If you were to ask me what I did for fun when I was a kid, I would tell you that I enjoyed playing soccer, singing, jumping on my neighbor’s trampoline, chasing boys, and riding my totally cool pom pom handlebar bike (Can you tell I was raised in the 80’s?). In contrast, if you were to ask me what I LEAST enjoyed as a kid, I would have said (without hesitation) READING. Bleck! Seriously, if someone would have approached my eight-year-old self and given me the option to read a book or be thrown in a den of lions, I would have taken my chances with the lions (I mean Daniel survived the lion’s den, so at the very least I knew I had hope. But reading, I felt, was certain death.). As you might have guessed, as a kid, I absolutely DREADED going to the library. The building smelled musty and I felt instantly overwhelmed by the sheer volume of books. I remember my little brain feeling like it was going to explode. Inevitably, shortly after arriving at the library, I would feel my head begin to throb which was my queue to get the heck out of dodge! [Read more…]
As long as I can remember, I’ve loved the cold creamy texture of ice cream. As a kid, I preferred hand dipped peppermint ice cream. Then as an adult my tastes changed and I found myself gravitating towards butter pecan, java chip, and the decadent appeal of vanilla ice cream with chunks of cherry and chocolate (just thinking about these flavors makes my mouth water). Unfortunately, having struggled to digest dairy products my entire life (I’ll spare you the details), I’ve always regretted the decision to give into my sweet tooth….UNTIL NOW. [Read more…]
For Valentine’s Day we decided to enjoy a low key evening at home. No commercialized cards or obligatory chocolates. No overpriced flowers or jam-packed restaurants. Just us (and the dog). It was nice, really.
Seeing as how Valentine’s Day is a celebration of relationships, we decided to celebrate a very special relationship in our lives. One that neither of us could live without (literally). A relationship that many people take for granted, or even abuse. This relationship is so important to our well-being that each day it has the ability to build us up and make us stronger or, depending on our life decisions, it can also tear us down and make us weak.
I’ve been playing around with tropical smoothie recipes for awhile and they always seem to come out bitter. How can that be when each individual ingredient is naturally sweet?!? Truth be told, making smoothie recipes that taste good SOUNDS easy, but getting the perfect blend of sweet and savory has its challenges. After talking it over with a friend, it was suggested that I add a natural sweetener like honey to counter the bitterness. Excited to see if honey was the missing ingredient I hurried home and tried this addition. Although the honey did improve the taste (slightly), something about the flavor of the honey did not pair well with the rest of the smoothie ingredients. Then, today I was watching YouTube and the video blogger added medjool dates to his smoothie in place of a traditional sweetener (Eureka! Something I hadn’t considered. I mean, who doesn’t love a good date?!?). I rushed to my pantry and retrieved a bag of medjool dates. What happened next was something I can only describe as magical. I placed the dates in my smoothie and (voila!) it was the PERFECT blend of tropical goodness. As an added bonus, dates are an excellent source of potassium :). All of this to say, I’m happy to share my tropical smoothie recipe with you all and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do! [Read more…]
Today I’m sharing my favorite chocolate icing recipe (technically it’s my mom’s recipe, but she’s not writing this post, so…….). This recipe is excellent as an icing for chocolate cake; however, it is To-Die-For when used as a dip with strawberries and bananas, or simply licked off a spoon, finger (when no one is watching), or plate (all those years my mom told me to “clean my plate” are finally paying off!). On occasion I’ve even been known to dab some on my balls (if you’re confused and offended about why I would do this, follow the link to my previous post for clarification).
- 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (be sure to mix can thoroughly)
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 3 cups Powdered Sugar (sifted)
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Optional: pinch of cinnamon or nuts
Warning: If you’re not already addicted to balls, you will be after trying these bad boys. They are not addictive in a destructive manner like drugs, Pokemon Go, alcohol, or the famous “Song That Never Ends” (yes it goes on and on my friends). Rather, they are addictive in an unsuspecting and pleasant way. We enjoy them so much that we often make a double batch. Lucky for us (and for you), these delicious treats take less than 10 minutes to make, including clean up. [Read more…]
Last week I could have SWORN that I overheard my mom and dad (the rents) discussing “reefers”. Since it is unlike them to discuss such taboo topics, I disregarded their conversation under the assumption that I must have misheard. Then, later that week I heard them talking about “reefers” a second time. This time I knew my ears didn’t deceive me. As I continued to eaves drop (because how else are you going to listen to someone else’s conversation of which you are not invited to participate?), I was both confused and intrigued by their sudden interest in this contraband commodity. Why the sudden interest? Had they considered the ramifications of getting caught with this prohibited substance? And more importantly, why were they talking about buying their “reefer” at a local home improvement store? While continuing to stealthily eaves drop, I was able to piece together (as Paul Harvey would say) “the rest of the story”. What the rents referred to as a “reefer” was in fact (drum roll please)……. [Read more…]
If you know me very well then you know I’m a HUGE fan of smoothies. Not a fair-weather fan like many NFL team so-called “supporters”, but a true die hard fan like my Nana was of the Dallas Cowboys. She rooted for them from the day they were founded in 1960 up until her passing in 2012. I imagine my commitment to smoothies being similar to how ABBA fans (such as my husband) are unwavering even though they are regularly ridiculed by mean-spirited bullies (such as my husband’s wife…whom shall remain nameless). Of course this is a purely hypothetical example. 🙂 Anyway, getting back to the topic of this post, because smoothies are easy to make and jam packed with nutrients, they are a staple at our house. Knowing how much I enjoy the sweet taste of liquefied Heaven on Earth, my acupuncturist (MuQi) recently shared his go-to smoothie recipe with me. And I must admit that it is AB-SO-LUTELY mouth-wateringly delicious! So, in honor of the individual who introduced me to this tasty treat, I present to you……. The sMuQi (pronounced smookie): [Read more…]
There are a lot of things that I don’t miss from my old eating habits (soda, donuts, cappuccino, etc), but I do occasionally miss the refreshing taste of a good cherry limeade. I remember when I was 16 (oh to be sweet 16 again…) I decided to give up soda for lent. I typically drank 1 can of soda a day and thought I would use lent as a motivator to kick that nasty habit. Thinking I was being a good girl by avoiding soda while simultaneously getting some fresh fruits into my diet (cherries and limes), during the six week observance of lent I would go to Sonic daily and buy one of their famous cherry limeades. Did I order a Small? (Ummmmm no…) Perhaps a Medium? (That would be a negative ghost rider…) If not a Medium, then a Large? (Close, but no cigar!) Now tell me, why would 16 year old me order a large when I could spend pennies more and have the ultimate ROUTE 44?!? That’s right, not only did I cheat EVERY…SINGLE…DAY of lent, but I cheated with nearly 4 TIMES the amount of soda I was drinking prior to “giving it up” in the first place. (Seriously, if cherry limeades aren’t the epitome of false advertising, then I don’t know what is. The name cherry limeade implies fruit which is healthy, or so one would think…) [Read more…]
WARNING: Due to some graphic details, this post is not for individuals who have an aversion to potty humor.
All parents know that one day their children will go through “the change” and begin to take an interest in certain parts of the human body that they were previously unaware even existed. Even though I knew this day was coming, somehow that didn’t make it any easier. I’m writing about it in today’s post in hopes that many of you can relate to what I’m going through and so that we can be a support to one another. I think it best if I forgo tiptoeing around the subject and just come right out and talk about it. Parker (our dog/child) is a BUTT MAN! Yes, I said it, he likes butts (and I cannot lie) and he likes them any way he can get them: [Read more…]