Creature Comfort Foods

Creature Comfort Foods

This post is not about The Swamp Thing’s favorite things to eat when he is feeling under the weather (file that away for another post- ha!). Though, when you have a cold (or aren’t feeling your sportiest) sometimes it feels like you have a monster on your back.

We’ve talked on here before about our favorite creature comforts. So, what about our favorite creature comfort foods? You know the ones: the ones that only get a pass when you are feeling the crummiest, or would give you scurvy if you ate them exclusively. Although they have almost NO nutritional value, everyone has particular foods that are 10 cc’s of emotional comfort. Some are carb-y and intuitive, others are deeply personal reflections of childhood or self-care techniques. Both of us are consciously trying to deal with our food issues (and there are many) and one way is to acknowledge patterns and habits to take the power away from the food.

leighsigfinalMy comfort foods are a glorious, carb-y combination of things my mom would make me when I was sick (chicken noodle soup with enough saltines in them to eat with a fork), food I could make myself when I was little (scrambled egg sammich on white bread, with mayo), and two foods introduced to me by roommates (Frosted Animal Crackers– thanks Coralie, and Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal– Amanda, of course). I guess it all depends on how you are trying to comfort yourself. When I am legit I-have-a-cold sick, it is straight-up chicky-noo soup with saltines on the reg. When I am I-havz-a-sad sick, then it is pretty much all carbs, all the time: Martinelli Apple Juice, Nilla Wafers dunked in milk, all of the toast. Do these things actually make me feel better? Sort of. In fact, the healthier I eat, generally the better I feel. Though realizing the correlation seems to do little in the way of stopping me from eating Coconut Dreamz/Girl Scout Cookies Samoas.

What’s funny is very rarely do these comfort foods actually make you physically feel better, but emotionally better as so much of it is counterproductive to anyone’s reasonable diet. These things are good band-aids but never long-term solutions- soul comforting but not necessarily body nourishing.

cafacefinalsigMy comfort food choices are can be narrowed down to one basic genre and one exception to the rule- Soul Food aka Southern Cooking and well, Mexican Food. Fried chicken, butter beans, 7 layer salad, creamed corn, corn bread, rolls, fried okra, mashed potatoes, cubed steak, country fried steak, meatloaf, vegetable beef soup, black eyed peas, field peas, squash casserole, banana pudding, chocolate cake with chocolate icing, peach cobbler, apple pie, pecan pie, homemade ice cream… just to name a few- have the capabilities to lift my spirits in just a matter of a few bites. However, there’s no need to expound on what these foods do to my waistline!  And then, I am 100% positive I was Mexican in a previous life! Authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex Mexican, California Mexican– any which way it comes, bring it! I love it and a good Mexican meal and a Top Shelf Margarita can solve a world of hurt! 

Everyone has their own list of foods they crave when they are sick or sad or stressed or… hungover. What is your go-to comfort food? Do you have different ones for different occasions and reasons? Or do you just have a grouping of foods that are your go-tos for when the going gets tough? Let us know what your comfort foods are in the comments.

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New Year New Formula

Attention. May we have your attention, please? Thank you.

First off, we want to thank you all for being here today. Frankly, we want to thank you for being here, at all! Posting has been, shall we say, less than regular of late; certainly a far cry from the breakneck posting speed with which we started this blog. Although January is swiftly coming to a close, we’ve been working behind the scenes (since before the holidays) on some exciting new features. Ergo the ‘New Year, New Formula’ idea.

One of the things that never changes about this blog is that we are always changing. This blog is a reflection of us, and as we are ever evolving, so is the blog. About this time every year (in preparation for the upcoming blogaversary) we strategize about how we want our blog-year to unfold and evolve. We check the spectromaton, take a good look at our metadata, and correlate that with what currently inspires us. We conspire about things about the blog that we are digging , but also those things which we are not digging quite as much. We strive to find new and different ways to work smarter, not harder; to bring concepts that engage our readers and inspire ourselves.

