The Spicy Paleo Cookbook Review

The Spicy Paleo Cookbook Review

I was provided one copy of The Spicy Paleo Cookbook at no charge in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. My 2 month long foray into the world of the Paleo diet was an interesting experience.  I did not find that the diet was right for me personally but I did realize that some really delicious recipes are actually both Paleo AND very delicious!  By definition, Paleo recipes are usually very healthy.  They  include real, whole food ingredients and nothing artificial.  I found that they usually included lots of herbs and spices to make up for the lack of salt, sugar, and flavorings that you find in many traditional recipes.  Since my family absolutely LOVES spicy food, when I was sent a copy of The Spicy Paleo Cookbook to review I … [Read more...]

Easy Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Recipe

Easy Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Recipe

Having grown up in New England, I did not see my first jalapeno pepper until I graduated from college and moved to Texas.  Honestly, I am not sure I had ever eaten a single spicy food for the entire first 18 years of my life.  When I got to Texas I was exposed to all sorts of wonderful new foods...some I loved and some I would never eat again if you paid me.  My all time favorite new food, though, was the stuffed jalapeno pepper!  If you are thinking "oh, I don't like spicy foods" well, these are not TOO spicy!  When you make a stuffed jalapeno you have to first take out all the seeds and membranes inside.  That is where all the 'heat' really comes from.  The jalapeno pepper itself isn't too spicy.  Sure, it has a little bit of bite but not eye watering, tongue burning kind of heat.  And … [Read more...]

When is it ok to lose control of your kids?

When is it ok to lose control of your kids?

I've never been known as a particularly flexible parent. I wasn't that mom that let her kids wear pajamas for three days because they were obsessed with Spiderman. They didn'tt go on week long binges of only eating things that are orange. They were not allowed to take all the cans out of my pantry and build their own personal house of cans on my kitchen floor. I'm just not built for that sort of flexibility. I've gotten a lot of grief for that over the years from various 'fly by the seat of their pants' friends. They didn't understand that my children napped at 2 PM. Every. Single. Day. Not at 3 PM....not 'oh, we'll just skip a day'. Nope. Not in my house.  I ran our household with military precision. Raising Kids and Losing Control! So, needless to say I had a lot of control over my … [Read more...]

DIY Beauty Tip:  Easy Herbal Steam Facial

DIY Beauty Tip: Easy Herbal Steam Facial

I have never been blessed with small pores.  As a teen I suffered from an average amount of acne but even when my skin was 'clear' I could easily see the pores and blackheads in my Tzone.  I used to use an assortment of scrubs, peels and facials to try and get my skin to look like all those models in magazines.  Recently, I have started using more and more natural products on my skin than I did as a teen.  DIY beauty products are usually easy to make, inexpensive and less irritating to sensitive skin.  Another great thing about DIY beauty products is that there are no questionable ingredients! This easy herbal steam facial is not only a very simple DIY beauty treatment to help clear up your skin but it is also incredibly relaxing.  The aroma of herbs wafting up towards my face just … [Read more...]

Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

Whipped Ricotta Cheese Tart with Honey and Fresh Blackberries

I grew up an hour outside of New York City.  I have an aunt who is of Italian decent and I learned early in life to appreciate a fine Italian dessert.  My favorite Italian treat of all time is the cannoli.  The whipped and sweetened ricotta cheese filling is heavenly and I could literally just sit down with a bowl full and eat it with a spoon.  Here in the south, I have yet to find a place to buy a truly delicious cannoli and I dream of the day I can get back to NYC for my favorite treat.  When I was at the grocery store the other day I came across organic, whole milk ricotta cheese on clearance and I was inspired!  Who says I can't make my own cannolis right?  Well, I COULD except for the fact that Kroger does not apparently carry premade cannoli shells and making them from scratch seemed … [Read more...]