“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Revisited

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” revisited. There was a huge fuss over the old holiday tune “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” claiming it was a sinister homage to sexual harassment. Another group of radio stations is banning the song this year, but maybe the problem isn’t the song… it’s your point of view.


I still don’t think the Todd understands the concept of Elf on the Shelf, but if you read this, maybe you’ll agree that I don’t, either.


Also! Why glitter is killing the planet, revenge on the porch pirates and the sweetest adoption story of the decade. Seriously.

A Digital Tour of Todd’s Creepy Classifieds – 4.1.20

A Digital Tour of Todd’s Creepy Classifieds.

On today’s virtual tour of Todd’s Classifieds, we introduce you to a man who will either sell you the truck running boards, or you can have them free if you beat him in a game of cornhole. You know, with beanbags? Plus, power shags and uncomfortably accurate light fixtures.

The Filthy Truth the Classifieds Don’t Want You to Know! 2.19.20

It’s like one of those click-bait headlines on the news… “The filthy truth the classifieds don’t want you to know!” But really, there’s some enterprising souls who’ll try to sell anything. An. Ee. Thing. We’ve all gone through the classifieds, trying to find a couple of tires or maybe a cd collection. But the true horrors of classified ads, the seedy underbelly? There’s some really troubling stuff, a chunk of concrete, anyone? A mysterious bag of what we are pretty sure is just garbage? It gets worse.

BTW: ready for more classifieds weirdness?


Also, we’re losing our edge, people! Utah is not the “least sinful state” in the nation. What happened here? I’m very disappointed in all of us. What state is the most sinful? Yeah, I’m pretty sure you were correctly guessing Nevada, too.


The Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy. The Todd, as an Eagle Scout by the age of 14 (with palms!) this is a sad day. But their reason for filing may not be what you expected.


There’s all kinds of stories about people calling 911 for utterly ridiculous reasons. But what if:

  1. You’re a mom of 5, including an infant.
  2. Your breast milk has decided to dry up.
  3. It’s 2:30 am and your poor little guy is wailing.
  4. No one you know will answer their phone.

What happens next is beautiful.


The Broom Stands Alone – 2.12.20

The broom stands alone. So you’ve heard about the rumor that NASA claimed the axis of the earth is perfectly positioned so that here in North America, we’re balanced so well that a broom will stand on its own? That’s ridiculous. Right?


Imagine searching for your birth father, who your mother had met in Guatemala, you moved to Utah, you took a DNA test, and… this is the weirdest, most wonderful story of synchronicity ever.


So you’re on a cruise, enjoying the buffet, minding your own business and suddenly EVERY port on the planet decides you’re a risk for Coronavirus. The ship gets turned away from port after port, even though no one has actually tested positive for Coronavirus on the ship. One passenger from Utah is joking that she’s spending her time learning how to fold towels into little swans. A cruise ship staple, of course.



Rogue Astronomers. Wearing Chaps. – 2.5.20

Rogue Astronomers. Wearing Chaps. Or … what happens when the Fun Police start charging up to $65 for a permit to – gasp! – stargaze in a state park. What happens to these gentle amateur star enthusiasts?


On the menu today: the Todd’s over-baked pork ribs. Blasphemy, you say? You will never taste a more tender, non-greasy rib in your culinary existence.

Looking for more tasty pork ideas? May I recommend the Todd’s Roast Pork Leg with Apple Cider Glaze? It is spectacular.


Can you believe diabetic patients here in Utah can pay up to $1,000 A MONTH for their insulin? This is even having insurance, in many cases. The Utah Legislative session is looking at a bill to cap insulin costs like the bill that passed successfully in Colorado. If this passes, co-pays would be no more than $30 a month. Fingers crossed…


Who needs a glorious Nothing Bundt Cake bestowed upon them? Who do you want to nominate? We’re hand-delivering Nothing Bundt Cakes from April’s store in Sandy, Utah. Send your nomination to: or comment here. In the month of love, let’s show some in the form of cream cheese frosting.

We Taste-Test the Scary New Oreo Flavors – 1.24.20

We taste-test the scary new Oreo flavors.

