I bring the THUNDER!!!!

So first I say I am doing a poverty eating
challenge, living off $1.50 of food a day for five days. Then I post four days of
reports for that and then…disappear.
“What up with that, Nik????”

Yes, that is very me. But this time it wasn’t.
I live in Maryland and you might have heard we
had severe storms late last week. While I did not lose my power (although
everyone in my immediate family and social circle did!) I am just getting back
my cable and internet. Frankly, while I am hesitant to complain about not
having these services, I can say my personal idea of hell is being trapped in a
house with my own thoughts. Ack!
So anyway, I have bits and pieces of stuff that I
was going to post that no longer make any sense outside the context of the 4th
of July or the poverty eating challenge, but I wanted to post them just the
same, so here goes:
Look for my final report on the poverty eating
challenge, including what parts of this strict plan I’m going to try to
incorporate into my everyday life. I’ll post it both here on the blog and on Facebook. It was done on Saturday but I want to be accountable for having done this challenge!
Ok, so one of the things that kept me occupied while the
cable/web was out was the fact that I am helping my stepdad with these guys:
My late mother’s Basset Hounds – Leroy and
Loretta – became the proud parents of 9 (yes, 9!) puppies just two short months
ago! I’m taking one – a girl we’ve named Nana (which is what the divas used to
call my mom). This is her.
I imagine she’ll become a Bariatric Foodie too as
she’ll probably get ahold of some of the scraps from my mad food experiments.
There are three runts in the litter and she is the runt of the runts, poor
dear. I love her very much already! (By the way, if you live anywhere remotely
near Baltimore and have room in your heart and home for a Basset, hit me up!
The other 8 puppies are for sale!)
My Independence Day was fairly chill. I did five
laps around Lake Montebello, a man-made lake near where I live. Each lap is a
mile and some change. I wasn’t going for speed demon. In reality I was bored as
hell and just didn’t want to go home. With walking to and from the lake (3/4 mile
each way) and the five laps, that made for over 6 miles of walking! I came home
and refueled with this patriotic treat:
It’s just some sweetened cottage cheese in
between layers of blueberries and strawberries. Sigh. Strawberries are going
out of season, blueberries are in. I have been trying my best to only get
produce from the farmer’s market so no more strawberries for Nik after this
carton! I have also begun getting my dairy from the farmer’s market from a
place called South Mountain Creamery, who extends an open invitation for folks
to come see how they raise cows. I think I’m going to take them up on that.
Stay tuned for a report!
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Ok, I’ve rambled on enough, Foodies. I’ve got a
few experiments going in the lab…er, kitchen that I’ll be reporting on soon.
One has to do with the all-important subject of HYDRATION.

Until then!


  1. This recipe sounds delicious! My sister is looking into weight loss surgery in mexico. We are now trying to find yummy and healthy snacks and meals. Great blog!

  2. Nik…I for one am very happy that you are back online!! I missed you and was getting worried! I can't wait to hear the parts of your poverty challange that you will incorp into your eating. The puppies are soooooooooo cute!! Good luck with Nana!!

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