Steve’s PaleoGoods

So, back a few months ago, I was sent a sample pack of goodies from Steve’s Paleo Goods.

And then, I was lazy and neglected to tell you all about it. Which is bad behavior on my part. Really bad. I should totally be on an episode of “Bloggers Behaving Badly.” That was me. :(

But, I’ve mended my ways and am here to tell you all about my Steve’s PaleoGoods sample packet of yumminess!


First, let me tell you a little about Steve’s Paleo Goods. Once upon a time, Steve (hence the company name) had a regular old day job but his passion was nutrition and fitness. He met teens on his regular day job route in not the best areas and situations and eventually began inviting them to work out with him at a local park. He wanted to provide them an outlet – something to do that would keep them from potentially getting into trouble. Pretty soon, he had a pack a kids that he trained regularly and he took it one step further – by providing them nutritious food that they could eat at school. He packed them jerky, nuts, and berries. And essentially, Steve’s PaleoKit was born. Nowadays, Steve has a gym at Steve’s PaleoGoods in New Jersey and he trains quite a few young athletes, helping them to stay away from the dangers of street life. “Helping at risk youth realize their potential through fitness, nutrition and leadership skills is the driving force behind Steve’s PaleoGoods” and 15% of each purchase goes directly into Steve’s Club National Program that currently supports 30 local clubs around the country.

Pretty cool, huh? You should definitely check them out!

Anyhoo, what sort of yummies did I receive in my sample pack?

Um, hello dried strawberries! I know they are kinda all about the jerky but man, oh man, those strawberries! I seriously cried when the bag was empty. Cried. Might have even sobbed a little. No joke.

The PaleoKrunch bar was the 2nd to go. I’m not the biggest fan of coconut but I was totally a fan of this bar. It was delicious and a perfect snack with a piece of fruit (real fresh fruit since I’d already inhaled all the dried strawberries)!

Now, the PaleoKrunch Cinnamon Granola is easily one of my favorite granolas ever in the history of Paleo Granolas! Doesn’t hurt that I’m all about that cinnamon, either! I measured out a little more than ¼ cup to go into my Siggi’s and it was pretty darned tasty. Chock full of nuts and seeds, and flavored with honey and cinnamon, this granola packs a pretty good punch and really elevated my yogurt experience. More please!

I also got an Apple PaleoKit with dried apples, beef jerky, pecans and almonds. Packed that bad boy in my purse and had it as a snack when I was at a day long, slightly boring, training class for work. Hey, that kit made my day much more interesting! It was just the right amount of each to satisfy and the dried apples weren’t crisp and hard like a chip but were perfectly soft and chewy and added a great textural difference to the jerky and the nuts. I could definitely see me carrying these when my sailor and I go hiking, too. Easy to carry and all kinds of healthy nutrition in one perfect little pouch!

Now, let’s talk about the jerky. I got two small pouches of jerky – one grass fed and one not. I have to say, I preferred the grass fed to the non-grass fed. Doesn’t mean the non-grass fed wasn’t good; I just preferred the other. The texture was slightly different to me. The downside to the jerkies is that you need to make sure you have a napkin or a wet wipe available. My fingers turned a little orange from the seasonings. *Note to self – don’t eat jerky on the same day you’re wearing white.* As far as texture, the jerky was not soft but not so hard, I felt like a dog tearing into some treat. It was a little tougher than I prefer but, I’m slightly a wuss when it comes to jerky. I don’t like to fight my food! Lol! Will the texture prevent me from buying more? Nope – I’ll stick to the grass fed. :) But, I would probably just stick to the PaleoKits because I like the variety with the fruit and the nuts and there isn’t just so much jerky.

The last thing I got was a bottle of Paleo Ketchup and, to be honest, I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t tell you what it’s like. But, if it’s anything like any of Steve’s other products, it’s sure to be a winner in my book.

So, make sure you check them out!

Good Morning Muffins

Hi there!

Nope, didn’t fall off the face of the Earth. :)

And, we managed to avoid a direct hit by Joaquin and our roof only leaked a little in the storm that stuck around after Joaquin turned right. I’ll take a slightly leaky roof over a potential direct hit by a Category 4 hurricane. Yep. Much easier to deal with.

Anyhooo, I’ve got a recipe for you guys!