 Oreo sent us a case of their new flavors, including one with so much frosting that biting through it was a challenge. We’ll tell you what’s disgusting and what was surprisingly tasty.


Taylor Swift kicked off the Sundance Film Festival last night with her documentary – we’ll turn you into an expert celebrity-spotter on the podcast today. Get that selfie stick ready!

Ready to learn all the celebrity secrets from our excitable ginger Skippy, the Sundance expert? Find them here.


Your massages melt men into mush, your cookies are so exquisite they have their own fan page, but if no one knows about them, your marketing plans for Valentine’s Day just fizzled away. There is help! Join the Shop Locally Utah movement and we’ll introduce you to 100,000 of our closest friends in the next three weeks. Discover how we’ll make you into a Local Legend here.


Imagine finding a glorious bundle of cash when you needed it most, just … sitting on the sidewalk in front of your place. That miraculous moment was happening all over a sleepy little town where poverty was crushing many of the families there. Was this drug money, as the police feared? Someone’s Fairy Godmother? Kindly strangers? You’ll love the twist ending in Tell Me Something Good.


Bring the Joy: Because Nothing Makes You Happier Than Nothing Bundt Cakes

Bring the Joy: Because Nothing Makes You Happier Than Nothing Bundt Cakes. Starting this new decade was trickier than I thought. 2020 opened up with lots of turmoil, and if you’ve got someone in your life who’s struggling, sometimes a small gesture of kindness can make all the difference.

(Image credit: Nothing Bundt Cakes/Sandy)

I’m thinking a glorious Nothing Bundt Cake from the Sandy, Utah store – draped with cream cheese frosting is a great start. So … maybe your cubicle buddy is having a hard time, your best friend, a neighbor. Send us their story – please include contact information, email, or a phone number, please – to We’ll be personally delivering a gorgeous cake to a new winner each week.

Look what a nice person you are!


BTW: Did you know you can stop by the Nothing Bundt Cakes Sandy store and mention that you know us, Todd and Erin, and they’ll give you a free Bundlet when you buy one? (I recognize this means you have to admit you – ugh – know us, but I think a free Bundlet is worth it.) You’ll find this shop of delights at 10389 South State Street in Sandy. Please say “Hi!” to April for us, won’t you?


Also on today’s podcast…

In every relationship, there is a spender and a saver. The Todd attempted to purchase a steel shipping container because “It had a cool robot in it,” along with 300 bottles of off-brand perfume, a wonky-looking construction generator, and sixteen rusty dutch overs. And that was just this week. Who’s the spender and who’s the saver in your household?

Plus! The incredible story of a woman in her thirties who agreed to foster six brothers “for the weekend,” and just last week got to adopt them all. It’s gorgeous and wonderful and you’re going to cry. Totally. But you’ll smile and be just a bit happier because of it.


Go for “Good Enough” this Holiday! – 12.17.19

Go for “Good Enough” this Holiday!  Everything doesn’t have to be perfect to make this a great holiday, Dr. Julie Hanks is here to teach us how to “shoot for the middle.”

BTW: did you miss Dr. Hanks’s excellent advice on raising a non-greedy kid during the holidays? Find that here.

Also, re-gifting, do you do it? We have a sort of heartwarming charity story that ends up being kind of… huh?

And fear not! You have time to decorate with the Todd’s Sixty Second Christmas Tree.

BTW: looking for more Christmas crafts? Here’s a guide for how many lights you actually need on that tree – at least to avoid the midnight run to Home Depot – and a wealth of possibilities if you’d like a tree, without having to actually drag a giant pine through your door, the No-tree Christmas tree decor.

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice & Todd Still Doesn’t Get Elf on the Shelf – 12.10.19

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice & Todd Still Doesn’t Get Elf on the Shelf.

Ever have one of those tasty culinary experiments that was so yummy you vowed to cook it every week for the rest of your life? We felt that way about the Todd’s New Orleans Red Beans & Rice. We’d just been to the Big Easy to hang out with my girlfriend Lynda for St. Patrick’s Day and we were missing it already. That was two years ago. He made it again today, and it’s just as tasty as I remembered.

