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...

LEGO Candy!

LEGO Candy!

I know at least 4 kids who are complete lego fanatics!  Their idea of a vacation isn’t Disney – it’s the LEGOLAND store in Atlanta, Georgia!  Now kids can seriously play with their food ….. & the food is CANDY.   Lego shaped candies can be found in candy stores and online.  If you’ve got a lego fanatic with a birthday coming up, this is a great cake decoration and/or party treat.  You probably can’t pass these out unless you find some individually wrapped, but they are a fantastic double-whammy with kids.  This particular variety is sour & comes in several colors &...

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.

Eating Healthier: Make Your Own Dressing Tool

Eating Healthier: Make Your Own Dressing Tool

In a quest to eat healthier, I have added more salads to my repertoire at home.  You’d be surprised how difficult it can be to make a tasty salad that isn’t loaded down with hidden fat.  The other day someone told me they LOVED this black and bleu salad….. but it had 21 grams of fat & was really a piece of steak & a cup or so of bleu cheese…. atop a layer of green lettuce! Trying to do better than that, I headed to the store.  I bought my favorite lettuces.  I love radicchio, boston lettuce, and anything purple….Then I headed to the dressing aisle, and looked at only the oil/vinegar based dressings. I was surprised to see so much sugar and salt! Plus – how do I pick?  What if I get bored with the one I take home...

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...

Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette

Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette

When fall gets here, I go into “pumpkin mode,” trying everything that claims to have a pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavor.  Coffee creamer and hot tea are always in my autumnal ritual, but I’ve found pumpkin in tons of different concoctions over the past few years! I have even had pumpkin spice lotion in my bathroom.  Godiva makes Pumpkin Spice truffles that are dusted with cocoa, and pumpkin spice ice cream with Heath mixed in @ my local creamery is a must!  It doesn’t stop there…..Bless his heart – as of yesterday, my dog is eating a new variety of dog food that contains pumpkin & sweet potato! (Nature’s Recipe Dog Food)! This year is no different – – a bottle of Pumpkin Apple Spice Vinaigrette...