One of the things that consistently comes up on our “this is working” list for the blog is when we write together. In fact, we started this blog so that we could continue to write together. The two of us have being writing together since high school when we wrote a quirky column for our high school newpaper that always included an edited top ten list. You might say we have done a disservice to this blog by not writing more together. But, that’s about to change!

We are going to give a shot at writing a post together every week. We will be tackling some deeper issues we both face and some lighter issues we find amusing. Our individual voices will naturally be intertwined in each post but we will also be sharing our separate truths throughout the posts as well. You will know we are speaking individually because it will be italicized, indented, and set off with our photo.

We’ll also continue to post individually when the mood strikes (a couple times a month) with Leigh continuing to publish on Monday and Coralie on Friday. We are so excited about this new format that we have our next seven weeks of posts scheduled and on the docket!

Thanks for your continued support and patience with our constant fiddlings. 2016 is going to be an exciting one!

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A New Year, A New Playlist! Come and Get it, 2016!

New Year New Playlist 2016

We turned the page on 2015, we might as well turn the page on the last playlist. We got some songs picked out that will shed insight into our current head space as well as how we want 2016 to play out. Today’s playlist was mixed by YouTubes “By Popularity” ranking. Standard playlist rules, apply. Turn it up, sit back, relax and enjoy.

  1. (Leigh) – Cool for the Summer/Demi Lovato: I’m as surprised as you that Demi Lovato is on this list… not once, but twice. It’s NOT the summer, but I still dig this song.
  2. (Coralie) – Like I’m Gonna Loose You/ Meghan Trainer ft. John Legend: I am going to be honest. I think Meghan is cute and her hit “All that Bass” is super cute but what caught my attention with this song was John Legend- I love him. This song is a great love song. (Leigh) This song makes me super emotional whenever I hear it. Uggh. So many feelz.
  3. (Leigh) – Downtown/ Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: In all the year-end review stuff that came out recently, I saw that this song was the 77th most popular song of the year. Entertainment Weekly had some snarky things to say about it, too; putting it on their “worst song of the year” list. Whatevs. It’s a song about a moped and it’s been on my playlist for like half a year now.
  4. (Leigh) – Powerful/ Major Lazor: I totally believe in the power of energy and power between people. This is just a good, poppy ditty.
  5. (Leigh) – Naughty Girl/ Beyoncé: Speaking of power, this song gives me life. It gives me swerve. A must for all.
  6. (Leigh) – Wet Dreamz/ J. Cole: The only thing I like better than this song is the video. This video is A++ This song deserves to be in the pantheon of songs about punching your v-card.
  7. (Coralie) – Let’s Dance/ David Bowie: It is only in the recent past that I have come to appreciate David Bowie. Leigh has loved him for over 2 decades probably. She put one of his songs on a mixed tape for me years ago and I hated it and always, always forwarded it. But- “Put on a Red Shoes and Dance the Blues Away. ” (Leigh) I’ve loved David Bowie for three decades now–since before I knew who David Bowie was. That’s what happens when you watch Labyrinth at a formative age.
  8. (Coralie) – Till It’s Gone/ Yelawolf: Did you know that Alabama has native rappers? Yep. And my sisters are fans of this dude. The cadence of this song is catchy.
  9. (Coralie) – Soul to Squeeze/ Red Hot Chili Peppers: “When I find my peace of mind, I”m going to give you some of my good times.”
  10. (Leigh) – Stone Cold/ Demi Lovato: This is a song I wish I had written.
  11. (Leigh) – Cake by the Ocean/ DNCE: Such POP. Many toe taps. Plus, who doesn’t love cake?
