• 2019,  California,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Easter,  Family,  Holidays,  Pinterest,  Sacramento

    Diary of a Non-Cook: Bacon Wrapped Dates

    It’s all in the name… Although the name literally tells you exactly what to do, I was still interested to see how a Book Club (BC) friend made these. I’ve had them before, but at the BC I hosted, Lynsi brought these and I’m pretty sure I ate about ten of them. She mentioned she brought them because they were Whole 30 approved. I didn’t really care about that, I just loved how delicious they were. Bacon around anything is pretty damn delicious. So, when I was assigned an appetizer for Easter, I knew I wanted to make these. I say ‘make’ very loosely, because it is more like curating…

  • 2019,  Health,  Musings,  Travel

    Musings: Verbal Download

    I haven’t done a purging of thoughts in a while, so here I am. Buckle up and get ready for the randomness train… Food Musings – Do men think about their bodies and food as much as women? This was a question I’ve posed to a few friends. Of course, the immediate answer is no. We’ve come to the conclusion that men don’t sit idle thinking about their weight, their body, and their food intake. I’m sure it passes through their consciousness, but they don’t dwell as women do. It’s almost as if I am re-programming myself to have positive thoughts about food. Why do we call food ‘bad?’ Why…

  • 2018,  Christmas,  Diary of a Non-Cook,  Family,  Holidays,  Pinterest

    Diary of a Non-Cook: The EASIEST Appetizer Ever

    Well Christmas came and went like a whirlwind. And as per the usu, I was tasked with an appetizer for our big celebration. I really should ask for dessert, since I can never get there on time. But, it makes the suspense that much more exciting for everyone 😉 Happily, I was done with most of my Christmas stuff a week or so-ish before the big day. Little things here and there, but nothing like the last few years of stress and more stress. Easy and light, just how the holidays should be. But I didn’t really feel like making an extravagant appetizer, so I ran to Pinterest and found…

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    Rose & Thorn [45]

    Happy Monday. – No one ever Rose: Celebrating two birthdays and a fun little 5 miler race! Thorn: Sore. Sore. Sore! As always, a weekend that flew by with tons of fun in between. In the event of keeping it short, here goes an attempt. Friday I’m not used to Friday night plans, so when Tanna invited us to her birthday I was happy to oblige. We all met up at Strings Italian Kitchen, in my old stomping grounds, for dinner. They all were going to go skating afterwards, but we had a long weekend ahead of us and decided to skip that part of the evening. I hadn’t eaten…

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    Rose & Thorn [43]

    Before I can go any further, I NEED to wish… HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPPA BEAR!  Okay, back to the regularly scheduled program… The From bad to good! Rose: A full weekend of FUNstivities Thorn: Not knowing if I’m actually sick or if allergies are kicking my ass! This was one of those weekends where everything just fell into place. There were things to do, but nothing felt rushed or forced. Besides my onset of allergies, snot, and nasty cough, all was well! Friday I tried to stick out the full day at work, but I’d been feeling miserable since Thursday and it was only getting worse. So after lunch, I finished…

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    Rose & Thorn [41]

    Just living the life of a faux runner… Rose: Hosting a dinner for two gals who were running their first half marathon! Thorn: Lingering aches and pains and attempting to play soccer after a Halfer! My body is screaming from the inside. My forearms are sore, my left knee has the weirdest pain ever, and my right ankle is somewhat walkable. All those complaints aside, I truly enjoyed my weekend. Friday Who knows what made J and I start wanting to run two days before our Halfer, but we did. We ran a loop we knew that would drop us off right in front of Fleet Feet for our packet…

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    Rose & Thorn [8]

    Three. Day. Weekend! I thought it was going to be a 3.5 day weekend, but in solidarity with my co-workers who have been working crazy hour days, we didn’t get released early on Thursday. I wasn’t a happy camper, but I can completely sympathize with why we weren’t let out early. 4th of July Edition: Rose: Doing something new and going to hike University Falls with the Boy. Thorn: Missing my Grandma in every way possible! What was your Rose & Thorn? THURSDAY July Girls Night! Last minute change in location, but worked out like a gem. Low key, Mexican themed dinner. These nights always leave me grateful for my…

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    WIAW – Pretending to be Healthy

    I’m hiding healthy in between my unhealthy… Thanks, Jenn! I know I only have one body for my entire life. So, at the ripe age of 31 I’ve decided I better start putting good, even healthy, things into it even if I’m not accustomed to eating them or liking them, for that matter. I think I could be considered a creature of habit. I will try most things, but when it comes to regular eating habits, I hover over the same items. My TJ’s shopping cart doesn’t look much different from week to week. Chia Seeds. Juicing. Quinoa. Flax Seeds. Words that don’t frequent my vocabulary or palette…until recently. It’s…

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    Rose & Thorn [3]

    5 soccer games in 2 day will remind anyone of their age! Perfect weather to ball in 🙂 My first true love, soccer. I hope I can play until I’m super old, just like the ladies that organize the yearly Valley Cup tournament I played in this weekend! I hope I treat this body and especially my stems good so I can keep ballin’ at the ripe old age of 70 (I swear that’s how old some of them are…or appear to be)! My rose was playing in Valley Cup (women’s soccer tournament) and our last co-ed outdoor soccer game, FIVE soccer games in total! Tied with my cousin graduating…

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    WIAW – Cause Snacking is How I Roll…

    I snack to kill time in between meals… Thanks, Jenn! When someone asks my hobbies, “snacking” is always in the top 5! I’m a constant snacker, more so at my desk, rather than on the weekends when I’m out and about. I feel like a slight apology is in order, because I never really follow the WIAW rules guidelines and I kinda just do my own thing. Since I don’t ever really document every meal of any specific day, you get themes. So today, is snacking…things I have snapped quick pics of lately, before my grubby little hands could eat them 😉 My favorite road trip snack and/or pick-me-up snack.…