💕…12/04/89 who knew what started out as an arranged date with a single mother of 2 adorable girls would span 33+ years & counting!!
After winning a radio show contest & scoring tickets to a Christmas concert, I asked a fellow coworker to have this cute guy “ask me out” & the rest is history as they say.
As a recently divorced mom with two kids, I was pretty sure he would “pass” on me given the “baggage” around being divorced. Well, we hit it off on that date, were engaged 6 weeks later & got married early the next Spring. Our engagement picture included those two little girls as Drew was a Daddy waiting to happen!! My, how our love has expanded & grown to include more children, grand children, a fur-grandson & many new in-law children. It’s a wonderful life.
Today, Dec 4th, will always be a spectacular day for us & to be on Maui, celebrating that first date with our caboose Makenna & her hubby on Makena beach….gah! It is, most definitely,
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
Here’s to many more Mr. Drew!! 💕
Friends…if you ever doubt that beautiful things can’t be found after some dark times in your life, do NOT underestimate your what’s out there for you. Aim for the stars & expect nothing less than spectacular! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
Mahalo @oilcandrew 😘
#backporchpaleo #mauilife #lovestory
🌴 Maui ~ the recipe inspiration to be found here is bountiful!! Sharing a lil’ reel here of what hit the blog the last time we came!
huli huli chicken
snap pea salad
Wonder what all the beauty here will inspire to show up on the feed in the near future!! Are you inspired when you travel? Maybe it’s the “slowing down” that makes those creative juices flow!! Whatever it is, we’re here to be inspired, relax & chill! MAHALO MAUI!! 🌴
MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE - while we’re on our way to sipping all the tropical things you can enjoy in a cup on Maui, we thought we’d drop this cup of warm chocolatey deliciousness right here.
From everyones favorite Familia, the Garzas, at @sietefoods - their hot chocolate is the newest seasonal offering & we’re so happy to have grabbed a few packets!
Happy first day of December friends...be sure to grab a holiday bundle from Siete STAT!
🍎Paleo/GF APPLE CIDER DONUTS - in honor of GIVING TUESDAY, here’s the much anticipated recipe! Hope you all enjoy them! Now it’s your turn...give back, pay it forward, be the good...etc, you get the idea! #recipebelow #givingtuesday
Without an oven, these were the easiest recipe to finalize & share before we leave for Maui. No donut maker, no problem! You can also bake these in a mini muffin tin or a donut pan in the oven (haha, which I do NOT have the luxury of at this moment) at around 375 til golden!
1 ¼ cups @ottosnaturals cassava flour
1 ¼ tsp @legitbreadcompany baking powder
1 tsp @primalpalate Little Palate apple cinnamon blend
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
10 tbsp organic shortening
¾ c coconut sugar
¼ c maple sugar
2 eggs, room temp.
1 tsp vanilla
½ c @martinellisco apple cider
6 tbsp @fourthandheart ghee, melted & slightly cooled
½ c maple sugar
1 tsp cinnamon apple
🍎 COMBINE cassava flour, baking powder, apple cinnamon blend & salt in mixing bowl, fluff to combine & set aside
🍎 ADD shortening & sugars to a medium mixing bowl, beat with a hand mixer til well combined & fluffy
🍎 ADD eggs & vanilla & mix again to fully combine
🍎 POUR this mixture into the dry ingredients & mix well to combine
🍎 ADD batter to a plastic bag, squeezing to one corner, then snip the tip off
🍎 HEAT up DONUT MAKER as directed by manufacturer then fill cavities & bake til golden
🍎 REMOVE from donut maker to cooling rack til they are cool enough to touch
🍎 PREPARE coating by placing the ghee in a small bowl & the sugar/cinnamon in another bowl, dip/brush the donut (top only or both top & bottom) then dip in cinnamon/sugar mixture.
🍎 ENJOY every single bite!
LIME CHICKEN CHILI - with potato croutons, so yum right!? Chilly days require warmth in a bowl! Layers of flavor & loads of delish!
IP amazingness - so it’s ready in a jiffy!
get the recipe via link in our profile!
@ottosnaturals @fourthandheart @instantpotofficial @whole30
CREAMY PARMESAN BITES - for our paleo flexible & gluten free friends, it’s time for some creamy deliciousness. Because #fingerfood isn’t just for the holidays & is totally enjoyable ANYTIME!
There is some optional dairy included in the cracker recipe - found exclusively over at @foodsocial.io
Made with our PIE CRUST RECIPE or PIE CRUST MIX using grass fed butter & does have some parmesan cheese. Click over via the link in our profile & have a peek at this fun new recipe.
@primalpalate @legitbreadcompany @ottosnaturals
🥗 WINTER GRAPEFRUIT VINAIGRETTE SALAD - pink grapefruit season is a great time to make this winter salad & luscious vinaigrette! A refreshing offering that will brighten up your taste buds! Simple & so fabulous!
Grapefruit essence is also known to be an UPLIFTING fragrance! Naturally PALEO, WHOLE30, PLANT-BASED WHOLE30, VEGAN & LOW CARB
• juice of one large pink grapefruit (about ½ cup)
• 1 tsp dijon mustard
• ¼ tsp fine sea salt
• finely chopped chives
• black pepper to taste
• ¼ - ½ cup avocado oil
• salad greens
• grapefruit supremes of 1 grapefruit
• ½ an avocado, sliced as desired
• finely diced red onion, or slices
🥗 Add juice, mustard, salt, chives, black pepper & avocado oil to a large mason jar. SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!
🥗 Assemble greens, sprinkle with a bit of fine sea salt, add avocado, supremes, red onion & micro greens.
🥗 Pour that deliciousness all over the salad…EAT IT!
@whole30 @snuckfarm @pbwhole30
Pies, Pies & MORE PIES! Pretty sure you’ll find one to make your holidays delightfully DELISH!!!
Head over to @foodsocial.io & check out all our recipes there!
🥬 ROASTED PROSCIUTTO CABBAGE WEDGES - it’s how the humble cabbage gets elevated to side dish royalty & is the new, scrumptious addition to your holiday table! Family/guests won’t know how they ever lived without it! 🙌🏻
It’s one of the sides you can absolutely prep ahead of time! How wonderful is that?!
It’s Paleo, Whole30 & maybe low carb?? haha, don’t quote me on that one!
Recipe can be found exclusively over at @foodsocial.io via the link in our bio!