My Favorite Podcasts

I am a self-proclaimed Podcast Junkie.  It all started with Serial, and it quickly spiraled from there.

About 4 years ago, my job had me in the car a LOT.  Over 50,000 miles in my car in one year.  Yea…  So I had nothing but time, and here’s the thing about radio (even satellite), there is only so much song rotation you can handle.  Don’t get me wrong, I love music, but I needed a change.  Enter podcasts.

Like I said, Serial was the gateway, but when it ended, I was eager to find more.  And over the last 4 years, I’ve subscribed to several, binged others, and continue to seek out more to add to my library.  Below is a list of some of my favorites, sorted by category.

 

Humor:

2 Dope Queens

Betches

True Crime Obsessed

Two Judgey Girls

 

Health/Fitness:

Ali on the Run

Another Mother Runner

Diet Starts Tomorrow

The Runner’s World Show

Train Like a Mother

 

True Crime:

Atlanta Monster

Cold

Criminal

Dr. Death

Happy Face

Man in the Window

Over My Dead Body

Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family

Serial

Someone Knows Something

The Dropout

The Generation Why Podcast

The Shrink Next Door

The Vanished Podcast

To Live and Die in LA

Uncover

Up and Vanished

 

Finance/Banking/Business:

BAI

Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel

HerMoney with Jean Chatzky

U.S. Bank Podcast

 

Motivation/Tips/Lifestyle:

By The Book

Happier in Hollywood

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Self Made Podcast

The Simple Sophisticate

You’re Welcome with Hilary Rushford

 

Human Interest:

Death, Sex, and Money

Love + Radio

Note to Self

Off Camera with Sam Jones

Petty. Single. & Always Late.

Skimm’d from the Couch

Song Exploder

Strangers

The Heart

The Moth

The Swerve Effect

This American Life

Women of the Hour

 

Food:

Hungry Girl: Chew the Right Thing!

Inside Trader Joe’s

Open Belly

The Sporkful

 

Blogger/Influencer:

LIKEtoKNOW.it Influencer Radio

Swiping Up

The BossBabe Podcast

The Goal Digger Podcast

The Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon

 

Okay, now tell me all your favorites!

 

XOXO,

Molly B.

Bell Pepper Nachos

I’m always looking for more ways to add additional vegetables to our meals, and one of my favorite quick and easy meals is my Bell Pepper Nachos.  These are a hit at our house!

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 bell peppers
  • Optional Toppings:
    • Prepared meat or meat replacement of choice
    • Salsa
    • Grated cheese
    • Guacamole/Diced avocado
    • Jalapeño peppers
    • Greek yogurt or sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Peppers–Remove seeds, core, and membrane from bell peppers and slice each one into vertical pieces.  Set sliced bell peppers aside.
  3. Bake on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet for 10 minutes.
  4. Add toppings of choice to peppers and place back in oven for 1-2 minutes, or long enough to melt everything.
  5. Serve immediately.

 

I hope you enjoy and can’t wait to hear what you add to yours!

 

XOXO,

Molly B.

Overland Park Farmers’ Market Visit Guide

We have lived in Kansas City for almost 9 years, and I have only been to one of our local farmers’ markets a total of three times.  When I see the pictures of people going, I envy their incredible finds, and I promise myself “next weekend.”  But somehow, it just kept finding its way away from my calendar.  But all of that changed last weekend with a visit to the Overland Park Farmers’ Market.  I was completely blown away by my experience, and I wanted to share everything you need to know to plan your next visit.

When the team at Overland Park Farmers’ Market invited me to come check out their Saturday market, I jumped at the chance.  They bill themselves as being very family friendly, so Chad and I decided to make a morning of it with our little crew.

Most people assume that farmers’ markets are only a summer event, but that is not the case!  The Overland Park Farmers’ Market is open 51 calendar days!  Their hours are Wednesdays (through September 25) from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Saturdays (through December 7) from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM and changing to 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM in October and beyond.  This makes total sense, because produce is seasonal, so you can expect to find the freshest options every week.

