Monday, November 7, 2011


I can't believe what a procrastinator I am!  I always leave things to the last minute!  Packing especially!

I also can't believe what a fool I am!  Here I write a blog post about procrastination, decide I'll get around to finishing it later, and then realize that it posted itself because I never got around to it!  Bah!  I guess that will teach me!  Nothing like proving your point!

Just for the record.  The first sentance was written in July.  So I guess that shows you how really good I am at this!  It just so happens that I don't have time to elaborate on it, so I'll have to get around to it later... haha.  How about that?!?!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


I saw this video yesterday and by the end of it was in tears!  I knew this was something I just had to share with all of you!  It is the perfect example of how we should love each other.  Not only that, it proves to each and every one of us that we CAN do all things!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


The last couple weeks have been crazy busy for me!  I tend not to blog a lot when I'm not at work, but seeing as how I'm going to be "not at work" anymore, I'm going to have to figure this blogging thing out.  Truth is, I will be working, just at my new job.  I don't know how anyone has the urge to blog after staring at a computer screen for 8 hours a day!! BLAH!

Anyways, I didn't take a whole lot of pictures while I was away, but I did manage to get a few!  Here is my favorite!

This dog was just chillin' outside of Walmart!  No leash, no owner, donning some sweet shades, just watching people walk by.  As soon as I saw him I was digging in my purse for my camera.  If I could have taken him/her home without anyone knowing, I probably would have!  We spent about 30 minutes in the store and when we came back out, the dog was still there.  Now that is what I called a well trained animal!  I wonder if they have a place where they can train husbands and boyfriends and children to behave like that?!? 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spiced Carrot and Lentil Soup

I always love the look of pureed soups, but I've never actually tried making one.  I was flipping through a magazine the other day looking for recipes that would be good to freeze.    Something about it made me HAVE to try it!  It was super easy to make, super low in fat, and high in iron.  I tweaked it a bit (or a lot) to fit with the ingredients I had lurking about in my cupboards.  I also used low sodium stock so that it wouldn't be ridiculously high in sodium.

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
4 Cups Carrots, peeled and chopped
1 Cup Green Lentils **
Pinch of Chili Flakes
2 tsp. Cumin
Dash of Curry
1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes
4 1/2 Cups Chicken Stock
2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a pot.  Add carrots, lentils, chili flakes, cumin, curry and coconut flakes. Sautee for a couple minutes.  Add the chicken stock and milk.  Cover and bring to a boil.  Let simmer for 30-45** minutes.

When lentils have expanded and carrots are soft, use a stick blender, food processor, or blender and puree.  (If you find it too thick, add some stock or cream to thin it out and keep blending) Serve with a dollop of sour cream, and sprinkle with spices.  Most of all... Enjoy!

(green lentils make it turn into this awful color, so I added some red and yellow food coloring to give it that vibrant look.... yes, I know I'm a cheater... but you never would have guessed had I not told you!!)

** Red lentils would make this even better (unfortunately I didn't have any), if you use red, you can reduce your cooking time as they are split and will cook faster.  They give it a better color than the green ones.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


I had some extra pie dough from the pies I was making and didn't know what to do with it.  I thought about it for a bit and then decided that butter tarts were the way to go.  I also learned that "Butter Tarts" are a Canadian thing.  Who knew?  I just thought they were a normal part of life... eh!  If you have never heard of these little beauties, make sure you give them a try!

I went to make them and was a little disappointed because my mom was away on a camping trip to the states, so I couldn't call her to get her AMAZING recipe.  I searched online and came across one from and thought I'd share it with you. No offence mom... but I think these have yours beat!

Batter in the tart shells

Pie Pastry (enough to fill 12 muffin tins)
1/2 Cup Raisins
1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
1 Pinch Salt
1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
1 Egg, Lightly Beaten
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat oven to 400F

Prepare muffin tins by filling with tart shells

In a small bowl, soak raisins in hot tap water.  Set aside for 30 mins.

In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together the butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup.  Stir well until sugar is dissolved and butter is creamed (I cheat and use my mixer).  Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.

Drain the raisins.  Divide the raisins equally between the tart shells.  Divide the batter equally into the shells.  Bake at 400F for 15-20 mins**.  Filling will be lightly browned and still bubbling when removed.

Let cool in the pan for 10 mins and then transfer to a rack to finish cooling. (I had to run a knife around the tarts to get them out)

** Your preference will determine the cooking time.  If you like them runny cook less, if you like them a little firmer and chewier cook longer.  You can cook up to 25 mins, just be sure not to burn them.

Monday, August 22, 2011


I always love a good Carrot Muffin!  Actually I'm sure you guys are noticing a trend that I just like muffins in general.  I've been on the hunt for a great carrot muffin recipe for quite some time now.  Anyways.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!


