Thursday, October 18, 2012

Another Organization Post and a Remodeled Closet!


So we managed to remodel the closet this week, finally!  Chris was off Monday and we (mostly him) put it all up.  It looks sooo super awesome, and now our clothes are all in the same place, previously the hang up clothes were in the closet, and all the pants, socks, underwear, were on shelves over in the bathroom area.  It's so much more light and accesible now, I just wish I'd painted the walls before I hung the shelves... But if I'd waited on painting it would have never gotten done.

After culling clothes I ended up with probably 60 extra coat hangers, I just got done switching out all the colored ones for white, I don't really care, but I had enough white so I figured why not!   Anyone need 40 or so colored coat hangers?


I'd slacked off on the organizing/cleaning the last week or two, I needed some more inspiration so I picked up a couple more organization books at the library.  One was a big book full of amazing pictures of amazing houses with amazing (and expensive) cabinets/shelves/cool gadgets/etc.  I did get some idea's from it and it was fun to look through and dream.  The other one turned me off at first, when I picked it up after flipping through the picture one, it didn't have any pictures :(
But after flipping through a few pages I was hooked, it's full of inspiration and great ideas, and you can go to the authors blog at, she also has Simple Homeschool, Simple Kids, Simple Mom and a few more, tons of great info for us mommies that need help.  She's also got some downloadable/printable charts for home management, cleaning, etc.  I've been using them the last couple days and it does help.  Though my problem is starting something, doing it for a couple days, then quitting.  We'll see if I can stick with it, probably not, but if it gets me a few weeks of a clean house I'll be thankful for that!

One of my projects for today was to put up a shelf above my fabric cutting table.  I had an extra board from my laundry room shelf project, I didn't have any other plans for it so I figure I might as well use it.  When I went out to the shop to get it I came across a piece of plywood that was salvaged from another project so I grabbed it as well.  I have a ridiculous amount of fabric for my baby diaper sewing business, way way way too much fabric.  Most of it is shoved into Rubbermaid tubs and then stuck under the table, which makes it hard to get to, and find, at times.  So the shelves help but cutting down on the amount that's under the table.  It's a work still in progress but it already looks much better.  At least I actually have room to cut fabric now.

The other project I'd really like to get done today is to clean out my refrigerator, I'm pretty much completely out of bowls and storage containers and I figure they are probably full of nasty old things in the back of the frig.  I keep procrastinating and not getting it done, but it's on my "must do today" list so it had better get done today!

Oh, and the stack of meat I took a pic of last post is all gone now...  We ate the last bit yesterday, it lasted a week, so I guess not too bad, I wish I'd have weighed it, that would be interesting.  And now for a recipe, can't post without telling you what deliciousness we've been eating lately :)  It was late last night and I hadn't gotten supper done and all I had was some ham from our piggies. I've not really done much with ham other than just feed it to my family, but I thought it'd be fun to do something different, so I heated up some coconut oil, chopped the ham up into chunks, sauteed the ham in the oil, mixed up a bit of honey, vinegar, and mustard, and added that to the ham.  Then I dumped a can of pineapple chunks into the mix, took toothpicks and made tiny kebobs with the pineapple and the ham.  That went over so well it was crazy, it got eaten like candy, probably because it tasted like candy.  Next time I think I'm going to skip the honey, the pineapple makes it sweet enough.  I didn't get to eat any because I'm not doing sweeteners, though a good thing because there wasn't enough for me anyway.  I also made a spaghetti squash dish that wasn't very good... How depressing...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pork Carnitas, Yum!

I'm getting tired of eating only 3-4 eggs for breakfast, it doesn't last long enough and I'm hungry again in a few hours.  And of course I know that I should be eating vegetables with every meal, so I sauteed up some onions and spinach, and made an omelet!  It was super yummy, and massive, and did a good job of keeping me full for longer, the chunk of ghee I cooked the veggies and then the omelet in probably helped, yay for fat!
I finally managed to find a pork roast in the deep freeze, we have a million chops but it seems only a few roasts, though there are probably more hiding down in the bottom.  I came across a recipe that sounded good on one of my favorite recipe sites Well Fed's Pork Carnitas.  So now my house smells like burning pork as it carmelizes, but it looks great, I just got done with lunch and am stuffed so I'll have to wait til dinner to try it out.  I made The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat again for lunch, that stuff is addicting, I just can't believe how good it is.  In the interest of saving time I didn't drag out the rotisserie but just cooked the chicken in some ghee in my iron skillet, still delicious!  Between the kids and I we ate a whole package of chicken breasts, I really got to get around to raising my own meat chickens, that was a goal for this year and just never happened.  No excuses next year, I will do it, I have to!!!
Picture stolen from
Well, the Carnitas were amazing, full of flavor and tender and good.  I couldn't think of anything to eat them with, so we just ate them, I made a cauliflower dish for veggies that wasn't very good :(  For some reason my cauliflower hasn't been turning out lately, I need to keep searching for a good dairy free recipe, since my old super delicious one involved Parmesan.  I also made another pumpkin pie for a "vegetable", I figure, one whole pie pumpkin, most of a can of coconut milk, 5 eggs, and 12 dates makes for a pretty darn healthy "dessert".   Though it actually got eaten well before dinner, the kids got ahold of it and almost polished it off before I could grab some back for my poor husband, I did eat my fair share as well.  I think I'm going to buy a few more pumpkins, actually I should probably buy a bunch more, they store pretty well I think, actually, if I was smart I'd cook up a bunch and freeze it....  Hmm, am I smart?  I might just do that to prove I am :)

