2016 Focus | DoYouEvenPaleo.net

Butter Coffee and Beyond: 2016 Focus

In 2015, I posted my resolutions/goals/whatever you want to call them. It’s not a popular post by any means, but I’m fond of it. I found myself re-reading the post every few months throughout 2015 to reflect on where I’m at and if those goals were still part of my path. So even though I’m terribly late this year, I’d like to continue on with my 2016 focus – the goals and thoughts I have about this new year.

Obviously this year started fantastically for me. I kept joking with friends that my New Year’s Resolution would be “Be More Married”, and I already achieved that (I got married on January 1st) so I was done for the year. Cross that off my list and get back to my life! Yeah, I wish.

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Honey Garlic Chicken Wings | DoYouEvenPaleo.net

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are quickly becoming one of my favorite foods to experiment with. I’ve got my sweet-and-spicy Thai Curry Chicken Wings, my recently-published Next Level Chicken Wings, and now these sticky-sweet Honey Garlic Chicken Wings to add to the growing list of chicken wing recipes on this blog.

Fortunately for me, it’s football season, so it’s the perfect time to brag about all the awesome chicken wing recipes that you can make for game day.

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I’m happy for any excuse to make chicken wings. I mean, if you invited me over for the big game, I’d probably have some fresh chicken wings in tow…because you can’t do football without chicken wings, right?

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Gluten Free Lefse | DoYouEvenPaleo.net

Gluten Free Lefse

Ah, lefse. Potato flatbread. That wonderful Norwegian holiday treat that’s best enjoyed when slathered with butter and sugar. Those that haven’t had it before may be puzzled at the idea, but if you grew up in the Midwest you’re probably salivating at the thought.

I’m not Norwegian or Scandinavian. I’m German-Russian. I didn’t grow up with a family who made lefse every holiday season, so it’s not traditional to me. However, I live in Fargo, North Dakota. And Norwegians are all over the place. And as a result, we may as well drape lefse around the town the same way we proudly display bison statues, signs, and paintings wherever we can. So this year, when the holiday season was creeping up, I took it upon myself to create a gluten free lefse so that I could join in the holiday lefse hype, too.
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Next Level Chicken Wings | DoYouEvenPaleo.net

Next Level Chicken Wings

My Next Level Chicken Wings are just that…next level. Flavor beyond this mortal plane.

These wings have become a favorite of my fiancé’s. If I send him a text letting him know that next level chicken wings are on the menu for dinner, he texts back that I’ve just made his day and he couldn’t be any happier.

As a matter of fact, he’s the one that named this recipe. The first time I made them, he kept pausing between each wing to sing the praises of how incredible they were. “I just…wow. They’re next level. Next level wings.”

I told him I thought that was a pretty solid name for a recipe, and bestowed him with the power to name all the different chicken wing recipes I come up with. So things might get a little weird around here, but bear with me.

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My Non-Traditional Wedding

How A Burst Appendix Led to A Wedding in A Pizzeria

“We’ll just have to wait for 2017.”

I tried to say these words facetiously. Since rushing to the hospital, this was our first moment alone together. Him in a hospital gown, strung up with medical equipment, awaiting an unplanned surgery for a ruptured appendix. Me sitting at his side, leaving work and dropping all other plans to be with him.

I couldn’t have said anything worse. His face clouded and he shuttered his thoughts.

I’d been talking about marriage.

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