They aren’t on my sleeve

I don’t smile a lot (yay RBF!). My body language is subdued. I am a very subtle and rather private person.

I’m often accused of being unemotional.

I’m very emotional. I just don’t wear it on my sleeve.

This is how I recently explained it to someone.

Imagine pipes going way down deep into the earth, like down to where there is volcano heat. All that heat is coming up the pipes, and moving all the air around, and by the time the hot air gets to the top it’s full of glitter and movement and thought and thunder and lightening and everything that was ever everything and it’s all over the place and in every color and it sparkles.

The pipes open up above ground into a giant beautiful crystal greenhouse. And the light and sparkles and lightening in all the colors of everything bustles around the greenhouse and rattles the windows and is nearly breaking the glass every second.

My emotions aren’t on my sleeve. They fill a greenhouse the size of my imagination and they come from the depths of me.


The most important question ever asked about the tv show LOST

yeah, yeah, I’m ten years late to the LOST party.  I started watching LOST on Netflix about a year ago, and am LOVING it.  I just started the 5th season which means that 1) I’m on the home stretch and 2) what the hell is going on?  Also, please no spoilers in the comments, thank you.

If you’re also asking what the hell is going on, Lost was a famous TV show that came out about 10 years.  Thanks to lots of cliffhanger endings and lots of soap opera style twists and turns, viewers went absolutely crazy for this TV show. and it’s as fun show!   The story follows the survivors of a plane crash. They are on a deserted island and hunt boar and make tents to survive.  Then they find out the island isn’t exactly deserted. Then all sorts of weird crazy shit happens.

by the middle of season four, they’ve been on the island about 2 or 3 months. I think someone says they’ve been on the island like 65 days or 80 days or something?

Here is what is possibly the most important question ever asked about the TV show LOST:

what are the women doing for tampons and pads?

ok sure, the first few weeks before they figure out the food situation, they are probably on a starvation diet and that can screw with menstruation. But then they get the food situation figured out, and one woman even manages to get pregnant.  Everyone is eating enough calories that they aren’t worried about stuff, in general.

so . . . .  what the ladies doing for tampons and pads?

Seriously, I want to know!

My 5-hour energy is butter coffee

My 5-hr Energy is butter coffee.  The “fancy” butter coffee is BulletProof Coffee (Google that for more, and boy is there plenty), but I make super basic butter coffee and get some darn good results.

What’s so special about butter coffee?

All it is is black coffee and butter.  the fat in the butter fills you up like you wouldn’t believe, and there is some chemical reaction between the fat and the caffeine that means the caffeine is released a little slower so you get a longer sustained caffeine buzz rather than a rush and then a crash.  Because there is no sugar and no carbs, you feel full and your blood sugar levels don’t do weird things.  Those energy drinks that promise to keep you full for 4-5 hours?  This stuff actually does it, and you can pronounce all the ingredients.

What does it taste like?

It doesn’t taste like butter.  It tastes like a Latte from starbucks, but a little less sweet.

How do I make it?

If you follow the bulletproof coffee people, you might think you need some fancy gadget or blender.  Nope.  you’ll need:

hot black coffee, brewed in whatever coffee maker you have

1/2 to 1 tbsp of unsalted butter

a mason jar (you know, those hipster things that are so popular right now? I bet your Mom has a ton in her basement)

brew up your coffee. do not add any sugar or cream. While your coffee is brewing, fill the mason jar half way up with water and put it in the microwave for 1 minute.  after a minute, leave the hot water sitting in the jar.  This is to heat your jar up, and keep your coffee hotter longer (I like my coffee super hot, and the process of making butter coffee cools it down really fast).  When your coffee is done,  dump the water out of the jar,  put in the pat of butter, and then pour coffee over the butter, filling the jar no more than 2/3 full.  Now put that lid on tight and shake shake shake your heart out for about 60 seconds. If the jar is too hot to the touch, put on some oven mitts. The butter will melt, your coffee will get all frothy, and it’ll make a really cool noise.  I drink it right out of the mason jar because I don’t want to dirty another mug.  Because you just filled hot coffee with air and cold  butter, your coffee is going to get cold fast. Be aware.

Any downsides to butter coffee?

eh, sort of but not really? First of all, good quality butter is NOT cheap.   I don’t have butter coffee every day, not even every other day, and wow I’m going through butter fast!

