WIAW: Domestic Alison

Guess who was able to abandon her long, black downy coat yesterday??

It was a balmy 60*F yesterday, which warranted rolling down the car windows and children riding their bikes outside in shorts and t-shirts. Honestly, I also think it was the gorgeous weather that kept me sane and so joyful during yesterday’s jam-packed day.

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve joined the WIAW party, but I’m thrilled to be linking up to Jenn‘s shenanigans today! Even though I’m quite fashionably late (I’m finishing this post during the last period of school).


I’ve made fun of my brother by calling him “Domestic Ben” in his new apartment, but with my mom on vacation, I’ve been pretty domestic myself. When there is no mother in the house, it seems like there are a thousand different things that need to be tended, scrubbed, and picked up that I didn’t usually worry about before. Example: filling up the Brita water jug. All of a sudden, it’s not a perpetual source of water anymore. Hm.

So here are my eats from Monday and Tuesday, along with tidbits of “Domestic Alison.” Props to stay at home mamas (and pops) who do all this plus a billion other things throughout the day! Note: I do these things when my mom is home too, but just not as much 😉


I’ve been dropping off my dad at the train station every morning, so I’ve been waking about 25 minutes earlier in order to fit in my favorite meal of the day.



Banana bread English muffin with almond butter and sunflower seed butter + Greek yogurt with bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia



Overnight oats in an almond butter jar! This was perfect to take in the car since I was running late…

I wave goodbye to pops at the station and then head to school a little earlier than usual (which means a spot in the senior parking lot!).


Brain food:

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‘Chios in business calc. I just made up ‘chios, so don’t say that in public.

Lunch has been chicken, cheese, spinach, and spicy mustard sandwiches on really delicious bread, but I keep forgetting to snap a photo. I’m sure you can imagine what that looks like though. Oh, and mom actually made these sandwiches before leaving for Florida. She spoils me even when she’s far away.


Coming home from school, there is an unusually high pile of dishes both in the drying rack and in the sink, so I’ve been {domestically} taking care of those in the afternoon.



Greek yogurt (duh) with banana and pepita sunseed butter post-workout


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Broccoli + crackers with carrots



I got my {domestic} baking on with some banana applesauce oatmeal muffins (this recipe). My dad loves muffins for breakfast since they’re quick and he can eat them with almond butter (his fave). And I love them for Greek yogurt bowls!

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Of course I had to sample of half of one with some sunflower seed butter. The applesauce brings in the most amazing addition of flavor to these muffins!

This Tuesday snack fueled me through some homework and then a fun ballet class.

I was planning on going to Trader Joe’s right after ballet and right before picking up my dad from the train station, but the time frame was a tight squeeze, so I skipped TJ’s and went home to marinate some salmon instead. Who can only spend 15 minutes in there anyway?


Monday‘s dinner was a throw-together of leftovers:


Avocado toast + spinach/kale salad with brussels, feta, grilled chicken, and balsamic

Then at 10:30 PM, I decided to grill up some chicken (seasoned with curry powder, sea salt, and pepper) to make dinners a little easier for the rest of the week. I was also FaceTiming with my mom while grilling, which kept me company. I seem to do all of my cooking by myself like a loner.


Sliced two chicken breasts into 1 inch slices, put on lots of curry powder, sea salt, and pepper. Cooked on a skillet.

Tuesday‘s dinner was a new salmon recipe that I made up on the spot in the 10 minutes I had before picking up pop.


Quinoa/rice blend, brussels, maple-mustard salmon

For the salmon (2 filets): about 3 tbsp. spicy brown mustard, 1 tbsp. maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Bake in oven for 9-12 min. at 400F.

I decided to try some new flavors with the salmon since we usually have teriyaki or some other garlic seasoning. I literally squeezed a bunch of condiments on there, rubbed it on with my hands, and threw it in the oven. I desire to be a rustic chef.


Monday AND Tuesday


Dried figs and Greek yogurt.

AKA my best friends.

Other things on my “domestic Alison” list: laundry, bathroom cleaning, Trader Joe’s, and taco making.

Happy Wednesday!

So tell me:

Do you like domestic duties? I actually love running chores and errands! Or maybe I just like anything that’s not homework.

What have you been eating lately?


31 thoughts on “WIAW: Domestic Alison

  1. haha your posts always make me laugh! love all the eats, those muffins look soooo good. one day you’re going to have to make me a batch of muffins 😉

  2. I love all things domestic too!! Honestly forget college, I just want to get married and have a big ole family to take care of!!
    Those muffins looks so good! Going topit them on my “must make list” 🙂
    Have a great Wednesday Martha!…I mean Alison!😉 jk lol😘💗

  3. Is it totally absurd that I checked your page twice because I was really excited to see what you’ve been noshing on lately? I digress. Random- but what camera are you using for your “in the moment” foodie pics? I only whip out my Canon DSLR on the weekends, but if your using a phone for that quality, I am going to get insanely jealous. I have the iPhone 5, but my quality still isn’t that nice.

    I’ve been eating a lot eggs over easy with avocado, cheese, and a side of kabocha lately. This is basically my dinner with a ton of roasted veggies for a side dish. I am going on 4 nights in a row 😯 Creature of habit…haha

    • ♥ that just makes you amazing.
      I use the family camera— a Nikon D3100— at home. For anywhere else, I actually use my iPhone 4s, and my mom always lets me know how much better her iPhone 5s quality is than mine, haha. I also use the “chrome” filter if that helps!
      I think I would be able to live off of that same dinner. It’s got the essentials 😉

  4. After in the fall I moved from parents, I completely understood that such household chores. There are so many things which сегда seemed to me… Simply existing. Though it was cheerful at first, now it became a little pressing 😉

  5. I actually don’t mind housework, as long as we’re not talking bathrooms and vacuuming — those things I despise. Cleaning the kitchen is probably my favourite, which may have something to do with the fact that I’m in there all.the.time. Also… how are you able to cook at 1030 PM?!? I can barely keep my eyes open past 930 — I’d never trust myself around knives or flame that late.

    • Bathrooms give me the heebie jeebies, but cleaning makes me feel so much better…afterwards.
      It was a long day, but at least I don’t have to worry about cooking the chicken tonight! I definitely took the slicing realllllly slow. 😉 And since salmonella scares the heck out of me, I spent a good amount of time scrubbing my hands too.

  6. Oh my goshhhh I want all of your eats! Well, except the chicken since I can’t eat meat right now…. But it still sounds yummy. I bought those english muffins! SO good!!

  7. Goodness gracious so much good food! Also, “‘chios”? Hahaha so brilliant and awkward at the same time I love it. That salmon looks perfect and thanks for linking the muffin recipe. I’ve been looking for healthier comfort food recipes lately since spring is coming and I definitely need to stop with all the heavy food.

  8. Ohemgeee Domestic Alison you run the fort so well! I feel the exact same way regarding the house when Mum goes away..and if its my Dad, then the business :-p .
    Only I don’t end up doing any cooking!..I’m incapable of working with raw meat. Those muffins sound perfect, and we all know its compulsory to sample your baking efforts 🙂

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