Salted Nut Rolls

Ingredients 1 Yellow Cake Mix ¾ cup Butter, softened and divided 1 Egg 4 cups Mini Marshmallows 10 oz. Peanut Butter Chips 2/3 cup Light Corn Syrup 1 tsp. Vanilla 1 cup Crispy Rice Cereal 10 oz. Party Peanuts Steps Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15X10X1 jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Using a... Continue Reading →

Transitioning through Change

Just as I accepted my footing where I stand, the rug gets pulled out from under me. This change is a big one and has my mind attempting to take me to places I don’t want to go. Everything happens for a reason – this I know and believe. But that doesn’t lessen the pain... Continue Reading →

Pizza Bake

Ingredients 2 tsp. Olive Oil 20 oz. Italian Turkey Sausage 1 jar Pizza Sauce (15 oz.) 8 Cheese Wraps (parmesan or mozzarella) 2 cups Mozzarella, shredded 60 slices Turkey Pepperoni 2 tsp. Oregano, divided 2 Tbsp. Bacon Bits, optional Grated Parmesan, optional Steps Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare a 9X13 baking dish with non-stick cooking... Continue Reading →

Understanding Hunger

Are you hungry because it’s a scheduled mealtime? Or is your body really signaling for fuel? We are presented with endless opportunities to eat, but that doesn’t mean we are always hungry. Our bodies rely on food for fuel, so it’s important to provide them with the right type and quantity of food at the... Continue Reading →

Basic Black

Except there is nothing basic about it. Nothing boring either. In fact, choosing to wear an all-black outfit is considered a fashion-forward choice for anyone willing to make a statement. And the rumors are true. Black is slimming, classic, timeless, and matches everything. You can’t go wrong when electing to pair black with black. To... Continue Reading →

Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients For the Crust:     24 Nutter Butter Cookies (~2 cups crumbled)     (Graham Crackers, Chocolate Teddy Grahams, Oreos, or substitute with your favorite)1 Tbsp. Light Brown Sugar7 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, melted For the Filling: 8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature¾ cup Powdered Sugar plus 2 Tbsp., divided1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter (conventional)1 cup Heavy Whipping... Continue Reading →

Lil’ Piggies in a Blanket

Ingredients 2 tubes Crescent Dough2 packs Cocktail Sausages (28 oz.)1 Tbsp. Ketchup (Heinz of course)2 Tbsp. Mayo1 Tbsp. MustardPinch of Garlic PowderPinch of PepperEverything Bagel Seasoning (optional)2 Tbsp. Butter, melted (optional) Steps Preheat oven to 400°F.Roll out the Crescent Dough and slice the triangles two times to form smaller triangles.Spread the melted Butter onto the... Continue Reading →

Happiness Happens

Maybe they aren’t all bad…Maybe it all isn’t a myth…Maybe you can trust…Maybe a smile is all that’s needed…Maybe action does need taken at times…Maybe risks are worth it…Maybe there are a few good ones left…Maybe happiness does happen… Everyone kept telling me it would happen. They said once I could get brave enough to... Continue Reading →

Not A Mother

It used to burnEvery insult, every wordBut it helped me learnSelf-worth I had to earnSo I tried every nightTo sit with sorrowAnd eventually it set me free                              - Love Me More, Sam Smith                               Sam Smith - Love Me More (Official Video) - YouTube You tried to box me in – to make me fit your... Continue Reading →

Self-Discipline

“I think self-discipline is something, it’s like a muscle. The more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.”~ Daniel Goldstein Self-discipline takes internal motivation, commitment and a one-track mindset. Oftentimes, self-discipline is used interchangeable with willpower. It is the ability to control your thoughts, emotions, actions in the face of uncertainty. Self-discipline is what you... Continue Reading →

Say YES!