On another note, the Whole 30 is going very well, I'm still not over wanting sweets... But I think I'm sabotaging myself by eating too much fruit, dates, etc...  Gotta stop that!  But I use the pregnancy excuse, I need more calories, need more carbs, etc.  I just need to cook and eat more real food instead of snacking.  But my face is clear for the first time since I got pregnant, no more acne!  That's awesome, since I always have pretty bad acne when pregnant, and even somewhat when not.  And I have lots of energy, well, most of the time, I was kinda draggy today but I think that was all in my head, I didn't want to clean house and I wanted to read my book.  But I did end up cleaning house along with reading, so it wasn't too bad of a day :)  Yesterday I got out a bunch of meat from the freezer, I'm tired of pulling out frozen meat when it's time to cook and then having to wait for dethaw, preparation is not one of my strong points.  So I took a picture as I'm curious to see how long it lasts, three packages of pork cutlets are on the botttom, a package of ham, sausage, and the roast are on top.  I forgot to add into the pic the two packages of chicken breast.  Today we used up one chicken and the roast... Wow, it goes so fast, my carnivorousness kids eat too much, what am I going to do when they are bigger?  I'll be out in the woods killing things just to eat... Well, I'm probably exaggerating just a little bit :)  I should take a veggie picture as well, that'd be fun, and make a prettier picture, maybe after I go shopping, right now I'm totally out of fresh veggies, thankfully tomorrow is a town day.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat and Heavenly Eggs

The sad last remaining eggs...
So today I made "The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat. Ever."   Since everything I've ever made off of this blog has been delicious, I imagine this might just be the best chicken ever, I sure hope so!  I also made another batch of Mayo, from the same blog, as the previous batch was turned into Ranch dip and mostly consumed.  Then I made Heavenly Eggs (Deviled Eggs to the unenlightened) with it, oh how super yummy!  They are even better than normal Heavenly Eggs made with conventional mayo.  I made 8 eggs worth, because I'm running low on eggs, but all but 3 eggs worth were eating in a matter of minutes, mostly by Ender and me,
I love my rotisserie so much, it's fast and turns out delicious meat!
then I had to hide the rest to save for supper.  Actually, I wanted enough to take to homeschool meeting tomorrow to have for lunch, but I don't think that's going to happen...   The chicken truly was the best chicken ever, the Morocan dip was exquisite, I licked my plate, then went back for 2nds, then licked my plate again.  It was only when I was on my 2nd plate I realized that I completely forgot to make the veggie dish I had planned, which was just going to be some sort of broccoli and cauliflower something...  Shame on me, at least I ate soup with tons of veggies for lunch, but still I should have had something, oh well, I don't think its the end of the world, I hope :)
Not so pretty, but it's sure yummy!
On another note, I went to the Crossfit gym on Friday and I'm still sore!  Well, I'm not really to sore anymore, just a teeny bit, but I hurt like heck for two days, pretty sad since the workout was stuff I did all the time at my gym, just a bit more intense and numerous.  And it was me and 4 guys there so of course I probably did more than I should have, since I'm ridiculously competitive, pretty stupid for my first day and being 26 weeks pregnant.  Oh well, it was awesome, I had a blast and soreness just means I actually accomplished something.  I did lift more on Clean and Jerk than I have before, lifting #95 over your head really feels awesome, especially when you do it about 20 times, maybe why I'm sore...  But I only squatted #115 as that seems much harder than before pregnancy, it makes me laugh to think that conventional Dr's say pregnant women shouldn't lift over #45.   Oh well, enough bragging :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Making Ghee, and Mayonnaise, and a Quick Lunch!

Ghee is so much better than butter, and it's super simple to make.  I love to cook with butter, anything fried in butter is better, but the problem with butter is that it burns too easily, the milk solids in it is what burns.  When you make ghee, you cook out all the milk solids and the water, leaving just the oil with tons of flavor.  Another plus is that with the milk solids removed, ghee is fine for people allergic to dairy.  I recommend doing at least a pound or two of butter, the ghee stores great at room temperature and if your like me you'll use it fast.  Melt your butter in a saucepan, and let it boil for 20-30 minutes, keeping a close eye on it, depending on how much water is in it sometimes the foam will boil up pretty high, use a larger than you need saucepan just in case.  The batch I made today didn't boil up much at all, it was my own butter so I guess I did a good job squeezing out the water when I made it.  After 20 minutes or so the foam will be mostly gone,  watch closely at this point, you don't want to burn it.  Once the foam is gone and the oil is a beautiful golden color, it will also smell amazing at this point, you can remove it from the heat and let it cool a bit while you prepare a jar and straining cloth, I use a piece of birds-eye fabric, you could use linen or any other fine woven cloth.  Strain the ghee into your jar, make sure your jar is heatproof, an exploding jar and hot oil all over the place would be awful   The bottom of the pan is going to be covered in a brown sticky substance that is your milk solids, if you are okay with dairy they are delicious with a bit of honey mixed in, or there are several Indian recipes that use it.  Then find a recipe that calls for frying something in butter and try it out, it's amazing to watch it heat up smoothly without smoking or burning, it's perfect for me who tends to put something on the stove then walk off and return to find it burnt and smoking like crazy.  The smoke point of butter is 250-300F, ghee's is 485F, one of the highest out there for cooking oils.

Then I decided to make some mayo, store bought mayonnaise is made with soybean oil, there's a whole list of problems with soy products and soybean oil is very high in Omega 6's, which is a major cause of inflammation which then leads to chronic disease.  I'd tried to make mayo before with extra virgin olive oil... I had to throw it out, it was way to strong, then I found a recipe that everyone said was heavenly, using "light" olive oil.  So when I was in town a couple days ago I grabbed a bottle at the grocery store.  The secret to getting the oil, egg, and lemon juice to emulsify and turn into thick smooth mayo instead of separating is to add the oil ridiculously slow.  I used my little food processor which for some reason has a scooped lid with two little holes in it.  It was perfect for letting the oil slow drip while blending.  In about 4 minutes, I had fresh mayonnaise, and it tasted great as well!  I'm planning on making Ranch dip with it, as the main ingredient in Ranch is soybean oil as well, plus a bunch of other nasty things.  Did you know Ranch has MSG in it?  If you are not aware of the issues with MSG please read this .

