Alex for 400

In memory of my favorite game show host that visited my dreams ❤

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So, last night was the 2nd night this week I’ve had the same dream…

Alex Trebek and I are backpacking around South America in Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay and we’re looking for precious gems. There is a whole Celestine Prophecy and Indiana Jones feel to the adventure.

Alex tells me over dinner at the hacienda that he has to fly back to Studio City the next morning to film Jeopardy, but he wants me to keep searching without him.

The next morning he leaves and I continue my adventure, discovering the secret gems in the late afternoon. I go back to the hacienda to call him and realize he’s on live TV (even though I “know” the show is taped) and I decide to call and leave him a message to call me the moment he is off the air.

I’m watching him on TV as I’m calling and he looks…

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Coffee & Chili Rubbed Ribs

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I wrote a post!

How is everyone? I’m great. Traveling for work, busy with my new passion, my Skoolie and on Day 16 of a Whole30 round. I haven’t done a complete Whole30 in a few years and even though I’ve remained gluten-free for nearly 8 years, I’m still having some aches and pains that I wanted to see what might be triggering them.

On Whole30 you cook A LOT. And that’s cool, since I love cooking! Last night I made ribs with my favorite homemade rub. And thought I’d share it with you. These can be made in your quick cooker (instant pot) fast or slow. I’ll include both here. Yesterday they were slow cooked because I love how it permeates the air in the bus 😋


1 pound of ribs (I used boneless country-style)

2 large onions sliced in chunks


2 heaping TBS of Ancho Chili Pepper (I used Penzeys Chili 9000 blend)

1 TBS ground espresso coffee

1 TBS smoked paprika

1 TBS roasted garlic

1/4 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup stock (doesn’t matter what kind, use water if you don’t have stock)

Turn your quick cooker on brown/sautée and put in the coconut oil.

Throw your ribs in a gallon-sized zip-loc bag. Dump in the spices. Shake until completely coated.

Brown ribs on each side for 3 minutes (if using traditional slow cooker do this in a pan).

Throw the onions on top of the ribs.

Add stock.

Place lid on.

If slow cooking cook for 4 hours.

If quick cooking 45 minutes!

I had a side of sweet potato with ghee.

Consume 😋


Low Carb Keto Cream Cheese Pancakes

These were easy to make and yummy!

4 pancakes

2 servings

Nutrition each serving:

Calories 390 k/cal

Fat 35g

Protein 16g

Carbs 3g


4 oz cream cheese

4 eggs

I added a pkt of Splenda (optional)

Butter ~4 tsp


Put cream cheese and eggs in a blender. I took my blender off and shook it to have an even batter.

Place a pat of butter in small pan and melt.

Pour batter to cover bottom of pan.

When you see the sides turning up, flip (about 2 mins on medium heat).

Cook another minute and plate.



WanderLust Bus Road Trip #1

An update from ThisMidwifeTravels

This Midwife Travels

Today is Day 14 of the WanderLust Bus’ inaugural trip and I’ve been having a blast! My friend Alice, a midwife in north Florida, is with me on this adventure.

I started on September 29th by driving from home to Apopka, FL where I met up with other skoolie friends and had an amazing weekend!

Off I go! Pulling out of the driveway for my first big adventure!

My View This was my view for two mornings in a row. So peaceful at John and Sarah’s place!

View from Kitchen And this was the view from the other side of the bus ❤

Max and BeBe The dogs and I enjoying the peace and quiet.

Seat Addition Charlie and Jeremiah installed a seat up front for Alice to sit in, it even has seat belts! I nearly broke Charlie’s toe, trying to set it in the chair rail… he’s such an awesome dude that he worked right through it. Sorry Charlie 😦 And…

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WanderLust Bus after Irma

This Midwife Travels

I know, I know, I’m LONG overdue for an update… I’ll get to that soon, but I did want everyone to have an update of the bus after the storm… it’s 2 a.m. in Jensen Beach, Fl, but Nick, my awesome son, braved the rain to go out and get a pic for me. As I sat here, all the way in Beira, Mozambique, Africa, I began sobbing… I may have confused the poor housekeeper who only speaks Portuguese, but I smiled to let her know I was OK.

I am pouring with relief. Not being there in Florida with my kids, grandkids, mom, neighbors and bus, has been the hardest thing ever. I can’t even imagine what it was like at home! And the north part of my state (or really north of Orlando still) is not out of harm’s way yet… nor is my mother, who stayed in…

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WanderLust Bus Update May 12, 2017

This Midwife Travels

Back from quite a bit of traveling since I got home from my trip to the Panhandle. I was in China for 4 weeks assisting a mama with the birth of her wee little guy. This midwife loves traveling to births!

My son has been helping me tremendously on the bus this week and we’ve made some changes to the bathroom (I know, I know… I’m so indecisive!), but things have kicked into high gear and my boy has been busting his butt getting it done. Thanks, Nick!!!!

MAY 2017 3 So I felt like I wanted the toilet area’s floor space to be a little more spacious, and I wanted the toilet area and the shower to be all once space. So we took out the bench, (you can see it in the bottom left of this pic), took out the wall that was separating the two areas and built a platform…

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Lots of progress made!

Bus Update

This Midwife Travels

Oh my goodness, I have not done a good job keeping up on this blog. I have been crazy busy with getting use to life on the bus, running my internet based business, holidays and lots of other things. But here’s a lovely update for you!

Moved on to the bus November 6th. Moved the bus from my friend Nicole’s property (who I can’t thank enough! So, so grateful for the 5 weeks I parked the bus there to get the thing gutted and the floor and bed in!) and moved it to my friend Cyndi’s place. In a very eclectic and awesome neighborhood! I also got BeBe, Max and Dax back from the amazing friends and family that were keeping them for me. Kodie, my shepherd/cur mix, is going to stay on with Cyndi, but the cool thing is, she’s 20 feet from the bus 🙂

dax Dax loves sitting…

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Crock Pot Ribs

Yummy Paleo and Dukan Consolidation friendly meal tonight. 

I got 4 boneless country style ribs. Cut them in half, shook up with some yummy rub, browned them in coconut oil and threw them in the crock pot with onion, celery, carrot and green onions. I also tossed in the juices from the browning and a half cup of the flat, left over La Croix berry sitting on the counter. 

Mmmm mmmmm good!

I forgot to take a pic of the food in my bowl, but it was fall apart yummy!!!



The Bed’s Done!

Steady progress for the week. The bed is now completed. Joey & I designed it so that the entire middle can be taken out. You can move the mattress, lift the plywood base and then remove the three middle rectangles. This will allow us to bring in larger pieces of furniture or appliances like the fridge.

We also almost have the flooring completed I’m short one box. Oh! And the electrical is done. My bonus child Ashley’s husband Evan came and did all the electrical wiring in about four hours yesterday! And my BIL, Rick, stopped in to give us a hand today. Tiffany and I finished the painting on the lower 2/3 of the bus, too. 

Here are some pictures of the progress…

Productive weekend!

Ciao 😊