  12. (Coralie) – Dreams/ Beck: Beck’s latest release. “Here we are running circles round and round and round and round. when nothing’s right, close your eyes- close your eyes and you’re gone. Dreams.”
  13. (Coralie) – A Change is Gonna Come/Otis Redding: “It’s been a long time coming and a change is gonna come. Yes, it is.”
  14. (Coralie) – Forty Six & 2/ Tool: “I’ve been crawling on my belly, figuring out what could have been. I’ve been wallowing in my own confused, insecure illusions..”
  15. (Leigh) – A Thin Line Between Love and Hate/ The Persuaders: This song. This video. All of it.
  16. (Leigh) – Ten Years Gone/ Led Zeppelin: There is something about Led Zeppelin’s ballads that hit me right in the feelz.
  17. (Leigh) – Lost In the Light/ Bahamas: There are certain songs and certain chord changes that immediately speak to my soul. This is one of them. I found this song by watching the Hulu show Casual. I totally recommend it. Super dry, but delightfully funny and real.
  18. (Leigh) – Voices Carry/ ‘Til Tuesday: Love this song. I always thought it sounded like a knock-off “Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears (one of my all-time favorites). BUT, plot twist– this song was released BEFORE “Head Over Heels”. Plus, the bridge KILLS me every time!
  19. (Coralie) – Smooth Sailin’/ Leon Bridges: I saw this dude on SNL and was just kind of mesmerized. He is smooth and his voice is liquid. (Leigh) Ha! I got this CD for Russell for Christmas.
  20. (Coralie) – Still A Bitch in My Book/ Lil Troy: There you have it, Your Honor.
  21. (Coralie) – S.O.B./ Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats: “Son of a Bitch! Someone get me a drink!”
  22. (Leigh) – Born Under a Bad Sign/ Albert King: This song is DIRTY (and not in the obscene way) and I love it.
  23. (Coralie) – A Pirate Looks at Forty/ Jimmy Buffett: “Yes, I am a pirate. 200 years too late… I am an over 40 victim of fate- arriving too late.”
  24. (Coralie) – Sentimental Journey/ Glenn Miller: This one is for Anne.
  25. (Leigh) – The Rain Song/ Led Zeppelin:  This song is so hauntingly beautiful and always puts me in the mood for Fall and Winter.
  26. (Leigh) – Adam Raised A Cain/ Bruce Springsteen:  BRUUUUUUUUCE! I love when Bruce gets durty.
  27. (Leigh) – Magnolia/ J.J. Cale: Coralie (and Eric Clapton) introduced me to J. J. Cale and this is another song that speaks to my soul.
  28. (Leigh) – Steal Away/ Robbie Dupree: My joke is that this (and Robin Thicke’s “All Tied Up”) is the best Michael McDonald song that Michael McDonald never wrote.
  29. (Coralie) – Are You Ready for the County/ Hank Williams Jr. ft. Eric Church: So. Hank Jr’s got a new album and this is the first single. I like it. But, I love Hank and his knee high flame boots. But, Good Lort, Eric Church is a sexy country boy! I mean, “let’s pack a cooler, get in the truck and ride dirt roads” kind of sexy.
  30. (Coralie) – They All Ask’d for You/ The Meters: I love you New Orleans.
  31. (Coralie) – Million Miles Away/ Adam Hood: “I can’t take back yesterday.”
  32. (Leigh) – Merry Go Round/ The Equatics: How had I never heard this song before. I Shazzamed this song after hearing it on Aziz Ansari’s awesome Netflix show, Master of None. This song is so up my alley, and so is the show!
  33. (Coralie) – Me & My Baby & My Cadillac/ Sleepy Brown: The title just about sums it up, one day I will own a Cadillac- it’s the American luxury car.
  34. (Leigh) – Old Habits/ Hank Williams Jr.: This song. It puts you right back in a heartbreak state of mind, and that is the sign of a great song. So well written.
  35. (Leigh) – No Use Crying/ Ray Charles: Such a sweet, sad, beautiful little song.
  36. (Coralie) – Little Darlin’/ Cary Hudson: Let this song settle you. (Leigh) I think there has been a Cary Hudson song on every playlist we’ve done… for good reason. Plus, I’m glad the video shows off the cover to this album. Love this album and cover.
  37. (Coralie) – Rainbow/ Robert Plant: “I will sing a song for you and I will carry on. “



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Let’s Get Real- What’s the Point of Stocking your Freezer if it Goes to Waste?

