No Longer Feelin’ Clammy

March 12, 2011

There was no Bourbon in today’s afternoon delight – just a little Karen action! She stopped by with her good friend Mary to say hello –


[Thanks to those of you who have asked about Karen. She’s had a really rough couple of days right after her treatments, but then she rallies and feels much better for the 2ish weeks until the next one. She’s doing great today – especially with fun Mary to keep her entertained!]


I’ve been keeping this meal on the back burner for a few weeks now for a night when we don’t have much food in the house.

Pantry staples!


Including a can of clams from Trader Joe’s. These guys were whole, and I decided I prefer the chopped version.


Pantry Staple Clam Pasta

Serves 2

  • 1 can of chopped clams, drained [or tuna or sardines]
  • ~1.5 cups tomato sauce (Nello’s Sauce rocks!)
  • 1.5 cups frozen chopped greens (these were Whole Foods mixed greens)
  • 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes
  • Pasta for two
  • Parm cheese for garnish
  • Cook pasta according to directions in salted water
  • Combine sauce, clams, tomatoes and greens in a medium sauce pan. Heat to a simmer.
  • Serve, garnishing with parm cheese


Big ole clam under there!


Cherries on a Saturday night [that feels like a Sunday!]



After dinner Matt and I watched the Bill Maher documentary Religulous. We really liked it – recommended to Netflix!


After the movie my stomach growled! I guess it hasn’t forgiven me for last night.


A mini bowl of granola, milk, chia seeds, toasted buckwheat and dark chocolate to the rescue!


Preparing to spring forward!

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1 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I hate spring forward, but without it there would be no fall back which I love. For some reason that movie poster made me crack up.


2 AJ @ Flowing to Fifty March 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

LOVE clams in pasta. Yum!! Spring forward… :-( We lose a whole hour.


3 Cindy March 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Karen looks great!


4 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Karen looks great! What a strong lady. Never even heard of that documentary but now I’m curious. Thanks for the suggestion.


5 Kara March 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I loved Religulous until the end. Then I thought he got a little too preachy. Besides that, though, it made some crazy good points.


6 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I remember when that movie was released — but it doesn’t look like something that would interest me. To each their own I suppose!

I’m glad Karen is doing well — her smile sure lights up the photograph!


7 Chelsey (Cookteen) March 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I hope Karen is feeling better, she looks great! Keep pushing through :)

And it totally feels like Sunday, especially since I haven’t one any homework yet…whoops.


8 Doc (The Healthy PhD) March 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Wow, we were planning clam pasta for dinner, but we decided on some freezer staples instead. It’s a great pantry-staple meal…tasty, healthy, and satisfying!


9 foodandfarm March 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Anna do the tough mudder at wtg in oct?


10 KathEats March 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Say wha!?


11 foodandfarm March 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Opps! “Wanna”…. an endurance “race” is coming to Wintergreen this fall to support the wounded veterans. My husband and I are signing up… it looks crazy cool/challenging! Google “tough mudder at wintergreen” or check out


12 foodandfarm March 12, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I am just off tonight!


13 KathEats March 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

Ahhhh. Maybe!! I’ll have to wait and see as the time gets closer


14 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I love clam pasta!


15 Alexa @ SimpleEats March 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I love clam sauce in pasta. I still have yet to try toasted buckwheat. Glad Karen’s feeling better!


16 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm

So glad that Karen has 2 good weeks…til the next treatment. I have watched others go thru chemo and it’s a god-awful process. My prayers are with her!

Nice toast. lol.

And the clams. I had no idea TJs sold clams. I dont eat them, but would be fun to make for the family!


17 Courtney @ the granola chronicles March 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

That mini bowl of granola sounds great. I never think about having that as a snack at night, but it’s definitely better than grabbing junk food!


18 Tina March 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

That pasta looks so tasty, and I like how it’s refreshingly different. I’m definitely going to have to try it soon.


19 Baking 'n' Books March 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Holy crap, forgot about the clocks…


20 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day March 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Karen looks great! My heart goes out to her and so many people who are fighting the great fight..


21 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan March 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I’m glad Karen feels better for a couple weeks at a time. I love her orange jacket. I wore a white one just like it today.


22 Bizzle March 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Karen looks so cute today. Glad she is feeling better for now. Still sending good thoughts her way!


