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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Strawberry Cookie Tarts

Found this Recipe over at Me and My Pink Mixer.  If you've never checked out Mrs. Pink Mixer and her blog, you should, so adorable :)  Making this for our 4th of July cookout!! Really excited about the 4th in case you can't tell... planning foods to make for July in May, I have issues I know.

Strawberry Cookie Tarts
recipe from Joy's Hope

2  packages of Pillsbury Refrigerated Ready to Bake Sugar Cookies
1 tub (8 oz) Philadelpia Whipped Cream Cheese
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip
1/4 cup sugar
Fresh Strawberries

Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray.  Place one Ready to Bake Sugar Cookie in each tin.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and use a Pampered Chef  Mini Tart Shaper to press them into tart shapes.  Let them cool a few minutes before you remove them from the pan to a wire rack.  I run a plastic knife gently around the tarts to help remove them from the pan. While the cookie tarts are cooling make the filling.

Combine whipped cream cheese, cool whip and sugar.  Mix with electric mixer until fluffy.  
Put filling in a pastry bag with tip and pipe into each cookie tart.  Top with a strawberry or other fresh fruit. 
Makes 48 cookie tarts.


Super Simple Shrimp Tacos

Found this amazing recipe for Super Simple Shrimp Tacos that is SUPER SIMPLE {hence the name} over at Clean and Delicious with Dani Spies! So good, so yummy, so loved it!!
Shrimp Tacos2
Recipe is as follows:


  • 1 lb of frozen shrimp, defrosted, peeled, & deveined
  • 6 oz fat free Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ a head of cabbage, thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat tortillas over medium heat in a dry skillet until warm and starting to form small brown spots. Set aside on a plate covered with a clean kitchen towel.

Mix yogurt, cayenne, lime juice, cilantro, & salt in a small bowl, set aside.
Heat two teaspoons of olive oil in a medium non-stick skillet and add cabbage.  Cook for about four minutes or until the cabbage is just barely wilted.  Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Cut shrimp into thirds, so you have little bite size pieces.  Sauté in two teaspoons of olive oil and season with salt, pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper over medium heat just until done.  They cook up in just a few minutes… so be sure to watch them!

Build your taco!  Place a scoop of cabbage on the warmed tortillas taco, then top with shrimp, and cilantro sauce… enjoy!

Serves 4.


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Citrus Salsa


Super easy! And I actually made this one up on my own, hubs and brother in law loved it.  And of course I loved it, what food don't i love??  I'm a big fat girl at heart.... confession.
-6 oranges
-1 small can diced pineapple
-1 can mandarian oranges
-1 can diced peaches
-1/2 of a sweet vadalia onion
-1/2 of a tomatoe
-1 to 2 tablespoon minced garlic
-Salt to taste
Dice and de-seed oranges and put in mixing bow.  Drain and pour in all canned items.  Add onion, tomato and garlic (i buy the pre-minced, saves me so much time and I use it in EVERYTHING, poor husband, my breath must be horrible ha!).  Mix well.  Salt to taste.  Allow to chill and serve with tortilla chips. 
I had a bunch of oranges about to go back and wanted to make sure I used them, being the thrifting money saving mom that I am :)  Turned out fab and is now officially my new fav salsa!
What are your favorite kinds of salsa??  Feel free to share recipes!

La Belle Bride

OHHH I wish I would have seen this site circa spring 2007!!!  I loved my wedding but I feel like there are so many cool things out now that were def not around for my wedding day!  Between Le Belle Bride and BHLDN i'm obsessed.  Really I ought be a wedding planner... maybe someday.  Til then I shall stalk Brides and Blogs and live vicariously through my engaged friends :) :)
rustic barn wedding
It's the little details people!!
portland wedding
cowgirl boots, so wish i would have indulged in that!
wedding flower diy
burlap... oh for the love of burlap!  So rustic and lovely!
AND PLEASE check out the Wedding Inspirations Gallery, it truly is wedding blog heaven :)
sooo much uuuhhh-mazingness, check it out!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Little Biker Chick {And biker Hubby}

I love these photos, just had to share!  Love these two so deeply!!

Sunshine Burgers

These are one of my favs and they are so perfect delish dish for Spring! So simple too!  We grilled out last night, a beautiful night for grilling, really hoping for more of these to come!

Burger meat of your choice (I usually opt for lean ground beef or ground turkey)
Bacon (or turkey bacon like I used)
Sliced Pineapple Rings
Sliced Cheese (my fav w/ this dish is cheddar, but american would do)
BBQ Sause

~Simply season your meat to taste.  I used some Season All, Dried Onion bits, and a dash of Garlic Salt.  Then form season meat into patties and throw then on the grill!

