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Scattered Sundays

Phew! I’m pooped but in the best possible way.

I spent the last few days at the Everything Food Conference in Utah! It was so much fun and I learned a metric butt-ton of blogging-related information and met some amazing bloggers.

First things first, Utah is gorgeous and the people are lovely. And I was so excited that I got to meet with not one, but two readers!

First off, right off the plane, I had lunch with Heidi at famous The Red Iguana.

Then, a few hours later I met up with Christina at Burly Burger. I was still full from lunch so I ordered a kid’s meal like a boss.

note to self: start wearing sunglasses 24/7

I was so excited and honored to meet both of them! I brought them each a homemade lotion bar (which hilariously got super smooshed and distorted looking on the plane) and Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls. I like to give people my balls. 

The conference was so dang good and I even bought my 2020 ticket on the first day. It was like a hardcore educational and fun adult summer camp.

Any bloggers out there can take advantage of the early bird discount until fall of this year. <—-not an affiliate.

I met up with the lovely Cassie from Cook It Real Good and she became my early morning buddy. Thanks to her jet lag (she was coming from Australia) and my shitty sleep habits, we were both up early and took some great walks in the mornings. I even took her to an American institution – Dunkin Donuts. I think she was sugar high for a few hours afterward.

I’m a light packer and unless I need running shoes, I don’t want to pack unnecessary footwear. I ended up walking miles and miles of steps in my tried and trusted Dr. Scholls Madison sneakers. These are hands down the most comfortable non-athletic shoes I have ever owned. They’re the best!

For any online entrepreneur nerds out there, one of the highlights of the conference was getting to see Pat Flynn (of Smart Passive Income fame) speak twice! I totally geeked out. Oh, and did I mention that Deb from Smitten Kitchen was the keynote speaker for breakfast one morning? 

I stole Jack’s insulated Liberty Bottleworks tumbler for the trip and it was perfect. We have the coffee cup lid and that meant I could walk and get coffee in it in the morning, and rinse it out and use it for water all day long.

The conference had delicious flavored waters (mango and strawberry was so good!) and I just kept refilling my bottle over and over. Even at lunches when there was a drink stand (that cough, used styrofoam, cough), I just had them put my sparkling water in my bottle. Single-use products blow!

On day two, we were introduced to Operation Underground Railroad which was started by a former CIA agent to help rescue children around the world from trafficking. What a powerful and monumental moment.

He spoke about his mission and the statistics – a child is trafficked somewhere in the world every 30 seconds – and we watched a documentary (Operation Toussant) about his team’s mission in Haiti.

You can (and ABSOLUTELY SHOULD) watch the documentary for free on Amazon Prime. If you don’t have prime, I believe you can get a 30-day free trial to watch the movie.

It takes around $10,000 to rescue one child from slavery. If you’d like to help there are three simple ways to be a part of the solution:

  1. Share this blog post or the Operation Underground Railroad information on your personal Facebook page.
  2. Donate. You can do so on their website or by texting “Save” to 41444
  3. Volunteer and look for other ways to get involved.

These last few days were amazing and powerful in so many ways.

Spidey is a coffee addict. We can’t leave our cups unattended for a second.

The boys had a great time while I was out of town and pretty much lived their best bachelor lives in my absence. Troy had a rough hand dealt him because right as I was leaving, Bennett (who had just gotten over a three-day fever) caught Troy’s cold. The only thing worse than a “normal” three-year-old, is a sick three-year-old.

I think if I ever wrote a book about three-year-olds it would be called “What Do You Mean I Can’t Take My Toes Off and Why Don’t You Know That Strange Lady’s Name at Target?”. The sequel would be “All the Feels and I NEED ANSWERS”.

What I’m Listening To This Week

I have been binging (binge listening?) the Cold podcast over the last 10 days. 

Cold is the story of the disappearance of Susan Powell and the eventual deaths of her kids at the hands of her husband. The family has a connection to Washington and much of the case took place in our state so I remember this story vividly.

The podcast has a bunch of episodes and initially, I couldn’t figure out what in the actual hell they had to talk about over 18 episodes! But’s very in-depth and extremely fascinating. 

I will say the host’s cadence and tone of voice bothered me for the first two to three episodes. I either got used to it, got over it, or he got more comfortable as he recorded more episodes.

Comment/Review of the Week

Danielle kindly left this five-star review for Healthy Orange Chicken:

Holy yum, y’all! I make teriyaki/hibachi style chicken often. My family (especially the kids) love that delicious, umami flavor. But the orange and loads of ginger bring a brightness to the dish that I find other recipes often lack. It’s a great, quick weeknight meal, whether you choose the instant pot or stovetop method. Full disclosure, I just did this in a skillet.  I have an instant pot (her name is Stella), but I have limited counter space. This was easy enough to do the old fashioned way. And don’t even think about skipping the baking soda step. It gives a similar texture to the chicken as a brine would but with far less added sodium. 

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Unique Gift Ideas for Mom – Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift ideas with this list of Unique Gift Ideas for Mom. You won’t find the same old typical presents in this gift guide! Treat your mom to something special and creative this year.

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Air Fryer Asparagus {Whole30, Paleo, Vegan, Keto} – Once you taste Air Fryer Asparagus, you’ll never make it any other way! Deliciously tender and perfectly crisp, air fried asparagus is a simple Whole30 side dish that is also vegan, keto-friendly, paleo, and gluten-free. Crispy asparagus is a wonderful side dish for fish, or just a fast and healthy snack you won’t be able to stop eating.

air fried asparagus with lemon and a blue cloth

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I have absolutely no idea what we’re having for dinner this week! What should I make? What are you having?

