Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
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Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
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Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
Read More

Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
Read More

PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
Read More

The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
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Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
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I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
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Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
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Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
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Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
Read More

Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
Read More

PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
Read More

The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
Read More

Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
Read More

I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
Read More

Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
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Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
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Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
Read More

Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
Read More

PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
Read More

The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
Read More

Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
Read More

I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
Read More

Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
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Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
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Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
Read More

Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
Read More

PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
Read More

The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
Read More

Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
Read More

I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
Read More

Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
Read More

Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
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Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
Read More

Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
Read More

PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
Read More

The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
Read More

Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
Read More

I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
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Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
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Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
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Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
Read More

Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
Read More

PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
Read More

The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
Read More

Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
Read More

I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
Read More

Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
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Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
Read More

Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
Read More

Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
Read More

PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
Read More

The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
Read More

Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
Read More

I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
Read More

Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
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Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
Read More

Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
Read More

Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
Read More

PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
Read More

The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
Read More

Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
Read More

I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
Read More

Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
Read More

Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
Read More

Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
Read More

Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
Read More

PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
Read More

The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
Read More

Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
Read More

I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
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Whole30: Day 24 – 30 (and beyond)

Meals Day 25 - 30 Breakfast: Eggs, eggs, eggs, meat, bacon, sausage, meat, sweet potatoes, carrots, eggs..... Lunch: Left over what we had for dinner the night before or some meat and veggie platter. Dinner: A bunch of meat and some vegetables and most likely sweet potatoes and more meat. Snack: Nuts. Lots and lots of nuts and fruit. There's no need to break down what I ate. I have pictures of it, I ate it, it was delicious, and the next day, I ate the same thing with slight variation. The breakdown Well, damn. I reckon the wheels really did come off this whole frequent update thing. Here it…
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Whole30: Day 19 – 24

Meals Day 19 - 9/06/13 Breakfast: Omelette, sausage, sweet potato mash Lunch: Chopped steak salad with avocado, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes Dinner: Salmon, asparagus, mushrooms, puréed peas Snack: This big ass bouquet of fruit! (Well, some of it)* Meals Day 20 - 9/07/13 Breakfast: 2 egg omellette, sausage, sweet potato hash, tomato Lunch: Turkey breast, collard greens, broccoli Dinner: Rotisserie chicken... like literally half a chicken Meals Day 21 - 9/08/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, fruit Lunch: Pork chop, zucchini, tomato Dinner: Brats, peppers onions mushrooms, guacamole Meals Day 22 - 9/09/13 Breakfast: Sausage and egg scramble, sweet potato hash Lunch: Salad with steak, guacamole, bacon Dinner: Chorizo stuff tomatoes with avocado Meals Day 23 - 9/10/13 Breakfast: Banana,…
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Whole30: Day 13 – 18

Meals Day 13 - 8/31/13 Breakfast: Bacon and eggs Lunch: Pulled pork, home made BBQ sauce and carrots Dinner: Steak, roasted sweet potatoes, asparagus Meals Day 14 - 9/01/13 Breakfast: Bacon, eggs, roasted southwest sweet potatoes Lunch: Left over chicken curry Dinner: Pork burgers with sautéed mushrooms, and, guacamole with a side of crispy sweet potatoes Meals Day 15 - 9/02/13 Breakfast: "Cereal" consisting of the Cinnamon Faux-st Crunch, unsweetened almond milk, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, dried cranberries. T'was delish! Lunch: Sautéed peppers and onions with left over steak and sausage Dinner: Pork ribs, collard greens, roasted carrots! Meals Day 16 - 9/03/13 Breakfast: Omelette with salami and…
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Whole30: Day 10 – 12

Meals Day 10 - 8/28/13 Breakfast: Pancetta omelette with sweet potato hash Lunch: Left over chicken and vegetable soup Dinner: Grilled southwest hot wings, roasted sweet potatoes Snacks: Banana with almond butter and raisins Meals Day 11 - 8/29/13 Breakfast: Turkey sausage and egg frittata Lunch: Half of a salad with tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and grilled chicken Dinner: Chicken fajitas* and broccoli Snack: Almonds, cashews, banana Meals Day 12 - 8/30/13 Breakfast: Pulled pork, poached eggs, sweet potato hash Lunch: Bison patty, fried egg, bacon, tomato, side of roasted green beans Dinner: Chicken curry (yum!) Snacks: Orange The breakdown Random McPerson: "So what can you eat on this diet?" Me: "Well, its not really a diet as much as a clean…
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Whole30: Shop-a-thon

Yesterday was the binge and purge of all the food in our kitchen. Well, not entirely, our boys still have to eat. But for the most part, our kitchen has been cleansed of all the starchy, creamy, stuff we can't eat over the next 30 days. And boy did it send me on a tizzy. [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="225"] It's the size of my head!![/caption] The day started off with a tip to the Marietta City Farmer's Market, where I loaded us up on some fresh veggies. There's nothing quite as good as local produce. Its crazy the difference home grown/organic makes. I mean, check out this friggin' sweet potato!…
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Next level salad!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Four meat salad![/caption] We are constantly looking for ways to eat cleaner and stick to our Whole30 Challenge. Well last night we went out for some BBQ and I ordered the 4 meat + 2 side combo (Sausage, Brisket, Chicken, Turkey + Salad and Collards). There was no way I was going to be able to eat all of it so I brought the meats home with me. Today rather than have a simple pile of meat on a plate I made an epic salad. What made it doubly epic wasn't just the fact that it had 4 different animals on it, but I got creative…
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PaleO Snap!

So over the weekend Jess and I started our adventure into this Whole30/Paleo deal. I think we were a bit confused. Now I think I've got it sorted out. The Whole30 is essentially a 30 day cleanse/challenge which is a more strict and streamlined version of Paleo. Paleo itself is already pretty rigid in terms of what you should/shouldn't eat, but the Whole30 is on another level. From what we can ascertain we went Paleo. We didn't contract "polio" as Chase would have everyone believe, instead we began a journey into a cleaner and healthier way of eating. So far it's been a bit taxing, but not impossible. Heck, I've…
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The week that never ended

Well, I mean eventually it ended, but damn this week was a pain in the ass. When I say "pain in the ass" I literally mean it when it comes to what we've had to deal with this past week. Lane, Chase, Jess, and I all have had the doom stomach sickness. It started with BLT puking in his bed last Thursday night and rolling around in it all night. He proceeded to throw up again all over himself and highchair Friday morning. Then Saturday, it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a ton of feathers, either way, I was down for the count. JT was a trooper…
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Bacon, Egg, and cheese breakfast cups

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast cups"][/caption] Around here, breakfast on Saturday mornings gives us the opportunity to try something new and delicious. I often find myself wanting to get up and make some sort of extravagant meal involving tons of ingredients and steps and something that takes a considerable amount of time to prepare. Then again, I also find that waking up and having a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal works just as well. (more…)
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I need a hobby

Everyone has things they enjoy doing. Whether it's snow boarding, bear wrangling, knitting, or deep sea fishing, people generally just like being active. For me the things that I enjoy doing are going to the gym (or exercise in general), cooking, and/or doing something with my hands. I really like the process of taking nothing or raw materials and creating a finished product. I don't claim to be the best cook or most prolific builder, but I give it my all when I get into it. Over the past few months work has started to creep into my life more and more, thus taking away time to do other things…
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