While most of you were slaving over a hot stove/grill/oven to create nosh for your Madonna-viewing party, I just sat on my ass and didn’t lift a finger. Taking a cooking break is key to my sanity.

For breakfast, I reheated a bowl of Pressure Cooker Bone Broth and added leftover barbacoa and baby chard.

The tang from the barbacoa made this soup reminiscent of a steaming bowl of noodle-less pho. 

Afterwards, we all headed to My Gym to celebrate – very belatedly – Lil-O’s birthday.

While the kids were milling around at the start of the party, Big-O demonstrated how unbelievably easy it is to do Toes To Bar. Can you tell he was born in the Year of the Monkey?

The kiddies had a blast and I did diddly squat. Outsourcing is awesome.

For the sweet treat of the morning, I ordered dozens of mini gluten-free cupcakes from Aimee Anaya Everett. When the busy mom isn’t running Catalyst Athletics, coaching, contributing to The Performance Menu, tweeting witty bon mots, or weightlifting – she devotes her limited spare time to perfecting the gluten-free cupcake. Did I mention that Aimee makes me feel totally inadequate? (Check out her new website by clicking HERE!)

Lil-O had specifically requested marble cupcakes with rainbow frosting and he was super duper excited that his dream had been granted.

These cupcakes were moist and delicate with a tender crumb and a fantastic vanilla flavor. Definitely some of the tastiest cupcakes I’ve ever eaten – and I’ve inhaled a ton in my pre-Paleo days. 

As a special treat for me and Fitbomb, Aimee also baked us some vanilla cupcakes sprinkled with Heath Bar Crunch. Yummyyummyyummy. Her cupcakes have just the right amount of sweetness that totally satisfies my residual sugar cravings.

Lil-O was giddy that his cupcake was topped with a mountain of psychedelic-colored, vanilla-flavored frosting.

I bet you a million bucks that his birthday wish was to eat a cupcake. Every. Single. Day.

Too bad his parents are Nom Nom Paleo and Fitbomb.

At lunchtime, we headed over to  The Counter and I gobbled up a beef burger in a bowl.

When we came home, Lil-O tore through his loot…

…and I spent an hour building Lego Ninjago toys before we headed over to Fit Daffy’s to watch Madonna’s halftime show.

I was a dork and didn’t contribute to the buffet – but what an awesome Paleo-friendly feast it was! The spread included deviled eggs…

…Melicious’s Bora Bora Fireballs (the recipe is in her cookbook, Well Fed)…

…bowls of guacamole…

…mini chicken apple sausages…

…grilled chicken wings & thighs…

…and a huge salad.

Here’s just one of my dinner plates:

Fit Daffy also made a yummy coconut milk and pandan pudding for dessert. 

Good times. 

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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