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Friday, October 13, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 10.13.17

Happy Friday Y'all!  And Happy Friday the 13th??  Is that a thing?  I know it's silly, but I still get a little freaked out on this day.  Josh has been gone this week to Pittsburgh for training, so Smudge and I have been hanging out having girl time, and I've hung out with Jules and Nicole and Jackson to get some human interaction.  I'm planning on going out to Purse State Park this morning to look for some shark teeth, hopefully I don't run into the Goatman.  The leaves have finally started to turn here, and Wednesday the temperature dropped below 80, thank goodness.  Bring on Fall!  Have a great weekend everyone!

I got this months FabFitFun box a few days ago and it is so amazing!  This is one box that I totally recommend if you can swing it.  Click here to sign up and get a discount!

Another, more low key box that I got was the #sendjoy box.  This was a group of 100 girl that made up cute little fall boxes to send to another random woman to make them smile.  I am in love with mine.

I went out for two Mexican lunches this week, one at Rosa Mexicano in National Harbor with Jules and to Cafe Rio here in Waldorf with Nicole and Jackson.  Both meals were delicious!  Rosa Mexicano is probably my favorite Mexican restaurant, plus their Sangria is delish.

Somehow I forgot to include this in last weeks 5, but I got my DNA results back from! As you can see, I am quite a mix, and I was a little surprised by the results.  If you want to get a DNA test check out

On Saturday Josh and I went to downtown La Plata to Rocktoberfest.  There were a ton of really awesome bands and great food.  We had no idea that it would be so awesome, I totally recommend checking it out next year.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

*Recipe* Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

I've been waiting a month and a half to post this recipe... I've also been waiting a month and a half for fall to finally arrive.  It still hasn't hit Southern Maryland, its still mid 80s with insane humidity, but at least some of the leaves have started to turn!  When I made these muffins, I sent most of them to work with Josh, and apparently they were a hit, even though they were a bit early.  Anyway, here's hoping fall gets here soon, and maybe I can make them again!


  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 - 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Almond Breeze Almond milk (I used silk coconut milk)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Directions for muffins

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line 2 muffin pans with liners (recipe will make about 24).
  • Combine flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, coconut oil, almond milk and vanilla extract.  Whisk.
  • Slowly fold dry mixture into wet mixture until just combined.
  • Fill muffin liners about three quarters full (using an ice cream scoop works great).
Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • Combine sugar, pecans, and cinnamon in small bowl. 
  • Sprinkle about a teaspoon (maybe a bit more) of the topping on the unbaked muffins.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool for about 10 minutes in the muffin pan before moving to a cooling rack. 
  • Enjoy!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 10.6.17

Good morning! So, ya, I haven't blogged in over a month.  I can't actually believe it has been that long, but I really have been busy! Josh has been working less hours than usual, so, we have sen trying to take advantage of that.  I spent over a week in Florida, celebrating Josh's birthday and cleaning up from Hurricane Irma (our damage was minimal, just a lot of mess) and during that trip, I ended up badly dislocating me kneecap and (I think) breaking my wrist. So I was laid up and not exactly in a good mood. I was back for a few short days before Miranda came for almost a week, so we spent our time touring around DC and the area and just in general being busy.  So I think, that today is the first time in quite a while that I haven't had some sort of excuse! Since I haven't done a Friday blog in so long, and really don't have much to report from this week, besides Miranda's trip (which will have it's own blog)  I am going to share a few highlights from the past month.  Everyone have an awesome weekend, stay safe, and tune in again soon!

As I mentioned, Miranda was here for a few days and we did all the DC stuff you have to do... all the monuments, a Brew Tour, a Nationals Game and a quick trip to Baltimore and of course shopping.  We had a great time, and check out my upcoming blog for more.  

In Tampa, before we went to the Bucs v. Bears game, we stopped in at Datz.  I have been wanting to go here since before we moved here because of their insane brunch menu.  They have become famous across the country for their crazy sandwiches, desserts and drinks.  It was as delicious as the hype with awesome service.  But be sure to call ahead or it may take your hours to get in!

Smudge Celebrated her 11th birthday on September 10th so she got a special hat and birthday cake!  She loved it.

