Beer Can Bacon Burgers

These beer can bacon burgers are mouthwatering treats that can be made ahead and frozen.  Thaw them in the fridge the night before for a pre-made BBQ extravaganza!  (Of course, I had to mix about a tsp of ground flax into each burger so this meal meets our Big 3: protein, omega, & live food criteria.)

Beer Can Bacon Burgers

STUFF ‘EM WITH WHAT YOU LIKE..! WE USED:

  • Chuck Ground Beef (throw in 1 tsp of ground flax per burger for omegas)
  • Roast Beef Hash
  • Grilled Onions
  • Grilled Mushrooms
  • Meat Chili
  • Bacon
  • Grilled Bell Peppers

But don’t let that list restrain you.  There aren’t very many things that wouldn’t go well in beer can burgers… let your imagination run free.  And don’t forget to try them at least once with yummy mashed potato nests!

Comment below with all the additions you made.

 

Gluten Free Quiche with Bacon & Veggies

Gluten Free Quiche with Bacon & Veggies

Gluten Free Quiche with Bacon & Veggies

We had this yummy gluten free feast for dinner served with homefried potatoes and green beans.  It was a hit with parents and children alike, has protein, omega 3’s and live foods all wrapped into the same recipe and is very affordable!  This is a keeper for our family.  I found the recipe it is based on over at WeGotReal.com listed in her weekly menus for eating real foods.  I loved that she has the whole store list purchased at Trader Joe’s.  Very simple and I was able to spend under $80 for our family of four.  Granted, we had a couple of items on hand, but still… $80 for meals that will get us through the whole week is pretty impressive and at Trader Joe’s to boot!

Gluten Free Quiche with Bacon & Veggie

1 tsp-1 Tbs butter or oil
1 onion
4 oz bacon
1-3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup fresh chopped spinach
1/2 cup frozen broccoli florets
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste
6 eggs
1-2 cups cheese (we used cheddar but any mild cheese is delicious)
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 cup milk (we used flax milk this time, just make sure it’s not a sweetened or vanilla flavored milk)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1-2 Tbs ground flax (optional for added omega-3’s)

Instructions

Sauté onion & bacon in butter or oil.  When bacon is crisp add the garlic and spinach till spinach wilts.  While these are cooking stir together the rest of the ingredients.  When the sautéed mixture is finished add it to the rest.  Pour into a well buttered 10 inch pie plate and bake 30 minutes till it doesn’t jiggle.  Take care not to over bake.

Pop that yumminess out of the oven and serve up with your favorite sides and ENJOY!  We sure did and we plan to again on a regular basis!  This recipe could go well with a variety of veggies, bell peppers, kale, zucchini… whatever is in season and in your fridge.  Let us know in the comments how your family like it and what veggie combos you used.  We can’t wait to make more gluten free quiche and try them all!

 

Breaking Through Your Upper Limit Problem

Everybody Has An Upper Limit Problem

This week I have made some serious breakthroughs in my upper limits.  As I was looking for simplicity in the steps to really embrace the expansion that is blooming in my life, I ran across this wonderful article written by Marie Forleo over at KrisCarr.com Home of the Crazy Sexy Wellness Revolution.  Marie is so wise and this is yet another piece of her journey which adds to the world.  I just had to share it.  May you be as blessed and opened to peaceful expansion as I was by it.


Do You Have An Upper Limit problem?

By Marie Forleo

It was the first time I’ve ever walked out of a yoga workshop in my life. Let’s be clear — the teachers were fantastic.

But after my fourth downward dog, I started breaking into a cold sweat, got nauseated and my head began throbbing so hard it felt like it was about to explode. “Oh great,” I thought.

What I originally thought was a 24-hour stomach bug turned into an entire week of being completely out of commission. And I do mean completely. For seven straight days, I was a hot, sick mess.

After the first three days with no signs of improvement, I started to get concerned. 

“Is it salmonella? Hmmm … There was a big egg-recall recently. Some kind of nasty-ass 10-foot-long parasite or tapeworm? Maybe, but highly unlikely. A life-threatening stomach disease? Boy, would that would seriously suck.”

“You’re pregnant!” was the first thought my girlfriends all had. Nope. No shot in hell.