Now after all of that, it's lunch time and I've no lunch prepared, pretty typical for me.  So I give the starving kids and myself a handful of almonds to pacify our stomachs for a bit and go to work.  I just got done reading "It Starts With Food", the book by the Whole 30 guys, and it has a few quick recipes, so I figured I'd try one.  One recipe is chicken with sun dried tomatoes, I bought a jar of them forever ago for a recipe then forgot what recipe it was.  So I quick thaw some chicken breasts in hot water, then chop it up, salt and pepper it, and fry in hot ghee until done.  Then scoop it onto a plate, throw in some garlic for a minute, then add balsamic vinegar and chicken broth and deglaze the pan.  Then finally, dump in a couple spoonfuls of the sun dried tomatoes and put the chicken back in and let it all mix together.  I was also supposed to add fresh chopped basil but I was in too much of a hurry to run up to the garden and pick some so I just skipped it, shame on me...  Meanwhile I chopped some broccoli and steamed it up real fast with some ghee and herbs de provence.  It turned out great, like everything I've made lately, I've been really lucky, or I'm just good at picking recipes, haven't had a bad recipe yet thankfully!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Best Pork Chops Ever and Breakfast Apple Pie

 Had another good day here, Ari is doing so much better at school.  I don't know if it's because we're sitting at  the new desk instead of on the couch, more formal maybe, but she's really starting to get the hang of sounding out words and getting better at sight words.   We had a pretty relaxing day other than that, got to stay home, clean house, cook bunches of yummy food...  I made what we call "Apple Pie" for breakfast, I don't really know what else to call it and that sounds good to the kids.  I fried up 3 apples in ghee until they were tender, then sprinkled cinnamon liberally over them.

While they were cooking I cracked 8 eggs into the blender, added 1/2 cup or so coconut milk, about 1 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg, blended it all up and dumped it over the hot apples then put it in the preheated oven at 375 for 20 minutes.  This was so good, I usually overeat it like crazy, but since it's super healthy it's not a problem, I have issues not getting enough calories, especially doing the Whole 30, so indulging is a good thing.   I've lost 4 pounds in 4 days, while eating all I wanted, I don't want to loose any more since I'm pregnant,
but I'd gained enough extra fat the first few months I think it's okay to loose a bit.  Thankfully I've had no other side effects of eating clean, probably because I ate rather clean before starting Whole 30, just had to cut sweeteners and dairy.  It seems most people go through horrible headaches, exhaustion, and other withdrawal symptoms, I had to deal with that for about two weeks when I first went Paleo two years ago, no fun at all but after you get through it you feel awesome so it's completely worth it!  Anyways, I ate leftover Sausage and Cabbage for lunch, I think it was even better than the first time, though in keeping with my new belief that everything is better with coconut milk I mixed in a couple tablespoons while heating it up.  And a few bites of Pumpkin Pie which I made from 3 butternut squash, 1 cup coconut milk, 5 eggs, spices, and 12 ground up soaked dates for sweetener.  It was excellent!

Finally, for supper I grabbed some pork cutlets out of the fridge, mainly because it was 4 something by the time I got around to it and the package was thinnish and I figured they'd thaw out quickly.  Putting them in a sink full of hot water does the trick so well and quickly, I don't know why this is a no-no according to the USDA, I've been doing it for years and haven't died yet.  Haven't given anyone food poisoning  either.  And then a quick search for a recipe didn't find me anything great looking, it was either the same ol same ol recipes, or took hours to cook.  So I kinda improvised on one recipe I found, again, wanting to do something with coconut milk, I salted and peppered the cutlets, browned them in skillet, then added pineapple juice and let them cook for a few minutes, then removed them and dumped in half a can of coconut milk and let that cook down a bit, then put the meat back in and added a can of mushrooms.  It would have been nice if I'd had fresh mushrooms or more than one can, but that's all I had.  This ended up being the best pork chop dish I've made so far, they were ridiculously flavorful and tender.  I quick steamed up some broccoli to go with it, and the sauce went with the broccoli very well, made boring ol broccoli into something delish!

Breakfast Apple Pie
3 large apples
2 tbs ghee or butter or coconut oil
8-10 eggs
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 375.  Fry sliced apples in oil.  Meanwhile put the other ingredients into blender and blend until frothy.  Dump egg mixture over hot apples and place into oven for 20 minutes or until done.

Butternut Squash Pie
2-3 Butternut squashes, cooked
1 cup coconut milk
5 eggs, or just the yolks if you have something to do with the whites
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
12 or so dates, soaked in hot water for a few minutes
Preheat oven to 350.  Throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth, taste it and add more dates if you think it needs it, or stevia, or honey.  Dump into pie dish and put in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until done, depending on how deep your pie dish is, mine was too deep and it took about an hour.

Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Coconut Milk
4 boneless pork chops
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
3/4 cup pineapple juice
3/4 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons ghee, butter, or coconut oil
8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms, or canned
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper, and arrange in a single layer in pan. Pan-fry for 2 minutes on each side to brown. Pour in pineapple juice, and continue cooking for 6 minutes. Remove chops from pan.
Pour coconut milk into the skillet, and then add mushrooms. Increase heat to high; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Return chops to pan to warm.  Chow down!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Fun Day and Yummiest Lunch Ever

While having absolutely nothing to do with this post, my kid is adorable,
even when he's trying to shoot me :)  And no, I haven't been sending my
kids to fight club, he climbed up on a box and fell off and smacked his eye.

We had a fun day today, the kids decided that we needed to have a picnic, but I hadn't had time to make any "picnic" foods, so we went through the frig and grabbed some leftovers and a few bananas.  But first we had to sell milk and go to the gym and do some shopping.  So I worked out, the kids watched TV in the kids area, they have a great play area, but my silly TV deprived kids just think that stupid screen is the best thing in the world...  Oh well, they'll grow out of it, they had better :)  Then we did some running, by the health food store to pick up some Sea Snax, since I use sea salt I've been thinking I needed to eat some sort of sea vegetable to get iodine, and I noticed these were Whole 30 legal, so I grabbed a couple packs of the Toasty Onion.  And they are actually super yummy!  My kids even liked them, surprise, surprise.
While they were kinda pricy at 2.29 for .65oz, they're super nutritious and I figure since we don't spend any money on snacks and junk food, this is okay.  Then we ran by the grocery store to pick up some "light" olive oil.  I'd like to make some healthy mayonnaise and tried once before with extra virgin olive oil and I had to throw it out...  I hear this recipe is super delicious and it'd be nice to have on hand to make my own Ranch, something that's hard to live without in my house.  And then finally, to the park!!!  My kids beg to go to the park constantly, but we rarely do, I'm always ready to go home after being in town and don't want to be away any longer than necessary.  But since they brought a picnic I really didn't have a choice.  Our picnic consisted of leftover Faux Pumpkin Pie made out of butternut squash, leftover fried apples, 3 boiled eggs, bananas, and our new Sea Snax.  All it all it was a pretty good picnic, the kids got to play in the river, well, the puddles in the river bed, and had a blast exploring among all the weeds that have grown up 6 feet tall in the river bed.  There hasn't been a river there all year because of the drought, pretty sad.  Ender had fallen asleep on the way there and slept through it all, poor boy.  I had the kindle book Public Schools, Public Menace on my Iphone as it was free a while ago, so I sat in the grass and read it while they played.  I only got a bit into it but he has some good points, not that he has to convince me about the horror that is public school, but it definitely has some convincing arguments.   I'd recommend reading it, though not for 18.00 as it is now.  So then we headed home, of course by now I was starving as it was 2:00 and I'm always hungry after working out, I didn't end up with much of the "picnic" as the kids consumed most of it.

