Fig and Raspberry Crisp

Fig and Raspberry Crisp

Happy Summer!!! Oh wait. Am I 3 weeks too early? Well, my afternoon sweat would have had me fooled. That is the funny thing about Vancouver, the morning is cool and cloudy and then by 3-4pm, you are deeply regretting your wardrobe choice and thinking about how appropriate it would be to be in a bra in the West End. I really do not think I would be the main attraction here. I would probably get a lot more looks that would direct me to St. Paul’s.

Life is bumping along here. Have I talked about my grief and loss lately? I am still struggling to find someone that I can somewhat accept as a replacement for my current caregiver for D. We are so sad to lose her, but so happy for her to start her own family. Stupid empathy. Why did I learn how to use that skill?? I never seems to serve me. JK. Empathy is amazing, teach your kids how to be empathetic. Cause nobody wants to be the parent of that A-hole kid who has no empathy and pokes kids in the eyes with sticks and laughs. Unless you are the parent doing the exact same thing. Then you need help. I charge 250 an hour and will see you shortly.

So, like I said, summer is upon us and more importantly, today is my dad’s birthday!! So this recipe is dedicated to him. I have a fond memory of my dad and I in Tofino. We were talking surf lessons and were talking about what we had for breakfast. He said, “my daughter made a blackberry crisp from fresh blackberries we picked. It is so good”. That memory has always stayed close to my heart. My dad and I are very close and today I have made him this crisp, Paleo style, so he can kick ass at his Crossfit in the morning and say the same thing. When he makes it himself this time. Lazy bugger. Happy Birthday Dad!

Fig and Raspberry Crisp


Fruit Base

12 fresh Mission figs, tops snipped and sliced into quarters

2-3 cups of raspberries

¼ cup of coconut sugar

2 Tbsp. of tapioca starch


1 cup of shredded, unsweetened coconut

¼ cup of each: hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, ground flaxseed

1 Tbsp. of tapioca starch

2 Tbsp. of coconut sugar

1 Tbsp. of cinnamon

1/3 cup of coconut oil, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Toss all of the ingredients for the fruit base into a bowl and combine well. The white of the tapioca starch should be gone and it will look like a gooey coating.
  3. Toss all the topping ingredients, except the coconut oil together. The pour the melted coconut oil over top. Mix well.
  4. Spread the topping evenly over the fruit base.
  5. Put the crisp in the oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Then eat it for dessert, or breakfast. Or as dessert for breakfast. NOM. I love dessert for breakfast.
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Herbed Potatoes

Herbed Potatoes

When going Paleo there is this thing called a carb flu. The body goes through a withdrawal of starchy carbs such as pastas and breads. I went through this, felt horrible and what got me through was potatoes. EAT ALL THE POTATOES! Sweet, yams, white, red, russet. Oh, I love my potatoes. I always challenged my dad on the reason white potatoes were not allowed on the Paleo diet. I get the whole nightshade deal, I do. But otherwise? Really? Eat the white potato. You will love it. Do not be afraid of natural, non processed carbs. EAT THE POTATO. Especially my way, cause it is a good way.

Funny enough, I really have nothing else to share. Which is weird for me, usually, I cannot stop talking! So maybe I will just leave it at eat those white gold potatoes and love every minute of it.

Herbed Potatoes


1 bag of white nugget potatoes (about 30 little nuggets of goodness)

1/4 of cup of each chopped basil, Italian parsley and dill

2 Tbsp of dijon mustard

2 Tbsp of butter or ghee

1 tsp of garlic powder

generous amounts of salt and pepper


  1. Bring a pot of water to a full boil and drop all the potatoes in. Boil until you can slide a fork through them.
  2. Drain the water and stir in all the ingredients except the butter.
  3. Put the pot of potatoes back on the stove, on low heat and put the butter in. As the butter melts, stir it all around the pot, coating all the potatoes.
  4. Season with lots of salt and pepper.
  5. NOM NOM NOM those taters down. Eat some serious carbs people!
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Liftin’ and Killin’ Legs

Leg Workout

So I kind of always do legs. Even if it is a day dedicated to my upper body, I am still doing legs of some kind. I like to finish off my weight workouts with HIIT Kettle Bell thing. I often make them up. That is the benefit of being a work out junkie. You end up having a lot to pull from.

