Wedding Wednesday {Free Download} :: Finding Your Venue Spreadsheet

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When Mr Never Cooks and I started looking at thinking about pondering the idea of where we would tie the knot, it didn’t take long for us to get buried under a mountain of historical buildings and ballrooms. Last week I shared the 7 strategies we used to find and book our perfect wedding venue in no time at all. It’s amazing how many vendor search engines there are (like The Knot), let alone the number of ceremony and reception sites in your area.

If you’re following one of the top pieces of advice from my last post, you’ll be quickly sorting through tons of options and reaching out to plenty of venue representatives in the process. Continue reading “Wedding Wednesday {Free Download} :: Finding Your Venue Spreadsheet”

How to Plan For a Healthy Vacation

5 Tips to Help You Plan For a Healthy Vacation | This Miss Cooks
5 Tips to Help You Plan For a Healthy Vacation | This Miss Cooks

This week has become filled suddenly with dinners out at our wedding venue, re-testing a few recipes from last week before they go up on the blog, and a family vacation over Labor Day weekend to the Oregon Coast. Work in my lab has picked up a bit as well, so I’m heading to the rental house a few days after my fiancé.

I put up a travel guide to Oceanside and the Oregon Coast last year, and I’m hoping that this trip will be just as rejuvenating. I’m lucky that Mr Never Cooks has a wonderful extended family who in fact do love to cook, drink some good wine, and play a few games of Spades long into the night.

One struggle I know many of my friends in the wellness world have is striking a balance with food and fitness that makes them happiest on vacations. Instead of a menu plan this week, I thought I might share some of the tips I use to maintain my health without ruining the whole idea of a vacation in the first place.

1. Begin at the End

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Okay so that was a little confusing. What I mean is that you need to have a solid plan for after your vacation is over. I don’t mean a crash diet, a juice cleanse, or a punishing gym session. Continue reading “How to Plan For a Healthy Vacation”

5 Things I’ve Regretted Getting Rid of When I Went Minimalist

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As popular as Minimalism has gotten these days, there seem to be as many articles singing this lifestyle’s praises as there are complaining about it as a trend. I certainly don’t think that the Minimalist lifestyle is the only way to be happy, but it’s definitely true that many Americans feel the psychological toll of clutter without seeing a clear way to fix it. It’s also been a true lifesaver in our move to a much smaller place.

I know that a common fear (indeed a regular one of mine) is that I’ll end up regretting getting rid of an item long after it’s gone. In fact, I  bet there are few things more disheartening with setting out on a more Minimalist path than letting go of something you truly do miss. So many advocates of it will try to paper over that possibility and ignore the sadness you might feel with a “you won’t even remember it in a week” or “I’ve never regretted it and neither will you!” Continue reading “5 Things I’ve Regretted Getting Rid of When I Went Minimalist”

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Ideas From Costco | This Miss Cooks

I don’t think it’s a secret after my menu planning post for this past week that I’m a big Costco fan. Bulk groceries are my jam these days, especially since I’ve really started having an easier time making similar dinners every week with a bit of a twist to them each time.

If you’re trying to eat on a more limited budget, feeding a bottomless pit in your house, or trying to eat a healthier diet without spending too much time in the kitchen, meals like these will be life-savers and can be surprisingly doable at a notoriously expensive store like Costco.

I’ll be posting the recipe versions of these dishes soon, but the real beauty of them is that there’s not just one way to make them.

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Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Science Facts About Healthy Living

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I often spend days at a time wading through PubMed science articles in my lab that are incredibly specific to my little niche of research. Occasionally, though, I use my baller search term skills to answer some of my own questions about topics near and dear to my heart, namely: health outcomes, fitness and athletic injuries, effects of diet on behavior and body weight, and a personal favorite of debunking false claims.

