Is a year ever wrapped up with a neat little bow? Are you still basking in the gratitude of unexpected gifts? Or are you grappling with unforeseen circumstances? Maybe it’s a bit of both. 2014 brought the exhilarations and unexpected lessons of first time home buying for husband, David and me.
Our Boulder, Colorado condominium: We're open to responsible renters!
Also, thanks to a sweet friend, I’ve renewed my Screen Actors Guild membership and am reacquainted with the joys of acting. And, as always, doing my best to keep my eyes focused on driving in my lane. My ego seems to need frequent reminders to take a back seat. Sometimes it’s a nudge; other times it’s a shove!
Paleo Pound Cake: Surprisingly similar to the real stuff!
One thing I could not sweep aside at year’s end was my health. Blood tests revealed the accumulation of bad choices. The bottom line: Sugar intake must drop and protein intake needs to increase. (Dramatic, somewhat traumatic events, for a sweet-toothed mostly vegetarian Ninja Baker.) Apparently, the Japanese diet of sticky white rice, tofu, a little fish and giant frozen yogurts with Oreos is not the best option for this body. (Confession: I've still got vanilla and chocolate Oreos in my freezer...Maybe I'll toss them by 2015...We'll see.)
This Paleo Pound Cake to quote Mary Poppins is "practically perfect in every way."
Enter the husband, David, with his Paleo friendly e-cookbooks….Nooooooo, I’m not giving up brown rice or gluten-free breads or Greek yogurt. But the Paleo e-cookbooks do contain some good-looking sugar free desserts. Plus, David’s been craving a Paleo friendly dessert. My husband is the hero who’s signed me up with a weekly visit to a nutritionist. So the fellow deserves a sweet reward, right?
Paleo Pound Cake with paleo approved raspberry garnish!
I started with this Paleo Pound Cake. It’s no Sara Lee. The cake is moister and less dense. In all fairness, the density factor may have something to do with the use of granulated rather than powdered erythritol. (Seriously, I am over the moon that this magical and healthy substitute for sugar is in my life!) The Paleo Pound Cake is similar in taste to a regular pound cake. The recipe gives the option of coconut oil or grass-fed sourced butter. You can bet I used the butter! (I do have a bit of a rebellious streak at times…That’s what happens when you separate a Ninja Baker from her Oreos!) At any rate, whether you’re going Paleo, counting calories and praying to fit into that summer swimsuit, this pound cake is for you.