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7 Oct

Grokfeast in Beverly, Massachusetts

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

To be honest I dreaded the coming of my 30th birthday. I wanted to celebrate, but I didn’t want to have a “normal” birthday party since Primal life I’d been living wasn’t really “normal” either. So why not host something that fits just a little bit better… like a Grokfeast with some Yard Game Olympics to keep things interesting.

Meat and veggies abounded as did the physical activity throughout the day. Our yard games included Washer Toss, Cornhole, Ladder Ball and Polish Horseshoes – all games which require the accuracy and skill of a seasoned Grok hunter.  Score was kept on a giant whiteboard and competition was intense. At the end of the night, prizes were awarded to those who successfully “out hunted” their opponents. And no birthday – well at least no birthday in my world – would be complete without birthday burpees… 30 to be exact. Nearly every person, Primal or not, who attended the party joined in the burpee mania.

The Feast

  • Steak Tips
  • Ginger Jalepeno sausages
  • Key Lime Chicken
  • Jameson Burgers
  • Bacon, broccoli & blueberry salad
  • Mango & Black Bean Salad
  • Kale Salad
  • Assorted raw veggies
  • Paleo Pumpkin Birthday Cupcake

Recipe: Paleo Pumpkin Birthday Cake (Originally posted on Ciocco)

Here’s a birthday take on the pumpkin almond butter dessert/bread frosted with Elana’s vegan chocolate frosting (instead of 1 teaspoon of vanilla, i used 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract & 1/2 teaspoon almond extract) & topped with shreds of coconut.

The Tribe

Kathryn Leibfried, Evan Bernier, Steve & Camilla Franson, Paul Kratka, Jen Nadeau, Nick Araza, Cas Green, Ryan Hewitt, Kendra Cecieta, Jared Schmidt, Alicia Gomes, Brent Miffitt,  Andrew & Liisa Hall, Danny Vadala, Paul Dalton, Andrea Dalton, Matt Cipolla, Terri & Peter Leibfried, Steve & Erin Picone, Steve & Sarah Enos, Alexis Girvan, Lauren Cecilia, Sarah Tyman, Matt & Chris Cerrigione, Jon Park, JP Wioncek, Adam & Samantha Ladak, Jenny Armenta, Jesse Davis, Bethany Glaser, etc.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. happy birthday!

    noah216 wrote on October 7th, 2010
  2. Now that’s a happy birthday!!

    Ryan wrote on October 7th, 2010
  3. That’s awesome, another primal birthday party. Great job!

    alley cat wrote on October 7th, 2010
  4. Fun video. Looks like you got your birthday wish.

    christie wrote on October 7th, 2010
  5. Looks like a good time

    Fatkid wrote on October 7th, 2010
  6. A primal party. What better way is there to insure that you’ll have MANY MORE birthdays? :)

    Larry wrote on October 7th, 2010
  7. Reminds me of a tailgate gone primal – I could see this schedule for any fall football weekend!

    The burpee video was dark, but I think I see a lot of bad form there – I assume all your reps counted though! :p Burpee pull-ups next year?

    Kris wrote on October 8th, 2010
  8. Grok Games, It will replace the Olympics soon.

    Mark wrote on October 8th, 2010
  9. I can’t believe I missed this!!

    rotker wrote on October 8th, 2010
  10. Bacon broccoli and blueberry salad? Sounds awesome to me!

    Ryan wrote on October 8th, 2010
  11. Yay Catherine!! Beverly’s Best representing paleo/bonfire life! Happy birthday!!

    Bethany wrote on October 8th, 2010
  12. This was such a fun party! My vote goes here!

    Sarah wrote on October 8th, 2010
  13. Happy Birthday! What a way to celebrate!

    Cindy Hanna wrote on October 8th, 2010
  14. meat-tastic!!!

    carol wrote on October 8th, 2010
  15. haha, my redneck family plays ladder ball in spokane, they claim it was invented in spokane. My uncle calls it yard nuts 😀

    James P. wrote on October 9th, 2010
  16. Thanks for the thoughts you share through your blog.

    gastric bypass before and after wrote on September 15th, 2011

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