Tortillas and Slaw!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Remember those amazing tacos I showed you a couple weeks ago? Well many of you asked for the tortillas and coleslaw recipe that I paired them with, well without further ado! I hope you've all had a chance to make the tacos and enjoy them, and if not, it's Tuesday again which means Tacos and Margs are totally acceptable today (and everyday if you ask me!)!

Tortilla Ingredients:
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 grinds of black pepper
How to Make:
  1. In a medium sized bowl, with an electric mixer, mix together the eggs and the coconut milk until frothy. 
  2. Add the coconut flour and blend again until combined. 
  3. Add the arrowroot starch, salt and pepper and blend until batter is smooth. 
  4. Heat 2 tsp of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
  5. Using a measuring cup, scoop 1/4 cup batter. Think thin like a crepe. 
  6. Cook for about 60 seconds until the edges start to lift and the bottom is slightly brown. 
  7. Flip and cook for another 60 seconds
they don't look super delicious but they're good! 

Slaw Ingredients
  • 1/2 bag of prepared coleslaw
  • 4 radishes, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced thin 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • pinch of salt and pepper 
How to Make
  1. Mix it all together
  2. Taste and see if you need more vinegar, lime juice or salt - that's usually what I need to add
guys, this is a perfect mix of tangy and citrusy - I could eat it right out of the bowl. 

How to Change your Name.

Monday, June 22, 2015

So, you got married and now you want to change your name.

Well, first, CONGRATS! I've been married for a good month now (when this was written) and let me be the first to tell you, it's incredible. It's such an blessing to be united with another person, in a union created and blessed by God.

Well, I can honestly say, I made it through the process and have successfully changed my name. It is quite the process so I thought I would share my easy step-by-step check list with you.

1. Marriage License: Make sure to check the rules of the county where you're getting married. Some have rules that require you to get your license 24-hours before the ceremony, but then requiring you to get married within 30 days of getting the license. Head to your county court website and check the rules.

When Adam and I got our license, they gave us the option to pre-pay for a certified copy, do this! It was $30 and you're going to have to get it eventually anyways. If you wait, you have to wait to receive your "pretty" marriage license and then pay for the certified copy and wait for that. Paying for them both at the same time saves so much time.

Most government offices will not take the pretty marriage license, they require the certified copy. After the ceremony, make sure to sign all the proper signatures and then send that baby in! The quicker you submit it, the quicker you get it back.

1. Social Security Office: Once you receive your certified marriage license, go to the Social Security website and fill out the required form. You'll need proof of citizenship, aka your birth certificate or a valid passport. You need your drivers license, your certified marriage license and some patience.

I pre-filled out the form, arrived at the Social Security office 30 minutes before it opened and still waited 3 hours. My advice; you can make appointments online for your Social Security office. The appointments are usually a month in advance. Make one! When they finally opened the doors, they called for the appointments and like 4 people were able to cut the line and go in first. I didn't do this, hence the 3-hour wait.

2. DMV: When I received my paper from Social Security (the same day I went), I had to wait one day before the DMV would accept my new social security papers. So, I went to the DMV the day after the SS office. Make sure you bring the letter you receive from SS, your driver's license, your certified marriage license and I brought my passport (just in case), plus proof of your address for your drivers license. I went to the driver's license cue first. After that I moved over to the place where you change your registration and title to your car. I hope you're all reading a good book, this is a long process.

PS. You can do your voter registration at the DMV too.

Okay, so your name is officially changed! Congrats! Now it's time for all the fun stuff.

Here's a list of all things you'll want to change (maybe not right away, but soon!) Good luck!
  • Employer  - change all your info so nothing lapses. 
  • Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Bank Accounts: They require a drivers license and a certified marriage certificate 
  • Health Insurance: I got on Adam's health insurance once we got married and we had to do this 30 days after our wedding date! So get on this! They needed our certified marriage license. 
  • Southwest Rapid Rewards: This takes forever. You have to send a copy of your certified marriage license, your old rapid rewards card and your drivers license. I still haven't gotten my new card. 
  • Passport: Marriage license, drivers license and a check. 
  • Utilities - TV, Internet, Water, Electricity
  • Apartment/Lease, etc
  • US Postal Service : Do this so that is mail comes to your new name they don't send it back. 
  • Cell Phone Service: Want to spend a Saturday at Verizon? Yikes.
  • Magazine Subscriptions: Most of these can be done online.
  • Doctors: I did this as I visited the docs, no need to call ahead.
  • Email: I wanted to do this to streamline everything, but here I am a year later and I still have my old email, just in case. 
  • Social Media - girl, this is your chance to really make it Facebook official! 
Okay, you've covered most of your bases, now, go have fun! You're married!