Do you like that picture? Yep. That’s me. HA. So not me. I am often bent over, tripping up stairs. Not looking like this chica, gliding up the stairs like a gazelle. I bet she stood there, as the model, in that pose for hours. No cardio involved. Well, her loss.

So. This is another favourite workout. It is all legs, so be prepared to deal and no sit on the toilet the next day. Or the day after if you are like me and get the DOMS allllllll the time.

Liftin’ and Killin’ Legs


I start off every workout at the gym with running stairs. I double step them and there are 224 stairs in one go. I do it 5 times, so all in all, 1120 stairs to be climbed. It takes me 8 minutes to go up and down. If you have stairs in your gym, climb them. Go as fast as you can up and chill on the way down.

5×5 front squat (I am at 65lbs, that is as much as I can clean and jerk)

3×5 push press (I did 55lbs)

Then to finish it off, AMRAP (as many reps as possible)

5 mins:

7 pushups

7 goblet squats (16kg)


25 Kettlebell Swings (16 kg)

30 mountain climbers

3 mins:

8 squats

8 squat jumps.

I did 7 rounds, 5 rounds and then 6 rounds. Not too shabby. Kill it!

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Mocha Maca Madness Balls

Mocha Maca Madness Balls

So…remember how a couple weeks ago I was writing about adrenal fatigue? I was really struggling with my health. My energy was very low, chronic grinding and clenching, back to back respiratory infections and a whole bunch of other symptoms that all pointed to adrenal fatigue. Then. Then there was an herb called Ashwagandha. While I have no idea how to say it, I do know that it has changed my daily functioning. I was driving, normally stressed and anxious about getting home on time and irritated with all the construction happening in Vancouver. It was about a week after taking this concoction that when I was driving, I started looking around, thinking, why am I so calm? Yep. Just like that. Now, do not get me wrong, I am trying to manage my stress and be mindful about what I take in and what I block. It’s a holistic approach, but that herb? Magic!

So here is another sidebar. I recently read that fish that comes from China is fed pig and chicken dung. Really? Seriously? I am THAT surprised? Nope. It is all lies. And what is even more infuriating is that you have to find this out yourself. If you did not ask questions then you would be eating chemical, virus infected, really miserable, cortisol ridden protein. So…the point? We only buy local, sustainable seafood from our local store. No more grocery store fish. And what is really difficult? It is expensive. So, you are suppose to eat fish and seafood 2-3 times a week, according to all the nutritional recommendations out there. Nope. That is not going to happen. It is becoming increasingly difficult to be healthy, sustainable and ethically responsible in this world. I am not giving up, never will, but damn. It’s tough.

Anyways! This recipe! First off, it is dedicated to my mother. Here is the back story:

Backpacking. It is what we live for. Since having my son, we have not been able to get out there, but we have big plans to pick up where we left off and get out into the wilderness where our spirits and hearts live. My parents and I hiked “The Wonderland Trail” which goes around the base of Mt. Rainier. It was. Well. No words. Well, maybe one. Phenomenal. Okay, I am getting to the food. My mom is a coffee junkie. She loves it and always has. So, she bought these caffeine balls to give her a boost in the morning since she did not bring any coffee gear. Well. She would eat one and my dad and I would not see her for hours. She was a wide eyed lemur lurking in the west coast rainforest, pacing and bouncing off the cedar bark. It was hilarious and a very fond memory. These are for her.

Also, they have the Z seal of approval. Anytime a Paleo recipe has the Z approval, I know it’s a home run. Eat these for a zip in the morning or when you need a burst of energy. Mid afternoon slump kinda deal.

Mocha Maca Madness Balls

Makes 15 crazy ass, energy boosting balls


20 Medjool date, pitted

1 Tbsp of Maca powder

1 Tbsp of cocoa powder

1/2 cup of Enjoy Life chocolate chunks

1 Tbsp of ground, medium, espresso ( I used one of my Nepresso pods)

Cocoa powder for dusting


  1. Place all ingredients into food processor. Process until everything is combined and a ball forms in the food processor.
  2. Form 1 inch size balls by rolling them around in your hand.
  3. Dust each ball in cocoa.
  4. Try to not eat all of them. You will not only be a wide eyed lemur, but its whole gang. But of course, as always, NOM NOM NOM!
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Blackberry, Swiss Chard Goat Cheese Burgers with Rosemary Garlic Fries

Blackberry Goat Chard BurgersSo guys. Honestly. This burger. It. Is. So. Good. Clear your schedule and forget your dinner plans. Make this! Well, maybe you need some more time, but get on it. It is so good. The flavours, I have to say, I balanced quite well. Some bitter, tangy, sweet, salty and rich. I keep making this for myself, I cannot stop and of course, I can’t stop eating it.

