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HelloFresh vegetarian box, round two! Another HelloFresh success: Chipotle Seitan Chili with Bell Pepper, Cheddar, and Jasmine Rice!

This week we’re giving the recipe/ingredient delivery service HelloFresh a try (we went with the vegetarian box). If you missed it, you can check out my experience with the first recipe here. On deck last night was Chipotle Seitan Chili with Bell Pepper, Cheddar, and Jasmine Rice. First, if you’re not familiar with seitan (pronounced “sey-tan” \m/), it’s a wheat-based vegetarian meat substitute. From Wikipedia: Wheat gluten, also called seitan wheat meat, gluten meat, or… [Read more]

Added Thursday, March 24, 2016 by

Yet another MP3 player drowns in a pool of my sweat Aukey Bluetooth Earbuds. Less than 20 bucks, let's see how they hold up compared to the nearly $200 X2 earbuds.

Apparently my sweat is about a half-step less corrosive than battery acid. Last week my “sweat-proof” X2 earbuds died after a sweaty ride (see this blog), and on Monday while riding the indoor trainer my SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip gave up the ghost as it let out an eardrum shattering dubstep-esque glitching sound. I’ve now burned through 5 pair of Jaybird earbuds in less than a year, and 3 or 4 Clip Zips. Sansa claims… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by

HelloFresh Vegetarian box arrived yesterday–first meal, review My first HelloFresh dish: Edamame and Sweet Potato Rice Bowl With Spinach Salad

Yesterday my first HelloFresh box arrived, right on schedule! The box was well-packed, and well-chilled. Each meal (3 meals for two people) had all of its ingredients in its own box, which was appreciated. I went through each meal box and, overall, was very happy with the quality of the ingredients. The bell pepper was a little wrinkled and soft, the fresh tomato was not too impressive looking (but not overly-ripe or bruised) and the… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by

Spring project weekend; Lawn service rant Here's the front of the house and the paver driveway after cleaning. My neighbor's are about due for a cleaning, too.

There’s something about spring that compels me to clean (inside & out) and take care of big household projects. I worked outside all weekend long, and also did a lot of outdoor projects during the week preceding the weekend. I am beat! Here’s this spring’s list of outdoor projects (completed items are crossed out): Pressure wash the paver driveway and walkway Pressure wash the sidewalks and street-side gutters Pressure wash the back patio Pressure wash… [Read more]

Added Monday, March 21, 2016 by

Spring 2016 cut progress report: Week #1 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #1 of my spring 2016 cut is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. METHODOLOGY: A few words about my body fat test, scale weight and soft tape measurements My body fat, tape measurements and scale weight are all performed while fasted (first thing in the morning before eating or drinking). All measurements are taken “cold” (no pump), and flexed. A 7-point or 9-point body fat caliper pinch test is the most… [Read more]

Added Sunday, March 20, 2016 by

A couple Clif bar flavors you should try Clif's Berry Pomegranate Chia tastes amazing!

I use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save feature to order a lot of the stuff I use on a regular basis. One of the items I have sent every month is a box or two of Clif bars. Recently my go-to favorite, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut, was removed from the S&S program (I hate it when that happens!) This month I looked through the list of bars that were S&S eligible, and the Berry Pomegranate… [Read more]

Added Saturday, March 19, 2016 by

Good week so far, water weight gone; Cheats to be optional. This was my 14" Gourmet White Pizza with fresh tomatoes and onions, and an incredible IPA called "Jai Alai" from Cigar City Brewing.

The first week of my cut is going very well. I kicked things off on Monday morning at a very bloated 182.4 pounds, and yesterday morning my weight was 178.4 pounds (down 4.0 pounds). This morning my weight is identical to yesterday’s weight, and I only got up once last night to urinate. The excess water weight is definitely gone. I’m already looking and feeling a little leaner which, of course, is always nice. I… [Read more]

Added Friday, March 18, 2016 by

My X2 earbuds died; That’s 5 pair of Jaybirds in less than a year.

Towards the end of this past January, I gave my final review on the Jaybird X2 Bluetooth earbuds (see Jaybird X2 Bluetooth earbuds: verdict). When I wrote that review, the X2s were still functioning, but I was starting to have issues with disconnects and reduced battery life. Based on my past experience with Jaybird Bluetooth earbuds, I was concerned that these problems were symptoms of an early death. I was right to be worried. During… [Read more]

Added Thursday, March 17, 2016 by

My first HelloFresh box will be here Monday; $40 off coupon code. Jamie's Easy-Peasy Tomato Tagliatelle with Asparagus, Fresh Basil, and Parmesan

This morning I’d like to talk about an all-inclusive food and recipe delivery service called HelloFresh. JSF member “Banditfist” recently hooked me up with an invite to HelloFresh (thanks, Mark!), and yesterday I went ahead and signed up for my first box. The way the service works is really simple. Each week you’ll receive all-new healthy and creative recipes (with photographs and step-by-step instructions), along with all the farm-fresh ingredients required to make each recipe…. [Read more]

Added Wednesday, March 16, 2016 by

Excellent first day of cut; No alcohol for the duration.

Yesterday was, I believe, the first day in about 5 or 6 weeks during which my diet was spot-on: healthy foods, plenty of water and no alcohol. It felt great. I knew I’d be shedding some extra water weight during the first few days, and this always means many overnight trips to the bathroom. All those trips to bathroom is very disruptive to my sleep, but it’s unavoidable. In an attempt to reduce how quickly… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by