Paleo Classic Coffee Cake With Apple Topping

dsc_0148Being a night shift RN is really cutting into my creative time. But last week I was off work and up all night alone. I had a rare bit of quiet time and it seemed like a great time for a project.

dsc_0113There is a tradition on my mothers side of the family, where every one of us girls has a vintage Betty Crocker cookbook. Mine is from 1950. I browsed through it and decided on a simple classic coffee cake recipe to paleofy. So here is my paleo version of a vintage coffee cake with an added apple topping. Perfect for fall, and all of the kids ate it up!





  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1/4 c coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c coconut milk (almond milk is good too)
  • 1/2 c each of almond, coconut, and tapioca flour
  • 2 t baking powder (I’m not super strict with my paleo food)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • Streusel:
  • 4 T butter, melted
  • 4 T coconut flour
  • 1/2 C coconut sugar
  • 2 t cinnamon

Apple topping:

  • three apples, peeled and sliced
  • 3 T butter
  • 2 T honey (I use local raw honey)
  • 1 T pumpkin pie spice


Grease a 9 inch pan with coconut oil. Preheat over to 350. Mix together sugar, coconut oil, and egg. Stir in coconut milk. Sift together the flours, baking powder, and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the batter. Pour into the pan.


In a separate bowl mix streusel ingredients. Sprinkle over batter in the pan. Bake 25-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

dsc_0129In a medium pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add apple slices and stir to coat with butter. Cook until apples are soft. Add honey and pumpkin pie spice and mix together.


Slice coffee cake and top slices with apple topping. Enjoy!




The Spring Lineup

The little ladies are settling in nicely in their brooder and we are already seeing little changes in them as they grow. Some are getting new bigger feathers on the tips of their wings. They are already eating and drinking so much more.

The kids are enjoying watching them and helping to take care of them. Chicks are a great lesson in responsibility. Each of the boys has their own chick and they named them themselves. We named the other two. So here they are, in all their fluffy cuteness.


French Fry (Black Sex Link)


Itsy Bitsy (White Leg Horn)


Henrietta (Ameraucana)


Peep (Rhode Island Red)


Currently Unnamed (Mystery Bantee)

New Feathered Friends

IMG_5260It’s springtime again, and for backyard chicken people that means it’s time to add to our flocks! We lost a few old girls over the last year and our group was looking small and sad.

We are lucky to live near a feed store that hosts a “chick day” after the first day of spring. We knew the littles would love it so we had to check it out yesterday. The kids had a blast. How can you not when there is a giant chicken walking around handing out candy! To make it even better they were giving out free slushies and hotdogs. Oh, and did I mention the petting zoo? You get the idea…kids were on cloud nine!

IMG_5271We like to avoid buying chicks that are straight run after the incident with Daisy the rooster a few years back. We let the boys each choose a chick. We ended up choosing two Ameraucanas, one Black sex link, and one Rhode Island Red.

We brought them home and set them up in their brooder. They slept, they ate, they drank, and they walked around. They were settling in nicely to their new home.

When I woke up this morning, I noticed that one chick wasn’t hanging out with the rest of the girls, buIMG_5300t lying all on it’s own. I poked at it and it moved, and was breathing. I tried to get it to move around, but it wouldn’t get up. I knew then that it wasn’t going to make it. I picked it up. I tried to get it to drink some water and eat. Then about a minute later it died in my hands. I suppose that’s just part of having chicks, but in our years of chick raising, this was a first.

I called up the farm store and they told me to bring it back in and they’d replace it. So we did. And they went above and beyond. I was really surprised because it was just one chick. The sent us home with two. I’m hoping they all make it from here on out. We now have one Ameraucana, one Black sex link, one Rhode Island Red, one White Leg Horn, and one mystery bantee.

We are so happy to welcome the babies to our backyard flock! Look forward to updates on the girls, I can’t wait see them grow!

Paleo Meal Plan Monday- On a Tuesday

Well, I’m a day late with my meal plan this week. Oops! Maybe it will help with someones meal planning for next week.

I picked up The Ancestral Table cookbook from the library, so I thought I’d use it a lot this week and see how everything is. I made shepherds pie from it last week and it was phenomenal.

Sunday: Alton Brown’s 40 Clove Chicken, Peas, Salad


Monday: Honey Lime Tilapia– I modified the recipe and used a combo of tapioca flour and coconut flour for breading, Broccolitalapia

Tuesday: JapChae (The Ancestral Table cookbook) with lots of veggies in it

Wednesday: Beef Stew (Ancestral Table cookbook), Salad

Thursday: Mandarin Chicken (Paleo Indulgences cookbook), Green Beans, Beets

Friday: Swedish Meatballs (Ancestral Table Cookbook), Mashed sweet potatoes, Broccoli

Saturday: Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs and Legs, Peas, Salad, Skillet sweet potatoes

Paleo Meal Plan Monday

I’m pretty excited for this weeks dinner plan. I’m trying a bunch of recipes that I haven’t made before and that’s always fun.

Monday: Balsamic Glazed Drumsticks, Roasted Broccoli, and Skillet Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday: *Taco Tuesday*Asada Tacos- I eat mine in a lettuce leaf rather than a tortilla, but the rest of the family uses tortillas

Wednesday: Simple Herb Crusted Salmon on arugula, roasted brussels sprouts

Thursday: Chicken Nuggets, Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans (not strict paleo)

Friday: Pan Seared Rib Eye, Broccoli, Butternut Squash

Saturday: Spiced Honey Glazed Thighs (I make some of them less spicy for the littles), Caulirice, Naked Salad

I’m also planning on making some of this yummy looking Mango Coconut Chia Pudding from Jelly Bean Journals.


Paleo Sweet Cherry Gummies



It’s summer time and in my neck of the woods, its cherry season. I love just eating them as is, but I have so many of them that I’ve started getting creative to try to find uses for them so they don’t go to waste. Yesterday I played around a bit and came up with these little gummy treats. They were a huge hit with the kids, and I bet your littles would like them too.

They are fairly easy to make, but we all know that cherries are messy. I think the clean up was the most time-consuming part for me. And word to the wise, don’t wear white when you make these…what was I thinking?!


1 heaping cup of pitted sweet cherries (I used vans, a type of pollinator cherry)

The juice of half a large lemon

Honey to taste (optional,mine were pretty sweet as is)

4 T gelatin ( I use Great Lakes and I get it on Amazon)



1) Put the cherries in a sauce pan and cook them on medium heat until they are really mushy. They’ll have chunks in them still but it will be a bubbly, syrupy looking liquid, with some chunks.

2) Add lemon juice, and honey if desired. Stir and let it simmer for a minute or so, stirring it constantly.

3) Take it off the heat and put it in the blender or use a hand blender to get rid of the lumps and make it a puree. I went with the immersion blender. Make sure it’s nice and smooth before you go on to the next step. IMG_5624

5) Run it through a strainer to catch any big chunks. I suppose this isn’t totally necessary, but it makes them look prettier to me.

4) Add in the gelatin, a little bit at a time as you continue to blend it.

5) Pour into a mold, or a pan and pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so. When it’s gelled up, remove from the mold and enjoy! (My molds came from amazon too)


*I keep mine in the fridge to store, although they don’t stick around for long with the kids around.


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