2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
4 Large Eggs
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Canola Oil
2 Cups Raw Carrots, finely grated
1 Cup Apple, grated
1/2 Cup Pecans or Walnuts, coarsely Chopped
1 Cup Raisins, Currants, or Dried Cherries


Preheat oven to 350F.  Place paper liners in tins, or grease muffin tins.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In another bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and oil until slightly thickened.  Fold in the flour mixture until just incorporated.  Fold in grated carrots, apple, nuts and raisins.  Evenly divide batter between muffin tins (mine made 14 muffins)

Bake approx. 20 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.  Let sit in pan for 5 mins and place on wire rack to cool.  Dip in Cream cheese icing and garnish.  ENJOY!!


1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 8oz Pkg. of Cream Cheese, room temp
3 Cups Icing Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract


Combine the butter and cream cheese.  Mix well.  Add the icing sugar 1/2 Cup at a time until incorporated.  Add the vanilla and beat well.
*note- This makes a TON of icing!  You could easily 1/4 the recipe for the batch of muffins up above.  I choose to make the entire batch and freeze the remaining icing for a future date!  HAPPY BAKING!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


I'm not a big fan of apple pie, but the people I work with are fanatics!  I could probably make a pie every other day to keep up with the eating habits of my "Shack Mate".  That man just can't seem to get enough of it.  The worst part is... he's as skinny as a toothpick!  Anyways, I made one up and thought I'd share my beauty of a pie!

Now I don't exactly follow a recipe for apple pie (I normally don't follow one for anything, I think of them more as a guideline)  This means that I can't tell you exactly what I used.  But I do know that it was delish!  I had a piece after dinner.

I always love heaping in the apples

Egg Wash and Sugar

Now this looks tempting!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


From the amount of emails I received I think that the letter writing project is a go!  I guess seeing as how I thought this was such a genius idea, it is only fair if I start the process.  I'm going to be free in about an hour and I think the perfect thing to do would be head straight out to get some pretty paper and a pen and then sit down and start writing.  (After I'm done at the spa of course!!)

If you are interested in being involved in the sophisticated version of "pen-palling" you can send your MAILING ADDRESS to my email so that I can get a letter on the go!

I can't wait!  I'm actually really excited for this little project of mine!  I can't wait to hear from you, so that you can hear from me!

PS... On a rather sad note, I'd like all of you to pray for a family that goes to my moms church.  They lost their daughter yesterday, due to a severe car accident.  Pray for strength, peace, and support for them during this tragic time. Thanks Dolls! Xoxo

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


After my last post I figured the only way I was going to figure out my life was to take a chance.  So I've decided that I'm just going to let it all go and see where I end up.  I'm taking a chance at life, take a chance on love, and take a chance at work. 

A few of you who really know me, know that I'm not a huge fan of change.  I mean, who is?  I realize that in order to grow into the person we are meant to become that we need to do some embracing.

After a conversation I had (on a date) with someone I just really happen to care about, he informed me that if I wasn't around, he really couldn't see things working out.  I've always swore I'd never quit my job for a guy.  But, I kind of have.  I didn't technically quit.  I just moved to a different position. (which hasn't officially started yet... I don't start until October)  But with that said, I'm not going to be gone all the time.  I'm going to have the freedom to have some-what of a life.  And I'm taking the chance that things are going to work out in the love department (fingers crossed).

I am excited, I'm nervous and I'm scared shitless (sorry mom, but there was no other word to describe it)!  I guess with change it is expected that there will be fears.  Fear of the unknown, fear of making the wrong decision and fear of failure.  I'm a bundle of nerves and emotions, which shouldn't be unexpected.  I've been doing the same job for the last 7 years.  And as most of you know, it is so easy to get "stuck in a rut".  Now apart from the "scared" side there is also a positive side.  The positive side is, I'm excited!  I'm excited to see where things go and how I grow as a person.  I'm excited for meeting new people and having new experiences.  And most of all, I'm excited to see what else life has to offer! 

Thursday, August 11, 2011


If any of you are like me you'd probably dreamed up your perfect life.  Made a list of all the things you'd planned to do before you hit 30, or 40 or 50.  I was going back through my list in my head last night, and according to my "CHECKLIST" my life has really gone down the toilet.

I always thought by the time I was 30 I'd have been married, had two kids, and lived in this perfect little house.  Thought I'd have my own business, and just not have to worry about the day to day things, because everything was supposed to work out EXACTLY how I had planned it.

NEWS FLASH!!  The only thing I've accomplished from the above list is the perfect little house.  The only bad thing about the perfect little house is that I'm never at it.  Two or three weeks a year in your own home doesn't exactly put it in the "home sweet home" category.

Now obviously life 10 years ago was a lit different.  I was a little more naive (or a lot) and didn't really understand what kind of hiccups that life could throw at you.  Life isn't perfect.  You can't just go around checking off your "TO DO" things by a certain date.  I mean there is nothing wrong with having goals and a plans.  But you also need to be flexible.  Just because you haven't met the criteria of your "checklist" doesn't mean that you aren't successful.

