Best of Trader Joe’s: Tarte d’Alsace

Trader Joe's French Style Flat Bread with Ham, Caramelized Onions and Gruyere and Summer Salad

“If Only I Was French I Would Eat Like This Every Day … “

… I heard myself saying something like that when I recently visited Paris (which, by the way, is very likely the best city on the planet—I care only a little bit that this statement sounds incredibly cliché). I also kept saying to people when I returned, “I feel like I’ve been lied to my whole life. Food in France is so, so simple, but everything is so fresh and clean (even when really rich), that I never had to eat as much to feel satisfied.” All of this made me realize that maybe not only have I been approaching food preparation completely incorrectly in the past, but that there was still a chance that I could correct all of this error.  read more Best of Trader Joe’s: Tarte d’Alsace

#Grateful100 – Day 18

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Today I’m grateful for:

The Fatkini & GabiFresh

Being fat and plus size, or whatever you wanna call it, and also having a long torso (thank God I don’t have large breasts or this post might be a lot longer and a lot whinier) has meant that I’ve been destined to really not quite fit into any bathing suit for years. And yes, I know, most women hate shopping for swimsuits, but coming from the land of frump and “Oh my God … what is that weird skirt thing?” and “Really? That was the best fluck*ng floral they could find?!” makes shopping for a bathing suit a much bigger challenge. Pun intended. So today, I’m giving thanks and shouts out to Gabi Fresh and the acceptance of the Fatkini. That isht is here y’all.  read more #Grateful100 – Day 18

#Grateful100 – Day 17

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Today I’m grateful for:

Nutrition Experts

So there are a lot of things I’m good at (obviously, right? lol), but it turns out nutrition is one of the ones that I’ve gotten too much information on. I have been feeling not overwhelmed by all the information that I’ve gathered over 20 years of dieting (oh wow – first diet at 10?! Yeah.) … but I’ve been feeling the step that’s just beyond overwhelmed. The one where you consistently feel like none of the information that you have is working or getting you anywhere near being healthier, and you’re not sure of how long to stick with any of the information that you’ve been given because you don’t want to get any closer to feeling like crap. Enter: a nutritionist with really grounded views named Robyn who also blogs her own food intake. read more #Grateful100 – Day 17

#Grateful100 – Day 16

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Today I’m grateful for:

Working Close to Where I Live

There was a disaster at lunch time. And it meant I desperately needed to change my entire outfit. That wasn’t a problem because I work so close to home, so I swung by the house and changed my outfit. Sean-P was there, and I invited him to lunch. I’m grateful to be able to live so close to the office that I can do things like that. Disaster … averted. *Phew* Nothing particularly profound discovered about this except that I appreciate it and am grateful for it.

#Grateful100 is a series of blog posts where I write about the things I’m thankful for—one day at a time, one post at a time, one thing at a time.

#Grateful100 – Day 15

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Today I’m grateful for:

Friends in Their 30′s

Growing up is hard. My 20′s were hard in a lot of ways … so many bumps and falls, some that left me scarred and bruised, but all of those experiences helped me to grow into the peacefulness that I’ve found in my 30th year. I’ve just returned from a trip to Paris with a few friends to celebrate one of them turning 30, and I am so grateful to have friends of “the age” in my life. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate those that haven’t made it to 30 yet, but there seems to be something that happens as you approach 30 and then move into that decade that I’ve not yet been able to name.

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