23 Sara @ March 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Karen looks great! What a strong woman! Also, your dinner looks great, per usual 😀


24 Hannah March 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I love Karen’s hat! She looks lovely :)


25 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Karen looks amazing! Keeping her in prayers. I’ve never tried whole clams — looks intense! 😉 I make clam linguine, but haven’t tried it with a marinara… Should try that soon. Thanks for the inspiration!


26 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Glad to hear Karen is pulling through. Chemotherapy is not easy, but she has a great support system and I xan tell she’s a fighter. Good for her!

I prefer chopped clams, too. The whole ones are too chewy.


27 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 12, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Glad you recovered!

Have you ever seen the “Holy Toast” maker?


28 Kathy W. March 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Glad to hear that Karen is feeling better–I hope her treatments are over soon!


29 Krissy - Shiawase Life March 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Karen looks great! Glad you were able to spend some QT all together!!


30 Jess (Sweet Potato) March 12, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Religulous is a great movie! I really enjoyed it!


31 Tammy March 13, 2011 at 12:04 am

Never heard of that movie before but I just checked it out and a review and it looks awful!! It seems like a slap in the face of God. It makes me really sad that people can make fun of Jesus and Christians and call it “entertainment”.


32 Dimple Snatcher March 13, 2011 at 12:18 am

Saw “Religulous” recently. I’d recommend it, too–and as a (sometimes) Christian I think that Bill Maher–as skeptic as he his–was really very respectful, Tammy.


33 Kel March 13, 2011 at 5:41 am

you’ve never seen it… who says it is “making fun of Jesus and Christians”? He is promoting “I DON”T KNOW” and trying to get answers to why people feel a certian way. He wants to know the proof and all the “evidence” people always talk about.


34 Anna Lee March 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Exactly, Kel. Who says there’s one and only one way to think and to believe. “Jesus” is not the center of every single religion in the world. Ignorance usually is.


35 KathEats March 13, 2011 at 8:09 am

He’s just asking thought provoking questions – there’s no making fun.


36 Dimple Snatcher March 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm



37 Tammy March 14, 2011 at 12:44 am

Granted I have not seen the film but the info I got was off of Focus on the Family’s movie review website. Here is just one paragraph from the review:
Maher calls Jesus “nuts” and dismisses biblical writers as having “f—ed up.” God’s name gets tangled up with “d–n.” Obscene gestures are made. Vulgar jokes target everything from the virgin birth and the Holy Ghost’s indwelling to masturbation, pedophilia and homosexual sex. Nudity includes a shot of a bare-breasted actress playing a nun.

As to who says Jesus is the Only Way – Jesus says it in the Bible – John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”


38 Alli March 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm

OK, while I certainly don’t think the movie is merely asking thought-provoking questions (it is extremely biased against organized religion, bill maher even admitted to this prior to the movie’s premiere), I also don’t think focus on the family’s webiste is the place to get an unbiased review of the film either. I say, watch and judge for yourself. Personally, I definitely think the movie raised interesting point but knowing what I do about Maher’s personal views on the subject, you can definitely see their prominence in the film which brings down the credibility of the “documentary” in my opinion.


39 Louise March 14, 2011 at 8:57 am

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We are going to see him in Jacksonville in May. My only criticism of him is that he can be a tad misogynistic on Real Time, but I thought this movie was brilliant.


40 Alaina March 13, 2011 at 12:07 am

Pasta looks delicious! But definitely sub the clams for shrimp. :-)

I got a kick out of watching Religulous, too.


41 staceyhealthylife March 13, 2011 at 12:29 am

I think I would prefer chopped clams also. Glad Karen’s doing better, she looks great!


42 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 13, 2011 at 1:12 am

Your post-movie snack looks so delicious! I could eat granola and milk for any meal of the day – it’s so delicious! :)


43 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 13, 2011 at 1:20 am

ewww I hate spring forward time :( But I do love some granola + soy milk at night too!!


44 erica March 13, 2011 at 1:28 am

glad you’ve recovered ;p for me, maybe it’s the asian in me, but nothing cures a hangover like a bowl of rice. =)

good to see karen in good spirits :)


45 Kiran March 13, 2011 at 2:36 am

So glad to know Karen is doing better :)


46 Morgan @ moments of mmm March 13, 2011 at 3:00 am

Religulous is definitely an interesting movie. I love movies that give you a different perspective. This pasta looks delish by the way!