I normally make some oatmeal breakfast bars for the week but today, I was in the mood for muffins. Muffins just seem like the perfect fall food. And, when you pack them full of wholesome and delicious ingredients, they go from sugar bomb cupcake wannabes to a healthy part of your breakfast – just add some fruit and maybe some peanut or almond butter or pair with some Greek yogurt. Also, the muffins are perfect for grab-n-go so I can guarantee my sailor will get something for breakfast! :)


Good Morning Muffins
Cuisine: breakfast
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Serves: 12 muffins
Paired with a piece of fruit or some Greek yogurt, these wholesome muffins can be a great start to your day!
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cup oats
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • ⅓ cup blueberry Craisins (or regular, if you prefer)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (pecans or almonds would also work)
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg. lightly beaten
  • ½ cup boiling water
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 cup muffin pan with liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together the first 8 ingredients - flour through salt. Stir in oats, raisins, and Craisins.
  3. In a small bowl, mix buttermilk, coconut oil, vanilla, and egg. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in buttermilk mixture. Stir until just combined (do not over stir!). Stir in boiling water and let sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes, or until muffin springs back when touched lightly. Remove from pan immediately to wire rack and cool.
  5. Gobble them up!

These muffins are warm and tasty and very customizable. You can certainly add dates or other fruit, if you prefer. Don’t like nuts in your muffins? Leave them out. Do what makes you happy! Just make sure you don’t forget to eat breakfast. :)


Birthday weekend dinner at Harper’s Table!

So, in case you didn’t know (and that would be because I didn’t share it with you), last Tuesday was my birthday! And, because birthdays don’t celebrate very well on a Tuesday (unless you’re on vacation and we weren’t), we made plans to celebrate on Saturday! :)

We got reservations and went to dinner at Harper’s Table in Suffolk, VA. I’m all about a restaurant that sources food from local farms and Harper’s Table definitely does that with a Southern food flair.


The restaurant is in downtown Suffolk right on Main Street, surrounded by antique stores, boutique shops, and small town living.


The restaurant itself was beautifully decorated with a combination of industrial and historical decor. The canopy over the booths was vintage pine reclaimed from the old Suffolk Peanut Company warehouse.


Table decorations were simple, yet elegant. I’m a sucker for fresh flowers. :)


Their wine and cocktail list was extensive. Once I made my dinner selection, I opted for a yummy Chardonnay and my sailor ordered the Bartender – the restaurant’s take on the Manhattan.

We each ordered the Pork Belly Biscuit as a starter.


Man, words cannot even describe how good that was! And yes, I broke my diet and ate gluten and some sort of jelly/compote. It was just a little and I figured I would be okay. And, it was totally worth it!


For supper (not dinner. it was listed on the menu as “supper”), I had the boiled snapper with some charred okra, bean sprouts, and a ham broth.


My sailor got the rib eye with the “original” potato gratin.


We were also brought some house cornbread and homemade butter. Yes, you read that correctly. Home. Made. Butter.



That butter. Everything was SO good but that butter was just amazing. I really had to refrain myself from eating just the butter.

And, as if we hadn’t eaten enough already, we opted for dessert. I had perused the menu prior to our arrival and I hadn’t seen anything that I could really eat. But, she started listing the house made ice cream flavors and the words “peanut butter sorbet” caught my attention. Um, peanut butter? In an ice cream format WITHOUT dairy?! Yes, PLEASE!


My sailor opted for the Mexican coke float. With Coca-Cola from Mexico! Which means it’s made with real sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. #winning


And then, we rolled ourselves out the door because we were so full. It was so totally worth every penny. And, to be honest, we spent quite a few pennies. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t eat there on a budget. We each got a drink, a starter, a pricier supper option, and dessert. There were plenty of options that were not as pricey to choose from.

Our service was phenomenal without feeling as if we were being bombarded. We were seated a little close to some of the other tables but didn’t feel as if we were actual AT our neighbor’s table. Well, until a very loud talker arrived but I’m pretty sure we weren’t the only ones annoyed. Dude needed a volume control.

Would we go back? Most definitely! If you’re in the area, should you check it out? YES!

And now it’s your turn, my friends, to share what’s been going on in your kitchen, or what’s been going into your tummy lately!

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And make sure you head over to see what Lean Lena’s got cooking! It’s sure to be Tasty! :)

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Campfire Chili & Cornbread

Gosh, I love camping. It’s so relaxing and peaceful.


Unless, of course, you’re in a busy campground overrun by children with loads of fun things for them to do. Then, that’s a little NOT relaxing. Not saying that there’s anything wrong with that – been there, done that with the Things, THAT’S for sure – but we’re past that stage until my little thinglet (aka – grandson) is ready to go camping. Right now, we’re into peace and quiet and serenity and nature.

And all that fresh air and nature makes us hungry.

What exactly is it about being outside all day that makes a person so hungry? I mean, I get it if we’ve hiked 10 miles but when we’re just hanging out, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, the last thing I would expect to hear is a growling bear coming from inside my tummy. Just saying.

Not that I was complaining at all. Because growling tummies means we cook! (And growling is much better from a tummy than it is a REAL bear.)


