Recipe: Tuna Patties

After being in a eating-rut, I finally made a recipe off my pinterest board and it was superb!

And in true Stacey-fashion, I didn’t follow the directions all that well, so….

I used parsley instead of dill, doubled the broccoli amount, halved the quinoa amount, used olive oil-based mayo and not traditional, and friend them in leftover bacon grease instead of coconut oil (I’m allergic to coconut and I love bacon – true southern woman so I have leftover bacon grease in my frig). 

These are truly delicious! I could have eaten the entire batch but tried to control myself so I could have some left over for lunch tomorrow. 

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Trade Offs

I owe you some updates but I’m going to push those off for a few more days…right now I want to talk about trade offs.

Sometimes I find myself wondering what my life would be like if I had made one (or two) decisions differently in my past. About the time I start second guessing, God provides me a really clear understanding that my life is His plan and has His timing. Sometimes these trade offs are obvious and instant and sometimes they are not.

I don’t often get homesick – I don’t really have a home, per say – but sometimes I am pretty bummed about having to miss things going on wherever I’m living because of work.

This week God has blessed me to show me both with one simple meeting.

I’m leaving on Wednesday for San Diego to see my best friend (she’s from SD, came to KC for grad school, graduated in May, and moved back to start working). On Sunday I fly from San Diego to Indianapolis for a week long conference for work. Last Thursday, during my last minute trip to Houston for the day, we set up time to have another meeting in Houston on Tuesday. This means flying to Houston tomorrow morning, staying with another good friend of mine, and then flying directly to San Diego a few hours earlier on Wednesday. Not a bad plan. Lots of packing but lots of fun as well.

Came into work this morning and found that my meeting had been pushed to Thursday instead of Tuesday. This means another refund to my credit card and more canceled plans with friends in Houston.

In reflecting on this change of events, I started listed off reasons I’m thankful to be staying in KC:

  • 1 more nights rest in my own bed
  • 2 more crossfit workouts at my home box
  • not having to haul steel toed boots and hardhat for 2 weeks
  • 30 hours less clothing to pack
  • not having to file another expense report this month
  • picking up my own farmers market box
  • finishing my golf class I’m taking with a friend
  • listening to the presentation at lunch at work I’m interested in
  • enjoying 70 degree weather in KC in July
  • picking up all my home-finishing fedex packages
  • getting my eyebrows waxed before I leave
  • not having to cancel my massage appointment
  • not having to rush through neighborhood night tonight

I’m still bummed about not getting to go to dinner with a friend and stay with another (and I have to call into a meeting while on vacation in California) but I am happy to be hanging around KC for another day which is something I didn’t think my heart would ever want.

I guess this place is growing on me…

Back Home…

I went to Haiti last week. I got back Monday night – late. I haven’t made it physically into my office yet and it’s Thursday morning. It’s a problem. I want to be back in Haiti. So instead of embracing my life in Kansas City, I’m wallowing. I’m wallowing around a half packed house (I’m moving into a studio apartment July 1st) cleaning out my DVR and working remotely. I’m not sure what to do now. God is doing some pretty amazing changes in my heart with this trip and I’m having a hard time responding to them.

I miss salty kisses.

Stealing sunglasses.

Fried plantains.

Broken Creole.

Smiles as wide as an ocean.

Sticky hot air.

Colorful vehicles.

Cactus fences.

Concrete buildings.

Futbol.

Hair braiding.

Hand washing laundry.

Hugs that never let you go.

I miss the community I feel when I’m in Haiti. I have a life in KC and have some pretty incredible people that care immensely about me here but it’s not quite the same. It’s not the same as feeling people praying for me, supporting me, loving what God is doing in my life and the country of Haiti. Thank you for being part of that for me the past couple weeks. Please keep praying for Haiti, my team, and myself.