Say yes to life. Say yes to something new. Say yes to something different. Say yes to something that challenges you. Break your mold. Change your routine. Give something another try. Take a risk. These words of wisdom coming from the girl who lives and dies by her routine. Who is risk adverse and swears... Continue Reading →

Mexican Street Corn

Ingredients 36 oz. frozen Corn, thawed½ cup Mayonnaise½ cup Sour Cream1.5 tsp. Chili Powder½ tsp. Garlic Powder½ tsp. Salt¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper (optional)5 oz. Queso Fresco, grated or crumbled¼ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped Steps Preheat oven to 350°F.In a large bowl, mix the Corn, Mayonnaise, Sour Cream, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt Cayenne Powder, and... Continue Reading →

A Bucket List

What is a bucket list? A bucket list is a list of experiences and/or achievements one hopes to accomplish/complete before their time on earth expires. A to-do list before you “kick the bucket” per say. Everyone has a bucket list. Some create an actual list, post it on the fridge and as the years go... Continue Reading →

Self-Love

Everyone says you must have it and practice it daily, but no one ever explains what it is. Self-love is a concept that everyone is reaching for it, but without understanding what it is, their efforts are no different than grasping onto air. For others, it’s a concept that is often misunderstood and confusing. But... Continue Reading →

Live Backwards

If only we could live our lives backwards. We’d be prepared for the unknowns. We’d be smart enough to have all the answers. We’d always know which turn would lead us to exactly where we want to be. We’d know when not to leave. And we’d know when to love a little harder, hug a... Continue Reading →

Just a Day

There are some days observed on the calendar I kind of wish didn’t exist. And others in my opinion, have no purpose. Why do we rely on the calendar to tell us when to celebrate food, friends, animals, or loved ones? And why does everything have to be “a day?” Let’s allow a day to... Continue Reading →

Everything has Purpose

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”~... Continue Reading →

Time & Space

Time – the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. Space – a continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied. Respect – due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. Take it easy on me. I’m trying. I’ve cried... Continue Reading →

A Letter for My Girl

Dear Charlie, We had 16.5 amazing years together! And I am incredibly grateful for each day that made up each one of those years, but I am selfish, and I wanted more. This wasn’t supposed to happen. You were supposed to live forever. I never thought about how it would feel when you were gone... Continue Reading →

Gut Feelings

Follow your Gut. Oftentimes overlooked guidance, not fully understood, viewed as a cliché, and many times misused, this statement when fully realized is the only direction one will never need. If you follow what your gut is telling you, you will never again have to ask the question, what should I do or seek advice... Continue Reading →

No Fear

I live with fear every day. Fear of change – Fear of rejection – Fear of loss – Fear of judgement – Fear of inadequacy – Fear of failure – Fear of the unknown - and the list could continue. Fear does not feel “good.” Feelings of fear are often associated with unpleasant or strong... Continue Reading →

Tater Tot Casserole

Ingredients 1 lb. Ground Breakfast Sausage2-4 cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded (I used 4 cups because I like it cheesy 😉)2 cups Milk4 Eggs2 lbs. Tater Tots, frozen Steps Preheat oven to 350°F.Using a preheated skillet, brown the Sausage until cooked fully and drain.Spread the cooked Sausage evenly in the bottom of a 9X13 casserole dish.Spread... Continue Reading →

Half-Ass

Me – How was your workout?Him – Ummm…half-ass.Me – You should never half-ass anything.Him – You’re right. Full-ass everything!Me – Exactly!His words – not mine! I am sure there was more to his response (because there always is 😉), he knew not giving his all in the gym that day was not beneficial to his... Continue Reading →

Believe

“The Universe is always speaking to us, sending little messages, causing coincidences, serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, in something more.”   ~ Nancy Thayer I think back to how and when it all began. You observed from a distance, but you were so close. You didn’t even know... Continue Reading →

Lemon Loaf

Ingredients• 2 cups Flour• 1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder• ¾ tsp. Salt• ¼ tsp. Baking Soda• 1 cup Sugar• ¾ cup Milk (type of your choice)• ½ cup Yogurt, plain• ¼ cup Vegetable Oil• ¼ cup Lemon Juice• Zest of 1 large or 2 small Lemons• 1 tsp. Vanilla• ½ cup Powdered Sugar (optional)• 1-2... Continue Reading →

Smitten

It’s been a minute since I’ve felt this way. But I like it. I kind of feel like a schoolgirl with a secret crush. O no - what is happening here? It seems someone has caught my attention. Excuse me, Mr. Tall & Handsome. Yes, you! You must be new around here. For I am... Continue Reading →

A Candy Crush

“Sometimes I think that the one thing I love most about being an adult is the right to buy candy whenever I want.”     ~Ryan GoslingI’m like a toddler in a candy store. Eyes wide and wanting it all. It’s such a tease to come this far and only get a taste. Temptation is at its... Continue Reading →

Pause.