And cook we did on this trip! I grilled some sausages and peppers (found some FODMAP friendly chicken sausages at Trader Joe’s that were delicious!), we cooked up a ton of bacon – including some that I wrapped around some chicken breast tenders!, we made some eggs, roasted up some sweet tater wedges in foil packets, and of course, there were s’mores (gluten free dark chocolate chip cookies + dark chocolate, thankyouverymuch). :)

But, the pièce de résistance was this chili!


I know what you’re thinking. Really? Chili? In August? Yes. Chili. Really. (ha! that totally rhymed.)

Okay, okay. Fine. I know what you’re REALLY thinking. What the heck is on TOP of that chili?! It’s cornbread. Trust me on this one. You learn to improvise when you’ve only got one pot and you don’t want to spend all day doing dishes.

I’m not going to lie – this chili has some heat. And I don’t mean from the coals. If spicy isn’t your thing, leave the jalapeño out and go easy on the chili powder.

And yes, you could totally make this at home. No outdoors needed. Just cook the chili on the stove and once you add the cornbread mix, cover and bake in the oven.

I, of course, used gluten-free cornbread mix (actually managed to find some without honey!) but you can certainly use your favorite or even make your own!


I made this to be FODMAP friendly. If you can eat onions and garlic, feel free to add some while you’re cooking the peppers!

If you can’t do dairy at all, please leave the cheddar cheese out. There’s enough flavor in the meat that you won’t miss the cheese at all!


Oh, and PS. Football season is upon us. Not much goes better with the big game than a big pot of chili that only requires a single bowl for serving and eating! :)

So, grab your Dutch oven and your family and make some memories!


Campfire Chili & Cornbread
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A delicious one pot meal - perfect for both indoor and outdoor eating and cooking. Gather the family around the fire or the dinner table and make some memories with this meal!
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced (with or without seeds)
  • 1 pound ground beef (85/15)
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chile pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile pepper (use 2 tbsp chili powder if you don't have chipotle & ancho peppers)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package cornbread mix (plus ingredients to make cornbread - I used lactose free milk)
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: sliced avocado, guacamole, sour cream, cheddar cheese
  1. Chop bacon and cook in dutch oven until some fat is rendered. Add diced green pepper and jalapeño pepper; cook for 3-4 minutes or until bacon is nearly cooked and crispy and peppers are softened. Add ground beef; crumble and cook until almost all pink is gone.
  2. Meanwhile, make cornbread mix according to package directions; stir in cheddar cheese.
  3. Add seasonings; stir to blend with beef and peppers. Cook until beef is cooked through. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes, or until tomatoes are heated through.
  4. Top with cornbread mix, cover, and cook according to cornbread package directions, approximately 20-30 minutes.
  5. Serve in bowls and top with desired toppings - avocado, guacamole, sour cream, extra cheese, etc.
If you're cooking this outside, we used a 10" pan and all we needed was 4-5 underneath and 10-12 on top. During the cooking of the bacon and the beef, there were more underneath but, once we got to the cornbread, the coals on the top outnumbered the coals underneath. It really depends on how slow you want to cook your food. If you've never cooked outside in a Dutch oven, a quick Google search of Dutch oven cooking tips, etc will afford you loads of references and ideas. :)

And now it’s your turn, my friends! Share with me, on this Tasty Tuesday, all your tasty happenings!

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Half-marathon training, week 5!

T-minus 11 weeks until the half-marathon! And I didn’t really do any running last week at all. Probably not the best way to train for a half, eh? Well, I didn’t really do any running THIS week at all either and I think it may have been the best thing for me. I know I said running would resume this week but….I managed to spend a whole LOT of time on my feet without running and sometimes, that’s what’s important.



We were still camping and hiking and we covered 7 miles today!


Today’s hike was so much more interesting than yesterday’s. We were in more of a swampy area and saw so much more wildlife. If you’re interested, you can read more about our camping trip here. :)



We had to come back from camping today. :( So, no more hiking. We did break camp and then came home and unpacked. Then, I hit up the grocery store and shopped for my new diet. So, I’m calling Monday an active rest day. We needed it after 17 miles of hiking over the weekend!


We were originally supposed to still be camping but my sailor had to go back to work. I, however, did not. I don’t take a whole lot of time off work and I was definitely going to enjoy some extra days off and get stuff done around the house. So, I mowed and did yard work all day.


I think it’s pretty interesting that I did more than 6 miles with all that mowing and stuff. You don’t really realize just how much walking you do when you’re mowing because, unless you’re push mowing multiple acres, it doesn’t seem like it’s that much. We only have a 1/3 acre! So, 17 miles over the weekend and almost 8 today. Hmm…25 miles in 4 days? Yeah, I think I’m okay without too much running.

