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Troy and I finished season two of Killing Eve this week. Man.

We decided that we needed something a bit lighter after that and I had heard good things about Schitt’s Creek for years. We’re four episodes in and are not convinced. It seems like everything we should love, but we’re just not feeling it yet.

I’ve heard it gets better in season three. Is it really worth sticking around for that? Tell me what to do!

Also, when in the heck did Eugene Levy get so fit? When did that happen? Is it just good tailoring of his suit or did he just get juiced? Am I attracted to Eugene Levy??? Is there a name for a person with a thing for eyebrows?

We had two snow days and a two-hour school delay this week. AKA, the week I hardly got any work done and once again can’t believe people live in and travel around in an RV with their kids.

“Momma, take a photo of me touching your photo food. Are you sooooo mad”?

There was not enough snow to sled for more than a few minutes, which was a total bummer. Living on a bonkers steep hill has its perks on snow days, and I’m a sledding addict! 

On Wednesday afternoon, I took a walk to get out of the house and there was a little bit of snow falling. By the time I got home, it was coming down hard. Even then, it was still a fantastic walk. So pretty, and the cold air cleared my head and made me walk bonkers fast.

To kill some time (and so I would not kill them), we ended up going to the cheap movie showing of Jumanji with my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and mother-in-law. The boys liked it (Bennett thought it was too long, but he also had to skip his nap and was TIRED), but the best part was seeing it with my SIL. She has the best laugh and being with someone who just enjoys funny/silly things makes everything twice as good.

Last year I recommended the Wondery podcast called Gladiator (head’s up, everything I’ve heard from Wondery is great!). It was a really in-depth look at the rise and fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots player who was sent to prison for murder.

Well, Netflix now has a documentary about it called Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. It seems to be a docu-series because so far they have only released a 45-minute episode. It’s really good and I’m interested in seeing the rest of the series.

Do you remember in the early 2000s when everyone and their mother had a purse with the first initial of their name on it? I ask because I saw Sharona carrying one on an episode of Monk and had a “whoa, what were we thinking” moment.

Also, how much crank was everyone on from 1997-2005? Holy smokes, the eyebrows on these women. Were we all just issued tweezers on January 1, 1997, and told to go wild? It was a real scorched earth policy with eyebrows.

Y’all (ya’ll? We’ve covered this before and I can’t remember what the consensus was), I’m having an affair with a box of organic Triscuits and Tillamook extra-sharp cheddar. Don’t tell Eugene Levy and his eyebrows. They have jealousy issues.

I’ve been a Triscuit fan for years, and Costco recently started carrying the organic ones again. Three ingredients people! My friend Cassie told me she has never had a Triscuit (c’mon Australia). So, I’m forcing her to get some when we’re back in Utah together in April for a food blogging conference. This is not sponsored by Triscuit (though hit me up people); just pure cracker love.

Jack had a soccer game yesterday and I’m still amped up about it! He plays on a 9/10 indoor team and the coach made the decision to play them up a year. We’ve been playing 11/12 teams the whole time and mainly we lose and lose by a lot. It’s so frustrating to watch and the team is bummed.

Well, yesterday, we played a team of GIANTS. They were all 12, going on 13. They had a few kids that were easily twice the size of our smaller players. I’m pretty sure I saw a few of them shave at half-time. They were signing up for the draft and to vote after the game. They were mammoth. It was like watching the Seahawks play a high school team.

Right out of the gate they were killing us, but we eventually came within a few points of not dying. In the last 8 minutes, we scored a few and held them off from scoring anymore. We tied it up with two minutes to go and prevented them from adding to their score.

We were tied with eight points each and they had a penalty kick on our side of the field with 11 seconds to go. Our goalie (who is awesome!) lunged for it but missed and it hit a wall. The ball was free and 10 feet IN FRONT OF THE DAMN GOAL with no goalie. Their forward kicked it high and from nowhere, Jack leaped up and blocked it. With his butt. Saved by a butt.

And speaking of butts, that game has mine still puckered. Phew! Not sure I am cut out to be a sports parent.


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What I’m Listening To This Week

I took a bit of a break from most podcasts this week and am listening to an audiobook from the library called The Traitor and the Spy.

Post-WWII, spying and the iron curtain are totally my jam. I’m not sure how this would be as a book (maybe a little dry?) but I love it as an audiobook. If you’re into this genre, I also highly recommend Child 44 and Edge of Eternity.

