You Don’t Have to Take My Word For It

I have flown through a few episodes of LeVar Burton Reads on my commute, and it has made it so much more enjoyable. If you happen to follow me on twitter, you know exactly how I feel about Boston drivers. And yes, I know that I am so very late to this particular podcast party. Flip side, I get to binge, which is how I have been consuming most of my media lately.

Yesterday morning I got caught up in: Seriously, transported to the Sedona desert, which happens to be a bucket list travel destination.

This morning's treat was Black Betty:

I now need to track down the rest of her talking animal stories.

And yesterday's evening commute was: which introduced me to Octavia's Brood so you know my to-read shelf just got longer.

I'm actually looking forward to my drive home tonight

If you listen to this podcast, what are some of your favorite stories?

Menu Plan Monday: Out of Time

Unfortunately, not R.E.M nor Denzel related. I just don’t have enough time in the day to get things done. I need a few clones of myself. So here I am, taking a few minutes at the end of the work day, before I start my commute, trying to scramble on menu planning and debating the energy-draining thoughts of driving my commute, grocery shopping, and then cooking dinner.

Eff that.
But rather than order out (so tempting!!!), I decided that it was worth my time and sanity to have someone else grocery shop for me.
Instacart is worth my sanity this week: — Annette (@daNanner) May 21, 2018
With my daughter still restricted to a FODMAPS diet, I had to pick things that everyone liked and wouldn't require me to be a short-order cook like I have been for the last few weeks. For the record, I try to stick to Paleo/Paleo AIP. She's FODMAPs, and he's Keto.
So - here's this week's FODMAP/Paleo/Keto Friendly Dinner Menu
Monday: Primal Jambalaya
Tuesday: Br…

40 Days of Clean Eating – Part 2

Days 11-20
I continue the cannibalization of my blog and social media (mostly G+ for this second post).

11. “Ghetto-Fabulous” Claim Jumper Jerk Chicken and Sweet Potato

I was craving sweet potatoes, so I went with my homemade (sometimes ghetto fabulous) version of Claim Jumpers Jamaican Jerk chicken and sweet potatoes (baked, only the sauce from the chicken). Added some red and yellow peppers and instant happy mouth and tummy.12. Cedar- Planked Salmon & Halibut

This is how you feed three people with very different tastes and preferences. Orange-Ginger Salmon, Lemon-Dill Halibut, and plain planked salmon.13. Primal Jambalaya - The Gateway Meal

Modified Primal Jambalaya ( Used sweet Italian (turkey) sausage and okra, no cauliflower. The child unit doesn't like shrimp, but I'll probably toss some cooked shrimp in for tomorrow's lunch.
14. Curried Shrimp and Spinach

15. Chicken Tandoori
"But Mom, it's not red like Trader Joe's. "

40 Days of Clean Eating - Part 1

I didn't want to completely re-invent the wheel so I scavenged my blog and social media posts for recipes with photos. Almost everything here should be able to prepped and cooked within 30 minutes or less.
Days 1-10
Spinach FrittataMy omelets always tend to get messy, so I learned to cover the pan and let the steam cook the top instead of trying (and failing) to flip them properly without breakfast falling on the floor. This is filled with Crimini mushrooms, diced onions, garlic, baby spinach and a yummy shaved cheese blend of Toscano, cheddar and aged Parmesan.

Grilled steak and brown butter thyme butternut squash
What do you eat after donating blood? Coffee-rubbed (TraderJoe'ss coffee and garlic) grilled steak and brown butter thyme butternut squash. Mmmm butter. Kerrygold so it's all paleo compliant.

Recipe:Butternut Squash with Browned Butter and ThymePan roasted brussels sprouts and squash with chicken sausage (Whole 30, pg 286)

Eggplant heavy Ratatouille (Whole 30 pg 28…

TBB Asks: Love Edition


Every Day is a New Day

To make new mistakes or fix yesterday's

I told myself "February's Goal - No Unnecessary Spending."
I wasn't going to spend any money this month (on shopping) and that I was going to get my budget under control.

I told two people so that I could be held accountable. I also did a shitton of shopping at the end of January for everything I thought I might need in February, canceled my  Amazon Subscribe and Save products for the month (we're backlogged two months and running out of storage anyway) and paid off a bunch of bills.

And then I went to Target two mornings in a row. I blame a post I saw on FB for planting the idea. I mean, it's semi-justifiable shopping. I was in some serious need of B-Vitamins after the SuperBowl, and there was a coupon. And with some other stuff going on, I've been emo-eating brown sugar pop tarts at work, so I bought a box because that's cheaper than buying singles at work every day. And Thermacare. This cold is killing my…

Dogs & Depression: How Pets Alleviate Anxiety

This is a guest post written by Nat Smith, community member. Rover is the nation's largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

Depression and anxiety persist by pulling you into downward spirals. Symptoms like fatigue, social withdrawal, and the inability to concentrate actually fuel the depressive episode that brought them on. This is why, in addition to medication and therapy, treatment often includes “disruptors.” These are relatively simple habit changes that can break the cycle.

Of course, these changes aren’t easy to implement. When you’re at a low point or subsumed in panic, do you really want to stop and take a deep breath? The recovery process at its best is often described as “two steps forward, one step back.”

Mental health professionals are thrilled to uncover new forms of supplementary treatment. As current research uncovers the mysteries of canine therapy, scientists are finally beginning to understand the unique connections between pets, anxiety…

January 2018 Project 365 Recap

All of my photos for January 2018 were taken using my current phone (and the camera that is always with me) - a Google Pixel 2XL and edited using Snapseed. I was going to compile this post using Storify, but with their impending demise, it was suggested that I use Wakelet. So far, I like it. There are 31 photos being pulled from Instagram, so give it a minute.

Menu Plan Monday: Battle of the Home Meal Kits

As mentioned previously, using a meal kit delivery service to stay Whole30 compliant isn't the easiest thing to do without some forethought and planning. On Instagram, the Whole30 account was touting their partnership with Blue Apron, so we thought we would try them out.

It's been one thing after another with Blue Apron...
Sign up for #blueapron because #whole30 approved. Then they make it difficult to add #whole30 recipes to order. WTF — Annette (@daNanner) January 17, 2018

but the food finally arrived and we started Sunday night.
May be luck of the draw, but one appreciable difference between @blueapron and @plated is the amount of dishes that need washing created during prep. — Annette (@daNanner) January 28, 2018

Menu Plan for Week of January 28 - February 3, 2018
Sunday:Blue-Apron Chicken and Orange-Kale Salad (Whole30)
#blueapron Chicken and Orange-Kale Salad. This must be the month for me to try new things. I usually sub in spinach for kale. The orange made a huge differ…

Podcast Anniversary: Rebecca & James Hicks & The Roomba From Hell

About a year ago I got to have a great conversation with some old-time friends of a friend (long story) - Rebecca and James Hicks on The Geek Questioner Podcast. Rebecca is the author of the webcomic "Little Vampires".

This week we interview the dynamic duo behind the Tiny Little Vampires web comic and geek out over all manner of things. From a close encounter with Carrie Fisher to space vampires, rogue space probes, superhero TV shows, games like the Witcher 3, summer homes in Rivendell, living in the Cars universe, and more!
Have a listen and don't mind the giggling: