October Unprocessed

Catchy title isn’t it?  Eating Rules.  As it turns out, Eating Rules is the name of a blog.  It is not the name of my blog, but the blog of Andrew Wilder.  He gets all the credit for the catchy title.  Andrew thinks healthy eating doesn’t have to suck and he has an entire website dedicated to helping people not suck at eating healthy.   Spoken like a man who was never introduced to a can of Pringles.  I digress.  Andrew, in what must have been a moment of goji berry induced lunacy asked that I write a guest post for him.

And I, in a moment of Turkey-baby lethargy, didn’t have the energy to say No!  I’m not the right person.  I drink Diet Coke. I eat candy from the Dollar Store that I’m sure is made out of 3 different types of plastic.  And once I made myself sick eating an entire bag of chocolate chips. While grocery shopping.

So instead I said, SURE Andrew!  The truth is, I’m just a bit cranky because I still have an entire turkey in my belly.  It’s been slow to digest, but the good news is I made so many mashed potatoes that I had enough leftover to make homemade gnocchi!  You can find out how to make gnocchi here if you too have leftover mashed potatoes.

I guess I’m being a bit hard on myself.  I do eat well.  I grow it, I make it, I eat it.  Most of the time.  But other times I will literally open up a bag of potato chips, throw it on like a hat, and eat until the bag hits my shoulders.  It’s kind of my thing.  So what really prompted me to want to write a guest post for Andrew is that he’s holding something called “October Unprocessed”.  It’s a month long pledge to eat well and eat nothing processed.  NOTHING.  Andrew started October Unprocessed 7 years ago and since then,


During the entire month,  food bloggers will be writing a post for him on different cooking techniques, tips and tricks.  Although technically not a food blogger, I do blog about food.

If you want to see what I wrote for Andrew click over to his blog here.

If you think you have what it takes to join October unprocessed click here.

If you want to see a picture of my actual turkey baby click here.

Keeping it short today since technically Tuesday isn’t a post day.  I just wanted to let you know that I’ve extended my reach in the world of blogging and I’m likely to become very famous.  Also I really wanted you to see my turkey baby.

See you during the next regularly scheduled post.  Tomorrow.




  1. I want you to be famouser and famouser.

  2. Cindy Marlow says:

    Haha! Isn’t it October UNprocessed? (Maybe a Freudian slip)
    (If you think you have what it takes to join October Processed click here.)

  3. Linda says:

    I wonder which got more clicks: the turkey baby or eating unprocessed. LOL! (although I’m sure people will read your post as well :0) )

  4. Catherine McCraw says:

    Your posts are the highlight of my day! And I have three grandchildren who live next door.

  5. jaine kunst says:

    I love your turkey baby dear, Karen. Have you named it yet? And what a lovely surprise to have a Tuesday email from you until I got to the part where I got the visual of you with a bag of chips on your head and you eating your way to the bottom. Then I snorted coffee up my nose laughing so hard, the coffee is now seeping it’s way into my keyboard (I took the protective skin off to wash it an hour ago) and then I fell off my rolling desk stool and almost fell on my deaf dog. Oh yes, the point of this email; eating unprocessed no way. I will stay here on the dark side with my onion dip, chips and plastic dollar store candy.

  6. Gwen Stevenson says:

    I also wear Lay’s Kettle cooked Sea Salt or Jalapeno flavored potato chip hats occasionally.
    I bet your turkey baby link wins the most clicks.
    I usually end up with a mashed potato baby, thus, rarely any leftover mashed potatoes.

  7. LOVE your turkey baby drawing!!! Hahaha!

  8. linda in illinois says:

    good god, I love the turkey baby.. you are a bit cray cray right? lol..

  9. Alice says:

    Karen, you don’t have to post this, but I just have to tell you, it’s “per se”, not “per say”. (It’s Latin.) You used it on the guest post, and I don’t want you to look ignorant!

  10. Sandra Lea says:

    I love the idea of eating only unprocessed foods. I signed up.

  11. Surprise guest comment says:

    That micro-greens post is over-processed. Cute turkey baby pics though.

  12. Kate says:

    Unprocessed, um, no. I love my poptarts. Your turkey baby made me laugh.

  13. Leisa Joan says:

    Crap, I already had 1/2 a bag of Cheetos!

  14. Marie says:

    My money for most clicks is on the Turkey Baby!

    And how can we all help you get more famouser and famouser?

  15. Jenifer says:

    Pretty cool…glad to see you are keeping it real. I might try the challenge…after all a potato chip hat can’t be good for your hair! LOL

  16. TucsonPatty says:

    Karen, you have blue turkeys in Canada? I love that one the best! I ate my awesome quinoa, sweet potato and roasted corn tamale last night. The poor waiter had such a hard time with my request for a side of Spanish rice and refried beans. I found out with my bill that he was confused by the vegan tamale order, then I wanted refried beans with lard (gasp)! All that to tell you that I have called myself a vegetarian for over 30 years, but I kind of realized last night that I am maybe not – I just don’t eat any kind of meat. If it tastes good – well then I want it in my tummy. I just finished off two (!) bags of White Cheddar Cheese popcorn from the Boy Scouts. I don’t think either of the bags had time to touch my shoulders. What a great visual! People always make the erroneous assumption that since I am a vegetarian (okay, I’m going to continue the charade) that I eat healthfully. WRONG!

    • TucsonPatty says:

      I just realized that was $30.00 worth of popcorn! I should have just given them the $30.00 and gone out and purchased 10 bags of NOT Boy Scout Popcorn.

  17. Ev Wilcox says:

    Blue turkey baby clicker here! Just ate some kettle cooked chips-oops! I COULD click the healthy button, but liars are on my list of “don’t like”! Hope you had a great day with family and food!

  18. Jan in Waterdown says:

    I noticed in your self portrait, you have knees like Olive Oyl’s. Any chance you’re hiding a boyfriend named Popeye? Not that it’s any of my business . . . ..

  19. dana says:

    The turkey baby pic killed me. I thought you meant that you were raising a baby for next year’s meal.

  20. Kathy says:

    One click for the turkey baby, who is not as expected (ha). I have been convinced that using a speaker is the first sign of food high in all but health. I will check the site and your food advice but 30 days whoa. You are beacon for growing you own food.

  21. Sheryl Powell says:

    I was hoping food rules were going to be like what is not edible etc. I am going to a halloween party and was going to take a skull shaped cheeseball. Someone beat me to it and signed up. So…after some thought I went and bought a new rat trap and yes, I’m going to make a dead rat in a trap cheeseball. My husband thinks I’m ridiculous but my daughter said “what’s wrong with that” Ha. I found you originally somehow when searching and I ran across your mirror framed with old chicken bones. Thought you would like the rat in the trap food.

  22. Elizabeth Sellon says:

    omg turkey baby was the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Mazel Tov on your turkey baby!! She has your eyes.

    Thanks for the guest post, Karen. You’re the bomb. 🙂

  24. Marna says:

    Love the turkey baby! 🙂

  25. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Remember a long time ago when I said that you were a nut?…well I was right!…(I have got to talk to your mom about taking your crayons away).

  26. Lynn says:

    I am with the turkey baby . Great drawing Karen. Great chuckles 🤣🤣🤣

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