If I were to make my list now, with all the things I know, I wouldn't have been nearly as hard on myself.  I know that having unrealistic goals isn't conducive to anything.  I know who I am, what I want, and I know that it takes work to get there.  Things aren't just handed to people on silver platters.  Life has a funny way of teaching all of us lessons.  Sometimes the harder the better!  So for now, I'm going to take my list and burn it.  Just because I didn't live up to my 18-year-old standards of life doesn't mean that my life is a failure!  All of the things on that list will happen if they are meant to.  In the mean time, I'm going to live life and enjoy every moment of it!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


My pillow has been my nemesis lately!  Here I am at almost 1am waiting for my pillow case to be dry.  I only have one pillow, therefore I only need one pillow case.  I completely forgot that I had washed it, and when I finally decided to go to bed, I realized that it wasn't possible (due to the fact that pillows and mattresses and other sleeping things that aren't covered skeeve me out).  Frustrating!! While I'm at it, I might as well tell you about my last "pillow mishap".

A few days ago I decided to go tan up on the roof and took my pillow with me (sans pillow case).  I ended up getting it completely filthy, so I figured I'd throw it in the washer.  I stuffed it into this tiny little apartment sized washer, and when I went to bed, I was quickly reminded that I had no pillow.  I figured if I threw it in the dryer it would be dry in an hour or so.  I quickly scurried to throw it in the dryer, and much to my surprise, the darn thing was so water logged it probably weight at least 50 pounds.  Needless to say, I ended up throwing the thing in the shower (at 1 in the morning) and stomping the living daylights out of it.  My efforts were futile and in the end I ended up leaving the pillow in a soggy heap at the bottom of the shower. In the end I ended up rolling up a blanket for the night.  The next day starting early(ish) in the morning I threw the water logged pillow in the dryer, after another thorough stomping (of course).  It took me 10 hours of straight drying to get the silly thing dry, but on the bright side... it has never been fluffier!

Moral of the story, don't leave important things until last!

Monday, August 8, 2011


I have been a little lazy with the blogging lately.  It's just lack of creativity, lack of anything substantial to say, and lack of motivation.  I'm hoping a change of scenery next week might help things out.  I plan on packing my camera everywhere with me and taking pictures of whatever tickles my fancy!

On another note.  I was doing dishes the other night and thought about ways to keep us all connected in a way other than blogging.  I was thinking, how great it would be if we all decided to pick a few people a month to send letters to.  Like an actual handwritten letter.  Something personal, not just the mass letter you send to everyone at Christmas.  I know it makes my day when I get something in the mail (other than a bill).  So maybe this would be a great way to make each other feel special with some kind words of encouragement!

I guess in a world where there is so many impersonal emails floating around, blog comments left with only the intention of gaining more followers, and the whole "txt msgs" form of communication, there is room for MAJOR improvement.  Maybe we could make this a Blog Event!  I think if a bunch of us put our minds together we could come up with something great!  I'd love to hear your feedback on it, or what you think!  If you are interested in doing this you can email me at:  I look forward to your comments!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Someone asked me the other day if I missed doing the Beauty Blogging thing.  My answer: Sometimes. 

Now the thing I miss most about it is the getting ready and trying things I normally wouldn't.  Plus I've discovered that spending a little extra sometimes is totally worth it!  I walked away from it with some AMAZING new products.

What I don't understand is how some of the other bloggers can afford to spend so much on their makeup collections?!?  I guess the pressure to always have something new and fabulous and discover the new "it" product just made the experience not so much fun. (which is probably my own fault, because blogging isn't really a competition [or is it?])

Anyways, I'm enjoying the simpler makeup routine.  That isn't to say that I don't enjoy getting all "dolled up" once in awhile, but working in the oilfield isn't exactly the place for trendsetting/groundbreaking/glamours makeup.

Anyways.  I thought I'd do a little before and after.  You don't have to spend hours and hours getting ready.  Mine took a total of 10 mins (including hair) from start to finish.  Sometimes all you need is a little enhancement to make your features pop!

Please excuse my horrible roots!  I'm in desperate need of seeing a hairstylist!

Friday, July 29, 2011


Friday Favorites are all about Feelings today!

1. I love the my niece has learned to say Auntie and I love you.  It sounds more like "Ahnie" and "wulv-ewe", but regardless she still says those words and it makes my heart melt every time she does!

2. My family, I have the best family ever!  They make me feel loved.  I figured this is the types of pictures I can look forward to receiving from Vyla when she gets a bit older.  Right now its just a bunch of scribbles, but regardless, I would rather display her art on my fridge than Picasso's.

3. When you get so excited for something that your heart feels like its too big for your chest!  I don't think this feeling ever gets old.

4.  An unexpected call from someone you love.  Lately I've got back in contact with long lost friends, and spoke to those that I care about a little more frequently!  It always makes me happy!

