Happy 4th of July!!

4 Jul

It’s a great day today! It’s half way through the week, it’s a celebration of our country’s independence, and we get a day off work. What a combo!
Most of the firework displays got canceled around here because its too dry, but hopefully there is one near you that you can go see. I love fireworks! Enjoy the day with friends and family and be thankful to everyone that has protected and fought for days like this.


Monday Munchies: Recipes to Try

2 Jul

It’s Monday of a 4 day week because of the holiday. Yeah!! Since I’ve been kinda busy I haven’t cooked much lately, but here are a couple ideas that I’d like to try out that I found on Pinterest:

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Ice Cream by Chocolate Covered Katie

Baked Pesto Chicken from Kalyn’s KitchenPinned Image

Creamy White Chicken and Artichoke Lasagna from Tasty Tidbits

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala from Meal Planning 101

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Hopefully this week I’ll be able to cook some good stuff to share next week.

Have a great day!


Heat Wave!

1 Jul

It’s the 4th day in a row of over 100 degree heat. The pup and I got up around 7:30 yesterday to go running, and it was still crazy warm. After we ran I let him swim a little bit in the creek at the park; that was pretty funny. Looks like its going to be over 100 for the next week too…. Yuck. Hopefully everyone else baking in this heat is keeping cool. Here are a couple of ideas to keep you cool:

  1. Visit a museum
  2. Go bowling
  3. Go see a movie
  4. Go shopping (yeah like I need to encourage some of you to do that!)
  5. Visit an indoor ice skating or roller skating rink
  6. Go play bingo
  7. Visit the library
  8. Take a class at a local community college (I took a pottery class at nigh and it was great!)
  9. Visit a pottery store (one of those ones that you paint the pieces that are already made and they fire for you. Some of them you can have a little party; bring food, wine, etc. I did that with some friends for our little monthly party and it was a really good time.)
  10. Go to a casino

These were just a couple quick ideas I had. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Update and Inspiration:Knock Off Decor

27 Jun

Hi everyone!!
Yes I am alive! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks; switched jobs (so during the transition I’m 50% one team 50% another team= twice the work for me… Yikes) and then being in Florida for a week with my girls for volleyball. They ended up getting 52nd out of 131 so really not too shabby!! Since my nightly commitments will drop down to 1 night a week and weekends will be a little more free, I promise I will be a better blogger!!!

Anyway… I wanted to confess something to you all that I’ve been holding out on you all. I found another blog and I havent shared yet. Its been on my list of things to share, but I just havent. I stumbled upon this gem a couple of weeks ago, subscribed to follow, and love the posts every day: called Knock Off Decor by a blogger named Beckie. ( www.knockoffdecor.com)

The site is actually pretty clever: a blogger does a craft based on something they saw, then submits their post to share to the world. Mark my words, I will have something on here one day! That’s my goal. (Just a click of a little button and I too can share my crafts… love it!)

Check it out tho for sure. The posts are even sorted based on where the inspiration came from so its easy to search in the archives or right at the top bar.

Enjoy browsing and getting inspired! Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back to full speed ahead next week. Later!

Florida Vacation

20 Jun

Well I had every intention of posting something on Monday and Wednesday, but I just ran out of time. I headed out to Florida for a national volleyball tournament. We did pretty good today;2-1. We have to get back to it tomorrow. Today we went to the outlet mall when we got done because it was raining, but yesterday we did this:


Just relaxed for w little bit at the pool with a beach. So relaxing. 🙂 I’ll try to write Friday, but I make no promises. Since this is finally the end of our season, I will begin writing quite a bit more, so get ready for it! Enjoy your week!

Happy Fathers Day!

17 Jun

Because both my dad and the hubby are out of town today I had to do something from afar to make them both know they were loved. So I sent them this:


Goose is such a good pup and grandpup 🙂 I hope everyone takes a minute to say thanks for all the wonderful things your dad has done for you. Enjoy the remaining hours of your weekend!