So I looked for a quick and healthy lunch, there was a bunch of green beans in the refrigerator that had been there a while and needed to be eaten, plus a chicken breast with the same story.  I have never liked green beans as I have never found a great recipe for them.  Mom can make good green beans, but I fail every time.  So I googled "whole 30 green beans" in hopes of finding an awesome recipe.  And I did!!!    I think I'm in love with this blog as well as Everyday Paleo, they both just have such amazing delicious recipes.  These were so good, incredibly good, like I ate three times what I was planning to eat.  I knew I needed protein as well, but didn't have much time as I forgot to get around to cooking the chicken until the green beans were done, so I took the chicken breast, ripped the bones out, slapped it between two of those sweet thin plastic cutting boards, and beat it to death with my meat tenderizer hammer.  Then I sprinkled it with salt and pepper and threw it in an iron skillet with a couple tablespoons coconut oil, as thin as it was it only took about 5-6 minutes to cook, and was perfect to go along with the beans.  I think I'm going to make everything with a coconut milk sauce from now on, the last two days I've cooked with coconut milk and it's just absolutely to die for.   I almost licked the plate, now I have another quick and easy and delicious recipe to fall back on when I'm pulling my hair out trying to find something to cook...  Well, I guess it will only work if I have chicken dethawed and green beans available.  Hmm, maybe I need to run back up to the farm and buy a bunch more green beans and freeze them.  Previously I was like green beans, meh, who needs them, now I'm like green beans, I need my green beans, gimme some green beans, can't run out of green beans.  Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but it'd sure be nice to have some on hand.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Building projects and a couple recipes

Well, I've been busy lately and not been posting...  I'm still stuck in the organizing and decluttering mood, which is great, I'm getting so much done, and my sweet husband hasn't complained a bit about all the new things I want him to build and the money I've been spending.  He got the school desk and shelves finished and it's amazing!

Look at that bench, I just think it's the coolest ever, if I had been the designer it wouldn't have been near so attractive.  We didn't have a decent paint brush to stain it with so that'll have to happen some other time.  We had some extra 1x8's from some shelves I took down, we figured that'd make a good bench without having to spend more money on lumber.

And today he put up my new laundry room shelves, previously there was an incredibly nasty old cabinet with only one shelf, now I have two and they are shiny and bright.  I just wish I'd had the time and energy and paint to get the room painted, oh well, task for another day, or never (more likely).  I went to Lowes a few days ago and bought wire shelves to redo our closet, I can't wait!  It's going to be like living in a new house, I'm going from basically no storage space to more storage space than I know what to do with.  And, considering all the throwing away I've done, I actually don't have that much to store anymore!  Yay!!!

I've also decided to clean up my life in addition to my house, I started a Whole 30 three days ago, not long I know, but considering that I've thought about doing one for years and never had the guts to try, even three days is pretty awesome.  My diet has been pretty good for the last couple months, but no where near perfect, and in the last few weeks it had disintegrated further and the scale was showing it.  I really, really, really do not want to gain #60 again this pregnancy, I refuse to!  But the good thing is that means I get to find lots of delicious new recipes, which I love to do, and then I get to share them with you.  Today I made Sausage and Cabbage with Fried Apples for lunch. Okay, that sounds weird, the fried apples are separate from the sausage and cabbage, I don't think they wouldn't be quite so good mixed.  They were good though, and the fried apples were a nice treat.  Then I made Zucchini Spaghetti in Creamy Tomato Sauce for supper, and it was awesome!!!  I highly recommend trying out the recipe sooner than later, Chris said it needed to go on my "regular" cooking menu.  Not that I have a cooking menu plan, something I need to remedy.  I of course forgot to take pictures, dang it!  I need to strap that camera around my neck whenever I start cooking, I don't know why I can't remember it...  Oh well, there are of course gorgeous pictures on the blog I linked to, oh, and I highly recommend buying her cookbook, or at least bookmarking the page Everyday Paleo, she has amazing recipes that are always easy and delicious.  My sister bought her first recipe book and I kinda wish I would buy her other one, but it'll never happen, the internet is so much easier and cookbooks take up precious cupboard space.

Oh, speaking of cupboards, I almost forgot, I did a little project today as well.  Previously the bowls just sat on top of the plates, kind of a pain.  This is so much better!  I've read about 10 different organization books in the past month and each one gives me new ideas, most of which are costly and unfeasible, but every once in a while I get a good one that I can use immediately.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Decluttering, an embarrassing post.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I'm in a decluttering phase of life, a good stage to be in I think.  A couple days ago when this got started, I ordered three books from the library on organization, I got them today and lay down on the couch at quiet time to read one.  So I started reading, got inspired, got my butt up and went to work!  I started with the linen closets, which if you know me at all you know they are an overfull mess of unfolded stuffed in there sheets that fall out when you open the door.
Towel closet

I forgot to take a before pic but here are the after pics, there were two garbage bags full.  At least 30 pillow cases, probably 20+ sheets, a few blankets, and other oddments.