What I’m Reading This Week

I’m still working on King Maybe this week. There was a bit less reading time than I anticipated due to school being closed for two days. Dang it!

Reader Spotlight of the Week

Becky left this five-star review for our Instant Pot Tortilla Soup With Rice {Pin this recipe}:

This is the ultimate quick to throw together, one-pot meal! I LOVE step 1: add all ingredients, lock the lid. We didn’t even have to wash the meat cutting board because I just cut the chicken with my kitchen scissors right into the pot.
And, of course, it tastes great! I’d never used Veggie juice in a recipe before but really liked it. Thanks for another great recipe, especially wonderful for a weeknight! Can’t wait to have the leftovers tonight.

Instant Pot tortilla soup in a bowl with cilantro, sour cream, cheese, lime, and green onion

On Sustainable Cooks This Week

Whole30 Breakfast SausageThis homemade Whole30 Breakfast Sausage is paleo, Whole30 compliant and absolutely delicious! You can’t beat the flavor or quality of making breakfast sausage yourself. Make ahead and freezing tips are included in the recipe. {Pin this recipe}

Three sausage patties on a plate with strawberries and herbs in the background

100% Whole Wheat Pizza DoughDelicious and filling, you’ll love this 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough! Easily made in a stand mixer, food processor, or by hand, this homemade vegan pizza dough is fool-proof and sure to become a family favorite. You’ll also learn the tricks for freezing pizza dough for easy homemade dinners. {Pin this recipe}

Strawberry TrufflesAn easy and decadent melt in your mouth recipe for incredible homemade Strawberry Truffles. These rich delicious dark chocolates are both vegan and dairy-free. {Pin this recipe}

a bowl of dark chocolate truffles with strawberry flakes

Air Fryer Pretzel BitesThese Air Fryer Pretzel Bites are so easy to make and taste amazing! Chewy, soft, and perfectly salty, you’ll love this pretzel bites recipe for an afterschool snack, game day treat, or anytime you need the perfect party appetizer. No air fryer? Don’t worry because I have oven-baking instructions too! {Pin this recipe}

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week

Our Virgin Mojito was still on top this week, but the next five all have something in common – healthy eating and fast comfort food.

  1. Whole30 Beef Stew  {Pin this recipe}
  2. Air Fryer Egg Rolls  {Pin this recipe}
  3. Trader Joe’s Whole30 Shopping List  {Pin this recipe}
  4. Instant Pot Orange Chicken  {Pin this recipe}
  5. Instant Pot Egg Bites  {Pin this recipe}

Meal Plan

Monday:: Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies

Tuesday:: Instant Pot Tortilla Soup With Rice

Wednesday:: A recipe I’m photographing for an upcoming post

Thursday:: Appetizer dinner because I’m photographing some apps the day before

Friday:: TBD, soccer

Saturday:: I’ll be out of town so I have no idea what they will be eating. Troy is a grown-ass man, perfectly capable of feeding two children. Best guess…Subway. 🙂

Sunday:: Family dinner or movie night


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34 comments on “Scattered Sundays”

  1. Stay with Schitt’s Creek. I promise you’ll like it. Just like a lot of new shows, it takes a while to get to know the characters.

    And having grown up in Texas and living my whole life in the South, it’s Y’ALL. Think of shortening the horribly long word YOU.

  2. Yeah, Schitt’s Creek is a hoot!  I’m excited for the final season that’s coming out.  I think you do need to hang in there for a few episodes so you really get to know the characters and all their weird quirks, and then it just gets funnier as they’re in different situations together.  It’s really rewarding watching the characters grow and struggle and become better people (they had a LOOOONG way to go at the start of the show, lol).  And the show in general is kind of a dry humor a lot of the time, so if you don’t enjoy that you may not like it as much . . .

    • They’re the kind of character I can’t stand, and I have never liked Chris Elliot (the mayor) so I think that is a stumbling block for me. I do think we’re going to watch a few more episodes and will try to stick it out.

      Dry humor is my favorite kind of humor. 🙂

      • Well, the nice thing about the show is that the Chris Elliott character is kind of presented as a guy that is definitely cringe worthy so you can indulge in your distaste for him.  😉  I’m not a Chris Elliott fan either and he grossed me out big time at first!!  I was like “Whaaaat?  Why is he in this show?”  Haha

      • I think “There’s Something About Mary” just destroyed Chris Elliot for me.

