How Many Emotional Support Monkeys Are Too Many Emotional Support Monkeys? – 9.16.19

So, here’s a question I never thought I would ask myself:

How Many Emotional Support Monkeys Are Too Many Emotional Support Monkeys? There’s a woman fighting her city as it seeks to, perhaps, limit her number to three. Texanne Teahan is adamant and wielding a note from her doctor that her support monkeys are crucial to treating her PTSD. Look, she’s not trying to get on a plane with them, so what’s the worry?


There’s also the terrifying tale of a vicious battle with a black widow spider the size of my hand. It fought back. It was… muscular. There was a nauseating meaty-sounding “thunk!” when I sucked it into my Dyson vacuum, but it wasn’t enough. There was combat between the Todd, armed with chopsticks (they were the only weapons available, sue me) and the black widow. She was not going down easy. BTW: if you’re looking for non-toxic ways to discourage spiders from scampering into your basement as fast their eight legs can carry them, have a look here.


Your chance to rescue a woman – or family – in peril could be as simple as joining us at the Women of Worth annual gala. This amazing group rescues women – often in dire peril – and helps them into a rich and meaningful life. Part of their success is assigning mentors to each new client, who guides them and their family into a home, school, work and a new life. It’s utterly inspiring. If you’d like to learn more about their services, how you can help (perhaps as a mentor?) and more about the Gala, it’s all here.


Oh! This is so important – if you’re buying tickets to the fundraising gala, be sure to use TODDANDERIN at checkout for $10 off the ticket price. And the inspiring Kechi Okwuchi from “America’s Got Talent” will be performing, and there’s a VIP backstage meet and greet.

Naked Man With a Beer. A Cornfield. This Does Not End Well. 9.13.19

Naked Man With a Beer. A Cornfield. This Does Not End Well.

Today’s podcast brought to you in the form of a Listicle:


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1. How to shoot the gigantic Friday the 13th full moon with your cell phone! Really, who among us hasn’t tried to catch the beauty of that hugely bloated harvest moon and ended up with… a yellow circle in the night sky. Like everyone else’s. Fear not! A “space photographer” tells us how to get a brilliant image even with our humble iPhone.

  • Put your phone on a stand! Stabilize the shot and you’re golden.
  • Download one of the free “moon apps” that’ll tell you everything from when it’s rising to its exact position in the heavens and how to focus your phone.
  • Wear comfortable clothes because you’ll be tripping over things and falling into bushes and such trying to get the Perfect Shot.
  • Edit your photo into black and white. It makes all the moon’s features stand out crisply and sharply.


2. The Todd’s Tasty Chili recipe – who knew it would get so cold so fast?

BTW: In the mood for more comfort foods? Try our Baked Cheddar Broccoli Rice Cups here, or Todd’s Old-school Chicken Casserole here.


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3. You know any police report that starts with: “Man with no clothes attempted to evade officer by entering a cornfield,” is not going to end well. Since the Todd lived on a farm that boasted a huge cornfield, he’s going to tell you how that will work out.


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4. We can all agree that Prince Harry and his lovely American bride Meghan Markle are freaking adorable. And possibly even more so after hearing this story.


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French Fries DO Cause Blindness! Your Mother Was Right – 9.4.19

French Fries DO Cause Blindness! Your Mother Was Right. Actually, it was my dad that always threatened me that “You’re going to go blind from eating nothing but carbs!” It seemed like a totally random, threat, but apparently dad was on to something. Oh, my GOD! French fries DO cause blindness! There’s a scary case out of England where a teenager has gone blind existing only on french fries and three other things. We’ll explain.

Airbnb’s are great, especially if you just need somewhere to sleep- but there’s a woman renting out the back of her car… and she’s booked up for months. There are other interesting spots- an Airbnb’eris renting out his closet in New York City for $40 a night. He’s booked up, too!


Chocolate Villa has only a little to do with chocolate but a lot to do with supercharging your career- and the next retreat for women executives is this Sunday! Katie tells us what the retreat did for her.

BTW: find out more about the retreat- and Villa Consulting here.


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Yet another human-caused wildfire, this time in Tooele. This dovetails with the foothills above Layton and Bountiful requiring evacuation. does it feel like half the state’s on fire at this point?


We have THE ultimate way to get rid of fruit flies, and it is so intensely satisfying. Those disgusting little creatures that fly in your face, getting all over your produce and hovering like a malevolent cloud of ick? We bait them… draw them in… and WHAM! You’re going to love this method.


