The Food Issue



There are 480 meals left in this year.  160 dinners, 160  lunches and 160 breakfasts.  That’s a lot of food to deal with.  You shop for the ingredients, make it, eat it, clean up after it, and then at the next meal you start all over again. And then we get fat.  It’s a vicious cycle that we’d probably all be able to live without. Except for the fact that food keeps us alive, unless we eat the wrong things in which case it’s killing us.  This is why tears were originally invented.  Honestly.


Don’t get me wrong. I love food, I love cooking, and other than cleaning up, love pretty much anything food related. Other than trout. I’ve never been big on trout.  (don’t bother with the trout recipes, no amount of sauces, crumbs or coatings will make me like trout. It’s too strong.)

So for this issue of the sponsors post I’m bringing you everything food related from my dear, dedicated, food loving sponsors.




 Quinoa, mango & nut salad


 From Eye Candy Popper blog


Watermelon Print



From Disposable Art Shop

Pasta Rolling Pin


 From Cattails Woodwork

Honeycomb Encaustic Tile

Thimo - Riley_3

From Cement Tile Shop

Gluten Free Lemon Coconut Bars



From Curious Citizen blog

BNTO sauce/dressing inserts for mason jars. (by Cuppow)



From Ellenoire

Embroidered Skull tea towel




From Diamond Dust Studio

Baby Greens (it’s time to start planting your fall lettuces now!)



From Cubits Organics

Ollas for watering your drought riddled garden

(bury them, fill with water and allow water to seep out gradually)


From Dripping Springs Ollas

Linen Waiter’s Apron


From Rough Linen

And of course, for all your web needs please consider WayLay Design. They may not have any food related thing to offer at this time, but they need to eat. Another 480 meals this year alone as a matter of fact.


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  1. Joslynne says:

    Wow! I think this is the first time I have been the first commenter … I’m so shocked I don’t know what to say.
    Love the blog, love the sponsors…just plain love feeling today!!

  2. Kristin Ferguson says:

    I was just talking with my husband about fish, and how the only fresh fish my family ever ate when I was a kid was trout. Bony, bony trout. I was little and couldn’t handle the bones. The trout came more or less whole, and my mother would dredge it in flour and pan-fry it. I remember sitting at the table for hours practically in tears, unable to remove the bones and eat that stupid fish. Every mouthful was riddled with the bones Not lovely bones, no. Tiny, horrible bones. My mom also bought canned salmon and used to mix it with breadcrumbs, onion and egg, and form little patties which she would pan-fry. That was totally fine, bones and all (the bones were soft and you’d just chew them up.)

  3. Jcorn says:

    I love your recipes so much that I want to add them to my recipe book so I can get them off my photo app and into an actual album, not to be shared, not to be sold. I’m using an app called Simple Print to compile them. But if you have any issues with this I won’t do it.

  4. Jcorn says:

    Oops, just corrected email. The other one is invalid.

  5. Letta says:

    Trout tastes like earthworms. Dirt and slime. At least that is what I imagine earthworms taste like.

  6. dana studer says:

    Yummmmm. That salad looks good. I recently discovered quinoa and its good. Thanks for the reminder about time to plant fall lettuces. I forget every year.

  7. Sherry says:

    I do really look forward to your posts. And I would not want to put down one of your sponsors, but seeing the BNTO made me wonder about DIY possibilities. Living alone, I often buy applesauce and fruit in the single serve six packs so as not to waste food. And I save some of the plastic containers for various uses. I just had to check so I went to the cupboard and got out one wide mouth canning jar and one 4 0z saved applesauce container and…. it’s a very good fit. I will remember this for future snack or treat packing and I will save money. Really $10.00 each? Great idea but pretty pricey.

    One other thing…… I think trout isn’t the only food you’re not wild for…what about cabbage??? 🙂

  8. Mel says:

    And that’s not counting second breakfast or elevensies.

  9. Tigersmom says:

    I love the skull tea towel!!

  10. Susan M. says:

    Just returned from being gone for a couple of weeks to find that my well-intentioned neighbor didn’t provide enough “love” to my veggie garden. 🙁 Thanks for the link on the Olla’s – sounds like something that might be the answer for my raised beds.

    • Cher Bartlett says:

      Too bad you don’t live near me. I don’t get to have a garden and I’m trying to find someone that needs your help!!! Instead of Pet sitting, I could be the Garden Fairy! Hope you brought it back to life!

  11. Ev Wilcox says:

    Had any good Brussels sprouts lately? As for the fish-I really like certain fish–the ones you can actually do a good job of de-boning! When I was a child I had a fishbone lodge in my throat-painful and scary! Husband goes to Canada every year and brings back delicious walleye. Not too fond of the pike ’cause of the bones! The hiding, nasty, lurking bones…. Oh, I really like the tea towel! And I have an olla, a very clever idea. Think I got it from seeing it on your blog. Thanks Karen!

  12. Ruth says:

    Those lemon bars look great although I can’t have them because of the eggs…. but if I ever figure how to replace them with something that isn’t over-processed, I’ll be all over it.

    No mason jars in these parts… and, come to think of it, I have never seen an empty jar for sale. Hmmm. *cue the sudden urge to investigate*

  13. Tatjana says:

    I know this vicious cycle just too good.. It’s really difficult for me to lose weight, but if I just eat a bit more once, I weight already more. That’s why I started to cook and bake more myself, for example noodles. Making it by myself, I really know what’s inside. Btw. Nice pictures!:)

  14. Leslie says:

    One of each, please. Now wait, I’m going to need several of some of those items.

  15. Hi
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post, I loved that Ollas for watering.
    Keep posting.

  16. Cher Bartlett says:

    Just found your blog through Pinterest. Probably was the food. Yes, I’m sure it was the food! You’ll be happy to know that I admire your copywriting. I’ve actually started to write what you wrote to enhance my copywriting for my ads and blog. They say if you hand write the copy of people you follow, you will eventually start to write the way they do…. so, wha-lah!!! How’s that for a compliment? Keep sharing, we need more fun in our lives with all the negative media. So who else do I follow? I follow Marie Forleo, and Ina Garten!

  17. Marion says:

    So glad you featured that skull dishtowel, I know it’s early to be thinking about Christmas, but my sis-in-law would love it! Guess I’m starting my list early, heck yea!!!

    Also, that quinoa salad looks amazing.

  18. Shauna says:

    I was so excited to see the Ollas’ selling at my local farmer’s nursery. We’ll be going on vacation soon and I think that is as good a reason as any to purchase one.

  19. Sandy says:

    I’ve checked out your link to Rough Linen before, some really great stuff! You love to cook, I LOVE to clean-up . . . maybe that has something to do with the fact that I can’t cook. It’s a wonder my kids are healthy.

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