OMFG – Met “Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations”, George Bryant

So I cyber stalk some foodie bloggers, don’t act like you don’t too! That’s what their blogs are there for anyway lol I have followed  Civilized Caveman Cooking for a few months now. So when George posted on Facebook that he was going to host a cooking demo in Temecula at Williams Sonoma, I was on that shit right away!

George made his amazing Paleo Banana Bread! I got to help because, well, you know, I’m not shy in the least lol so when asked for volunteers, I may be short but my hand is raised the highest 🙂 He made several variations to this base recipe. We sampled chocolate blueberry (my favorite of the night), pumpkin pecan (really tastes like pumpkin pie), and he also made a chocolate marble mix.

This dude is so down-to-earth and incredibly warm-hearted that it really felt like you were cooking with him in his kitchen.  George shared some very personal things about his journey to Paleo; one in particular which resonated tremendously with me (there will be a future post about this!).  He shared a wealth of information on local, organic, non-GMO farms. We are super excited to take a tour of Cooks Pig Ranch on June 29th, all because of his info share. Mike and Krys’ story is so incredible; from what I understand she has kept the business growing and thriving while he was deployed! We also learned of Primal Pastures, a local source for pasture raised, free range, organic chickens. In the midst of our demo were several local business owners, like the owner of a macadamia nut farm in Fallbrook! Darn, I didn’t catch the name of the business (bad blogger, I know!) but I will find out about this gem and update this post.

Another thing George shared with us is his effort to make a difference, and help save the life of Mike O’Brien. Mike is a 29 year young man who was born with a congenital heart defect and is in need of a heart transplant.  George doesn’t know Mike from Adam, but HIS huge heart has lead to this amazing initiative to help Mike live, and help him fund his journey to obtaining his new heart, and sustaining it. George told us something like Mike can’t even get on the donor list until he can prove that he can afford all the meds, and care, he will need AFTER the transplant. I am fucking floored by this! I mean, we give kidney’s and all sorts of shit to elderly people who have ravaged their bodies from ailments like diabetes, etc., and what’s the prognosis there? Another 5-10 years for them? Are you kidding me??? This is a YOUNG man!!! You can read all about George’s efforts in his blog here, Do you have a Paleo heart?, and learn about Mike’s story here, Man Survives Childhood Heart Defect, Seeks Transplant. If you can find it in your heart to make lunch this week, instead of buying it, or cut some other cost to help Mike, I urge you to donate anything you can! But please, at least share these links somewhere, Pinterest/Twitter/Facebook, ANYWHERE! There is strength in numbers! And you’re probably bullshitting on line anyway…do something that can make a difference!

Here is the Civilized Caveman – Facebook page.

Here are my pics from the night

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My friend Nancy (who is a great source of support) and I with George 🙂

Xo,

TJ

OMFG – Met “Gluten is my Bitch”, April Peveteaux

I joined a meet-up group for local gluten free and Celiac people in San Diego.  This was the first event I attended.  A book signing/reading with April Peveteaux! If you are gluten free and don’t know who April is, well…click here and consider yourself informed! April Peveteaux – Gluten is my Bitch!

April was just as cool, and ridiculously funny, as I imagined! She is dope y’all! Her book is super funny and real. It is called Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free; click the title to buy on Amazon.  It also contains some great recipes I hope to try very soon, “paleotized” for our new palettes where needed or where we can 🙂 GET THIS BOOK, YOU WILL LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF!

You can check out April’s post about the book signing/reading here: Gluten is my Bitch – Who has the best gluten free blog readers? I do!

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Yes! We are flippin’ gluten the bird!

Xo,

TJ

Thinking about going full paleo….

While I’m cutting out gluten, and we have officially broken up, I’m still feeling rundown and crappy most days.  I wake up incredibly tired, with aches and pains.  I don’t have my arms falling asleep every night but I still have a very restless experience, relying on Ambien most nights. I sit my fat ass in a chair at the computer all day for work. I just feel dumpy, lethargic, slow, no energy and sucky most days.

Yesterday I was all over the Paleo Parents blog.  Stacy freakin’ rocks! What an inspiration! She put it all out there…and I mean ALL lol. It’s really funny how we chose to see ourselves and those close to us. I was going through Stacy’s blog post with my wife and I said “I look like that! My belly hangs like that!” and her response was complete denial of this fact. Granted, I’m only 167 lbs, but I have a gut, I’m only 5 feet tall. Most of my friends have one too and we have ALL struggled to get healthier. Getting healthier cannot only mean eating right. I have hidden behind this for too long; so have my friends. You have to have some level of physical exertion + eating better to be successful. Especially when you weigh as much as I have in the past (240 at my highest), and do now, and as much as many around me do!  We are ALL in denial on some level. Stacy fucking did it! And she was 336 lbs when she started…and now she looks amazing but more importantly she FEELS amazing!

The running joke is that I am allergic to the e word…exercise lol. Well, guess what? In order to FEEL better part of what I have to do is get off my lazy, fat ass and just do the damn thing.  Don’t get offended that I call myself a fat ass! It’s TRUTH! Remember, I don’t coddle! Not even with myself…a spade is a spade is a spade. If you complain to me, I will tell it like it is.  My main intention is to FEEL GREAT most days. By doing so I know I will lose weight in the process…it’s common sense.

