Ohhhhhhh man. What a day. Two nights ago I was lucky enough to hop on an early flight home from Tulum back to Denver (for free thanks to their credit card system being down!!) after having food poisoning, went straight home to cuddle with the pup, worked out first thing the next morning then repacked my bags to drive 8 hours to Nebraska for less than 2 days. This food poisoning really threw a wrench in agenda. Not into it!

I’ll definitely be doing a breakdown of my entire Tulum experience soon and I really want to WANT to go back, but MAN, it’s hard to after that experience. Which sucks because I really didn’t get to experience much of Tulum before the wrath took over my body. Such a bummer.

But with all this recent travel, I seriously haven’t even thought one single bit about Christmas. The only Christmas that has gone through my head is food related for the blog. Not even our own meals at home or any traditions that could go down. I feel like it hasn’t even felt like winter in Colorado since every day has been 60 degrees. We’ve barely seen any snow and that’s so rare. I’m SO down for the no snow but I do hope it snows on Christmas. Listening to Christmas music in Mexico in 80 degree weather just felt weird.

And since we aren’t doing Christmas gifts this year, I’ve completely forgotten that most of the time our Christmas’s include gifts. So I made my own wish list. I’m not a big gift person but I like dreaming of cute stuff. Especially some cute kitchen stuff. Wanna see what I’m thinking about? It’s mostly activewear and kitchen appliances. Maybe I need to dream bigger. Like a Tesla. Tesla’s are so damn cool looking. Please add that Telsa to my list.

I can’t wait to be back home for the holidays. My husband put up a Christmas tree while I was in Tulum and I’m ready to create some new traditions. We haven’t been good at sticking with traditions so hopefully this can be the year that the traditions are so cool, that you actually want to stick with them. If you have any fun family holiday traditions you do every year, you should totally share them below because I’m always looking for ideas! You’re the best. KLOVEYOUBYE!

PaleOMG Oven Roasted Mushrooms

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Oven Roasted Mushrooms

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  • Author: juli
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 2 pound button mushrooms, brushed and stems removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves + more for garnish
  • hefty pinches of salt and pepper


  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brush (don’t wash) the mushroom caps to remove any excess dirt then remove stems. Place on baking sheet.
  2. Whisk together all other ingredients then use a basting brush to brush each cap with the mixture. All each mushroom is coated, pour the remaining ingredients over the mushrooms.
  3. Place in oven to bake for 18-20 minutes, until mushrooms are golden and tender. 
  4. Top with extra fresh thyme leaves before serving.



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  1. Florine says:

    Hi Juli, I just wanted to say I hope you’re feeling better now? Tulum looked amazing! I really want to go.
    Can I just say that the outfit on the previous post is just pure heaven??! It looks AH-MAZING! My boobs are too big to wear no bra, but I still loved that dress 🙂
    I just caught up on listening to the last few podcasts, so I finally got my Juli fix 🙂
    I have one question: I joined a Crossfit gym (mainly thanks to you-so THANK YOU) and really love it. I am however having still a hard time making friends there. I moved to Melbourne some months ago, been to Meetups etc. and I have like two now, which is nice. But I would really like to have some friends in my Crossfit community. How do you go about that? I try to always go to the same class, but I still don’t really feel like a part of the community. The coaches are amazing and know me, but I think none of the members do. I find it super hard making friends when I don’t know anyone and don’t go to a school or uni. My coworkers are great but they have kids and all and I don’t even know if I ever want kids and I’m not really interested in talking about them too much either.
    Anyway, I hope you’re doing better.
    Sending you lots of sunshine from Melbourne!

    1. juli says:

      i think most of our members make friends by coming early and staying after class and stretching with the rest of the group. our gym also has a ton of social functions which helps new people get to know the other people at the gym. i know not all gyms have that, but i know i’ve been able to build some relationships by simply hanging around after a class is done and talking to people!

    2. sammi says:

      I’d also suggest going to workouts that are team WODs or partner WODs. A lot of gyms do those on Saturday. And most crossfitters are super friendly (if a little oblivious), so just introduce yourself and tell them you’re new in town and at the gym. I’m sure they’ll embrace you!

  2. Melissa Washington says:

    I’m getting my whole holiday menu from you so far, lol! I’m going to probably make myself sick on the pecan pie cookie crack, I mean bark. Hot chocolate pancakes for Christmas morning breakfast and now these delicious looking gems will make an appearance on Christmas Eve! I think I’ve started a new tradition this year…making whatever Juli posts, lol!! As for one tradition that our family does every year is one that came about on accident…we were stationed in South Korea, my daughter was 3 maybe 4 and I was watching my friends kids. I thought “I’ll keep them busy by decorating cookies” my daughter thought it was a cookie party and we’ve had one every year since. She is now 9 and I feel like it gets crazier the older they get, lol. It’s a lot of work for me and I may or may not cuss her as I’m rolling a million cookies out but I know it’s something she loves. I totally know you’re feeling on kiddos sooo I don’t see you adding this to your list,lol.

    1. juli says:

      love that!! i mean when is a cookie party ever a bad thing?! and thank you so much for supporting the blog and try all of my recipes!!

  3. Caitlin says:

    I’ve been really inspired by your recipes ( and your honesty and rants are refreshing) since 2012. I generally turn to your website when I need a new paleo idea to try or to encourage others with! I was wondering what entrée you suggest serving these amazing mushrooms with- I want to coordinate a small intimate Christmas Eve dinner with my family. Any ideas are appreciated!

    1. juli says:

      i think this would go great with a beef roast, but it’s honestly great next to anything! even just a simple roasted chicken! and thanks for the love and for sticking around with me!!

  4. sarah says:

    we are going to tulum in february and I’d love to hear where you think you got food poisoning so we know to avoid that place! terribly sorry that happened to you on vacation

    1. juli says:

      i think i got it from a beach club near the ruins, i don’t remember what it was called. just don’t get shrimp ceviche lol

  5. Shay says:

    I know you have mentioned this many times before and i have been searching your site and Instagram for it but i just can’t find it anywhere, what camera do you use to take all your photos now?

    I know as soon as i post this question i will probably find the answer. I know it must be so annoying getting the same questions over and over.

    1. juli says:

      not annoying at all! i just recently got the Canon EOS-5D Mark and use the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens!

  6. Sarah says:

    Hi Juli, I’m new to your blog and I LOVE it so far!! I’ve been eating a paleo diet for several weeks now, and your recipes are so refreshing and exciting!

    Regarding these yummy looking mushrooms, how long do you think they would keep in the fridge? I’m cooking for just myself and like to meal prep a few days out.

    Thanks so much!!

    1. juli says:

      they should be good for 3-4 days in a sealed container