Paleo Decadent Chocolate Pecan Cookies

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These Paleo Decadent Chocolate Pecan Cookies only TASTE decadent.  In fact they are rather light in texture. They are gluten-free, processed sugar-free, dairy free and have no artificial ingredients.  Don’t be fooled by the lack of white sugar, butter and wheat flour! Chewy and fudgy, my Paleo Decadent Chocolate Pecan Cookies are sweetened with coconut sugar, use almond flour as a binder, have 2 kinds of chocolate,  ghee instead of butter, a couple eggs and pecan pieces to make these the best rich chocolate cookies anywhere!

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Weekend Special iPhone POTD Project Part 2

Last weekend I began a series of my new project:  iPhone POTD Project.  This Photo Of The Day project is a challenge for me to take at least one picture each day with my iPhone.  I keep it organzied by the days and when the time is up I plan to print a book of these daily shots for my own record.

For me, the interesting thing about a project like this is that it shows places I have been, views I admired, food I have prepared, local flora and fauna and interesting things that just caught my eye!

Below is the next set of the photos I have for my project.

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Easy Fast End Of Summer Gazpacho

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Easy Fast End Of Summer Gazpacho is wonderful even on coolish evenings.  The last of the tomatoes from local farm stands is the impetus for this recipe.  My husband found the recipe in the Wall Street Journal and we made it that evening!  Most everything is on hand and it comes together in a snap.  Fresh and delicious, this is a KEEPER recipe you can make all year round, even though the farm stand tomatoes are gone after summer!  Luckily a variety of delicious tomatoes are available at most fine grocery stores.

In the recipe article, the WSJ adds home made croutons but I have omitted them. Instead, I garnish with chopped cooked bacon! 😉  I also slightly increased or decreased a few measured ingredients.  Follow my recipe below for an amazing gazpacho! Continue reading

Sunday Salad

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This “Sunday Salad” was named for the day I made it….that’s all.  Sometimes on Sundays we will do a late lunch/early dinner and that is what we just did on Sunday.  Rather than a tossed salad, I wanted to use up some veggies that we had on hand from a previous salad.  This pretty and colorful salad came together in just minutes. Instead of a vinaigrette or other dressing, I simply drizzled olive oil and then some salt and pepper on it.  This makes the vegetable flavors stand out nicely. Continue reading

Weekend Special iPhone Photo Of The Day Project

Back in April I got the new iPhone 7 Plus….and it changed my photography in so many ways.  For one thing, now when I travel, it isn’t necessary to pack, lenses, filters, batteries, tripods, etc.  Just my phone!  For another thing, the camera on this iPhone 7 Plus is amazing!  There are a number of good photo editing apps that save time when doing the post-processing of the photos.  The photo below was taken with this phone and 2 post-processing filters were used to slightly enhance the lighting (brighter) and I straightened out the horizon, both of which were done in under 1 minute!

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Weekend Special Trip To Rural Missouri

A few weeks ago, we travelled to rural Missouri to view the total solar eclipse!  It was an amazing experience!  We had a fun day with lots of friends, family and good food and drink!  But that was just 1 day.  Our trip to rural Missouri gave us the opportunity to enjoy some scenery, flowers, animals, barns, houses, and a dairy visit!  This is so exciting for a city girl like me!

Please enjoy these various scenes of rural Missouri!

Animals were a thrill on this visit!  This giant snapping turtle was very patient with us while we photographed him!

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Instant Pot Authentic Paleo Rich Chili For Cool Autumn Nights

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This is the real deal for chili lovers!  It is Instant Pot Authentic Paleo Rich Chili.  My husband, Joe,  is the chili chef at our house (like most men are it seems).  His chili simmers for several hours after browning the beef, onions, garlic and spices.  He is pretty proud of this chili and we have served it to guests on football game days to wonderful reviews.  This nearly all-day chili came to a screeching halt last night after making this new recipe in my Instant Pot.

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Paleo Soft Tacos On Taco Tuesday

 

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It’s Taco Tuesday!!

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Whenever we have leftover chicken, beef or pork, my family likes to make soft tacos or quesadillas with it.  But, alas, as a clean eater, I usually just eat the filling on a plate…like a salad.  But I just found amazing, grain-free cassava and coconut tortillas that are wonderful!  They come from Whole Foods and are  $8.89 for 8!!  Hopefully the price will come down now that Amazon owns Whole Foods!  These are also available on line!

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After a weekend of company, we had left over grilled lamb, so I decided that we should give the Siete Cassava and Coconut Tortillas a try.  Am I ever glad we did. ( I oringially went to Whole Foods hoping to get their almond flour tortillas but they were out of them.)  The same family brand, Siete Family, makes both of these as well as some other grain free tortillas. Continue reading

Clean Chocolate Ice Cream With Almond Butter Balls and Chocolate Chunks

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Welcome to TBT!  Throw back Thursdays at Shutterbug Chef are nice reminders of past recipes that may have been forgotten over the past year!  This is a great summertime recipe from August of 2016!  Give it a try and let me know your thoughts…I’m going to make it again for the weekend!

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Ben and Jerry:  Eat your hearts out!  There’s a new ice cream in town, full of flavor and texture and, get this, it’s healthy!!  Paleo and clean-diet friendly, this is the ice cream of ice creams!  A perfect way to end summer and welcome Autumn! Clean Chocolate Ice Cream With Almond Butter Balls and Chocolate Chunks is going to be your new go-to dessert to serve to kids of all ages.

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The ingredients are ALWAYS on hand at my house and if you follow paleo or clean, they will be at your house too.

There are NO: grains, dairy, sugar or artificial ingredients!!  Yea!  But do not be fooled…the flavor and texture is awesome!  Simple to prepare and you need only wait for it to freeze, about 4-6 hours and that is it! Continue reading

Spicy Sausage and Mushroom Pasta Sauce

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Happy Total Eclipse Day!  Are you in the path?  There is so much excitement going about it!  We have friends that are “eclipse chasers” and some go around the world to be part of it!  Some of our German friends are flying to the USA and driving 8 hours to a camping location in Idaho just to experience it here!  They have been to Hungary, Libya and Australia for past eclipses.  Other friends of ours are going to Wyoming from Oregon.  Such an exciting time, huh?  Be sure to wear approved eclipse glasses if you intend to look at the sun during the eclipse.

Here is a great recipe to prepare in advance then reheat after your Eclipse Viewing Party ends!

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What to do with mushrooms you didn’t use for your steak on Saturday?  I decided to make a pasta sauce (to serve over zucchini noodles, of course!).  So i rummaged around the fridge and freezer to see what else I had and BINGO!  I had 2 hot Italian Sausages in the freezer!

This simple-to-make, yet spicy and flavorful sauce came together in under a half hour!  Seve it up fresh or freeze for later use.   Continue reading