DIY Magnetic Board

15 Jun

It’s Friday! Yeah!! So last weekend I decided that I needed wanted something on my wall in my Craft Room to hold my fabric and paint swatches and whatnot and I saw this clever little idea: to turn a baking sheet, covered it with fabric, and call it a magnetic board. Genius!

So here’s my quick 5 minute craft for you for the weekend:

Supplies: baking sheet, around 1/4 yard of fabric, spray adhesive, nail and hammer, some ribbon

Steps: Use a large nail and hammer to punch hole in the top of the sheet where you’ll hang.

Cut the fabric to fit the back of the baking sheet, spray lightly with spray adhesive (outside b/c it’s pretty stinky), lay fabric over sprayed surface. Wrap the fabric around the other side (this was a little hard b/c I bought a baking sheet with an edge… it was all the $1 store had so I went with it). Use scissors or something sharp to pull thru the previously punched hole.

And here ya go!

Well I like it and think it’s pretty cute. Try it out yourself! Have a great weekend!

Monday Munchies: S’more Cupcakes

11 Jun

Happy Monday!

So last week I posted here about my cousin’s shower and the fabulous desserts that my mother and I made. Can’t take full credit for these as I got the idea, she baked them, and I decorated them. It was a real team effort 🙂

Now, I did this 2 ways; the ones my mom did turned out a little better than me b/c of the topping, but my cakes were a bit better b/c they didn’t collapse in like my mom’s did (it’s because she added marshmallows to the inside when she was baking them and I went for the solid chocolate mix).

Version 1:

First, grind graham crackers and combine with a little melted butter to create the crust of the cupcake. I used a shot glass to really  pack it in there. Then I just a regular Devils’ food cake mix box and baked pre instructions on box. Now, the icing was a HUGE pain in the butt to be honest. First I tried just melting marshmallows with some butter on the stove like how you make rice crispies. Fail. It got EVERYWHERE and was sooo messy and sticky. Then I just got annoyed and clumped 5 or so mini marshmallows on top and “glued” them together with some of the melted ‘shmellows, sprinkled with graham crackers. They tasted good, but we wanted to change it up a little bit.

 Version 2:

Version #2

Version #3

 This version was basically the same as above with the crust and the mix, except after you put the batter in the tins, drop a couple of marshmallows in and cook. While I really liked how they turned out, it did make the cupcakes cave in on themselves though. I had to stuff regular marshmallows in there to fill the hole so I could ice it. The icing in this version was the Marshmallow Fluff and regular icing mixed. Then they were topped with graham crumbles, a little piece of Hershey bar, and the little marshmallows that are from the hot coco. Very pretty if you ask me!

 If I had one of those soufle torches I would have browned the tops just a little bit…. but since I don’t… I didn’t.Enjoy!!

Party Time! Country Chic Engagement Party

6 Jun

Happy Wednesday! I’ve got a TON of fun projects going on right now (typical) so I’m hoping to use this weekend to get some of them knocked out so I can post!

Anyway, last weekend I hosted, with my mom (and dad), a shower for my cousin that recently got engaged. Typically when our family throws showers it’s a female only, 12-2, chicken salad thing. My cousin is a free spirit and does things by her own book , so I thought up a new idea for our family; engagement party/couples shower. I figured this would be a perfect way to have the family together to get to know her fiance a bit better since we’ve only met him once and to just hang out. So the kiddos stayed home and the big kids came over to my parents for a kind of upscale BBQ.

Here was the invite:

Something you may not know about me is that I love to design invites and announcements. I made this bad boy in PowerPoint believe it or not. I will for sure be posting more about my pretty numerous invites/announcements I’ve made. I got them printed on 100# cardstock at my work’s print shop (I paid out of my pocket of course) that does personal printing too. Printing them cost me a whopping $3.85!! Can’t beat it!

