Everything Bagel Spice


I would like to introduce you to the newest member of my flock, his name is Jonas. He is a little blueish grey parakeet. He came to live with me last Monday.  It is always fun to get to know a new animal but it has been a long time since I got a new bird and an even longer time since I got such a young bird.  I had forgotten how much work the little ones are.

Slowly, Jonas is revealing his personality to me.  I have already learned Jonas is pretty fearless.  When I took him out of the box he came home in, he immediately jumped on the big cage and introduced himself to everyone.  Instead of needing a few days in a separate cage to get used to eveyone else, Jonas just climbed inside the big cage and took over a perch. Jonas  is  starting to let me pick him up and hold him without having to chase him around the cage.  I should be able to start finger training him and training him to stay where I put him soon.


Everything Bagel Spice

1 TBS dried onion flakes

1 TBS sesame seeds

2 tsp poppy seeds

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp salt

pinch black pepper

pinch red pepper

Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, gently grind the spice mixture.  You just want to break up the onion flakes a bit not grind it into powder.  Use it  anywhere you need a bit of spice.  

Adobo Seasoning


Sorry for the unscheduled break but you know….life and all that.  Last week I was pulled from my position to go to the Bakery and cake decorate for the week.  It’s graduation season and we are getting hit pretty hard.  Fortunately, I work with 2 awesome women and we kicked serious butt.

I am amazed at the number of last minute orders people tried to place then got upset when I have to tell them no.  As my 7th grade english teacher said, “lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on mine.”  I know that seems harsh but I had plenty of people who ordered their cakes in advance.  I wasn’t taking last minute orders that put getting those orders done in jeporady.  I had one lady who called at 10:30 saturday morning and wanted 200 cupcakes frosted smooth with 2017 on each cupcake by noon.  Seriously!!!??? 90 minutes notice for 200 cup cakes? I told her I would be able to do it if she just wanted the regular swirl but to do it her way I would need more time.  She must not have needed those cupcakes very badly because she refused to compromise.   I had one lady tell me the only reason I wouldn’t do a last minute cake for her son’s birthday was because I was lazy.

I guess my reason behind this little rant is to encourage you to order cakes early during the next two months, prime graduation and wedding season.  If you don’t and you get turned down remember it isn’t because we don’t want to do your order, its we can’t do your order.

You are going to need this spice blend for later in the week.  It is also good rubbed on chicken and pork and sprinkled on vegetables.

Adobo Seasoning

2 1/2 TBS garlic powder

2 1/2 TBS salt

2 TBS dried oregano

2 TBS turmeric

2 TBS onion powder

1 1/2 TBS onion powder

1 1/2 TBS black pepper

1 TBS paprika

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp ground cumin

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and combine well.  Store in an airtight container.

Whole30 Day 26 — Quick Pickled Carrot Strings


Only 4 more days until I am done with my first Whole30.  I can’t believe I made it this far.  In many ways the last few days have been harder than the first few days.  I am sorta loosing my motivation to keep going.  Its  also been harder because I am starting to think about all the things I can have on Monday that I can’t have today.  The literature says that this happens so i am just trying my darnedest to keep going.  i am do close.  I can do this.  I CAN DO THIS!

Quick Carrot Pickled Carrot Strings

1/4 cup apple juice

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

3 carrots, julienned

In a medium, non reactive bowl, combine the apple juice, apple cider vinegar and salt; mix well .  Mix the carrot shreds with the vinegar mixture until the carrot shreds are submerged in the brine.  Cover and refrigerate for atleast 30 minutes.

I used my handy Spiralizer for this recipe but you could just cut the carrots into thin coins.  This recipe would be good for any number of vegetables just use your imagination.

Recipe adapted from Nom Nom Paleo

Whole30 Day 19 — The Day That Almost Wasn’t

For the last 18 days I have shared my Whole30 journey with you telling all about the things I have learned, my non scale victories, and, of course, sharing my favorite Whole30 recipes.  So I guess it is only fair to share some of the difficult things that happened too.  Yesterday, I almost ended my Whole30, with full knowledge of what I was doing.

Yesterday was just flat out an awfull day, from the moment my feet hit the floor to the time I turned out the lights for the day.  The tipping point came for me when, after a spending a half hour trying to help him, a customer called me a moron when his card wouldn’t go through, because, of course, he was sure he had enough money on his card to cover everything. I just didn’t know how to do the job I have had for the last 8 years.  Yeah. I just had it.  When I get really stressed out and/or frustrated, I tend to self medicate with sweet food.  Sure enough, by the time I left work for the day I wanted a candy bar sooooo bad. I even convinced myself that 18 days was way farther then I ever thought I would get, it was good enough.  I could try  up again later and make it to day 30 then.  I walked up to the self check out and picked up a snicker bar. But not just any snicker bar, that’s right, it was a king size snicker bar.  I opened it and had the candy bar right up to my lips ready to be eaten when  I had two thoughts.  1. I worked damn hard to get this far.  2.  If I bit into this candy bar, I would have to get on this blog and tell you all, I fucked up my Whole30 over a bad day and a snicker bar. I turned around and threw the candy bar away.  I just couldn’t do it.  What seemed worth a minute ago, now seemed the worst choice I could make.  Thank you for helping me deal with my moment of I am so over the Whole 30.

Whole30 Day 14 — No Sugar Added BBQ Spice Rub For Pork


Melissa Hartwig, the co-founder of the Whole30, says that the majority  of people who quit the program do so between days 9 and 10. I am on day 14.  Let me repeat that because I can’t believe it myself, I am on day 14.  Not only did I make did I make it through day 9 and 10 without quitting, I made it through 2 weeks of the program.   I am so proud of myself, I could just cry.

Have I seen any changes yet?  Yeah, I have.

  1.  The dark circles under my eyes have almost disappeared.  I don’t know if this is because I am sleeping better or for some other reasons.
  2. I can breathe through both of my nostrils.   I am always completely stuffed up, sneezing, dealing with runny nose, all the time.  I am not completely symptom free yet but as I can’t remember the last time I could breathe through my nose at all I count this as a win.
  3.  My work pants went from fitting comfortably to almost being too loose.  I’ll never know how much I have lost because I didn’t weigh myself or take measurements before I started.  Weight loss was not my purpose for doing the Whole30. It is   just a bonus.
  4. I definitely have more energy through out the day.  I don’t come home from work so exhausted I am ready for bed at 630 pm.
  5. I am sleeping through the night.  It is too early to tell if this is totally because of the Whole30 because I go through cycles where I sleep just fine.  However, before I started I was in a particularly nasty cycle of sleeplessness, where I was up two or three times a night for hours at a time so, again, I am counting sleeping through the night a Whole30 win.

Last weekend I made some bbq sauce for pulled pork. I had a little sauce left over from that so I decided to make some ribs. I usually use a spice rub on my ribs before  I cook them but all my rub recipes have sugar in them so  I needed to find a new rib rub recipe.  I dare you to say that 10 times fast, ha!  I had the same problem finding a no added sugar rib rub recipe as I did finding a no sugar added bbq sauce recipe.  Every recipe said no sugar added then had honey, molasses, maple syrup or some kind of artifcial sweetner in it.  I did eventually find a couple to try.  I will post them as I try them.

No Sugar Added BBQ Spice Rub

2 TBS paprika

1 TBS garlic powder.

1 TBS onion powder

2 tsp kosher salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp allspice

1 1/2 tsp oregano

In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.