Monday, August 19, 2019

How Social Media Works + Recent Meals

Good morning!

Let’s talk about how social media works, shall we? I came across this meme the other day, and it made me LOL. It’s sooooo true!


how social media works meme

True story: I once said: “Everyone loves puppies,” and then got reamed out on social media by someone who got attacked by a puppy as a kid. I know you can’t make everyone happy, but jeez Louise! Just some food for thought! 😉

Recent Meals

I love to see what other people eat because it always gives me tasty ideas for my own meals and snacks. Here are some of my recent meals, which, as you’ll see, are super simple throw-together meals. I am not fancy when I cook, but I still love delicious and nutritious food! 🙂 If you’re on Instagram, check out my new-ish video series on IGTV!

Air fryer fish tacos made with cod, guacamole, Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar, and shredded purple cabbage 

Buffalo shredded chicken with arugula, lentils (Trader Joe’s pre-cooked), and maple roasted carrots 

Hummus chicken salad with sautéed Brussels sprouts with a little bit of taco seasoning (I used this meal prep tool to quickly chop them), and fresh salsa

Veggie + cheddar sandwich with mayo and sprouts – I had this at a sandwich shop in Concord, NH and loved how simple and delicious it was. I definitely want to recreate it at home! 

banza mac & cheese with chicken breast and broccoli

Banza Mac & Cheese with leftover chicken breast and roasted broccoli mixed in

Arugula with roasted sweet potatoes, half of an avocado, and deli turkey drizzles with balsamic glaze on top

Throw-Together Dessert: Warm Lemon Bar with Blueberries & Whipped Cream

I’m also loving this quickie 3-ingredient microwaveable blueberry pie. Trust me, you want to try it! 🙂

Question of the Day

What meal are you loving lately? Do you like these recent meals posts? 

P.S. Do you love single-serving desserts? Download my Single-Serving Desserts Ebook for FREE! There’s lots of tasty ideas inside!

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Dog-Friendly Friday Night on the South Shore

Hi, guys!

We had quite the fun time on Friday night… and it was totally impromptu! I didn’t feel like cooking, so we decided to take the whole family out to dinner at the Hingham Shipyard. We took Murphy to dinner at Trident last year and had such a great time together, we decided to do it again. It was basically a dog-friendly Friday night on the South Shore. Woohoo!

Trident has an outdoor patio space that is dog-friendly, so it’s the perfect spot to bring a pup. (Hingham Beer Works and Wahlburgers across the way also allow dogs outside.) We brought along Murphy’s food and water, so he could eat dinner with us.

Dog-Friendly Friday Night on the South Shore

Dinner started with drinks and oysters, which Quinn actually tried again. He didn’t love the bite that he took, but we were pumped he gave them another shot!

For my entree, I ordered the Brussels sprouts and shared Quinn’s hummus plate with him. He wasn’t into the grilled vegetables and barely made a dent in the huge portion of hummus, so it worked out perfectly.

Murphy, of course, was on “cleaned up” duty and ate every morsel of food that fell onto the ground.

After dinner, we explored the Shipyard and ended up staying for the free concert, which was such a nice way to spend the night. The concert was actually really packed, and I kind of wished we had attended a few more of them this summer.

There’s two more Friday night concerts, so I definitely think we’ll plan better next time and make a whole night of it. We didn’t bring anything with us – like chairs, blankets, drinks, snacks, etc. Even still, we really had a great time, but I could see how the outdoor concerts could be even more fun!

Murphy definitely enjoyed our dog-friendly Friday night on the South Shore. I mean, look at that happy pug face!

dog-friendly hingham shipyard free concert summer

Question of the Day

Local readers: What are your favorite dog-friendly places in the area? Where would you spend a dog-friendly Friday night on the South Shore?

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Primal + Keto Cooking Made Easy: Primal Oatmeal

On mornings when a bowl of oatmeal is what your body craves, this hearty and comforting Primal breakfast cereal is exactly what you need. Coconut flakes, almonds, pecans, and the milk of your choice are blended into a creamy, oatmeal-like cereal and topped with fresh berries.

Make Primal oatmeal in the morning or the night before. Serve it hot or cold. Personalize your bowl by using different types of nuts and non-dairy milks, sweetening with pure maple syrup or yacon syrup instead of a Medjool date, and adding more flavor and nutrients with add-ins like butter, cinnamon or chia seeds. However you do it, “oatmeal” doesn’t get any tastier than this.

Serving: 1 larger serving 

Time in the Kitchen: 5 minutes (plus, time to soak the nuts, if desired)


  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes (16 g)
  • ¼ cup raw almonds, preferably soaked (1.25 oz/37 g)
  • ¼ cup raw pecans, preferably soaked (1 oz/25 g)
  • ½ cup coconut milk or whipping cream/full-fat milk/half and half (120 ml)
  • 1 pitted medjool date, soaked for 20 minutes in hot water (Can omit or substitute stevia, Swerve or yacon syrup.)
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Coconut Primal Fuel
  • Pinch of salt

Optional Add-ins:

  • Fresh berries
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds*


In a high-powered blender, chop the coconut flakes and nuts until finely ground.

Add the milk, date (if desired) and a pinch of salt. Blend until thick and smooth.

Pour into serving bowls. Add more of your favorite milk, if desired, plus additional add-ins. Serve hot or cold.

Nutritional Information (with date, without toppings):

  • Calories: 680
  • Total Carbs: 27 grams
  • Net Carbs: 17.3 grams
  • Fat: 60 grams
  • Protein: 19 grams

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