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podcasts + productivity

podcasts + productivity

Whether I am at my desk, in my bed, in the kitchen, you will find me listening to something. More times than not, especially cooking in the kitchen, you can catch me listening to some of my favorite podcasts. I. Love. Podcasts.

Pretty much other than writing blog posts, I am listening to podcasts. Writing posts you can usually catch me listening to my “chill” playlist, aka a lot of Mumford & Sons, The Head and The Heart, Beck, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Wilco, etc.

So, below you will find a list of my personal favorite podcasts!

My Favorite Murder- Karen Kilgariff + Georgia Hardstark

100000% hands down my favorite podcast. Honestly, where do I begin about this podcast? All things true crime, murder, and two hilarious women discussing them. You will catch me legitimately laughing out loud to this podcast. There is too much good to be said about this podcast. If you like true crime and hilarious human beings, go listen.

Left Podcast on the Left – Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski + Marcus Parks

Keeping with the true crime and all other spooky topics, I love Last Podcast on the Left. Henry Zebrowski is a master at impressions and voices, and all three of the guys are hysterical together. You will also catch me laughing out loud to this podcast. Not to mention, the research and effort that goes into this podcast is unreal. I listened to their 3 episode series on Columbine after I read Dave Cullen’s book. It was unreal.

NPR Politics

I love Sam Sanders’ + the team’s weekly roundups. Plus, they do other episodes on specific topics. Aside from reading articles and trying to do my best to stay up to date with all that is happening, the weekly roundup, I find, is a really nice summary and an “in case you missed it” type thing. As for the other episodes, it gives interesting takes on all the craziness in the world.

NPR How I Built This

I could listen to all of these stories again and again and again. All the various scenarios and situations that these entrepreneurs went through are so interesting. Not to mention, they are so inspiring. I think it is nice to listen to the stories of the person or people behind some of your favorite brands  + ideas.

NPR Fresh Air

I like this podcast, because there are so many episodes for me to choose from. For all of the above podcasts, I’m 100% caught up. I like fresh air when I want to listen to a podcast, and I can pick what guest or what topic I want to listen to.

Happy podcasting!

Lemon Oregano Chicken Soup with Zucchini + Spinach

Lemon Oregano Chicken Soup with Zucchini + Spinach

A Series of Unfortunate Events came out on Netflix, so you can catch me binge watching that. Growing up, I would fly through those books. They were one of my favorite series in grammar school. Plus, all Netflix shows are phenomenal. I am 4 episodes in, and couldn’t be more hooked. Not to mention, I couldn’t be more hooked on this lemon oregano chicken soup.

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overnight oats: dark chocolate + banana + peanut butter edition

overnight oats: dark chocolate + banana + peanut butter edition

Overnight oats, chia seed pudding, make-ahead smoothie bowls, sign me up for all of it. I will absolutely roll out of bed at the very last minute. 5 out of 5 days of the work week, I bring breakfast to work and eat when I first get to my desk. You will not see me waking up hours before I have to leave, making coffee, enjoying breakfast, and reading the top trending articles before work. You’ll more than likely catch me sprinting between my room, bathroom, and kitchen, attempting to quickly drink coffee without spilling on my outfit, and running out the door. Thaaaaaaaaaaaaat is exactly why I make and pack a breakfast and lunch the night before.

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Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado and Pomegranate

Winter Citrus Salad with Avocado and Pomegranate

A year ago, I published this winter citrus salad recipe. Now, with the re-brand and a better camera, I decided to re-vamp this recipe. Not much has changed so I’m not even sure re-vamp is the right term, other than I swapped out goat cheese for pomegranate seeds and creamy balsamic vinegar for a red wine vinaigrette.

Coming down with a sinus infection/chest cold, I’ve been drinking lemon ginger tea like there is no tomorrow and trying to eat as many citrus fruits and vitamin C as I can get. And I’ve been laying around watching The OA. As my roommate and I just said, it is taking all of our might to not look up everything that happens in this series. (more…)

Welcome!