I hope you all have a delightful weekend!  Play safe and enjoy each other!

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I just so happen to love hotels.  I love seeing how they are decorated, and I love it when you find a super comfy bed.  I ended up staying at the Podollan in Grande Prairie the other night.  It was kind of a last minute decision, but it certainly was a nice surprise.  I booked the room about 2 hours before I was supposed to check in.  And I paid $114.00. (which is pretty reasonable for a room up here)  Anyways, this is what my room ended up looking like:

The extra huge living room

The perfect king size bed (with a memory foam mattress)

The hugest bathtub ever!  I couldn't resist getting up super early just so I could use it before my flight

The ledge above the sink was perfect for all of my bathroom stuff, without getting in the way!
 If you guys are up in the area, I highly recommend this place!  The room is apparently quit a bit more expensive than what I payed for it, but by booking last minute you never know what you might get... you could end up with a great deal like I did!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


I don't know what my little obsession with cupcakes or muffins is lately.  I guess I just wanted to perfect it.  I was reading through a magazine and found a recipe... I guess thats what happens when you start reading a cooking magazine... I tweaked it a bit and here is my version of it.


1/2 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Cup mashed ripe bananas (I used 3 medium sized ones)
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
1 Cup Pecans or Walnuts (I used walnuts)

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375F

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add bananas and let mixer mash them up (if not using a mixer, mash bananas before adding).  Add vanilla.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add the flour to the creamed mixture, alternating it with the butter milk (I put half the flour in, let it almost mix, put in half the buttermilk, let it mix, and continued another time until all the ingredients were used up). DON'T OVER MIX

Pour batter (which is nice and fluffy) into greased muffin tins (or a loaf pan) until 2/3 full.  Bake @ 375F for 18-22 minutes.  Cool for 10 mins before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Top with your favorite frosting and garnish as you would like. (I used a cream cheese icing, chopped walnuts, and made a pretty chocolate leaf for an earthy feel)

*These are the most moist and delish cupcake/muffins/banana bread I've ever tried!  Highly recommended!*

Friday, July 22, 2011


I have this overwhelming need to be good at everything I try.  For example:  My new camera.  Here I thought just because I bought a good camera I was going to take perfect pictures.  Well... much to my dismay.  That isn't how things always work.  I tend to give up when I get frustrated and just move on to something else.  The camera though... its not happening!

 I read so many blogs and their pictures are like something out of a magazine.  So amazing!!  I strive to be just as good.  The one blog that inspires me the most just so happens to be called CLASSY & FABULOUS.  El always has the most stunning photographs, so romantic and free spirited, and I'm always in awe!
Picture from: Classy & Fabulous

The coolest thing about photography is peoples different styles.  Another blog I follow is Color me Katie .  Her pictures are so full of life and her stories to go along are hilarious.  There is something about this blog that just makes you have this happy-whimsical feeling!  Another great read!

Picture from: Color me Katie
I've started to realize that a good picture is so much more than just pointing the camera and shooting.  It's about Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, blah blah blah.  I started watching tutorial videos on youtube and I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of it!  This is something I can't see myself getting "bored" of.  There is so much to learn, and so many different things to capture, and right now I'm like a sponge... just soaking it up!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I walked out of a store the other day with a magazine I didn't pay for.  I had put it under my purse so that it didn't get damaged by the heaping pile of groceries I planned on loading into my cart.  I never moved my purse when I paid for my groceries and didn't think twice about it.

When I was done paying for my groceries I walked out to the truck, put all the groceries in the back and then grabbed my purse to put inside, so that I could return my shopping cart.  When I lifted it up my purse I saw the magazine and I immediately felt terrible. 

I fished my wallet out of my purse, grabbed the magazine and marched the cart back into the store.  I went to the checkout I had paid for my groceries at and proceeded to tell the lady that I had accidentally walked out of the store without paying for the magazine, and that I would like to do so now.  By the look on her face you'd have thought I had 3 heads.  She was flabbergasted that I would even return to pay for this item that I could have just taken.  After she realized I was serious, she thanked me for being honest. 

The thing that gets me is, how horrible is it that people are utterly shocked when you do the right thing.  And not only that, they have to thank you for doing the right thing.  I just thought that being honest was expected.  That it was part of life.

I mean I had full intentions of paying for the magazine when I put it in my cart, so why wouldn't I go back and pay for it after discovering my mistake?  I could have easily celebrated my little victory of getting a "great deal" on something and driving out of the parking lot at break-neck speed, but how good would I feel knowing that it was stolen?  It felt good doing what was right.  The great thing is, leaving without paying for it didn't even cross my mind. 

In a world full of dishonesty its good to know that I'm still honest.  It makes me feel good at night to know that I still choose to do the right thing.  Can you imagine how great our world would be if everyone just did their part and was honest and owned up to their mistakes?  Regardless, every time I look for a recipe in the magazine I know that I made the right choice, and I feel good about who I am and what I stand for!

