Weekend Special Critters

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It seems I rarely post pictures of dogs, cats, birds, butterflies and other creatures.  Most often I post Weekend Special with flowers or places I have traveled to.  Today, I give you:  Critters.

This grasshopper hopped from the patio into the house when I opened the door!  I shooed him out and he clung on to the patio chair!

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A Simple Salad

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Sometimes, after a long day or week, do you just feel like eating a simple meal with a nice little salad?  One that does not  require chopping, dicing and other prepping? But provides good flavor and satisfaction?  Well, that is how we felt last night.  We threw some pork steaks on the grill, heated a can of barbeque beans (with some of my homemade barbeque sauce I had on hand) and I threw together this wonderful little simple salad:  a bed of arugula,  micro greens (from Whole Foods), quartered Compari tomatoes, salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil.  That is it.

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Paleo Chocolate Pudding

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I dedicate this post to my dad who would have celebrated his 97th birthday today!  No one I know had a bigger sweet tooth than him!  Love and miss you so!

 

This cool, creamy dessert is PERFECT for warm summer nights.  It comes together in a snap. stays in the fridge until ready to serve.  It is thick and creamy, sweet enough to satisfy all palettes but not so sweet that it is cloyish.

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Weekend Special Random Flora Shots

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It has been a while since I did a Weekend special post!  With a lot of summer travel, a lot of company and parties, I have not had the time…but I make time now.  Pleae enjoy these random images from my walks, farmer’s markets, gardens and golf courses!

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Instant Pot ABC Soup: Asparagus Bacon and Cilantro Soup

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This is a new take on one of my favorite soups!  Asparagus, fresh or frozen, is the base of this soup, but a few other ingredients not usually found in many Asparagus Soup recipes sets this one off.  Some chopped celery and a few small gold potatoes are part of this base along with the normal things you’d expect to find in Asparagus Soup:  thyme, onions, chicken stock.  Top it all off with a few unusual garnishes for a blast of flavor: cilantro pesto, crisp bacon and arugula micro greens!  Did I mention this is paleo friendly? Continue reading

One Bowl Paleo Pecan Coconut and Raisin Cookies

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One Bowl Paleo Pecan Coconut and Raisin Cookies are loaded with crunchy pecans, fruity raisins and a hint of coconut!  These remind me of oatmeal raisin cookies from my “pre-paleo” eating days.  There is a touch of cinnamon for warmth, some honey to sweeten things up, almond flour and 1 egg to hold things together. Continue reading

Instant Pot Paleo Mexican Chicken Soup

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Last night, after a Loooooong day, I needed to get a quick meal on the table and had no time to stop at the grocery store.  So, while brainstorming and checking refrigerator inventory, I saw in the freezer an almost whole rotisserie chicken I bought last week.  (I decided to freeze it before we left town!)  I grabbed the chicken, some fresh carrots, celery, onions, a few tomatoes and cilantro and came up with a quick Paleo Mexican Soup using the Instant Pot!!  Boxes of chicken broth, always on hand, and some cumin, salt and pepper rounded out all the ingredients needed to make this flavorful soup…..in 30 minutes!!  That’s right, using a FROZEN  rotisserie chicken still took only 30 minutes!!

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Classic Strawberry Jam Paleo Style

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Classic Strawberry Jam Paleo Style….the real deal…delicious, fruity jam!  Spread this thick, juicy jam on almond crackers, paleo biscuits, or heat some up and serve over paleo ice cream!  What’s not to love?

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Weekend Special Italian Alps

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We had the good fortune to travel to the Dolomites, the Southern Alps in Northern Italy!  That’s a lot of geography, huh?!  🙂  Anyway, the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy is where we stayed and the views were spectacular!!

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Instant Pot Steamed and Grilled Artichokes

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Instant Pot Artichokes!  Yay!!!  Instant Pot Steamed and Grilled Artichokes= the best of both worlds:  Steam in the IP and then char on the grill, inside or out!  🙂

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