Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I am back for . . .

I am back for . . .

I'm not even sure how long.

I have been sososososososososo (to the 10th power) excruciatingly busy.

Please forgive me.

I just started my 2nd semester, and my desk has been piled with paper, paper, and more paper.

I couldn't just post all these nonsense excuses without showing you anything else.

So I decided to share with you my favorite necklace in the whole wide world. It's true, the WHOLE-WIDE WORLD. But who knows how long that will last for.

I purchased it a local Boutique in Raleigh called Charlotte's. There are so many different colors to choose from. I chose the Light Blue.

It took about 4 weeks to come in and I was so pleased with the way it turned out. I decided to also order my friend one a matching one with her name as a Christmas present. We look like twin-sies.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Trader Joe's Thursday

Could I live without Trader Joe's? I doubt.

Right now my schedule is super busy. Being awake from 6am to 10pm with nonstop craziness can be a little tiring. Just a little. No, maybe a lot.

That is when I start to rely on Trader Joe's for their wonderful food and easy to make dinners. Especially on Thursday.

We decided to finish off our Trader Joe's Beef Tacos with some Black Beans and Brussels Sprouts, my favorite. I was in Brussels Sprout heaven with a castle full of Sprouts. They were yummy.

It turned out to be a wonderful meal that all in all took 10 minutes maximum. Yes, I said MAXIMUM.

Thank you Trader Joe's, thank you very much!!

P.S. Trader Joe's s Brussels Sprouts are the B.O.M.B!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Triple P Pizza

Pepperoni, Peppers, and Pineapple on Pizza. Umm . . . YUM!

It is way better to make homemade pizza. Just admit it.

You can drench your pizza in marinara sauce, castle it with cheese, and cover it with pepperoni. That sounds like a 'real' pizza to me.

I always seem to find my urge for pizza around the coldest times of the year. Like, right now! I can just lounge around in my candy-cane socks, wear my Santa Sheep PJ's and watch Man vs Food. Sounds good to me! Who cares if Christmas is over. Not me.

Sunday I had this amazing brunch, that I am still dreaming about. It was an Asparagus and Brie Omelet with Oven Roasted Potatoes. Omgthiswasfreakinglovingdelicious. I have been to the Iregardless Cafe in Raleigh on multiple occasions, but this was the first time I decided to try something different than my usual Banana Walnut Pancakes. Even though the Banana Walnut Pancakes are mouth-watering amazing I don't regret going for the Omelet.

Anyways after my wonderful brunch, I opted for a lighter dinner. That is were a Tripe P Pizza came into mind.

This pizza is so easy and simple to make. Perfect for a light lunch or dinner for the adults or kids. If I loved this combination of P's then I think you will too.

Triple P Pizza

Trader Joe's 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
2 cups Mozzarella Cheese (more if desired)
1 1/2 cups of Trader Joe's frozen Peppers (more if desired)
1 cup fresh pineapple (more if desired)
Pepperoni (amount desired)
1 1/2 cups Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Sauce

Let dough sit out for 20 minutes.
Remove dough from package.
Flour work surface and roll dough into 12" diameter circle.
Top pizza with sauce, 1 cup of cheese, peppers, pepperoni, pineapple, and leftover cheese.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Lightly oil pan or pizza stone and bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese bubbles and bottom of crust is golden brown.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Tips: Inventing your own recipe!!

Okay. So forget the whole 'I have a new recipe coming for you tomorrow'.

Let's just say that didn't work out as planned.

So I decided to share some tips for you.

Personally, I love to create my own little recipes. I like going into the kitchen, not knowing what I make to make for dinner, and getting creative with foods and ideas to make a wonderful meal. But it is easier said than done.

I have 5 beneficial tips that may help in feeling confident about your meal.

#1: Have a game plan in mind.

Always make sure you have some kind of meal in mind. Whether it be vegetarian, or filled with meat. Always start with a base, like pasta, or rice, or chicken. It is so easy to make a veggie salad for dinner and have no source of protein or carbs. Be sure you are providing the necessary food groups.

#2: Add as many or as little ingredients as you want.

The great thing about not having follow a recipe is you can add whatever you want. Just don't ever leave anything plain. You always need some sort of extra accessories to add to your meal so it isn't dull. Add as many veggies or as little veggies as you like, but make sure you don't overdo or underdo anything.

#3: Taste-Test.

NEVER EVER forget to taste- taste your meal before serving it. This allows you to make touch-up modifications to your meal so it take perfect. This is a must!

#4: Write it down.

Don't forget to write your recipe down. Trust me I have done this many times, and I want to kick myself for doing this. I get a little cocky and think I can remember all the ingredients I used. Well, I never can. Write your recipe just in case. You are better SAFE than SORRY.

#5: Enjoy!!

Be proud of yourself for creating your own dish and enjoy. Never put yourself down if your dish doesn't taste perfect. You can always modify your recipe foe perfection.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year!!


Sorry I haven't posted in a while.

I have been BUSY!!

Back to reality. School. Homework. Bed Time.

I have a great recipe coming tomorrow!! Trust me!!

Happy New Years!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Gingerbread Munch Mix

So . . . how was your Christmas?

Mine was really good. I am so thankful to have such a great family. I couldn't ask for much more.

Now it is time to relax for six days until I have to return to school. I am not looking forward to homework, tests, etc. Please let my next seven more years of school go by quick.

All I have done today is watch the five billion re-runs of The Christmas Story and snack on my Gingerbread Munch Mix. It is so good.

I am officially a gingerholic. Ginger everything sounds good to me.

This wonderful, easy, kid-friendly mix will just blow your socks off. It is so simple to make and hand out for friends or family. This is perfect to sit by the fire and watch the bowl games.

It only has five simple ingredients. Can't be to hard right?


1 bag (3.5 oz) microwave popcorn, freshly popped *I used Trail's End Chocolate Drizzle Popcorn*
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 cups pretzel sticks
1/2 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts

Toss popcorn with cinnamon in large bowl. Add remaining ingredients; mix lightly. Makes 12 servings, 1/2 cup each.

I love these little men. They are adorableee.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Day Peanut Clusters


It is finally here.

That is a good thing. But on the other hand that means the year is almost over. *tear*

I am on a sugar overload right now. My house is filled with junk food, junk food, junk food, . . .

But who said that was a bad thing? Not me

Since nobody is really up for a huge dessert in my house, I pulled out the Peanut Cluster recipe and got to work. They turned out wonderful.

These are the best treats EVA! They are very small and filling, which is perfect for our Candy-Filled home.
They make about 70-80 Peanut Clusters. Leftovers are always wonderful to bag up and send to the neighbors or friends. 

Warning: Stay 200 ft away from them at all times!!

Mix 2 lbs. White Chocolate Bark, 2 (1 oz.) squares Unsweetened Chocolate, and 12 oz. Nestle Chocolate Chips.

Cover and stir occasionally until melted ( approx. 1 hour )

Add 20 oz. Dry Roasted Peanuts and mix well.

 Optional: Add raisins or mini marshmellows

Drop by teaspoons onto foil and let stand until firm.