— Update your Blog Readers!!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

I spent most of my weekend setting up a new self-hosted blog and being quite frustrated. While I still haven’t figured everything out, I have got enough set up to link to my new site:

Overall the pages are still the same, it’s just the interface (widgets, plugins, commenting system, subscriptions, etc.) that need to be worked out.

I will be setting up a redirect soon so that when you type in you will bea uotmaticlaly taken to my new blog. Yuo will still need to update the web address that you have in your Bloglovin, WordPress readers, e-mail subscriptions, blogrolls, etc. This is all new to me so I will update you as I go with what I learn.

Happy Sunday!


The One Where Madison Rambles and Updates You on Life

Happy Friday everyone! I hope if you are experiencing cold weather right now you are doing your best to stay warm and are toughing through it. And if you are currently experiencing warm weather… eh, I don’t have anything nice to say to you. Except give us back the sun!! 😉

Today is going to be a rather short post since I have a surprise for you.

I made a vlog!


After doing a Blogilates workout on my TV I was inspired to make my own video and give you a little update on what has been going on with me stomach-wise. I swear that I am not hyped up on anything in this post, despite what my wandering eyes and random tangents may lead you to believe…

A few thoughts about the video:

  • Sorry again for the horrible lighting and earthquake-like shaking that resulted from me holding the camera by hand for 15 minutes straight.
  • Oh ya, and sorry for the 15 minute length too. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- with strangers I’m a closed book, but if you can get me talking I’ll never stop!
  • The Blogilates workout that I did today was this one. And the one I did yesterday was a bit longer as a Whole Body Workout. I highly recommend either, and despite their fun titles, those are some serious workouts!
  • Yes, I was still in my pajamas when I recorded the video. Well, I actually took a shower and changed back into them to do the exercise video, so that’s a little better, right?
  • I realized why it was so dark in my living room AFTER I was finished recording– my mom closes the drapes at night to help with insulation and the temperature inside, and we had yet to open them for the day. *Head smack*
  • Of course I will let you know what I find out with the health tests with my new doctor.
  • These are the PaleOMG pancakes that I was talking about. I’ll share more about my adjustments in a future post.
  • While I didn’t take any medicine for my fever, I want to assure you that if my fever had gone any higher or hadn’t broke that day, I would have definitely taken some medicine to bring it down. Test or not, I’m not willing to risk my health for something like that.
  • I am feeling much better but still need a little recovery time. Hopefully by Monday when I return to school I’ll be back to normal.
  • Seriously, I AM excited to go back to school. Call me strange if you must 😉
  • Obviously I am linking up this post to Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud because I literally thought out loud. Ha.

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Now, once again, happy Friday! I hope you all have a marvelous (warm) weekend and I’ll talk to you soon.


Questions for you:

  • Have you ever made a vlog?
  • Do you prefer video or word posts?
  • Has the cold spell passed where you live?
  • What are your plans for the weekend?

“I Need Sustenance”

“This mortal form has grown weak. I need sustenance.”

PLEASE tell me you know where that quote is from.

If you don’t, that’s okay. I’ll forgive you just this once.

It’s actually one of many hilarious lines in one of the best superhero movies I’ve ever seen, Thor!


Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, says this line after he falls from the sky and then is promptly tasered and taken to the hospital. And then he breaks out of said hospital. Ya… I’d be hungry too.

When coming up with the title for today’s post I couldn’t help but be reminded of that movie line since Thor has been on my mind all day week. The main reason being that I’m going to watch the sequel at the premiere tonight! Thor: The Dark World.


Say a prayer for me friends. 11:00pm. Yes, that is usually my bedtime on nights that I stay up LATE. And yes, that is when the movies STARTS tonight. Jeepers.

To prepare I took an hour nap at around 5:00pm so that I could rest up a bit. I am able to fall asleep just about anywhere and it’s happened before. However, I really don’t want to fall asleep in the movie theater tonight because then I’d miss out on the awesomeness that is Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, and Tom Hiddleston (<< my friend would kill me if she saw that I listed the actor who played Loki last. Good thing she doesn’t read my blog 😉 ).


Also to make up for the lack of sleep and to increase the likelihood of not falling asleep in class tomorrow (I said *increase* mind you… I make no promises to fully prevent), I am also going to set my morning alarm clock for an hour or two later. Every bit counts!

The second reason why “I need sustenance” popped into my mind was because of the recipe that I have to share with you all today!

Usually, as you already know, I prefer to post baked goods and desserts. In my opinion there is just a lot more room for creativity and fun when it comes to them. However, I make an equal amount of savory foods when I’m home. So I figured it was high time that I post at least one of them!

I can’t take full credit for the idea of this recipe since I found it on the Paleo Plan site, but I did modify it some to fit the ingredients that we have at home. Here is the original version if you want to check it out, and I will post my adapted version below.

Meatball Zucchini Skillet

Meatball Zucchini Skillet

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Nut/Peanut-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Option, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Makes 3-4 servings

Meatball Zucchini Skillet


  • Grass-fed butter (coconut oil would also work but the butter gives a great flavor)
  • 1/2 large vidalia onion
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (if using lean beef you may need to add an egg to hold the meatballs together)
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put your skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Then dice your onions and add them to the skillet with 1-2 tbsp of butter. Saute for around 5 minutes until translucent.
  3. While the onions are cooking take your grass-fed ground beef and roll them into small 1 1/2 inch balls (we came up with about 20). Add the meatballs to the pan and cook for around 10 minutes, stirring them occasionally, flipping them over to get even cooking, and adding any additional butter if needed to prevent sticking (<< we didn’t need any since our beef had a higher fat content, but if you are using lean ground beef the extra butter may be necessary).
  4. When the beef is cooking wash and dice up the zucchini and tomatoes. Add those to the skillet next along with the seasonings.
  5. Place a lid over the skillet and reduce to medium heat. Cook for around 5 minutes then remove the lid, stir and put it back on top of the skillet. We cooked the beef and vegetables for another 5 minutes or so until tender, but keep checking them to see when they are done for you.
  6. Finally plate up some of the meatballs and vegetables topping with salt and pepper as desired.

Meatball Zucchini Skillet

Now, you call up Chris Hemsworth and tell him that if he’s still hungry… I’d be more than HAPPY to make him up something (read: anything! 😉 ).

After I post this I am going to attempt to do some Astronomy homework before I get ready to head to the movie theater and wait in line. I will let you all know next week (and most likely much sooner on Instagram!) how I liked Thor 2 🙂



Questions for you:

What is your favorite superhero movie?

Who do you like best- Thor or Loki?

Do you prefer making sweet or savory dishes?

What do you eat when your mortal form has grown weak and you need sustenance? 

Viernes – Sit Back and Relax

Hi everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful Friday. I had a post almost completely written up but I just am too tired to finish 😦


Tomorrow I have a big presentation to do at 8:30AM with my intern group so tonight I’m just going to sit back, relax, and enjoy some Rookie Blue 😉

I’m going to try and finish/publish my Friday post either this weekend or at the very least Monday. I also have giveaway to plan for my blogiversary that I missed a week ago!

Catch you later 🙂