Monday, March 30, 2020

spring 2020 playlist

Happy Monday friends! I'm coming to you today with my current playlist. Even before the virus I was working from home a few days a week so I've been perfecting this one for a little bit. I always say the key to making a great playlist is a mix of old and new songs and I think this one does exactly that!

What songs are you loving right now?

Monday, March 23, 2020

6 easy meals to make now

Starting at midnight Dallas County is under a shelter in place ordnance which means the only outings for the foreseeable future are to the grocery store. We've been really lucky and haven't had any issues finding groceries so far, even being able to buy our usual brands. I hope you're having the same luck where you are.

Today I wanted to share a few easy meals to make now. These are all recipes that either require very few ingredients or are flexible in what ingredients you do use. I think that's the key to cooking at home when you're under stress. I'd love to cook elaborate meals, but even if I could find the ingredients I'm too stressed to prepare anything elaborate. If you have any easy meals, I'd love you to share them below!

1. Breakfast for Dinner - Eggs may be a little difficult to find right now, but you can probably easily find pancake mix, breakfast meat, and fruit. For a little extra protein you can put some peanut butter on your pancakes when they're hot and it melts like syrup.

2. Ranch PorkChops - Pork seems to be the easiest meat to find right now and this is the perfect recipe for them! All you need are pork chops, ranch seasoning, butter and a crockpot or instantpot. Any side veggie or starch you have works well with this for a complete meal

3. Frozen Pizza and Salad - Is this the most exciting meal? No way, but it is easy and probably something you can find in your grocery store. You can also keep eating different variations of this depending on what flavors are in stock in your store.

4. One Pan Sausage and Vegetables - This is one of our favorite meals no matter what is going on in the world. You can use whatever produce you can find; potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, etc. To make it a little more filling I'll serve it over rice or with a salad on the side.

5. Ravioli Bake - I've never tried this recipe personally but it looks super simple and yummy. You could also leave out the meat to make this an easy vegetarian meal and I bet the leftovers are delicious. Plus it's a little fancier than regular spaghetti.

6. Snack Plate - This is one of my favorite meals, especially for a day spent watching tv. The best part about this meal is you literally can't mess it up and it's a great way to use whatever you already have on hand. Some great items to include are cheeses, lunch meat, boiled eggs, pickles, crackers, olives, dips or spreads, sliced raw veggies, and nuts.

Stay Safe and Wash Your Hands!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Publish that Post

Last night as I was scrolling Instagram I came across a poll from Annaliese asking if bloggers were still planning to post with everything that's going on in the world. I quickly responded that I hoped so because blog posts and instagram stories are a welcome reprieve from what's really going on in the world.

I keep separate twitter and instagram accounts for my blog where I follow only fellow bloggers. In the last few days I've found myself wanting to exclusively keep looking at those profiles over my personal ones because reading about frivolous things is more fun than reading the news. Reading about spring fashion trends is better for my mental health than reading about how many people are quarantined in Italy. Yes, I think we all need to be smart and follow the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and our local governments and doctors, but I don't think we need to get that information from bloggers. The best content I've seen shared by a blogger about coronavirus was from Kait when she reminded us of the importance of supporting small local businesses. She created and shared a graphic on Instagram stories where you could tag some of your favorite local businesses and has been sharing ones she's been tagged in for different cities.

I think very few of us started blogging because everything was going perfect in life. I certainly started for very different reasons. Back in 2013 I started writing and reading blogs because I wanted an escape, so I don't see why it would be any different in 2020. In the words of the Brits "keep calm and carry on." and publish that post.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Lessons from my First Fantasy Football Experience

This football season I decided it was finally time to see what all the hype was about and join a fantasy football league. Because I never believe in doing anything halfway, I joined two leagues. I had a team in a work league and one is a blogger league hosted by Sarah. Now that football season is over I'm ready to share my thoughts on the experience.

The first lesson I learned was that having two teams was a little ambitious. Luckily some of my players overlapped, but for the most part they did not. That meant having to pay a lot more attention to all the games every week. I needed to keep better track of bye weeks and injuries across the league vs being able to focus on just a few professional teams. Having two teams you'd think my odds of winning would increase, but that wasn't the case. It seemed I had the exact opposite result. At the beginning of the season my two quarterbacks were Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger; if you remember these two men both went out with injuries in the same week.

The next lesson I learned is that sometimes you just have to go with the flow. When it was draft day nothing went like expected. I'd spent all this time researching best strategies for people drafting in my position but when it was my turn the players left standing looked nothing like expected. People were drafting from all over the place, selecting personal favorites over high ranks. It made the whole process very stressful, especially for someone with a limited NFL knowledge/favorites.

The final lesson I learned is that you have to remember it's all just a game. As I mentioned above I had one week when both my starting quarterbacks went out. I had another week where the league's high scoring player was sitting on my bench. Another when my opponent had no quarterback or defense on their starting roster and still lost. Obviously I would have preferred to avoid all these situations, at the end of the day none of it really mattered because it was just a game for fun.

Playing fantasy football was an item from my 100 in 1001 list that was I glad to mark off. Overall I'd say my first fantasy experience was positive and I plan to pay again next year!