~While burgers are grilling cook bacon, if your grill cooks fast you may want to start this prior to throwing burgers on the grill.

~Once burgers are cooked to perfection add a small dallop of BBQ Sauce, a pineapple ring, bacon and top with cheese.  Allow to cook long enough just for the cheese to melt.  Place on a perfectly toasted bun and enjoy! 

~I like to add a little extra BBQ sauce to the bun :)

We also grilled onion. YES onions.  One of our favs!!  Just slice a sweet vadalia onion into thin rings.  Place on the grill and top with Italian dressing.  Grill on both sides and serve!  So easy and a great side dish- and I don't normally eat onions at all!!

Hope you are all enjoying spring and the outdoors as much as possible!

Farewell to Winter

I thought an appropriate farewell to winter would be pictures from the Girls Trip we took to Gatlinburg this past winter.  Meant to post about this a million times and it just somehow didn't happen.  The cabin we stayed in was beyond amazing and it was so nice to have reprieve from the norm- no laundry, no dishes, no one to worry about but myself for about 48 hrs (but of course somehow I still found a way to worry about my hubby and sweet baby…. It's just my nature I guess).   Such an amazing time and a great way to kick off our new Bible study and kick up our feet!  So far I'm lovin the new Bible study!

 Cutest Pregger Ever :)
 sweet jod <3

Spring I welcome you, please invade my life!

Grape Salad: A Great Spring Recipe!

A co-worker made this dish today, it was too good not to share the recipe!  Ingredients sound a bit strange together but it was simply devine!
Grape Salad:
1 lb of white seedless grapes
1 lb of red seedless grapes
1 8oz of sour cream
1 8oz of cream cheese
¾ cup of sugar
-mix altogether and spread mixture in a 13x9 inch dish/pan then refrigerate overnight.

1 cup of chopped pecans
¼ cup of brown sugar
-mix together and "drizzle" over grape mixture before serving
Enjoy J

{Sorry no pic, but I promise it was sooo good!}

Monday, May 9, 2011

Love of a Mother

As this year's Mother's Day came and went so quickly, my brain can't help but think of the LOVE of a MOTHER.  And as usual, I put my ramblings here.  On my blog.  My online journey.  Random Ramblings, my thoughts. Not usually many facts, just randomness.
I think of the overwhelming love that I have for my children (my Wyndham and my Paisley-still growing in my belly, kicking my bladder thank you very much).  And I think of my mother and the love that I have for her and the Love that she has for her 4 girls.  You love your mother, you always do and you can't remember a time where you didn't, you just do from birth (oh believe me I went through my teenage rebellion years but I always loved her).  Your baby knows your smell and your voice and he or she knows this before he or she is even out of your womb- how crazy is that?!  The moment I held Wyndham for the first time, I could calm her within minutes, she knew my voice and my smell.  Even at just a few days old she could tell when I would hold her vrs when someone else would.  Before I had Wyndham people would try to explain the love of a mother to me, and I thought I understood it, seeing as I have a mother and I had a baby in my belly and loved her already, and I loved my neices and nephew so much.  But the moment you lay eyes on that baby and you hold her (or him) it is an instantaneous, unexplainable, crazy, crazy love.  A love that I truly canNOT describe. You instantly know that you would give that being your last breathe, your every dollar and would fight like a lioness would for her (or "a momma bear" -as Ryan calls it- and it has come out in me a couple times, ok maybe more than a couple.  I am protective whatev, Ryan finds it oh so humorous, but no big deal, i don't care!).  And this love that you have for this child is shared between you and your husband. I loved Ryan so so much before we had Wyndham, I couldn't imagine loving him anymore, but having this child brings you to a whole other level that you didn't know existed in your relationship, and you love the father/mother of your child even more.
Ryan said after I delivered Wyndham that I was so strong, I was his hero.  To me it was no heroic act, it's what Mommas do, they carry their growing baby around for 9 months then squeeze a baby out of WHAT?! then keep going- do big deal (and for those of you who have not had children, don't listen to all the horror stories people want to tell you, it will probably be the most painful thing you do -that is true- but even so it's totally do-able, not that bad and totally worth it! you get a sweet sweet prize at the end.  It all goes back to normal and if it was so bad I would not be doing this again in less then a 20 month span?!?!  I think not, I'm a wimp).  And sweet Ryan/Daddy is our prince in shining armor everyday.  The way Wyndham lights up when he walks in the door in indescribable, so priceless.  As a mother, you love your husband more for the way he loves your child.
I'm reminded of mother's past.  Ryan's grandmothers (Wonda Lee and Maryanne), and the love that they had for their kids and their children/grandchildren's adoration of them years and years after their passing.  My Mother's mother, Erma, she was a beautiful and gentle woman.  A funny woman with a language all her-which I still tend to use to this day.   I love the way Ryan still thinks about often and misses his Nan.  Although he was only around 5 or so when she passed, she left a large and lasting impression on him.  And Wonda Lee-- I love that I wear her diamond everyday, not just b/c it is a beautiful and a perfect emerald cut diamond, but because it was hers.  I wish I could have met her, but in a strange way I feel like I have.  People who knew Wonda say that there is no mistaking Debbie (my mother in law) as her daughter, and the stories I hear of her make me think I knew her.
For some reason when you become a mother you instantly grow this huge sense of empathy and sympathy.  When another mother is hurting for her child you can relate.  To see your child hurting, in any way -emotionally, phsyically anything is beyond horrible- you would take that pain on in a moment and times a thousand to not have your child hurting.  When Wyndham has been sick it breaks my heart, I'd rather be sick a ten times worse than have her hurting.  When a friend, sister, co-worker is crying for their child you cry too, not much of an option there for me.  No one cries alone in my presence....And when you become a mother you have a new appreciation for your mother and the mother of your spouse, you just get a glimpse of what its like in someone else's shoes for a minute.
And speaking of Momma Bears, I can recall quite a few instances where my own mom turned into a quite a Lioness!  Guess I learned from the pro!  She has even done so for her Grandkids when needed now. Bless her heart, she will not allow anything to her little chitlins. 
For those of you who know my mother, she is a hysterical woman.  So spunky and sassy and is not afraid to laugh at herself or be herself. I remember growing up saying soooo  many times "mom you can't say that to people" and she would respond with "well I just did".  She loves deeply and has a great sense of humor and is one of those people that really doesn't care much about what people thing.  She doesn't always make a great first impression becasue first thing she does to EVERYONE is give them a good look from head to toe, then and only then will she say hello- pretty hysterical to watch, especially when you know its coming.  I warned Ryan of this before their first encounter and without fail, she did it.  But once people get to know her they see the woman there underneath that is giving, sensitive, nurturing, protective and OOOHH so hysterical!  There are a lot of things that all of us are not, and I try to love her for all the things that she is, because there are so many great "is's" there -- a phrase rendered by my mother in law- the Debster- that I have clung to :) :)  "Love people for what they are, not what they are not"

