Winner winner, chicken dinner!

OK, so no.

I don’t have a chicken dinner for today.

But we do have a winner!

Robin C! She squeaked in around 3 PM yesterday, and for whatever reason had a few complications with the commenting part – but she’s there on Facebook, and Rafflecopter picked her up and picked her out!

Robin – send me an email today, ASAP (, and we’ll get your coffee into the mail directly from DOMA on this, the final day of the Bender Fundraiser! (And I’ll get your Fitness subscription squared away too.)

Thanks to all for participating!

Six Minute Chocolate Cake and a Double Giveaway

Six Minute Chocolate Cake


I have a deep dark secret to confess, Friends.


Brace yourself:  I went for a run the other night and then came home and topped it off with handfuls of Ruffles potato chips and a light beer.


I said it. Continue reading

Coconut Lime Bars and Sliding Doors

Coconut Lime Bars | Home is Where The Cookies Are

Have you heard of “sliding door moments“?

It’s when you are faced with a choice and you can either open the door to connect with those around you, or you can close it and disengage from those around you.

They happen several times a day.

Connect/disconnect, that’s the choice. Continue reading

Smoky Brussels Sprouts with Lime and Avocado

Smoky Brussels Sprouts with Lime and Avocado; side dish of roasted brussels sprouts, red onion, fresh avocado and lime, topped with smoked paprika and dry roasted pistachios. Whole 30 and Paleo compatableBefore we talk roasted veggies, citrus and pistachios, let’s talk about this book:

Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

I’m only one chapter into it, but Ms. Brown has me hooked already.

In a matter of 46 pages, she has me feeling like we might just be able to understand how our society has unraveled and how neighbors have started to feel and LIVE so far apart. Continue reading

Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Chicken

Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Chicken

Don’t be fooled by the frying pan.

This recipe is for slow cooker chicken.

Really, really good slow cooker chicken that you might want to stand over the crock eating before you serve it up.

The most perfect thing about this chicken though? It makes a HUGE batch.

We’re talking massive. Like, “let’s feed 20 people” big.


Or, “let’s feed the fam (of six people) three times over” big.

“Eat one portion now, freeze two for easy nights later in the month” big.

Therefore – the frying pan. For reheating purposes. . . . Continue reading

DIY Taco Seasoning, Old El Paso Style

DIY Old El Paso Style Taco Seasoning

 Shoes stink.

I mostly mean trying to find shoes to go with specific outfits stinks.

It makes me want to run screaming into the street, hurl something fragile and glass-ish at the pavement, and then dissolve into a weeping pile of mush.

But I guess literally, some shoes – mostly of the athletic or flip-flop variety – do stink.

That’s not the point though. This the point: Continue reading

Sugar Snap and Barley Salad with Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Sugar Snap and Barley Salad with Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Let’s chat for a moment, you and me.

Let’s talk about diets and binges, too much birthday cake, and climbing back on the wagon. Continue reading

Kit Kat Birthday Cake

Kit Kat Birthday Cake - lined with candy bars, this birthday cake is topped with M&M candy and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Let’s not get crazy here.

This is the recipe today: Best 3rd Birthday Cake Ever For a Chocolate-Loving Little Girl

The necessary parts?

1 cake of choice + 1 chocolate-crazed little birthday girl + 1 chocolate-loving, extreme-dieting, favorite uncle – fallen off the sugar-busting wagon = the most perfect 3rd birthday cake experience ever. Continue reading