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Last night the news broke that Cory Monteith died of an apparent OD at the age of 31. Super sad that someone succumbed to addiction and left behind friends and family that love them.

But do I feel sorry for Cory? No. He made his choices – to do drugs in the first place and then to continue to let them ruin his life. Now, don’t get me wrong I know that addiction is a bitch to kick. I’m not blaming him at all. But my feelings sorrow are for the people who are left here. They only made the decision to love him and now don’t have him and only have pain to console them. That blows.

It did get me thinking, though. I am not taking care of myself. I don’t eat right and don’t exercise. I know I should and don’t make the effort tondo it for me. Is that fair to my friends or family that love me? HELL NO!

How can I claim to be a good auntie or sister or friend or daughter or niece if I don’t actually look after myself? Now I know I need to do it all for me and not someone else, but what if it is for everyone else? Isn’t that different? I think so.

Here’s the danger part for you. I’m hold myself accountable. That means blog posts and pics. So yeah sorry to start it off. I know that I need to do this for me so you are stuck.


One reason that I love living & working downtown is how close I am to stuff.

I realized I needed a break at work (I had eaten lunch at my desk and couldn’t remember when I stopped last).

So . . . I put on my workout clothes & headed off to the Walnut St. Bridge. (Shh, I’m still there)

I get a nice exercise (and mental) break in the nice & pretty. Just the afternoon pick me up I needed!!

Love MY city!!

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So, I decided to cook some chicken in the crockpot today.

To the chicken I added soy sauce, brown sugar, hot sauce, garlic and garlic chili paste. That’s it. Plus, some mushroom rice.

Wow! Super tasty. It was fast and is basically healthy. Win!!

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So, last week I made zucchini fries and posted a picture on Facebook – because that’s what you do, right? Cook food and post pics of it. Then no one really comments on it. Except this time — holy crap, I had like 5 people tell me how good they looked and they wanted the recipe. Which for me was awesome! Don’t judge me for being excited about such small numbers – there are plenty of other things on which you can judge me).

Since I just want to please people . . . . . here is the recipe.

(OH yeah, I didn’t list amounts because I didn’t measure anything. Just make sure you have enough to coat all your zucchini)

Zucchini Fries



  • Zucchini (squash works good too)
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Egg substitute
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • Spices: Lime Pepper, Indian Hot Peppers, Dry Mustard, Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Salt, Pepper

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees’.
  2. Cut the zucchini into stripes
  3. Pour the egg substitute & Dijon mustard into a bowl and whisk together. I put some hot sauce in there because everything is better with hot sauce. It just is.
  4. Put the Panko bread crumbs on a plate and pour the spices into it. Mix them together with your fingertips (they are still clean, enjoy that!) OH! Don’t feel that you have to use the spices I used – I’m a little strange. Use what you like. Most recipes call for Italian Seasonings. I don’t keep that in my house, but if you do – go ahead and use it. But use what spices you like. You’re going to eat it – not me.
  5. Here’s the fun part. Take the zucchini and dip it into the egg mixture, then the panko mixture. Use one hand for the egg mixture and the other hand for the panko. That will make you easier to clean up. Of course, I don’t do that, so I have to degunk often.
  6. Place them on a cookie sheet – just one layer
  7. Spray with butter (or cooking spray or olive oil or whatever fat you like)
  8. Cook for 10-15 minutes – they should be golden and crunchy, yet soft.
  9. Sprinkle them with salt (I used a truffle salt because I’m fancy). I also sprayed them with Ranch dressing. That was inspired on my part . . . . trust me, if you have it, do it!

So, today has been a strange day for me. Found out all the food choices I’ve making are paying off.

I lost 11 pounds in a month!

I’m very proud of myself. I have never done anything like this before – so I’ve actually taken today to brag about myself.

Oh yeah, new food love is the house-made dill pickles from Greenlife.

YUMMY goodness!!!

Now I have to find recipes to make them myself.

Thanks, Alice! You have me doing stuff like that.

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