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I'm really lucky to have such an amazing dad. Not only is he the smartest man I know, but he's loving, encouraging, forgiving (when you've had 3 car accidents before you're 20, forgiveness is huge), hilarious, witty ect... Yes, I could go on about my dad forever.
But, this post is dedicated to my dad, the man who loved me first. Thanks for teaching me so many things, thanks for being there when I didn't deserve it. Thank you for loving me when it was hard. Thank you for giving beyond measure and for being my dad. You're the greatest one out there and I'm so lucky you're mine.
Remember like 4 seconds ago when I told you he was the smartest man? I wish I could write out everything he's taught me over the last 28, but that would take me forever. So, here are the top 12 things my dad has taught me.
  1. Work harder than everyone else. 
  2. You can sleep when you're dead. 
  3. Get ski lessons when you're not good (really wishing I listened to this one)
  4. Save your money. 
  5. How you react to the things that happen to you in your life is a great reflection of who you are as a person. 
  6. Pray constantly, go to church, love God and know God. 
  7. Sometimes it's okay to stay up until 4am with your friends, just remember the next day is going to be a long one. 
  8. Some decisions have a bigger effect on your life than you realize. Think things through. 
  9. Everything in moderation. 
  10. Be grateful, say thank you.
  11. Laugh. 
  12. Love what you do, like is too short

And, I cannot forget the other dads in my life! My brother is currently celebrating his first father's day! Watching my older brother become a dad was such a cool experience. He's 9 years older than me, so I've always looked up to my brother. Now.. he's a dad and will have someone looking up to him for the rest of his life. My brother is such a good dad, my nephew is so lucky to have him. 

Also, this year, I gained a father-in-law and a really great father-in-law. I really lucked out when I married Adam. Not only did I gain an amazing husband,  but I married into such a wonderful family. Since day one, they took me in as their own daughter.  My father-in-law is such a wonderful dad. He raised 5 amazing kids and continues to be such a great blessing in my life.

I'm so lucky to have all these amazing dads in my life that I get to celebrate today and everyday. Make sure you tell your dad you love him today, it's important (another lesson from dad).

TBT: 06.14.15

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Huge news: My best friend got engaged! These two love birds have been dating for 9 years and are engaged! They are currently vacationing in Europe and Matt proposed under the Eiffel Tower, go Matt! Coti and I have been best friends since we were 13 years old, and here we are at 28 (eek) watching each other get married! Coti was my maid of honor in my wedding and made my whole experience so wonderful. She threw me an incredible shower, an amazing bachelorette party and throughout the entire process made me feel like the most special bride on the planet. And now, it's her turn and I am so excited. Coti is the most self-less person I've ever known and she deserves to have all the focus, celebration and joy on her throughout this process.  I am so glad it's her turn and I cannot wait to celebrate her!
Coti and Matt, Congrats on finding each other! You two are the perfect match and I couldn't be happier that you two are engaged. God perfectly designed you two for each other and it's been so fun to watch you two grow together. I cannot wait for this process, your wedding and your new life together! You two deserve all the love and happiness in the world. You're getting married, lets do this!! 

PS remember when I said we've been best friends since we were 13? Well, pictures weren't digital that far back, so the oldest picture I have on my computer is from Coti's 16h Birthday - it's a picture of a picture.

RHOC: They declared a ceasefire...again.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I have a feeling this season is not going to disappoint. From marriage counseling, to Lizzie returning (why??) to Vicki and Tamra calling a ceasefire for like the 15th time. One of the funniest things is that the housewives write blogs after the episode is aired. They're hilarious - these are some of my favorite parts from Monday nights episode/blogs.

Shannon: "The tombstone exercise was surreal for me. We were asked to compose a eulogy that we hoped our spouse would say at our own funeral." This is unreal. I support Shannon's attempt to make her marriage work, but writing your own eulogy. I can't.

Heather: "They produce some of the best wines in California! Knowing my love of all things bubbles, we have often talked about partnering up to create a sparkling wine together. Well, we finally did it! We called it COLLETTE." Guys, Heather is my spirit child, she created a sparkling wine. Life Goals. 

