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No, I’m not cheating on my diet, or anything for that matter!!  (I prefer the word CHOICE, vs. cheat anyway… every choice has a consequence!)  I just found another GREAT new Paleo cookbook that I had to share, because you’re definitely going to want this one too!

The layout and form remind me of Against All Grain, which should be a staple in any healthy kitchen – but with some additional great twists and creative dishes galore!

You know me, the first place I dig is for is the desserts, and snacks.  I love things to go with our healthy meals… (and this book has PLENTY of great ideas there too!)  It’s therapy to bake things I can’t have.  So far I’ve made the chives crackers for my husband (who loves some stinky-crunchy snacks!) and some SWIRL cookies for the kids… which were GONE in one day.  (I made them for soccer snacks, dessert and frozen some back for my Bible study girls as well)

Chive crackers - great with bone broth soup!

Chive crackers – great with bone broth soup!

We tried out the pumpkin pancakes this weekend and they were a grand slam.  If you’ve ever attempted paleo pumpkin pancakes, you’ve probably ended up with a HUGE mess.  Not so with this recipe!  Super easy to follow – and lovely consistency as well!

Yep - Pumpkin pancakes that weren't dime sized, and actually LOOKED like the picture when they were cooked up.  Excellent!

Yep – Pumpkin pancakes that weren’t dime sized, and actually LOOKED like the picture when they were cooked up. Excellent!

Again, I think it was the different flour combos, similarly to Against All Grain.  I did also try some new flours – which (sadly) put Bob’s Red Mill to shame.  (Sorry Bob!)  The brand is Honeyville, and I got it off of  They are finer in texture, and come in 5lb bags!!  (Thank you Lord for larger bags, because we go through a lot!)


Have an awesome week!  Love these beautiful FALL days!

“God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the POWER that worketh in us.”

Eph 3:19-20


One Week – No Eggs!

Yes, that's a lot of vitamins!!!  Vit B complex, ProOmega, Lycopene, Gingko, and my Multivitamins.

Yes, that’s a lot of vitamins!!! Vit B complex, ProOmega, Lycopene, Gingko, and my Multivitamins.

Well, I’ve made it… one week, no eggs!!

Surprisingly, it’s been a lot easier than I thought.

When you don’t anything baked, or grains – how difficult can it really be?

Exactly.  Not very.

I did miss them in the mornings, but I’ve just had to be more creative to get my protein.  I went with making some pastured pork sausage patties.  A little thyme, rosemary and pepper, served with some cauliflower “rice” steamed in bone broth, and my staple cabbage/carrots.  I usually have some coconut yogurt as well.

Mid-morning I have a juice, and lunch a salad with some protein.  Snack is some figs or a piece of fruit and then veggies and more protein for dinner.

Honestly, I’ve been feeling really great.  I added back in my iron supplement, and I’ve had more energy than I’ve had in several months.  I’ve felt accomplished enough to cleaned several “hot spots” in our house in the past week…  which was happening every blue moon around here.

The KEY for me is this – when I’m feeling well, DO NOT to over do it.

It’s so tempting to start pushing things – like my bedtime, and my workouts, or say “yes” when I really need to focus on keeping my head above water…  and then next thing you know – I’m back to square one, stressed, a hormonal mess and wish I would have slowed down and kept my eyes on God.

Bible study couldn’t have come with a better this week than this:  Your worth is NOT in what you do, it’s in Him alone.

I was so guilty of trying to do too much… for a good reason – helping others.  However, when the “cost” is saying “no” to my family, and myself and my health – it wasn’t healthy.  Now I have to purposefully focus on keeping my stress level low, keeping my sleep in check, and continued time in prayer and fellowship with God – keeping me grounded and at peace.  It’s a daily battle, but one I feel like God is helping me stand up against.

Some people who don’t understand auto immune disease or disease in general may wonder why eating like “this” has to be so specific or particular – some might even venture to say you’re idolizing food, or your health…  trying to live forever.

I couldn’t disagree more strongly.  Trying to live, and take care of the body God blessed you with – is hardly an easy choice or a form of idol worship.  It is quite the opposite.  For me, I was being defiant to God – not wanting to slow down and “think” about what I was putting into my body and my family’s bodies.  I was stuck in a world of go, go, go… and thinking that we simply “couldn’t” make this work in today’s world because it was TOO different and surely God didn’t want my life to be THAT different.

