Primal Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins!

I was craving something bready and muffiny today… And I had some pumpkin puree in the fridge.
So, I threw these together.  I only nominally measured, so this ‘recipe’ is approximate.

Primal Pumpkin Muffins
(this made 12 muffins)

4 organic/pastured eggs (room temp)
1/4 cup local honey
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
1/3 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup sprouted organic pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup minced organic pecans

Mix all the top ingredients together with a mixer. Add the almond & coconut flour, mix well. Mix in the seeds & nuts.
Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Bake in silicone muffin liners for 40-50 minutes.
Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

Nom down with pats of butter!!

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Just because…

Here’s a picture of my dogs.

Pumpkin (& Rupert)

Pumpkin (& Rupert)

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Whole30 – days 20 to 25

The Gov. Stanford

The Gov. Stanford

Whoops. Here I am again… not posting for several days.

Well, I was busy, then I was not busy, then I just din’wanna. So.

But, I’m here right now!

Let’s see.  Saturday the hubby & I drove down to Sacramento area (about 2 1/2 hours, each way) to meet up with some friends to go through the Train Museum and an enormous corn maze (in Dixon, CA). It was a lot of fun. We called it “meeting in the middle”, since they were coming from the Monterey area…
We ended up eating out for two meals (being on the road will do that), but I was REALLY proud of myself on making smart choices. Both restaurants were very accommodating. (Even the one that I asked for the veggies from one dish to replace the rice in the fish dish I ordered!)

Sunday, I processed the last of the plums – another 7 pints of BBQ sauce and another 4 of jam. *whew*

Hubby is in LA for a training course, so I’m on full dog duty. Oof on the whole getting up in the middle of the night thing… I mostly just yell at them to get back in bed. I know they can hold it for more than 3 hours. Mostly, they just want to be fed. They will often start asking for breakfast around 3:30 am or so.  Fahgedabboudit! They can wait until 5, like the civilized beasties I want them to be. LOL


Anyway, my food… Continue reading

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Whole30 – catching up, days 11 to 19

going to bed!Yup. I’m probably the worst blogger ever.  I always have good intentions… and then *poof*.

Ah well. That’s how I am, I guess.

The last week has been… good, I guess. The weather changing to fall always makes me need to sleep more, so I’ve often been eating dinner, playing a couple rounds of Candy Crush, and then wandering off to bed to read for about 15 minutes before falling asleep.  I have a ton of energy during the day and I’ve been waking up just a little bit before my alarm each morning, so I know that this Whole30 has been a great thing.

Last weekend we did a giant round of PROCESS ALL THE PLUMS. Our tree decided it was going to be ripe all at once and threw about 70 lbs of plums at us in 3 days.  So, I spent all day Saturday and Sunday canning and dehydrating.  We found some pectin that we don’t have to use sugar with, so I made a ton of jams that we’ll be able to eat ourselves. (I don’t eat a lot of jam, since I gave up bread…) It tastes good with almond butter AND it worked really well spread on a pork roast!  I also canned a big batch of spicy plum BBQ sauce. Which I can’t eat any of until after my Whole30 is over… since I used coconut sugar in the recipe.  I made a few jars of jam sweetened with Stevia, to share with my diabetic neighbor (he suggested Splenda… not gonna happen). And a bunch of jars with regular sugar (but a low amount) to give away as gifts to coworkers & such.  I managed to put up 36 pints of stuff, 6 trays of fruit leather, & about a pound of dried “plum chips”.  Pretty productive, actually. I still have about 2 gallons of plum slurry that I need to finish doing things with, though… Any suggestions?

Okay, if anyone wants to see what I’ve been eating over the past week, it’s behind the cut: Continue reading

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Stacy’s “Paleo” Plum BBQ Sauce

This isn’t Whole30 – but, I’m processing the shit-ton of plums that my tree has thrown in the past few days & this is one of the things I made:

Stacy's Paleo Plum BBQ Sauce

Stacy’s “Paleo”
Plum BBQ Sauce
In food processor:

  • 3 cups fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
    (3 small?)
  •  2 tbsp minced garlic
  •  1 jalapeno (seeded)

Add puree to cook pot with:

  • 6 cups plum slurry
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken (or vegetable) broth
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp (heaping) ground cardamom
  • dash of Red Boat fish sauce
  • dash of coconut aminos

Cook over medium heat (low bubble) for 30-40 minutes. Run an immersion blender through to break up any larger pieces. (I like my sauce smooth.)

This made approx 6 cups of sauce. (12 half-pint jars)

(Note- measurement amounts are approximate. I don’t tend to measure when I’m cooking, so…)

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Whole30 – day 10

So, yesterday completed day 10. I kinda see what they mean about days 10 & 11 being the “hardest” days and where most people quit.  I’m tired of cooking every day. :-/ I enjoy cooking, but it’s a lot of work making every single meal every day – especially after working all day long.  Ah well, I’ll keep plugging along.

