Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was fabulous and if you’re a mother (to a human, dog, cat, ferret, whatever), I hope your Mother’s Day was amazing and filled with yummy food.

Mine was great – we tried another Mexican restaurant because we still haven’t found one we love here and then since it was my day, I forced all the boys to go to Petsmart with me to play with all the homeless cats. 

I have to tell you about what happened to me on Saturday though! 

I took a couple of the kids with me to check out the mall and then we went grocery shopping. Okay so $300 worth of groceries later, I try to go home. 

And the guy at the gate – who I literally see everyday of my life and have Jeep conversations with everyday of my life – says, “I’m sorry ma’am, I can’t let you on post since you don’t have a decal.”

I was all, “I have temp tags. I live here. You know me.”

And then he just stared at me. 

Eventually, one of the guys explained that the terror alert was raised and that even though I had my lease in the car showing that I live ON POST, he couldn’t let me through.

So me and the two kids and the car full of groceries and a lawn chair had to go to the visitor’s center and wait in line for two hours to get a temporary visitor’s pass. And then the jerk that did my pass only gave me a 3 day pass WITH THE WRONG TAG NUMBER ON IT. Which means I’m officially not going anywhere until we can get a real tag.

And who knows when that will.

Let me tell you, don’t ever buy a car right before you move out of state. We had a Colorado temp tag, now we have a Texas temp tag, and we still can’t get ahold of the person that needs to fax whatever document we need over to our new county.

#headdesk

Anyway, we did eventually made it home and salvaged what we could of the groceries. And then I had a monster glass of wine while my husband grilled this delicious meal for us. Pork chops on the grill are my favorite! 

These are really quickly marinated (the pineapple and scallions are marinated too!) and then they grill up in about 10 minutes! 

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My husband’s favorite meal ever is beef Stroganoff. It’s one that he grew up eating frequently, and then I learned how to make it and made it for him at least once a month for years and years – it was definitely a go-to, easy meal that I knew the whole family would love. So once we decided to try a Paleo diet, Paleo Stroganoff was one of the first things on my list of recipes to perfect.

My normal non-Paleo beef Stroganoff includes a couple cans of cream of- soup, packaged onion soup mix, and both cream cheese and sour cream! It is delicious, but obviously, you don’t eat any of that stuff when you are following a Paleo diet. So this version uses fresh onion, fresh mushrooms, and coconut milk.

I feel like even those that don’t follow a Paleo diet can appreciate this recipe since it takes something that’s typically made with unhealthy ingredients (like the canned and processed foods) and uses fresh ingredients instead. If you are not Paleo or don’t love the coconut milk, you could definitely use heavy cream in place of it.

This is also a really quick meal to prepare, and since the ingredients are so basic, we almost always have everything on hand. It has definitely become my “OMG-It’s-5-o’clock-and-I-haven’t-started-dinner-yet!” meal. And bonus points because it is all made in one pot! One pot! So – easy meal, easy clean-up, what more could you ask for in a recipe?

Typically, you would serve beef stroganoff over egg noodles, but when I serve it Paleo-style, I either serve it over cauliflower rice or just by itself as a bowl. I like the cauliflower rice because it soaks up the sauce, but my husband prefers to just eat it plain, almost like it’s beef stew. Either way, it is super yummy!

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic! This Paleo Beef Stroganoff recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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Today we’re going to talk about things I love about Texas.

Mostly because the post I just wrote about how Game of Thrones is so boring this season that I have to listen to recap podcasts because I can’t pay attention and how much I love Real Housewives of NY now that Bethenny is back was deleted when I had to restart my computer. 

(Yes, that was one sentence. Sorry.)

love Texas. Which I honestly didn’t expect to say because the forever long drive through Texas from New Mexico to Louisiana made me want to punch myself in the face repeatedly on our epic roadtrips last year.

But I love it. 

Guys, I have a Whataburger right up the road. I could walk there. I haven’t lived near a Whataburger in years! 

Also, In-n-Out. 

The cacti have flowers. 

Wait. First of all, the cacti grow in what I like to call “pile o’ cactus” which is exactly what it sounds like. Ginormous, amazing piles of cactus. And in the morning, there are no flowers. In the afternoon, they have the brightest yellow flowers and I’m obsessed.

My phone is filled with photos of dogs and cactus flowers. 

The weather. It’s so warm. We’ve had the top off the Jeep pretty much every day since we got here! Plus! Flipflops all day, everyday. 

And it rains! Like for real rain! 

H-E-B. 

Omgggg, you guys told me I was going to love H-E-B and I doubted you. I thought nothing could be better than Trader Joe’s. 

I was wrong. 

We’ll definitely be heading back to Colorado one day but for now, we’re really enjoying it here. 

And completely unrelated, I made Banana Muffins with Nutella Swirl! 

Funnily enough, I’ve been craving Nutella ever since my husband posted an annoying article about how Nutella is poisoning people (with sugar and milk) on my Facebook wall last week.

These turned out so delicious. You’ve got your standard banana muffin on the bottom and then the Nutella swirl on top that sinks in in some places and stays gooey and Nutella-like in others. So good. 

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Avocado Feta Salsa - you won't believe how delicious this dip is! Serve with pita chips for the perfect party food!

This is an oldie that I’m pulling out of the archives today!

I’ve been making this Avocado Feta Salsa for years and years and years and I blogged about it shortly after I started the blog but the pictures were horrendous. Plus, this is one recipe that deserves to be shared again. 

My mom used to make this recipe whenever we had parties and then I got addicted and started making it every time I had an excuse. And now whenever I make it, I always get at least one person addicted and they start making it for all their parties.

I’m telling you, it’s one of the best things on earth.

You probably think it sounds weird. I mean, feta? In salsa?

But yeah, feta with avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic is kind of perfection. I always serve it with pita chips but my husband always asks for tortilla chips. It’s also really, really good with grilled chicken in a wrap. 

You may want to double it though. I made a batch on Sunday “to go with dinner” and it was gone before we even started cooking. And it was just me and the husband! 

Avocado Feta Salsa - you won't believe how delicious this dip is! Serve with pita chips for the perfect party food!

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Happy Monday!

Tomorrow’s Cinco de Mayo! It totally snuck up on me. And I know what you’re thinking.

How did I let the drinking holiday sneak up on me? 

I am ashamed of myself.

The important thing was that I did remember. Yesterday at the grocery store as I was walking past all the fruit nectars at the grocery store. 

Also, I was at H-E-B before the samples were out and shopping without tiny cups of wine was not much fun. 

Next week, we go after noon!

Anyway, my husband took the boys to see the new Avengers movie yesterday afternoon and left me alone to make and consume ALL THE MARGARITAS. 

I saw a mango margarita recipe recently that called for the mango nectar (in cans – usually in the Mexican food aisle) instead of fresh mango which is genius because A) mango is annoying to cut and B) if I buy the already cut mango, I’m eating it before it makes it into a margarita. 

So this version calls for that nectar, fresh lime juice, tequila, you know, the usual suspects. They were really, really, really good and went perfect with a Sunday afternoon Married at First Sight marathon. #obsessed

What are your Cinco de Mayo plans? I need ideas! 

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