Shame on me for doubting God.

It took me a while to learn empathy for diseases like this.  What a better way to learn, than through experience?  For those who assume it’s idol worship to fight disease with diet – just know they are simply limited in their understanding of what you’ve gone through and learned.  Pray for them, and educate them when they ask.  Hopefully one day they won’t have to learn the hard way.  There are SO many people out there who healing their bodies through diet, and never look back – eating to LIVE.  The systemic inflammation that gluten, conventional dairy and grains cause are undeniable – and it’s only a matter of time before the truth is mainstream.

If you’re starting an Auto Immune Protocol Paleo Diet, or you are thinking about trying to seal and heal your gut against disease – you might want to consider this cookbook.  It is available through Lisa’s website, or hopefully they will print it again soon.  There are also some ebooks available, as well as the Paleo Mom’s website – and she has some fabulous ideas also to help you get through this challenging time.  If you are on facebook, there are lots of support groups as well where you can hear other people’s tips and encouragement as well.  Do what YOU need to do to be Healthy for Him.

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”

James 1:19

Paleo Cookbook and Websites I Love!


I have been totally “wowed” recently with some new cookbooks I ordered off People often ask me where I get ideas of what to fix my family? Well, honestly – other people who have gone before me give me ideas and I expound on or revise those. I’ve had to teach myself to cook – and to find tricks that work for my own family.

Ironically, or maybe… not ironically… many of these people have similar-ish health stories to me, and our family. It’s nice to realize there is a HUGE world out there with people who are like-minded in regards to how things like food can contribute to slowly bringing us disease, or health! Praising God for the internet and information!


So far, I am in love with my Elana’s Pantry book, and my Against All Grain cookbook. I also am really enjoying the Primal Cravings cookbook – and as soon as I get some pastured pork – the Beyond Bacon will be to put use as well. It’s VERY educational. For those of you who prefer to look at REAL cookbooks, Against All Grain is awesome. Beautiful pictures for EACH dish – which I love. Easy to read and follow… and the results? They’ve been nothing short of spectacular because she has a little bit different ways of doing things.

One of the difficult things to overcome when going Paleo is the density of some baked goods… However, this puts all of those complaints out the front door! The baked goods are lighter and more “gluten-like” …except NUTRITIOUS, and SO flavorful. Thank you SOOOO much “Against The Grain”!!!

Elana from Elana’s Pantry was interviewed in my Paleo magazine this month and she even said not to get her cookbook before trying lots of her FREE recipes online first… to see if she was a good fit for you. (Love her baking, you won’t be disappointed!!) I thought that was admirable. Most of these authors have blogs, and FREE ideas online also – which is SO helpful if you’re like me and utilize both forms for baking/cooking.

Here are some websites/blogs that might be helpful if you’re starting out, or looking for new ideas before buying more cookbooks (although I must admit, I LOVE cookbooks to read/understand why people have done what they doing/and look at pretty food pictures):

Elana’s Pantry

Paleo OMG

Nourished (you can get this app which is awesomeness)

Paleo Parents (authors of Beyond Bacon)

Health Bent (Primal Cravings author)

The Healthy Gluten Free Life  (author of Make Ahead Paleo and Paleo Indulgences, both awesome!)

Paleo Mom (she also has a great section on auto immune disease protocol – revised Paleo)

Nom-Nom Paleo

Real Sustenance

Balanced Bites (author of Practical Paleo) GREAT podcasts available here too – check those out for sure!

Ditch The Wheat

The Domestic Man

The Food Lovers Kitchen (primal palate) Authors of “The 30 Guide to Paleo Cooking”

Grassfed Girl

The Spunky Coconut

Delicious "World Famous Paleo Bread" from "Against All Grain" cookbook.  It smelled delish!

Delicious “World Famous Paleo Bread” from “Against All Grain” cookbook. It smelled delish!

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die;

but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”

Romans 8:12-1

Some Different, Is Good!

Eating gluten-free, especially Paleo can feel mundane sometimes – unless you get out of your box.

This new cookbook I got from Paleo OMG (which I choose to say Oh, My Goodness… but do not love either), is the bomb-diggity.  It’s turned Paleo on its head and really come up with some different things for me to make for my family.  I love her recipes.

The good news is, she also has a lot of great ones online… so if you can’t buy the cookbook now – then definitely check out her website.

