Monday, February 20, 2017

Motivational Monday~

Hello friends.  Is it just me or is 2017 off to a very fast paced start?  I mean, it's already February 20th.  Weren't we just celebrating the New Year???

Today I thought I'd share what I am currently reading, as it fits the "motivational" category.  My #2 gifted this book to me for Christmas, as she knows I love the two other books I have read written by Shauna.

Below is a brief summary from Barnes and Noble.

Returning to the theme of decluttering everyday life and concentrating on what is truly important, Niequist (Savor) weaves together a series of essays concerning her personal experiences overcoming a life overwrought with busyness, stress, and feelings of inadequacy. After years of frantic living, Niequist has come to the realization that she’s missing out on the beauty of everyday life with her husband and children—that it will all speed past her if she doesn’t slow down and simplify, learn how to say no to demands on her time, and stop worrying about others’ opinions of her. “Present over perfect living is real over image, connecting over comparing, meaning over mania, depth over artifice,” she writes, explaining along the way that she’s found a new “strength” in embracing quiet surroundings and in spending time alone. To emphasize her points, she quotes Scripture, but does so sparingly and intentionally—more often than not, her included references to her faith are intended only to bolster her own experiences of mindful living. Her style is conversational, friendly, inviting, and never heavy-handed, making the book accessible to people of all faiths. Women will find the advice hits closest to home. Niequist’s latest book is her most satisfying blend of mindfulness, scripture, and self-help to date, offering readers the blueprint for a life lived in the real instead of the ideal. 

I am thoroughly enjoying the book.  

Two others I recommend:

This is a great book with stories of shared meals around the table, and includes some wonderful recipes.

And, I love this devotional book by Shauna as well.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dish It Up Sunday~Ribeye Nuggets with Jalapeno Pesto

Hi Everyone!  Today I am sharing a dish we originally prepared and shared back in 2014.  We made the dish again this past week and since many on IG inquired about it, I thought it was worth sharing again.  This time around we served it with a side of fire roasted corn.


This past weekend I picked up a new Paleo cookbook.  I loved that most recipes could be prepped ahead or made use of a slow cooker.

Make Ahead Paleo by Tammy Credicott (we found our copy at Barnes and Noble).

Last night we decided to give our first recipe a go.  Ribeye Nuggets with Jalapeno Pesto. The fact that it was St. Patrick's Day, the Jalapeno Pesto's vibrant green color was perfect for the occasion.  And, we decided to serve it with a side steak fries.  Our family is the furthest thing from Irish (we are Polish and German, with a dash of Danish and Scandinavian).

We prepped and made ours same  day, but you can prep ahead.

Container #1

4 ribeye steaks, cut into bite-sized pieces

Container #2
2 TBSP coconut oil (we substituted with olive oil as I cannot have coconut)

Container #3

1/2 C roasted, unsalted macadamia nuts
1 C packed fresh parsley
1/3 C packed cilantro leaves
1 small shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 jalapenos, cored, seeded, and chopped
1 TBSP lime juice
3/4 C olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For Serving Day

Sea salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Serves 4

Prep Day:

1. Place the steak pieces and coconut oil in separate airtight containers (#1 and #2).

2.  In a food processor, puree the pesto ingredients until smooth.  Add more olive oil if needed to get the consistency you like. (we used our Vitamix)

3. Spoon the pesto into airtight container #3.

4. Store the containers in the refrigerator or a cooler until ready to use.

Serving Day:

1. In an electric skillet set to medium-high heat, heat the coconut oil.

2. When the oil is hot, add the steak pieces to the skillet.  Season the steak with sea salt and pepper, and cook until it has browned on all sides but is still pink inside, about 5 minutes.

3. Serve the steak with the pesto drizzled on top. (we served on the side in a ramekin)

Again, we prepared ours same day.  But, I love that the recipes can be prepped ahead of time.  Perfect for busy family weeknights.

So yummy, and easy to prepare.  Looking forward to trying more recipes from the cookbook.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday~Puppy Addition

Hello friends!  I took a couple days off this week to focus on our new addition.  If you missed the big news you can read about it here. 

Henley is adjusting quite nicely, and is already fast friends with our Cairn Terrier, Kylee.  She does a great job of wearing him out for his nap times!!

Mom and GiGi are adjusting too.  Early mornings call for lots of coffee!

Trust me when I say having a puppy is like having a baby...only difference, no labor pains! Sometimes I think having a baby is easier...I mean, you can put a diaper on them and take them anywhere ;-)

So with that, I thought I'd share a little puppy humor with you today.

Lots and Lots of Coffee!

He hasn't tried it yet, but just yesterday learned we have stairs!  He can go up, but can't get back down.

Potty training is always fun said no parent of a human or canine baby ever!!!


That face makes is all worthwhile!

This would be us today...

Happy Thursday Friends!!