The end of 50 in 500


May is my favorite month, it’s usually the time where the weather starts warming up, my birthday happens, and flowers start to bloom.  I also realized the start of the month concluded my 50 in 500.  I reflected a bit over this list and realized how goals can change, which ones stopped seeming so important, and others that still will remain on my next list!  I completed 22/50, and I am proud of that.  I went out of my comfort zone to join a yoga studio, a running group, take a certification test, and try acupuncture.  I also thought of other things I had conquered that didn’t make the list, like mastering the sock bun :)

Of course, now I am brainstorming my next list. I see this next one include more learning ( I am going to take a dance class of some sort someday!)

Just thought I’d let you know the progress that happened and what I am thinking up next.

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Fun facts Friday


Hello!  I realized it is about time for my 50 in 500 days to expire…um how did that happen so quickly?  I have a few more weeks to fit in all I can.  Here are some things as of recently.

1. I will be going to San Diego in May and cannot wait!  I went for the first time 2 years ago and have thought about it often since.  I plan on trying some great Acai Bowls (which cannot be found here often in the Midwest), maybe trying paddleboarding, and hiking (!!!!!).

2. This article makes my palate seem old.  Thinking back, I remember as a child not liking tomatoes and mushrooms.  Around maybe age 11 I began to enjoy these foods.  Some of the other foods like goat cheese and mussels I just didn’t experience until I was out on my own and acquired a taste for it.

3.  Chai tea cocktail=genius.


4. I tried my hand at grilling salmon on a cedar plank.  The salmon itself turned out well but I didn’t get any cedar flavor.  Any master grillers have any tips?

5. My parents, Allen and I made a road trip to Omaha for a wedding and we had some good eats while we were there!  Special thanks to Tyler at Nebraska Foodie for some suggestions.  We ended up having a great dinner at Railcar, breakfast at For the Love of Food Truck and coffee at Aroma’s Bliss.


6. I have read just about all of Liane Moriarty’s books and have learned a lot of Aussie terms.  My favorite of hers was The Husband’s Secret.

Any travel tips for San Diego?  When did you start to acquire a taste for ‘more complex’ foods?


Food pairings


Ever think about how you think certain foods go well together or not? I think it’s very much determined by where you live.
Let’s start with the good.

Cinnamon rolls and chili. My elementary school always served this combo and the pairing is delightful.

Pasta and eggs. Carbonara is one of the greatest meals for anytime of the day

Cocoa or peanut butter with anything. I have made savory dishes with cocoa powder, as well as many stir fry meals with peanut butter and of course my fair share of sweets with these two.

The bad (in my opinion)

Sausage and syrup. This goes back to school lunches again.  We used to have sausages wrapped in pancakes (like a corn dog) that were dipped in syrup. Blech.

Nuts in dessert. Whether it is ice cream, cake, muffins. Not a fan.

In other news, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and Fifty Shades of Grey is getting way too much attention.  I admit, I read the first book because girls at my work were raving about it.  I couldn’t get past the terrible writing and really didn’t see what all the hype was about.  Now, there are gifts to give your sweetie in regards to this book.

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A mere $99? Via

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I hope this fad is over soon.

Moving on.

After hearing that we got a Tom & Chee, I needed to see what all the hype was about.  I went with the original sandwich with the soup.


The problem I had with it was that by the time you got the sandwich, the cheese wasn’t gooey anymore which is by far the best part of a grilled cheese!

Meals for last week included

Copycat Chipotle Bowls

Warm Spinach salad

French toast casserole

Energy bites


Pot Roast

What are your favorite or least fav food pairings?