Also, you just put more fat and protein into your body faster than you are probably used to.  Remember your Mom telling you to make sure you get enough fiber?  Yeah, keep that phrase in mind.  If you’ve ever done a high protein super low carb diet, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Great Reasons to shop Consignment

I love shopping consignment stores.  Everything from Good Will to upscale consignment to the clothing racks at Vintage and antiques shops, those are my favorite places to buy clothing, purses, wallets, belts, accessories, and even kitchen pans.  I probably brag too much about shopping consignment and used clothing stores.

Here are some great reasons to join me at the consignment store:

  1. It’s less stressful.  I don’t know about you, but I find the mall really stressful. If I find a blouse I like, of course they have it in every size but the one I need. I end up digging through racks and racks of pants in an attempt to find my size.  Sales aren’t really sales,  store staff seems more interested in selling me a credit card than helping me find clothes I’ll be happy with, and the list goes on.  None of this occurs at Consignment shops. You want a blouse in size M? There’s the rack of all the Ms we have.  You need pants in size 12? There’s the rack of every single size 12 in the shop.
  2. Your dollar goes further (duh!).  I tend to shop for particular brands at consignment shops: Banana Republic, Gap, White House Black Market, Chico’s, Talbots.  No need to wait for a clearance sale,  those Banana Republic slacks are $8,  that White House Black Market sweater is $10.  I’ve got an overflowing work wardrobe because my dollar goes a lot further at the resale shop. More money left in your pocket means you have more options to spend that money on other things.
  3. Your dollar can go to a good cause.  Some resale shops are charity shops. Your dollars go to American Cancer Society, or a local organization that helps people in need, or a local religious  organization that helps people.  There is a store near me called The Discovery Shop, and all their profits go towards Cancer research.  I buy cool stuff there and I feel good about it.
  4. You’ll find some amazing statement pieces.  Ready for a treasure hunt for that one of a kind purse, accessory, dress, or anything else?  Explore your local antique shops and resale shops that specialize in Vintage clothing.  This WILL be a treasure hunt. You’ll have shopping trips where you come home empty handed.  But you will find gold too. a number of years go I got a Kate Spade handbag for $6.  I’ve never in my life received so many compliments on a purse of all things!  At an antique shop I fell in love with a military style wool winter coat.  It’s a statement piece and a conversation starter. Once you meet me in that coat you will never forget me.
  5. It’s a great way to meet business owners in your neighborhood.  If the resale shop isn’t connected with a charity, chances are it is owned and managed by someone who lives nearby.  If you’re looking to build a network locally, chatting with owners and managers at resale shops is a great way to start. You are spending money at their business, so they already like you,  if the shop isn’t busy, start a conversation. How long have they had their business? What’s their favorite part about having their own shop?


For those of you who have already discovered the awesomeness that is consignment and resale shopping,  what’s the best thing you ever bought consignment/resale?  Do you have a favorite resale store?

no socks!

You know those crazy women who don’t wear socks in cold weather? They’ll be wearing heavy pants, long sleeve shirt, a coat, and a hat,  and shoes but no socks?

I’ve become that woman.

it’s been a ridiculously warm autumn, but it’s finally starting to get cold here.  It’s 45 degrees out, and when I got dressed for work this morning, I put on my slip on shoes, and no socks.

When I was in my 20s, I’d wear two pairs of socks, and my feet would still be freezing all the darn time.  But after 35 and gaining weight?  those sockless feet are my built in air conditioning!

This is too yummy to be called “Legume Salad”.

Legume salad does *not* sound appetizing.  Neither does bean salad.

Help me come up with a name for this delicious salad that’s a combination of chickpeas, green lentils, veggies, and a magical salad dressing.  Because seriously,   chickpeas + green lentils + what’s in the fridge has become my new favorite healthy dish.  It’s a salad that’s easy to change up based on what’s in season and what you’ve got sitting around.  This time, my delicious stuff included Kalamata olives, parsley, craisins, and cucumber. The salty sweet combination of olives and craisins is incredible! Can you imagine this with cubes of roasted sweet potato?  That sounds amazing!



This is just a base recipe, so  feel free to change up some of these ingredients and amounts based on what you have, and flavors you like.

1/2 cup green lentils

1 can chickpeas, drains

a few tablespoons chopped parsley

2 tbsp chopped pecans (Because I’m lazy I buy them pre-chopped. Hello baking aisle!)

