Just a heads up, I’m feeling a little sarcastic today! About 5 years ago, I had a Facebook account and I used it predominantly to, take selfies, post a few quotes, document an awesome outfit, and appear to be having the time of my life even if I was posting while sitting home, in my PJ’s, catching up on General Hospital while eating something that was far from being considered “real food!”

Fast forward to 5 years later and I’m back on Facebook, but these days I find myself using FB to raise awareness to issues that are near and dear and to celebrate my food.  Not to mention, I’m still guilty of a few selfies here & there.. ?

See, I have this love/hate relationship with social media.  On one hand, it’s sooo ridiculous in that, we’ll friend request a person we connected with for an hour on an airplane, but we’ll “unfriend” a true friend after a decade long friendship over a minor falling out.

If we’re mad at someone, we withhold from clicking “like,” because that would be the same as declaring a truce and no one wants to be the first to do that! There’s the ex you spent years with, but it didn’t end well, so you’re definitely not “friends on FB,” so while the world thinks you don’t even know each other or like each other, you actually “really know” each other and have grown rather amicable through the years. Then there’s the I’m so mad at you, I’m going to have all of my friends “unfriend” you because that really makes a statement! (I can’t.. Haha!) And my personal fave, I’m going to “block” you because my page is so important and top secret, I can no longer allow “you” to view it!

Go through a divorce or any type of break up and watch the friend list decrease.. just sit back & watch.. Haha!

Btw, everyone knows when they’ve been blocked, so just go the unfriend route and stop being passive aggressive. ?

Now, I could spend a day on the amount of love or lust affairs that began as a result of reconnecting on FB, or the amount of stalkers that have been acquired, but enough negatives.. let’s talk positive’s peeps!

Thanks to social media we have the ability to stay in touch with each other when we wouldn’t otherwise be in contact.  We can raise awareness and funds for issues that are important to us.  We can make new friends, meet people, and promote our personal interests.  Countless animals have been saved as a result and so much money has been raised for children who are in need.  It’s an amazing source for advertising, obtaining information, discussing a debate, keeping track, and documenting all of your milestones, both big and small.

There are times I still think about leaving social media, but peace of paleo wouldn’t be possible without it, and there are some people I would truly miss because they are what I like to call, “my true Facebook friends!” ? So, for now, my friends and followers (whom I’m grateful for) are simply stuck with me! ?

Ah, now that I got all of that out, let’s eat peeps!

BRATWURST & BRAISED CABBAGE

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Serving Size: 8

Bratwurst & Braised Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 1 pound bratwurst
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 20 ounces shredded cabbage
  • 10 ounces shredded carrots
  • 2 cups baby bella “cremini” mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 14 ounces sauerkraut, drained
  • 64 ounces chicken broth
  • handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Melt the lard in a dutch oven and brown the bratwurst whole. Once it’s browned, remove it and allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing it into small pieces. Place the onion in the pot and saute until translucent. Place the sliced bratwurst in the pot and add the other ingredients. Cover and bring to a hard boil then, reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the parsley and serve.

 

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