I got this gorgeous Charmed Aroma ring, from my latest candle, a pineapple, while I was at the house.  Not only is the ring really nice, the candle smelled amazing!

 I got a hair cut and color, FINALLY, that I don't mind.  If anyone can tell me any places in Southern Maryland or DC where I can get a good haircut and color that don't charge an arm and a leg, I would really appreciate it!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 9.1.17

Happy Friday everyone, and happy first day of September! How is it possibly September and where did summer go?  I missed last weeks Friday blog, because I literally had not taken one picture all week, but I do have a few things to show today.  Everyone have a safe and fun labor day weekend!

Last Friday, Josh and I went to one of my favorite country acts, Brother's Osborne at the Calvert Marine Museum.  It is part of a concert series that the Museum has each year as a fundraiser and it is held in the parking lot so its a pretty small crowd and the guys rocked it.  They were amazing!  They are also from just a few miles away from where the concert was held and they put on quite the show for the locals.  Opening for them was Tucker Bethard, that sings the song Rocks On and Robbie Boothe, another upcoming local act that was awesome! Check out some of the videos that I took, below.  

Josh and I went for a walk at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, about 20 minutes from here.  The park is the northern most stand of Cypress trees in the US and some of the trees are up to 1000 years old. They have a nice little walk through the swamp as well as a great nature center with one of the only Albino Eastern Snapping Turtles and a rescued and rehabbed hawk and two owls.  

After we went to the Cypress Swamp we stopped at Mully's Brewery to try a beer that they had just released.  They were out of the beer already but there was a food truck with made to order brick oven pizzas.  We got the "street taco" pizza with pulled pork and all the yummy things you would find in a street taco.  So delicious!

Nicole's parents came down from Ontario for a visit a couple days ago and brought some Canadian treats.  Luckily, Nicole is very good at sharing and gave me some Ketchup Chips, Hickory Sticks and Buttertarts <3

I don't know if any one has watched the show "The Lowe Files" other than me, but I'm really enjoying it.  First of all, I love Rob Lowe so that helps.  Even though this show's premise is kinda overdone, the humor of all three of these guys cracks me up, and I think that's what makes the show for me.  Check it out (especially episode 5) and let me know what you think.  

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

*Recipe* Chicken Cauliflower Enchilada Casserole

It's been a while since I posted a recipe, and this is one of those great quick and delicious weeknight meals.  This dish could be dressed up and added to, with salsa, more salsa verde or hot sauce.  I'd like to say that it is low calorie, but I don't think that I can!   It could be a lot worse though, and it has cauliflower, so that makes it healthy right?  


-about 4 cups frozen cauliflower florets
-4oz cream cheese, softened
-2.5 cups cooked chicken, shredded (I used a rotisserie chicken        from Costco)
-1/2 cup Salsa Verde
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
-1/4 cup sour cream
-chopped, fresh cilantro to taste


-Put your cauliflower in a microwave safe dish and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until fork tender.  
-Add the cream cheese and microwave for another 30 seconds, Stir.
-Add the chicken, Salsa Verde, salt, pepper, cheddar cheese and sour cream.  Stir.

-Bake in preheated oven (375 degrees) in an overproof casserole dish for 20 minutes or until slightly golden and bubbly.  
--Serve hot and enjoy! 

Thanks to for the recipe!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 8.18.17

Happy Friday everyone!  I have once again been dropping the blogging ball, I just haven't been feeling it, and have been pretty tired and decently busy.  Maryland is the same, horrifically hot and humid and random downpours every couple days.  It's nice to be back with Josh and Smudge and Nicole and the baby and the crew, but I must say I'm missing Saskatchewan and Florida! It was so great to see everyone! I still haven't blogged about my trip, or anything else for that manor but that will come.  Everyone have an awesome weekend, mine is going to be jam packed, with some visitors and lots of events!

The day after I got back from Florida, we went into DC for Andy's birthday party.  Andy is my Peru BFF, Jule's husband.  We had a great time with great friends and some great food!

There is this awesome little sushi place in Prince Fredrick, a short drive from here.  It is called Nagoya and really is an awesome little gem.  Josh and I have made it a regular spot when we are out that way.

I took myself out to the Purse State Park area last week to search for fossilized shark teeth and enjoy some nature.  I went to a different area and found a ton of teeth and an even prettier beach.  

