WIAW: The Rainbow Minus Blue

This has nothing to do with food, but did y’all see the episode of 60 Minutes this past Sunday?  In the first segment they interviewed Amazon.com’s CEO Jeff Bezos and he revealed that they’re currently crafting delivery drones.  Drones.  Yes…  Drones.

How it would work: you place an online order, one of the fulfillment centers would receive and process your order, and a drone would deliver your package within approximately 30 minutes.  Cool or creepy?  I can’t decide.

Drone Spoofs

I’m pretty sure that it was the first time I’ve ever watched 60 Minutes and I’m also pretty sure that after those 60 minutes were up I felt 60 years older.  Kidding, but for whatever reason I’ve always thought of it as a show geared towards older people.  Similar to how Grape Nuts cereal is for older people…  But evidently I like both of those, strengthening Ryan’s opinion that I’m a grandma.

Yesterday’s Elf for Health challenge was to eat the rainbow.  Overall I did fairly well, with the exception of blue – blue was the one color that I struggled to incorporate.  The only blue foods that I could think of were blueberries, blue corn tortilla chips, and blue cheese crumbles.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have any of them so I did the next best thing…  I ate a lot of blue packaged foods, ha!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!


Trader Joe’s coffee (brown) + Silk Vanilla Soymilk (white)


Chobani Blackberry Greek Yogurt (purple) + chia seeds (black)


Gala apple slices (red/yellow), turkey bacon (brown), & pumpkin pie pancakes (orange) with dates (purple) topped with Greek yogurt


Ranch Tortilla popchips (yellow)


green beans (green), clementines (orange), a turkey (white) sandwich with guacamole (green) on sourdough bread (white), & popchips


a banana (yellow)


cinnamon Greek yogurt (brown) with Rice Chex (white)


sauteed spinach (green) + artichokes (white) + carrots (orange) with tomato sauce (red), leftover Thanksgiving turkey (white) with melted brie cheese (white), & mashed acorn squash (yellow)


oatmeal brown sugar break & bake cookies (brown)


Question:  What’s your favorite blue food?  My momma said blue M&M’s – smart woman 😉

Question:  What do you think about Amazon’s announcement?

— Allison


Two Words Tuesday: Insta Catch Up

It’s hard to play catch up and coherently sum up everything that has happened since we moved a few weeks ago, but the majority of it has been good.  Sticking with recent tradition, I’ll let the pictures + two words do the sharing.  P.S. I’ve been trying to stay somewhat active in the social media world so if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen some of the pictures below…

Ready, set, go!


loaded waffles


we’re home


first toaster


old woman


hidden meaning


rambunctious puppy


kitchen renovation


can’t stop


creamy & crunchy


pizazzed & pumped


stormy skies


strudel knockoff


boat shoes


breakfast buddy


peaceful morning


post-game refreshment


pink pretties


salty & sweet


upgraded dining


candy creamer


simple truth


kiddie snacks


seein’ stripes


first timer


naturally sweet


napping buddies


goslings > geese


flippin’ excited


blueberry bai


manly movie


favorite breakfast


family wedding


windows down


TTFNs > goodbyes

Question:  Catch me up on your life in two words: _____ _____.

Question:  What’s your favorite caffeine free drink at Starbucks?

— Allison


Recent Eats & The Good Bean {Giveaway}

Yesterday I had the intention of posting my race recap.  I started writing in the morning, uploaded pictures during lunch, and planned to publish when I got home but that last part didn’t happen.  The past few weeks I’ve been starring at my computer screen at work for too many hours – inputting data, updating spreadsheets, confirming contracts, etc. – so by the time I get home the only screen that I wanna stare at is the TV.

Side note: have y’all watched ABC Family lately?  I haven’t in ages but last night I caught a few minutes of Pretty Little Liars and the sneak preview of Twisted.  Holy heck, those girls are much more mature than Sabrina the Teenage Witch ever was…  Er, or I’m just getting older?


I thought I’d sandwich my race recap between my recent eats [ba-dum-bum! get it? sandwich cause it’s WIAW] but then I realized that this post would be a million miles long so I’ll save it for another day.  Don’t expect anything groundbreaking, just some of my pre-, during, and post-race thoughts.  Today I’m sticking with tradition and sharing a few of my recent eats and surprising y’all with a good giveaway – whoop whoop!

Ryan is traveling for work this week so that means that I’ve been cooking for one – uno, solo, nada one else, single gal – and that has translated into easy and convenient comfort food.  Charlie always gets mopey when his partner in crime is MIA so I’ve been trying my best to fill the void.  But I evidently I’m just not as cool as dad…  Charlie’s mind: daddy = play pal // momma = couch cuddler.

3:19:20Charlie Camp

A few of my recent eats photo dump style.  All were tasty with the exception of not so tasty green goop…  Although it does fit in perfectly with this months theme 😉

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!






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The Good Bean Review & Giveaway

A few months ago when I was perusing the aisles of Whole Foods, I stumbled upon The Good Bean chickpeas.  I’d seen a few bloggers post recipes for roasted chickpeas but my semi-homemade loving self opted to buy the snacks versus baking the beans myself.  And I am so glad that I did, they were amazingly delicious!

The store by me only had the Cracked Pepper flavor so that’s what I tried first.  I’m a big fan of pepper so I had high hopes…  They were sprinkled with black pepper, a touch of salt, weren’t overly spicy, and were super crunchy – two thumbs up in my opinion!

Bummed that I couldn’t find any of the other flavors around me, I contacted The Good Bean and they were happy to send me a sample of their 4 chickpea snacks and 3 fruit and no-nut bars.

A little bit about the products as seen on The Good Bean website :

Chickpea Snacks

Healthy!  Our chickpeas are naturally packed with intense nutrition – for a healthy heart, a healthy waistline, and for sustained energy.  Tasty!  They’re also intensely delicious.  Dry roasted sloooowly, and then tossed with tasty spices.  Yum!  Gluten-free, nut-free, cholesterol-free, low fat, low in carbohydrates, nothing over-engineered, nothing artificial.

Fruit & No-Nut Bars

Fruit & nut bars are the ideal healthy snack any time of day, and the growing popularity of this category is testament how much people love them.  Here’s a bar with all the textures, flavors, and wholesomeness of fruit & nut bars, but without the fat and allergens of nuts!  Our bars – packed with seeds, fruits, and chocolate – are truly delicious, and pack a nutritious wallop.

After tasting each of these products, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them – I didn’t dislike any but I did have a few favorites…  Sweet Cinnamon and Cracked Peppercorn were my top two favorite chickpea snacks and Apricot Coconut was my favorite fruit and no-nut bar.

Lucky, lucky you because The Good Bean has graciously offered to give 2 lucky winners each:

  • [2] Chickpea Snacks
  • [3] Fruit & No-Nut Bars

The giveaway will end Sunday, March 24th at 11:59PM EST.  I will randomly select the winner and announce her or him on Monday!  To enter, please leave a separate comment for each of the following:

*Please note: you must leave a separate comment for each to receive multiple entries – you can enter once, twice, or all 7 possible ways – the more entries, the better your chances!*

— Allison