Life - Like a river - keeps flowing. And if you aren’t aware, you can get caught up in the current. And before you know it, may even get swept away. Life will not stop for you so why do you stop? Don’t Stop! Instead, pause. Take a deep breath, look around, open your eyes,... Continue Reading →

Pistachio Bread

Ingredients 1 box Yellow Cake Mix2 – 3.4 oz. boxes Pistachio Instant Pudding Mix4 Eggs¼ cup Vegetable Oil1/8 cup Water1 cup Sour CreamCinnamon/Sugar Mixture (1 tsp. Cinnamon & 2 Tbsp. Sugar)2 cups Powdered Sugar2 Tbsps. Butter, melted1 tsp. Almond Extract1 tsp. VanillaMilk (as needed)Handful of Pistachios, chopped Steps Preheat oven to 350°F.Using a mixer, blend... Continue Reading →

What to Pack for a Weekend at the Beach

Recently, I packed a suitcase for a weekend getaway in the sun and sand. It was the perfect winter escape! I traded gray skies for blue skies and was able to get some real vitamin D while feeling the warmth of the sunshine on my skin. Nothing more I could ask for – a weekend... Continue Reading →

To be Aquarius

Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac and belongs to the air element. It is ruled Uranus; the planet known for governing innovation, technology, and surprising events. Aquarius is the zodiac sign given to those born during the period of about January 20th to about February 18th.  It is represented by a man pouring a stream... Continue Reading →

The Men among The boys

Do you ever wonder how it would look if you could line them all up and go one-by-one? It would be your chance to have the last say. You could finally say all those words you’ve rehearsed and release all those buried emotions. And for the lessons you’ve learned and the love they gave, say... Continue Reading →

Gym Etiquette 101

This time of year brings all types to the gym. And while it is commendable everyone is so motivated to get into shape, I question if they are there for the reasons one joins a gym. Since January 1st, I have seen some of the most inappropriate, disturbing, distracting, unsafe, and rude activity occurring around... Continue Reading →

The Strong Friend

She’s got this! She’ll get through it! She handles everything! Why would this be different from anything else? Except maybe it is. Maybe she really doesn’t have this. This might be the thing that breaks her. This might be her final straw. This could be the time she really does need to know others are... Continue Reading →

Find Fitness

Winter is rough. The days are dark, the temperatures brutal and most of our time is spent indoors. We spend our days warm and cozy inside, we eat comfort foods more frequently, and we tend to drive more and walk less. We long for the warmer months ahead. It’s easy to dread the over packed... Continue Reading →

Love Me NOW

Don’t ask my favorite flower so you know what to lay in my casket. Don’t ask my favorite song so it can be played on repeat during my funeral. Don’t stand over my lifeless body with tears streaming regretting you didn’t show emotion when I was lying next to you. Don’t keep telling me “not... Continue Reading →

Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. The time when everyone makes an annual promise to themselves. This promise is known as a New Year’s resolution. According to Wikipedia, a New Year’s resolution is a tradition, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or... Continue Reading →

Nothing to Say…

Speechless – Not an adjective frequently used to describe me. I’m the girl with a lot on her mind and always have a lot to say. But recently not so much. Is it because I’ve reached the balanced state, I’ve so long desired? Because for the most part, lately I am content with everything life... Continue Reading →

Brownie Batter Dip

Ingredients 8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature8 oz. Cool Whip2 tbsp. Whole Milk1 box (~18 oz.) Brownie Mix1 cup Mini Chocolate Chips, dividedYour favorite Dippers (Strawberries, Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, Vanilla Wafers, Pretzels, etc.) Steps Using a mixer, beat the Cream Cheese until smooth.Mix in the Cool Whip and blend until smooth.Add in the Milk and... Continue Reading →

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