JAMBEREE #4: a Paleo Beef Jerky Recipe, a Thank You and a GIVEAWAY!

So this Jamberee is supposed to be all about beef jerky. And the jerky is delicious enough to merit an entire post. But that’s not what I’m going to talk about. I’m going to talk about why we were shooting at Joey’s house until almost midnight last night. And it has nothing to do with Jamberees or Paelo anythingΒ  (in fact, we were cooking up a storm of tasty non-Paleo treats for Teacher Appreciation Week). It has to do with the fact that my bestie could sense I was stressed to the max, that I had overloaded my plate and I was treading water. Like she always does, she stepped in to rescue me (cue dramatic music-like Baywatch-ish but cuter bathing suits).

I have a jam packed week. I’ve overextended myself and many areas of my life (ie. housework, husbands) are being neglected because of it. She scheduled an intervention. She did what every girl needs her friends to do: she looked me in the eyes and told me my priorities were not where they should be. That I had to learn the word “no.” I’m certain that was hard for her, but I love her for saying it. I love her for knowing me well enough to know that a) I needed to hear it from her and b) I would never admit that on my own. So what’s the point?


The point is I’m grateful for Joey. For her friendship. For her lack of judgement (except when it comes to my obsession with NKOTB- she says she has standards or some nonsense). For her decision to take this crazy Paleo journey with me. For her ability to tell it like it is. For her strength when I’m a train wreck of a friend. Everyone needs a Joey.

I’m going to pause that thought, share her yummy jerky recipe and then give you the opportunity to tell me all about the “Joey” in your life.

Joey’s Jerky

1 lb extra lean ground beef
1-ish tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp celery salt

Mash all seasonings into your ground beef and mix thoroughly. Let sit in fridge overnight. Roll out hamburger mixture with rolling pin until it is 1/4th-1/8th-ish inch in thickness (we’re nothing if not exact). Then use a pizza cutter to cut into jerky looking strips. Lay strips into your dehydrator. Dehydrate for about 4 hours or until no more moisture appears on the top of the strips.

The Giveaway

And now onto more fun. You’ve heard all about how Joey is my rock, or my lobster as she would call it. Now I want to hear about yours! Do you have a Joey in your life? How long have you been friends? Why do you adore them? How have they helped you stay afloat when you’ve felt like you were drowning?

Leave ONE comment telling us all about your BFF and be entered to win 2 movie tickets! Simple as that.

I only have 2 rules:

1. While I’m sure many of you will be inclined to tell me about how your spouse is your bestie-and I totally respect that-I’m looking for lifelong Bromances and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-type stories! Got it?

2. You have until noon tomorrow to enter before I throw all of your names into random.org & they spit out a winner.


Email me at amber @ fabulesslyfrugal dot com and tell me where the lobster reference comes from. DO NOT LEAVE THE ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!!! Then come back here and leave a ONE WORD comment that says BONUS.

And, go.



  • Colleen

    If you don’t have a deydrator, has anyone tried this in a low heat oven????

  • Cathee Tyson

    Aren’t best friends wonderful? My bestie always gives me a reality check when I’m freaking out because my boss yelled at me. She shrugs and says “So what? You know you do your job well and he knows that too What do you care what he says?”

    She also reminds me that my boyfriend is a great guy when I freak out over something trivial. Which is usually about once a month lol!

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  • Sarah

    I have been best friends with my bestie since we were 4. She lives in California and would visit her grandparents every Summer in Oregon. We have since always been connected and see each other only once a year! Now in our late 20’s we are closer than ever. We both know when we need to callveachother and check in for one reason or another. She also happens to be my long distance fashionista! I go shopping, take pictures of everything my size on the clearance rack and text them to her. She then pairs things up for me and I try them on! She is my soul sister that I could not imagine life with out!

  • Sophie

    I’m lame. My hubby really is my best friend. That’s what happens when you start dating at 18 and get married and have a kid young!!

  • K

    I don’t even remember meeting my best friend Lisa growing up. I know it was long before Kindergarten. And man, did she keep me out of a lot of trouble! πŸ™‚ When I was stalked in high school and I realized I was in real danger, I went straight to her house! Of course the first thing her mom did was call my mom, but having her there made me feel safe. Thank heaven for good friends.

