{Mint Fudge Brownie Parfaits)

Cooking / Food and Drink / Holidays / Parties

Did y'all have a great weekend? Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

We had a pretty low key Saturday. I spent the morning at a St. Patrick's Day Zumba Party, which was awesome!

Great workout!

We were invited to dinner with some friends for Corned Beef & Cabbage (soooo good!), my assignment was to bring dessert.

I wanted to do something fun and creative, but didn't know what to do. I had some jelly jars in my party, left over from a strawberry shortcake dessert I did last fall for a tailgating party.

Why not use those?

I surfed the net and came up with THESE Mint Fudge Brownie Parfaits, from Kristan @ Confessions of a Cook Book Queen.

So easy, and so yummy!

The super cute labels came from How Does She

I think they add the perfect finishing touch!

Happy Monday!

I hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!


Two Simple but {DELISH} Appetizers

Cooking / Food and Drink

So……..did you have a great Valentines Day? Romantic dinner? Movie night? Delivering Valentines to friends and family with the kids? Whatever you did, I hope it was great! We spent time at home together, and then Carl went to the gym for his racquetball league, and I went to Zumba! Then we met back up at home to spend more time together! It’s the first year with no kids at home……so weird! But, we had a great night regardless!

A few weeks ago (has it really been that long?) we were invited to a Super Bowl party with some friends. Now, if you know me at all (who’s even reading this blog? Is there anyone really out there?)….then you know I absolutely LOVE appetizers. Love them. Like, I can graze on apps all night long and give up an entrée and dessert for more apps! Love everything about them. I decided to take two different appetizers to the party. A “bad” (i.e. fattening) appetizer and a “good” (i.e. healthy) appetizer! Nice, huh?

I went to my VERY FAVORITE inspiration site to get some ideas…..what site is that, you ask? Why pinterest of course! Do you pinterest? If not, why not? It is the most awesome thing evah! I promise you! And if you don’t pinterest, and want an invite……please email me! I’ll send you one!

Okay, so I have rambled and rambled long enough. Here they are:

THE GOOD ~ Caprese Skewers

Iowa Girl Eats

THE BAD ~ Sideline Smokies

Sideline Smokies
Betty Crocker

O.M.G. Seriously…..both of them were delish! The Caprese Skewers were so light and crisp! The basil added the perfect blend of flavors with the tomatoes and mozzarella….drizzles with the warm balsamic vinegar!! And the Sideline Smokies? Oh my. A little bit of pure pork heaven is what they are. Seriously……soooooo good, and soooooo bad for you. But they kinda cancel each other out, right? Yeah, I know…..they don’t. But, a girl can hope, right?

Here are pics of my appetizers…….not nearly as appetizing at the pics above, right? But, I promise….they taste just as YUMMY!





Go ahead and give them a try! You will LOVE them, I promise!


Happy Valentines Day!

Crafts / Decorating / Food and Drink / Holidays

Valentines Day

A few things catching my eye, on the day of  LOVE!

To Eat:




To Drink:




To Give:





To Decorate:


Jenny Doh




I plan on hanging out at home, cooking my VALENTINEa yummy dinner, and maybe watching a movie on netflix. 

Whatever you decide to do, I hope it's a most FABULOUS day!  Leave me a comment telling me what you did on this day of love!  I would love to hear!



Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Food and Drink / Recipes

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad 

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How FABULOUS does this salad look?  Something very similar to this, was my lunch today!  Oh my, DELISH!  I made it for dinner last night, and brought the leftovers to work with me today!  I didn't have a recipe, so I just winged it!

  • One bag of mixed greens (mine had carrots, snap peas and radishe)
  • Fresh Strawberries, cut into halves (or quarters, whatever you prefer)
  • Can of pineapple chunks (or fresh pineapple)
  • Can of Mandarin Oranges
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Toasted almond slivers

Mix the above ingredients together and top with creamy poppyseed dressing! 

SOOOOOOO good and fresh!

Let me know if you try it, and if you do…what you think!

Happy Wednesday! 

My daughter has 2 days (and a few hours!) of school left, before she graduates. Oh my!  I cannot believe my baby is done with high school!  I am freaking out, just a bit!




My very first turkey!

Food and Drink


So, I cooked my very first turkey on Sunday.  My very first.  I'm thirty forty some odd years old, and I have NEVER cooked a turkey before.  Kinda crazy, huh?  We always go to my mom's house for Thanksgiving, and she is superwoman, and cooks every year.  She always cooks a fabulous spread and does it all herself.  Hard to live up to that!

Carl got a turkey Christmas bonus this year, and with college boy home for the holidays on Friday night, I decided to have my whole family up for dinner on Sunday and cook my very first turkey.  What?  Invite the fam over for my first try at a turkey?  Yup, crazy.  BUT, it was fine.  Really easier than I expected.  I'm not sure how it tasted, but hey…..I cooked it right?!?!?!?  And with all the drama of the flood and the house being torn up…..it was a nice diversion.  I think I may cook one again soon…..well, maybe next year when Carl gets his turkey bonus ;)