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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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Things I Do At Home with My Four Year Old

by Kristen Suzanne in home school, kamea, Kristen Suzanne
Our "project table" (from IKEA - it has a leaf not shown.

Our “project table” (from IKEA – it has a leaf not shown – so it gets even bigger).

Today, I was inspired to share some of the things I do with my four year old daughter. Our living space isn’t huge but we make the best with what we have. Perhaps, if I didn’t have extra shelves filled with pots and pans taking up space, we’d have more, but that’s not going to happen. I need my pots.

So, here are the things we did today.

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Here’s What I Order to Get What I Want at True Food Kitchen

True Food - a pretty darn decent place for a quality meal. #RealFood

True Food Kitchen – a pretty darn decent place for a quality meal. #RealFood

Going to restaurants requires some creativity and planning on my part if I’m to be satisfied.

Obviously, for starters, I pick restaurants with (at least) mostly quality food, when possible. One of the places we visit in Scottsdale, AZ is True Food Kitchen because they offer grass fed beef options as well as organic vegetables and dairy (I think the dairy is all organic there – not sure if it’s grass-fed).

The next challenge is making sure I pack necessary items to complete my meal or to make it healthier than it would otherwise be. For example, I’ve been known to bring my own grass-fed butter and MCT oil to restaurants along with the usual things I already carry in my purse like sea salt and organic turmeric powder. I’ve written about how I mod my Chipotle bowl here with a variety of ingredients – check it out.

Still, just going somewhere that has some good ingredients doesn’t mean I’ll want anything on the menu. Luckily, True Food Kitchen likes to satisfy their picky customers, like me, when I take various components from the menu and make my own meal. (They even have a coffee drink called Paleo Coffee which is similar to Bulletproof Coffee in that it’s organic coffee blended with coconut oil and butter.)

Here’s what I do when I eat at True Food Kitchen.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Dry Erase Whiteboard Babysitter

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea, Kristen Suzanne
Kamea enjoying the dry erase side of her easel.

Kamea enjoying the dry erase whiteboard side of her easel.

My daughter likes to color and do artsy things in general. What 4 year old doesn’t?

So we did what a lot parents do and we bought her an easel to facilitate and encourage those artsy inklings. We bought the Melissa and Doug one featured above. (Turns out there’s a less expensive, and probably just as good, option at IKEA – if I remember correctly. Truth be told when I saw it at IKEA I tried to forget I ever saw one for that price knowing what I spent on mine. So, don’t quote me.)

Having an easel has been terrific. She doesn’t use the chalkboard side much, perhaps because it’s shoved up against that side by the wall. But, then again, who really likes chalk (unless it’s on a sidewalk)? She uses the dry erase whiteboard a lot though. A lot.

She uses the dry erase whiteboard so much, off on her own in a wonderland of drawing, that sometimes I don’t even hear much from her. Translation: I can do something myself like sip on coffee and ponder world peace or wash dishes or close my eyes or waste time on Facebook.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Ghee Rubbed Roasted Carrots – Keeping It Simple

by Kristen Suzanne in carrots, ghee, gluten free, recipe
Roasted Whole Carrots - Ready to EAT!

Roasted Whole Carrots – Ready to EAT! – with too much salt but I’ll explain that later…

I am crazy for roasted veggies because they’re always delicious. Carrots are one of my favorite roasted vegetables, especially roasting them whole because they are rustic and pretty. Oh, and it’s easier this way. No chopping involved. No melting ghee involved.

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Friday, January 30th, 2015

How to Tie Your Kid’s Karate Belt – 6 Steps in Pictures

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea
Kamea learning skills

Action shot – Kamea learning skills

I recently shared with you that for 2015 I was slashing my schedule and obligations, including some of my daughter’s (many) extracurricular activities. However, one of the classes we opted to keep, for many great reasons, is her karate class. It’s great for her development in multiple ways including self-esteem, confidence, mental discipline, exercise, and of course, self-defense skills. The dojo we visit is one of the best in the area (Scottsdale Martial Arts), if not the best.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

A 1-Minute Gratitude Journal Can Be Better Than Coffee to Wake You Up. (almost)

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne
Coffee + Gratitude Journal. A great way to start the day.

Coffee + Gratitude Journal. A great way to start the day.

I have a gratitude journal that I don’t write in as regularly as I should.

So, I’m not surprised that my gratitude journal is not even half full, and I’ve been using it, based on the dates of some entries, for years. Whoops.

Sad thing is that it’s a really simple and fast exercise… usually takes me less than one minute.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A Simple Chicken Soup “Dinner” Made Before I Finish My 1st Cup of Morning Coffee

Dinner is done before my morning coffee is finished.

Dinner is done before my morning coffee is finished.

I really love “all” of my slow cookers because they make healthy living much easier. Throw a bunch of healthy stuff in a pot and cook. See? Healthy and easy.

Here I am showing you that I had the day’s dinner essentially “done” (and cooking) before I even finished my morning cup of coffee. It’s that easy. (Ok, so I had drank about 1/3 of the mug and then refilled it for the picture, not realizing it would look like I hadn’t had any. Um that’s crazy, of course I had a few sips as I prepared the food for the slow cooker.)

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This is a HAMWhey.

by Kristen Suzanne in almond milk, gluten free, honey, paleo, recipe
HAMWhey ingredients. Good stuff.

HAMWhey ingredients. Good stuff.

I find myself, way more often than not, thinking about food when I’m going to bed at night. I am either thinking about how I ate for the day with a check and balance effort or I am thinking about a new recipe I want to create or I am planning my breakfast for the following morning.

Last night I did two of those.

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