It was good to binge on these babies last night. I got up early this morning to ride over the big ass Lions Gate with my son to meet my best girl. So big hills, trailer with 30 pound plus kid in it, and the sun. I needed those burgers.

It had been too long since we had seen one another. It was a perfect morning. The sun, the beach and lots of things for the little man to play with. We spoke a lot about gratitude and how important it is. Sometimes you just look around at your life and feel ever so grateful for how lucky you are. You can always find something that is missing, because there will always be someone greater, taller, hotter, skinnier, heavier, richer, poorer than you. And the list goes on. And you will find all these things if you look for them. I am continually focusing on seeing the beauty I do have in my life and the many luxuries I do have. It really helps lift the spirit and create positive vibes around. I’m telling you, they do studies on this stuff. It makes you live longer and stuff. You know, all that important health stuff.

These burgers will also make you live longer. Or at least happier.

Blackberry, Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Burgers with Rosemary Garlic Fries.

Serves 4 people with left over burgers



1 lb of each: grass fed ground beef and organic ground pork

2 eggs

¼ cup of chopped flat leaf parsley

2 tbsp of Dijon mustard

1 tsp of hot sauce

salt and pepper

Blackberry BBQ Sauce

1 yield of Against All Grains BBQ sauce

1 cup of blackberries

Swiss Chard

1 tsp of butter or ghee

1 head of swiss chard, cut in half horizontally

½ tsp of garlic powder

Portobello Buns

8 Portobello mushroom caps

salt and pepper

avocado oil

Goat cheese

Sweet Potato Fries

3 white, sweet potatos, peeled, cut in half and cut into fries

1 twig of rosemary, chopped finely

4 cloves of garlic, crushed

avocado oil


  1. For the BBQ sauce. Try to do this the day ahead. Follow the recipe from Against All Grain, but with all of the ingredients, add the blackberries. When it is finished, mash the blackberries to fully combine with sauce.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425. Get your fries all chopped and ready. In a large bowl, toss the fires with the garlic, rosemary and some avocado oil (about 2 Tbsp). On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, lay the fries flat. Let cook for 15 minutes, flip them over, then bake for another 10-15 mins. Then turn on the broiler and crisp them up to your liking. Watch them! They burn fast.
  3. Once finished, keep the temperature as is. Lay the porto caps on the parchment paper and drizzle avocado oil on the top and season with S & P. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10 minutes. Take them out.
  4. For the burgers, combine all the ingredients and form burger patties. I use my epic burger-squashing grill, but whatever way you like to cook your burgers, go for it.
  5. For the swiss chard. Heat the butter in a pan and spread it around. Add the leaves. Sautee until wilted and slightly crisp but flipping in between. Around 2-3 minutes per side. Shake garlic powder all over.
  6. To assemble! Smooth goat cheese on one port cap and the BBQ sauce on the other. Put the burger and then the swiss chard on top of one cap and then complete the burger with the other cap. Serve with a side of fries.
  7. I made this three times before I could blog it because I ate it too fast. SO GOOD. NOM NOM NOM.
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Killin’ It Kettle Bells

