Aww, the wonderful world of selfies! Don’t you just love em’?? There’s the.. I look so hot in this pic selfie, and thanks to social media, I can totally post it without being mistaken for being conceded and get a gazillion likes! There’s the.. deep in thought selfie, the I look thin selfie, I love this outfit selfie, the bikini selfie.. And the “I just need a pick me up” selfie (this is where we use our poor children as props in the pic) because we need a little ego boost or a little FB admiration, but we don’t want to look like, we’re looking for it.  Btw, children are excellent excuses to take selfies.

You know what I mean, you’re looking hot in your bikini so you grab your kid or your nephew, you snap 32 pics just to get the right one.  Meanwhile little junior’s no longer sitting still and you’re like, one more kid! Ugh! You finally score a next to perfect pic, you put it through the instagram ringer and it’s finally ready to be uploaded to FB with a caption that reads.. “Mikey’s first day at the beach.. “ A 103 likes later and you’re feeling awesome!

Let’s face it, there are sooo many selfies, someone had to create a “stick” to accommodate all of them! And we’re all guilty of them, don’t try to hide it.  You know you have a “signature selfie” like the rest of us! Pretty soon the’ll have a selfie anonymous! I can see it now, “it’s been 8 weeks since I took my last selfie.. “ Haha!

Ok, well I’ll start, my signature selfie is the “perfectly neat” selfie! If I’m perfectly put together and my hair is straight, the way I like it and not in it’s usual “big wavy mess mode,” I’ll take a selfie and post it because I secretly want everyone to think I look this way every day.  When in reality, I’m usually hunched over my computer in a flannel and pajama pants with coconut oil in my big hair and the last phrase you would use to describe me, is “put together!”

But I’ll be the first to admit, I love a good selfie! I once took a pic of myself in the bathroom mirror because my arm looked really toned and thin.. dying to post it, all I needed was a caption and as luck would have it, I was wearing my glasses, so you know what I did next?? I uploaded it with a post that read, “my first selfie ever with glasses and probably the last!” That’s right peeps.. I got that toned arm out there for the world to see! And check it out peeps.. hair is perfectly straight! ?

Anyway, I think we should have a national selfie day.. we’ve got, TBT, HUMP DAY, FBF, we need a selfie day.. any ideas?? Maybe SS (Selfie Sunday).. ?? Help me out peeps! I’m serious about this! And maybe next week, we should talk about TBT.. don’t you just love posting pics from back in the day?? They’re like the baby boomer’s version of the selfie!  Look at me 30 years ago.. I was HOT! Haha! And then there’s the TBT you upload on an off day and don’t hashtag it because you want everyone to think it was taken yesterday. ?

Yeah, well.. I had to stop doing this because my Aunt Marietta always comments with.. “when was this taken??” which totally ruins it!!! ?

Ok, enough about that peeps.. let’s eat!!!


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Serving Size: 8

Manhattan Clam Chowder


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 celery stalks plus, a handful of chopped celery leaves
  • 1 russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 dried chilis, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaves (remove once cooking is complete)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 46 ounces clam juice
  • 5 cups of clams
  • 28 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes, quartered


  • In a large pot or dutch oven, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat. Add the celery, potato, and carrots, and cook them for about 8 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add all the seasonings. Then, stir in the tomato paste and cook for another minute. Pour in the clam juice and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Then, stir in the tomatoes, clams, and simmer for 25 minutes before serving.

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