Pancakes + Piercings

Hey there! How are you doing today? I’ve been a little scattered today in the brain, but that’s okay – I’m dealing with it as it comes.

The kitt lits were busy stacking themselves on our TV stand today …

… and Drogo, satisfied from his small rat, was peeking out from underneath his water dish (he can barely squeeze himself under there now, he’s getting so fat).


This is obviously a reenactment of my breakfast – I ate before I remembered to snap a pic, but here ya go! I had a Maple Hill yogurt with strawberries and honey. Coffee with stevia and cashew milk to drink.


Today I branched out for lunch and helped my husband make his mother’s lovely whole wheat banana pancakes. I had three pancakes with a bit of butter and pure maple syrup.

Here’s the recipe:

Katie’s Pancakes

Put into blender:

  • 1 C grain (we used whole wheat)
  • 1 1/3 C orange juice or water (we used OJ)

Blend until thoroughly ground.

While blender is still mixing, add:

  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Some honey or sweetener (we used honey)
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 banana

After it is blended, while the blender is still mixing, add 1 heaping tbsp of baking powder. Turn the blender off immediately after baking powder gets sucked in and twirled. Wait and watch the batter rise to the top of the blender.

Pour into greased pan or griddle – flip when there are bubbles on top (we sprayed Pam on the cast iron skillet each time we added a new pancake, FYI). Enjoy!

I also had a small amount of roasted carrots and broccoli and a taste of celery with hummus and Fiesta ranch dressing to add some veg to my diet. Carb-y things like pancakes don’t keep me full but veg does.

After lunch and after running an errand with Luke, I decided to do something special – I went and got my naval pierced at our awesome local American Vengeance Tattoo! I also added on a nose piercing to boot! I wanted a nice change for myself, and while I’ve had my nose pierced before, I plan on keeping this hole from closing. 🙂 I’m in a chapter of my life, and this new year seemed like a great time to do a little something-something for myself since I don’t want another tattoo right now. Tonight my belly button is tender, but my nose is fine. It’s funny – the nose piercing hurt much more than the belly button, which I wasn’t expecting at all.


I had a ‘bucha …

… and a medium Ambrosia apple with Tajin Seasoning.


I enjoyed a simple mixed super green salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, S+P,  Sesame Ginger Dressing, and some hot rotisserie chicken breast and a scoop of leftover liver, onions, bacon, and mushrooms for din-din. Easy peasy and so tasty! I added a bit of BBQ to the chicken after taking this pic, but no biggie.

Mental Health

I had a mini-anxiety attack this morning – my eyes crossed, but I was able to keep it together … I’m glad I’m back on Xanax because I think it truly does help me.

I called my nurse and requested that I take 1 mg extended release pill 4 times a day instead of 2 mg twice a day, and she okayed this request after talking to the nurse practitioner. My pharmacy prescribed it to me a little differently this go-around because I needed extra for my trip to Seattle, and I needed it immediately, and that’s the dosage they had available. I like this dosage better than 2 mg twice a day as I think it keeps me more stable.

I also called my dear mom and chatted with her for a bit; she helps keep my mind together when I talk to her – I don’t want to wake my sleeping husband when I have these attacks, and my mom and my sister are both very available to me, which is amazing. I’m so grateful for them.

Other than that, I was pretty stable today, so I count that as a win. 😉

Hope you’ve had a fabulous day – and please remember that ED recovery and mental stability *is* possible, but it takes time and experimentation to tailor a system which is right for you and no one else!

~ Mandy


Gary’s Secret King Salmon Sauce

Howdy there y’all! How are you doing today? It’s another cool, rainy day here in the Texas Panhandle. Nothing too new to report today. Mental health wise, I’m stable and in a good place, so huzzah!

Breakfast – 10:00 a.m.

I had my usual mix of oats with pumpkin and banana with a spoonful of peanut butter … I soon realized that this breakfast was a little big for me, so I ended up basically eating the PB and the banana with a dash of oats on the side. I probably need to tone down breakfast as I’m less hungry in the morning and more hungry at night … food for thought, I suppose. I might try a piece of fruit with PB tomorrow and see if that’s a good size.

Lunch – 1:30 p.m.

I wasn’t in the mood for lunch today, so I distracted myself by cleaning the apartment floors and cleaning up in general. I just felt very “meh” about food around lunchtime, not really hungry at all. Lunch ended up being thrown together, and I roasted some cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and Brussels sprouts and ate them with hummus and Toasted Sesame Dressing along with a few slices of turkey and a stick of low fat mozzarella cheese.

