhgeddaboutit. (New Yorker for unequivocally excellent no need to discuss further) This is the only phrase that would come to mind when thinking of how to describe these sunrises. One morning I woke up early, grabbed a cup of coffee and made my way onto the rocks just below our cabin and watched the sunrise.  I happened to be the only one out on the rocks enjoying the beautiful sight that morning.  It was so peaceful. I can’t even describe the beauty so instead I’ll just post the pictures and let them do the talking.
stonegate7stonegate6
We enjoyed our stay at Stonegate so much and will definitely be going back. It’s a great resort to use as a home base for day trips up the shore or to just as a peaceful getaway to relax, take a breath and catch up on your reading while enjoying the beautiful view.
Make sure to check them out at http://www.stonegateonsuperior.com or on Facebook Stonegate On Superior.