  • Kristy

    My BFF and I have been friends since our Jr. year in highschool…fast forward 18 years. We live in different states now, but still talk every other day. I mean actually talk on the phone, not text πŸ™‚
    We are very similiar, but also very different which helps when one is going crazy trying to do a million things and the other is more laid back. We both were prego together when we lived close, it was so fun to go eat together, shopping, all the fun prego things we enjoy. Then by a miracle, she was 10 days late and was induced, then I went into labor and we had our children two hours apart! I cherish our friendship like no other, she “gets me” and I “get her”..makes me teary eyed thinking of how much I heart her!
    Your very lucky to have each other!

  • Melissa H.

    So sad … I don’t have a bestie … no one to pull my head from under the water.

  • Jody

    my bestie lives three states away now, and I miss her! We can talk about everything under the sun for hours on end, cry together, laugh together and I don”t have to suck in around her. πŸ™‚

  • Hillary

    Hi Amber,
    Your Paleo Beef Jerky looks tasty
    You can submit your …. pics on http://www.foodporn.net It is a food photography site where members can submit all food pictures that make readers hungry πŸ™‚
    I am already hungry to see your Paleo Beef Jerky photo btw, LOL

  • Denise S

    My bestie is someone I met while working at Walmart 10 years ago. We instantly were inseparable. She has on little boy already with her then husband who adored me. She was the photographer and my wedding (we had only known each other for a few months at that point) we got prego together. Our boys are 2 months apart and are best friends as well. We have told each other everything def each others rocks always there when I need her.

  • Michele R

    My bff has been for 13 years now, She always has this magical way of calling me at the exact moment I’m in the dump and need help standing up again! ( we dont talk everyday ) such a blessing

  • Patti

    My BFF has been my BFF since high school, and we’re now in our 50’s. We don’t live in the same state but we stay in close touch with one another and manage to arrange trips together. There is no one else who knows EVERYTHING about me, and no one else who CARES about me the way she does. The weird thing is that, in terms of our friendship, we don’t feel we’ve aged much at all. So, she keeps me young!!

  • Diane

    My friendship with my bestie has survived high school, boys who came and went, living in different states, and (though I hate to admit it) decades. After all those years, she is moving back to town later this month, and I am so excited! I would love to win movie tickets so she and I can have a long overdue girls’ night out together!

  • veronica

    i met my best friend when i was a freshman in high school. she has stuck with me thru the thick and thin. even tho she lives in boise now and i am in poky we can still call/text/facebook like nothing has ever changed. she is one of those people that if i ever needed anything, she would drive all the way here to give me a hug! “friendship isn’t about whom you’ve known the longest… its about who came and never left your side”

  • Brandie Campbell


  • Brandie Campbell

    I have known my bff for as long as I can remember. Her mom was my grandmas “adopted daughter” (as my grandma would say because she was always at her house). We because very close in high school and have stayed friends all these years. We even have kids that are the same age, my youngest and her oldest son are just 5 days apart. She is one of those friends that you know will always be there for you no matter what and that will slap me when I need it πŸ™‚

  • Julia

    My rock is my best friend. We have known each other for almost 20 yrs. We met back in girl scouts in the 4th grade. We have been through SOOOO much together. Her mothers death when she was 11, my parents divorce and brothers arrest. I we were both each others maid of honors at our weddings. I was there coaching her through the birth of her two baby girls (2yr and 1 yr old), and she was there through the birth of my son (1 yr old. 2 day induction ending in c-section). We have been through it all and are each others rock. No matter what we can go to each other for anything! She has had things really rough lately and needs a girl break. I would LOVE to take her on a girls night out!

  • Kathleen Gras

    Brenda accepted me when my own family rejected me. Now that’s a BFF.

  • Nicole

    my sister.

  • Beverly Tank

    I met my BFF 20 years ago when our oldest children were just babies. Even though we don’t get a chance to see each other very often, we are always there for each other when we just need to talk. She has encouraged me through some difficult things, and I just appreciate her so much!

  • Heather

    My bestie is my sister. She is the person I laugh with the most. She is funny, wonderful, and kind. She bought a house one mile down the road from me right after I gave birth so she could open a daycare and watch my boys when I went back to work. I heart her – she is a blessing! πŸ™‚

  • Heather

    My BFF and I met while we were on a school trip to Germany. We had never talked before the trip. We got to know each other very well over the course of our trip. Since then we have become such amazing friends. She has been there for me through my pregnancies and is like an aunt to my kids. No matter how far apart we may live or even if we do not talk everyday…we are still so close and always pick up where we left off. πŸ™‚ She’s my sister!

