• How I meal plan
    Food and Cooking

    How I meal plan for a week

    One of my goals for 2018 is to do more meal planning. So what does that look like? I LOVE reading about food. I have magazine subscriptions, shelves of cookbooks, and the internet at my disposal. It can all get overwhelming when I sit down to plan out our meals, so I thought I would take you through my process.  My Meal Planning Process The Internet Throughout the week, I save links for recipes that look interesting from Facebook, Pinterest, and a couple of blogs that I read regularly. On Saturdays when I meal plan, I go back to these ideas and delete any links that no longer sound good. You…

  • Food and Cooking,  Recipes

    Air fryer chicken wings

    Every once in a while I crave chicken wings. Then I eat them and I am disappointed. They are usually too greasy, and not worth the mess. The last time this craving struck, I tried to bake them. I even coated them with rice flour and baked them on a wire rack in an effort to make them crispy. It took forever and they were vile. I might have eaten two. Pheebs wasn’t even interested in them. Well, the craving hit again and I decided to try out the air fryer on them. I was struck with inspiration for a recipe after coming across this post for Peruvian Style Roast Chicken…

  • Adventures,  Food and Cooking

    Happy New Year!

    Ok, yes, I know this is a little late. I have been sooo lazy in preparation for the new semester that starts tomorrow. I hope your New Year is off to a great start. So far mine has consisted of cuddle time with the Pheebs, homemade egg drop soup, and trying to stay warm.   Isn’t Mitzy the cutest dog ever? Don’t get too excited, Pheebs is still an only cat child. Mitzy is my mom’s. While Mr. LLA and I visited my mom we enjoyed much Mitzy time (and Katy and Corky). We also played a lot of cards, worked on puzzles, ate a lot of food, and went to…

  • Food and Cooking,  Reviews

    Adventures with Purple Carrot and Vegan Cooking

    I took a couple of years off from teaching so this was my first summer off in a while. Combine that with exploring the gustatory offerings of our new city and you get a recipe for weight gain. Going back to school requires us to plan our meals better since our downtime is limited. To get a jump start on eating better, I signed up for Purple Carrot for a couple of weeks. Why Purple Carrot? I have had a love-hate relationship with meat for my entire life. As a kid, I didn’t really enjoy it. In fact, I don’t think I really enjoyed eating until my 20s. The past…

  • Food and Cooking,  Reviews

    My must have kitchen tool

    Mr. LoveLiveAdventure and I sometimes have very conflicting ideas about what we need in our house. I admit I tend to stockpile cookbooks, food magazines, antiques, and stacks of things I will take care of “later”. He however is a sucker for “as seen on tv” and all manner of kitchen counter-space-taker-uppers-with-only-one-use items. Bonus points if they light up in some fashion. I have a love/hate relationship with specialized cooking gadgets. My rice cooker is a must have because I cannot master the art of cooking rice, but I view things like the banana slicer with scorn. I’m not having that in my kitchen, but Mr.LLA would gladly have a…