What's in your Freezer

In the last couple months I have come to realize I have lots of freezer space and it is all full.

Exhibit A:

exhibit a1

(And a substantial share of frost too.)

Exhibit B:

exhibit b1

Exhibit C:

exhibit c


I have all this food crammed into these freezers. The method to my grocery buying madness involves buying in bulk from 2 different wholesale club stores. The result is I have all this stuff stocked up in my freezer and yet we have a nasty habit of eating out! And here’s the second part of the saga: I freeze left overs too and you talk about a total waste of time and space?! The likelihood of us thawing leftovers and eating them- there’s a greater chance of hell freezing over. So for the final weeks of 2015 I vowed to cook out of my freezer. And to stop freezing any leftover that was not a 3 for 3 home run.

How did this play out you wonder? Well, every morning I would decide on a protein and then at dinner time I would pull out some veggies. We ate chicken, ground beef, pork chops and pork tenderloin. At any given time, these 4 meats are in our freezers. We ate them baked, grilled, in the crock pot and just about every which way in between.

If you take a closer look at exhibit A you will see that it needs to be thawed and reset to get rid of the frost. So I am slowly but surely trying to clean it out to begin this process. Again, what’s the point of having a deep freeze if you can’t get anything in it! And as an aside, I def want to have some sort of organization kicking when I start filling it again. As it is, everything is just shoved into wherever it will fit- that’s in all three freezers. I need a system for each.

What’s in your freezer? Are there some unidentified frozen packages that have been in there since you put them there 5 years ago? Do you have a method to your frozen madness? Does this inspire you to take a closer look at your freezer and assess what needs to be eaten ASAP or thrown out? You know we want to know.

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A Salve for Fresh (Emotional) Wounds

I had a post 98% done Sunday night, ready to go. Just needed one more once over before publishing on Monday. Then Monday came and I awoke to the news about David Bowie. I went in to tweek my post and couldn’t. The words wouldn’t come. The whole thing read wrong. I just couldn’t publish it. I went to bed Monday night feeling like a failure who couldn’t even get a post about dishwashing gloves finished on time.

I can’t watch/listen to all the Bowie tributes. I’m pretending it didn’t happen, if I’m being honest. It’s still too raw. Instead, I present to you this video from friends of friends. You may remember them from their recent Adele “Hello” parody that swept the world. Where as that video was great, this video is genius and just what the doctor ordered. Start your day off with a smile, kids:



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2016: Less is More

Less is More

For 2014 I outlined about 75 New Years Resolutions and then committed to coming back and updating my progress throughout the year. Well, some I carried valiantly through the year and others kind of fell by the way side, ahem, water consumption. Regardless, I made them and stuck with them. 2015 was not the same story. Because I had so many in 2014 I had exactly none in 2015. It was like I was taking the year off from setting big goals for the year.

However, my lack of goals for 2015 is no way reflective of the massive amount of movement that went down in my life over the course of the year. 2015 was a great year for Bub, Baby Bub and myself. We had much going on including purchasing an investment condo and remodeling our house. (Which is still going on BTW!)

Because I went so overboard year before last on the goals front that I totally skipped making any last year I wanted to make a mindful choice about my 2016 resolutions. I did not want to just settle on the generic resolutions- lose weight, gain insight, read more, exercise, etc. etc. Those are all over rated anyway! But, then Moma and I were walking when she said something about less. And it hit me. That would be my mantra for 2016: Less.

2016 Check List

I am not limiting myself to less with just these but, these five are a nice, solid start to meditating on Less. And I think I will take a lesson from 2014 and hold myself accountable by promising to report how well I’m sticking to less.

Have you made any New Year resolutions or goals? Do you believe in making them? Do you like ushering in a new year? One week into the new year and are you over it already? You know, we want to know. Tell us about it.

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