Monday, February 11, 2013

over the weekend....days 6 and 7

this past weekend was on of my favorite kind, no agenda. i love beating to my own drum and getting things done. a highlight was making these adorable valentine bookmarks and clip hearts with my 6 year old.




























i also made my first batch of mayo. i can't believe how easy it was and how delicious it came out. i highly recommend making this. it's also the base to ranch or italian dressing and can be added to tuna or egg salad. [recipe below]




































i also had two family dinners this weekend. my family is one of my most important and favorite things in life. i love our get togethers and gatherings and feasts. we feast. a lot. so i was a little concerned how i was going to handle all the desserts. i knew dinner was almost all paleo so i wasn't worried about that. but when desserts came, i was good. i had fruit and felt satisfied and with no cravings for a sweet. it was great, but i felt even better waking up in the morning knowing that i was able to enjoy a family feast with no dessert and waking up not feeling guilty was awesome.

on sunday we celebrated my parents 45th anniversary, again with a mostly paleo dinner and loads of desserts. usually you can turn almost any dinner into a paleo one, we had burgers, i wrapped mine in lettuce. i brought slivered toasted almonds and toasted shredded coconut to top my fruit for dessert.

we were at my oldest brother's house, he is a specialist in weight loss and obesity, he lent me the paleo diet book by Dr. Loren Cordain. i just started reading it and loved this line;











































it's always fun to have conversations with my brother on weight loss, diets and exercise. he uses medical and scientific terms which i usually don't understand but always walk away learning something new to think about. last night's conversation was scary and interesting. the growing rate of people overweight and obese is alarming. we, as a society aren't moving as much. we use to have to get up to talk to co-workers, now we send them an email. we use to have to get up to change the channel on the tv, now we push a button, we use to roll down our windows in our car, now we push a button, we use to use are arm muscles and open the garage with our hands, now we press a button, well you get the point. we and our children spend a lot of time in front of the tv, computer, video games and don't move our bodies much. i say we, as a society. but because i was always a bit chub i am very conscious of moving my body but making sure my kids stay active. i don't want them to have to go through all the "bother" i went through. 

a few more snapshots from the weekend



























playing candy land in front of the blazing fire on a chilly saturday night

awesome dinner with the help of my husband "the asador"
we made extras for leftovers
-grilled chicken breasts with italian seasonings
-skewers with mushrooms, onion and mini bell peppers
-chicken sausage

browned meat to have for the week


Ingredients:
1 egg
2 tablespoons lemon juice @ room temp
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus 1 cup olive oil (light, not extra virgin) @ room temp
Directions:
1. Place the egg and lemon juice in a blender or food processor. Let them come to room temperature together, about 30-60 minutes. Add the dry mustard, salt, and  1/4 cup of the oil. Whirl until well mixed – about 20 to 30 seconds.
THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART!
2. The only remaining job is to incorporate the remaining 1 cup oil into the mixture. To do this, you must pour very slowly… the skinniest drizzle you can manage and still have movement in the oil. This takes about three minutes or so. Think about three minutes during a WOD; it’s a fairly long time. Breathe. Relax. Drizzle slowly.
If you’re using a blender, you’ll hear the pitch change as the liquid starts to form the emulsion. Eventually, the substance inside the blender will start to look like regular mayonnaise, only far more beautiful. Do not lose your nerve and consider dumping! Continue to drizzle.
If your ingredients were all at room temperature and you were patient, you will be rewarded!

what were some of the highlights from your weekend?

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