Then my friend Kate made a very astute observation: “I think you’re having an upper-limit problem, Marie.”

Interesting …

Cut to day four. I was deathly pale and emaciated. My boyfriend was back from L.A., and it was clear to him that whatever I had was not going away on its own.

We went to the doctor to run tests. Later that same evening, I wanted to get out of the house, so we stopped by my girlfriend’s house for tea. One by one, everyone took bets on what was causing my mystery illness.

Then Rachel, Kate’s uber intuitive cousin, said: “Marie, I really think those test results will come back negative. It’s definitely an upper-limit problem. You’re going through some major growth right now, and I’ll bet this is just part of you busting through your upper limits and increasing your capacity for success.”

In case you’ve never heard of an “upper limit problem,” what Kate and Rachel are referring to comes from Gay Hendrick’s incredible book, “The Big Leap.”

Here’s the basic idea: Each of has an internal thermometer for how much success, wealth, happiness, love and intimacy we’ll let ourselves experience. That’s our upper limit setting. Kind of like our success comfort zone.

When we exceed our internal thermostat setting, and life gets super duper OMG good (we have an influx of money, get healthy, find a great relationship) — we unconsciously do things to sabotage ourselves, so we can drop back to the old, familiar place where we feel in control.

Upper limit problems can manifest like this: You’ve just had a huge win, and then you get in an accident, break a limb, fry your computer, over-drink, over-eat, over-spend, start a fight with your significant other, get really sick, etc. You know, fun self-sabotaging stuff like that.

The truth is, I was so ridonkulously excited about the success of Rich Happy & Hot B-School and the miracles aligning for my annual Rich Happy & Hot Live event (partnering with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen; securing all of my dream speakers, etc.) that I didn’t just bump into my upper limit, I demolished that sucker with a sledge hammer.

So, yeah. I guess I was bound to have a little readjustment time.

Cut to Sunday morning. I’m reading “Breaking Dawn” in bed when the phone rings. Test results time.

“Hi, Marie. It’s Dr. Mott. Really good news here. There’s nothing wrong with you. No bacteria, no parasites or anything we need to worry about. You got a regular old stomach virus. Keep doing what you’re doing, and you’ll be just fine.”

Suu-weet!

So here’s what I did: I gave myself total permission to chillax. Zero computer time. I told everyone in my world not to expect anything work-related from me for a few days. Released myself from guilt and totally indulged in healing, coziness and every guilty pleasure I could think of.

Funny enough, the moment I stopped beating myself up for being sick, my body kicked into speed-recovery mode.

How to dismantle your upper limit problem

Unless you understand this whole upper limit thing, you may mistakenly believe that you’re flawed or simply not “good enough” to handle a big jump in your success or happiness.

It may feel like you’re always on the verge of a life-altering breakthrough, but you either can’t seem to ever get there or maintain it.

I can tell you firsthand that everyone on the planet has varying degrees of “upper limit problems.” Thankfully, they’re a snap to overcome if you’ve got the right tools and an open, willing heart.

Step 1. Get that dealing with “upper limit problems” is a necessary part of the journey.

Look. No one escapes this shit. So don’t feel weak, bad or alone if any of this sounds familiar. Thankfully, upper limit problems can be super-easy to dissolve when you bring compassion and self-awareness to the table.

Which, of course, means checking both your ego, and your victim-y “Why does this always happen to me?” B.S. at the door.

Important note: Moving through upper limit problems is not a one-time event. If you’re committed to continually expanding your levels of wealth, love and happiness, strap in for the ride, baby.

Step 2. Increase your tolerance for how good you’re willing to have your life be, starting right now.

What’s this mean? For starters, it means treating exactly where you are and what you have with all the love, honor and respect you can muster. And this isn’t just a mental exercise, you need to act on it.

Tell your family that you love and appreciate them; be truly grateful for whatever money you have in your bank account; take care of your physical environment and the roof over your head; thank your clients for their business, and nourish your body and soul in every way you can possibly imagine.

Step 3. Go on high ULP (upper limit problem) alert when loads of good stuff starts to come your way.

Pay special attention to your thoughts, behaviors and actions when things in your business and life start getting OMG good. Here’s a question to regularly ask yourself: “How much wealth, love and happiness am I r-e-a-l-l-y willing to have?”

