Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Paleo Cookbook and Recipe~

Well Hello!

Yes, I do realize it has been awhile since my last post...but, we were enjoying having baby girl at home for Spring Break!!!

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.

Monday, March 3, 2014

A Weekend In Texas~

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  We flew out to Texas on Thursday to visit with our youngest, and to attend Baylor SING 2014.  The show once again did NOT disappoint.  The sets, costumes, music, and dance moves are amazing.  The amount of time and energy that the students devote to practice, set design, choreography, costumes, and the actual shows (6 in all) is mind boggling...they are FULL TIME college students after all (and a lot of this took place during mid terms!).

Our daughter is a Theta, and their theme this year was "Happily Never After"...think "Snow White backwards. They reversed the story line.  Their set was incredible...no wonder they won for best set/theme interpretation.  I wish I was able to get a pic, but no photography is allowed.  They had a very haunted, dark set (quite different from all the others).  They opened the show with Snow White in a clear casket, and then this beautiful voice came out of nowhere.  It literally sent shivers down your spine.  The night we saw them, they went on after a very upbeat performace with a theme of lifeguards (saving the gorgeous blonde!). When the curtain went up the entire audience took in a breath!  Their costumes were amazing, but the make up was what was quite impressive.  It was elaborate.  Each girl had to report well ahead of time to get hair and make up done by a team that was trained to do so.

We were able to get a couple pics with her before the Friday night show.

Some seriously teased "Texas size" hair!!  

With her daddy!
Love this kiddo!

And, for my Baylor Alum that follow my blog...here is the latest pic of the new football stadium (the first game to be played in August).

Beautiful and on the Brazos River.

The new pedestrian bridge from campus to the stadium.

This Baylor Texas loving girl cannot wait for GAME DAY!!!

I have been working on a few projects around the house and hope to post them later in the week.  Hope you all have a fantastic and Blessed Monday!!!