Here are my favorite peer-reviewed articles and reviews that I’ve enjoyed reading throughout the week. If you have any questions on these topics or others, I love doing research! Remember though, I’m just a researcher poking about the annals of scientific history, not a medical professional. 😉

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Wedding Wednesdays: 7 Tips to Help You Find Your Perfect Venue

7 Tips to Help You Find Your Perfect Wedding Venue | This Miss Cooks

7 Tips to Help You Find Your Perfect Wedding Venue | This Miss Cooks

A couple of weeks ago, my boss got back from helping execute The Wedding That Shall Not Be Named for her sister. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and much of it couldn’t even have been predicted (wildfire smoke from Canada blocking the gorgeous view of the mountains at your ceremony site?!). I think that both she and I had the exact same thought about our own upcoming weddings when she finished filling me in on the details. Continue reading “Wedding Wednesdays: 7 Tips to Help You Find Your Perfect Venue”

6 Tips for Planning a Week of Meals from Costco (Without Breaking the Bank)

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I had a feeling when I sat down with my menu planning spreadsheet on Thursday that I was in for a bit of an odd week. With the eclipse yesterday and the craziness from a million extra people moseying into and out of my cute little state this weekend, I decided to back away slowly from the grocery store. Continue reading “6 Tips for Planning a Week of Meals from Costco (Without Breaking the Bank)”

Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes

Sunday Recap of 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes | This Miss Cooks
Sunday Recap of 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes | This Miss Cooks

Hello again! I’m extra pleased on this Sunday evening because I’ve managed to conquer my sudden but inevitable eclipse FOMO. Portland is almost in the path of totality (I’ve been learning new terminology left and right for this thing) so many of my friends are making plans to head south to see the event tomorrow.

Mr Never Cooks however has to go to work rain or shine, sun or no sun. And hey, there are plenty of things I’m happy to do solo, but finding a way to go 50 miles in the worst traffic in Oregon history while on my own seems like a surefire way to turn a cool event into a stressful mess. And I prefer to have my partner along for all stressful messes.

So, instead I’m settling for the 99.5% eclipse and putting stargazing at Machu Picchu on my bucket list. I had a friend show me pictures from his trip there and I’d say the starry night sky is enough to tide me over until the next total solar eclipse in 2024.

Speaking of bucket list trips, it would be nice to have money in the bank to actually check a few more big ticket items off. Food is a big expense in our household and it can be challenging to cut down too much on the grocery budget. How do I fix this?

Find recipe blogs that fill that need.

I mentioned in my Tuesday planning ahead post that I discovered an awesome food blog called Budget Bytes a few years ago. It’s been a while since I had checked out her recipes and I’m glad I found a reason to! Continue reading “Sunday Recap: 3 Healthy Dinner Recipes From Budget Bytes”

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things to Make You Smile From the Week

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things to Make You Smile From the Week | This Miss Cooks
Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things to Make You Smile From the Week | This Miss Cooks

How is it already Friday again?!

I’m certainly not mad about it, but this week has flown by at warp speed. And to be honest, some of it was seriously the pits. As with everything though, there are always little things to find joy in, and that’s what I’m trying to do here today and every day.

Proud Moment. On Monday I ran 10 miles for my marathon training and I was reminded of just how far I’ve come. It helped that the Portland Marathon confirmed today that the somewhat beleaguered event had settled into its new course after a couple of months of drama and uncertainty. My calendar event was listed as “10 miles. One way or another.” and I’m not sure I would have started without those words of determination from past-self.

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3 of my Favorite Cheap & Healthy Dinner Recipes from Budget Bytes

3 of my Favorite Cheap & Healthy Dinner Recipes from Budget Bytes | This Miss Cooks
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When I was just learning how to cook toward the end of college and my first years post-grad, I was on a decidedly tight budget and in need of cheap meals. It was a pretty sweet deal to just have dinners to arrive on my plate in the cafeteria with zero thought or input from yours truly, but sustaining that lifestyle on the daily requires a job a few pay grades above mine.

Also, I was an AWFUL cook. Like truly bad. Could not make boxed cake to save my life bad. I think it was even my defining feature in my dorm. Oh, Lindsey, the one who burnt milk in the common room kitchen? Continue reading “3 of my Favorite Cheap & Healthy Dinner Recipes from Budget Bytes”