The market is located in Downtown Overland Park at 7950 Marty St, Overland Park, KS 66204.  Upon arrival, there is plenty of parking, either on the street or in nearby lots.  You will want to look for signs that state parking is reserved for certain businesses to ensure you have a car when you return. 

As soon as you can see the market, you know you’re in for a fun morning.  Instantly, you can see the bright colors of the vendors, signage, and produce; you can smell the yummy treats being cooked and brewed; and you can hear the music from an on-site musician.

When you arrive at the market, you can stop by the Information booth to get more information or answer any of your questions, or you can jump right in.  First stop should be to grab a coffee from Wild Way or a kombucha from TeaBiotics.  If you haven’t eaten yet, grab a pastry from Ibis Bakery.  Once you have your caffeine fix and a little something in your belly, you’re ready to explore.

Overland Park Farmers’ Market has a motto of “Eat a Rainbow Everyday,” and that will never be a problem.  There are over 85 vendors, all located within 125 miles of the Overland Park Farmers’ Market.  You can expect to find fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, baked goods, honey, pasta, oils, nuts, salsa, pickles, jams/jellies, plants/flowers, local businesses, and so much more!  The vendors accept cash, credit/debit, EBT, and SFMNP.  They have a commitment to sustainability and encourage no plastic bags and recyclable or compostable serve ware, so bring your own bags and bottles.

A few of our favorites were the cookies from Surprise Foods and Yummylicious, the Pink Mushrooms from Dragonfly Mushroom, the pickles from Pat & Rachel’s Gardens, the Zestar Apples from Sunflower Orchards, the Sourdough from Farm to Market Bread Co, the Asian Pears, the stunning flowers, and let’s not forget the Mango Flower from Just Enough Heat–both delicious and totally Gramable.

If you’re starting to work up an appetite, you’re in luck, because there are several local restaurants and food trucks on site cooking up breakfast, brunch, and lunch options.  We grabbed lunch from The Wiener Wagon, and it was delicious.  (Yes, they have a veggie option too!)

In addition to the vendors, they offer live music, with more than 50 different performers, and two acts per day.  They also host special events, theme days, kids activities, and educational curriculum.  Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on their events.

The Overland Park Farmers’ Market was named Best Farmers’ Market in Kansas, and I can certainly see why.  This market started in 1982, and has been going strong ever since.  They have made over $200,000 in upgrades over 2018 and 2019, and there is a $5.5 million renovation coming in 2023!

Visits to the Overland Park Farmers’ Market will certainly be in our monthly rotation from here on out.  We all had fun, and we’ve really enjoyed having all of this fresh local produce in our house.

What are you doing this weekend?  Well, now you know…

 

XOXO,

Molly B.

 

 

Baked Pears with Cinnamon Honey

Ingredients:

• 3 medium pears

• 3 tablespoons honey

• 2 tablespoons butter (I use vegan butter.)

• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

• Preheat the oven to 400F.

• Cut the pears in half.

• With a spoon or melon baller, gently scoop out the core and seeds using a circular motion.

• Place the pears face down in a 9×13-inch glass dish or large baking sheet. (Spray dish/pan with cooking spray prior to placing the pears.)

• In a small saucepan, combine the honey, butter, cinnamon, and vanilla.

• Warm the sauce over low-medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted and ingredients are combined.

• Carefully spoon the sauce over the pears, reserving some of the sauce for later.

• Bake the pears for 30-35 minutes, until slightly soft and beginning to brown. 

• Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving. 

• Spoon a small amount of the leftover sauce over the pears when serving.

Serve with vanilla ice cream, yogurt, or by themselves. Enjoy!

XOXO,

Molly B.

Easy DIY Taco Seasoning

Ingredients

• 2 Tbsp chili powder

• 1 tsp garlic powder

• 1/2 tsp onion powder

• 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

• 1/2 tsp oregano

• 1 tsp paprika

• 1 Tbsp cumin

• 2 1/2 tsp sea salt

• 2 tsp pepper

Instructions

• Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

• Mix well.

• Store in a tightly closed container.

XOXO,

Molly B.