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Thanks for the feedback on yesterday’s post about feeling Type A and/or Type B.  I used to definitely be 90% Type B up until grad school [age 22].  It started to go more towards Type A and right now I would say I’m about 70% Type A, 30% Type B….give or take 10% either way.  It was interesting to read that a lot of you consider yourself both as well!  It is nice to be lazy sometimes unless your “to do” list is haunting you in your head.  I find it feels SO good to just get the things I hate doing the most.  I still struggle to actually DO them, but when I finally carry out my most dreaded tasks, a huge weight is lifted and I feel refreshed!

Our house progress is coming along.  Not much left now.  Just have to put away a bunch of little things, clean the bathrooms, and mop the living room and entryway.  Not too shabby.

Lunch yesterday included my Delicata Squash.  I smashed it on my open faced samich and put some on a salad.


The first few bites of the samich [squash + avocado + cucumber + swiss cheese + sunflower seeds] were good, but then the squash kind of got to me.  I scraped it off the sandwich but liked it a lot more on the salad.  I LOVE cucumber!!!


Oh the little things….I forgot what a delicious + satisfying snack this is.  I buy brown rice cakes [only TWO ingrediens] and top with a little pnut butter. mmm mmm mmmmmm


For dinner, I asked Chris what he felt like.  He said “buffalo!”  I haven’t cooked meat in 3 weeks and felt like it was time.  Chris is enjoying a mostly non-meat lifestyle at this point too.  I don’t have plans to become a vegetarian, but we’ll see what happens.  I’m just doing what feels natural. 

So then I asked…”what should I make with the buffalo?”  He said “meatballs!”  It was the perfect opportunity to work on one of the “mini-bites” Kelsey and I will be preparing for 24, 24, 24 on SATurday!!!  I have never made meatballs with buffalo before and was a little concerned about them drying out.

A few great things about buffalo:

  • It is local to Colorado and about $4.99/lb at WF
  • They grind it a few times a day, so it is always fresh
  • It is much leaner than Beef [less fat + cholesterol]
  • It is about 30% higher in protein than Beef
  • Higher Iron content than Beef
  • Buffalo are raised much more ethically

Baking the meatballs in a mini muffin pan kept them from drying out!


You will never guess what ingredient I included in these!!  You’ll find out when I post all the recipes this Sunday!


They were REALLY good.  I used 3/4lb of fresh ground buffalo and it made 24 mini meatballs. 


Steamed brocc.


Meatball samiches!  This hit the spot!  We’re doing something really fun with the meatballs for this Saturday…stay tuned!


So, I solved a problem we’ve been having.  Lately, Chris + I have been popcorn crazed.  I know microwave popcorn isn’t the best thing and I try to limit using the microwave as much as possible.  I do buy organic microwave popcorn…but I’m sure it’s still not great.  Also, our MW seems to be doing a terrible popping job.

Solution: Buy a bag of kernels and make on the stovetop!  HElllllloooooooooooooooooo – SO.easy.

Only about 20-30 un-popped out of 1/2c of kernels.


We bought organic Arrowhead Mills kernels and I looked up a recipe here at Simply Recipes.  The directions worked PERfectly.  It only took a few minutes and the taste difference was incomparable.  I added garlic powder, salt + pepper to the oil before popping and it evenly distributed the flavor.  Next time I think I won’t add quite as much oil.  It was a tad oilier than I wanted and there was definitely NO need to add butter to this at the end.


We devoured it :)  1/3c unpopped kernels comes out to 170 cals, 5g protein + 7g fiber!!  Pretty good, right?  I tend to eat a smaller portion for dinner because I usually want a snack later on in the evening.

Breakfast this morning was good but did NOT top yesterdays layered oats


Do you like my new spoon?  My mom got it for me at World Market [one of my FAV stores].  It reminds me of the Nightmare Before Christmas :)


  • 1/3c oats
  • half vanilla almond milk + half water
  • cinnamon
  • 1t chia seeds [simmered in at the beginnning]
  • 1/2 banana

topped with:

  • Artisana, cacao bliss [10% off!] shavings
  • Justin’s organic chocolate pnut butter [I just realized this is a local Boulder company!]
  • fig jam
  • the rest of the banana
  • yogi cereal

With a side of Peppermint Creme coffee + Coconut creamer.


Off to finish the house + work on the blog!  Happy humpday people!