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st. patrick’s day.

we're trying to corner the market on st. patrick's day decorations. it will get much worse next year.

10 briskets.

15 lbs. of potatoes.

6 lbs of carrots.

5 heads of cabbage.

5 lbs of onions.

that pretty much sums it up. thank you to my dear friends and family for coming over and eating all of this.

and keeping me away from the potatoes.

bonus pic: cray has taken a liking to lady’s dog bed and doesn’t really care if lady is on it or not:

meanwhile, lady is silently praying that the scary pink and gray thing doesn’t eat her. she’s a wuss.

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it’s all in the perspective

Christmas was excellent.  When you’re dealing with divorced families, Christmas gets kind of extended over a few days, with all the scheduling and the planning and the shipping of the kids. I am just happy that my sister and my son were able to spend some time together. My Christmas haul was all food related, with a shiny new crock pot and a frying pan and some other odds and ends that I’ve been wanting. Oh, wait, I also got some Salomon boots, and they are the most beautiful things ever. They have minimal soles and will do me a heck of a lot better in the snow than my docs or my 500 lb. hiking boots.

I had wanted to do this huge introspective end of the year post, but as usual, life gets in the way.  This year was full of huge changes for me, and most people would see them as negative. But, in all honesty, it was the whittling away of  things that were not giving me that growing room, and all I gotta say is thank god it’s gone, because I was getting cramped.

D continues to be a huge source of love, support, and inspiration for me.  To say I cherish him would be an understatement.

My kid. Oh, my kid. he continues to amaze me. I did get a text from Jeremy last night that his first loose tooth FINALLY came out. So, he gets to ring in the new year with a new hole in his face. Fortunately, that’s not a piercing. None of those until he’s at least in 5th grade.

I got a facebook message from an old friend the other day. One of her friends sent her a link to a blog, telling her to check it out because it was awesome, and that blog just so happened to be mine. Sometimes, that just blows my mind because I don’t think I write a lot of inspirational stuff. But apparently, I do, and I am glad that putting my life in the public eye helps people.

I like helping people. You will see more of this next year, I guarantee.

But – thank you. Thank you for reading, thank you for letting me know I make a difference. Thank you for texting me out of the blue, or inviting me to your parties in the shadow of a nuclear power plant, or showing up at my favorite restaurant at a moment’s notice, or showing up at our house for a meat fest and a hike in the woods.  You are the people that make a difference in *my* life.

To be honest, I have absolutely no clue what I am doing for 2011. I am not making any New Year’s resolutions and I’m rather liking that.  As I sit here typing this at butt ass o’clock in the AM while watching random infomercials for power tools, I realize that 2011 is a completely open book for me. I am a woman of many talents, and I think my biggest challenge for next year is going to be deciding where I get to go next. Some people might freak out over such uncertainty, but I am rather excited about it.

I delcare 2011 The Year We Kick Ass, and you should too.

Be safe tonight and I will see you next year.

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and now, another recipe

I have a sweet tooth. I am not ashamed to admit this. However,  just in this past year, I’ve really managed to refine just exactly what satisfies this craving. You’re talking to a chick who could easily down six maple logs in one sitting at the age of 12. I did that often.  Also, Suzy-Q’s and Mountain Dew at the same time. Which is why I had a huge butt for most of my life. Scaling that sweet tooth back has allowed my butt to get smaller. And healthier.

I ate a couple of 60% chocolate chips the other day. I immediately got ill. I’m also thankful for this because it keeps me away from crap.

I still like to bake, though, and do so according to my new tastes. Which usually means that most of my non primal friends think my stuff tastes like ass. That’s ok, because I think Betty Crocker frosting tastes like diluted roach poop. You’re missing out on the real flavor of real food if you’re covering it all up with cups of refined sugar.

It’s also bugging me that I’m seeing all these primal holiday recipes that involve 1/2 cup of honey at a minimum. That’s not doing you any favors, either.

That was an entirely too wordy intro to my cheesecake. I’ll indulge in these once every couple of months, and they’re usually made for my friend Noah because he loves them. And when you love my baking, you get more of it. And you get them in pirate cups especially for Christmas. These come in at just under 3g of sugar per serving.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

You will need:

  • 1/2 large can pumpkin
  • 16 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder. It MUST be vanilla. My favorite is Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein.
  • 3T cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • dash of allspice
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 c. pecan meal
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream
  • 1.5 c. chocolate chips, 85% or above

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and put muffin cups in 2 12 count trays.

For the crust:

Melt butter until slightly soft. In a bowl, combine butter with pecan meal and maple syrup until the meal is moist. With a spoon, press mixture into the bottom of the muffin cups.

For the cheesecake:

In a food processor, combine eggs and cheese until blended. Add pumpkin, protein powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice and blend until smooth.  Scoop mixture into the muffin cups so that they’re about 2/3rds filled.

Put in the oven, gingerly, and bake for about 30 minutes, or until you see the tops of the cheesecake start to brown a little.

For the chocolate ganache:

Heat up the cream via microwave or stove – doesn’t matter – until JUST boiling. Don’t let it boil. Pour into a bowl and add the chocolate chips. With a whisk, stir until smooth. This will take a very, very long time to achieve. It might initially look like you’re going to end up with chocolate milk, but keep stirring, it will thicken.

Spread the chocolate on top of the cheesecake. Don’t get too thick with this, as the ganache gets pretty solid.

Refrigerate until everything is cooled. Makes 24 cupcakes. Duh.

Merry Christmas!

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a processed bullshit-free thanksgiving

Turkey day dinner at our house again. This year, however, I insisted on eating real food, which meant the heavy absence of grain products. I was rather….bullheaded about it and i got into it a few times with my mother. But, I wanted to prove a point and I think I got it across.  We purchased our turkey from the farm where we get our eggs, bacon, and pork. We went in on a pigshare with a friend, so our freezer is currently brimming with pig parts. Th only other stop I made was to the produce section at the grocery store, and despite the store being crowded on the day before Thanksgiving, I got in and out in record time because NOBODY WAS IN THAT SECTION. Yeah, I hope those reconstituted sweet potato flakes tasted real nice next to your canned cranberry mush. Eesh.  Anyway, this year’s dinner was probably the best tasting and prettiest I’ve ever made, and I’m proud that I was able to provide that for the ones I love.

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