      • I hated the pilot of Schitt’s Creek because of Chris Elliot but he gets much, much, MUCH less horrifyingly cringey as the seasons go on, and becomes much more sympathetic. The Roses become more self-aware and less insanely self-absorbed, and it’s really great to watch everyone grow. Also it’s hilarious and I am so glad I stuck with it.

      • Oddly enough I don’t mind the Roses because I figure the entire structure of the show is that they do get better (unlike the family from Arrested Development which I did love). But I’m powering through until season 3. I promise!

  3. I’m so excited for triscuits but mostly because TJ ah means I get to see you!! Also we have watched a couple of eps of schitts creek and weren’t fans either. I don’t get the hype ???? but you’re right about Eugene levy… what happened there haha

    • We’re so going to live it up with Triscuits and all the other US food we need to stock up on for the visit!

      Right? Went from the dumpy American Pie dad to um, helllllo dad.

  4. This might be more appropriate for a Confessions post, but it is Schitt’s Creek adjacent: I had a sexy dream about Eugene Levy years ago. Meow! I do hope you’ve seen the episode with Moira’s wine ad?! ????

  5. The town my mom grew up on is going on 3 years without a snow day. We’re in Maine and my aunt remembers going sledding out the second story windows because the drifts were that high. You just need to move to northern Maine

    • Oh my gosh, that is SO MUCH SNOW!!! The most I can ever remember getting was last Feb and it was 18 inches. We live by saltwater so we get less. My sister, who lives inland got over two feet. But the second story?

  6. A co-worker of mine is constantly raving about Schidtt’s creek. She loves it so much she has now seen the entire series several times through. I haven’t seen it yet but she and I have very similar tastes in tv so I’m guessing I’ll like it lol.

    And y’all is correct. It’s all over everything here in the South.

  7. I wasn’t sure about Schitt’s Creek when we started but I just kept watching and by the end of season one I was all in.

    Y’all (trust the life-long Southerner)

    My mom brought me some Trader Joe’s dried strawberries at Christmas (the closest TJ is over an hour away) and I’m excited to try the truffles!!

  8. The only TV I watch is Survivor (don’t judge.  We love it.  My 21-year-old and I have a standing date every Survivor Wednesday at 8 and I love that even more than I enjoy the show)  So I can’t tell you anything about the one you are watching.  But my thought is…. If you have to sit through two whole seasons of a show that you are not enjoying, *hoping* that it will get better…. you re wasting your time.   Just my thought.  Having said that, someone loaned us the entire series of Breaking Bad on DVD and while we enjoyed season 1, we didn’t love it.  But we wanted to know how they were going to get out of the mess they had gotten into and kept watching.  I ended up loving that series.
    I hope that amazing soccer game against giants was a good morale booster for the team.  It kind of sucks that (it sounds like) they are too good for their own age category, but not quite ready for the next one.  What an awkward spot to be in.
    If I could send you some of our snow, I would.  I am not looking forward to going out to shovel later today.
    I love me a Subway sub……   Colour me jealous.

    • I used to love Survivor! I can’t remember which season I stopped watching it. I had no idea it was even still on.

      We stopped Breaking Bad halfway through season one. I just couldn’t stay interested. 🙁

      • If you used to love Survivor, the upcoming season (starting in February, sometime) Is ALL previous winners.  It should be pretty interesting.
        We found that Breaking Bad got better and better, but season one was the slowest.  Establishing characters/storyline, I guess.  But not everyone likes the same things.  That is what makes things interesting!  It would be a very boring world if we all liked the sae things.

  9. tell me about the cute hat in your snow walk pic! I love that it’s not too foofy but still looks warm. 

    • I know it’s not a confession post but I must confess that I had to ask Google for help regarding triscuit. Never heard of it before.

      • If you can find them over there, give them a try! Though I will warn you that my friend Katie buys them in Sweden and says they’re usually stale by time they get there.

    • It is this super basic reversible fleece hat that I have had for 10 years. It’s black or pink depending on how you wear it. I can’t tell you where I got it or even the brand. Heck, it might be a kid’s hat!

  10. The last 2 episodes of the Aaron Hernandez series is on now. We binged it all. It was so good. Have you watched the Mindhunters on Netflix? That is good too