About Me

I’m a foodie to the n-th degree. Like, hopelessly so. I love cooking and eating so much it hurts (sometimes literally). I’ve been cooking ever since I can remember.  My mom was a wonderful cook and the best teacher I could have asked for.  She put me to work as soon as I was old enough to stand next to her on my step-stool and help mix, grate, cut, whisk, temper, fold, baste, boil, dice, peel, and saute my little heart out.  Makes sense…as I got older and she went back to work full time, having a kid at home who had dinner on the table when everyone else got home must have been pretty legit.  As I got older I started branching out, taking inspiration from my travels, challenging myself to try new things, and commandeering the remote when Iron Chef was on.

For the most part I really do make a valiant attempt to create super-healthy meals that make my skin glow and all that, but sometimes you just need to faceplant in some cheesecake, you know? Yeahhhhh ya do.

This blog is my happy place–my creative outlet for everything food related and whatever else I feel like talking about. I’m also a shoe collector, shopaholic, and makeup hoarder.  Sometimes I just like to talk about my day.  Or the weather.  I’m not picky.

At present, my husband is a full-time business student (at one of the best schools in the country, no big deal) and I’m a full-time housewife.  I wasn’t always the stay-at-home type…I was active duty Army for almost a decade and got out a little over a year ago after my husband and I, with five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan between us, figured we could use a little more “us” time.

Did I leave anything out?  I know you’re dying to let me talk about myself.  Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email me!

30 Comments on About Me

  1. Nicole
    April 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm (2 years ago)

    thankyou so much for your recipes ! I have just started ‘paleo’ 7 days ago and have been stuggling. For me paleo was last ditch attempt to cure dermatitis on my hands – very painful & not very pretty. I have now been steroid free for 2 days and my hands are healing for the first time in 18mths !! your recipes are a godsend thanks !!
    Nicole

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    • tgipaleo
      April 4, 2012 at 5:50 am (2 years ago)

      I’m so glad you like the blog and it sounds like you’re off to a terrific start. Keep it up–and please continue to share your amazing progress!

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    • Nicole Connelly
      March 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm (1 year ago)

      I have the exact same reason as the other Nicole before me! What a trip! Also I am going Paleo for multiple sclerosis. Hoping to heal myself and begin to feel symptom free!
      Thank you so much for all the tasty looking recipies!

      Nicole

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      • tgipaleo
        March 20, 2013 at 6:56 am (1 year ago)

        Thank you so much….my aunt and cousin have MS so it’s near and dear to my heart. Please let me know how the journey treats you!

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  2. KC
    April 5, 2012 at 7:58 am (2 years ago)

    Your recipes look delicious. I’m just starting to try to incorporate a more primal diet. It is extremely difficult considering my husband is a carb junkie and has a hard time experimenting with new foods (he doesn’t like avocado, coconut, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc.). So I’m trying to make small changes where I can. I’d love to try some of your recipes but I don’t know where to get a lot of ingredients.
    Do you have a preferred ingredient list for us newbies? Can I just go to whole foods to get coconut, almond and arrowroot flour or should I look online for specific brands?
    I’d love to see a post on your favorite pantry ingredients to have on hand and where to buy them.
    Thanks!!!!

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    • tgipaleo
      April 8, 2012 at 7:39 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I was actually thinking of doing something like that once we get settled in the new house and have to re-stock the pantry–there are definitely some “little things” I can never, ever be without!

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  3. Carol B
    April 18, 2012 at 8:42 am (2 years ago)

    I am allergic to egg whites and sensitive to chicken. So many Paleo staples and recipes have eggs. Any substitute suggestions?

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    • tgipaleo
      April 19, 2012 at 6:39 am (2 years ago)

      I can probably post on this by itself (and I still might, it’s a great idea!), but for baking you can use 1 Tbsp ground flax mixed with 1 Tbsp warm water to equal 1 egg. For meat dishes, I may need to do a little more research, but in meatballs and meat loves–for example–you can sometimes get away with no eggs or you can use some kind of purée or gelatin powder. Email me if you’ve got questions on a specific recipe and I’ll see what I can do!

      Reply
  4. Sneakers2Sandals
    April 19, 2012 at 6:20 am (2 years ago)

    Just read your post on CNC. I’m in the thick of the research for living Paleo and your blog will certainly help me!! Thanks, loved the post!!

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    • tgipaleo
      April 19, 2012 at 6:33 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Hope this helps!

      Reply
  5. Erin
    April 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

    I also saw your post on CNC. It was totally captivating. I cannot resist a honest blogger with a solid philosophy. I added you to my reader and plan to peruse the archives like a book :)

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    • tgipaleo
      April 20, 2012 at 2:33 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Erin!!

