Some recipes and some MDA catch-up

Hey guys! Just wanted to stop by real quick and drop off some links. That’s about it for today, honestly. Not too much else to report, overall. I just had a pot luck lunch at work (I brought deviled eggs, because I always bring deviled eggs) and got to tell everyone about the changes I’ve seen since starting this paleo journey back in mid-October. That really isn’t all that long ago in the grand scheme, but it feels like I’ve been eating this way forever. Anyone else have that feeling? When I think back to how I used to eat, it’s hard to believe that it was me making those poor choices.

Speaking of poor choices, I found a couple really great recipes for sweets today, and I wanted to share them with you. Keep in mind, these are for special occasions or something. Don’t eat them every day. Because that’s not the way we get abs.

Caramel Cheesecake Minus Cheese – I love this recipe. My Larabars prove that dates can be plenty sweet and can take on a great texture. I believe that this thing might just be amazing. I will try it and let you know.

Thick, chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies – These are the ones I made last week and they are really, really good. So good that they’re dangerous to have around. Even with gluten free oats, eating too many of them made me feel a little sick. One or two a day was fine, but they’re good enough that it’s really hard to keep yourself to that. So, be warned. Only make these if you’ve got good self control, or if you’re going to take them to a picnic or a party or something where you’ve got a lot of other people helping you get rid of them. Anyway, I made a couple batches of these when we got back home with the baby, and I split them half and half with chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. Oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips (those of us in the know call them “Oatmeal Scotchies”) are my favorite cookies of ever.

Homemade Paleo Condiments – I’m mostly after this one for the ketchup. I’ve been getting organic ketchup for a while now, and using it pretty sparingly because of the sugar, but I’d really like to make some ketchup that’s full of quality ingredients so I can go nuts with it. Same sort of deal as the mayo. When you eat good food, you can eat as much as you want without feeling guilty. And that’s awesome. Plus, if i have paleo ketchup and paleo mayonnaise, I now have paleo Thousand Island dressing. And that’s an amazing thing indeed. If that actually comes to fruition, I will absolutely post a recipe/photo series. I’m also thinking I might try this ketchup recipe from PaleOMG because I like her a lot: PaleOMG ketchup

Okay, I also finally caught up on Mark’s Daily Apple, or at least rushed through frantically, trying to absorb as much as I can. The only problem with a daily blog is that it’s so easy to fall behind on reading it.

Why we don’t sprint anymore – A great post from Mark Sisson about sprinting. I’ve been trying to incorporate more of this into my exercise regimen, but I’m probably still not doing enough. And I know I’m not walking anough, but that’s an issue for another day, right?

Are humans hard-wired to be optimistic? – I like this idea. I’m absolutely an optimist, and I think it serves me very well.

How bad is peanut butter, really? – I don’t eat it anymore, ever since I discovered Justin’s Honey Almond Butter. If I want some kind of peanut butter-esque substance, Justin’s almond butters just blow everything else out of the water. It definitely has the potential for overconsumption though, so I try to be careful with it.

Top 8 Most Common Reactions to Your Grain-Free Diet (and How to Respond) – If I had a nickel for every time I’d heard one of these, I would have enough nickels to afford my Justin’s Almond Butter habit. But I don’t, because nobody is in the business of giving nickels to people every time a particular thing happens. And that’s a shame.

Okay folks, I’m out. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

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