Monday, July 18, 2011


I found Golden Caviar Skin Care on Beyond the Rack while I was shopping awhile ago.  I enjoy trying new products and was really hoping that I could find something that worked for me, and that I could continue using in the future.

I purchased their Glycolic Acid 10% Retexturizing Serum in hopes that it would do something for my skin.  All I can say is this is a MIRACLE product*.  Not only has it reduced the scarring I had from acne, it has evened out my skin, made it more radiant, and prevented further breakouts. 

I immediately found their group on Facebook and joined.  This morning I was pleased to have a chat during their chat session and asked about other products that would work for me.  It was suggested that I try their Acne Treatment Gel and Aloe Toner.  I put the two products (along with the above Glycolic Acid Serum) in my shopping basket and thought I'd check out what else they had.  I discovered the Alpha Arbutin Cream and decided to purchase it as well because I just want to even out the color on my face.  I'm so excited that I can hardly wait until my shipment comes!  I can't wait to try the new products.

Have any of you ever heard of this line?  Tried it?  If you haven't and are having issues with your skin, I highly recommend that you take a look.  It is well worth the money!

*The opinions expressed are my own and I am not affiliated with this company in any way.  Just a satisfied customer that thought they would share this fabulousness with the rest of you lovelies!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Artwork compliments of: Ken Collins
Artwork compliments of: Ken Collins

I decided to leave my office and go do something for a few minutes... (my hair and makeup).  When I came back out from making myself all pretty I found this little love note smeared in mud across my window.  (which as you can see is a bountiful commodity out here)

I know its not much fun to be away from home all the time but sometimes the guys out here, with their ridiculous antics, add a little sunshine to my day and make it a better place to be!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


A good friend of mine was rushed in for surgery the other day to have blood clots removed from her leg.  After she reached recovery they figure the clotting started again and the doctors don't know why this is happening.  If you could all pray for the Surgeon, that he discovers what is causing this.  And pray for her too.  Pray that things straighten out and she is able to keep her leg! 

And to my little ray of sunshine,  If you are reading this, I want you to know that we are all thinking about you and saying our prayers.  Keep your chin up and think positive thoughts! 

Friday, July 15, 2011


1. Pineapple Chamomile Infusion
2. Melon Citrus Mint Infusion
3. Orange Blossom Hibiscus Infusion
4. Island Mango Peach

I always love a great cup of tea!  Finding the perfect one isn't always easy.  I bought the Lipton Island Mango Peach one last year and since then I've fallen in love with the rest of them (well not all of them)  But these 4 are my favorite.  I have to admit, the Orange Blossom, and the Mint Melon are my new favorites!  If you get a chance to try them, make sure you do it!

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Yesterday I discovered that the lovely Cess over at THE OUTFIT DIARIES had passed along a blog award to me.  Now Cess writes one of my favorite blogs.  She's super cute, has great style, and always leaves the most wonderful comments!  Make sure you stop by and check her out, because it is well worth the read!

Here are the rules:
Link back to the person who passed you the award
2. Share 7 random things about yourself
3. Award 15 blogs
4. Drop them a note to tell them about it

My 7 Random Facts.
1. I hate wearing socks.  But I love the feeling of brand new ones
2. I love the show "Big Bang Theory"
3. If I could own any pet I would own a giraffe
4. I talk to my mom just about daily
5. The ultimate comfort food is a peanut butter, rice krispie, and chocolate chip sandwich (don't knock it till you try it)
6. I love to fish
7. I want to try sky diving

The lovely blogs I'm passing this on to are...
BEAUTY BY PAULA -Always great Hauls and tips and tricks
SHOES ARE MY MUSE -This girl is a Sewing Machine!
NICOLETTA'S BEAUTY SPACE -Always great beauty reviews
REBECCA WITH AN R -Ever classy clothes
MY INSPIRATION -Best pictures ever! (She is my inspiration)
VIKTORIA WITH A K -Always good read suggestions
OUR FAMILY JOURNEY -Best perspective on life
FIRST BLOG -Inspiration for life's journey
REQUIRED 2 BE INSPIRED -Great DIY, great style, extra cute kid (I am biased)
CUPCAKES AND HEELS -Gorgeous, stylish, and a baking demon
SARA HASSAN'S BLOG -Great reviews, and where to find stuff
*MY WORLD* -A real life journey through heartbreak
GLITTER IS MY CRACK -Most fabulous makeup!
A REASON TO BE FABULOUS -Awesome DIY's, great style, and great stories
THE GREEN PETAL -A flower-aholics dream!

My blog love is all over the place.  I figured I'd give you all a good variety of things to check out!  I love each and every one of these women for a different reason.  They are all fabulous, and all deserving of this award!  I know that 15 limits who I can give this award to, but for everyone else, give yourself a pat on the back, because I think you are equally as wonderful!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


After my post from yesterday I opened up my day timer only to discover my "QUOTES TO LIVE BY" list taped to the front inside cover.  More than once this little beauty has been able to do a complete 180 on my attitude.  I thought I'd share my list of inspiration with you:

"Be the kind of friend you want to have."

