Showing posts from January, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: Week 4 of Whole 30

Wow! Week 4! I can't believe it. Over the weekend I did make those Paleo Banana Bread muffins, and I (guilt-free) had two for breakfast today, with my coconut creamed coffee  (not quite bulletproof). Making them made me realize that I either need a proper mixer or a new blender. Good thing I am used to mixing by hand. It's good for arm strength, you know what I mean? Menu Plan Monday hosted by Monday : Tilapia with green beans and grape tomatoes Tuesday : Chicken Mole (hello Crock-Pot, I have missed you) and I really hate cauliflower "rice", to the point that I would rather eat yet another salad. I think I might go a little off the usual side of rice and pair it with spaghetti squash. Wednesday : African Sweet Potato Soup  - swap out the peanut butter for almond butter Thursday : Grilled Yellowfin Tuna, mango salsa, sauteed zucchini Friday : Caveman Shepherd's Pie Saturday : Leftovers Sunday : YES! Reintroduction time! So, what cr

Recap: Capture Your 365 - Week 3

The prompts this week lent themselves to a few extra selfies and man, the biggest pod of mushrooms I have ever seen. January 15: #cy365 Day 15 First Taste... Of afternoon caffeine. Did you know you can order Sbux iced tea without water and then it actually tastes like Iced Tea?!?!? #mindblown No sweetener either and little ice so I feel like I'm getting my money's worth. #captureyour365 #Pixlr A photo posted by Annette (@dananner) on Jan 15, 2015 at 4:59pm PST January 16: #cy365 Day 16 #snowflake. Total cop out because "it never rains in Southern California 🎶 🎶 🎶", let alone snow. But I did wear a pair of snowflake earrings on NYE. #throwback #captureyour365 A photo posted by Annette (@dananner) on Jan 16, 2015 at 7:35pm PST January 17: #cy365 Day 17 - #Powdery On my quest to getting and staying healthy, I've discovered all sorts of new foods and multiple uses for one that seems to be one of the most versatile foods ever

Menu Plan Monday: Modification Week

Casablanca Chicken Chutney from last Friday Menu Plan Monday hosted by  This past weekend my daughter came over devoured the leftovers of the Casablanca Chicken Chutney and had three servings of the Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken (it got moved). Don't you just love growth spurts? Monday: Grilled Salmon with Spicy Melon Salsa - modification = no honey and swap out the oil for coconut oil. Williams-Sonoma Taste Tuesday :  Lime and Pineapple Chicken Burgers - modification = turkey burgers instead of chicken, no buns, vinaigrette instead of Thousand Island dressing. Wednesday : Paleo Butter Chicken - no modification needed Thursday: Avocado Egg-in-a-Hole - modification = no cheese #sadpanda Friday: Stuffed Sweet Potatoes - modification = turkey bacon instead of pork Saturday: Pecan Crusted Chicken - modification = no bread crumbs and coconut oil instead of canola Sunday: Leftovers if there are any.

Recap: Capture Your 365 - Week 2

There will be some weird overlap on themes going forward. Each Sunday, Capture Your 365 starts a new theme, which can also be used as a Capture 52. Last week (starting on Jan 4) the theme was "A Reflection of Me". The theme for January 11-17 is "White". I am going by straight dates for my recaps. For your viewing (and constructive criticism), here is Week 2 - all mobile photography. January 8: #cy365 Day 8 - My Gear The right tool for the right job, right? Obviously my daily driver is my @htc M8, but depending on the situation, at least one of these will find it's way into my bag. All are currently video capable, but it didn't start out that way. I have a Kodak zi8 (remember when they were the new hotness?) for events on dry land, an Olympus Tough II for underwater or less than ideal shooting conditions, and Tony Stark.... Er, my newest addition, a Nikon d5300 which replaced my D80. Not pictured are all of the necessary accessories. #captureyour365 #o

Am I a Whole30 Failure?

Yes, I am and I am not afraid to admit it. No justification. And I am not going to let it stress me out. There are some reasons behind it that make me okay with failure. Usually I would be beating myself up over failing something like this. First off, I am so sick and tired of eggs - and I love eggs!,  especially since I can't have cheesy omelettes.  Not that I usually put cheese in my omelettes, but that flat out restriction is really irksome. I like a light breakfast of Greek yogurt and fruit. The lack of raw honey every day is almost worse than the chocolate restriction. I don't have food relationship issues. Food and I get along very well. I now feed my body whole, nutritionally dense, natural foods to keep me healthy (and fit, we're getting there). Being on this for one week is causing me more anxiety than I care to deal with. Occasionally I splurge on the non-natural, not-so-nutritionally dense items, my body reminds me why I don't do that any more, and we