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Suing For A Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich – 9.3.19

Suing For A Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich. How much do you need a crispy chicken sandwich that you’re willing to sue for it? One chicken restaurant’s in court for running out of… chicken.

Utah’s emergency task force and search and rescue are sending out volunteers for Hurricane Dorian, and we’ve found the best commute ever. It involves a jet ski.

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Your Name & Personality Decoded – It’s Uncomfortably Accurate – 8.22.19

Your Name & Personality Decoded – It’s Uncomfortably Accurate. Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name on the Urban Dictionary? Go have a look. “A Todd will offer up the shirt on his back and the beer in his hand to the least amongst us if it makes him look good in front of attractive or powerful people.” Hah! “Erins are very creative and absolutely love food, they will eat your house out of food. I’m not exaggerating, I’m being serious.”


Plus, amazing school programs for at-risk kids, thanks to the genius minds at East High School here in Salt Lake City. When you have high school children living in cars, or even heads of the household since their parents are gone, how do you help them stay in school? This is the most inspirational thing you can imagine. BTW: for more information about the program, have a look here.


Remember when we told you about the “Bird and Butt” watching at the Bear River Bird Refuge here along the Wasatch Front? We’re not alone, here’s yet another weird arrest at a bird refuge. Prepare to laugh uncontrollably – this one beats any arrest they’ll make at our bird-watching heaven.

Bird (and Butt) Watching on the Great Salt Lake – 8.21.19

Bird (and Butt) Watching on the Great Salt Lake.

So it turns out the adorable bird refuge out by the Great Salt Lake is giving bird watchers an impressive (or not so impressive) close-up of the Great White Gluteus Maximus. Innocent bird-watchers out with a camera or a set of binoculars are getting an in-depth exposure to the Wild Kingdom. (Editor’s note: here’s where I am such a mother. All I can think is, “In front of those sweet little birds? Really, people?”)


Just how far are you willing to go on your low-carb diet? If you could actually lose weight, what are you willing to endure? The Todd faces the acid test on the podcast today. He just wanted a sandwich!

BTW: Looking for more tasty low-carb treats? Say hello to our adorable little pumpkin tarts with one gram of carbs, find it here.

Our roasted cauliflower with balsamic drizzle is the most glorious cruciferous you’ll ever put in that mouth of yours, and also splendidly low-carb. Find the recipe here.


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There’s a new report from the Tooth Fairy- just what is she shelling out these days for your kid’s bicuspid? And with the new “comfort animal” regulations on airlines, you’ll be stunned what you could be sitting next to on your upcoming flight. And we’re not just talking a little dog.

Maple-Bacon Pancake Bites – Breakfast in Your Hand! – 8.20.19

Maple-Bacon Pancake Bites – Breakfast in Your Hand! The perfect new breakfast for back to school- meet the Maple – Bacon Pancake Bites! These things are freaking delicious! Any breakfast item you can shove into your offspring’s grimy paw to eat on the way to the car is genius. The recipe is at the bottom of this post.


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Also today, what happens when you’re pretending to be a cop and you pull over a vanload of the real thing? Sorry, I just cackled when I told this story. Like, full-out witch cackle.


And Metallica. You know, the heavy metal band. Is there nothing they can’t do? We’ll explain their latest piece of Awesome. Who knew someone who could scream the song “Enter Sandman” loud enough to give me nightmares should really be nominated for sainthood?


Maple – Bacon Pancake Bites


3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/4 cup of butter, melted

1 tbsp white vinegar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups of milk


1/4 cup REAL maple syrup (it does make a huge difference)

1/2 cup cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

a pinch of salt


1 pound of bacon, crispy and chopped into small pieces



  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine the dry ingredients- flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in one bowl.
  3. In another bowl, combine the milk and vinegar, stir and let set for one minute. Then whisk in vanilla, eggs and butter.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Spray two muffin tins well, pour the batter in to about two-thirds full.
  6. Bake for 7-12 minutes until lightly brown on top.
  7. As the muffins are cooling, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar and maple syrup together in a small bowl, making sure to get rid of all the cream cheese lumps. You want a smooth, slightly thick texture.
  8. Take the now-cool muffin and dip the top into the frosting mixture to cover the top, then adding bacon garnish.



BTW: hungry for more? We have some spectacular chocolate recipes! Skillet S’mores here. White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Cookies here.

There’s a menace in our neighborhood. Watching, always watching… 8.13.19

We have… a dark presence in our neighborhood. There’s eyes watching, always watching. I finally caught the interlopers on camera, have a look. Could they be in YOUR neighborhood?