Workout – 1:45 – 3:00

After drinking our pre-workout, Luke and I headed to the gym quickly after lunch (it’s less crowded in the early afternoons, so that’s currently our preferred time. Today was chest day, which I like because it’s so stinkin’ HARD for me. Even though I don’t lift very heavy weights, it’s a challenge to get those 4 sets in!

We had a great workout! We both felt great afterwards. 🙂

Once we got home, Luke was immediately accosted by two kitties while I made a run to the store.

Dinner – 6:40 p.m.

For dinner, we did something different – we had two fillets of Copper River Salmon, and we decided to cook one using my Dad’s secret salmon sauce recipe … this is the “before” picture:

Gary’s Secret King Salmon Sauce (Works Well With ALL Salmon Too!)


  • 1 1/4 C Mayonnaise**
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Dill Weed
  • 1/2 Tbsp Coarse Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp Curry Powder
  • 2 Tsp Thyme
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Finely Diced Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Onion, Pureed (green onions can be a substitute)
  • 1/2 Juice of One Lemon

** I hate Mayonnaise with a passion, especially in the raw form. But I brave my hatred to make this sauce because it truly is delicious!


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Rinse salmon fillet and pat dry. Place fillet in baking dish with aluminum foil on the bottom, oil skin with olive oil and place skin side down. Cover the top of the salmon generously with secret sauce, seal up the fish with more aluminum foil, and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 33 to 40 minutes. When done, the fish should flake easily when prodded with a fork.

So that’s our secret salmon sauce recipe! 😉 We served ours with a good ol’ chopped salad (please forgive the messy plating here).

Cocktail Hour – 7:00 p.m.

I wanted my cocktail after dinner, so I had GT’s Synergy Organic Kombucha in Mystic Mango. YUM!

After my cocktail, I sipped on green tea while watching Travel Channel and playing with the kitt-lits.

Hope you had a great Saturday!

~ Mandy

Experiments in Cooking with Deer

Howdy there y’all!

The kitty cats say hello from their comfy spot on the couch!

Today I did something different and made deer meatloaf and deer meatballs out of some deer chili meat (we’re not really chili eaters around these parts). It was interesting to say the least but ultimately delicious. We have a shit-ton of deer chili meat, and we need to use it up before this next hunting season (coming up so stinkin’ soon), so I’m experimenting with it in lieu of ground beef or turkey in most recipes.

My easy peasy recipe for Deer Meatballs:

2 lbs deer chili meat (I soak mine in milk overnight)

3 eggs

1 minced onion

4 tbsp minced garlic

1/2 C milk

2 C Parmesan Cheese

2 C breadcrumbs

Liberal amounts of Oregano, Basil, Parsley, and Salt (I would say “to taste” but you really can’t taste raw meat, so just eyeball it)

Basically just mix it all together with your hands, make golf ball sized meat balls and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

The Deer Meatloaf is the same exact recipe, you just dump it into a loaf pan and bake for 1.5 hours at 350 degrees. Oh, and cover the top with ketchup and BBQ sauce (or meatloaf sauce of your choice).

Very tasty! 🙂

On a mental health note, my bipolar has been OUT OF CONTROL lately. In a manic panic, I overdosed on my Latuda last night (I wasn’t suicidal, but I was just out of my mind and looking for relief – if you have mania, you’ll surely understand this), but thankfully I checked out okay at the Urgent Care Clinic at the urging of my psychiatrist (yes, he is aware of what happened). I also don’t have to take Latuda for a few days since it’s so saturated in my system. I’m trying to keep myself stable by going to the gym (had a good workout today) and by getting out of the apartment on a regular basis, but sometimes these manic moods just happen out of nowhere. Bipolar is a harsh mistress.

Here’s my new pill organizer – I’m so excited to have it! It holds ALL my pills unlike my past ones. Sure, it cost a little bit more, but it was worth it.

And in honor of Transformation Tuesday, here is my current transformation from 110 lbs to about 120 lbs (I haven’t weighed in a few days, so I may weigh a bit more). I’m on the move – I’ve been eating well, hitting the gym like a fiend, and trying to remember that a number on a scale doesn’t define who I am.

Alrighty, that’s my spiel for tonight. Hope your day is going well!

~ Mandy