Runny noses are running, cabin fever is burning… which means spring is like, almost, so close to pretty much being here!
:: Muppet’s Treasure Island… anyone?!::
We are cycling through our (hopefully) last bouts of colds, coughs and runny noses, and we all (especially Warner) have a nice case of cabin fever. The weather isn’t helping, with super nice days, windy days with lots of deceptive sun, then snow, then ice, then sun, then dreary. Sheesh.
Though it isn’t all coughs and ice slushies; my seeds and potting soil are purchased, and I’m slowing storing away the warmest of our warm clothes (see you next year, snow pants and insulated coveralls!). Warner was gifted a huge expansion pack of Picasso Tiles for his birthday, so he’s been busy making all sorts of worlds, garages, and sometimes using them as skis around the house 😀 Wren has been busy too, cutting teeth and knocking down said Picasso Tile masterpieces. We’ve been getting out a little bit, but I’m really looking forward to warm sunny days, when our house isn’t a total mud-sicle.
To combat some of the (toddler) cabin fever, I’ve been diffusing my new favorite oil blend:
I love Plant Therapy so much- they are the only brand of essential oils I use. They have an entire line specifically safe to be used with kids. I usually purchase the Pre-Diluted Roll-Ons. These rollers are already diluted to the proper ratio in a carrier oil, so I don’t have to worry if I’ve got the right mix or carrier oil. So easy! I’ll be stocking up on more soon, especially the bug and cut related ones. I’ll keep you all posted on what we think of them!
Simple meal planning has also been a must, we are eating basically the same meal, every week.
This is one dish we love so much that it made the weekly rotation (Tuesdays, to be exact!). Typically, Mississippi Roast calls for a packet of ranch seasoning, but you can easily make your own ranch seasoning (and avoid unwanted ingredients like MSG and soy!). It is really easy to make your own paleo ranch dressing, the only hard part is tracking down all the spices. (If you don’t have them all right now… make the roast anyway. It will turn out just fine!)
Make your own paleo ranch seasoning:Print
Paleo Ranch Seasoning
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp parsley
- 3 tsp dill weed
- 2 tsp dried chives
- 4 tsp garlic powder
- 4 tsp onion powder
- 4 tsp dried onion flakes
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp ground mustard powder
A couple notes before you get started:
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Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast Recipe Keto + Paleo
- Turn the Instant Pot to “Saute”
- Add 2 tbsp coconut oil to the pot.
- When the coconut oil is popping, carefully sear the roast on all sides. (Yes- even the short sides!)
- After all sides are seared, remove roast.
- Turn Instant Pot to “Off/Keep Warm”
- Add 1/4 bone broth, and deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon / spatula (scrape all those roast bits off!)
- When deglazed, add the roast in.
- Add ranch, salt and pepper.
- Add all the peperoncini juice, and about half of the peperoncinis. Save the other half for topping.
- Slice the butter into squares, place on top of the roast somewhat evenly.
- Lock the lid on the Instant Pot, make sure the valve is set to sealing.
- Hit “Manual – High – 70 Minutes”
- When time is up, let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes, then release pressure.
- Top with remaining peperocinis, and serve with spaghetti squash or mashed cauliflower.
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And yes, Muppet Treasure Island is currently playing at our house. After finding that GIF… well I just had to watch it! 😀