This is Jen’s new go-to snack and meal course. There are tons of variations on this, but this one is ours. If eating the garnish doesn’t seem appealing, it didn’t to me either, but this salad really is quite good. It also holds up in the fridge very well.
Video of me prep chefing the veggies.
- Zest of one lemon
- Juice of one lemon (~50-60 mL)
- 1tsp honey (we go heavy on the honey)
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (optional)
- 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Shake, whisk, or blend.
- 1 bunch Kale (or half bag) finely chopped and dried
- 3 medium carrots diced
- 2 large celery stalks diced
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries coarsely chopped
- 1/4 pine nuts (toasted is awesome)
- Place kale in a large bowl and massage dressing into kale.
- Add rest of the ingredients and toss.
- Top with a few more pine nuts for a more appealing presentation.
The lemon and honey go together amazingly well. I’m surprised that that particular combination is not more widely used…oh. Never mind.
You can substitute pistachios or almonds for pine nuts, as pine nuts seem to be worth their weight in gold. Costco has the cheapest ones we can find.
You really want to chop that kale finely, or else your jaw will get a superset workout.
You can add other stuff if you like, such as bell peppers or cheese, but we like it simple.
We got this recipe from Jen’s mom who found it in a cookbook in her library, but has never been able to find it again. They are surprisingly good considering they have evil sucralose in them.
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, unsalted, softened
- 1 cup sucralose (only use 3/4 cup if using sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup Sucanat (“natural cane sugar” dehydrated)
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded dried coconut
- 1 cup vanilla whey protein powder (use 1 tsp vanilla extract if using unflavored)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 330° F
- In electric mixer, cream the butter until fluffy, then add sucralose and sugar and cream until smooth.
- Add eggs beating each one at a time
- Add vanilla (if using)
- In a second bowl, mix the coconut, protein powder, and baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to butter/sugar mixture in 3-4 doses making sure each addition is completely integrated before adding the next dose.
- Stir in chocolate chips
- Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray or use a parchment paper (silicone) liner. Drop or scoop cookie dough (approx 2 tablespoon)
- Cook for 12-14 minutes until golden brown.
- Makes 32 cookies; with 167 calories each, 11g fat, 6g protein, 12g carbohydrate, 1g fiber.
- Sucralose is the bulk granulated stuff, not little packets of Splenda. It comes in different concentrations. You should use the 1:1 (same sweetness as regular sugar)
- Refrigerate the dough on the cookie sheet before cooking if it spreads too much. (It seems as though it spreads more when we use sweetened coconut.)
- If they seem to moist or gooey, we dry them in a dehydrator, and they will get really crispy.
- Coconut seems to pull water out of the air, so if they get too moist after a few days, put them back in the dehydrator to crisp them up.
It has been 4 years since our last newsletter. As you may recall, we were just preparing for the birth of our first son at the time. Logan was born right on schedule, March 25th, 2010, and our lives have never been the same since. Logan has blessed us in more ways than we could have imagined. He was a very happy and easy going baby who started walking at 9 months of age. He is now almost 4 years old and just started attending preschool this summer. He really seems to enjoy school and showing off all he learns. He knows the alphabet and phonics sounds, spells/reads many words, identifies colors and shapes, and counts all the way to 1 billion!!! Just to name a few. He also has a very impressive ability to remember and recite lines from his favorite songs and shows. Despite being delayed in communication and language skills, he is actually quite the talker! This past October, he started attending an ASD special education preschool program offered through our public school system. After just a few months, he is making noticeable progress in expressing his needs/wants, potty training, self-feeding, and interacting with his peers. We hope he continues to benefit from this program and pray God will equip us as his parents.
Despite these last 4 years of harder economic times and high unemployment rates, we praise God for the very good secure jobs he has provided us. Pat was promoted to Associate Dean at PBA school of nursing several years ago. This year he worked very hard developing a proposal for a doctoral level nurse practitioner program at PBA, which was recently approved by the Board of Trustees. He also was distinguished as one of UF’s Young Alumni award recipients. Last October, Jen was able to start doing her VA pharmacy job from home (telework). Although working from home can be challenging with young children, thanks to our excellent nanny helpers, it has been working out fairly well. Jen really enjoys being able to maintain her full time career while also being able to stay connected with the kids at home during the day.
