Author: Shannon Vavich

STOP NONCONSENSUAL PELVIC EXAMS UNDER ANESTHESIA:  What Happened to Me Two Years Ago That Never Should Have Happened

STOP NONCONSENSUAL PELVIC EXAMS UNDER ANESTHESIA: What Happened to Me Two Years Ago That Never Should Have Happened

I believe I was given a nonconsensual pelvic exam during a routine appendectomy two years ago.  I woke up with lubricant in me, the amount only found after pelvic exam.  I immediately knew something had happened that I had not consented to.  I started asking […]

Episode 19 – How to Prepare Your Family (and Yourself) for Cold and Flu Season

Episode 19 – How to Prepare Your Family (and Yourself) for Cold and Flu Season

In Episode 19 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast I give you PLATINUM STANDARD tips to go into cold and flu season with all the supplies you need, and more importantly, the mindset you need to get through it and become stronger. Based on over twenty […]

Satellite Recipe: Shredded Chicken with Black Beans, Rice and Roasted Red Peppers

Satellite Recipe: Shredded Chicken with Black Beans, Rice and Roasted Red Peppers

This is a “satellite recipe” to accompany The Best Crockpot Shredded Chicken . The Best Crockpot Shredded Chicken Recipe cooks all day in the crock pot. You can eat it in several ways once it’s done. If you have a large family like mine, you’ll […]

Episode 18: “Unassing Yourself”, Family Leadership, Master Recipes and More

Episode 18: “Unassing Yourself”, Family Leadership, Master Recipes and More

In Episode 18 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, I talk about personal accountably and LEADERSHIP, how to start being a great leader in your own home (it does not require you to threaten or set ultimatums), and how to humbly ask yourself if there is […]

Episode 17 –  Bacon Chicken Podcast Cookalong Recipe

Episode 17 – Bacon Chicken Podcast Cookalong Recipe

A great dinner. Prep time: 30 minutes. Start to finish 1 hour 5 minutes. Serve with steamed rice. Ingredients: 3-5 LBS chicken of your choice (breast, hind quarters or whole cut-up chicken), 1 lb bacon, 2-3 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoons pepper, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, […]

Episode 16 – How Radical Honesty Helped Me Cope with My PCS to Germany

Episode 16 – How Radical Honesty Helped Me Cope with My PCS to Germany

In Episode 16 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast I give you an update on how my transition to Germany went and how practicing “radical honesty” was my key to coming through a very stressful time. I talk about why you don’t need to be at […]

The Best Crockpot Shredded Chicken

The Best Crockpot Shredded Chicken

One of my “secret weapons” all these years has been my coveted collection of “master recipes”. A master recipe is one singular recipe that serves as the starter or inspiration for many other recipes. In my opinion, a master recipe needs to be a no-brainer. […]

BACON CHICKEN

BACON CHICKEN

I can’t tell you how good it feels to press the “create new post” on my WordPress dashboard. I feel like crying from relief. Especially since this is an ACTUAL RECIPE, instead of another post of how life has beat the crap out of me […]

Episode 15 – How to Care for Yourself During a Military Move

Episode 15 – How to Care for Yourself During a Military Move

In Episode 15 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, I give my by best tips on how to care for YOURSELF during a grueling military move. Drawing on 23 years as a Marine Corps Spouse, 3 overseas moves and 14 moves in total, I give you […]

Ginger – Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Scenes from Kentucky and Felix Mendelssohn

Ginger – Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Scenes from Kentucky and Felix Mendelssohn

Most days, I wake up not knowing what I’ll cook. Most days, I find inspiration in the market as I meander around. I always have a list of “necessaries”. Today I had to pick up dish soap, and tea, and a pair of size 11 […]