Linen Closet extras

I haven't had a queen size bed in 5 years, I just now got rid of the queen size sheets.  And who needs 40 pillow cases?  To be fair, these were all given me a year or so ago, I just never passed them on to the thrift store like I should have the day after they were given to me.  I ended up keeping like 10, don't know why, I guess it is nice to have extras, the kids do like to play sack races with them sometimes.
Clothes shelves before, I told you it was embarrassing...
Then I moved on to the master closet and the rest of our clothes, I got rid of the chest of drawers years ago and put up a shelf system.  This fixed the problem of me just stacking clothes on top of the chest of drawers, I assumed that I could at least stack them semi-neatly on the shelves more easily.  But no, they'd end up a mess there as well, husband would always need the bottom pair of jeans of the stack and mess up the rest of the stack, and then I'd just throw the clean folded ones on top of the messed up stack and make it worse.  Problem is too much clothes, of course.  

Clothes shelves after, much better!

Not that I can any where near place all the blame on him, but my husband's pretty much only flaw is that he doesn't like to get rid of anything.  He's ridiculously sentimental I guess, or something, personally I think having 25 t-shirts is too many, and that's undershirt quality t-shirts, not nice ones...  Anyways, so since I wanted to get rid of something, I got rid of most all my crappy around the house work t-shirts, I'll wear his instead!  Then I went through and organized everything, put away my "skinny" clothes and summer clothes.  But to keep harping on my husband, not that I should, the bottom shelf and half of the next shelf are his clothes.  I have a tiny stack of shorts, one of pants, and one of jammies.  He's got five of pants and one of shorts.  I do laundry every day, who needs 5 pairs of jeans and 6 pairs of khaki's?  Especially when he has only 4 pairs of work pants and manages with that working 5-6 days a week!  AHHHHHH, okay, I'll stop, I need to stop, I have the best husband in the world, and I have wayyyyyy more flaws than he does, it's just so much easier to harp on someone else than yourself...

I didn't take a "before" shot of the closet, it was pretty stuffed, here's the "after", all the coat hangers on the left were in use before, woohoo!!!

After a partial culling 

Then I got started in the kids room, we built shelves covering three walls quite a while ago to house our massive book collection and Chris's massive junk collection.  Okay, that's not nice, his massive "collectibles" collection.  I hoard books, that's as bad, maybe, no actually, it's not, I refuse to say that, at least I read the books, the stupid junk just collects dust and is ignored.  But then I don't really read the books, most of these are only good enough for a one time read, so "out the window go the books, out the window go the books", I doubt any of you will get the reference, most of you won't have seen Paint Your Wagons, but you should, you definitely should!  My car is again stuffed to the gills, well, just stuffed with stuff to go to the thrift store.  Five black garbage bags full, and 6 boxes of books, so far, I ran out of boxes and energy so the rest will have to wait for another time.  That poor room needs massive organization, to throw three kids and their stuff into a room already full of books and junk... Bad idea, but really we didn't have any other options.  Oh for a larger house!!!  Well, it'll sure seem larger when I get done, I just have to pray my energy and drive holds out until then, I can't stop halfway there!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Banana Walnut Muffins, Grain Free Sandwich Bread, and more Butternut Squash!

We basically eat pancakes or waffles every morning, I love to make a big batch and eat them over the next few days, but sometimes I want something new.  I had several over ripe bananas so I decided to make muffins.  I'm also tired of never having anything to take as a snack in town, then I have to deal with constant whining "I'm hungry" every time we're stuck in town.  So I hit the computer this morning and found a recipe that sounded good, Paleo Banana Walnut Muffins.  The batch made 18 muffins, I'll probably double it next time, my kids can go through that in a day.  They were awesome with a dab of homemade butter, there were only five left after breakfast and snacking before lunch.

We managed to get a bit of school work done today before I ran out of patience, neither child was cooperating very well, actually all three of them were uncooperative.  So I kicked them outside and went back to decluttering, I spent the entire evening yesterday getting rid of stuff after flipping out over a messy house.  At least flipping out turned into something useful :)   I got one garbage bag full of clothes gone, a box of shoes, a changing table that I've had for 6 years and never used for anything other than to pile stuff on, even our TV and VCR!!!  We would pull that stupid thing, 19" 15 year old thing, out of the closet about once a year to watch a movie, totally not worth the space.  If we want to watch something we have the computer, of course that means my poor husband can't watch any of his VHS's, not that he does that anyway, like I said, maybe once a year.  Anyways, I went back to finding stuff to clear out and get rid of, I'm on a mission to build a school area, I want some sort of a kids desk with lots of shelves.  I've got somewhat of a picture in mind but am not sure where to start, I guess I need to take some measurements and head to Lowes.   I managed to clear out a corner in our back room, this is a super duper multipurpose room, it's got my 4x8' fabric cutting table plus a massive amount of fabric, the crib, probably 100' of loaded bookshelves, and the master closet with all our clothes.  I neglected to mention this is the master bedroom that I moved us out of several years ago into a tiny room so I could put the big room to use...  I need more room, badly!!!  Oh well, I just have to declutter some more, and some more, and some more.  And then organize!  Not my strong points at all, I love throwing stuff away, but then I get in trouble, since my husband likes his stuff, and so do my kids.  I was carrying out a kiddo chair thing to stick it in the car to go to the thrift store and massive amounts of tears erupted, I finally said they could take it to their tree house, where it will get ruined and then eventually I'll burn it, probably when they go off to college...  Oh well, at least it's out of my house.   Then it was time to cook lunch.  Have you ever noticed your life is broken up into "wake up, clean house, cook food, clean house, cook food, clean house, cook food, clean house, go to bed"?
That pretty much seems like my life, I need a slave, one of these days I'm getting a slave...  Okay, technically not a slave, but maid/housekeeper/cook /nanny/masseuse/hairdresser.  Anyone want to apply?  I think my husband needs a 2nd wife, the mail order type that's used to working hard for little to nothing.  Anyways, that was me off on another tangent, happens quite a bit around here if you haven't noticed.  I made some more super delicious Butternut Squash Cakes for lunch, I doubled the batch this time so there will be some leftovers for supper.  Then I made a loaf of Grain Free Sandwich Bread, which didn't turn out as nice as hers but was definitely edible.

I also put my last butternut squash in the oven with the bread so I could make it into a Faux-Pumpkin Pie later, I'm now in love with butternut squash, it's just so versatile, I've got to go get a bunch more and find more yummy recipes.