47 Hannah @ Healthy Whip March 13, 2011 at 3:16 am

I loved that movie, loved. I suppose we don’t have such a strong religious culture in day to day life in the UK- it was really interesting for me to see.

I have never had clams, but the dish looks great!


48 Simply Life March 13, 2011 at 6:17 am

so glad to hear Karen’s doing better!


49 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 13, 2011 at 6:30 am

So glad Karen is doing well. Cancer treatment can be really exhausting and she seems to be really strong!


50 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 13, 2011 at 6:45 am

Glad to hear Karen is doing well!!! She is so strong and brave and I’m glad to hear she’s doing better. 😀


51 Katie March 13, 2011 at 6:46 am

Hello to Karen ! Tell her I am thinking of her and Im glad she is feeling better, I know how hard that can be from seeing my gram go through that too : ( She looks great! Karen is so cute!

I never heard of that movie, we watched She’s Out Of Your League, last night, funny movie, its older , not new ; )


52 Christie {Nourishing Eats} March 13, 2011 at 6:49 am

Karen looks great, I hope she is feeling better soon.


53 Kristina March 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

I’d never heard of that film! I’ll have to check it out, it looks right up our alley.
Also I am not a fan of Spring Forward… does anyone know the origin behind Daylight Savings Time? I always heard it had something to do with farmers, but that doesn’t make sense to me…


54 Mary Frances March 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

The purpose of Daylight Saving Time (not Savings) is that it saves electricity. Daylight Saving Time reduces the time between sunset and bedtime by one hour. This means that less electricity would be used for lighting and appliances late in the day. It was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in the late 1700s in an effort to save oil because if the sky is still light, then oil lamps would not need to be lighted until later. The modern idea was introduced in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist and astronomer. William Willett independently came up with DST in 1905, and was responsible for its adoption in 1916. Also, During WWI, President Wilson started DST in an effort to save energy for the war effort. As far as the United States and its territories, Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands do not observe Daylight Saving Time. I believe I recall there was one year maybe in the 1970s where Congress decided to not observe the change. It was hugely unpopular, and was changed to be observed again. For the longest time it was changed back to Standard time the last Sunday in October, and Daylight Saving Time did not begin for the summer until the first Sunday in April. I remember about five years ago, it was changed to the current first Sunday in November and second Sunday in March, respectively. Personally, I love it and am happy with the new schedule since it starts after Halloween now and it is almost a full month of being light out later in the day. I seem to feel a rejuvenation with what seems like a longer day with it being lighter out later (even though we still have the same amount of hours of actual daylight and I am awake before sunrise).


55 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 13, 2011 at 7:52 am

Karen is doing amazing at staying so strong through all of this! I’m glad she’s doing well!


56 lynn @ the actor's diet March 13, 2011 at 8:12 am

pantry staple meals are my heart. and i heart clams.


57 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy March 13, 2011 at 8:16 am

I’m glad Karen is doing okay between treatments.

I hate springing forward because of the lost hour, but love the extra daylight. Spring is here! :)


58 Courtney March 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

Religulous is a great movie!


59 kellyo March 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

Good to see Karen. Glad she’s got some better days in the mix.


60 Amy at TheSceneFromMe March 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

Your late night snack looks utterly delicious!


61 Hilary March 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

That supper looks great (minus the clams, not a seafood fan). Losing an hour killed me (especially since I had friends over ’til late last night) :(….so tired today!


62 Erica March 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Been thinking about and praying for Karen! Tell her to hang in there…this too shall pass;-)


63 Ida March 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I’m a huge Bill Maher fan, he’s the only reason I want HBO.


64 Lee March 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I liked Religiolous but thought that Bill Maher was a bit condescending at points.

Glad Karen is doing better.


65 kris March 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Don’t think “afternoon delight” means what you think it means.


66 KathEats March 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I know – especially after watching Glee last week!


67 Susan Mc March 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

SO glad to see Miss Karen looking so refreshed! My mom had the same pattern during her chemo, I’m sure Karen will bounce back every time and do GREAT!
Please tell Karen our thoughts and prayers continue to be with her for a speedy recovery!!!


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