I’ve really enjoyed some of her different muffin ideas, and her meal ideas are also fabulous. (not for me, BUT definitely for my family!)

I thought I’d share a few of the muffins I’ve made recently (with a few adjustments, because … well… I’m just like that). 🙂  But the credit and ideas are hers… I just make it work for our family of 10.

Maple Pecan Crunch Banana Muffins (the topping makes these delightful, and they were a HUGE hit with my family!)  ** I did add a cup of coconut flakes, and a cup of almond flour.  I didn’t put the dates in the food processor, I just cut them up small instead.


Aren't they pretty??  My husband claimed they were some of the best muffins, EVER.  (That's a homerun!)

Aren’t they pretty?? My husband claimed they were some of the best muffins, EVER. (That’s a home run!)

Another favorite was a banana, chocolate chip, STRAWBERRY muffin.  I think I quadrupled this recipe and made 2 dozen.  The only changes I did was no flaxseed and I just chopped up the dates. again, vs. putting them in the food processor.  (Although I might start doing that because I have ONE child who swears she doesn’t like dates.  WHAT?  How can you NOT like God’s caramel???)

Our staples are EGGS and bananas in this house. We go through a ton.  Do you see why?  Great binders for Paleo eating!

Our staples are EGGS and bananas in this house. We go through a ton. Do you see why? Great binders for Paleo eating!

It's crazy how just adding strawberries into something can really trick your taste buds.  My kids were so excited about these muffins!!

It’s crazy how just adding strawberries into something can really trick your taste buds. My kids were so excited about these muffins!!

Right before they went into the oven.  My kids like "poofy" muffins - so I try to fill them up past the muffin cup top.

Right before they went into the oven. My kids like “poofy” muffins – so I try to fill them up past the muffin cup top.

WARNING:  One major thing I don’t like, and other have complained about, is her crass language through her blog and cookbook.  She’s young, immature, and I wouldn’t leave her cookbook out for your kids to read.  Personally I just skip her little blurbs and look at the pictures and recipes.

Happy Saturday!  We are entertaining a family of 7 tomorrow – so we’ll have 17 people here!! I can’t wait!  First on my list – make fruit kabobs!

“Finally, brothers,

whatever is true,

whatever is honorable,

whatever is just, whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely,

whatever is commendable,

if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,

think about these things.”

 Philippians 4:8 ESV

Gluten-Free & Paleo Cook Book Favorites!


One of the comments I read and RE-READ several times on this journey was “Don’t go out and replace your processed  GLUTEN-FILLED foods you ate, with gluten-free processed foods”.  EAT. REAL. FOOD.  That is the easiest transition.

The reason?

Well, for one – processed foods have a ton of toxins in them that your body doesn’t need, and has to filter out, so ultimately it can cause additional damage also.

Another is that OFTEN people with leaky gut/ gut permeability / celiac disease damage / auto immune disease issues soon realize they CAN’T tolerate ANY grains without having some systemic inflammation issues… because all grains have a protein/or a gluten in them that can act as an irritant in the gut.

More often than not, I encourage people to look at the Paleo side of “gluten-free” living.  It’s an easy transition that doesn’t involve the mixing of 50 flours, and figuring out what brands are best of processed foods.  In our family, we still eat some processed foods – but very little and not frequently.  I personally do not eat them any longer, because I cannot tolerate them with the level of damage I have in my system. It’s good motivation to stick to this with our family.

Basically it’s looking at living gluten-free, without the processed junk to create more problems.  If YOU are making the foods – you know what is in them, and you can make the necessary changes for your family… It’s nice to know what is in your food.

Eating paleo works best for me, but even I have to eat revised paleo – as my body doesn’t care for almonds, and most nuts.  I’m fine with that, because I FEEL the best, and my digestion is at it’s best without it – which singles, my body is happy.

So – I compiled some of my favorite cook books I’ve used over the past year.  We still have birthday cake, and special treats too – but many of the paleo books (Especially the book Practical Paleo) discuss the whys and hows of oils, meats and preparing of foods.  Enjoy!


Great recipes like the muffins pictured here are easily adaptable to your food allergy needs, and the book shares several diet plans for multiple disease issues.

Great recipes like the muffins pictured here are easily adaptable to your food allergy needs, and the book shares several diet plans for multiple disease issues.