"Everyone is someone, make sure they feel like it"

"If our actions stem from honesty and kindness, then no matter what the result of our efforts, we have added something of value to our souls, and the world."

"The BEST is yet to come"

"Sometimes failures are simply opportunities to begin again, this time with more insight into what we really need to be successful."

"Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success!  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." ALBERT SCHWIEITZER

"Everybody is a genius, but, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid." ALBERT EINSTEIN

"Attitudes have the power to lift us up or tear us down."

"People will forget what you do for them.  People will forget what you said about them, but people will NEVER forget how you made them feel."

Obviously my goals for this year were to treat people better.  Most of them have to do with my having a more positive attitude.  I know we all have things that inspire us.  What is the one saying (or 2, or 5) that inspires you?  I hope you all have your cup full of sunshine today!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Eye spy with my little eye, something that is green...
 Ever get that uninspired feeling.  Somedays I just have nothing to say.  I'm thinking todays lack of creativity is due to the miserable weather.  It has been raining here since Thursday, other than the 2.2 seconds of sunshine that I saw yesterday.  Everything is ridiculously muddy and dreary and I'm ready for some actual summer weather. 

I hope you all are having wonderful Tuesdays!  Please wish some sunshine this way! 

Monday, July 11, 2011


This morning I was doing some reading and came across a saying that really made me stop and think.  "We are not put on this earth to please everyone".  Have you ever stopped and thought about it?  How many times have we sacrificed what we wanted just because somebody else didn't think it was a "good idea"? 

I'm not saying that it isn't a good thing to put other people first.  I do think part of life is pleasing others, but at the same time, where do you draw the line?  Do you give up your hopes and dreams because someone doesn't exactly agree with the path you've chosen? 

I've spent many days doing the "people pleasing".  I've been made to feel bad about some of the decisions I've made.  I think the worst thing about it is, is that it's the people closest to us are the ones that make us feel this way.  The people that we look up to and respect.  The ones that we would give up anything for, just so we could receive a little bit of acknowledgement.

The truth is, I need to do the things that make me happy.  Whether it be my job, where I live, my relationships, what I wear, how I spend my money, what I do in my spare time.  Just because I do things that aren't right for someone else doesn't mean that the things I "choose" to do are wrong.  With that said, I'm not some sort of law-breaking hooligan.  I realize I'm not perfect.  I make mistakes.  But then again, who doesn't?

The point of this is, live for you.  Do the things that make you happy, and never apologize for that (unless you do something really really stupid!)  And never let someone make you feel bad about something you are passionate about!  The main person you should be on earth to please is...yourself.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I had the pleasure of attending a friends wedding the other day.  I don't know what it is about weddings, but I just love them!  I do believe my love for them is less about my excitement about getting dressed up, and more about the happiness that is so evident between two people.  I mean really?  How many weddings have you gone to that are sad and depressing? (I've been to one, and I hope to goodness that I never have to go to a wedding that is akin to a funeral ever again!!)

Anyways, here are a few pictures to share Crystal and Tyler's special day! (It is a little picture heavy, but who doesn't love pictures?!?!)

The sanctuary decor (done by my wonderful mother)

Crystal being walked down the isle by her mom (My favorite thing about Crystal is always her facial expressions, and I think this one is the cutest ever!)

Crystal & Tyler with their daughter Bailey looking on

Pew decorations

Decor by Candi McMahon of Amberlita Designs (find her @

Cupcakes that I unfortunately forgot about... : (

The ever fabulous Table "18".  Probably the best table there!

The beautiful bride!  Her gown was probably one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. 
 I just wanted to say "CONGRATULATIONS" to the happy couple.  May you have many many years of happiness together!  I love you both!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Today only really needs one Favorite!  My favorite thing about it is that I AM PROUD TO BE A CANADIAN!

Now the best thing about being Canadian is being surrounded by a bunch of other equally fabulous Canadians.  People who are proud to live in this great country!  Seeing as how it is CANADA DAY today I thought I'd share some funny things that apply to most Canadians. 

You know your Canadian if....

1) Driving in the winter is better than summer because the "pot-holes" are filled in with snow
2) You have "Canadian Tire" Money stashed somewhere.
3) We have ALL frozen our tongues to something metal and lived to tell about it
4) You've gone trick-or-treating in a blizzard
5) Effective "mosquito repellent" is a shotgun
6) Roll up the rim is the most exciting time of year
7)You know 4 seasons: Winter, Still Winter, almost Winter and Construction
8)You perk-up when you hear the theme from "Hockey Night in Canada"
9)You know what a toque is and you own one and often wear one
10)You understand the sentence, "Could you please pass me a serviette, I just spilled my bowl of poutine"!