New Orleans Red Beans & Rice


  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 pound Andouille sausage, sliced
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups long grain white rice

Now follow along with the Todd as he walks you through the directions. Easy peasy!

  1. Rinse beans, and then soak in a large pot of water overnight.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, bell pepper, garlic, and celery in olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Rinse beans, and transfer to a large pot with 6 cups water. Stir cooked vegetables into beans. Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, sage, parsley, and Cajun seasoning. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Stir sausage into beans, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice. In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice.

BTW: Looking for more cold weather hearty meals? Try Todd’s Tasty Home Style Chili, the recipe’s here. A spectacular-looking French Onion Soup recipe is here – who knew soup could be so dramatic?

Also! The Todd is still playing with those blasted elves every day, but I don’t think he’s getting the concept yet.


(screengrab courtesy of Bobby Lee)

We’d also like to introduce you to pigeons. Wearing little red cowboy hats. I’m not making this up.

I Don’t Think Todd Understands Elf on the Shelf – 12.6.19

I Don’t Think Todd Understands Elf on the Shelf.

Here’s the hostess gift no one else will think of: scented logs for the fireplace. Not cinnamon, it’s … think of your favorite greasy fast food. And they smell just like it.

How to cook a fresh pork leg for Christmas dinner – this is one of my favorite videos, shot during the lovely “Cooking with Todd and the Toddler” series. Sniff … she was so cute then. So tiny. So malleable.


BTW … Still trying to figure out how many lights you need for the Christmas Tree? Here’s our handy guide.

Don’t want a gigantic pine but you want some kind of a Christmas Tree? So many lovely DIY suggestions here.

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Life During Coronavirus – How Neighbors Keep Connected

Life during coronavirus doesn’t have a shape yet. There’s bits and pieces all jammed together in this “New Normal,” like, keeping six feet apart. Staying home. Homeschooling. Trying to work. Keeping isolated.

But instead of circling the wagons, my neighborhood started reaching out. The messages popped up on our neighborhood website like daffodils.

“I can go shopping for anyone who can’t leave the house.”

“Would anyone like me to walk their dogs?”

“My kids’ string trio would be happy to give you a sidewalk concert!”


Then, the sidewalk messages as we strolled past each other’s houses, with chalk left invitingly to add a note or two of our own.

Life during coronavirus – how neighbors keep connected.

  • Neighbors started getting creative – my girlie Laurie’s magnificent fairy garden is open year-round, which changes for the seasons and the holidays. She left a basket of unpainted birdhouses for the kiddos around the block, inviting them to take one home to decorate and bring back to “help the fairies create spring.”


  •  One family in my neighborhood is creeping in under the cover of darkness to replace battered old mailboxes for neighbors with beautiful, hand-painted masterpieces that force you to smile when you see them.


  • In certain ways, I’ve felt closer to my community during the social distancing orders than I did before, because everyone’s reaching out in beautiful ways to bring happiness. Like the Garden Walk, one neighbor’s effort to cheer up passers-by with a chance to go through her glorious path filled to bursting with blooms.


  • With an eye to the and FedEx trucks circling our neighborhood like a series of one-winged hawks, my neighbor put out a big cooler of drinks and snacks, inviting them to help themselves.

Here’s the tally after six weeks of quarantine:

  1. We know the names of every family within a 3 block radius. (For the first time after living here for three years.)
  2. I know the neighbors who need me to pick up an extra gallon of distilled water for their CPAP machines.
  3. We go scootering (at six feet apart) with the kiddo and mom up the street who are as crazed from staying indoors as we are.
  4. A basket of toilet paper showed up on our doorstep one morning with the note: “What’s the difference between a shower curtain and toilet paper? Oh, so YOU’RE the one!” They delivered these to twenty different houses. That’s a lot of toilet paper jokes.

When the Kim String Trio performed on our sidewalk, they played beautifully while cars and cyclists and passersby stood and cheered. And really, there was something about hearing these three play that made me smile more today than I have in the last month.

How is your neighborhood supporting each during Life in the Time of Corona?


Are you taking care of yourself during this new normal? Gentle ways to care for yourself during uncertain times.