I’m having odd joint swelling/pain happening. Don’t know if it’s from the weather changing (Fall is happening, people!) or from my body still detoxing or what. But, it’s irritating.  The dizzy didn’t happen yesterday (yay), so maybe that part is passed?lunch - day 10

Breakfast – Pork loin with applesauce, spinach sautéed with clarified butter, and eggy coffee.
Lunch – Beef bone broth (from the roast the other day) with a couple handfuls of kale salad stuff. ->>
Snack – Apple and almond butter.
Dinner – Lamb in coconut broth and green beans with clarified butter.

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Whole30 – day 9

So, still plugging along.
No exciting news to talk about, no awesome adventures… just the daily grind at work & then coming home and trying to get dinner put together. LOL
There is one odd thing that has been happening to me for several days now, though. I’ll share it here, in case it’s happening to anyone else doing Whole30. I’ve been getting dizzy spells. Weird gray outs/spotty vision. Not very often, once a day or so, but I haven’t been able to figure out if there’s any particular cause yet.  Reading on the Whole9 forums show that maybe my carb or salt intake isn’t high enough, so I’ll work on that and report back to you.

Day 9 breakfast

My food for day 9:
<<- Breakfast – sliced manzano and strawberries with shredded coconut/coconut cream/almond slivers, sauteed kale salad, and eggy coffee (no sugar – totally doesn’t need it!).
Lunch –  can of tuna (365 brand has no soy) mashed up with an avocado and some chopped tomatoes, handful of raw cashew/goji berry trail mix.
Dinner – Large ground beef patty with jalapeno mustard and half of a large sweet potato slathered in clarified butter.

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Whole30 – day 8

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust a quickie post before I head off to bed… I just spent the last hour updating my Who Am I page and tweaking my blog setup here and there. So, now I’m out of time for a post. Sleepy. 🙂

Breakfast –  mushroom chili over 3 scrambled eggs, black coffee.
Lunch –  Pot roast with steamed broccoli.
Dinner –  Garlic studded pork loin with homemade unsweetened applesauce and asparagus with clarified butter.

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Whole30 – days 6 & 7

Look VERY close... you can see bicyclists!

Look VERY close… you can see bicyclists!


Whoops! Didn’t post at all yesterday! Well, I hope you’ll forgive me, since I was just WIPED OUT from riding the Edible Pedal 50! Four and a half hours of bicycling – 54 miles with 3,000 feet of climb. Yeah, whew.  Here’s a picture at about the ‘halfway’ point for one of the canyons we climbed. This was the brutal one. It’s the longest (not the steepest). ->>
There ended up not being anything we could eat at the event (well, anything that we were willing to wait in line for, anyway). Most of the stuff was marinaded, etc. The servers couldn’t tell me what was in it, so we skipped it in favor of keeping our Whole30 clean (and not having to start over!). We chose to come home and just eat the roast I had put in the crock pot that morning. 🙂

Day 6 (Saturday)
Breakfast – Breakfast Patties and coffee whipped with coconut oil & egg.
Snack – plums, raspberries, coconut cream. (Note to self, don’t eat raspberries before a bike ride… ACID!)
Dinner – Green curry pork & veggies

Yeah, I missed lunch… But, breakfast was late & we ate dinner early, so it sort of all worked out.

Day 7 (Sunday)
Breakfast – Eggy coffee & a Breakfast Patty. (pre-ride)
Snack – Banana & half an apple, raw cashews, goji berries. (on ride)
Lunch – Hard boiled egg, coconut water. (on ride)
Dinner – Pot roast with cauliflower and carrots.

Then, bed early.

This morning… I’m doing okay, but my butt is sore and my muscles are a little achy. 😀

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Whole30 – day 5

Holy cow, yesterday was brutal! Day 5 was apparently “Attack of the Sleepies”…
I was so tired last night that I’d decided to run to the grocery store and buy steaks to grill up rather than wait the 2+ hours that it would take for the roast to cook! I ended up going to bed super early (around 7:30, actually) and slept until almost 8 this morning. With a brief “up to let the dogs out to potty” around 11.  This morning, I woke up SORE, scratchy throat, and headachey. Like, my bones hurt sore.  I’m feeling a bit better after breakfast & coffee, but my joints are still feeling stiff & sore. I’m hoping it just the detoxing & not that I’m actually getting sick.

Hubby & I are supposed to go do the Edible Pedal tomorrow… I hope I’m feeling up to it!  We’re signed up to do the 50 miler, but I guess if worse comes to worse, we my just do the 10 miler & not stress it. We’ll go to the post-ride BBQ and enjoy some of the wonderful grilled meat & veggies. The last two years there were plenty of “Paleo” type foods, so I’m fairly certain we’ll find things we can eat that are Whole30.  (Don’t want to bomb on day 7!)

Breakfast – Poached eggs, sauteed kale. Black coffee.
Lunch – Mushroom chili.
Snack – Apple and almond butter.
Dinner –  Flat iron steak and roasted sweet potato with clarified butter.

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