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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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Easy Breezy 60-Second Blender Berry Ice Cream (No Sugar Added)

by Kristen Suzanne in blueberries, dessert, kamea

 

I made this ice cream in about 60-seconds.

I made this ice cream in about 60-seconds.

It’s the middle of the day and the conversation between Kamea and I just went something like this:

Kamea: Mom, can I have something to eat?

Me: Sure, what do you want?

Kamea: Well, what are my options?

Me: Hmmm… well, we have sardines, we have bell pepper, or hmmmm … how about I make you some berry ice cream?

Kamea: BERRY ICE CREAM!

I knew she loved frozen organic berries and I knew I had a bit of grass-fed organic whipping cream in the fridge. We’re at mom’s for the weekend and I remembered to pack my MCT oil, too. And, of course, being at mom’s you know I have access to an orchard of citrus, namely oranges for this recipe.

I went to work and whipped up this deliciousness in an easy breezy 1 minute. Literally.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Roasted Asparagus w Blood Orange (a strangely hypnotic fruit)

by Kristen Suzanne in ghee, gluten free, Kristen Suzanne, recipe
Roasted asparagus with blood orange zest

Roasted asparagus with blood orange zest

The farmer’s market not only had gorgeous organic purple and green asparagus yesterday, but they had organic blood oranges. My belly knew those two were destined to be enjoyed together, and last night was the night (as I served it with our last day of Big-Ass Brisket).

The next time you see some fresh asparagus and some oranges, grab them so you can make this dandy little vegetable dish.

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Friday, February 6th, 2015

My Big-Ass Brisket Makes Two(!) 4-Person Meals – Go Big or Go Home

by Kristen Suzanne in grass fed beef, omnivore, recipe
My Big-Ass Brisket - go big or go home.

My Big-Ass Brisket with Mashed Potatoes – go big or go home.

My Big-Ass Brisket recipe serves four people. Twice. That’s like eight servings I’m talking about. So, for my family of 2.5, I’m getting around three dinners from this meal (you gotta make the vegetable side dish though).

It’s seriously delicious and mega healthy comfort food. You just want to put your head in the bowl (provided you serve it with seriously buttered and fluffy mashed potatoes, as seen above), and take a nap in it.

I like naps.

That’s the kind of meal I like to make in 2015 since I’m taking it easy this year. It was easy to put together and it fed my family for three nights. Wow. Imagine everything you can do with the free time because your dinner is basically already made for three dinners! I’m thinking reading a book, taking a nap (did I mention I like naps? When will Kamea like naps?), watching an episode of Suits. Oh the options are endless.

Brisket and purple cabbage - mmmmmm is all I can say.

Brisket and purple cabbage (from day 2) – mmmmmm is all I can say.

You need to make this.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Oh, Drambuie. Where Have you Been All My Life? I Love You.

by Kristen Suzanne in family, Kristen Suzanne, Motherhood
Drambuie - my favorite alcohol. Warmth. Gently Sweet. Mmmmmm.

Drambuie – my favorite alcohol. Warmth. Gently Sweet. Packs a punch. Mmmmmm.

Drambuie is a unique blend of aged scotch whiskey, spices, and heather honey, to quote directly from their bottle.

What do I say?

Drambuie is decidedly wonderful and I looooooove it.

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