Here’s the menu that we served:

We decided to keep it BBQish since it was Memorial Day weekend and that’s a tradition, but we wanted to make it easier to eat. Plus we had 44 people and wouldn’t have had enough table seats anyway. We also had some fruit and cheese on another counter b/c we ran out of space (we massively over bought).

Food spread (the hot stuff was under the foil to stay warm when I took the pic.)

  • Pulled pork BBQ sliders
  • 2 types of humus – roasted garlic and roasted red pepper from here
  • Variety of raw veggies
  • Fruit (watermelon, strawberries, grapes, blue berries, raspberries, cantaloupe, honey dew melon)
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Cheese (mild cheddar, cheddar jack, and 1 other kind that I’m forgetting) and crackers
  • Potato wedges with Kicked Up Fry Sauce (1 tbs Sriracha sauce, 1 tbs lime juice, 1/2 cup mayo. Add some sour cream or something too b/c it’s like mayo with fire!) and sour cream and chives.

The Desserts (these are just a sneak peak, but I’ll give you the breakdowns soon so come back!):

Strawberry Lemonade, Chocolate S’more, and Pineapple Angel Food Cupcakes

  • Pineapple and angel food cupcake with cool whip frosting
  • Chocolate S’more Cupcake with marshmallow frosting
  • Strawberry Cupcake with Lemonade frosting

    Cupcake “tree” I got a couple of years ago at an antique mall really make the presentation I think 🙂

The Decor:

You can kind of see the lights on the railing, and the side table. (My big sis is in the yellow and I’m ducking behind her refilling the lemonade :))

  • Lots of black and white plaid (b/c it’s a country fabric but it’s black/white so it’s classy LOL)
  • We used some little white pails and put a variety of wild flowers in them
  • We also used old cans as our votive holders (since it was outside we needed to block the wind) and punched little holes in them and tied strips of fabric around them to give them a little “sas”.

So I tried to get pics of everything, but everyone showed up RIGHT on time so I kind of ran out of time. Anyway, not sure if you can see in this picture of my lovely family, but my mom and dad made these super cute little tables that hung onto the edge of the deck. Then my mom sewed little table cloths that custom fit the tables. Of course we put little lights up too which did make it really cute in the evening.

The Drinks:

Fixings for an Arnold Palmer and John Dailey

  • Ice tea
  • Lemonade
  • Citrus vodka
  • Beer- Bud, Bud light, Bud Select
  • Wine- variety of whites and rose
  • We put a recipe on the table for an Arnold Palmer (tea and lemonade) and a John Daily (the same but +vodka)
  • Fresh mint from my mom’s garden

So you may be wondering what the little comment at the bottom of the invite it? Well I’ve got a fun little gift I’m making for her (note… I said making not made… I just need more hours in the day) since her and her man live out in the big CA and the whole rest of the fam is here. Just want to give her a little bit of us to take with her :).

Anyway, it wasn’t super fancy but it was a really nice time to spend with the family. What other fun themes for showers are there? Please share because I literally host showers every month (doing one this weekend too) and I’m running out of ideas!

Have a good one!

Monday Munchies: Yakitori Shrimp with Veggies

4 Jun

Well my computer is messed up again… So frustrating. Sorry this is late! I also swear that I cook regular old food, but apparently most of what I cook is not from the US. Oh well…


This was really yummy and simple to do. I cooked this when the man was coaching, so I just made 1 portion. So here we go:
1.5 tbs soy sauce
1.5 tbs dry white wine
1 tbs white sugar
1 tsp flour
1 tsp teriyaki sauce for a little extra zing
Spoon of diced garlic
Varity of veggies
Whole grain rice
Lemon juice

Add olive oil to pan and begin to heat, then add diced garlic and sautee. Add veggies and begin to sautee. Add sauce (that you mix on the side) and keep cooking. Add shrimp and cover for a few mins. Enjoy!!