Sleep Love Eat

{Paleo Purgatory}


I have only been to confession once, but after reflecting upon the last few weeks, I am considering the need to purge my sins for the second time.

In prepping several new recipes to share with you, I have found vast photographic evidence that I have, in fact, committed several culinary acts that the die-hard paleo community may consider sinful.

It began with good intentions. I swear!

It all started with our purchase of Practical Paleo. A beautiful, informative book with over 120 beautiful recipes. I discovered recipe or two inside with the word “muffin” in it, and another with the word “pancake,” and it’s all been a fast downhill ride from there.

After successfully baking a couple of Diane’s baked goods, I was inspired to create a grain-free pumpkin pie from scratch for Thanksgiving. I tried a recipe that I had found online, and while the flavors turned out fantastic, the texture completely bombed. Really, it was the saddest little pie you’ve ever seen. Goo all spilled out on your dish like it needed a straight jacket to hold it together. So, like any good chef, I came home from Thanksgiving dinner, head down, shoulders slumped, and decided the only cure would be to seek culinary revenge upon my pitiful Thanksgiving pie. The next weekend, I created a second grain-free pumpkin pie from scratch. And it. was. awesome. Perfect, actually. Really, the best pie we’d ever tasted.

But I forgot to write down the recipe.

Did I mention it was custom? Baked from scratch? Never before invented? 


So… I had to recreate it. My third pumpkin pie in 2. 5 weeks. But I did it. And it was a huge success. (And yes, I wrote it down.) Phew!

Sigh – of – relief.

So, after the third pie, I had some extra dates on hand, and noticed some old bananas, and I was feeling all mad-brilliant-kitchen-scientist after the whole pie fiasco, so I thought I’d invent yet another paleoesque baked good. Banana bread! And it was another surprise score. I cannot wait to share this one with you!

The recipes are not necessarily “good for you” nor are they really “bad for you”… so I’m feeling guilty because for years we’ve avoided baked goods, but I’m knowing I shouldn’t feel so bad because the ingredient lists consist of simple, whole, natural, grain-free ingredients.

I’m torn. And confused and dizzy. And drowning in deliciousness. And feeling loads and loads of youth-induced Catholic guilt.

So, my plan, you see (insert maniacal laugh here), is to lure you down the rabbit hole with me one





Perhaps you can join me on the journey and release me from my Paleo Purgatory :)

Coming soon to Sleep Love Eat…

  • Apple Streusel Egg Muffins
  • Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Gluten Free Banana Bread
  • Kick-Ass Pumpkin Pie with Gingerbread Pie Crust & Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream.

Fasten your seatbelt folks. It’s gonna be one delicious ride.



  1. It’s not nice to tease, Joey! ;) Can’t wait for the recipes and I agree with you, Diane’s book is fabulous! As is It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig. Have you read that one yet?

    • I only made you wait a day! I felt the need to forewarn the readers since I’ve never branched out into anything that seems like a goodie before. I haven’t read that book yet, but we love the Whole 30 approach and highly recommend it for newbies to Paleo!

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