Then I decided since the kids are in their room for quiet time, I get dessert! Some blueberry ice cream that I made yesterday, and no I'm not going to eat it all, that's just what I scraped all the leftovers out of the ice cream maker into.  Well, I "might" not eat the whole bowl, we'll see.  This froze much better than the previous ice cream, the addition of frozen blueberries gave it that extra chill to freeze somewhat firm.  I did forget to put eggs in it, that's frustrating, I love putting raw eggs in ice cream for that wonderful added boost of nutrition.  It also makes it creamier.

Now after all that cooking my kitchen needs cleaning, you can see all the clutter in the background of my pictures, unless you were too nice to notice.  But heck with that, I'm going to go chill on the couch and read for a bit and maybe take a nap, then I'll clean later.  Procrastination for the win!  Or loss...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Grain Free Tortillas, Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream, and Home Schooling

Picture from Nourished and Nurtured
I was perusing the internet, as I do more than I should each day, I've got to put a limit on myself, someday... But I did find a neat blog with some great recipes, Nourished and Nurtured.  I made her tortilla recipe for lunch and made quesadillas with cheese and tomatoes, and guacamole on the side.  They turned out so super yummy!  I loved the addition of cumin, dried onions, and garlic to the batter, that just did the trick, else I'm afraid they wouldn't have been so good, but then who knows, I bet they'd be great with some cream cheese and fruit for a treat.  Frying them in butter also helped, pretty much you can fry anything in butter and it's going to be good.  Of course, as usual, we ate them all before I got around to taking a pic, they were just too dang good!  Even Chris liked them, which is saying something, he's kinda iffy about my weirder grain free baking.  So I guess that means this isn't too weird.

What her's looks like 
Lately I've been reading how ice cream has basically the same macronutrient ratios as breast milk, great excuse to make ice cream, not that I need an excuse.  And I still had two gallons of milk in the frig from last Wednesday that needed to be used, so I skimmed the cream for ice cream, and turned the rest into Mozzarella.  Skim milk mozz isn't as good as whole milk, but I figure with pesto it'll still be good.  Other option was to feed it to the chickens, but this way we get cheese and the chickens get the whey, so everyone/thing wins.  The tortilla recipe called for egg whites, so I used just the yolks in the ice cream, which made it so super awesomely rich.  I did about 3 cups cream, 1 cup milk, 6 egg yolks, two tablespoons raw sugar, I should have used honey but there's just a little bit left in the bottom of a one gallon jug and it's a pain to dig out.  Plus a touch of stevia, vanilla, and peppermint flavoring.  Oh holy cow it's good!  Maybe not near as pretty as hers, but it's certainly edible :)

What mine looks like...
I don't know how people get their ice cream to freeze so nicely...  My ice cream maker is awesome, but it pretty much is always ice cream soup.  Maybe because I overfill it every time, the silly thing only holds 1 quart, which isn't near enough!

On the kid/homeschooling side of life, also on Nourished and Nurtured, she has some homeschooling recommendations, one of which is a great, and free, phonics resource Progressive Phonics.  You can print phonics learning material for all different levels, and they are fun and entertaining, not the typical "bore you out of your mind" phonics readers.  I printed off the first intermediate book for Ari and we did the first several pages, Tell sat with us and picked up some as well.  He's really picking reading up fast, better than Ari that's for sure, thankfully, if I had to fight as hard with him as I do with her I think I would give up.  We're working through the same book, Phonics Pathways, with both of them, Tell is doing 2-3 pages a day and I have to fight to get through one with Ari, I'm hoping when he catches up to her maybe she'll start feeling the competition and straighten out.   If anyone has any great home school recommendations I'd love to hear them, right now we're doing The Well Trained Mind and whatever they recommend, I'm liking that style of teaching, at least what I've read so far.  Since we're just in K/1st and preschool right now it's pretty simple, I know it's going to get harder and I'm not looking forwards to it :)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Butternut Squash Cakes, Honey Ginger Apple Shredded Pork, and Butternut Squash Pie

The garden up the road has bunches of butternut squash, something I've heard is wonderful, but never used before.  I need to figure it out though as I know they store really well and would be awesome to store for use in the winter.  It looks like it can be used for delicious soups, savory dishes, as well as in place of pumpkin for pies.  It pretty much sounds like the best all around vegetable out there!  Sweet as well as savory, can't beat it.  I just wish mine had made it this year, all my winter squash plants decided to die on me early on, and it was too hot to replant, or at least, I didn't... I sure wish I had...  So anyways, I'm going to make a Faux-pumpkin pie out of one or two of them here today or tomorrow, but for now, I'm making Butternut Squash Cakes for lunch!  Cooking is super pleasant right now, the lovely cool front made it actually cold in my kitchen, I can cook without sweating.  Usually it's over 90 in the kitchen, today it's in the 70's.  Plus the Pork Roast is in the crock pot, I started it a couple hours ago, and it smells delicious!   The squash cakes used up 1/2 of a butternut squash, though it only made 8 patties so I'll probably double it next time.  Here's the recipe, I used a potato peeler on the squash and it worked well, and then a hand grater, it worked quite well, though it you're doubling it it might be nice to use a food processor.

They are delicious, I ate three with sour cream on top, I wish I had some sort of a curry to eat with them, but I don't have time or energy to make any, I'll plan better next time.  A lentil curry sounds really good, or my Paneer Masala that I thought I'd posted before but don't see on here so I guess I'll have to post soon, if you desperately want the recipe email me, it's to die for.