Last week was International Cat Day, so here is a picture of my little princess, being very lady-like!

Josh and I drove our friend Wilbur to the airport last weekend and stopped into Alexandria for lunch and some wandering.  We went to Don Taco for lunch, one of the best Mexican places ever and I even got real Ceviche and Churros with chocolate sauce, some of my Peruvian favorites.

I got my first Fab Fit Fun box yesterday.  It is awesome and considering I got it for $20 off, I couldn't be more impressed.  It is very similar to my mom's and I wish I could keep getting it!

I got these gorgeous sunflowers at the Farmer's Market on the weekend.  They make me think of fall, which I'm not rushing, but man, the 90's and 100% humidity are getting old!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 8.4.17

Happy Friday everyone, and long time no talk!  I was super busy in Saskatchewan, not to mention my phone decided to completely stop working about half way through so I was using an actual CAMERA and didn't even have a phone for most of the time... what is this 2002? haha. Anyway, I am currently in Florida, and have still have had no time to really collect my thoughts, or get pictures together, so, I just threw together few things from this little trip in FL.  Everyone have a great week, and hopefully next week I can get organized and do a blog or two about my time in SK!

Anyone that has been to our house knows I hate most of the lights that came in it, so we have slowly been changing them out.  This is the newest one over the kitchen island.  It looks a million times more modern and just way better!

On another rainy day after Josh had left, I decided to give our water closet in the master bath a little character with this stick on decal from Wallpops! It looks even better than I imagined.  I just need a cool rustic shelf and some vintage accessories.

While Josh was here we decided to check out Coolside Gelato bar, about a 5 minute drive from out house.  We have had their gelato before and its delicious but we had never had their drinks.  Now that they are famous for their Beerlato we had to try one.  I actually got a Sangria in a chocolate covered glass with lemon gelato.  They are amazing.  I went myself for a Prosecco with lemon and a Pino Grigio with melon haha.


While we were out looking for lights, we came across this Wine barrel propane fire pit on an amazing end of season sale.  We love it!

 I fund this cute Pineapple glasses at Walmart and had to have one!  So cute!

I went for a walk yesterday out at John Chesnut Park and want to share some of the animals I saw.  I always see so much wildlife out here and I love this park.

Turtle.  One of the largest I've seen here.

Limpkins hanging out watching for fish.

 Mama gator sitting watching her nest.

Male and Female Cardinals eating some birdseed someone left.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 7.8.17

Hello, friends!  Greetings from sunny Saskatchewan.  When I came here, I thought I would be getting away from the heat, but turns out we are in a month long heat wave and all that I got away from was the oppressive humidity.  Oh well, but we could really use some rain! The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind.  The first week while Josh was here, literally felt like 3 days, with Jesse's grad, Frontier Days and catching up with family.  I know that none of us are totally recovered yet. I still have lots of things to do, and people to catch up with, so if you are reading this, stop in!  It would save me some driving time!  Have a great week everyone!

My baby brother graduated high school this year!  I am not sure how that is possible, since he was 2 when I graduated high school, but I guess time goes insanely fast.  We had a great day and I think he did too.  Everyone did an amazing job speaking and planning and they looked so darn cute! 

 Frontier Days took place last weekend in Swift Current, with the normal fair midway, rodeo, concerts and fireworks.  We spent the entire day there as a family and took in the Rodeo, lots of food, Sawyer Brown and Aaron Goodvin concerts and Canada Day fireworks.  Everything was awesome, especially the concerts.  Sawyer Brown still puts on an amazing show (He was my first concert that I remember going to when I was 6 or 7) and Aaron Goodvin was so good too.  Check him out if you aren't from Western Canada and a country fan.  We were also super impressed with the fireworks display this year, even though a few of us got hit with burning embers!

This was the sunset the first morning we were in Saskatchewan.  Mom and I got up because the dogs were barking and noticed how amazing it looked.  I like to think this was a welcome back especially for me.

Everyone knows I miss my Canadian food so much, and take advantage of every chance I get to eat food.  Tim Hortons everything, Poutine and even a butter tart Parfait!

My parents got me this shirt when they went to see Tanya Tucker, my namesake.  Love it!

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