Meghan: "However, I was a bit shocked to learn that Brooks is in the midst of his chemo and is going to Mexico. Some kind of physical strength he must have to be able to do that. Maybe it's from all his holistic juicing and vitamin "cancer cures". Remember when I said last week that I wasn't going to talk about Brooks... I'm still not going to, I'm just going to let Meghan do the talking. 

Meghan: "I find out later that they were joking but I think it's disgusting to talk 'potty mouth' over a meal. Now I know Tamra and I look back at my face and see such an innocent and shocked person, but I know now Tamra is simply full of 'potty mouth'" Looks like we have a mini-Heather on our hands. 

Vicki: "It was great finally getting to sit down and quietly talk to Tamra in my grotto – alone and without anyone else there to influence us." When I fight with a friend, I got to my grotto too. Cue, the 15th ceasefire in 10 seasons of RHOC. This is the most tumultuous relationship I've ever seen.

Lizzie: "I am a friend this season and I will be blogging about the episodes that I'm in." Thank heavens. Hopefully not all of them.

I cannot lie, Tamra bored me which is why I have no quotes from her, maybe next week. Until next time!

Friday Favorites!

Friday, June 12, 2015

I haven't done a full-blown Friday Favorites in a long time. They're one of my favorite blogs to write. One of the best parts about blogging is gathering inspiration from other writers and there are so many amazing bloggers out there. Plus the internet is full of some crazy things and I love sharing those things with all of you. Happy Friday everyone, let's make it great.

Real Housewives of Orange County!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Real Housewives of Orange County is back and I'm so pumped. You all know my love of TV, so is must come as no surprise that I love anything and everything Bravo has to offer. Well, RHOC is in it's 10th season and the first episode did not disappoint. I used to do a Bachelor-recap, and I just don't think I want to do that again. Plus, this season is desperately boring. I thought that I would share my moments, thoughts, ideas from episode 1 of RHOC, oh and if you're not watching.. get on board
  1. The new taglines are hilarious. But, Shannon -- lemons are not your thing, lemons are Yolanda's thing. Get a new tagline. 
  2. Heather's house, holy moly. 
  3. Brooks moved in to Vicki's house, will she ever learn. She may be the OG, but she's dumb. 
  4. 5 boob jobs. 
  5. Vicki, Brooks and cancer. That's all I'm going to say about that for now. 
  6. David had an affair!! I feel bad for Shannon. I'm not totally surprised. That explains a lot from last season. 
  7. I have two and a half bathrooms in my apartment and I thought I was living large. I was wrong, Heather is... see #2. 
  8. Is it just me or does Tamra's daughter in law look just like her? 
  9. I don't understand the fascination with Lynn, the housewife from like 4 seasons ago. If I were Vicki, I'd be snoring. 
  10. Tamra's haircut is killing it. 
  11. Why do they always bring on the one boring housewife? We all know she'll have very little story line and be gone by next season. See: Alexis & Lizzie from past seasons. 
  12. Oh, and hey Tamra no-one feels bad for you, you kinda dug your own grave. 
That's all for now. What are your thoughts on the new season? Excited, bored? Should I go back to Bachelor recaps? 

Justin Bieber Carpool Karaoke

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Guys, this is huge and might cause some controversy, but I love Justin Bieber. Now, don't get me wrong, I didn't used to like J.Biebs, but this little clip has changed my mind.

I get it, Justin Bieber is hated by like most of the world and for some good reasons. He broke poor little Selena Gomez's heart, he's had like 3 DUI's (that might be an exaggeration), he's egged peoples houses, punched paparazzi (I support this), flown on and trashed a private jet and done like a whole bunch of other crazy stupid stuff...but hey, he's 21 and just being a kid. And now he's gone and done carpool karaoke with James Corden (who is sooo hilarious) and in my little mind, Justin Bieber has semi-redeemed himself.

I hope you all are having a Wonderful Wednesday and I hope you enjoy this video. It's the best!

Happy One Month!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Today is such a fun post for me to write. One month ago today, I got married!! I know I've said many times that "this post" is my favorite or "this one" is, but seriously, this post is my most favorite, not just to write, but to share and to re-live and re-read again and again.

Warning: This is a LONG post with lots of details and pictures, but I promise it's a good one. May 9, 2015, I got to marry the love of my life. But before we get there... let's back up.