And I think of other figures in my life that "mothered' me in some way or another. I'm a firm believer that God puts people in your life for specific reasons. That he puts different women in your life from time to time to "mother" you in a way that he sees fit for that season of your life.  I am thankful to those woman that have helped to shape me into who/what I am today, along with my own mother. 
Thinking of this immense and wonderful love makes me eager to meet the new one on the way as I know my heart will grow and I will love her like I love my sweet Wyndham.  I already love Paisley so much in my womb and I can't wait for Wyndham and "Daddy" to know her how I do right now. To feel life inside of me, to feel her kicking and moving is the most amazing miracle and such a blessing. I love so much that I was blessed enough to carry children, to be a mother and to have a mother in my life, as there are some in my life whose mother was sadly taken far too early.

And now some motherly pictures that I have available (:

 Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In Honor of Cinco De Mayo~ Tres Leches Cake

Super easy, Super Good, Super Fattening!! --But for such a special occasion such as CINCO DE MAYO it's fine, totally fine! My husband and I feel in LOVE with this on our honeymoon here:
 Guanacaste, Costa Rica

 zip-line, seriously soooo high!!

 yoga anyone?

mud fun from the in-active volcano that was bubbling right by us, kinda scary :/

 we got a couples massage w/ a river running underneath us, so amazing!! 

 this pretty swan towels were all over every night when we came pack from our daily outings :)
 natural saunas 

he's such a hottie!!

 pic our of King Deluxe Bungalow (:

 little cow friends we made (:

oooohhh please take me back someday!!!!

Borinquen Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica Circa May 2007.  Wow have we really been married almost 4 yrs!?!? OMG

Tres Leches Cake (which we ate almost EVERYDAY in Costa Rica)
  • 1 yellow cake mix (with pudding) baked as directed in 13 by 9-inch pan
For topping mixture:
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
To finish:
  • Whipped cream, to cover cake
  • Crushed pineapple, macadamia nuts or cherries (all optional)
Poke holes in the cake with a fork all over. Pour topping mixture over cake. Let mixture absorb completely in refrigerator.
all the decadant layers in their glory :)
I opted to mix the crushed pineapple in with the the cool whip then covered the cake with it.  If you want sprinkle sweetened coconut over top of cake or place a cherry in various places. I have seen it served all of these ways! 
{topped w/ toasted coconut}

Serve and Enjoy!!