Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

One of the Best Things I’ve Done – A Journal to (and for) Kamea, My Daughter

by Kristen Suzanne in family, kamea
Kamea having fun. A memory.

Kamea having fun outside of True Food Kitchen. A great memory for us.

I started a practice at the end of 2013 that I’m so glad I started. It goes on the list of the best things I’ve done.

I started a journal for (and about) my daughter, Kamea. It’s a journal where I simply write a few notes about the day we had, or things that were special, or just a little something about my feelings for her. Capturing the moment for her (and me) as best I can.

It’s not only a beautiful thing to read myself, thinking back on our time together as I read the entries, but it’s going to be something special for her. When she’s older I will put it all in a book or something and give it to her as a gift. I keep it a secret for now. Perhaps I’ll tell her about it sooner than later, but for now, it’s my own special gift to us.

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Monday, February 16th, 2015

EYE of the Round (again)…A Cheap (and delicious) Way to Eat Grass-fed Beef

by Kristen Suzanne in gluten free, grass fed beef, paleo, recipe
Grass-fed Eye of the Round all sliced up to serve.

Grass-fed Eye of the Round all sliced up to serve.

I have blogged about grass-fed eye of the round beef in the past. I decided to chat about it again because I made it recently and it was a smashing success (again). It was such a success because it was rich in flavor and mega tender to boot, not to mention cheap.

But, if you know anything about the different cuts of beef, eye of the round is usually known as a tough-y. The game is changed though. Now, you can use a sous vide to gently cook it for hours and hours and hours, effortlessly, and yielding a result that is as tender as any other cut in my opinion. Even better is that you don’t pay out the nose for this particular cut. It’s one of the cheapest so that makes everyone extra happy.

Cheap and Tender – that should be a country song.

Using a sous vide to cook it is the best way in my opinion (yeah, those cost money, but pay for themselves over time when you make things like I’m writing about today).

This past time, however, I made it just a tiny bit differently than the last time. I dare say, I like it better this time. Here’s what I did…

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Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Rosemary Infused Purple Cauliflower Mash – It’s Purrrrrty

Rosemary Infused Purple Cauliflower Mash

Rosemary Infused Purple Cauliflower Mash. Family style.

I was at the market and saw organic purple cauliflower. Cauliflower isn’t my favorite by any stretch, but it was purple so I had to buy it.

I bought a lot of things that day and I made my way through the rest before approaching the cauliflower. I hadn’t decided what to do with it. Roast it with ghee? Make a purple soup from it? Oh! I know… I’ll make a cauliflower mash.

But, not just any cauliflower mash.

Purple.

And.

Infused with rosemary.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015

A Starbucks Date With My Husband

by Kristen Suzanne in family, Kristen Suzanne
Greg & Kristen. Valentine's Day 2015. Madly in love.

Greg & Kristen. Valentine’s Day 2015. Madly in love.

Right now I’m in Starbucks, on a date, with my husband, Greg. It’s Valentine’s Day and we carved out some “alone time” while Kamea spends the afternoon with her Nana.

It’s weird though, we’re at Starbucks of all places. We’re in Sun City West area, a retirement community because that’s where mom lives, so there’s not a lot of hot-n-happening places from which to choose. We considered a movie, but strangely, it wasn’t attractive. We couldn’t help but find ourselves with laptops, Justins’ peanut butter cups, green tea, and coffee at Starbucks. (I was secretly hoping they’d have their new coconut milk option but it doesn’t roll out until Tuesday).

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Friday, February 13th, 2015

This Is How We Do (Gluten-Free) Pasta Night At Our House. Hint: Lots of Grass-fed Butter.

by Kristen Suzanne in ghee, grass fed butter, recipe, tomato
Gluten-Free pasta, Kristen Suzanne style - loaded with veggies and butter.

Gluten-Free pasta, Kristen Suzanne style – loaded with veggies and butter.

For much of my upbringing, I was raised in an Italian household (I’m part Italian and part Polish basically). Our Italian household had pasta night every Sunday. I remember the dinners fondly, as well as the midnight snacking on cold pasta straight from the fridge and dipping it in the cold sauce.

These days, sadly, pasta is not my favorite thing to serve because it’s not exactly the most nutritious option in my pantry. But(!), we gotta have fun sometimes and who doesn’t love pasta?

So, this is how we do pasta at our house on pasta night – loaded with veggies.

And, grass-fed butter.

That’s a pasta dish I can actually feel pretty darn good about serving my family.

Here’s what I do…

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Look At All The Ways I Use Medicinal Mushrooms n Why – Four Sigma Foods Review

Pumpkin Chili with Four Sigma Foods Instant Medicinal Mushrooms

Pumpkin Chili with Four Sigma Foods Instant Medicinal Mushrooms added

I’m drawn to things that have been used by people for hundreds of years, and thousands in some instances. I mean, if people have been using something since time immemorial, then there must be something to it.

