Fancy Spring Mix Salad with Candied Pecans and Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is the THIRD time I’ve written this post. I’m going to spare you the gory details, but the first couple of times were a bit boring and depressing. Something about being fat and tired comes to mind. And if I remember correctly, I think there was a bit about feeling sick and gross and tired.   I walked away from my screen, because I was boring myself while I was getting ready to wear you down with dullness. When I returned a few hours later, I saw this glorious picture Read more […]

Phoebe’s “Favorite” Pineapple – Mango Banana Smoothie

6:11 am. Kitchen.  Me with hair, slightly wild, completely afro, oddly amazing. Eyes tired, holey t-shirt with pajama shorts on. Mild chaos of crumbs strewn about the floor making a not so subtle beach of cheese crackers and tortilla chips. Dishes in the sink from 2 days before. Smoothie acroutements on the counter. Frozen mango, pineapple juice, banana, yogurt.  I’m making a smoothie for my littlest, because she only eats skittles and goldfish crackers. A Pineapple-Mango Smoothie to Read more […]

Super EASY Green Bean and Tomato Salad with Spicy Mustard Vinaigrette

Oh yesterday. I’m so glad you’ve gone away. With pissed off feelings and angry eyes 20 second sighs and lies after lies. Oh yesterday, thank you for going home, to that far off place where only memories roam. Today I will sit in gratitude of the goodness that abounds and remember that my heartache means that love surrounds. me. — –  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Gah! The past few days have been a doozy. Resulting in me writing A LOT. My coping mechanism. This Read more […]

Cozy, Cozy Muesli with Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds, and Chia

It’s four months later, and we are still dealing with the aftermath of our GREAT FLOOD of 2017. Our 800 year flood, Harvey. Many of our friends have homes that took on over 2 feet of water. This house, thankfully stayed dry,  tho’ during those 7 days, we were panicked at the prospect. A dear friend of mine (Jenny) has a home (two actually :0 ),  that flooded like crazy. Currently, their home is still being renovated and her family of  six is living upstairs until all the dust settles and Read more […]

General Joe’s Chopstix Salad Copy Cat Recipe

It’s been awhile. To say the least. Almost 35 months to the DAY, that I haven’t typed a single word to you my friends. I’ve missed you terribly

My best Manicure Tips that will have your beauties looking good all week long.

I feel a little guilty. Everytime I go anywhere, EVERYBODY feels so sorry for me. Oh Poor You! That knee of yours must hurt so bad! Meniscus? ACL Tear? Geez! Those are the worst! And I say,” Well. . .ummm, it’s really not that bad. Honestly. I doesn’t hurt. And aside from the fact that I have to lug these horrid crutches around with me everywhere I go, I’m really in hog heaven.” And then they give a nervous little laugh. Shyly avert their gaze. Not knowing what to say. But I’m Read more […]

Creamy Tomato and Zucchini Tortellini Soup and some not very good reasons why I’ve been gone so long.

  Before I get into anything at all, I do realize that an apology is in order. I’m sorry. I’m so very sorry that I just flat-out dropped off the face of the earth, like Batman in Batman Begins when that hottie patottie, Christian Bale, leaves Gotham in search of his inner Batman. But he did eventually return to Gotham, ravaged and wretched with havoc, as I have returned to my blog, worn and weary not unlike that fair yet dark city. There was no avengement of paternal deaths Read more […]

Black Bean Soup that is pretty darn close to the Panera Bread Version, except for its better.

  There isn’t much to say except . . .this is really good. Like so good, that I’m not even afraid to tell you, I must be a pretty amazing cook. I told my friend I was making this soup last night, and she said, ” Oh hey! How did the Black Bean Soup come out?” and I said, “Oh. My. Gawd. Fabulous. It was the best black bean soup ever. Dare I say even better than Panera Bread’s? Yes, I do.  It was awesome. I am awesome for making it.” Now, I know. You’re thinking, Damn your Read more […]

Thrift Store Sad Little Desk to Chic Little Teenage Vanity.

  I’m running in a slight tizzy today. The weather has turned colder (highs in mid 50’s. . .brrrrrrr) and I’m super charged to clean my house and get it nice and cozy for the winter like weather. I love this time of year.  It really makes me want to gather up my loved ones in my arms, and sit around in a candle lit house and laugh and be merry. So that’s what I’m up to today. Cleaning windows for the Christmas lights that we will begin to adorn our house with next weekend Read more […]

SIMPLE LITTLE GIRL PEACOCK MAKE-UP TUTORIAL

For the love of all things creepy, somebody remind me to get a backbone. And to divvy out responsibilities. And to take control of things that are fully in my control. And to be happy, because happiness lies within always. And to know that no matter how crazy life gets, I have within me the tools to tackle anything that comes my way. .  . Please. . . Remind me. – – – – — – – – – – – – I woke up this morning with a list a million miles long of things to do to make today special for Read more […]