I was blessed yesterday because I was able to spend the whole day with my 14 year old nephew, Ryder. Every year, I take him and his two siblings out for the day to do a little birthday shopping and whatever else we might want to do, or are able to fit into our "day out" time frame. I look forward to it so much because we get one-on-one time, which is a precious and rare commodity. I know because I have the same challenges with my own three kids. The bad part about yesterday is that his birthday was in August so quite a lot of time had elapsed. Fortunately, kids are forgiving in that regard.
This blond haired cutie just brings so much joy to my heart. Not only is he blond and handsome, but he has a heart that is golden. It is tender, sweet, and kind. He loves God and loves little children. In fact, he plans on having quite a few when he is an adult - some adopted. The highlight of yesteday was when I asked him what kind of music he likes and he said he liked oldies music. I asked, "like in the 80's?" He said, "yes". Lol. He did add that I am NOT old, but he just wasn't born in the 80's, so it was old to him. Gotta love him, I sure do!
I find myself looking for new recipes since going Paleo. I still have my favorites, but I needed something new, easy and different. I fell in love with the Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs. Make sure you use the smoked paprika, and not the regular paprika because that smoky flavor just can't be beat! The recipe calls for chicken thighs with the skin-on, but I had already purchased skinless organic chicken thighs at Costco so I used those instead, and they were still delicious. I also used grapeseed oil in this recipe and drizzled the thighs with a grapeseed oil before cooking since these were skinless. I served this dish with a side of steamed veggies and had a very filling and satisfying dinner.
Did you know spices are good for you? They were used for medicinal purposes. So stock your pantry with some new ones and give them a try. Not only are they healthy, but they add so much flavor to even the simplest of meals. I actually enjoy searching through the spices at Homegoods and Marshalls. You would be surprised at what you can find for half the price!
Yep, it's all on Etsy . . . all 201 pieces of jewelry left over from my Emmie-Lou Designs website. (And did I mention that most everything is 50% off?) I am clearing out my older inventory, making room for the new stuff. I took a hiatus as I was dealing with some "stuff" in my life, but now I am ready to get back to it in a small and different way.
I still have my website up, because my main email address goes through my web-hosting and is connected to my website. I need to remedy that but changing emails can be such a pain and I am not quite ready to make all of the change-overs just yet.
Below are a few of the goodies I have on Etsy - go take a peek! It's all there, in my ETSY shop!