Paleo Foodporn: French Toast Casserole with Blueberries

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Yesterday I made the “Blender Bread” from Danielle Walker’s Joyful (which you can get for $1.99!) Do yourself a favor and make this in the food processor instead of the blender, unless you have one of these.

Then I prepped the rest of the casserole (also in the book) the night before, swapping out cranberries for blueberries.  Popped it in the oven this morning and voila!

Overall it tastes good, but a little bland.  I’m thinking maybe next time adding in some bacon or sausage would add an interesting element and some additional flavor.  But OMG it’s Paleo French Toast Casserole!

This does violate the Whole30 SWYPO rule, so if you’re doing Whole30, avert your eyes.

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Paleo Foodporn: Swedish Meatballs, Asian Chicken Thighs, Potatoes

I’m so happy potatoes made it to the Whole30 list of approved foods!

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15994239547_f6841f239d_zAnd these chicken thighs are just outrageous.  My secret is to put them under the broiler for 5 minutes after the cooking time is done to crisp up the skin properly.

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The secret to this gravy is some tapioca flour as a thickener.  It also uses coconut milk!

Paleo Foodporn

I like to take pictures of food.  I also like to eat food!  We’re warming up for a Whole30 over here and while we’re far from perfect, we are moving in the right direction.  Incrementally better.  My husband is a far better cook than I will ever be (I am, however, a better baker!)  Take a look at some of our latest paleo delights…

Pan-Seared Scallops with Roasted Butternut Squash in a Butter-Lemon Sauce

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Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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The for the pulled pork we used leftover pork from Christmas dinner.  My husband’s hands went numb shredding it with forks, but it was worth it.  These instructions on how to make sweet potatoes in the microwave is a life-and-time saver.

Scallops are always a splurge, but well worth it.  The butternut squash we bought pre-cut (again, a life-and-time saver) and simply roasted on a baking sheet in the oven with some olive oil and any garlic-herb seasoning of your choice.

All this debauchery is catching up to me.

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I have been planning on doing another Whole30 in January, but I’m considering starting on Monday because I have been totally overdoing it on luxurious and unhealthy food choices for months now and I feel like crap.

This means I’ve got a lot of prep to take care of tomorrow including cleaning out the pantry and fridge and shopping for the week.  Here’s what I think I’m going to make this week…

You know you want to do a Whole30 too, right?

2015 Incremental Improvement Backlog

I wonder if it’s possible to apply the principles behind the Agile Manifesto to everyday life.  Could a human being be considered both the “customer” and the “working software”?  Could I apply principles such as: simplicity, technical excellence, good design, harnessing change, and tune and adjust my behavior accordingly to become a better person?

Let’s find out.

I guess I’ll start by just getting some thoughts down on paper, then later I’ll refine these into a well-groomed backlog.

  • I want to kick-off a Whole30 in January
  • I want to stick to an 80/20 Paleo diet
  • I want to travel somewhere new that requires a passport
  • I want to get back into running 5Ks
  • I want to ride my Vespa
  • I want to speak about Agile at more conferences, meetups and events
  • I want to take more photographs and get better at photography
  • I want to cook more
  • I want to be a grateful person
  • I want to gracefully let go of things that are not meant for me
  • I want to gracefully let go of things that are no longer useful
  • I want to dress well and change up my style
  • I want to learn a new skill
  • I want to share my knowledge on Project Management methodologies more with my colleagues and my community
  • I want to strengthen my spirituality
  • I want to feel like I am constantly improving