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January Whole30 and My WHY

Burger and side salad

There’s a group of us doing the #JanuaryWhole30 together and we have a little support group on Facebook.  It’s awesome and this group is amazing because everyone is supporting each other, celebrating small victories, and being super chatty.  It’s the best!

Recently we had a great discussion about doing the Whole30 and what is motivating us to do this challenge.  Basically our WHY.  Because you do need to have a WHY to get you through the challenge.  Something to focus on that keeps you going and helps keep your motivation level high.

My WHY is actually in two parts.

Kick Starting Weight-loss

Honestly, I hate even talking about this because there’s so much more to this challenge for me than weight-loss, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t a small part of it.  I’ve been feeling stuck and in a rut the past year.  I had been doing CrossFit regularly for about a year and didn’t see any changes in my body.  I didn’t lose any weight and in fact, I gained weight.  Yes some of it was muscle weight but a lot of it was not.

What. The. Fuck.

You see all these awesome before and after photos of people who started Crossfit and six months later look like a beast. And I’m looking at myself going, um, I resemble Cookie Monster.  The comparison trap is real and it sucks.

I was eating well, or at least, I felt like I was eating well, so what gives? I was pissed, frustrated, and felt defeated.  I let that get to my head so that by the time the holidays rolled around I didn’t give a shit about anything.  I decided to eat crap and would snack or have treats after dinner, because who cares? I didn’t lose weight or lean out, so what’s the point anyway?  I imbibed a lot because holidays.

Basically for the last two months of the year I didn’t give a flying fuck about anything.

And right around Christmas time, I realized that this wasn’t getting me anywhere either.  I gained more weight, most of it was water and bloat, but still, that shit makes the scale go up which in turn got in my head.  I needed a change and to get back on track.  For me, a challenge that still lets me eat real delicious food without having to count anything (because I hate that shit) is totally up my alley. I was in and Whole30 was exactly what I needed.

Flexing

Learning To Fuel My Body

The biggest part of my WHY is so I can learn what best fuels my body,

  1. For my workouts.
  2. To properly fuel my body as I age.

I want to lean out and gain muscle. I want to do this to the best of my ability while maintaining a healthy body as I grow older.  After a year of doing CrossFit consistently, I didn’t lose any weight so clearly something in my regular diet needed to change.  Something was keeping me from leaning out.  Possibly it was portion sizes but my gut was telling me that it was something else.  I also found that lately I was getting super tired after workouts.  To the point where I needed to take a day off during the week because my body felt run down.

My joints were also starting to ache after workouts and that also caused me to feel run down and old. I’m not that old, so I hate feeling old after a workout.  I found that I was struggling with energy during the workouts as well.  It was also frustrating to see people crushing their workouts and getting PRs while I felt stuck in grandma mode always slow. (This was happening before the holidays and before I completely gave up for two months.)

It was time to make a serious change.  I’ve said that before and years past, but this year is MY YEAR.  I’m tired of being chubby Andrea. I hate Chubby Andrea. And I know we’re always supposed to be positive about ourselves and blah blah blah.  But Chubby Andrea isn’t the normal Andrea. Chubby Andrea is the chick who stayed to long at the party that you’re trying to politely get to leave.  Yet since moving here, people only know me as Chubby Andrea and I hate it.  I need to get back to me and what I normally look like, except stronger, faster, and with muscles.  That’s what I want.

I’m doing Whole30 because it eliminates the most common inflammatory foods. I want to see how I feel with none of those foods in my diet.  I’m already on the right track.  Yesterday at the gym I did a crap ton of squats.  Some weighted and a lot of body squats.  My knees did not hurt one bit afterwards.  They didn’t ache and they weren’t swollen.

Obviously there’s something that I was eating that was causing inflammation and now it’s time to find out what it is.  This time around I’m going to take reintroduction super slowly so I can see exactly what is giving me issues and what is not.

So that’s my big WHY for doing this challenge.

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Whole 30 Day 10

Last night kicking it on the couch, I had some herbal tea and some pistachios while finishing up the first season of Legends of Tomorrow.  SPOILERS so avoid if you aren’t watching it or don’t care.

  1. I’m pissed that they killed off Captain Cold. He was awesome and it was unnecessary to get rid of him.
  2. I’m so happy that Kendra and Carter are gone. Man I haven’t been as annoyed by a couple since the freaking Ponds from Doctor Who. They were horrible.