Frozen roast with lots of yummy stuff
Finding new pork recipes is now my goal in life, we have so much in the freezer and it's not something I've cooked much in the past, and I certainly love hunting for recipes.  I found this one recently and put it on my to-do list.  I love my crock-pot but have to remember to get cooking early so it's done by supper time.  I did manage that this morning, it's so nice to have yummy smells permeating the house all day long, and to not have to stress about supper come supper time.  I even had all the ingredients, which means it's simple!   I of course didn't remember to get this out of the freezer ahead of time, so I googled "frozen roast in crockpot" and came up with bunches of people saying they did it all the time, and a couple saying that the USDA says "no, you'll die if you do that".  Since I say screw the USDA, they don't know what they're talking about 90% of the time, I put it in frozen.  If I die in the next few days you'll know I was majorly wrong and please pre-thaw your roasts.  I did put it on high until it seemed completely thawed, which took about two hours, then put it on low for another 8.  Though actually, that'll be 9:00 at night so hopefully it's done well before then.  Dang it, I guess I didn't get started early enough...  I'm thinking that maybe I could put everything in the pot the night before and put it in the frig, then just stick the pot on to cook first thing in the morning, though that'd require quite a bit more forethought than I'm usually capable of, I'll let you know if it ever happens.   Oh, I also wanted to add, for those of you who like ginger but never can keep fresh on hand because it goes bad before you need it.  That's what always happened to me, until I had a brilliant thought (make note of it, doesn't happen often), now when I buy a ginger root, I throw the whole thing into the freezer, then pull it out and slice off what I need when I need it.  It only takes a couple minutes out of the freezer to soften enough to cut, and it's super easy to scrape off what you need.  This way one big ginger root will last me 6 months to a year and I always have it when I want to whip up something yummy.

Then I decided to go ahead and make butternut squash pie, why not, I had the other half that was leftover from the cakes so I put that plus another squash, chopped in half and deseeded, in the oven for 45 minutes to cook.  Then I scraped the meat out of the skin into the blender, threw in 5 eggs, 4 ladlefulls of cream (I'm guessing about 2 cups), cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, and stevia.  Blended it all up, dumped it in a 13x9 and threw it in the oven, I'm thinking 45 minutes will do it, we'll see.  I think I'll make some whipped cream to go on top, that'd just be so yummy.

Coming back to finish writing this after supper.  The pig turned out delicious and super tender, it took about 3.5 hours on high and 5 hours on low, I had to bump it back up to high at the end as we were hungry and tired of waiting.  Of course, starting out with a thawed roast will definitely shorten the cooking time, but all in all, starting with frozen and only taking about 8.5 hours isn't bad at all for a crock-pot. 

And I never got around to whipping cream for the pie, but it was delicious without it.  Maybe next time.  Hey, I just noticed all of these dishes are or can be easily dairy free!  You can put a can of coconut milk in the pie instead of cream.   Sweet!   Dairy free cooking is something that doesn't happen too often here, though I know it's important for many people.

Butternut Squash Cakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup diced onion
2 cups grated butternut squash, packed
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup garbanzo flour
3 tablespoons almond flour
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup sour cream for garnish (optional)
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds for garnish (optional)

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion; cook and stir until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Place butternut squash in a large bowl, and season with curry powder, cumin, sea salt, and black pepper. Toss with a fork, then stir in the egg, garbanzo-fava bean flour, and corn flour. Mix in cooled onions.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Scoop about 1/4 cup of the butternut squash mixture into the pan. Flatten to a patty about 1/4-inch thick. Pan fry until crisp and browned, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining squash mixture.
Top with sour cream.

Honey Ginger Apple Shredded Pork
2 lb pork shoulder roast (or any other roast you prefer)
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 apples, cored and sliced
2/3 cup beef or chicken broth OR water
1 tablespoon raw honey
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (use ground ginger if you don’t have fresh on hand)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 bay leaf

Pull out your crock pot and dust it off.
Add your broth or water, then onions, then pork, then apples then all your spices/garlic clove/and bay leaf.
Cook for 8-10 hours on low or 6-8 hours on high.
Use tongs or a fork to shred your pork.

Butternut Squash Pie
1 large or 2 small cooked butternut squashes (about 3-4 cups)
2 cups cream or 1 can coconut milk
5 or more eggs, more will make it more custardy
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
stevia or honey to taste

Blend all the ingredients until smooth, dump into 9x13 dish and bake on 350 for 45 minutes.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Oven fried okra and eggplant no-parmesan

I got around to starting supper rather late, thankfully my husband was also running late at work so it wasn't too bad.  I had tons of veggies in the frig that needed to be used, plus my bag of okra in the freezer was finally full!  So I made Eggplant Parmesan, only to find out that I was out of Parmesan, oh well, no big deal, I can manage.  I dipped the eggplant in olive oil, then in a mix of almond flour, garlic powder, dried onion flakes, Italian seasoning, and salt. I didn't measure anything, who does that anymore anyway?  Then I laid them out on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven to cook.  Then I chopped up a ton of okra, threw it in a bag with the rest of the eggplant breading, spread it out on another cookie sheet and threw it in the oven as well.

A bit of cheese?  Well, it didn't look like so much before hand...
After about 15-20 minutes, the eggplant looked done so I took it out, put a bit of tomato sauce in the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish, layered the slices in the dish, slopped some more tomato sauce on top, and sprinkled a bit of cheese to top it off.  This could easily be made dairy free, just skip the cheese, but we like cheese and haven't any dairy allergies, thankfully!  I also got out some pork chops to thaw, but I don't know if I'm going to get around to making them, probably put them in a marinade and use them tomorrow.

The okra turned out good, I got tired of waiting and it wasn't crunchy, but certainly edible!  The kids love this and eat the heck out of it.  A good thing since they are picky about the eggplant.

Picnic time!  Did we forget something.... Oh, ya, clothes!  Oh well, we don't believe in clothes here, didn't you know?  Actually, they had decided to splash in the pool and stripped for that, then of course they didn't get around to redressing, who needs clothes anyway.  God didn't make us with clothes on!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Empty the Frig and Garden Egg Frittata (Dairy Free!)

Well, today was another busy day, I have too many of those it seems, we found a piece of property that sounded too good to be true, and of course it was.  But we got to spend two hours hiking and driving around 160 acres and trying to figure out how to make it work, so that was fun at least, I got my exercise and the kids had a blast exploring.  Then I came home and weed-eated until I ran out of gas, then of course when I refilled it I couldn't get it started again, so I said  "screw it, I'm hot, tired, and covered in bits of grass, I want a shower!"  Then I sat my lazy ass down at the computer to try to come up with some new recipes, and actually found quite a few that sound great.  I've been using as it syncs with my iPhone, which is super convenient, that is, until they update it and I can't use it anymore...  Apple sucks, since it's a 3g I guess it's obsolete and 1/2 of the apps now won't work on it.  Very disappointing, especially since I got it for $10 off a moron and doubt I'll be able to get such a good deal on a newer one, and sure as heck won't be paying full price for one as I'm not a moron.  Ha, I bet I offended half my meager audience, sorry guys, but a $200+ phone that continues to cost you $80+ a month is ridiculous.  My free phone that costs me less than $10 a month works just peachy keen!  Anyways, off the soapbox, now to food, nothing offensive there, just super yummy goodness.