Enter: Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms and tonic herbs, most notably from Asia, are reputed to have healing benefits of all kinds and have been used for thousands of years for healing… some of the more common ones being ginseng, reishi, and perhaps chaga. There’s good reason, too. They can work.

I first became interested in them a few years ago. I immersed myself, as I’m well known to do, and I started buying and trying all sorts of them… too many to count and name. At the time I was interested in energy, fertility, longevity, happiness, relaxation, and immune health. Within each of those categories there were many options and I couldn’t help myself. I felt like a kid in a candy store (or a health food nut in a new health food store).

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

How to Make: Kiddo Card Holder for Playing Cards with Kids

by Kristen Suzanne in family, kamea
Kamea playing with her kiddo card holder.

Kamea playing with her kiddo card holder.

My daughter is about 4.5 years old and she’s getting to the age where we play cards. Yay! I have so many memories of playing cards growing up with my mom and my nana. Imagine my excitement when Kamea asked me to play again and again after we played Crazy 8s… Frozen style of course.

My mom bought this box of Frozen games (I think at Target, but it’s on Amazon now too), and it’s soooooooooo good. It comes with a whole slew of Frozen games that are actually really good. I even like them.

Anyway… in the box of games is the game Crazy 8s and we love playing it. Trouble was that Kamea always played it open handed because she struggled holding all of the cards in her cute little hands.

We were at Nana’s one day and the two of them were playing the Frozen Crazy 8s and Nana had a solution! OMG it’s perfect! (My sister-in-law’s mom came up with the idea – brilliant. Thanks, Chris!)

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

How I Use Cayenne Tincture – It’s Hot and Makes Me Dance!

by Kristen Suzanne in longevity, MCT oil, tinctures
Cayenne tincture comparison: Dr. Christopher vs HerbPharm

Cayenne Tinctures: Christopher’s and HerbPharm

I have been using cayenne tincture quite a bit this year. I find it more interesting than just ground cayenne pepper, especially when adding it to water since the tincture effortlessly goes right in the water without needing any stirring.

The sh*t is hot! I can’t help but dance like I have a few ants in my pants after I have some. Yowza.

I’m not quite sure how I came upon cayenne tinctures but I suppose it was on Amazon. I was probably looking for something related and Amazon beckoned me with “Hey, maybe you’ll like this, too.” I must admit, this has been a way for me to find some really interesting things I didn’t even know I needed. Trusty ol’ Amazon looking out for my best interests.

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Monday, February 9th, 2015

Three Ommms to Start the Day (and two deep breaths) – Highly Recommend.

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea, Kristen Suzanne, Meditation
Kamea depicts how I feel many mornings.

Kamea depicts how I feel many mornings.

Do you have mornings like me where it’s all go-go-go? I think Kamea’s face shows you perfectly how I am many mornings.

  • Get up!
  • Make coffee! Oh, the dishwasher can be emptied – empty dishwasher while scrambling eggs between going to and fro from dishwasher to cupboards.
  • Get Kamea up, dressed, feed her – wait! No, feed her first and then dress her so she doesn’t get food on clean clothes.
  • Now… brush teeth. I missed brushing them first thing. Darn.
  • Charge phone. Check email quickly and delete the crap.
  • Yadda yadda yadda.

It seems like that is my morning on at least three days a week and it’s just too darn crazy. Man, I think to myself, I gotta slow down more. But who has the time? I certainly don’t want to wake up any earlier because sleep is too precious.

Life shouldn’t be this way.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Our Aging Parents… How Do We Deal?

by Kristen Suzanne in family, Kristen Suzanne
Family. Making memories for all of us, including my daughter.

(Thanksgiving 2014) Family. Making memories for all of us, including my daughter.

I’m suddenly feeling like I’m in a chapter of my life that I’m not ready for and I’m unsettled. It feels weird to write about this but perhaps by writing about it I can gain some insight and peace.

Here’s the thing: I’m getting older which means my parents are getting older, which means I’ll be in a time of my life where my parents won’t be here.

I don’t think I would’ve have paid so much attention to this except that in the past few months, my good friend’s dad’s health started deteriorating to the point where he might pass sooner than later. Then, my step-dad became ill, and long story short, I don’t know if he’ll ever be back the way he was before falling ill, and I don’t know how long I have with him. Even if it’s 5 years or 10 years, he’s changed. Then, my old best childhood friend’s dad suddenly died last month. Just gone. My new good friend’s dad is having difficulties with his heart.

It seems like it’s all around me, and this is the course of life. I get it, but I don’t like it. I know, duh, cuz who would like that? But, seriously, no one told me about this. No one prepared me for it. It’s like I am supposed to expect it because parents get older as you get older, and one day they pass. But, I feel unprepared.

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