A Month in Review – January

January wasn’t a very active month here on the blog for me. It’s been a big, stressful month.

On January 5th I started the AIP or Autoimmune Protocol. It’s a version of Paleo that eliminates some added foods to see if there are any remaining sensitivities. It’s not forever…and it’s a lot more complicated than I can go into in one post…If you do want more information seek out great sources like “The Paleo Mom” and “AutoImmune Paleo” and many great others. I did pretty well but found I am very sensitive to nuts and tomatoes so far.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

I think my favorite recipe this month was the Pressure Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage. That may be me being a little nostalgic, but it turned out truly delicious.

aunt linda

Unfortunately though, on January 31st, I was on my way to see my Aunt Linda for what would probably be the last time and she passed away before I got to her. I carried around a lot of guilt. I was so deeply sad and depressed. I miss her so much that it hurts sometimes. She was like my second mom and is one of the best cooks in the family. I can remember from a young age sitting across her bar from her while she peeled potatoes, tomatoes, and other vegetables. She was the only one that could get me to eat Spaghetti when I was little. I always remember well done sausage and gravy. Of course, But, I think I’ll most remember her Goulash and her Beans and Cornbread with Fried Taters.

I also fell off my diet. Today is the first day I’ve not gone without something with gluten in it. Which is really bad because I am ultra sensitive to gluten. I’ve been in a lot of pain physically and emotionally. I think as my heart starts to heal, I will make my way back to my diet. Although, there was a valuable lesson. I can’t eat conventionally. Too much pain. So that question of not stressing about the AIP and just eating conventionally is no longer an option.

But, what’s great for you guys is that I have a very long back log/list of recipes that I want to review, review the books, or to tell you what I made up.

I hope you guys can understand why I’ve been a little absent and not as active. I tried to put a good faith effort out there to keep trying to put up a recipe up when I was well enough. There is a Manic Monday post up and I hope I’ll be back on Wednesday to give you another great recipe and get back to my Monday, Wednesday, Friday Schedule.

My 3 Baby Yogis

What can you look forward to here?

I asked my kiddos what they’d like to make if I’d teach them how to cook something. So far Madison wants to make strawberry pie, Mark wants to make pancakes, and Rylan is undecided. I think it’ll be a great way to showcase how different my kiddos are, and how Paleo has really helped them and that it is so very possible to have happy, healthy, Paleo kids.

I’m always experimenting so you know I’ll figure something out. Always learning, always growing. I even made a meatloaf in my pressure cooker!? (My first book may turn out to be 101 ways to cook a Meatloaf!) I definitely want to talk more on my new pressure cooker that I received as a gift at Christmas. Hands down, I think everyone should own one!

So….Come on back next time and see what I come up with next. I’m looking forward to a happier and healthier year and hope you wonderful people are doing great so far too!

-Ami M. Lee, Big Momma, Missin’ some good ole’ Southern Cookin’, Common Sense Cook

A Year in Review

Well it’s time for a month in review, so I thought I’d go ahead and get back on the YouTube and tell you guys how thankful I am to have made it through this year. Yep guys…I’ve been on YouTube. Talked about plenty of stuff. Hope to bring more videos to you guys here on this page. I love you guys and hope you are having an amazing New Year’s Eve!

See you next year! ❤

A Month in Review – November

November was full of its ups and downs. Here on the blog it was all up! I am so thankful for all of you guys following, and even those of you who haven’t quite committed to letting me in your inbox, but still come by and check out what I’m doing. Thanksgiving was amazing and I had such a great day.

I wasn’t able to share all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, so I owe you guys big time. Unfortunately, I was having a lot of personal issues with my husband. More unfortunately, my husband now requires that I cook him conventional food for supper. This has sent me into a deep depression. I physically can’t eat gluten. Even tiny or moderated amounts cause me a great deal of pain. It costs a lot extra to buy conventional things like bread, milk, and cheese. But, I am trying to take it as a challenge and look at it as an opportunity to serve more people. I will remain to eat paleo and have been considering a run on AIP to figure out some of my other issues that are still plaguing me.

So there are some great things to come, I think. It could be good to rediscover some old conventional favorites, while remaining on the AIP and/or Paleo. I think my favorite recipe that i conquered this month was Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon. What was yours? Did you happen to try any of my recipes? I hope you’ll share below. Or, if you have any questions or want to request my take on a recipe, just let me know! I’m having fun doing what I’m doing and can’t wait to see what comes! I believe we are up to 50 amazing followers and I’ll love you guys whether we stay at 50, 500, or who knows…5,000!

Happy Holidays!

Ami M. Lee, The Common Sense Cook

A Month in Review: October

I’m actually writing this a few days early since this month ends in Halloween. Actually…in line of thought…I may have a double post that day to discuss Paleo Halloween and what me and my husband have come up with. But, I digress.

I believe this is the first full month of blogging and I’ve learned a few things. I am in love with blogging about food. I will not always succeed on pleasing my entire family with a recipe. Recipe reviews are so much fun when they come out good. I have a lot more tact on that one slightly negative review than I thought I could have. And, in reality, I have that feeling that this is what I should be doing. Who knows where we may go. I’ll look back five years and smile at figuring out, this is what my life was meant for.

One of my favorite moments from this month was realizing that I really make a lot of stuff up as I go. I came to the conclusion if I ever get the chance to make a cook book, it’ll be called “Stuff that I make Up.” I would call it *Bleep* that I Make Up…but that’s not very professional, right?

I also enjoyed last nights success even with my husband. As I mentioned in my Common Sense Philosophies post that I was making a Chicken Roulad from Against All Grain. It had flattened chicken breasts, dairy free pesto, and prosciutto. I also made broccoli on the side. I received a five out of five. All of us liked this dish! My husband still isn’t on the paleo bandwagon, so I have been working hard trying to find paleo recipes that even my picky husband will enjoy.

Most of all, I enjoyed all of the comments and feedback on all of the posts. Thank you to all the readers who like, shared, and/or commented on posts. It brought me great joy and I’m so glad for each of you to be here. To all my followers, thank you so much for believing in me and what I love to do. I hope to keep impressing as the blogs roll on.

What was your favorite recipe from this month? Is there anything you would like me to try or have recipes of your own to recommend? Leave them below and I’d love to check them out!

I hope you had a wonderful October, and even if you didn’t…remember…There’s another month right around the corner to be better. I’m sending you good smelling kitchens and full bellies, from my Common Sense Kitchen to yours.

Happy Halloween!

-Ami M. Lee, The Common Sense Cook