I used this recipe from the Primal Palate for these cookies, and they were delicious!!
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.
- Benjamin Franklin
I am at that point in my pregnancy where all I really want to do is bum around in comfortable clothes, skip the social events and just relax as much as possible between the spurts of cooking and cleaning. For that reason we were planning to stay in for New Years Eve- have some great food (because that’s ALWAYS a part of our plan), relax, and hopefully stay awake for the ball drop.
When we found out lobster was on sale for $3.99/lb at ShopRite, the ante was upped… Luke got 4 5-pounders and his parents decided to join us! It was a super chill evening with all the delicious food, of course. We watched the Dick Clark tribute Rockin’ New Years Eve, and I actually made it to midnight!
I am not generally big on New Years Resolutions, since I believe in continuously trying to improve myself throughout the year. I might make one big resolution though… A few years ago I made the resolution to do a 365 photo project and succeeded for the most part. This year, my only resolution is to be the best mother and wife I can be to this little family we have begun. I am looking forward to giving birth to our firstborn son or daughter in the next couple weeks, and I think 2013 is going to be a fabulous year full of amazement and surprises and love!
I don’t normally bake for a couple reasons: First, most baked goods are not paleo, primal, or healthy in any way, and second, I have a crazy sweet tooth so once I get started eating this stuff, it’s very hard for me to stop so I prefer to not even have it around.
That said, I made an exception to this rule for Christmas, and spent the day creating both paleo and non-paleo desserts! Here is my process for creating Christmas Delight, a recipe out of my Mattke Family Recipes cookbook! I forgot to document the buttery topping, though, but here’s the cake and it was delicious!
In the age of Instagram people may not believe it, but food photography is a very specialized form of photography that not just anyone can pull off beautifully. To get it right, you need the right equipment, the right lighting, excellent food styling, and a good eye. Even though I love to cook and eat, I don’t often photograph my creations. Most of the time I am cooking at night when there is no natural light to work with, and I am more focused on getting food in our bellies than on digital film.
The result is that food photography is not something I am fully comfortable with… but what better way to get more comfortable than to just start trying? I was cleaning and started to get hungry, and recognized the opportunity. I also have a long weekend coming up with lots of cooking involved, so hopefully I can do some more! Between this and my apple project, hopefully I’ll get going on this blog that I have been neglecting…
For lunch, I decided to make some french toast. Last week Luke and I went shopping and found Paleo Bread, which I have to say, I do not recommend. The bread I made last year was a million times better! We have two loaves though, one almond and one coconut flour, so I figured this would be something good to try and hopefully would be photogenic.
Not too horrible, but I definitely need some practice! And maybe a food stylist
An apple… what’s more simple and perfect?
Years ago I did a project for an art class where we had to take a common object, and represent it visually in as many ways as we could using fine art media such as pencil, pen, and paint. I chose the apple, and my final project (as far as I know) hangs in a place of honor on my grandparents’ dining room wall.
My new idea is to recreate this project using digital media instead of fine art. I shot the photo above, and will try to think of the apple in as many ways as I can, starting with…
I am open to ideas for apple manipulations!
I made this pumpkin souffle from Balanced Bites the other day- it was very easy to make and super delicious! Luke and I had it fresh and hot for dessert, then I had the rest for breakfast (…and lunch) the next day.
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
I haven’t posted in a while… I have to admit that pregnancy is energy-consuming and impending parenthood is mind-consuming! But what a better analogy for pregnancy than gardening… Nurture it and it will grow, leading to a fruitful harvest!
This photo is from the beginning of my 365 photo project in 2010. I love stuffed peppers- not just any old stuffed peppers, but the way my mom makes them. They are definitely not bad like a bowl of pasta, but now might be the time to work on an updated recipe for Paleo stuffed peppers now that rice, beans, and corn are all off the menu for me. Make the ground beef grass-fed, obviously keep the salsa, but maybe replace the rice with cauliflower rice and the corn and beans with some other colorful veggies, then top with Kerrygold Dubliner cheese perhaps!
Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved. – Medieval German saying
We received this gorgeous decanter as a wedding gift. Up until now, most decorative and/or large kitchen items were stored in the basement. This includes some wedding gifts that we never actually used before. Now that we are finally set in our new kitchen space, we have much more room for all the things that had been previously hiding! I have decided (for now, at least) to place this gorgeous decanter on the counter right by the window. In the daytime it catches the light, and at night, it holds deep, beautiful wines like this 2009 Petalos del Bierzo.
Obviously I am so excited about the new kitchen that I am shooting photos of not-so-exciting food… I did actually go home during lunch today to grab a couple things I had forgotten- it is so nice to see the animals and the hubby in the middle of the day!
I made a quick, delicious and nutritious lunch while I was home… Kerrygold butter, spinach, grape tomatoes, and three angel eggs!