Everyday Paleo (top center) is one of my favorites!  You can see the sticky notes in some of them - lots of pages marked!!

Everyday Paleo (top center) is one of my favorites! You can see the sticky notes in some of them – lots of pages marked!!



4 Ingredients Gluten Free Foods, Kim McCosker & Rachael Bermingham

The Ultimate Gluten Free Cookie Book, Roben Ryberg

Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food, Sussan O’Brien

Everyday Gluten-Free Slow Cooking, Kimberly Mayone & Kitty Broihier, MS, RD ****

Simply Sugar & Gluten Free, Amy Green

Babycakes Covers the Classics, Erin McKenna



Practical Paleo, Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC ****

Paleo Slow Cooking, Chrissy Gower ****

Paleo Comfort Foods, Julie & CHarles Mayfield

Paleo Indulgences, Tammy Credicott

Everyday Paleo, Sarah Fragoso ****


****  Use most often


” ‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say–but not everything is beneficial. ‘I
have the right to do anything’–but I will not be mastered by anything.”

1 Cor. 6:12





Healthy Fried Rice

I’m always looking for some new veggie dishes to spice things up! I dug into my cookbooks again this past week on a hunt for some new tastes! In my effort to stir up some enjoyment in trying some dishes I could also eat with my family – I came across this cauliflower fried rice I had to try! I loved it, and the kids said it was pretty tasty too! Enjoy!


Cauliflower Fried Rice (from Paleo Slow Cooking, by Chrissy Gower)

– 1 head of organic cauliflower

– 1 cup diced mushrooms (Vit. D – YES! You need extra of this during the winter months!)

– 1/2 cup diced onion

– 1 cup diced organic celery

– 2 T coconut oil or butter

Now, I don’t have a food processor… so it was quite a bit of cutting – but if you DO – then bravo – this don’t take you long at all, and should be enough for 2+ meals for most families. I just diced up the cauliflower into small bits.

Melt oil into large pot or skillet over medium heat. Add all vegetables and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often to avoid burning.

Great side dish with some basic organic meat!


“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

James 5:16

Are You Hungry?

I spent more time thinking about cooking in the fall… so I was delighted when my new Paleo Slow Cooking cookbook came today!  Lots of great gluten-free options for fall… so I can’t wait to share some new favorites with you!  Lots of meals, soups, stews, and roasts!  Yummo!

How about..  are you Hungry for Change?

If you missed this in the spring – Hungry for Change (the movie) is fabulous, and it’s free right now until Saturday.  (10.6.12)  I’ve watched a lot of information on food, and health – but this one stopped me from even drinking my “occasional” soda – to never again…  as well as rethinking MANY aspects of our daily diet.  It transformed my mind further than I had been pushed – in the midst of the craziness that was happening inside my body.  God must have known I needed to see it!  Please make the time to see this – you will be SO glad you did.  Even consider – if you’re sitting at your computer, and doing other things – just play it in the background and LISTEN.

In the name of God changing the seasons for us – to offer variety, consider the change He’d like to offer to you in making better choices for your health, and your future – by healing – INSIDE out.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…”

Eccles. 3:1

Cinna-Berry Applesauce

I got some new cookbooks on vacation, and am having a lot of fun trying out some new things for the family.  Today I made one of the kid’s favorites, homemade applesauce… just in time for lunch!

But this was slightly different with some yummy strawberries and it smelled like a nice fall morning, cookin’ on the stove, all through school!

Cinna-Berry Applesauce

– 5 cups cored and chopped Granny Smith or other organic apple

– 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

– 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

– 1 T. lemon juice

In a large pot, bring apples, berries and water to a boil.  Stir in maple syrup, reduce heat, and cook over very low heat until fruit is soft.  About 30-45 minutes.

Add spices, vanilla and lemon juice.  Leave it chunky or pureed in a food processor until smooth.

You may store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.  (It didn’t last past today at our house.)

** Today I ask you to join me in prayer for a man named Mike – having surgery today from 1:30pm CST to 6:30 CST – to remove part of his colon, and tumors – after being diagnosed with colon cancer just a few weeks ago.  Pray things go smoothly during the surgery, the tumors are removed, and for healing of his body after the chemo-bath they are treating the area with.  Also, please pray for his wife, 5 small children, and family and friends who need your comfort throughout this trial.

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

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