CrossFit: May 1, 2014

Warm-Up: 2 shuttle runs, 10 kb swings, 10 kb single arm swings, 3 kb squats low/med/high both sides, 10 kb snatches (all with a 20# kb)

Skill: Strict press 1 rep max (85#) to push press max (105#) to push jerk max (115#)

WOD: 30 SDLHP, 30 front rack lunges (both legs equals one), 30 hang cleans, 30 front rack lunges, 30 SDLHP and every 2 mins tuck hold for 30 seconds – 17:58! I did everything with 55# (RX was 65# but I was taking it easy on the shoulder) and this was a brutal workout

CrossFit: April 30, 2014

No I have not taken two weeks off of crossfit but apparently I did take two weeks off of my blog. I’ve been writing a lot lately – it’s just be in an actual paper journal. I’ve never kept a paper journal. It takes longer to write by hand than to type (I am a millennial). I’ve also been writing pretty deep since it wasn’t going to be shared with the interwebs. Hence, no blogging.

But….I’m attempting to be back at it and hopefully will be posting more than just crossfit workouts…

Warm-Up: 20 each of jumping jacks, hollow rocks on the bar, supermans

Skill: Stones! I hadn’t done this before since I’d always been out of town but it was waaayyy fun! I worked up to 95# on my right shoulder and 75# on my left (the hurt one – I dislocated it Wednesday last week so I was taking it easy this morning).

WOD: 3 RFT of 10 stones, 20 T2B, 30 burpees, 40 air squats, 50 DU’s with a 15 min time cap – I finished the first round and the stones in 15 minutes. The DU’s just killed my time but it was a great workout!!

CrossFit: April 14, 2014

Warm-Up: burpee dodgeball

Skill: Pull-Ups – worked on progressing towards kipping pull-ups

WOD: 5 RFT of 5 Jimmy C’s (55#) and 20 show me push-ups – 16:58

Jimmy C – lunge each leg with front rack weight and then split jerk each leg for one rep

This workout was pretty brutal for me since my shoulders are my weakest parts but it felt great to do it! Stronger than Yesterday!!

Recipe: Gluten-Free Beef Stroganoff

I am obsessed with this recipe ! Beef Stroganoff has been a favorite of mine for years, dating all the way back to Mom making the hamburger helper version growing up.

I did make some modifications so I’m going to write out the recipe below but the modifications were made because I didn’t have some of the ingredients the first time I made it. 🙂

1 package of mushrooms (pick your favorite kind)
1 white onion
1 lb. of ground beef, browned (you could use any kind of ground meat)
1/2 cup of white wine
1 cup of plain greek yogurt
onion powder
garlic powder

I sauté the diced mushrooms and white onion until almost done. Next, add the browned meat and mix in. Add the wine and yogurt. Sprinkle the onion and garlic powder over the top of the skillet. Stir and let simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes. Serve in a bowl.

Some people following the paleo diet will still cook with wine and will eat yogurt and some people won’t. It’s personal prefernce. I’m not sure what you could substitute for these two ingredients in this recipe however.

You could add quinoa or any noodles you want to to make this more of a “true” beef stroganoff recipe but the flavors don’t need it (and neither does my waist line). Enjoy!

Recipe: Depression-Era Cake

My niece turned one back in February (still working on writing the post about her birthday party and my world-wind trip to Dallas) and my best friend (her mom) used this recipe for her cupcakes. I wasn’t the only person at the party that is gluten-free and a couple of the other party animals are also egg- and dairy-free so this recipe is perfect.

The recipe originated out of the Great Depression and world wars when people didn’t have eggs and milk to be able to cook with. It uses vinegar and water reaction (could be a pretty cool cook experiment to do with small children) to make it fluffy. We made the gluten-free version into cupcakes which turned out fabulous! I’ve since made this recipe three times because it is so easy and allergy-free. Enjoy!

Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I am a table leader for the membership class at church for 9 weeks which has given me a great opportunity to try some new recipes. There are a couple people at my table that are gluten-free and dairy-free which makes paleo recipes intising.

After pinterest-ing for much longer than is healthy, I decided to try this recipe. It was really good! I didn’t have any leftovers after class so I’m assuming everyone else thinks it’s pretty good too. I actually followed the recipe for this one (probably because it’s measure, combine, and dump) with my cooking time being closer to 30 minutes. Enjoy!