Woodford Reserve Bourbon Balls ~ A sweet Father's Day Treat

Our daddy loves bourbon. Since I met the Mister, bourbon has been a drink of choice. A couple of years ago, he and some friends headed to Kentucky for a bachelor party bourbon trail tour. He had a great time for obvious reasons, but came home with a new love, appreciation and fascination with bourbon. Our liquor cabinet went from having a selection of 2-3 bourbons to probably 6 or 7 choices at any given time. Blanton's, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace & 1792 are just a few favorites you'll find in our cabinet.
With Father's Day being just around the corner, I took to Pinterest for some gift ideas. I had already bought him a gift (a New York Mets Fanchest), so I was looking for something I could make him. Last weekend we spent some time with our dear friends who live in Spring, Texas (just outside of Houston). It just so happens that these friends are also bourbon drinkers; so lots of stories about the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, drink recipes/concoctions & cooking/bak…

Trader Joe's Cauliflower Pizza Crust

It's SO GOOD! Let's just start by saying that. A while back I made my own cauliflower crust and honestly, it's a ton of work. You can check that post out here. So when a friend told me that Trader Joe's had a cauliflower pizza crust, I made it my mission to get there and scoop some up. 
Unfortunately, I found an empty freezer case, but I wasn't leaving without asking to see if there was some in the back. Sure enough, I scored the last 2 boxes in the store. The woman informed me that this item would be out of stock until sometime in July. Apparently, they are tweaking the baking instructions and need to reprint all of the boxes, etc. 
With that being said, I agree that the directions do need to be tweaked. I am pretty sure that the cook time of 8-10 minutes is a misprint. I ended up baking mine for about 22-24 minutes and that still left parts of the center cooked, but not crispy. I have one more box in the freezer and I plan to bake the crust for about 8-10 minute…

Summer Bucket List

Creating a Summer Bucket List is such a fun exercise to do with the kids. We made one of these last year and posted it in the playroom. The list doesn't allow for many dull moments and defintely no, "I'm bored" whining. We had plenty of ideas to fill our summer days with. Part of the fun was checking them off as we completed them. We didn't hit every activity on our list last summer; hopefully, we'll have better luck this summer.
Rather then sitting down with the boys to make a list, I would get ideas from them about what they wanted to do this summer while we were out running errands or in the car on our way to school. This kept them occupied when having to tag along with mommy to get stuff done and also made for great conversations in general. Of course, I did not write this list while driving...that wouldn't be very safe. Instead, I stored all those great ideas away to recall a few nights later when I had the chance to sit down, pull out some markers …

Granola Crust Breakfast Tart

I've always stayed away form recipes like this in fear of how difficult they would be. I would come across pins and stop in my tracks to take in the beauty of these culinary masterpieces. All the colorful fruit would have my mouth watering and taste buds begging for a piece. 
Recently, I decide to over come my fruit tart making fears and to my surprise, it was easy peasy and oh, so good. The spring heat had me searching for a healthy and refreshing breakfast recipe to bring and share with the ladies at my bible study and this recipe was just that- refreshing and healthy. Instead of a buttery graham crust, this is a crunchy granola crust made from Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats. I was able to pick them up at Lucky's Market. You can also find his products at Publix, Target and Amazon. One of the best things about a fruit tart is that there really is no right or wrong fruit combination. It's really your call. I pretty much used the fruit I had on hand. I initiall…

A Fresh New Look

To say I've been working on a new "blog look" for months would be an understatement. It's something I've been mulling over for at least a year. I was convinced once the New Year started, I would be ready to pull the trigger and actually put work back into this blog AND then... life happened.

Like anything you really want to make happen, you have to carve out the time. Time is a commodity. A commodity that some could debate I have a lot of as a SAHM. To those with that argument, I side eye, laugh and carry on. This post is not to debate or discuss my day to day and/or how I manage my time. Instead it's to celebrate a small victory! I did it, I made the time to WRITE THIS POST!
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y in my book. Blogging is a labor of love. It's a stress outlet for me. It gives me a sense of purpose. I love sharing my recipes, parenting experiences, crafts and life (even as messy as it can get) with all of you. If it can brighten someones day or lend insight to even…

Lasagna ~ A Healthier Spin On a Delicious Italian Meal

Lasagna, need I say more. This delicious Italian meal is full of cheese and O-M-G, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. So those who know me, know I eat pretty healthy. You must be thinking I've fallen off my rocker. Nope, I am about to put a healthier spin on this bad boy for us all to enjoy without the guilt.

9 cooked whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach
2 cups low fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 pound cooked ground turkey
Spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Cook noodles according to directions on the package.
2. Pre heat oven to 350°. Cook ground turkey stove top in a medium skillet. Adding salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
3. Mix ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, spinach*, egg, garlic, Italian seasoning and ground turkey*. Mix well and set aside. (* If you are making a kid friendly version like I did, you will wan…

Meal Planning- It's not just a strategy, It'a way of life!

The honest truth is that when I am prepared I am successful. Now that doesn't mean that I don't give into the temptation of cookies or other treats that might be in the house. But I can say that overall, my eating is what it should be when I meal plan for the week. Meal planning can be overwhelming. The good news is that that there is no right or wrong way to meal plan. It's a matter of finding what process works for you, your lifestyle and family.

About 8 months ago, I decided it was time to take control of our eating and really focus on healthier choices. The 21 Day Fix Extreme was when I really got serious and actually followed the meal plan for the first time. Looking back, I realized, I had wasted the previous months of working out with poor eating choices. Muscles are made in the kitchen, plain and simple. I can work out all day, everyday, but unless I make the right food choices, I won't get the results I am looking for.

My current meal planning system has mult…