Plus! We have the scariest modern-day horror story that even the FBI can’t solve… a super-creepy tale of a family who paid 1.4 million for their new house… and never moved in. Prepare for chills.


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Imagine having to find a kidnapped newborn as your first assignment in the field as a rookie FBI agent. Then imagine having the young man you saved show up at your retirement ceremony from the Bureau. Are you ready to cry? This is the most beautiful Tell Me Something Good in a long time.



We’re a month away from the Chocolate Villa executive women’s retreat up in beautiful Heber Valley! Are you ready for a life-changing experience that’ll help you decide the important next steps in your life? I certainly am. Learn more about the coaching today on the show and when you’re ready to book the retreat, be sure to enter TODDANDERIN for 10% off. BTW: want to know more about the retreat and the amazing women who’ll be coaching us? Have a look here and here.


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Have you given any real thought to how you want to be buried? Like everything else, there’s a ridiculous (and we do not use that word loosely) array of options these days. Made into a diamond? Shot into space? Please. That’s for amateurs. We have so many more ideas for you.

The president of Brazil has the weirdest answer to climate change ever. Ever. Jair Bolsonaro is already under fire for allowing ranchers to destroy huge swaths of the precious rain forest, but his answer to criticism is, uh, unique, anyway. Have a listen, then shake your head in despair. Or laugh. Or plan a coup. Whatever.

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In Honor of National S’mores Day – Skillet S’mores! 8.9.19

In Honor of National S’mores Day – Skillet S’mores! Why bother with the pine sap and the campfire when you can broil these bad boys in the comfort of your own home? BTW: a cast iron pan is best and really, you don’t need more than a minute or two, just enough to make sure the marshmallows are all browned and pretty. The graham crackers stay crisp, the chocolate melts nicely, and voila! Skillet S’mores!

Also on the podcast today… We’ve all seen the gender reveal parties that are spiraling out of control, right? The woman who actually created these kinds of parties is begging people to STOP. We’ll explain.


The Skillet S’mores are just part of Chocolate Week here on the Daily Stream in honor of Chocolate Villa Executive, an amazing executive women’s retreat I’m attending in September the 8th through the 12th – and I want you to join me! If you’re looking for your “next,” what should be the next step in your career, in your life, this is where you need to be! Merrilee’s group has coached women executives all over the world, and here’s our chance to experience the excitement and motivation that other attendees have told me about. Interested? Find more info here, and use TODDANDERIN at checkout for 10% off.


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Also today, the terrifying trend towards “probiotic grooming,” which is a nice way of saying not bathing. The enthusiastic participants claim that after a few weeks of no soap, no shower, that their skin “adjusts” and the odor goes away. Um… this is a hard sell for me. Could you go without bathing? For how long before the smell of you even made you sick?

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Welcome to the Florida beach where the sharks are just DYING to eat – I mean, meet – you. – 8.6.19

Welcome to the Florida beach where the sharks are just DYING to eat – I mean, meet – you.

The Week of Chocolate

The wonderful women at the Chocolate Villa women’s executive retreat are offering up today’s luscious addition to the Week of Chocolate- a decadent chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and raspberry puree. Chocolate Villa is part of the Villa Leadership- an executive women’s retreat that transforms you – your career, your life, who and where you want to be. You can learn more here. (PS: you’ll get a 10% discount on the September retreat by adding TODDANDERIN at checkout.) BTW: did you miss yesterday’s epic white chocolate cookie recipe? Cranberries… macadamia nuts… the recipe’s here.


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Welcome to the Florida beach where the sharks are just DYING to eat – I mean, meet – you.

So, there’s a beach in Florida where the sharks are just waiting for you… mouth open… with big, sharp teeth. I’m not joking, – it’s bad enough that Florida’s had over 2/3 of the shark attacks over the last decade, but at this one beach, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll run into one. And yet… everyone’s still in the water. We’ll explain.



Who do you choose?

Well, surprise surprise… looks like those rumors of Jon Huntsman Jr. running for governer are true- he just resigned as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. The latest poll had him running neck and neck with Lt. Governor Spencer Cox on just a rumor that he might run. Does this impact your vote?

Aw, crap… no more French Silk Pie at 2am… all the Marie Callendar’s in Utah just closed as the company heads into bankruptcy.

We’ve got the most impossibly expensive place to live in Utah, why McDonald’s straws suck (hah! get it? HAH!) and a lovely Tell Me Something Good about a mom who bought out an entire Payless Shoe Store to make sure all the kids in her daughter’s school had new, comfortable shoes to wear.


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