Now for a little something fun.  For those of you actually from Canada, you will appreciate this.  For those of you who aren't from here, you might be a little confused, but with a little bit of though you might figure out some of these blunders.  You might even find humor in some of these questions.

All Time Dumbest Questions Asked By Banff Park Tourists
Yes, they're ALL TRUE as heard at the information kiosks manned by Parks Canada staff!

1. How do the elk know they're supposed to cross at the "Elk Crossing" signs?

2. At what elevation does an elk become a moose?

3. Tourist: "How do you pronounce 'Elk'?"
Park Information Staff: "'Elk.'"
Tourist: "Oh."

4. Are the bears with collars tame?

5. Is there anywhere I can see the bears pose?

6. Is it okay to keep an open bag of bacon on the picnic
table, or should I store it in my tent?

7. Where can I find Alpine Flamingos?

8. I saw an animal on the way to Banff today -- could you
tell me what it was?

9. Are there birds in Canada?

10. Did I miss the turnoff for Canada?

11. Where does Alberta end and Canada begin?

12. Do you have a map of the State of Jasper?

13. Is this the part of Canada that speaks French, or is
that Saskatchewan?

14. If I go to B.C., do I have to go through Ontario?

15. Which is the way to the Columbia Rice fields?

16. How far is Banff from Canada?

17. What's the best way to see Canada in a day?

18. Do they search you at the B.C. border?

19. When we enter B.C., do we have to convert our money to
British pounds?

20. Where can I buy a raccoon hat? ALL Canadians own one,
don't they?

21. Are there phones in Banff?

22. So it's eight kilometers away... is that in miles?

23. We're on the decibel system, you know.

24. Where can I get my husband really, REALLY, lost??

25. Is that two kilometers by foot or by car?

26. Don't you Canadians know anything?

27. Where do you put the animals at night?
and for my all time favorite...

28. Tourist: "How do you get your lakes so blue?"
Park staff: "We take the water out in the winter and paint
the bottom."
Tourist: "Oh!"

Sunday, June 26, 2011


What does happiness mean to you?  Is it financial freedom?  Is it traveling the world?  Is it spending time with the ones you love?  I believe we all find happiness in different things.  They can be great big things or the simplest of things, all that matters is that we find true happiness.

For me, happiness means being comfortable with myself.  To love me for all my strengths and weaknesses, and to know that I am one of a kind.  A perfect masterpiece.  There is nobody out there in the whole world who is exactly the same as me, and I kind of like the experience of being unique.

Happiness is also about being surrounded by family and friends.  The people I have chosen to surround myself with have all contributed to shaping me into who I am.  Each and every one of them brings great and special qualities to our relationship.  Knowing I have such kind, honest, beautiful, and generous friends makes me feel great.  Not only do these people make me happy, but they inspire me.  Inspire me to be a little more generous, a little more patient, and to try a little harder. 

Happiness doesn't have to be about other people.  Happiness can be that perfect cup of coffee first thing in the morning.  The feeling of crawling between clean, wind blown, sheets fresh off of the line.  It is holding a small child, helping someone in need and finding comfort in all things familiar.

Today's assignment is to stop for 5 minutes and think of all the things that make you happy.  Write them down.  Make a plan to do one thing every day that brings you happiness.  My favorite thing about happiness is.... It's free.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Hamburgers are probably my favorite thing about summer.  As I'm sure you noted from yesterdays post, I love to BBQ.  I happen to have a thing against pre-made burger patties.  First, they probably aren't as good for you, and secondly, the taste isn't nearly as good as what it would be if you made your own.

I made some up the other day and managed to take pictures!  Here is a basic recipe for making these little beauties.

1 lb Extra Lean Ground Beef
1/2 lg Onion, diced
1 Clove Garlic, diced
2/3-3/4 Cup Quick Cooking Oats (you may need more, or less, you be the judge)
1 Egg
3/4 tsp. Roasted Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Pepper
3/4 tsp. Seasoning Salt
1 tsp. Cajun Seasoning
1/2 tsp. Italian Spices
1/3 tsp. Nutmeg
4 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce (I'm always a little heavy handed with this stuff)
(you can add any other spices you might like, or adjust to your personal taste)

Mix all ingredients together so that it just sticks together.  Add more oatmeal if its too runny (but don't add too much or you'll have dry burgers).  Shape into hamburgers.  Place them in the refrigerator until ready to use.  I usually let mine sit for an hour or two before I'm ready to cook.  Just lets the spices all mingle together.  Place on grill, make fancy grill marks, and serve with any toppings you may like!

The buns were used from my FRENCH BREAD post.  I just made them flat, because I don't like a burger with too much bun.  I added: ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, lettuce, cheese, and of course bacon.  On the side was a little bit of cottage cheese.  All I know is that this totally hit the spot!  I can't wait for leftovers!