  • Heather Bourque

    My bff and I met in college. We share a love for horticulture and we help each other trouble shoot life’s little problems as they arise. She was my maid of honor and I hers at our weddings and no matter how long its been since we’ve last talked, we can pick up as if it was just yesterday. Its a big comfort to know I can call on her for a fresh perspective and a little extra kick in the butt when things have got me down.

  • Renee D.

    I’ve known my BFF since 2nd grade – she is my rock and the person I can always turn to!

  • Linda Loughner

    Coming from a family of boy’s I never thought I’d have a sister like person in my life, Boy was I wrong big time. When we moved back to Pa after living in Utah for years I got to finally be surrounded by this loud, loving family. While my Uncles were the greatest it was my cousin Mary to whom I became so attached to. We are five years apart in age and it makes no difference to us. We can go months without talking and then have a marathon gab session lasting 4-6 hours on the phone. We are so bad that our home phones die and we resort to calling on our cell phones. She has been the one constant in my life and I love her beyond a sister bond!! While life may interceed we aare akways there for each other abd time has no relation to thw distance of miles between us. My life is full with her in it and while we have had a struggle or two in it we have not allowed that to impact our bond.

  • Julee

    My friend Liz is my best friend. She rescued me in high school when I was the new kid and had no friends. And now, 12 years after graduation, she is still the person I can turn to when I just need to talk and figure things out. We don’t live close by each other any more, but every time we talk it’s like no time has passed and we’re instantly comfortable with each other. I think everyone needs a friend like that.

  • Hannah Laura

    My best friend and I became friends in 5th grade…..I remember we both had a crush on the same boy…..now 17 years later and many states away we don’t talk as often as we used to but when we do it’s like no time has gone by. I miss her though.

  • Angela

    I have BFF’s that I have known most of my life. I don’t live close to them anymore but we stay in touch mostly via facebook. I have “local” friends, one that I could call my BFF. We do all our crafts together and love the time we get to visit but, with our kids running in different directions it’s harder to get together. The one who is my best friend and their for me all the time, my husband. He really is the rock in my life and love having him there. Even when our lives are rocky and crazy he knows what to say to help me. He can just grab my hand and take me for a walk and I feel better. I have to say if I had to pick one person to spend my life with, next to my children it would be my husband!

  • Meghan

    I met my BFF when she moved to our small catholic school in 7th grade. She is the COMPLETE opposite of me: I am crazy, loud, outgoing and challenged at sports. She is tall, quiet, shy and a great athelete. But it’s true that opposites attract, even when it comes to BFFs. When she told my dad his feet were stinky the first time she met him, we all knew she was supposed to be part of our family. We have been through the illness and death of her dad, more boyfriends than I care to admit, moving away for college, wedding, kids, you name we have weathered it together. She always knows what to say or not say. Just being in her presence is enough to calm me down when the going gets tough. I am not even sure she REALLY knows how important she is to me, but I like to think so. She is truly the sister I never had and I love her!

  • Wendy H

    My best friend is Abby.we have been friends since fourth grade. I won’t tell u how long ago that was. Wenow live eight hours away from each other but we talk a the time she is the one i can unload on and i am the same for her. I look at all the time we have been together and know we will always be there for each other. It is strange looking at my fifth grader and know that he may of already found his best freindfor life.

  • Colleen Fuller

    I talk to my BFF, Shari, every day! We call each other all the time. I think that I would go insane with out her! We now live 40 miles from each other so this would give us an excuse for a girls night! Thank you!

  • Sara Johnstone

    Met my best friend in 6th grade. 15 years later(thats weird to say)we are still best friends. Graduated from different highschools, now live 2 1/2 hours away. We try to get together about every 6 months for a girls night. THanks for helping remind me what an amazing friend she is. I think I am going to call her πŸ™‚ Although, we did just talk a few days ago. She’s preggo with her 4th! So excited for her!

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  • Angela Putnam

    After moving away for college, getting married, having a wonderful 2 year old, I have seen girlfriends come and go! I still have a handful of girlfriends home in Seattle area that are my “Go-to” and know me inside and out. When we catch up, its like time has never passed. I am now SO thankful for the close besties I have here in Idaho. The ones that have kids, the ones that are just getting married, the ones who we go to for wisdom, the Cop wives too! They all love us through good and bad and we love them for being our family away from home!



  • Meghan

    Did you pick a winner?

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