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Reading Day: The Ultimate Staycation

I’m tired. Not the “I stayed up too late last night, so I’m a little droopy” kind of tired. I’m the “please don’t make me put on makeup and get dressed” kind of tired. In the last six months, we moved from Austin, Texas to White River Junction, Vermont; restructured our business; Dave completed a semester of Cartoon School; I launched my Quarterly box; we... read more

The Best Version of Ourselves, 2015

The post below was originally published in 2011, and it’s been updated each year to reflect where I am in my life and the new things I’ve learned in the previous 12 months. For 2015, I remain committed to the philosophy it outlines, and I’m realizing I must stay focused on compassion—for myself and others—in the coming year. I still struggle to slow down, to cut myself some slack, to... read more

Whole30 Resources Roundup

Are you one of the excited people starting a Whole30 on January 1? This page is a collection of links to information that I hope will help make the Whole30 more manageable for you, whether it’s your first or your fourth (or fourteenth). Since 2009, I’ve completed a handful of Whole30 months, usually when I was (a) trying to get a grip on what was happening with my health (see “thyroid... read more

Paleo Gado Gado Recipe

In each issue of Paleo Magazine, I share the story of a traditional recipe and adapt it to fit into a healthier paleo lifestyle. In the article below, I took a deeper look at the Indonesian dish gado-gado, a salad that’s hearty enough to be a meal—and super easy to make. It’s great for filling you with energy during a post-holiday clean-up, and the bonus is that it doesn’t feel... read more

Tuesday 10: More Paleo Gifts From The Kitchen

Way back in the day, when we lived on a houseboat in Sausalito, California, I had way more time than money, so I made gifts from my kitchen from this Williams-Sonoma book. I whipped up Spiced Nuts and Fancy Olives and buttery shortbread and pine nut brittle and chewy caramels. I wrapped everything in clear cellophane and tied it with curly ribbon. I stamped brown paper lunch bags with silver snowflakes... read more

Paleo (Whole30) Gifts From The Kitchen

This is a post Dave and I worked on together last year, and these are all still good ideas! There’s plenty of time before Santa arrives to make handmade gifts for your near and dear. Merry merry, happy happy to you! My favorite part of the holidays is making festive food and joyously eating it with the people I love. And that hasn’t changed since I adopted this dino-chow lifestyle. If... read more

Paleo Holiday Kit Giveaway

You know I’m a big-time “cook everything at home” kind of girl, but there are delicious things — like Organic Cinnamon Red Maca Almond Butter or Jackson’s Honest Potato Chips — that I cannot make myself. And that’s when I turn to Barefoot Provisions. Barefoot Provisions is like a grocery store where the shelves are only stocked with the highest-quality, most delicious... read more

Paleo Holiday Movie-Watching Party Menu

It’s snowing — like, really snowing — here in Vermont. I’ve kept my commitment to 10,000 steps per day, so I’ve been enthusiastically enjoying my Northface boots and parka as I stomp through snow, slush, ice, and puddles in varying degrees of frozen treachery. On a stroll to the other end of town, I saw this: I try not to think of it just before bed. As someone on Instagram said,... read more

Maple-Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

Here’s a little treat I whipped up one afternoon when Dave’s Cartoon School buddies were coming over for dinner and tabletop games. I’ve been feeding the students as often as I can and trying to lure them into the paleo club by showing them how tasty meat, vegetables, and quality fat can be. But even a stick-in-the-mud like me likes to indulge in a treat once in a while. These are... read more

Sweet Potato Tater Tots From Frugal Paleo

This is another recipe from the beautiful new book The Frugal Paleo Cookbook by Ciarra Hanna of Popular Paleo. This is the second recipe Ciarra has kindly shared with us; check out Teriyaki Stackers if you missed that one! Fact: I like this cookbook so much, I wrote the foreword for it. Loving reminder: Today is the last day to pre-order The Frugal Paleo Cookbook and get the extra bonus goodies Ciarra is... read more

Tuesday 10: Tips For An Awesome Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving traditions including watching Thanksgiving movies — specifically Home For The Holidays and Planes, Trains and Automobiles — that make me laugh ’til my face hurts, then hit me with the big, emotional wrap-up that makes me cry. I cannot get enough. Here, in case you need to get in the mood… The trailer for Home For The Holidays which includes hints of some of my favorite... read more

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