If “a shit bunch!” is close to your answer, then make sure your behaviors and words line up with that answer.

Then, keep a watchful, observant eye and open heart. If you catch yourself about to start an argument, go into some manufactured mental drama or make a royally stupid and rash business decision, stop. Take a few deep breaths. Call your most grounded friend, and have a chat.

Remember, any time you’re in the midst of busting through your own upper limits, it’s bound to be a little scary and uncomfortable. You may want to pull back and contract.

Don’t. Hang with the discomfort. It’s a good sign.

It means you’ve just increased your capacity to experience wealth, happiness and love — both for yourself and for us all.

For more on how to shatter your upper limit problems, visit MarieForleo.com.

10 Things to Do For Your 10 Year Anniversary

Today is our ten year wedding anniversary!  I was looking for something special to do together and came across this fun post by RedBook.com which had to be shared.  Which ones will you do??

10 Fun and Nurturing Things to do for your 10 Year Anniversary

It’s been a long time since you and your hubby were in that honeymoon stage, and while you may love him more than ever, after a decade, babies, and too many huge life changes to count, the gotta-have-you feelings might not be as strong as they once were. That’s why it’s the perfect time to challenge yourselves to have fun and work through some of your underlying issues. Now, here’s to 10 more years of wedded bliss.

Things to do on your 10 year anniversary

1. Stop should-ing the love away.

There’s the way you imagine your relationship to be, the way you think it should be… and then there’s the way it actually is. While everyone falls into the trap of comparing their marriage to their friends’—friends who seem like they have everything together in perfect order, straight from a J.Crew and Pottery Barn catalog—overusing the word “should” can create unnecessary negativity in your life and relationship. Plus, the way you and your husband communicate, manage your household, and make love is your own special magic, and neglecting to focus on what you are doing can lessen your connection and devalue your friendship. “Don’t be afraid to do things outside of the box,” says Megan Bearce, author of Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When A Job Keeps You Apart. “Create the relationship that works for the two of you and you’ll be much happier.”

2. Forget date night and play together instead.

Remember those things that originally brought you together, that you had in common and both loved to do before babies and mortgages appeared? You know, like going to concerts, backpacking, and trying out the brews at Ocktoberfest? When you had more time to spare, you played more together—and it’s time to do that again. “The last thing you want is for another 10 years to go by and to realize you have nothing left in common,” says Heidi Poelman, author of The Two-Minute Marriage Project. Check out the event calendar on your local newspaper’s website and choose one thing to do together each month. And don’t call it date night—that puts a lot of pressure on creating romance. The idea is to spend quality time doing the quality things you both love.

3. Become more selfish.

More often than not, we tend to put our husbands and kids ahead of ourselves. While you might think you’re doing the best by your family, completely pushing your needs to the side is not healthy for your marriage. Yes, you have PTA meetings and an ever-growing to-do list, but it’s important to take some time for yourself, stat, says Vicki Larson, coauthor of The New “I Do.”Even if it’s just part of a weekend day or one night every few weeks when you get a mani-pedi or binge watch Netflix, taking a moment to catch your breath and indulge will make you a better partner and mom. Not to mention that short time apart can reenergize your love life. “Intentional alone time helps you gain an extra appreciation for your spouse and your relationship by allowing you to maintain an independent life and cultivate interests apart from them,” says Bearce. Plus, friendships help balance your couple time and are valuable sounding boards for advice—and, okay, complaining that after 10 years, your husband still can’t wipe the sink after he shaves.

4. Consider a post-nup (it’s not what you think).

Sounds crazy, right? Not really, according to Larson. “Post-nups aren’t about divorce, but about getting your financial future in check,” she says. “Ten years into marriage, many people have become parents, and that often means one or the other has taken time off from a career, in part or fully, to caretake, and thus has lost time and income. What’s that lost time worth?” Since money is the one thing that almost all couples fight about, now is a good time to check in and address how to plan for your future. If you’ve always handled the finances, talk to your guy about how you’re doing it and why you’re making the decisions you are—or vice versa. It’s less about preparing for a split and more about becoming equal partners in all aspects of your relationship. And if it means you’ll be able to take the vacation you’ve been pinning as soon as the kids head to college, so be it.