I know that I have emotional highs from eating sugar and carbs. It’s like a drug…I guess from everything I have read, it really IS a drug to our bodies and minds. I am addicted to Coke Zero. I call it crack in a can, SMH. I go days without drinking water sometimes…so gross, right? So I know purging and detoxing this stuff is going to be necessary at some point in this process. I’m just not looking forward to the withdrawal 😦

What prompted all this BEFORE I obsessed about and aptly stalked the Paleo Parents blog? Well, we try to eat “paleo like” quite often. If I could just get over my fucking bread obsession we’d be pretty successful at it, I think.  Sunday’s dinner consisted of a great steak, grilled with scallions. Simple! It’s one of our favorite go to meals.

I let the steaks come to room temp, drizzle a little coconut oil on them, season with garlic, black pepper, sea salt, paprika, white pepper, and ground mustard, and we grill them, depending on how thick, for about 5 minutes a side. Wonderfully medium 🙂 The grilled scallions are seasoned with a little salt and pepper.

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I think we can do this paleo stuff and be successful!  I need to remind myself to take baby steps so I don’t set myself up for failure. I will make that damn white bread first however!

Xo,

TJ

 

Getting to know you…uh me…

I’ve been inspired by other blogs I’ve perused today and thought I would share a little about who we are. Yes, I have a family 🙂 and they will hate me for this but I promised to use great photos!

This photo here is the epitome of me…classy, sassy and a little smart assy haha with a drink! Always with a drink!

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Here are some things about me:

  • Things that are important to me: God, my family (including furry children), my close friendships, reading/books, TRYING to live as healthy as I can, being honest and speaking my mind (I can make people cry from my honesty which brands me a bitch to some lol oh fucking well, I DO NOT coddle!), and equal rights for all 
  • I married the love of my life on 10/11/12 and had a dream wedding
  • I have a WIFE 🙂 She looks unassuming but will kick your ass (she works for officials of the county in which we reside, if that’s any indication) and there are guns at home
  • Everyone is sick of hearing about our wedding, but it was hands down the most beautiful I have EVER felt! Every bride should feel this way on their wedding day!
  • Therefore I have to share it HERE
  • My best friend is really my mixed German Shepherd pup…he is my buddy and his name is Romeo, because he’s a loverboy
  • We also have an old lady dog named Zoe.  She doesn’t come out much because she’s a bitch like me and is always messing up in the house or hiding
  • We also have a 12 year old, Jordan, who looks 17 and is driving us bat shit crazy with her “forgetfulness”…seriously, trash day has been Thursday for the last year and a half and she STILL can’t remember! But we love her, and she’s pretty, and we’re “working” on it everyday…hence the chore chart on the fridge to list EVERYTHING, including bathing (Like seriously what the fuck is up with 6th graders?? They smell!)
  • I’m older than I look lol people get it wrong all the time…but NO I was not a teen mom (ain’t nobody got time for that!)  so feel free to try the math
  • I’m so damn easy to get along with, just be a straight (ummm forward lol) shooter and there will be no blood…so  ask me anything

Romeo

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Here he’s trying to be cute and keep my wife away from me lol he really does think I’m his momma

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Zoe, don’t let her fool you, she’s a mean bitch lol us little ones always are!

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Jordy, JoJo, Gordy, Gordon, and otherwise known as McFly (yes, I have a thing for nicknames and call her all kinds of loving crap) but isn’t she pretty? She was 11 here!!! Best thing I’ve ever done and well, baked! haha

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My favorite wedding photo 🙂

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Some other great shots

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For the record…I LOVED MY FUCKING WEDDING DRESS! We had to change venues, theme, everything just to make it fit this damn dress…and yes I am spoiled!

If you’d like to see more, take a gander at these websites that featured our wedding!

Our FABULOUS photog friends who came to the rescue on our special day: Sara + Ryan Photography

Our other FABULOUS friends (who just relocated back to our town), Tracey & Angela, run this lesbian wedding site: On a Bicycle Built for Two

Xo,

TJ

 

Product Review: Bakery On Main Instant Oatmeal

Last night, lying in bed watching ridiculous shows on TV (yes, I’m addicted to the Real Housewives and Kim Zolciak – I was a REAL life housewife myself last year lol), I saw Celiac and the Beast‘s product review post for Bakery on Main’s instant oatmeal.  A quick link to Bakery On Main‘s instant oatmeal page and I was obsessed with finding this product in a local store.

Luckily, on my way to work, there is a new Whole Foods Market AND they carry this brand. I had to stop and grab some on the way in. They only had the traditional flavor in stock.

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I added bananas, some sugar and some cinnamon. OHHH MMMM F’IN GEEEEE!!!  I have died and gone to heaven.

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It was great! I am super happy with this product and have to order their maple multigrain muffin flavor because I love sweet oatmeal 🙂

And take a look at this, like music to my heart!

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THIS ONE HAS NO “NATURAL FLAVOR” listed!!! WOOHOO!!! NO BEAVER ANAL GLANDS BWWAAAHHHAAA (if you wanna know what I mean, check out Dana‘s post on Celiac Kiddo…rocked my world!)

Here are links to the company Facebook & Website pages:

Bakery On Main Facebook

Bakery On Main Website

Xo,

TJ

The 5 Best Gluten-Free Flours and What to Do With Them

I recently came across this article on Huffington Post…thought it worthy to share as I’ve often wondered about these flours and how to use them. Listed in the article are the 5 best gluten-free as follows:

White Rice Flour

Millet Flour

Chickpea Flour

Buckwheat Flour

Masa Harina

The 5 Best Gluten-Free Flours and What to Do With Them