I’m curious to see what season two has in store and where the storyline will go.

The end.

Before I hit the gym today I had three dried plums.

Frittata and Coffee

I did not even remotely eat enough yesterday for workouts today.  Ugh.  It was a struggle!  Back home, I heated up a slice of frittata.  This one had peppers, onions, carrot, and some breakfast sausage from Pederson’s Farms.  Always frothy coffee on the side.

Roasted shrimp, asparagus, soup

Lunch was some lime and chili roasted shrimp, roasted asparagus, and some butternut squash soup on the side.  This was so filling and exactly what I needed today.

Crab cakes, potatoes, squash

Dinner tonight was crab cakes (that I previously made a few weeks ago and froze), roasted yellow squash and zucchini, and some easy boiled potatoes on the side. The potatoes were mixed with ghee, Flavor God Lemon Garlic, chopped parsley, and some green onion.

I also made a quick sauce for the crab cakes (unpictured):

  • Mayo
  • Whole Grain Mustard
  • Chopped Pickles
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Chopped Green Onion
  • Dill
  • Salt and Pepper

I was feel super tired today and I wanted dinner to be something easy, this meal came together quickly. The crab cakes took the longest to heat up. And there was minimal clean up, one pot for the potatoes and one bowl for the sauce for the crab cakes.  Easy and done!

I’m going to have some herbal tea and maybe some pistachios.  Then it’s an early bedtime for me because I am exhausted today.

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Whole 30 Days 8 & 9

Hi all!  We need to get caught up! I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve chatted. Still going strong on the Whole30 train and I feel amazing!  And tired, oh so tired.  But we’ll talk about that later this week.

Ok, let’s get caught up.

Monday:

Scrambled eggs and sweet potato

Once back from the gym I had some scrambled eggs and a baked sweet potato.  I put ghee on top of the sweet potato.  It’s not the same as butter but it gets the job done. Also frothy coffee with coconut oil + collagen.

chicken salad, veggies, plantain chips

Lunch was supposed to be a salad but my salad greens turned (grrrr!) so I had some chicken salad with peppers, cucumbers, and plantain chips.  Snack while at work was some clementines.

Kielbasa and kale soup

Dinner was some soup that I put in the slow cooker before leaving for work.  Kale, kielbasa, onion, cubed potatoes, and homemade chicken stock.  So good and so perfect!

I went to bed right after dinner and read for a bit then it was lights out at 9pm.

Tuesday:

Before hitting the gym I had three dried plums.

Scrambled eggs and sweet potato

Once I got home, as I was waiting on my breakfast to heat up I had one slice of bacon.  Breakfast was scrambled eggs with a bit of sausage, peppers, and onions.  On the side was a baked sweet potato.  Frothy coffee, same as Monday.

Lunch was a smoothie.

GASP!

I know, but breakfast was filling and late so I didn’t feel like much lunch.  While I know that Whole30 does not want smoothies to be a part of the program and really doesn’t want one drinking their veggies and fruit, for me it’s a grey area. It helps me get in more greens and fruit for the day.  There’s no protein powder or anything weird in my smoothies so I feel comfortable including them.  I didn’t take a picture because we all know what smoothies look like.  This one was a basic smoothie for me:

  • 2.5 C Water
  • 2 Large Handfuls of Greens
  • 1.5 Frozen Bananas
  • 1/2C Frozen blueberries

Sometimes I’ll add in collagen if I haven’t had any in coffee.  This smoothie is enough for both Scott and I have to have some.  I also had a small handful of pork rinds. Mmmm.

Dinner was leftover soup from yesterday and it was delicious!

I placed an order with The Simple Grocer to get some Pederson’s meat products.  Their bacon, hams, and sausages are all sugar free and Whole30 friendly.  So far I’ve had the regular pork belly bacon, shoulder bacon, kielbasa, and breakfast sausage.  So freaking good!  The pork belly bacon is on the thin side and Scott and I smashed through a whole package in one sitting a few weeks back. Just a heads up if you’re used to thick center cut bacon.

The kielbasa is tasty and like the kielbasa that I’m used to.  The breakfast sausage is delicious!

If you’re doing Whole30 or looking to just cut back on added sugar, I would highly suggest checking out these products.

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Fun Finds: Whole30 Snacks

Plantain Chips and Pork Rinds

Two snacks that I’m turning to this round of Whole30 are Plantain Chips and Pork Rinds.  Mmmmmm Pork.