I still have several squash in my frig purchased from the garden up the road a couple weeks ago that really needed to be used, plus some absolutely adorable tiny eggplants that I had no idea what to do with.  Plus of course I wanted to use some of the massive amount of pig that's in the freezer, so a frittata sounded great! So I shredded a yellow squash and a zucchini and squeezed them dry and sliced up my cute little eggplants.

Then I ran out to the garden and picked what I could find, which was some bell peppers, chives, green onions, oregano, jalapeno's, and a few sad little tomatoes.  I'm short two children today which meant I could use the jalapeno's without worrying they'd complain about it being too hot.

I chopped and diced and shredded everything, threw the onions and peppers in a skillet with some coconut oil and cooked until tender.  Then dumped that all into my baking dish and cooked up the sausage real fast.  Then mixed it all together and there was barely room for the eggs, ah, I bet it'll fit.  So I put 14 eggs into the blender with 1 cup coconut milk, I also dumped in some garlic powder as I forgot to chop fresh garlic, and some Italian seasoning just for the heck of it. It did fit, though rather full, and I put it into a 350 oven for 35 minutes.  It turned out amazing, super flavorful and delicious, Chris had three bowlfuls, though he did say "not enough cheese".  Ha, there was no cheese and it didn't even need it!  Dairy free dish for the win!  And yes, I was too busy eating to take a finished picture, it's not super pretty so you're not missing much, the taste makes up for the looks :)

Umm, the recipe, umm, well, there's really not one, you can pretty much just figure it out from the above.  Oh heck, I'll try, here goes.

Veggie/Sausage Quiche
2 zucchini or yellow squash, shredded and squeezed dry
some eggplant sliced thin
2 bell peppers
1 large onion
3 jalapeno's (red ones make it pretty and aren't as hot)
1 or two tomatoes, diced
chives or green onions, chopped
1 or two pounds sausage, Italian or regular, I used 1/2 hot and 1/2 medium regular sausage
2 tbs coconut oil
14 eggs ( or whatever seems like a good amount to you)
1 cup coconut milk
garlic powder
Italian seasoning

Saute the peppers and onions and eggplant in a skillet with 1 Tbs coconut oil until tender.  Dump out into baking dish, add the other Tbs oil and cook the sausage, breaking it apart and crumbling it as you cook it, I like to take a potato masher to it.  Mix it all together in the baking dish.  Crack the eggs into a bowl or the blender, mix in coconut milk and spices.  Mix it all together and bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A super duper great day, and Zucchini Bread.

I woke up early this morning and have just had the best day, I got cows milked, kitchen cleaned, and floors swept and mopped by 9 AM.  Before you start to think I'm Miss Betsy Homemaker or something, note that this has never happened before and is unlikely to happen again.  Then while my kids cleaned their room, I got school stuff together, then we sat down and did our schoolwork.  (This is beginning to sound like a pleasant dream, it's actually not, I swear)  That went relatively smoothly, with not even a tear, again not the usual, Ari has a hate relationship going on with her Phonics book.  Then I chased the kids outside, nicely, no I'm not an abusive mother, and then I proceeded to make two batches of cheese, one of mozzarella, and one of paneer.  

Then I went out to the garden and picked a massive amount of basil, my plants are absolutely huge and beautiful.  Anyone need basil, or bell peppers?  I'd almost forgotten about the pepper plants as they've not really produced the last couple months, but I guess the cooler weather and rain has worked miracles, they were loaded.  Plus a very few little tomatoes and some okra. I get about that much okra every couple of days, not enough to eat, so I throw it into a gallon freezer bag in the freezer and when the bag is full I cook up a mess of yummy okra!  I've only had enough for about 4 batches this year, and it's so good, I'm planting 4 times as many plants next year.

And then I made a huge batch of pesto, yum!  I love fresh pesto and mozzarella, I just wish the tomato plants were bearing, I got a couple tomatoes, I can't decide whether to eat them or to save them for my husband.  He really likes pesto, cheese, and tomatoes, maybe I'll be nice and save them, I'm pretty stuffed right now with just snacking on the cheese as I was making it.  Next I got started on a double batch of zucchini bread, my kids have been wanting something special and I haven't made anything for ages, plus I've got a bunch of zucchini from the garden up the road.  I made some of it into Cheesy Surprises last night to eat with pork steak, from our freshly butchered pigs, oh super yummy goodness.  Speaking of pigs, I'm way past due for a post about them, I managed to not get around to doing it when they were alive, maybe I'll do one now that they're in the freezer.

And now, I'm worn out and I think it's nap time, though it's only 12:40, the kids are still outside playing so nicely.  I have such cooperative kids, they only come to the door occasionally to ask to be let back in and I just have to say "nope, no way, go away" and they are off again for another hour or so.  (I'm not actually that mean, or am I?)  I did give them peaches and a watermelon to eat to keep them happy, so I guess I'm not too terribly mean.

Here's the recipe for the zucchini bread, it was delicious.  Make sure to squeeze out the excess liquid, I grate it into a thin towel/piece of cloth, then wring it out as good as I could.  This is actually a double batch, so you can half it if you like.  I just had a ton of zucchini to use up.  And it's a good thing I did because we ate over half of it in basically one sitting.

Grain Free Zucchini Bread
1 cup almond flour
1 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
6 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
6 tbs honey
1 tsp vanilla
stevia if you think it needs it
2 cups or so of shredded zucchini,
with water squeezed out
1 cup or so chopped walnuts (opt.) (I forgot to add nuts, wish I had)

Grease a couple mini loaf pans, and/or some muffin tins, I don't have any mini pans and I ended up with one big loaf and 12 muffins.  Bake for 25 minutes for muffins, 35 for mini loaf, about 50 for full size loaf.

Most of it got eaten before I could remember to snap a picture.