This week on the show, Dave and I will argue even more about Chex mix and drink sparkling CBD water from Untitled Art.
What you're listening to this week is a second take. While we were recording, I heard a crackling sound, and everything crashed. We lost our whole first record and had to start over.
Dave found a funny video on YouTube to try to help us get our energy back.
We talked about resolutions
Really, we talked about how neither of us is big on setting resolutions. And our conversation sort of morphed into talking about how we both need to be easier on ourselves.
I do like setting goals for the year, but this year it feels a little dicey with so much up in the air. How are you going about goal-setting for the year with everything going on?
Dave is semi-resolving to give himself a break and not listen to his anxiety brain as much. That's one I could probably stand to adopt, too!
This week's letter is really a text message about a recent episode, in which Dave referenced Ashton Kutcher's The Butterfly Effect. Liz writes:
There is a Ray Bradbury story that covers the concept of The Butterfly Effect extremely well and it made me worried about going anywhere near butterflies because I read it probably too young.
She also sent a link to the Wikipedia article about the story, The Sound of Thunder. It's basically that one Simpson's Treehouse of Horror where Homer has the time traveling toaster. But no toaster.
I made Chex mix!
Last week, we talked about our dream Chex mix, so I took a stab at making my own custom blend.
And it was a good first run at a custom mix. It needs some tweaking, but here's where I started (Measurements are estimates. I did not measure.):
- 2 cups Wheat Chex
- 1 cup each Corn and Rice Chex (I meant to use all Rice, but the container I accidentally grabbed was a 50/50 mix.)
- 1 cup chow mein noodles
- 1 cup bagel chips
- ¼ cup vegan butter
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon each garlic and onion powder
- 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
Them mix ended up uneven, with bland patches and some flavor PUNCH patches. Next time, I'm going to use another tablespoon each of vegan butter and sesame oil to thin the seasoning, so it's easier to get an even coating.
I might also try red curry powder instead of yellow, since I love red curry!
And I want to add a tablespoon or two of agave nectar, because I think a little sweetness would be very nice in this mix.
Dave also made Chex Mix with no bagel chips (heresy!). He tried using pretzel sticks in place of twists and said he liked it better. I still picked the pretzels out, though.
For this week's news segment, Dave found a story that cut me to my core: Krispy Kreme in the UK is launching a vegan glazed doughnut.
In college, before I was vegan, Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts got me through so many late-night study sessions! I'm so jealous that the UK gets all of the good vegan fast food!
Did you know that their Domino's, Papa John's, and Pizza Huts all have vegan cheese? So jealous!!
Untitled Art Sparkling CBD Water
Dave has been trying different sparkling CBD waters to keep around as a non-boozy special drink. What a treat! I don't know if it's real or the placebo effect, but I do feel more mellow after I drink a CBD drink.
Even if it is the placebo effect, I'm okay with that!
These sparkling waters are fun! We got them at Hop City, a package store here in Atlanta, and I'd say that they're closer in flavor to a La Croix or Waterloo than to a Spindrift. A nice hint of flavor, but they don't use actual juice, like Spindrift does.
Dave and I both noticed that these drinks have a sort of bitter/metallic taste on the first sip that dissipates by around sip three. I don't know what that's about, but it definitely colored our list of faves.
We ranked these in order of fave to least fave.
Grapefruit and lemon-lime were pretty much tied for first for both of us. These both had a great flavor, and the bitter taste I mentioned gave me a citrus zest vibe, so it meshed well.
The blackberry was in the number three spot for both of us. This drink isn't sweetened, but it had a slightly sweet vibe to me that was nice and masked the metallic taste quickly.
Neither of us loved the strawberry flavor. It didn't super taste like strawberries! We agreed that this is the case with a lot of strawberry drinks. They tend to lean tart or lemony, but your mouth is expecting sweet.
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