The Plantain Chips I get at Trader Joe’s and the only ingredients are plantains and sunflower oil, both are Whole30 compliant. I snack on these chips as a stand alone as well as a side to a dish.  They are great with salsa and guac but are also awesome to dip in chicken or tuna salad.  That’s my favorite way to use them!

The Epic Pork Rinds I can get at Whole Foods.  It doesn’t list the oil used to fry the pork rinds which is odd but Epic is a solid company and I doubt they use something sketchy. The rest of the ingredients in the BBQ flavor are Whole30 compliant.  These pork rinds are the first ones I’ve found that I can tolerate.  Other pork rinds taste weird and overly porky to me.  The Epic ones are just right.  I can eat a few and it will help curb my hunger till I can eat a meal or bigger snack.  If you’re concerned about fats, these pork rinds only have 5gs of fat per serving.

One of the things that we have to keep in mind with “snacks’ on Whole30 is how we handle them.  They can’t be a replacement for junk and can’t be something that you’re going to mindlessly eat and then wonder how you ate an entire bag.

The snacks have to be something that you eat mindfully and know when to stop.  They can’t be food without brakes.  Part of the Whole30 journey is to start to understand our connection to food, what our triggers are, and how to handle that along with eating more mindfully and intuitively.

Neither of these two snacks are something that I will just inhale without thinking about it.  They are just handy little sides to have around for extra crunch.

If you’re looking for some Whole30 friendly snacks, take a look for these two things when you’re out on your next shopping trip.

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored or promotional post. I’m just sharing info and products that I’ve found to be helpful and useful.

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Is It Possible To Lose Weight With Strength Training And Not Count Shit

Deadlifting

I’m in a situation that most of us find ourselves in at some point, we’re a little more fluffy than we’d like to be and we want to do something about it.

Right now I’m not a runner anymore.  I’d love to be a runner again but my stupid hip won’t stay on point and I’m not sure what I have to do to keep it strong and balanced.  It seems that doing leg exercises everyday is my only option at this point which seems silly. By that I mean, I was given exercises in physical therapy to do which helped but once I stopped doing them my hip went right back to being weak.  Doing them everyday for the rest of my life seems a bit much.

But I do CrossFit and I lift weights on the regular.  I thought for sure that I would lose some pounds and inches doing CrossFit and after a year of it, I have not.  That is beyond frustrating. Like what am I doing wrong? Maybe I’m not pushing myself hard enough? Or maybe it’s something in my eats?  I’m choosing to focus on eats right now.

I follow a bunch of weight lifters on Instagram and they fall into two camps; Those that act like since they lift they can eat junk and still look amazing (Side note, I unfollowed most of those, it was just too much).  Or those where they talk about counting macros and weighting their food and timing every bite they take, and all I keep thinking is, Dear God is that what it comes down to?

Because seriously? I don’t have time for that shit.

Oh I tried it counting things.  I watched calories and tried to count macros using My Fitness Pal and I could not do it.  I could never get my macros and calories to match up.  My macros were always under and not even close to what was prescribed to me. If I got my macros close to the numbers given to me then I was over calories for the day.   I gave it the good college try and did this for three months.  Not once did I ever get close to my numbers.  I also did not lose any weight during this time. (PS: I know that people usually either count one or the other but I was tasked with both.) I was freaking miserable counting stuff all the time.

When I was a runner, I lost weight no problem and did it by eating real foods without weighting or counting anything.

But now? I’m stuck.  To me portioning out meals for the day and eating chicken and broccoli every. single. day. Seems a bit much and not something I’m willing to do just to get the lean strong look I want.

I mean, can’t I eat whole real foods, limit or kick junk to the curb, and have a few drinks and still lean out?  Is that possible? Because all the lifters make it seem impossible unless you count and be sure to get your pre and post workout shakes/drinks/chemicals in!

And I’m not down with that.  There has to be a middle ground, right?  Something?

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Whole30 Day 3: Cravings

Hi all!  Today is Day 3 of the January Whole 30 challenge and I’m still kicking butt!  It hasn’t been a struggle but I definitely miss bourbon.  We are in a really bad cold snap right now (think single digits and negative temps) and man some bourbon or even some red wine would be perfect right now.

But instead I’m having herbal tea and getting in bed by 8:30pm like a proper fucking old lady.