Wedding week started Tuesday, May 6, 2015. I flew into Scottsdale and the week started with a bang. Mani/pedis with mom, errands, hair appointments, dress fittings and lots of champagne and celebrating. This whole experience was so wonderful because I got to plan so much of it with my mom. She's the one who did all the leg work with me, running around town like chickens with our heads cut off. It was so fun getting to do all these last minute details with her. Adam flew Wednesday night and we toasted with celebratory drinks with my parents. This was the last time it would just be the four of us!

Thursday is when wedding week got into full swing. Bridesmaids and groomsman were flying in from all over the county; Nebraska, California, New Orleans, Boston and from all over Phoenix. Thursday night we spray tanned together, drank champs together and prepared for the weekend. Friday morning was the rehearsal at our venue, bridesmaids brunch and the rehearsal dinner. Our rehearsal dinner was thrown my Adams parent's and it was absolutely stunning. It was such a great time to sit down with our close friends and family and prepare for the wedding day. Adam and I are so lucky to have such amazing friends and family. They toasted us, roasted us and celebrated with us. It was such a wonderful night, one I won't soon forget. That night ended with me heading home with my parents and Adam heading home with his. We said goodbye, knowing the next time we saw each other would be right before the wedding!
Rehearsal Dinner

my sweet and gorgeous mama

May 9, 2015. The morning started bright and early with all the bridesmaids coming to my parents house for hair, makeup, lunch, champs and sooo many pictures. That morning was one I wish I could do over and over. I was so calm, I felt so relaxed. I had such a peace going into our wedding day. I knew that I was walking into my future with the man of my dreams and nothing about that scared me or made me nervous. I was excited, happy and ready for the day to begin! The whole morning went so fast and all of a sudden my mom was helping me into my dress and I was off to the venue for our first look. Here is where the ultimate debate began - to have a first look or not. We decided on a first look because ultimately we wanted to have more time to spend at our cocktail hour and with our guests. I'm honestly really glad we did, it gave us a moment to really see each other before and our photographers did the best job giving us a super private moment.
our first look, I'll never forget seeing Adam

After our first look, I did a first look with my dad which was really special. He hadn't been there when I was getting ready and hadn't seen my dress yet. It was another great moment to have some time with my dad.
my handsome and generous dad

After that it was picture after picture with our wedding party. Adam and I had a huge wedding party, 13 on each side. Yes, I know, that's a lot, but we're both so lucky to have great friends and great family to stand beside us. We took a ton of wonderful pictures that I can't stop looking at. To our wedding party; thank you for being there for us on this day. Having you all there was so important to us we are so grateful for all of you. After wedding party and family photos, it was time to take our places, the wedding was about to start!
I mean, how beautiful are my bridesmaids. 
the best wedding party ever.  
 my beautiful family
 my beautiful new family

The wedding was such a blur, it went so fast. First, I'm walking down the aisle with my dad and before I knew it, they announced us husband and wife and we were back down the aisle! Our Pastor was my Pastor from the time I was three years old. He was there when I was baptized, he confirmed me and now he married Adam and I. He did a really special job of tailoring our wedding ceremony to us, it was perfect.
our first kiss, we're Mr. and Mrs! 

After the ceremony was over, we took some more photos, signed our marriage license and were off to cocktail hour and reception. Cocktail hour was so fun. I loved getting to spend time with our guests, chatting, catching up and enjoying the day.
Me, Adam, Coti and Ryan cheersing to being official; the marriage license is signed! 

The ceremony was so wonderful. Again, Adam and I are so lucky to have our friends and family. I had two Maids of Honor and their toasts brought both Adam and I to tears. They touched on our friendship, my relationship with Adam and the special memories that made this day so wonderful. I'm so lucky to have such wonderful friends who know me, know Adam and know us. They've been with "us" since our first date, and to have them there on our wedding day was more special to me than they will ever know. Adam's brother Ryan, was his best man, and gave a wonderful toast dedicated to the love we have and the love we've created and worked hard for. He touched on making our relationship work through law school and being an inspiration. It was so wonderful. Our first dance was sang by Adam's best friend J.P. He sang "Fools Rush In," and it was incredible. I've watched our video about 80 times and I cry every time. It was such a special moment.
our first dance

The reception flew by. All of a sudden it was over and we were being zipped away in a limo. Adam and I are so thankful for the friends and family that came to our wedding. Each and every one of our guests made our day perfect and they have helped create the relationship we have today. It is a day I will never forget. Here's to the next 100 years with my forever man.

