Our Paleo Family

What’s Cooking with Our Paleo Family, Christmas Edition

What’s up, paleo friends? I hope your houses are full of sugarplums and Christmas magic! Around the Heinze household, we have been knee-deep in our annual tradition of using all the almond flour and maple syrup on the planet to make dozens and dozens and dozens of cookies. Here are just a few…

Paleo Spritz Cookies

This year I branched out and tried some candy as well – with mixed results. If you check the blog often or follow me on Facebook (and you should be doing those things :), then you will have noticed some of the goodies we’ve been cooking up over here. Like this chocolate orange fudge.

But just for fun, and to show you that even superstar food bloggers like yours truly make mistakes in the kitchen, here are some of my holiday baking failures…

Caramel pecan turtles – I tried multiple batches of these and just could not get the caramel to set up. But, all hope was not lost. We melted these babies down and used the sauce to top our favorite non-dairy ice cream. Someone may have eaten it with a spoon right out of the bowl. Ahem.

The perfect lemon square eludes me again this year. I tried this recipe several times last Christmas as well and just can’t seem to get it right. The taste is awesome and I will be posting the lemon curd recipe for sure, but as a whole, these lacked that crispy base a good lemon square needs. And the lemon layer needed to be thicker. But at some point, I run out of time and resources and have to put off further attempts.

This is not what a pan of fudge should look like. I think something went wrong. 🙂

This is a pizza casserole with cauliflower crust on top. This looks great, but it was awful. Way too cauliflower-y and way too garlicky. We smelled like garlic for days after eating this. But hey, the cheese and pepperoni on top were good.

Thankfully, I’ve had great success in the appetizer department this year. I will get the recipes up for you by New Year’s Eve. But in the mean time, here’s a sneak peak…

Piggies in Blankies – everybody loves these! The pastry curst was amazingly good.

Sausage Balls – yep, those delicious morsels of goodness you remember, but minus the biscuit mix. These are soooo much better!

And still to come are mini quiche Lorraine in prosciutto cups. I hope these turn out well, because my mouth is watering just thinking about them!

We’ve been on Christmas break over here and my kids think I’m practicing to become the world’s next dictator. Maybe I am. Bwahahah. In all seriousness, I have found that the only way I can manage to have a productive day is if I map out the day hour by hour. This might totally drive some of you free spirits crazy. But for a planner like me, it’s the only way to go.

Plus, I have a little experience with this kids out of school business and know that if there is not structure and order, there is chaos. And if there is chaos, there is anger and yelling and very, very little Christmas cheer. So it’s lists and schedules for us. And it’s been working beautifully.

The experts tell us that kids like order and discipline. As we wade through the painful process, I sometimes doubt that wisdom, but in the end, it always turns out to be true.

Here’s what I do: In the morning, I open my iDevice, start a new note and type away, breaking the day down into reasonable chunks that work for us. I give assignments for me and for the kids, that way we all know what we’re supposed to be doing at any given time. Then I send it to the printer and our day is planned. Voila! Of course, we are flexible, but pretty much, we’ve been sticking to our schedule each day and we’ve gotten a lot accomplished. Here’s an example:

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There’s lots more good stuff in store for 2017. I have some super informative articles planned for you and of course, lots and lots of new recipes, so keep checking back regularly. And spread the word to your friends!

I’m going to go put my feet up for a while, but I will get those appetizer recipes up for you in the next few days. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy this holiday season with family and friends. We celebrate because we have a God who loves us to much that He came down in the flesh to live with us. The presents and the family time and the food are wonderful, but this Good News is truly why we celebrate. And what a great reason it is!

“Don’t be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Christ, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11