I haven’t been going through midlife alone. Right next to me is my husband Dale who is only a couple weeks older than me. This year we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary and just like how we were pretty much kids when we first met, we’re navigating this latest chapter in our life together. We’re looking back at the lessons we’ve learned and making plans and working out the directions that we want to take for our future.
Family, traveling, and talking about life has been a constant for Dale and I. In fact, we’ve worked together on these exact subjects, taking our young family on camping adventure and writing about them for The Los Angeles Times and Australian Associated Press. You can get an idea of what we did in some old archived articles here.
Dale and I are going to be doing a podcast together and this episode is one of our experiments. We really just shoot the breeze on what this camping trip was like and some of the things we’re up to – including our new interest in a cross between Paleo and Vegan eating. It’s early days but we just try to avoid dairy, refined sugar and gluten/wheat. We’re wrapping our head around it and the bottom line is we’re actually having fun.
Honestly, just about any packaged or processed food that you secretly like, say a candy bar, can be made with real ingredients and even be healthy. For example, here’s a recipe for Reese Peanut Butter Cups that can be tweaked from Vegan to Paleo.
Chocolate base and top
Raw Cacao Powder
Peanut Butter Filling
Peanut Butter or use Sunflower Butter (if you’re a stickler for paleo)
Himalaya Sea Salt
Instructions: Mix the chocolate base ingredients to a sauce consistency and spoon half into a cupcake liner, leaving the remaining for the topping. Stick in fridge to harden. Mix the peanut butter filling, can be done by hand no problem. When the chocolate bottoms are hard, spoon the peanut butter filling on top, spreading it so it’s even. Top with the remaining top and place in fridge to harden. I know I haven’t given the amounts but if you cook you can probably guess how much you need right? In any case, this is pretty insane tasting as well as exciting to eat because it has to be better for you than the original thing!
What I LOVE about the idea of doing another podcast with Dale is that we can also get a man’s POV on midlife and beyond. Maybe it’s something that the men in your life might enjoy as well and give us all the chance to get this conversation going about making life great, from this point on.
So on that note, I’d love your feedback on the idea of Dale and I doing a collar. Let us know what you think!