Here's to dancing into our future together. 
Look how handsome my groom is! 

P.S. our photographer is Stephanie Fay, go check her out! 

28 Things I've Learned in 28 years.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Today's my 28th Birthday! Hooray! I love birthdays and not just my own. What's better than celebrating someone you love. I just love birthdays! This past weekend Adam surprised me and took me to Breckenridge for the weekend! It was such a nice escape into the cool mountains to relax, drink delicious beverages, eat great food and spend some time together. Oh, how lucky am I that I get to spend the rest of my birthdays with him.

This feels a bit narcissistic, writing a post about me and my thoughts, but hey it's my birthday and my blog so I do what I want! :) This post is dedicated to me and the 28 Things I've learned in the past 28 years.
  1. Be Kind.
  2. Work harder.
  3. Always say thank you. 
  4. Don't be afraid to go after your dreams, even if it means failing many, many times. 
  5. Marriage is the greatest thing. 
  6. You can sleep when you're dead. 
  7. Being right isn't always worth it. 
  8. Make sure to remember the details.
  9. Take pictures.
  10. Don't tear your ACL, it sucks. 
  11. Travel often.
  12. Take care of your body, but spoil yourself too, a little wine never hurt anyone. 
  13. Be present. Put your phone away. Turn off the TV. Enjoy the people around you.
  14. Everything in moderation.
  15. Hand-write notes to people. Call people on the phone. Look people in the eyes. Make people feel important. 
  16. Get a planner, use it. Missing important dates is not good. 
  17. Be on time. (I'm constantly working on this) Respect other peoples time.
  18. Call your mom. 
  19. Iron your clothes. 
  20. Surround yourself with people who are good for you.
  21. Lean on people when you need it, and let them lean on you. 
  22. Read your Bible. Study your Bible. 
  23. Use spell check. There is nothing worse than a 20-something year old that can't spell. You're = you are. Your = your. Learn it, love it, use it. 
  24. Do what you love. 
  25. I hold the key to my own happiness. My happiness should not be dependent on anyone else. 
  26. Never cut bangs. 
  27. Get a dog. 
  28. Love always, love deeply and love with your whole heart. 
P.S. Happy 2nd Anniversary to these two lovebirds! I feel so lucky I get to share my birthday with their wedding anniversary! That was such a fun fun day, I wish we could relive it every day! I pray God continues to bless you always! 

News Lately.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Have you noticed how much stuff is going on in the news/world. (Ahem, Cailtyn Jenner*). It seems like it's been a very busy few weeks in the news world and just in case you've been hiding under a rock, or just really busy, I thought I'd catch you up. **This is a pop culture news update. I understand, there is a lot more important things going on... like lots of people running for President, the Supreme Court Ruling in favor of a Muslim woman, ISIS is still the largest threat. I understand all that, but this is a little bit lighter of a news update. Enjoy!

1. Caitlyn Jenner, aka the former Bruce Jenner. I had Bruce Jenner as number 2 on my most fascinating people of 2014 list, and I have a feeling she will be there again this year.  (please excuse me if I mess up pronouns, terms, phrases, etc, it is in no way to offend, I'm learning). In April, Bruce Jenner told Diane Sawyer in his exclusive interview that, "“For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told Sawyer. He told Diane that he would debut "her" (at that time we hadn't learned her name) sometime later this year. Well, ladies and gents, that time is here. Caitlyn Jenner has officially been debuted. 

2. The entire country is flooding. This is actually heartbreaking. Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts  New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Oklahoma have experienced a very wet couple days and for some of those states, it doesn't seem to be letting up any time soon. With thousands of people stranded, 30 people reported dead, this seems to be the latest in a string of devastating natural disasters. Keep those states in your prayers tonight. 

3. I HATE that I have two Kardashian related things on my blog today, but it's news. Kim Kardashian and Kanye are expecting baby number two. Let the jokes start about "East West" and "South East" Personally I'm rooting for East West, just because. 
4. This one is for my husband, but there are a lot of playoffs going on right now (or about to start). Chicago Blackhawks v. Tampa Bay Lightening (thats hockey for all you folks) and Golden State Warriors v. Lebron James (basketball people, come on!). Not that it matters, but I'm rooting for the Blackhawks and the Warriors. Go teams. Oh, and with sports, FIFA is in trouble. That's all I know. Something about the US not getting the bid for the World Cup. Sports. 