5. Speaking of which, take a just-the-two-of-you vacation now.

While you might not be able to afford a romantic getaway to the south of France (if only…), you deserve to celebrate those 10 years by going away sans children. Relationship expert and The New “I Do” coauthor Susan Pease Gadoua suggests taking it a step further and making your trip a retreat—leave your phones off, disconnect from everything and everyone, and really take time to invest in your relationship and your chemistry. Concerned about emergencies? Leave the number of where you’re staying with whoever is watching the kids in case anything major comes up. It’s so easy to get consumed by email, Facebook, and all the other things you check on a daily basis, but use this weekend to remind yourself how important it also is to check in daily, rekindle, and reconnect with your spouse. And while you’re away, set aside some time to focus on introspection and reflection. Where is your marriage headed? Where do you want it to go? Without anything else to distract you, you can focus completely, 100 percent on your partner.

Related: 7 Things Every Couple Should Do Before Considering Divorce

6. Have sex every day for a week.

It might not be manageable in the long-term, but for seven days, you can do it, no matter how late you work or what soccer game and ballet recital you have to attend. Even if you can’t make every sex session long-lasting and multiorgasmic during your one-week challenge, make an effort to try something new and exciting each time. “On a weekend. go to a restaurant, bar, or coffeehouse and act like you don’t know one another,” says Linda Carroll, author of Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love. “Let it play out however it does, but with one rule: You have to keep up the charade, even in bed.” Or, after the kids are tucked in, bet your husband that he can’t make you orgasm before one of them calls for you. This tease will instantly turn him on—and set you up to work together for a good cause.

7. Download Snapchat.

Yes, really, that thing your kids love to play on. It could actually help your relationship. “It makes it easier to stay connected in fun, interesting ways,” says Bearce. Sure, you could send sexy selfies as the teenagers do, but you can also use it to pass on funny photos of things you see throughout the day or something subtly suggestive, like the corner of a pillow to show where you’d like to go later on. It’s a brainless, simple outlet to talk throughout the day without getting into stuff about the kids, what’s for dinner, or that bill you have to pay.

8. Have a wedding, part two.

You probably know how to throw a princess-themed or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party like a true Pinterest pro. But when was the last time you planned something involving alcohol, great food, and your best friends? Ten years is a big deal, and you should congratulate yourself. “Odds are, your wedding was fun but is a bit of a blur,” says Bearce. “Re-create that day on a more intimate level by inviting a select group of people you really care about to celebrate both your special day and the special people that are now in your life.” You can incorporate accents from your wedding theme into your anniversary party—if you got married at a vineyard, make it a wine-and-cheese affair; if you got married on the beach, serve tropical drinks. And a final word of advice: Hire a few overnight babysitters so no one has to worry about child care.

Related: 10 Phrases That Get Him in the Mood

9. Come up with a better word than fine.

You’ve both had long days, and when you do get time to talk, your conversations center around the next day’s to-do’s for both you and the kids, meaning you sometimes barely take a moment to ask each other how you’re doing. Think about it: How many times have you answered “fine” when your husband asks how you are because, frankly, you don’t have enough energy left to explain to him what’s really going on? As part of your 10-year challenge, banish the one-word answer, work to communicate more clearly, and encourage him to do the same. “The less honest you are, the more resentment and frustration become a part of your dynamic,” Larson says. “Don’t let it get to that. Start talking.”

10. Make a time capsule together.

Okay, it’s a little cheesy and he might hesitate to go along with it. Nonetheless, after a little convincing, put together a box that highlights where you are in your life and marriage right now. Throw in pictures of your family, home, school projects your kids recently worked on, etc. Then, write down where you want to be on your 20th anniversary. “Often, couples spend a lot of time making decisions about their wedding, but over time don’t talk through this stuff as much,” Bearce says. She suggests digging deeper into your next-10-year goals and writing down where you want to be in the big buckets, like money, career, family, and traditions. Do it after the kids are in bed, and share a bottle of wine while you talk everything out. It’s an important conversation, but it can also be an exciting one that helps ensure you’re on the same page. And just think how interesting it will be to open your box in 2025.


Comment below which one’s were your favorites and what other ideas you have and share with your friends so we can all keep the fires of our loves raging.