Menu Plan Monday: Citrus

I need a sunny outlook this week, so I thought I would theme this week around citrus fruits. Citrus fruit slices (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Monday : Thai Mango, Pineapple Salad from last week (two items last week made enough for multiple meals). Tuesday : Garlic Lime Chicken with California Style steamed veggies Wednesday : Grilled Pineapple and Turkey Burgers on a bed of arugula Thursday :  Orange Chicken (no breading, just marinated in the sauce ) and broccoli Friday : Casablanca Chutney Chicken  - my apartment will smell divine. Saturday : Leftovers

Google+ Comments are giving me a headache

Google+ Comments FAQs - Blogger Help : "What happens if I disable Google+ Comments? If you disable Google+ Comments, comments made by Google+ users during the time that the feature was enabled will disappear from your blog. All other comments (those made by readers before you enabled the feature) will remain." Well ain't that a ... $!+&#  I want to go back to using  +Disqus  , but I can't without losing comments on posts that actually had G+ integrated comments. Then again, not that many people comment lately. I thought it would be cool to have G+ comments because then the conversation can take place in at least two arenas . But I haven't been getting email notifications of people commenting on my posts, and how lame is it that a workaround is to subscribe to the comments on my own site (which doesn't work, by the way. Just tried it) And comment moderation had disappeared, WTF  +Blogger  ?!  The way the FAQ explains it, one would think that you woul

Recap: Capture Your 365 - Week 1

I started a Year 38 365 on Flickr (still need to curate it a bit more, don't be disappointed at the lack of photos, they are still residing in auto backup, awaiting deletion or curation) for my Project 365, and then one of the members of Smartphone Photographers posted about Capture Your 365 . One of the problems I have consistently had with completing my Project 365 is that I run out of inspiration about two weeks in. This year, with someone else coming up with the topics, I might be able to keep the steam going, instead of running out of it. For your viewing (and constructive criticism), here is Week 1 - all mobile photography. Day 1: Good morning 2015! sunrise and coffee #cy365 #oneography #foodphotography A photo posted by Annette (@dananner) on Jan 1, 2015 at 11:28pm PST Day 2: #cy365 Day 2: Think Over. I was in Seal Beach yesterday and came to a dead stop in front of Sweet Jill's Bakery when I saw this. I thought about going in right aw

Wireless Charging for Everyone!

Or, at least for all of my toys. My Nexus has been having issues lately with charging from a cable (as in, I can't remember the last time it took less than 8 hours to get to 100% even using a high capacity block), so I went looking for a dock, but discovered that I could get two wireless chargers for the price of one dock , wired or wireless. Sweet, one for home, one for the office. Bonus, they come in colors other than matte black, so of course I got one to match the shell case of my Chromebook. And then I thought ... Let's make my M8 wireless too . The only inconvenience is that I will have to change from my wallet case back to the Dot View Case  (which has a tendency to butt dial people) ... Now I just have to wait until Friday for everything to arrive.

Menu Plan Monday: The Whole 30

Sometimes you have to go to extremes before you find a good middle ground. I've been doing great on a  loosely paleo-based diet lifestyle change for over a year now. My current weight is in the high 160s, but with the weekly Fitbit Challenges, I've gotten to a point where people are telling me I can stop losing now. Luck be a lady tonight A photo posted by @hankito on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:26pm PST My kids are used to it, and even have a few favorites -- if you follow Menu Plan Monday , I bet you can guess which ones. But as of tomorrow, in solidarity, (you're making me give up honey and half-&-half  +Hank Yeomans , and chocolate . I can not and will not be held responsible for my mood swings due to a drop in necessary SSRIs), I'll be doing The Whole 30 . When I read the rules , I will admit, I blanched. That's not easy to make me do, you know. I mean, everything that makes a paleo-style lifestyle doable for me is on the NO YOU CAN'T EAT T

New Year's Eve on the Queen Mary

First, some history. Growing up we watched Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve. In college, it was usually spent with friends and later, as family life took over, movie marathons and shindigs to get us to midnight. New Year's Eve for me the last few years has been hit or (mostly) miss. Not to mention all the sickness I have kept at bay for the year inevitably catches up to me the week between Christmas and New Year's. NYE 2010 it was a kidney infection , no drinking for me. NYE 2011 I had the flu, or at least flu-like symptoms, so we stayed home.  NYE 2012 I  went to Knott's Berry Farm  with my mom. IP was with her dad and the SO was back East. Last year we practically froze at Boston's First Night and went home early where we could eat Chinese food in warmth and comfort (apparently that's a New England thing). The point is, I'm not a big party person when it comes to NYE. On the other hand, my S.O. is a huge party person. He's finally accepted t