Frittata and Coffee

The roads were pretty clear this morning so I was able to kick it at the gym.  Once home I heated up a slice of veggie frittata and some leftover roasted potatoes.  Frothy coffee on the side (coconut oil + ghee + collagen).

Because it’s my lady cycle time (TMI? Sorry not sorry), I’m craving beef like crazy which is pretty normal for me. But I’ve specifically been craving sautéed peppers and onions + beef + mayo.  Today I rolled with it!  I sautéed up some peppers and onions and had that with a burger and homemade mayo and a little Cholula on top!

Burger and side salad

Plus a salad on the side.

Yaaasssss! This hit the spot so very much.  The salad was dressed with Tessamae’s Creamy Ranch Dressing which is just OK.  I like my ranch better and will be sticking with that.  This is fine in a pinch or if you don’t want to make dressing but eh, not worth it to me.

It has been pouring snow all day long.  While I was making supper, Scott was out shoveling the back sidewalks and making some paths for the dogs.  As soon as he was done shoveling the sidewalk it was covered again.  Yikes!

Dinner tonight was repurposed leftovers!

Pork taco bowl

I chopped up the last of the pork country ribs and sautéed that up with some onions (and leftover peppers + onions from lunch) till it got crispy then added in some salsa from TJs and let that simmer for about 15 minutes.  The salsa has no sugar.  Win!

Plated on top of some cauliflower rice for a sort of taco/fajita bowl thingy.  There was also homemade guac on the side with some plantain chips.

Side note: Plantain chips are not a “food with out brakes” for me so I feel comfortable enough having those during the challenge.

You know it, time for the couch and some herbal tea!

 

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January 2017 Whole30 Day 1 and 2

Welcome to a brand new year! This year I’m full of vigor and determination to reach my goals and that starts with proper fueling.  I’ve derailed in a big way, ever since November I’ve pretty much had a “fuck it” attitude about everything. Life, working out, eats, drinking, you name it.  UGH.

And naturally I feel like shit, look like shit, and have gained unnecessary weight.

Stupid.

So here I am focused on getting back what I lost and determined to get where I need to be.  I did a Whole30 last year and loved it. Yeah there were a few frustrations but I’m past that. This year frustrations be gone! Let’s do this thing!

A change in work schedule means there’s no Daily Eats posting on Monday nights, so you’ll get a recap of two days on Tuesday.  Coolio?

Monday:

Veggie Frittata and Coffee

Up and at ’em! I had a banana before going to the gym, once home I heated up a slice of frittata.  I made a BIG frittata for the week.  When I say big, I mean, I use a 9×13 casserole dish to make the frittata.  This one had:

  • 1 Dozen Eggs
  • 1 Medium Sized Onion
  • Handful of baby peppers
  • 1lb Bag of Frozen Collard Greens
  • 1 Can of Coconut Milk

The seasonings were salt, pepper, coconut aminos, and garlic powder.  I did sautee up the peppers, onions, and greens before adding that to the egg mixture.  Baked in a greased dish at 400 for about half an hour.  Breakfast for the week done!

Yes this makes a lot but I’m also cooking for two adults.  However even if I was only cooking for one, I’d still make a huge batch like this. What doesn’t get eaten can be frozen for another time.

Tuna Salad Salad

Lunch was a big salad that had my soul.

  • Mixed greens
  • Baby Tomatoes
  • Chopped Beets
  • Shredded Carrot
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Tuna Salad

The tuna salad was just homemade mayo + tuna and some Flavor God Lemon Garlic Seasoning.  Then I headed in to work which sadly moved at a crawling pace.  Apparently people don’t want to buy alcohol the day after New Year’s.  Who would have thought?

My snacks at work were an apple and some pistachios.

Dinner I don’t have a picture of because it was just too ugly to post.  There was no way to photograph it and make it look pretty without some serious styling and at 8pm at night I have zero desire to do that.  Plus this section is about real life and not styled food.  I had leftover pork country ribs with kraut and mashed potatoes.  It was so good and perfect.

Then I hit the hay to read for a bit because I’m an old lady.

Tuesday:

Woke up to snow and snow covered roads.  MEH.  I get cranky because it means I can’t hit the gym since my car doesn’t do well in the snow.  Especially the wet heavy slippery stuff. So I made a huge pot of coffee and chilled.

Coffee with ghee + coconut oil + collagen this morning.

