Friday Fridge Clean-Out (video)

A few days ago I got this email from YouTube…

We noticed you haven’t posted any content to your YouTube channel, Roni’s Recipes, for several months, and have fallen below the eligibility criteria for YouTube Partner Program (YPP). We know monetization is important to you as a creator, so we want to let you know that unless you meet the YPP eligibility threshold in the next 30 days, we will disable monetization on Roni’s Recipes. After that, we will cancel your contract and you will need to reapply for YPP.

Well, that put a fire under my ass.


A Blind Sommelier Deathmatch!

I wanted to share the details of our latest Dinner Party all week, but somehow, I’m even busier when I’m NOT working. How is that even possible?

It’s spring break in these parts, and I’ve been taking advantage as per my monthly goals. I’ve gotten lots of stuff accomplished around the house. I’ve taken The 11-Year-Old to the Aquarium and the Science Center. And I’ve been working on a few other things I can’t share quite yet. I’ll just leave you with this link.

Anyways, on to the dinner party!



I tried to run today, and it did not go well.

It may be time for an x-ray as I think I may have some hip joint issues the therapist can’t help with. I go back to see her on Wednesday, so I’ll see what she says.

In the meantime, I’m mourning my runs.


Cloud Nine x 2!

I’m just popping in to share some gym success today! As I said, this week, we started a new strength cycle. We have six, eight, or twelve-week cycles at my gym that focus on different lifts and approaches. In this cycle, we Back Squat on Fridays, and our goal today was four sets of ten repetitions (BS 4×10 reps), increasing in weight for each set.

Well, for my last set, I was able to complete all ten reps at last year’s one rep max! I was on cloud nine all day!

I joined my current gym last year at this time, and my progress has been impressive. I feel fantastic too–strong and conditioned.

Anyway, just celebrating.

In other news, I took this goofball…


Almost Pain Free!

I’ve been working with a physical therapist to help me figure out why I’ve been having so much left leg inner-thigh pain. It’s has been bothering me for nearly two months now, and it’s what ended my 725-day running streak. Thankfully, I’ve still been weight lifting with some modifications, and we started a new 8-week strength program today.

Apparently, my left hip is causing the issue. She was able to manually adjust it today and gave me some exercises to do. I left her office feeling really optimistic. I hope to get a short run in on Thursday to test it out.

Besides that, the last two days have been a blur.

Food Journal

For the Love of Pockets and Kale

I have been learning to enjoy lazy Sundays. It’s hard for me to NOT be doing something. I know. I’m crazy. The Husband tells me all the time.

He’s a relaxer through and through and has no problem just lounging around all day, in and out of naps, watching random things on television.

I can not. No, really. I’m like, BAD at it. I find it hard to relax if there are things that need to get done, and there is always something that needs to be done!


Weekly Dinners and Monthly Goals

I recently confessed on IG about the joy I get from cooking after a long day of work. Even though I share lots of food photos, I often fear people will find it annoying or think I’m gloating, but I’m just super passionate about it!

I stopped blogging about food, so social media has become my only outlet, but I’d like to start writing about it again. The landscape of food blogging has changed so much, and I don’t have the time nor interest to even try to do it professionally anymore.

Which has been holding me back. Why can’t I just talk about food the way I want to?

This is going sound weird, but when I saw this old video of Arnold, it inspired me…


Out Like a Lion

“In like a lion, out like a lamb.”

That’s what they say about March, right?

Well, no.

Not this year.

It’s been cold as hell out there, and I am over it. Summer can’t come soon enough.

Cocktails Food

A Valentine’s Day Sommelier Deathmatch!

Happy V Day!

I was hoping to post something between this dinner party and the last one but with classes in full swing my schedule is jam-packed and I’m exhausted at the end of the day.

That’s not to say I’m struggling because I actually don’t feel like I’m struggling for the first time in a long time. I’m just your typical busy working mom still trying to carve out time for things I enjoy.

One of those things is putting together dinner party menus and cooking for my friends. Both of which I did this past Saturday!

Cocktails Food Menus

Our First Sommelier Deathmatch

My dinner party friends and I have been upping our dinner party ideas for years now. We used to go out and enjoy sampling menus with wine pairings and trying new restaurants.

Then five years or so ago, we started cooking for each other. It started simple enough, but over time when you get a couple of foodies together, well, things can start to get out of hand.