      Reply
  6. Denise
    July 27, 2012 at 11:38 am (2 years ago)

    Love your blog! So glad I found you. Been following paleo for 5 months and am on Day 20 of the Whole30! Love your sense of humor and great recipes!

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  7. Jazmin
    July 31, 2012 at 9:58 am (2 years ago)

    I have got to say that I have been following you blog and have been debating between diving in or not! You have been a great help in making that decision. Even though I don’t know you and you don’t know me and not to mention we are miles away lol. Thank you! For being an inspiration!

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  8. Sammy
    August 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm (2 years ago)

    THIS BLOG IS THE AWESOME! I just stumbled upon it while doing some random paleo googling (I’m pretty sure I googled paleo monte cristo….one can dream, right?) and then I come across this dream of a site! BOOKMARKING THIS! :D

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    • tgipaleo
      August 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Definitely still working on the Monte Cristo…

      Reply
  9. Eating at my Desk
    August 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm (2 years ago)

    YES! Bacon is life! I love the tag line!!! I look forward to reading your recipes and learning more about Paleo.

    Reply
  10. Mel Garcia
    September 20, 2012 at 1:02 am (2 years ago)

    I stumbled upon your blog by searching for sweet potato fries and I’m so glad I did! I’m not a strict paleo nut but love the idea of introducing the lifestyle into mine ever so often. It makes me feel great. I started back up in support of a friend who is doing a crossfit paleo challenge. It’s tough but I can’t wait to see the results.

    I’m also in the military…AF officer and 26 years young. I enjoy meeting other people in my age group aspiring to live a healthy lifestyle and motivating others to do the same. Thank you for your awesome blog. I’m intrigued to try your recipes soon.

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  11. Kyli
    January 3, 2013 at 1:00 am (2 years ago)

    Um, I just read your blog post about your rant. <3-ed it!! I have Crohn's disease and celiacs and I too fell in love with paleo when it was a last step to my natural healing. (Get real doctors…medication is for squares) I tried a searh for you on Facebook and twitter because I really like your no bullshit approach to paleo advice! Do you have other social media sites apart from the blog I can follow. Ima fan!!

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    • tgipaleo
      January 3, 2013 at 6:50 am (2 years ago)

      I’m a little late on the social media front…ugh…I’m lazy. Don’t worry…I’m trying to get a FB Page up and running soon!

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  12. Whitney
    August 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm (12 months ago)

    I find myself coming to your site as one of the regular paleo-themed food blogs I get recipes from. Thank you especially for your paleo friendly dessert recipes! They have really helped when I am having a stressful week and just need something sweet to get me through, while still staying true to my diet choices.
    I finally just read your about me section and realized we have something else in common.. I also am a two dog mommy, one is a husky and the other is a husky mix!
    Keep up the great work, thanks again for the great recipes!

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    • tgipaleo
      August 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks, Whitney! I’m definitely a sugar addict so that was a big reasons I started making my own healthier versions so I wouldn’t give myself diabetes :-)

      Also, huskies are the best. I don’t think I could have any other kind of doggie :)

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  13. Jennie
    September 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm (11 months ago)

    Hi, I am looking for this great cherry chocolate chip banana upside down cake I was told about from this site about two summers ago. Can you help me find it on your site? Thank you!

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  14. Charlotte
    December 16, 2013 at 3:04 pm (8 months ago)

    I just printed off your recipe for the Eggnog Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. I plan to make them for a Solstice Party I’m attending this Saturday. My hostess must be gluten-free, as I am, and many of her guests have particular food issues, too. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks so much for your blog AND your service! And best of wishes with your finals and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

    Reply
  15. Tonja
    February 2, 2014 at 3:43 am (7 months ago)

    You could do a posting on the top 10 fun websites to visit or the top 10
    reasons to go to church. Description : Young Entrepreneurs, Making Money Online Help Guides, Email Marketing, Website
    Ideas and Niche Blogging.

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  16. sara schreiweis
    May 31, 2014 at 3:31 pm (3 months ago)

    I had forgot the website. Now wrote it down on your recipes so I could give credit where credit is due. Delish.

    Reply
  17. Sia Cooper
    June 17, 2014 at 9:23 am (2 months ago)

    My name is Sia and I am a blogger for BodyRockTv’s blog The Daily Hiit. I would love to feature your recipe and photo for your Paleo banana pancakes. I will give proper linkbacks to the recipe and your website. Please let me know if this will be acceptable.

    Thank you!

    Sia

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    • tgipaleo
      June 17, 2014 at 9:30 am (2 months ago)

      Absolutely! I’ve been a BodyRock fan for years!

      Reply
      • Sia Cooper
        June 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm (2 months ago)

        Thank you so much! It will probably be posted in a week or two. Be on the lookout!!! *Hugs*

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