 

 

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19 comments on “Scattered Sundays”

  1. I feel honoured to have made an appearance in a Scattered Sunday post! I’m with you – trying to write my grocery shopping list and meal plan this week and have no idea what to make. Heading to binge Cold now myself 🙂

  2. I have deer bacon, mild Italian sausage, a whole chicken and chicken breasts thawing right now. Going to get my butt in gear and cook for the whole week. Not 100% sure what I’m doing with listed items but at least I have a start 🙂
    Glad you got to enjoy your adult vacation! 
    Have a great week. 

    • So many options with that meat thawing Jan! What did you decide on?

      • The chicken – thrown in pressure cooker and picked for meat. You KNOW I made broth then 🙂
        The chicken breasts turned into a homemade chicken helper combo using up some pantry items. (Literally dumped some stuff into the pan to make the sauce part, added some cooked elbow noodles and shredded the chicken after browning and cooking them)
        The deer bacon – ummmmm yummmmm, that’s baked in oven and eaten with everything. 
        The mild sausage – I cooked it and will use it today (wed) to make some style of homemade helper type meal. We are working opposite shifts this week so I need easy warm up meals for everyone to grab. They all love those type of meals so that’s what I’m making. 
        Not the most healthy (hey – veggies are thrown into everything, just didn’t list them) or exciting week but it’s reality! That’s my story & I’m sticking to it. 
        The DIY helper meals are great for hiding veggies too!

      • I love those “make once, eat multiple times” kinds of meals!!

  3. I just finished listening to Cold a week or so ago. What a horrifying story! I agree, the podcaster was a little hard to listen to at first but then improved. I had never heard of the case, so what he did to himself and the boys was a COMPLETE shock to me–I was not expecting that at all.

    Glad you had a good time at the conference, looks like it was a blast!

    • His cadence was a little weird, right? Something was off about it but I think he got better during the series.

      • Yeah, he had a weird affect going on for sure. Maybe he was just trying to hard? And to be fair, it’d be hard to be any freakin’ weirder than Steve or Josh Powell, who were beyond the pale of weird speech patterns.

      • Those records and diary readings made my skin crawl! Especially Steve’s songs. BAAAAARF.

  4. Heyyyy! It was really great meeting you. Thank you for the lovely gifts, your balls were delicious. I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in Utah and at your conference. After reading this post I’m feeling like I need to recommit myself to avoiding single-use products, because you’re right, they suck. I used to be much better and I’m sorry I used a styrofoam cup in your presence. I don’t think you were calling me out specifically but even if you were I don’t mind, friends gotta hold friends accountable! Also, I’m so glad you mentioned Operation Underground Railroad because my company is a corporate sponsor of theirs. Anyone interested can visit https://malouffoundation.org to complete the free OnWatch training to earn how to identify the signs of human trafficking and how to respond accordingly. Keep up the great work here on the blog, I wanted to mention to you (if you recall from our conversation at the burger joint) that the reason I don’t know who Smitten Kitchen is because in an effort to minimize my own screen-time I settled on one blog years ago (sure I may skim other’s posts only if I’ve searched for a specific recipe and they have one with good ratings and that’s really just to get to the spot where I’m able to print it off) and it’s yours so…I appreciate you!

    • Oh my gosh, no no no that’s not what I meant at all. And I’m so sorry you thought I was knocking you for that! That restaurant only had one choice, and I honestly forgot about it until you said anything.

      That’s so wonderful that your company supports OGR. What an amazing cause and the founder was a very powerful speaker.

      I was so lucky to get to meet you and I’m thrilled you liked my balls…

  5. It was amazing meeting you in person! I love your balls!🤣 I’m glad you had a good conference! Meet up again next time?🙌
    Poor Troy, dang kids always making life harder. I hope he survived!

    • Hee hee, it was great to share balls with you. And FINALLY meet you in person even though it seems like we already had met tons of times!

  6. Speaking of Podcasts.I listened to Over my Dead body per your recommendation and it was so hard to put down so to speak. I remember reading about that murder somewhere and I am glad I was able to find out all of the intrigue. So compelling. I then listened to Cold and after that Broken Hearts. You would enjoy that one as well. All of the Wondery podcasts are very well made. Vanished, The Wonderland Murders, Gladiator, Dr Death and Dirty John are just a few of the other podcasts of theirs that I have listened to. I didn’t realize how much I liked true crime……I am so guilty.

    • Gosh, it was so good, right? Broken Hearts will be added to the list. Thank you!

      I agree; the Wondery podcasts have been so good.

  7. That conference sounds amazing!!! I’m considering going to one next year, but I’m struggling with imposter syndrome at the moment, so I need to get pass that first.

    Poor Bennett. And Troy. Sick littles sucks.

    I’n the midst of getting us all packed up for our move to CA, Jared is finally realizing that becoming more minimalist is a worthy goal. He is NOT a light packer.

    Meals for today and tomorrow will be as much of the food that is still in the fridge and freezer. Starting on Tuesday, it will be we will be on the road and my hope is to stop at the grocery store every other day to stock our camper fridge. I’ve set a goal for myself. If I can make it to CA without eating any gas station junk food, I’m getting a pedicure!

    • Yeah, ignore all the more-than-normal typos. Gosh.

    • Here is a fun fact: everyone struggles with imposter syndrome all the damn time. Everyone. You’d be in good company!

      Oh man, I hope you get to toss/donate a ton of stuff. I’m sure no bikes will be left behind…

      I hope you get the pedicure.