how I finally reached a goal weight for the first time after 8 years

danielle walking lincoln

Ever since we arrived in California in August 2013 and I weighed myself for the first time since before we got married in May and saw I’d gained over 20 pounds in that one summer, it’s been on my mental to-do list to lose weight. now, I’ve lost over 20 pounds in the last year and I feel great. I stopped weighing myself in october once I reached the goal weight for my annual physical, and feel like I’ve been maintaining just doing what I’ve been doing since. After I wrote the “Fuck Being Fat” post last year, I actually never stuck with even one solid week of my own plan. Even though all the advice out there pretty much says that counting calories is the one surefire way […]

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how to take a tequila shot the most festive way… with cinnamon sugar orange slices

mise en place prep of tequila shots with cinnamon sugar orange slices

today, I attended the millhouse holiday luncheon (that was originally maybe going to be a happy hour I believe, plus I’m the home bartendress, so I’m allowed to walk in with a bottle of tequila at 11:50 am. Also, I just came off of a bachelorette weekend in Key West, so let me tell you, baby shots of watered down tequila is TAME, mmmmkay?) I almost didn’t come to this christmas luncheon just because my travel day back from Key West yesterday was long, but I’m so glad I did because we’re starting a writers’ group at the millhouse! And, I’m always happy to share my favorite way how to take a tequila shot. how to prep the tequila shots + chasers [ can be prepped in any order […]

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how to be an adorable badass with arctic fox aquamarine hair

color magic ultimate aquamarine

I was musing on my definition of magic as I got ready with my color magic practice (matching my bottom eyeliner to my arctic fox aquamarine hair) earlier so figured I could try to document as much as I can in 10 minutes. I think that real life magic is best described as our god-given free will to create change in our lives and in the world. And for me, color magic is maybe my best example of magic within my control. A crap ton of anxiety-producing scenarios are not within my control. My ability to match my bottom eyeliner to my hair color and feel like an adorable badass on the regular? 100% within my control. monday 4:31pm My 86-year-old neighbor just knocked on my door, mainly to […]

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the cheesy hashbrown casserole I bring to every potluck

cheesy hashbrown casserole half eaten

The evolution of this recipe began when Reid cooked an entire meal for me for the very first time one ‘monthiversary’ (as we called them) senior year in high school. He made salad, steak, and this cheesy hashbrown casserole as the side. I loved it so much he made sure to include his mom’s recipe (below) for the dish in his binder of recipes he took to college, and then I proceeded to make it for quite possibly every single AZX (Texas A&M service organization) potluck event we had for four years. I began changing up the recipe most recently after I’d served it at a dinner with friends in California where one guest came up to Reid and I after the meal to let us know that she’s […]

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my easy one-pan go-to ground turkey lettuce wraps recipe

ground turkey lettuce wraps

These ground turkey lettuce wraps were one of the first recipes I considered having made up totally on my own. I was so excited, I put TWO exclamation points in the title of my iPhone note – “Made up my own lettuce wrap recipe!!” Inspired by PF Chang’s lettuce wraps. ground turkey lettuce wraps recipe ingredients 3 lbs ground turkey 1-3 sweet or yellow onions head of bok choy (or romaine lettuce) can of water chestnuts, drained EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) 3 cloves garlic 3 square inches fresh ginger, or 3 tbsp minced ginger from fridge tube 3 shoots of green onion or omit a few splashes of soy sauce sriracha mayo (or other sauce for topping) ritual Mince ~3 cloves garlic, ~3 square inches fresh ginger, and […]

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easy cocktails to make at home to appear to be a legitimate adult

clear drinking glass with green fruit

A friend texted me today to ask for my “professional cocktail” expertise about easy cocktails to make at home (but also don’t taste bad for someone who doesn’t alcohol usually) and that was an exciting first, so I told her: I’ve so got you covered on the cocktails that are simple, less than 4 ingredients, and not hard to keep some limited supplies as staples to then be able to make numerous different cocktails from. here’s 8 ingredients to stock for easy cocktails to make at home: white rum, I like Don Q puerto rican vodka (I’m super not picky so we stock cheap but tito’s is always good) 100% agave tequila, I like legado reposado  limes oranges  ok lemons too soda water/club soda/topo chico/plain seltzer  sweetener (make simple […]

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