Wednesday – CrossFit

I was still on vacation but it was time for be to get back into the box! I took care of some stuff at home and made the 4pm class. We warmed up with fun game of “catch the PVC” – picture people in a circle holding a PVC pipe. coach calls a direction (left or right) and everyone moves but leaves their PVC behind. The idea is to keep the PVCs from hitting the floor. If the PVC hits the floor, we all do burpees. Fun! Then, we did some heavy kettle bell Romanian dead lifts and some hip thrusts. Then, for strength, we worked on dead lifts. We did 3 at 60% of our 1-rep max, 3 @ 70%, 3 @ 75%, and 3 @ 85%. My lifts were 125, 150, 160, 185. We followed that with a 10 minute EMOM of more dead lifts – 4 reps at 60% of our 1-rep max each minute for 10 minutes. For the WOD, we did a 21-15-9 of evil wheels and heavy kettle bell box step ups (I used 53#). There was a 10 minute time cap. I made it to the final 9 kettle bell step ups but only finished 4 before time was called. I wasn’t about to let those things beat me so I finished the last 5. Um, side note: 53# kettle bell step ups are HEAVY!

Thursday – CrossFit

It was a super warm day! We warmed up with a 400m jog with the medicine ball and followed that with 3 rounds of 10 med ball push ups and 10 med ball squats. Then, coach had us grab a 20lb slam ball and we pushed those across the floor while maintaining a plank position – essentially, we were crawling in the plank and pushing the ball forwards, sideways, and then backwards (this one was with our feet). HOLY. HARD! That was quite a core and shoulder burner and that was just the WARM-UP! Then, we went over the KB press and the med ball clean.

The WOD was a 24-minute mash-up. In the first 8 minutes, we did 20 kettle bell presses (20 each arm) and then 40 kettle bell box step-ups. I used the 26# kettle bell. Once we were done, we could rest for the remaining time. In the 2nd 8 minutes, we did 3 rounds of 9 ring rows, 6 push-ups, and 6 kettle bell swings (3 each arm). The Rx for that round was actually muscle ups but none of us had them so we did the ring row/push-up modification. Then, the final 8 minutes was 15-12-9-6-3 of 20# med ball cleans and 26# kettle bell thrusters. That was the worst round for me. Med ball cleans are no joke and I think kettle bell thrusters are SO hard! Regular thrusters aren’t easy, either. Ugh!

Friday – CrossFit

I managed to sneak into the 5pm class. I was a little late so I didn’t get the full warm-up but I got some and I was up and down the steps at work so I felt pretty warmed up anyway. Then, we worked on handstand walks. We did some wall walk-ups, kick-ups, and shoulder touches. I actually managed to kick up and coach caught my legs and I took a few steps! Yes, on my hands!! I was pretty scared about kicking up without the wall there but once I got up, it wasn’t as scary as I had thought it would be. I really need to work on my confidence level with the whole going upside-down business.

The WOD was ALL RUNNING!!! Okay, so I was probably the only person who was happy about that. Haha! We had a 25 minute time cap and the WOD broke down like this: run 1 mile, rest 2 minutes, run 800m, rest 1 minute, run 400m backwards. My mile was 6:49, 800m was 3:20, and the 400m backwards was 3:09. Running backwards is so hard! The last time we did some backwards running, I was starting to feel really bad and I was super nauseous and light-headed but this time was so much better. My total time was 16:18.

Saturday – RUNNING!

Alright, alright, I did actually manage to get a run in this week! I knocked out 7 miles – my longest run yet!


The weather was actually pretty decent and I didn’t struggle as much as I expected. I mean, the last mile was no fun but I managed through it. I’m still waiting for that runner’s high to show back up but the miles are definitely getting easier to cover. Today’s run really helped boost my confidence with regards to the half. I mean, I know I’ll be able to do it but I don’t want to feel like I’m going to die while I’m running it. Today made me believe that it’ll be easier than I think. And, I think all the hiking and extra time I’ve spent on my feet has really helped, too. There’s more to training for a race than just running distance. Then, after my run, I spent a whole bunch more time on my feet cleaning my house. Hey, vacuuming burns calories, too!

All in all, it was a pretty successful week of fitness. I covered 34 miles with hiking, mowing & yard work, and running (including Friday’s CrossFit workout) and got 3 days of CrossFit. I’ve been rethinking my goals for this half and I’m still going to shoot for under 2 hours but I’m not going to kill myself to break 1:45. I think as long as I keep increasing my mileage each week, I’ll definitely manage the 13.1 without any problems and I know the strength I gain at CrossFit will help push me over the finish line. Now, I just need to grab my running buddy and schedule a couple run “dates” so we can get used to running together!

Talk to me:
How long does it take you to mow your yard?
Do you run/train with a group or on your own?