The Art of The Fruit Salad, Bone-Crushed Tired, and Self-Care

The Art of The Fruit Salad, Bone-Crushed Tired, and Self-Care

I’ve been so tired lately. I’ve been bone tired. Bone crushingly tired. Guts-smashed tired. I’ve been the tired-est of my tired. Rock bottom tired. Yes, I had the flu. But it’s more than that. It’s years and years of work, and raising a family, and […]

“Marginally Unremarkable” Bourbon Ham, Kitchen Grief, Self-Compassion and Hope Springs

“Marginally Unremarkable” Bourbon Ham, Kitchen Grief, Self-Compassion and Hope Springs

Truth be told, bourbon makes me want to wretch. Don’t tell anyone in Kentucky that I just said that. However, it’s not too shabby baked in a cake or poured over a ham. It’s hard to f up a ham. It really is. A cured […]

Pommes Anna – A Simple French Dish, Paired with Madrigals (Medieval Song) for Your Cooking Pleasure

Pommes Anna – A Simple French Dish, Paired with Madrigals (Medieval Song) for Your Cooking Pleasure

It was peaceful in my kitchen today. The air is fresh in Kentucky, and the landscape gets greener and greener as the days go by. My routine is simple – get the kids to school, swim my mile, shop, and cook. I think I’ll keep […]

Pucker Up!  Sticky Lemon Chicken, Vivaldi, Dark Nights of The Soul, and more Tales From my Busy Kitchen Today

Pucker Up! Sticky Lemon Chicken, Vivaldi, Dark Nights of The Soul, and more Tales From my Busy Kitchen Today

I didn’t know today was the first day of spring until Rosie’s preschool teacher mentioned it to me this afternoon. I had already decided to tell you about the significance of lemons in the rhythms of my cooking, and breathing, and existing – and that […]

Homemade Tortillas (from a mix) and More From My Kitchen Today, Existential Crises Notwithstanding

Homemade Tortillas (from a mix) and More From My Kitchen Today, Existential Crises Notwithstanding

I’m not one to regret much. I’ve been making sound decisions for myself for a long time now. And I wish I had the ability to describe in words how much angst I’ve produced over this blog, and my work, and my approach. It’s not […]

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – and the “Fatigue Flu” that follows a life-altering crisis.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – and the “Fatigue Flu” that follows a life-altering crisis.

Yesterday I made a full Sunday dinner for the first time since Hurricane Florence.  I’ve been inching my way through this year in Kentucky, slowly building on my “operations”.  First the basics (kids to school, laundry, simple dinners), then more (swimming my mile, buying new […]

Episode 14 – No Shortcuts!  How to Predator-Proof Your Family

Episode 14 – No Shortcuts! How to Predator-Proof Your Family

In Episode 14 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, I talk about how I strive to be a TRUSTWORTHY and RELIABLE leader in my family. Why? Because only by being trustworthy and reliable, can we talk openly with our children about sexual abuse. As Oprah Winfrey […]

Oreo Buttercream

Oreo Buttercream

I’m so glad to be photographing my foods again. It’s been way too long. I love the whole process. Luckily, it all came back to me without a hitch, and Little Rosie was there to help! This Oreo Buttercream is delicious. I make it for […]

Episode 13 – How to Cultivate a Family Culture of Communication, Respect and Boundaries.  Servant Leadership and Why Your Kids Deserve It.

Episode 13 – How to Cultivate a Family Culture of Communication, Respect and Boundaries. Servant Leadership and Why Your Kids Deserve It.

In Episode 13 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, I talk candidly about the challenges my family has faced in the midst of our military lifestyle, and my tips for overcoming upset, loneliness, resentment, and frustration. I talk pointedly about how it’s up to us military […]

Episode 12:  Meal Planning for Your Greater Mission

Episode 12: Meal Planning for Your Greater Mission

In Episode 12 of The Flying Kitchen Podcast, we talk MEAL PLANNING. I answer listener questions and reveal my four-part method of meal planning: Planning, Pacing, Execution and Attitude. I explain how I cooked for my family when all my children were little and what […]