1/2 cup halved kalamata olives (you can buy these pre-chopped too!!)

small handful of craisins

half a cucumber, diced

1 celery stalk, diced

2 green onions, sliced very thin

secret sauce*

Cooking green lentils is a little like cooking pasta  – you are going to drain  them at the end, so the exact amount of water you start with doesn’t matter.  You want the water to completely cover the lentils by a few inches. I filled my small 6 cup saucepan just shy of halfway with water, so I used, erm, about 2.5 cups?  Anyways, bring your pot of water to a boil, and gently add the green lentils so as to not break the boil. Simmer with the lid mostly covering the pot for about 20-25 minutes, until the lentils are tender.  drain in a colander.

In a large bowl, combine cooked lentils with all other ingredients except the secret sauce.  Season with some salt and pepper, but don’t go crazy because the secret sauce has salt and pepper in it too.


Are you ready for the secret sauce? At it’s most basic, this 4 ingredient salad dressing (plus salt & pepper) combines pantry ingredients you already have.  If, like me, you’ve discovered infused oils and vinegars, well then, you’ve got an epic secret sauce in the making.


Other than using flavor infused oils, the true secret is honey.

Yes, honey.  put it in your vinaigrettes, and you’ll never look back.



Because I’m slightly obsessed with flavor infused oils and vinegars, what you see here is the Tuscan Herb oil from Fustini’s,  the Summer Peach balsamic vinegar from The Pantry, random honey from the grocery store, and lemon juice.  If you’ve never experienced the joy that is flavor infused olive oil, please, please find some! you won’t regret it! The secret to this salad dressing is honey, and making it couldn’t be simpler:

1/4 cup olive oil, can be all regular olive oil, all flavor infused oil, or a combination

2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar – again, if you can find flavor infused balsamic, you’ll be a happy camper!

splash of lemon juice

1/2 tbsp honey

salt and pepper

mix very well with a whisk. Then mix it again.  As we’re all used to, the oil and vinegar at first will not want to mix, but the honey will help everything stick together, and you end up getting a better blend once the honey is in there. Alternately, you can put all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake shake shake shake it up. Be warned you’ll need to really get up in there with a spatula,  since the honey is gonna stick to the inside of the jar.


Pour secret sauce on your legume salad (really! I need a better name!!), stir it all up, and chill for at least an hour.

decadent Waldorf-esque Salad

I love cooking.  I love taking a stack of delicious ingredients, and making even more delicious food.  I also love mixing fruit with meat.  Pork loin stuffed with figs, apricots, and pistachios?  Chicken roasted with dried cranberries and apple?  thinly sliced granny smith apple on my roasted turkey sandwich? Yes, yes, and yes please can I have some more.

Cooking is so enjoyable because my pantry and fridge are always stocked with the basics including brown sugar, honey, butter, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, dried fruit, apples, tons of olive oil, and more butter. A quick trip to the store for fresh meat, dairy, and fruit means a delicious dinner is on the way. I know enough that I can put together a pretty impressive meal with whatever is in the house.

Last night we did “Fakesgiving”, which was a perfect excuse to trial some recipes for Thanksgiving. I roasted a whole chicken, and rubbed under and over the skin was a compound butter made with herbs, salt, chopped dried apricots, and dried cranberries. the secret to browned skin? SO MUCH BUTTER.

My fridge was full of delicious leftovers this morning, including a chicken carcass that went right into the stock pot with carrots, celery, onions, parsley and peppercorns, and a mountain of carved chicken.   But chicken all by itself is kinda boring.

Let’s see,  ingredients that I have on hand….  leftover cooked chicken, granny smith apple, celery, dried cranberries, and is that some grapes in the fruit bowl, and greek yogurt in the fridge?  Time for the best Waldorf Salad I’ve ever had!  The original Waldorf Salad is very boring, if you ask me. And as much as I love Mayonnaise, I don’t want to be eating that much of it.


The Best Waldorf Salad

(all measurements are approximate because I didn’t measure anything)

1 cup chopped cooked chicken

half a granny smith apple, chopped

1 stick celery, chopped

1 cup grapes, cut in half

2 tbsp craisins

a big dollop of greek yogurt. I don’t know, a half cup? it was about half of one of the single serve Fage containers.

salt and pepper to taste.

Chopped walnuts are traditional, and had I remembered I would have put in chopped pecans because I like those better.

Combine all ingredients, and indulge. You will feel decadent eating this, I promise!


Note to self: Learn the tricks of photographing food so it looks appetizing.   because this looks like a blob of white with darker blobs.