Scrambled Eggs and Roasted Potatoes

Since I had some extra time this morning I made us some roasted potatoes and scrambled eggs for breakfast.

The snow stopped and the roads cleared so I headed out to run some errands. I needed a few things from the store and since it’s supposed to snow more, I wanted to get these done. I won’t make it to the weekend with no eggs! Can you even do a Whole30 without eggs?

If you don’t eat eggs during your Whole30, did your Whole30 really exist?  Deep thoughts.

Once home lunch was quick and hot.

Hotdogs and sweet potato

Grassfed hotdogs from TJ’s and half a baked sweet potato.  Not the most amazing lunch but I was cold (so so cold) and a salad did not seem appealing.  I needed something hot!

Once lunch was finished I did some laundry and more around the house crap then it was time to get dinner started.

Cabbage roll soup!

Cabbage Roll Soup

Basically everything in cabbage rolls (minus the rice) in soup form.  So good and perfect for this super cold evening.  I made a large batch of it too so there will be plenty of leftovers.

Now it’s time to have some tea and chill with Scott for a bit before heading to bed.

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November 2016 Barbella Box

November 2016 Barbella Box

Happy 2017! I’m kicking of the new year with a review of November 2016 Barbella Box.  This box was customized by Lauren Brooks.

EXO Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle:

Gold water bottle with a screw top and open mouth. I’ve linked to a similar one on their website. The one that came in the box was made especially for Barbella and is double in size.  Personally I don’t like water bottles that have an open mouth top.  However I can see this being useful to bring on hikes or picnics.  It can keep water (or wine, no judging) cold and would be easy to pour into travel cups.

EXO Wrist Wraps:

These are purple! They are such an awesome color and match the new Nano 6s that I got (more on those later).  That said, I do have a love/hate relationship with them.  They are soft and way more flexible than other wraps I’ve used, which I love.  However they are “universal” wraps which is a fancy of way of saying, they are the same.  Meaning, there is no right and left wrap.  If you’ve used wrist wraps before, then you know they usually come in right and left.  The fact that this does not DRIVES ME BANANAS.  Because it means that you are not wrapping your wrists the same way which can throw things off a bit.

So it’s taking some getting used to. I love them and I’ll use them but Imma be cranky about it.

Barbell Beanie:

I love this hat so much! It has fun colors, it’s soft, and the adorable barbell on the front is awesome. I’ve gotten so many compliments on it too.  It’s warm, it doesn’t ride up when working out or running and did I mention it’s soft? So it doesn’t cause my forehead to itch when I wear it for extended periods of time.

doTERRA Bath Bar and Deep Blue Rub:

I’ve been wanting to try out doTERRA for a while now and I’m stoked to see these products! I have not used the soap yet but it smells divine and I cannot wait to try out the rub on some sore muscles.

Summary:

Over all this box wasn’t too bad.  It probably has the most items that I’ll actually use and that fit my current needs.  If you’re doing any kind of weight lifting and want to treat yourself, definitely checkout Barbella Box. It’s such a fun box to get each month and you can customize the frequency of shipments as well.  If you don’t want a box each month, no worries! Skip it and go with your own schedule.

 

*Disclaimer: Some links are referral links which doesn’t change the price for you at all but does help with site maintenance. 

 

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Wednesday Hermit Day

Hi, pretties! My day was filled with not much and I loved it. I am very much a slightly social introvert which means I can hang out with friends, go to events, and work a highly social job but that I need downtime to balance all that out. I don’t get energy from people around people, I get energy from not talking to anyone and being in my own space.

I call these days, hermit days, because that’s exactly what I do.

Today was a hermit day.

Yogurt bowl and coffee

Breakfast was frothy coffee and a yogurt bowl.

  • 2% Fage
  • Homemade Granola
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds (I found these at Costco)
  • Coconut Chips

Coffee was unsweetened SO Delicious Coconut Milk + Coconut Butter.

It was a coconutty kind of morning, I guess.

I did some blog stuff and got things ready for posting this week, then it was time for lunch!

Bruger and salad

Burgers with mixed greens on the side dressed in Tessamae’s Creamy Ranch dressing.  The burgers were pre-made grassfed that I picked up at Costco, heated in a skillet and topped with pepper jack cheese.  On a gluten free bun from TJ’s which was just OK. I seriously think I just need to give up on gluten free bread and buns because they either taste like chalk or are so bulky they are difficult to eat.

