Poached Egg Salad – Another Paleo Way to Start Your Day!

Paleo Poached Egg Salad

Since this poached-egg salad only takes a few minutes to prepare, it makes a fantastic Paleo food choice for breakfast.

The What:

  • Microwave egg poacher like this one {affiliate link}
  • A very small amount of butter (less than ¼ teaspoon)
  • Two large eggs
  • Two tablespoons water
  • Salt (optional)
  • Pepper


The How:

  1. Using your index finger or the back of a teaspoon, add just a ‘smear’ of real butter to the bottom of each poaching cavity.
  2. Break a large egg into each dish.
  3. Add a pinch of salt (optional) and pepper to each egg.
  4. Add a tablespoon of water to each egg (very important!)
  5. Carefully close the poacher and place it in the microwave.
  6. Microwave eggs on high for 50 seconds.
  7. Carefully open the poacher (WARNING:  hot steam may burst out) to check for done-ness.
  8. If they are not done, then microwave them on high in short (10 seconds) intervals until eggs are cooked to your likeness.*
  9. Remove poacher from microwave.
  10. Carefully open the lid.
  11. Use a teaspoon to gently scoop out each poached egg.


Enjoy the eggs by themselves or, add them to a salad of mixed greens and your choice of toppings.


Suggested salad toppings:  tomatoes (sliced or whole grape tomatoes), ½ a ripe avocado, homemade oil + vinegar dressing, and another generous pinch of coarsely-ground  black pepper. Yum!

Try this!  And let me know how you like it!




*(FYI:  I’ve never had to cook my eggs for more than 80 seconds for them to be done.  I like my yolks to be completely cooked (firm) but not hard.)

2014 : A New Year = Promises + Plans + Possibilities


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Ah, welcome to 2014.

A new year full of promises, plans, and possibilities.

Yes, I’ve been away for a while (too long) and my blog has a gaping hole in it.  But I’m not going to fret about things in the past.

And you shouldn’t either!

Let’s make this year a time for focusing on the important stuff.  {Click here to tweet that thought.}

For me, the next twelve months will have laser-beam focus on the following:

Grace — I want to extend grace and forgiveness to my family, my co-workers, and to the world in general.  God has extended so much grace to me.  I want to do the same.

Gratitude — I take too much for granted.  It’s time to look at the smallest things and feel thankful for them.  Examples:  the heated seats in my car on a morning where the temperature is hovering around 11 degrees F; when my kids get along.  They are great kids, don’t get me wrong; however, it is pure bliss when they can be in the same room with each other for more than 15 minutes and co-exist.  Oh, how I love that.

Giving — In 2014 I want to ‘give’ by helping out more at home.  My wife handles SO MUCH of the day-to-day home-keeping tasks.  She needs a break.  And I need to step up and do my share.  I also need to be a better manager and coach at work.  I depend on my team members to do a lot.  And I need to be there for them — teach them, nurture them, and discipline them so they can become better at what they do.

Simplification (which continues to include some major de-cluttering projects) — This seems to be on my list every year.  I struggle with keeping my world clutter-free.  The plan is to simplify:  file away papers, keep my closet in good shape, keep clutter from accumulating in all the popular places (kitchen counter tops, dressers, in the car, and a few hundred other places.  It never used to bother me — but now — it does.  There are plenty of opportunities for de-cluttering my world.  {Click here to tweet that thought}

What about you?  What are your plans for the new year?


Happy Thanksgiving

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From me to you:


Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your day (and your weekend).

Trying to Catch Up …

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I’ve always believed that sometimes you just need to heed the advice of a slip of paper tucked inside a cookie.


Today my fortune cookie delivered this message:


“You are capable, competent, creative, and careful.  Prove it.”


Yes. Yes I am.

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A Month of Simple Thanks {Weekend}

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Simple Thanks


I am ESPECIALLY thankful for a wife who takes such great care of our family finances.

And is not afraid to get her hands dirty with fall leaf clean up.


A Month of Simple Thanks {No. 4}

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Today, I continue on my Thirty Days of Thanksgiving.

Honestly, every moment of every day there’s much to be thankful for.

I hope you’re enjoying this series.  I invite you to join me in my Thirty Days of Thanksgiving.

No hype. No pressure.

Just a time to stop. Breathe. And notice even the smallest of things.

Be in awe of it. Cherish it.

And most of all, be thankful!

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A Month of Simple Thanks {No. 3}


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We’re into day number three of the Thirty Days of Thanksgiving project.

Today I was happy to see (and hear) that my college-age son is truly thankful for his mother’s excellent meal preparation skills.

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A Month of Simple Thanks {No. 2}

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Here is my second entry of ‘thanks’ for the month of November.


Simple thanks.

Tonight I am grateful for the time my family sat around the kitchen table at 11PM eating greasy tacos from Taco Bell.

We talked about the wedding Nate attended this afternoon.  And we talked about what he’s doing at college these days.

It’s good to all be together.

We talked about marching band and state band competitions.  How the high school that my wife and I attended took home Second Place in tonight’s contest.  The Marching Minutemen of Concord High School put on a fantastic show.

No need for special occasions.  Or special food.  Or any special reason.

It’s special simply because we’re all together.

I am thankful for my family.


Join me in my month-long ‘simple thanks’ project here on the blog.

Simply publish a post about some simple, basic thing you’re thankful for and share in the comments section below.

Don’t have a blog?  No worries!  Simply leave a comment and let me know what you’re grateful for.  It’s easy!

A Month of Simple Thanks {No. 1}

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A Time of Thanksgiving

Here in the States, Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away.

A time for turkey, a lot of other great-tasting food, family get-togethers, and of course, a time to remember all the things we’re truly thankful for.

Rather than save up for the ‘big day’, I thought I’d share something I am thankful for every day of the month.

It won’t always a big “happy-to-have-a-great-job” kind of thing, but many days, I’ll be celebrating the smaller, mundane things.

Like hot water.  Wi-fi.  Windshield wipers that work.

You know — things like that.  Silly things that we take for granted.

Shame on us!

So, please:  join me as I celebrate simple thankfulness during the month of November.

Every day, I’ll be publishing a short post here on the blog.  Feel feel to do the same — and share your link in the comments.

Here’s my first November entry:


Simple thanks.

I am thankful that Nate got home from college safely.

It’s an hour and half drive.

With rain and wind and leaves everywhere, I’m especially thankful that his trip home was safe.


See!  It’s easy.

Now, go post something on your blog.  Or make an entry in your journal.  Then, come back here and add a comment and share the link to your post.  Or tell me what you wrote in your journal.

We should have an attitude of gratitude ALWAYS.

But let’s be intentionally thankful this month and capture those those things we’re grateful for.

Digitally or with pen and paper, let’s make a list and celebrate each one.




Ultimate Party Meatballs are a Big Hit at Crafty Dad’s House

Disclosure:  I received Heinz®, Johnsonville®, and Ocean Spray® products in exchange for sharing this recipe.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.



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Party Time!

Okay, so it wasn’t really a party.  But, sometimes when you find a new recipe and you really enjoy it, that is something to celebrate!

That was the case today.

My good friends at Child’s Play Communications offered me the opportunity to try out the some Ultimate Party Meatballs.  The recipe calls for the Johnsonville Classic Italian Style meatballs .  (They also come in Homestyle and Three Cheese flavors.)  They contain no MSG, artificial flavors or colors.

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