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Scattered Sundays

Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?

I mean, he lives in the jungle without access to a razor. He hangs around with gorillas so it’s not like his peer group is clean-shaven.

So why is his face so baby smooth?

^These are the kinds of discussions I have with my husband after he woke up early one morning and couldn’t go back to sleep. Troy is a deep thinker.

Speaking of deep thinkers, I’ve solved the leggings camel toe situation. I thought you’d like to know. You’re welcome.

When I work out I wear yoga pants and what they call “running tights”, but I hate that all of them give wicked camel toe. Some are so bad you could possibly consider it a moose knuckle.

A few months ago I was cleaning out some old clothes and I realized I still had a small bin of maternity clothes. I gave them to Goodwill but kept the Bella Band I found in there.

I used my Bella Band for both pregnancies with the boys. When you’re too bloated for regular pants but not big enough for maternity pants, they let you wear your normal jeans with the button undone. And for me, I wore them with maternity pants to keep the pants ass sag in check, and to add length to my maternity shirts which are never long enough when you’re six feet tall!

On a hunch, I slipped it on over a pair of workout pants and realized that it completely solves the whole camel toe situation. I now wear it whenever I go for my walks/terrible and slow runs. It’s comfy and doesn’t slip and most importantly it keeps your front butt covered.

This kiddo turns three tomorrow. Apparently he has had that scowl since birth.

Speaking of camel toe, check out that cloth diaper front wedgie!

We had his party yesterday and it’s funny to see the evolution of kid parties. With Jack, I made everything from scratch and made soooooo much food. Now, I’m more like “let’s order a Costco sandwich tray and put out some chips, salsa, and veggies”.

The change is not so much about having less time, but more realizing that people don’t really care what you serve and just want food.

Bennett is kind of obsessed with sharks and thus we did a shark-themed party. My terrible cake/cupcake decorating skills are legendary.

I love to make homemade cakes and frosting but putting the two together is never a pretty sight. It usually involves me slapping frosting on the cake and then sticking a toy on top and calling it decorated.

I really tested my comfort zone by making “shark bite” cupcakes. I looked at these cupcakes but she lost me when she mentioned a “cupcake corer”. I didn’t know that was even a thing. And I certainly wasn’t going to buy it for one party.

We ended up trying a small (and clean) PVC pipe and a melon baller that belonged to my parents. I have no idea how that thing made the move from their last house to this one. It’s not exactly an often-used item. I’m 37 years old and I never once remember my mom using a melon baller.

After trying multiple things over five minutes, I finally gave in and just jammed my (clean) finger into each cupcake. Worked perfectly. Pfft, who needs a cupcake corer? I filled in the hole with strawberry jam for the “shark bite”.

I ordered a crap ton of gummy sharks (made with fruit juice so they’re “healthy”) from Amazon because it was cheaper to buy a huge bag than to get a few at the grocery store.

I’m a little terrified of Bennett being three because three-year-olds are the effing worst. People talk about the terrible twos, but the twos have nothing on the threes. I didn’t like Jack from the time he was three until he was four and one week.

Bennett has been rocking a three-year-old attitude for months now. Combine that with Jack’s pre-tween emo-ness and it is a wonder I don’t drink.

Life is good at Grandma and Grandpa’s.

Jack will be taking his cast off later today and we’re a bit nervous to see how things have healed. The orthopedist said we don’t need to come back because Jack will be the one to know how things feel, not her. Taking things slowly and hoping he is back to “normal”.

We’ve got the beets

I worked on a new recipe this week and the taste is amazing! But the appearance is crap so I’m working on remaking them not look like chocolate boobs. I can’t wait to share the recipe with you (hint: they’re dairy-free AND paleo) when they are a bit less-mammory looking.

Wishing you a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Comment/Review of the Week

This week’s five-star review comes from Kami who made Chicken Salad With Greek Yogurt and Dill (hollah for all my fellow mayo haters out there!)

One of my fav recipes. So easy and so good! 

Glad you liked it Kami! And for anyone who can’t eat gluten, I’ll tell you this chicken salad is super good in a halved avocado.

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Whole30 Potatoes – Skillet Fried Potatoes {Whole30, Gluten-Free, Vegan} – One of the best side dishes ever, Whole30 Potatoes are sure to be a family favorite. Great for breakfast or as a side for meals, these Whole30 skillet potatoes are vegan and gluten-free. {Pin this}

Sesame Sheet Pan Pork Fajitas {Whole30, Paleo, Keto, Gluten-Free} – A one pan wonder recipe, Sesame Sheet Pan Pork Fajitas is an easy 20-minute dinner that tastes like a labor of love. Paired with an amazing marinade, the homemade seasoning takes this Whole30, Paleo, Keto, and gluten-free meal to the next level. {Pin this}

Chocolate Coconut Coffee Creamer {Paleo, Dairy-Free, Keto, Vegan} – A homemade Chocolate Coconut Coffee Creamer that is so good you’ll never buy storebought again. This DIY recipe is paleo, dairy-free, vegan, and free of refined sugars. {Pin this}  And yes, those are Jack’s hands. He did the pouring with his non-dominate hand since I didn’t want the cast in the shot.

Pesto Chicken and Cauliflower {Whole30, Keto, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free} – You can’t beat this one pan Pesto Chicken and Cauliflower for a fast weeknight meal! This healthy paleo and Whole30 dinner is ready in only 30 minutes. {Pin this}

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

  1. Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites {Whole30, Paleo, Dairy-Free}              {Pin this}
  2. Paleo Chicken Pot Pie Soup {Whole, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}              {Pin this}
  3. Virgin Mojito Recipe                                                                                         {Pin this}
  4. Healthier Fried Zucchini Chips                                                                      {Pin this}
  5. Healthy Orange Chicken {Whole30, Paleo, Gluten-Free}                        {Pin this}

Hop in the DeLorean

Last year the top post from this week was: Zero Waste Produce and Bulk Bin Shopping Bags

Meal Plan

Monday:: Breakfast dinner

Tuesday:: Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies with salad.

Wednesday:: Whole30 Potato Soup and salad.

Thursday:: TBD

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and movie night

Saturday:: Healthy Orange Chicken with cauliflower rice.

Sunday:: Family dinner

What We Bought This Week

Costco: $104.70.We tried that Perky Jerky and it’s so good! If you’re a Costco member they have it on instant rebate right now.




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7 comments on “Scattered Sundays”

  1. I use a piping tip to core cupcakes…the wide circle end, not the decorative end. Works like a charm and I already have them so nothing extra to buy!

  2. My former coworker called her son a “threenager,” and, in what I’m sure was especially infuriating to her, he was nothing but a perfect angel any time I got hang with the kiddo, so she probably felt bonkers that he was making her look like a liar.

    Good luck for the next year!

  3. I quite like three as an age, they aren’t quite as dependent. For the nephews, three was when they got chatty. I’m really going to miss the youngest one being grown up enough to say ‘Auntie Nic’, I’ve been ‘Nauntie Nic’ for a while and it’s cute! I have exactly the same issue with cakes, I’m a really good baker, decoration not so much!

    • I’m sure three-year-olds are lovely in small doses. Bennett could use some international exposure, so I’ll drop him off next week and pick him up at 4 years and two weeks (that is when I found Jack tolerable again).

  4. Ever since reading your post about the potatoes I have been cooking them that way.  Two times this week and I have a pan in the oven right now to eat with eggs for breakfast.  So easy.  So simple.  Why have I never thought of this?