Scott and I were able to hang out for a bit today and do some more binging on Arrow and The Flash.  Then it was time for dinner. I prepped the veggies before hand so I only needed to cook them cutting down kitchen time greatly!

Brats, parsnip mash, sprouts

Brats with parsnip mash and Brussels sprouts.  Simple and quick!

Which in case it hasn’t been obvious, is the theme for holiday vacation.  Now for a little more Arrow and Flash before I call it a night!

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Holiday Spirit

It’s Christmas week!  Ahhhh! I’m so excited for good eats, days off, and pajamas! I love the holidays and I’m looking forward to having some downtime with my main squeeze. No post yesterday because by the end of the day I was exhausted and could not look at the computer so you get a recap of two days instead.

Monday:

I almost didn’t make it to the gym but I hustled my butt out the door and made it to class.  Once home I had a handful of grapes and a slice of turkey bacon for post workout snack.  Showered, which was glorious. A super hot shower when the weather is chilly is one of the most amazing feelings.

Yogurt bowl and coffee

Quick yogurt bowl with some frothy coffee for breakfast.

  • 2% Fage
  • Homemade Granola
  • Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Crushed Pecans

Unsweetened Califia Farms Vanilla Almond Milk + Kerrygold Butter in coffee x 2.

I had some recipe development work that I needed to do and some food prep for the week.  I prepped some more chicken breasts in the Instant Pot.  Gosh this makes life so much easier!  Four frozen chicken breasts in the Instant Pot for 15 minutes and then I shred them once they are cool enough to handle.  That gives me chicken ready to go for the whole week.  I also worked on meal plans for the holidays.  Time for special foods!  Plus with starting Whole 30 on January 2nd, I want to make sure we get some fun stuff in.  This will be my 2nd Whole 30 and quite honestly, I’m so looking forward to starting it.  So lunch is quick and easy when you’re doing meal prep, recipe development, and photos in the afternoon.

Ham rolls, peppers, smoothie

Ham + mayo + pepperjack cheese rolls (I had two and two were for Scott), shishito peppers, and a smoothie on the side. Pretty basic smoothie:

  • 2C Water
  • 4 Scoops Collagen
  • Baby Greens
  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1/2 C Frozen Blueberries

Makes enough for two smoothies.

After all that was done, I had two hours to kill before I needed to get started on dinner and I crashed on the couch watching Criminal Minds.  I was so exhausted!  So I kept dinner easy and simple:

Shrimp and asparagus

Roasted asparagus (Olive oil + Flavor God Lemon Garlic), roasted shrimp (Lime juice + Flavor God Honey BBQ), and some rice (cooked in broth with butter and pink salt).  Easy, filling, and delicious!

I snuggled on the couch with Scott and we watched a little bit of TV before I hit the hay.

Tuesday:

Up and at ’em!  I hit the gym (wearing my jingle socks which I love.  I’m not sure how other people in class felt about them though!)

I had a slice of turkey bacon and a few grapes post workout.  The turkey bacon is Columbus brand that I get at Costco. It is delicious!  I won’t be able to eat it during Whole 30 because of the sugar but it doesn’t have any nitrates added and it’s a hefty slice of bacon.  I dig it!

Scrambled eggs and sweet potato

Breakfast was half a baked sweet potato and some scrambled eggs.

I cleaned up the house a bit and did some blog work, then it was time for lunch.

Chicken salad and mixed greens

Chicken salad on top of mixed greens.  The chicken salad is pulled chicken mixed with a bit of seasoning, chopped pickles, and Chosen Foods Avocado Mayo (so good! And I can snag it from Costco).

Dinner was another easy simple meal, tacos with sugar snap peas.

Tacos and sugar peas

Ground bison seasoned with Flavor God Spicy Everything and mixed with some salsa from TJ’s and topped with queso because holidays. Snap peas quickly blanched, tossed with a pat of butter, and some Flavor God Lemon Garlic. Yes, I use this seasoning all the time. It’s fantastic!

Now it’s time to kick back and watch a bit of TV with Scott before calling it a night. We’re currently watching last season episodes of Arrow and The Flash.  Currently The Flash is tops. Arrow is just alright, a lot of the characters are annoying and oh. my. gawd. All the angst.  UGH.  I can handle at most two episodes before I need a break from all the unnecessary drama.

Night all! Catch you tomorrow!