Killing It Kettle Bell workout Oh yeah. I’m back. After a break from working out due to sickness and wanting to give my body a fighting chance at recovery, I decided to clear the cobwebs in my head and do a gentle work out. Okay, so for you fitness fanatics, you will know that a light workout in our world is still a decent and hard one by the measurements of the norm. I remember starting this blog with the desire to also log my workouts. I wanted to do this because when I was a new mom, fitness was SO important to my recovery from pregnancy and birth. I HAD to workout. But how do you do that with breastfeeding, naps, play time, cooking, a shower and all the others duties in between? Kettle bells. They saved my life. I worked out in my home during nap times, and for that matter, still do. I am back to working full time and will blog those beautiful, alone in the gym workouts too. So. This workout. It kills me. Every. Damn. Time. I love it. You can do it in your house, the gym, outside in the park. Yep, early morning park visits when my son would get up at 5am. I could not just sit around at 5am. So out the door I went. I would take my son to the park and bring my kettle bells with me so he could play, not get a raging concussion from a flying kettle bell and I still get my workout in. Us moms have to do what we have to do. Actually, rephrase! Us moms  do what we want to do because we want to. I have had many people in my life tell me I am crazy, I do too much, take a break, etc…But I love working out. I love lifting and getting stronger, faster and smoother at all of my athletic pursuits. So moms out there and the general public, if you love it, do it. And do it with your whole heart. Killin’ It Kettle Bells I can do this one in about 33 minutes with a 16kg kettle bell. For the clean and press and the bicep curls, I will use a smaller Kettle bell. Scale as you need to. 3 rounds of:

  • 35 KB swings
  • 10 KB bent over rows (each arm)
  • 10 push ups
  • 30 KB swings
  • 10 KB clean and press
  • 10 push ups
  • 25 KB swings
  • 10 over head tricep dips
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 KB swings
  • 10 KB curl press (each arm)
  • 10 push ups
  • 15 KB swings
  • 10 high pulls
  • 10 tricep pushups


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Peppery Pork Stir Fry

Pork Stir FryAs a busy paleo eating, full time working, school attending, exercise junkie mom, I need quick and easy dinners. There have been many times, stupidly I admit, that I have done big dinners that have taken me an hour plus to prep and cook a dinner for my family on a Wednesday night. Honestly. Who does that? Only stupid people do. Hey, I am not going to pretend that I don’t love all that, “how do you do it? I cannot believe you! You are a super mom”, but it comes at a cost. A bigger one than I ever realized. I have been snippy snappy, expectation ridden and losing out on the beautiful moments with my family that you only get once.

I am struggling with my health and starting to look into adrenal fatigue. I have more than enough symptoms to match up with this syndrome, and I most certainly have stressed myself out enough. So, in my effort to recover I am slowing down and chilling the F out. So tonight, I thought, what about all the other moms and dads out there who want to be with their families and not be locked down to a 1-2 hour meal prep and serve? Oh wait, right. Nobody is that crazy. God, what have I been doing?? Perhaps working in a mental intuition has made me mental. I fit in. Finally, a place I can call my own! Jeez.

So, anyways. This is my dad’s recipe and one of the best Paleo intro recipes. It is easy, tasty and quick. Enjoy your loved ones instead of looking at other people enjoying them and you are working. Enjoy busy people, enjoy!

Peppery Pork Stir Fry

Serves 4


1 pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 garlic cloves, sliced

½ red onion, sliced

2 cups of broccoli florets

¼ of a green cabbage, chopped

2 cups of sliced mushrooms

1 red pepper, sliced

3 carrots, cut in half and julienned

1 tsp of freshly ground pepper

¼ cup of coconut aminos

2 Tbsp of coconut cream

Coconut Cauliflower Rice

1 head of cauliflower “riced”

2 Tbsp of butter

½-1 cup of full fat coconut milk


  1. In a heavy bottom skillet or pan, heat some coconut oil over medium high heat. Once heated, add the pork, onions and garlic. Let the pork sear, but stir it around a few times.
  2. Stir in the cabbage and mushrooms. Some liquid will be released, after 43-4 minutes of cooking, drain the liquid out.
  3. Add the remainder of the veggies. Stir it all really well.
  4. Add the coconut aminos, and pepper.
  5. Cover and let the veggies cook for 2-5 minutes until they are tender but not over done. Remove from stove. Stir in the coconut cream.
  6. To make the cauliflower rice, melt the butter (or ghee) in a pan. Add the riced cauliflower and mix it around. Once the rice is coated, add the coconut milk. Let the cauliflower absorb all the coconut milk while stirring continuously. This should take about 2 minutes. You may start with ½ cup but notice you need more. Add as you like.
  7. In a bowl, put the coconut rice on the bottom and top with veggie and pork mix.
  8. And that folks, is a 20-minute dinner! NOM that quick and easy dinner down!

Pork Stir Fry

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