Welcome!

New year, new blog, same me.

I couldn’t be more excited to officially be debuting my new blog, Bits + Bites. I cannot wait for what is to come and to share it all!

I decided to go through a rebrand, because let’s be honest, Red Velvet Snow had to go. Whenever I told people my blog’s name, they just looked so confused. Then, I had to explain why I chose the name, and I was just not having it anymore. RIP RVS, hello B+B.

The new name allows for me to include more lifestyle pieces as well. Expect more lifestyle posts, re-vamped recipes, new recipes, and whatever else my little heart desires to write about.

So with that official welcome, enjoy!!!!!

 

 

Double Chocolate Healthy Hot Chocolate

Double Chocolate Healthy Hot Chocolate

Last winter I tried to create multiple healthy hot chocolate recipes. They were are terrible. Tasted like, what I could imagine as, just like tree bark boiled in hot almond milk. So so so nasty. Then, this winter, I discovered how amazing and life changing unsweetened chocolate almond milk was. I knew this could be a game changer to the healthy hot chocolate game. Spoiler alert: it was.

That’s how this healthy hot chocolate gets it’s name of “double chocolate.” It is so chocolaty and so good, it makes me want to forget all responsibilities and binge watch ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. Speaking of which, I have yet to watch Elf this holiday season, and to say I’m disappointed in myself is a vast understatement.

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Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction

It has taken me 23 years to try brussels sprouts, and I’m not too sure what I was thinking. I’m obsessed, I couldn’t stop snacking on this entire pan of garlic parmesan roasted brussels sprouts. Not to mention that this blackberry balsamic reduction was so easy to make. Seriously, mash up some blackberries and throw them in balsamic, boil, simmer, and there you have it.

This also goes along with my entire theme of the fall/winter/my life (maybe taking that a little too far), but roasting!!!! I find myself roasting yet another vegetable. Who doesn’t love to cook when it involves slicing, tossing in oil and seasonings, throwing in the oven and then laying in bed as your Amazon Echo Alexa gives you the low down on what happened that day. No? Only I do that? Well, I highly suggest it.

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Ground Turkey and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ground Turkey and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ok, I’ve never ever had acorn squash at all. Not to pat myself on the back, but I’m patting, this stuffed acorn squash was really good, and a great way to try acorn squash for the first time.

All squash is on sale, cause it is in season. So, while grocery shopping (on an empty stomach, sorry wallet), I saw that acorn squash was on sale. Sure, why not, I’ll dabble in some acorn squash and expand my squash horizons. My life is like super exciting, I know. I decided I’ll do what I usually do with squash. Slice it in half, make a mixture of sorts and top it. Trying to keep in the “in season produce” and “on sale” theme, I bought an apple, decided to get some ground turkey.

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Twentysomethings’ Guide To: Thanksgiving

Twentysomethings’ Guide To: Thanksgiving

So, you’re graduated college and considered an official “adult”. Which for some, may mean that you actually have to contribute to your family’s Thanksgiving dinner. That could be a super scary thought. But, really, it’s not that bad. There are so many easy recipes out there. Here are some easy Thanksgiving recipe ideas for the Twentysomethings’ Guide To: Thanksgiving.

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Honey Garlic Sriracha Roasted Carrots

Honey Garlic Sriracha Roasted Carrots

Personally, I love roasted carrots, and think they are a great side dish for Thanksgiving. These honey garlic sriracha roasted carrots bring together the perfect combo of savory and sweet. Carrots are a sweeter vegetable. The honey pairs nicely with the sweet aspect of it, and then the kick of the sriracha paired with the garlic-y garlic. This is a side dish you have to make this Thanksgiving.

This side dish is also super easy, and fool-proof. It doesn’t truly matter how you slice the carrots, and other than slicing, it is just tossing the carrots in oil, sriracha, garlic, honey, salt and pepper. Anyone can do that.

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