5. TSA Officers just failed 67 out of 70 undercover tests used to challenge their ability to ID explosives and all kinds of things that aren't allowed on planes. Here's what they let through (all this stuff was fake, since it was a test); weapons, explosives, "unauthorized items" and the worst? A man triggered the alarm when going through the metal detector and they failed to notice a (fake) bomb strapped to his back. Ugh oh. 

6. I'm not sure this is considered "news" but E.L. James is writing another 50 Shades of Grey, but this time from Christian's perspective. It comes out June 18th. I'll leave it at that

7. Josh Duggar and the whole Duggar family are at the center of some very heated controversy. All I have to say about this is my heart breaks for the victims who were poorly treated then and are reliving it now. Maybe we should stop worrying about Josh and the Duggar's reputation and figure out how to stop/avoid/fix/help situations like this going forward. More thoughts on this? You should read Taylor's blog about this at The Daily Tay

8. Let's end this on a happy note, Real Housewives of Orange County starts Monday (which also happens to be my birthday!!) Whoop Whoop. I love the housewives, what a great birthday gift. 

What I'm listening to Wednesday: Sam Smith - How Will I Know

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I cannot tell a lie... I've listened to this over 50 times. And every time, chills. Is there anything better than Sam Smith covering Whitney Houston? I think not.

Happy Wednesday people, I hope Sam Smith makes it a little brighter!

Sam Smith. That is all. 

Recipe: Carne Asada Tacos!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Happy Tuesday everyone! Is there anything better than Taco Tuesday? I mean, really, I could eat tacos every day and that would be just fine with me, but it's more fun to save them for Tuesday when you can call it taco Tuesday and drink margaritas.

I found this recipe in my new cookbook, Make it Paleo II. This book is a great mix of recipes, most of them are fairly easy, but all of them are delicious! The recipe says to marinate the flank steak for 2 hours, we forgot to get dinner started early, so we did it for about *40 minutes, but it was still great!

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (leave as many seeds as you want it spicy) 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 10 springs fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 6 grinds of black pepper
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • 2 pounds flank steak
How to Make: 
  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the marinade. Add the flank steak, coat evenly and let it marinate for 2 hours* in the fridge.
  2. After 2 hours, remove the steak from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. 
  3. Heat a large saucepan to medium/high heat with some coconut oil. "Grill" the steak for about 5 minutes each side. 
  4. Thinly slice it again the grain. Enjoy! 
i just used a baking dish for the marinade because the steak was so big! 
mmm, meat. 
I topped mine with some homemade slaw and jalapeños. 
Ps. those tortillas are paleo... I'll post them later!

Recipe: Kale Chips

Monday, June 1, 2015

I'm going to be honest here, I have never liked kale, in any form. I've never like it in salads, chips, you name it, bleh, I hated it. When we first stated paleo, everyone told us that kale was an essential part because it was a great snack. Well, I found that I'd rather eat nothing than eat kale, but my sweet, sweet husband loves kale chips. But have you ever seen the bags they sell at the grocery store? There are like 9 pieces of kale in the bag and it costs like $45. It's absurd. So, I figured I would tap into my domestic side and bake some kale chips for my husband.

I searched and searched until I found what looked like a decent recipe to me. I found 3 different recipes and put them together and to my huge surprise the chips were actually pretty delicious! Now don't think this means I'm going to become a kale loving paleo eater, but it definitely opened my mind to more kale possibilities. Now, I had to watch some youtube videos to figure out how to prepare kale, aka taking the stalk out ect, so if you have any suggestions or ideas, I would love your advice! Or if you have any other delicious kale recipes you think a non-kale lover would enjoy, please share! Without further ado, the recipe. Enjoy peeps!

  • 1/2 bunch kale leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper 
How to Make:
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 
  2. Remove the kale leaves from the stems and tear into pieces. Wash the leaves and dry! Make sure the leaves are very dry or else they will get soggy. 
  3. Put the kale in a large bowl. 
  4. Massage the olive oil in to leaves, make sure it gets in all the cracks. 
  5. Sprinkle the seasoning on and massage that it nice and good. 
  6. Spread the kale out on a baking sheet. Make sure its just one layer or it won't cook evenly. 
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, flip the kale around, move it around and put it back in for another 10 minutes. 
  8. Enjoy! 
 get those stems outa there
feel free to mix up your spices based on what you like!
 i love spicy, so chili powder was perfect for my tastes. 
make sure they're spread out! 
the finished product! 
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