Friday, April 18, 2014

Don't leave those leftovers in the dust



Remember that Bang Bang Shrimp I posted the other day?
Well, after all my shrimps were tossed in the delicious sauce, I still had quite a bit left over. 
So I put it in the fridge to save for later.
 The following day I used it with veggies as a side dish!
 It was super easy and tasty!




I steamed a head of cauliflower and then ran it through my food processor ( a ricer works too) and turned it into mashed "potatoes". 
Then I mixed in my leftover sauce and BOOM. 
Spicy Cauliflower mash!
Good flavors, good for you, and filling! 
Mashed cauliflower is a great starch substitute if you are looking for one and the spicy sauce is a bit healthier than the cheesy Velveeta mess that people like to dump on their veggies. 
This would be great mixed in with other goodies inside some stuffed peppers too!

Try it!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ready or Nautical



I love Nautical. It's basically my favorite thing.
I have been wearing it since 2004.
I was before the trend.





Okay maybe not before the trend...since it was popular in pretty much every decade. 
But I mean, before the current trend in THIS decade.

Unfortunately it might be sidestepping outta my closet because it's becoming a little too mainstream for me.
I was at Old Navy the other day and was overwhelmed with the Nautical stuff they had.
Once a trend hits Old Navy, it's all down hill from there in my opinion.





And these darn bracelets you can see everywhere!



How do you feel about it?
Still Love it?
Never liked it anyway?
Or has it gone the way of the Aztec drape sweater and over stayed it's welcome?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You'll thank me later




May I present to you:
Westfield Southcenter Mall
 Family Lounge Area


If you didn't know this  little piece of Heaven existed,
You are missing out.
This amazing sanctuary is located behind the food court on the 2nd floor.
Every time I have gone in there I have been surprised at how empty it is. 
It's the "Family Lounge"
Mom's, Dad's and kids are welcome.
Hopefully no creepers that come and sit to watch kids or sneak a peak of a breast feeding mother though.
Sick.
However, it is Southcenter, so I'm sure that does happen.
Okay, maybe I am changing my mind about this whole thing.
Anyway, on with my original post.
In a perfect happy world point of view here is the lounge.


Which features private rooms with comfy chairs for breastfeeding


A play area and TV for older kids & chairs for the Dads



A row of changing tables, each complete with their own sinks, mirrors and trash.
 As well as a community microwave for snacks and bottles.


Not pictured is the " Family Bathroom" which is like a Handicap Bathroom but it has more than one toilet in it. 
So you can do your business simultaneously with your kid!
Weird, but great, I am sure. 
Haven't used that amenity yet, myself. 

Check it out if you dare!
It's pretty cool.

If my paranoia scared you off, then head for the Nordstrom Lounge.
I don't think Dad's are welcome, but who am I kidding, Dad's don't change diapers!
It is just as nice and cushy( minus the play area)  but  has it's own sitting area and breastfeeding  area separate from the regular restrooms.
You can find it behind the Kids Section on the 3rd floor!

Consider yourself told.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Home makeover on a diet



This was maybe not the best idea.
I have been doing a round of HCG this last month.
( Down 16.4 lbs, yay!)
The diet happened to coincide with the hubs vacation between projects at work.
Which he planned a kitchen remodel around!

Yes!
Let's tear the house apart, stay up till 2 am night after night doing manual labor, all while totally Hangry, detoxing and hallucinating due to sugar withdrawals.
Oh and take care of a toddler somehow in  there too.
Sounds like a good time had by all.



Oh wait, that doesn't sound like enough going on at once.
Let's have the in laws come stay with us so they can help out.
( which WAS A HUGE HELP, but if you have ever had house guests, it can add a little stress having people stay with you. Family or not. It's just the way it is)

Also,I'm gonna need you to go ahead and seal the basement floor, replace the back steps, tear out and re sod the back yard, then update the downspouts and install a french drain.
Oh, and I almost forgot, put in a new back door.

Easy Peasy.

ALL ON A DIET.

If this isn't the time to eat delivery and pizza, I don't know when is. 
I don't have a functioning oven and I am washing dishes in the bathroom sink.
Might I add, our little craftsman only has ONE bathroom.
So I hope no one needs to go potty because I need to clean my spoons.


I will do a formal remodel before and after post when everything is finished but here are a few progress shots! 
( Clark was also a big help)





























Stay Posted for more updates on the renovations!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bang Bang Betches





I made this for dinner last night and it was awesome.
 I made a few changes to the original (which is HERE)
Mine is tastier in my opinion of course!
Make it!

Paleo Bang Bang Shrimp Salad



1 lb. jumbo shrimp (raw & deveined)
2 tbs. coconut flour
1 tbs. almond meal
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbs. coconut oil



sauce:
1/2 cup coconut cream
 5 tbs. chili paste
3 tbs. sriracha ( homemade style if you're hardcore Paleo)
1.5 tbs. Organic Olive Oil Mayo ( again, homemade if you're hardcore)
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tbs. raw almond butter
1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
juice of 1/2 lime


salad:
3 cups mixed greens
1/2 cucumber, sliced & quartered
2 carrots, sliced into thin ribbons
2 thinly sliced green onions
1/2 avocado chopped

salad dressing: 
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tbs. coconut aminos
1 tbs. fish sauce
3 minced garlic cloves (I used garlic paste)
pinch of palm sugar
1 tsp.  apple cider vinegar
pinch of black pepper

For salad, combine all vegetables and greens together in a large bowl. Stir dressing ingredients in a separate smaller bowl and pour over salad, tossing to coat.

For shrimp, rinse and pat them dry. Set aside. Combine flours with pepper and garlic powder in a shallow dish.

Heat coconut oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat until melted. Dredge shrimp in flour mixture and then cook in oil, 1-2 minutes a side.


For sauce, heat in a small pot until the coconut cream and almond butter are liquified and combined with other ingredients. Then toss with your cooked shrimps!

Put your dressed salad on a plate.
Put your shrimps on top of that.


Sit down and feast.