Meal Prep Monday: Healthiest Jambalaya Ever

Having grown up in St. Louis in a big Catholic family, I lovvvvve Mardi Gras. The traditions warm my heart, but maybe not as much as the slow burn of a good jambalaya. I won’t pretend like I make jambalaya as well as my Uncle Tim–there is not comparison to how fluffy his is–but mine is pretty…

Meal Prep Monday: Almond Jam Bars

These bars don’t last long in our house. Last fall, I was telling my fiancé about all the protein bars I made on Collegiate Culinaire, so we felt inspired to try an old favorite. I adapted this old favortie from Real Simple magazine with coconut butter and oil to replace the butter, and with vanilla protein powder…

4 Reasons Why Beginning Writers Should Blog

Here’s a Postscript secret for me as a writer: I work so hard to inspire my students to write for an academic audience because I’m overcompensating to cover up my own struggle to like my academic audience.  …waiting for the academic gods to strike me down… Looks like I’m in the clear (for now), and while I’m still here I’ll clear…

Meal Prep Monday: Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s Meal Prep Monday! Something strange happened this week. The fiancé asked for soup–the same guy, mind you, who has told me a number of weeks that soup is too watery for him, not at all filling even though you hear about so many weight loss studies that fed participants soup.    What changed his mind?…

4 Ways The Writer’s Brain Is Like The Runner’s Brain

Remember that little to-do on my list called the dissertation? I’m hoping to send off my dissertation prospectus and IRB forms by the end of January. Hoping. It feels slow going though. I wish I could run with what I have, but that’s not how these projects work. What I ran through pretty quickly though…

Meal Prep Monday: Southern Shepherd’s Pie

A surefire way to distract home-based freelance writers from hitting their writing goals: ask what they want to make for dinner, and watch them take a “break,” to scour Pinterest for hours, “get out of the house” for a bit to get groceries, return for nibbling in the kitchen, snacking at the desk, panicking at the end of…

Fitness Class Recap: Title Boxing Club

Never have I wanted to punch a person. I’ve tried to visualize frustrating faces during kickboxing, but that always feels, well, super weirdly uncomfortable. What am I okay punching in the face?? Writing deadlines. Big time, knock-down-drag-out deadlines I want to punch past and move on from, but can’t. There are other deadlines or content issues…

Meal Prep Monday: Enchilova Casserole

I have this ridiculous habit of impromptu singing and lyric improvisation when I am ridiculously happy. I have also been known to create really cheesy titles for recipes I really love. And this enchilada casserole might be the cheesiest of all. And I love it. When the fiancé requested enchiladas for dinner this week, I convinced…

Meal Prep Monday: Pumpkin Chili

Each and every Sunday for the past 17 weeks, my fiancé and I have been buying, prepping, and preparing meals for the week ahead. It’s a habit I’d heard a lot about, but never really thought I could embrace. I felt that way for years until I realized, “Hey, adulting is a lot easier when…

Katy Perry Brings Out the Worst in Runner’s Knee

Last night I was hanging with a Katy Perry impersonator. Cher and Elvis look-alikes were in our company, too, but Copycat Katy clearly rocked the holiday party this year, and my knee, with all her bouncing. Okay, it’s not entirely her fault. I bounced and danced and jumped and let the adrenaline of this great…

20 questions with Jackie

Who am I? When I’m not asking myself that question, I’m busy finding the answer through my writing and moving. Every day in every way, I write and I move. To get to know me beyond writing and moving, here are 20 questions and 20 answers. 1) Where are you from?  St. Louis, Missouri. 2)…