With Jen working from home, living close to the VA was no longer a priority. So when the real estate market picked up last year and we were expecting our 2nd child, we felt it might be a good time to try to sell our home and relocate out west (30 minutes) to be closer to family and friends. After many months of intense house hunting and with Jen 7 months pregnant, we were almost discouraged enough to give up the idea all together. It was then, that God answered our prayers by providing a home that was as close to everything we wanted as we could hope for. Not only did the sellers accept our offer, but we would be able to move in before baby’s due date…3 weeks before. Even though that wasn’t much time, we felt like that would work better than trying to do it after the baby was born. We then put our house up for sale, and found a buyer within 24 hours! That’s how crazy the South Florida real estate market can be. Fortunately for us, it all worked and we moved into our new home as planned the last week of April. Thanks to the generosity of our friends and family who helped us, we quickly got settled in our new home. Only 1 week later, our son decided to make his early arrival. Although we were not planning on having a baby that weekend, it worked out well since Jen’s mom was already staying with us at the time and was able to be there for the birth. Needless to say, our house-warming party plans have been put on hold for awhile.
For those who have not already met our newest addition, the youngest little guy there in the photo is Corban Patrick (or Corban Dallas Multipass as Pat prefers). Like his Dad, he apparently has a flair for drama and a mind of his own as evidenced by his decision to be born early on International Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you…get it?), rather than share a birthday with his Dad on May 15th, which was his official due date. Even though he arrived early, he was heavier at birth than his big brother was. He is a very happy boy, doing great in all areas, following in Logan’s footsteps (literally) by standing and cruising at only 7 months of age. He really seems to admire and adore Logan.
Some of you may recall our “1st child” the Doberman named Glory. As happens to many Dobermans as they age, Glory developed large tumors on her body. One in particular was the size of a bowling ball attached to the side of her abdomen. Because she was 14, there was nothing that could be done for a tumor of that size, so we eventually made the very difficult decision of putting her down. Although she is no longer with us in body, she will always have a place in our hearts.
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We wish the best to all of you and look forward to hearing from you soon. Pat, Jen, Logan, and Corban
This little concoction is the product of Jen’s experimentation with Thai curry paste. It’s quite flavorful and with a light, fresh taste, and unusual vegetable composition.
- 1 can coconut milk (approx 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 1/2 tsp curry paste (available from most Asian food stores; we have used yellow and panang paste with good results
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 6 tbsp peanut butter (or 4 1/2 tbsp peanut butter powder plus 1 1/2 tbsp water)
- 1 tbsp salt (more to taste if you like)
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1-2 tbsp fresh ginger (sliced or minced) or 1 tsp ginger powder
- 3/4 bunch of cilantro (stalks included)
- 1/4 tsp red or cayenne pepper
Place all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add salt if necessary.
- 1 pound ground pork (we’ve tried chicken, turkey, and ground beef, but pork is the best tasting)
- 1 onion diced
- 1 sweet potato diced
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 cup broccoli florets cut small
- 1 bell pepper diced (we prefer red)
- 1 squash or zucchni diced
Should be about five cups of vegetables total when diced.
Heat saute pan over medium heat. Place small amount of coconut oil in pan and brown pork with a pinch or two of salt. Dump meat in a bowl, and add a little more oil. Place harder vegetables in the pan (carrots and sweet potato) and add pinch of salt. Saute until they just begin to soften. Dump in bowl with meat. Repeat the process with broccoli and squash. Then repeat again with celery, onion, and peppers.
Place pork and all vegetables back in the pan and pour curry sauce over the meat/vegetable mixture. Stir occasionally until warmed through. Serve over jasmine rice.
Logan turned 3 months yesterday, wow has it been a fast three months. Jen has been making a baby photo book for him, and it’s incredible how much he has changed in just 3 months. He’s very interactive and vocal now. He flirts with the baby in the mirror, and he hits and grabs at the toys hanging from his “gym,” and to commemorate his three month birthday decided to learn how to roll over.
If you’ve been keeping up with the photo galleries, there’s four so far.
Eagle Stork Has Landed
On March 25, 2010 at 3:25 p.m., Logan Matthew Heyman came into this world. He was 20 inches long and weighed 7lbs 2 oz. He has a full head of hair, a conehead, and a flattish little nose that doesn’t belong to either of us. Without further ado, I give you Logan!
See here for more Logan photos.