Friday, June 24, 2011


Friday Favorites is all things Fire.

1. CAMPFIRE BREAKFAST- Tradition in our family when camping is campfire breakfast.  We don't actually eat tomatoes and mushrooms, we do however have eggs, and bacon, and hash browns and toast.  It takes a couple hours to make but it is soooo worth it.  Some of my favorite memories of camping are being "daddy's little helper" making breakfast!  He taught me well, because I make a pretty mean breakfast over an open fire.

2. SMORES- How can you have a fire without smores?  For those of you who have never had a smore, you are SERIOUSLY missing out!  All you need is some flame, Grahame Wafer Crackers, Marshmallows, and some Chocolate (preferably milk chocolate).  Melt your marshmallows over the fire, put them on your crackers with chocolate, and squish into a perfect ooey gooey sandwich.

3. BBQ-  The best thing about BBQ is its simple, clean up is a breeze, and you normally enjoy them with great company!  Nothing gets people together in the summer quite like a BBQ. 

4. FIRE- Well obviously I like fire.  I don't care if its a wilderness campfire, a gas backyard fire, or a fire pit on a beach.  I just love the cozy warm feeling on a cool summers night!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


We all have little habits or rituals that make us unique.  I always like learning fun little facts about people.  So the challenge for today is to tell me 5 things that make you unique, or 5 little tidbits about you.

I was thinking about it and here are 5 of mine:

1) I bite the ends off my pickles and throw them away and then eat the middle section.  Actually I bite the ends off of everything.  I don't know why I'm so biased against the ends of things, but it just kind of grosses me out.
2) I never let my gas tank get below half a tank
3) I always brush my teeth before I get in the shower. (While I'm waiting for it to warm up)
4) I always set my alarm 30 minutes before I need to get up and then hit the snooze button until the very last minute I can stay in bed (usually resulting in me running around like a chicken with my head cut off)
5) I don't turn the TV on before 5 PM (If I do it is very very rare)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I'm always looking for a super easy good breakfast.  Today I made a Baked Omelet Souffle.  Now I know the word Souffle is intimidating.  I've always wondered how people get them so light and fluffy and perfect.  Now I guess you'll never know unless you try.  The best part of this recipe is... its sooo simple!

What you need for this ultimate breakfast is:
4 Eggs
3 Tbsp. Hot Water
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1/2 Tbsp Cornstarch
Cooking Spray
*You can add bacon, cheese, peppers, onions, or any additional spices you might want.

Spray inside of a quart sized (4 cup) baking dish.  Place into a pre-heated oven of 375 F.

Separate the eggs.  Beat whites until stiff (meringue like) and set aside.  Beat yolks until creamy.  Add Cornstarch and water to the yolk mixture and stir.  Add your additional ingredients to the yolk mixture and stir.  Fold in the egg whites gently, and then add to the already heated dish.

Bake for 12-15 minutes & Serve.

*NOTE* I halved the recipe seeing as how I only had a 1/2 Quart (2 Cup) baking dish

The two things I love about this dish are...
 #1 There isn't much of a mess.  I have an issue sitting down to eat any meal if there is a mess in my kitchen.  While your souffle is in the oven you have plenty of time to wash up those dishes (or put them in the dishwasher)
#2 I ate this with toast.  Normally when I eat eggs and toast they are cold before I get to the end.  Having the baked eggs gave me time to eat my toast while it was hot while still getting to eat hot eggs when I was done.

PS... I'm starting to feel like this is a cooking blog... but we all have to eat, and I know I appreciate a good recipe, so I don't want to hoard them.

Monday, June 20, 2011


After a wonderful "SINGLE GIRLS VACATION" trip last November, a couple of us have decided that it is a MUST do again!  For all of those that I haven't included on the Facebook Event, I'm inviting you here GIRLS TRIP TO CUBA !!!  We're not sure on exact dates yet, but if its something your interested in, you can email me for further details.

The girls vacations is all about having a good time together, being girls and celebrating being fabulous!  In a world full of crazy-busyishness its a good time to unwind in great company!  Lets make this a first class event!  I hope to see you all there!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


I added a strawberry butter cream icing and some chocolate decorations on top.... took them over the top!
 I'm always on the hunt for a great recipe.  This is the perfect one to use up those leftover fresh Strawberries and Bananas you have kicking around.

1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, sliced
2 Tbsp Sugar, to toss with berries
2/3 Cup Mashed Bananas (about 2)
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup 2% Milk
2 Lg. Egg Whites
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Salt.

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease or butter muffin tins.

Toss strawberries with the sugar and set aside.

In a large bowl stir together banana, sugar, milk, egg whites, oil and vanilla.  In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Add to wet ingredients and mix until just blended.  Fold in strawberries.  Drop batter into muffin tins until 3/4 full.

Bake for 20-25 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool 15 mins in tins before turning out.

Serve and enjoy.

Yeilds 12 muffins.