Colorful Fourth of July Drinks!

Colorful Fourth of July Drinks!

I saw this on the internet at some point, and decided to give it a try.  These are my findings. It’s a science experiment, patriotic lesson, and tasty treat all rolled into 1 recipe that might make a memory for kids AND adults alike! Use your creative bone make your own!   What You Need - 1. Pick 3 drinks (a clear or white, a red, a blue) that have 3 different levels of sugar. 2. Obviously, Clear Glasses or Plastic Cups & Ice (see “Ideas” below)   Pour in This Order: 1 Ice 2 Highest Sugar Drink 3 Medium Sugar Drink 4 Lowest or No Sugar Drink   What’s in My Experiment: (in pour order) ~Ice ~Cranberry Cocktail (juice section) ~A Blue Gatorade (Go for a lighter blue if you want; Must be less sugar than cranberry) ~Diet...

Edible Frosted Rose Petals

Edible Frosted Rose Petals

Right up front, I want to tell you the reason I am blogging about this today.  If you decide to do this for Valentine’s Day, it’ll be too late to search for and/or order the petals. ****The only problem with this recipe that you will run into is acquiring ORGANIC ROSE petals.  (I hate it when I get to the end of an article, blog, recipe & I find out it requires something like “get a Cambodian goat to sit on it for 30 min.”  Then I have a ton of ingredients for nothing. ‘Want to know a secret?  I did try this on some roses once that  I didn’t have positive proof they were organic – - & they were fine – especially since it was one measly petal atop a cupcake.  HOWEVER, if you are going to make some for a...

Pumpkin, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Salad

Pumpkin, Bacon, and Gorgonzola Salad

This has been the neatest blog project!  A reader asked for some ideas for a full-fledged fall flavored salad to go with the Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette I blogged about a few weeks ago, and I had some pretty cool discoveries! After this one blog project I had a healthy salad in my fridge, a new homemade healthy snack for the week, AND……. a manicure, pedicure and facial in less than an hour!  (Links to all of this coming soon!)   The Stage:  I used a spring mix for the purple pop!  I chopped up purple onion & tossed both with the Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette till thoroughly coated. The Main Actress:  Pumpkin fries seasoned with indian tandoori spice. (or just oil & salt; or salt, cumin, & coriander; You could coat with...

Pink Tortillas: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink Tortillas:  Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I never thought cafeteria food anywhere could make me this happy.  Hospital food, school food, …. never have I had such a smile on my face in regards to food on a plastic sectioned tray until yesterday.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I had the opportunity to eat a ham & swiss wrap secured with a PINK TORTILLA and a chocolate cookie with pink M&M’s in it to match! I see pink often these days, but I think today, this out-of-the-ordinary pink treat reminded me about monthly checks, friends who need reminders, and strong women friends who have fought this battle.  If you don’t get to enjoy something as crazy as a pink tortilla – - remember anyway.  Do what you can to remember & be aware of this senseless disease....

Halloween Costume Ideas: Cracker Barrell!

Halloween Costume Ideas: Cracker Barrell!

When I think of shopping for a halloween costume, I almost never think of Cracker Barrel. However, the restaurant/store has been making changes over the last few years & has started carrying all sorts of items!  Right now, the halloween stuff is out & they’re featuring some of the cutest kids’ costumes AND unique adult accessories!  This is especially handy if you’re wanting to go for a classy costume with options that you can mix & match.

Autumn is the Perfect Time for Making Whoopie!

Autumn is the Perfect Time for Making Whoopie!

Whoopie Pies are a fun and tasty treat no matter what time of the year.  Recently, I was given a scrumptious pumpkin spice whoopie pie & it knocked my socks off!   This recipe below can be tweaked & flavored any way you want!  It also utilizes the cake mix, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time or do a lot of dishes!  :)           The Cake: 1 Box of Cake Mix w/pudding in the mix (whatever flavor!) 3 Eggs 1/2 cup Water 1/2 cup oil Mix. Drop 2 TBS of dough on greased or parchment covered cookie sheet – 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 min. until fluffy & toothpick comes out clean. While cooling – make the filling. The Filling: 1 brick of cream cheese (pick a low fat or neufatchel if you want!) 1 tub of cool...