getting to know ya!


So you can get to know me a little bit, and also simply because I love reading basically anything that is posted in point-form, I thought it was time for a little get to know you. For more basic info about me, check out my recently updated About section!

So here it goes!

You know how some people get scared or at least really nervous to go to the dentist?  That’s how I am about going to the hairdresser…

In the past three years I`ve lost about 75 pounds.  Actually it’s more like 65 because I’ve gained about 10 back, but let’s just pretend that didn`t happen ;)

meMe 2.5 years ago/Me 2 months ago

– I wasn`t allowed to watch TV as a kid, which basically means when people start to sing the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air song, or talk about the Cosby Show, I have to sit that conversation out because… I don`t know what that is.  In fact, I just had to google it to see if it is the Cosby Show or the Crosby Show. True story.


Dinosaurs/Fresh Prince (Or so I`ve been told…)

-I love watching Teen Mom. And Teen Mom 2. Whatever. I said it.

– I`m pretty obsessed with chocolate & ice cream; I eat one or the other every. single. day.


Okay, this is actually my boyfriends cone.  Mine would obviously be chocolate, and I always get mine in a cup (yeah, I`m weird)

– I am very frugal.  I wanted to buy a cheesy chick lit book, but it was about $25, and so I went home without buying it.  The thing was, I had a GIFT CARD!  I can`t even spend my gift money wastefully!  I did eventually convince myself to return to the store, and used the gift card to get the book.

-I`ve been to 36 countries.  37 if you let me count Vatican City…


Angkor Wat, Cambodia

– There is pretty much a 50/50 chance that I`m having pasta for dinner tonight, and every other night.

– Whenever I watch Who Wants to Be a Millionaire I always sing “whooo wants to beee a million-aaaaaaaire” along with the music they play at the beginning.  Then one day, a friend commented on how it was funny that I have made up a little song to go along with the music.  But until that second, I legitimately, for who knows what reason, thought that song was a “thing.”  Like I imagined I had heard it on the show before, or that everyone, naturally, sang that song when the opening music played.

That’s all for now folks!  Leave something about yourself in the comments so I can to know you too, pretty please!


aruba, jamaica, oooh i wanna take ya


6 weeks ago today, I was lucky enough to spend a day in Aruba.

Am I the only person who has that song by the Beach Boys stuck in their head all the time?   Come on pretty mama, Key Largo, Montego… No, just me?  If you mention any of the places in that song to me, I will have that song stuck in my head for a week.  And unfortunately for you, it won`t just stay in my head- i`ll be singing it.  And I only know about 4 lines.  So that gets annoying fast.

Anywho.  Before I got off track there, I was going to say this- Here are some photos from Aruba:


I miss you, bathing suit weather.  This is what is looks like here:


Not cool Canada.  That photo wasn`t even taken today- today is actually much worse.  Add about a gazillion tons of extra snow to what you see in this picture, and you can imagine the joyous winter wonderland I am now living in.

Back to the dreamy beachy-ness that is Aruba.  Look at that water:


This is not my dog.  But look how cute!  That dog definitely deserves to be blogged about, don`t you agree?



On that note, I`m going to go crank up the heat, make myself a pina colada & celebrate that fact that tomorrow is Friday :-)

southern-themed party fun

This past weekend, I hosted a southern-themed party.   Meaning? Sweet Tea, Mac & Cheese, Blues & Jazz, Southern Comfort- all that fun stuff!  It was a really good time.


Homemade sweet tea with lemon


White hydrangeas drinksMmm cocktails



I made sweet potato pie tarts, and pecan tarts- Wow, they were both great (if I do say so myself).  In pre-made tart shells, of course. I`m not Julia Child…

DSC_7768For the pulled pork, I used pork shoulder and the Club House Slow Cooker Pulled Pork mix.  You just throw the packet of spices, plus 1/2 cup each of ketchup and brown sugar, and 1/3 of a cup of cider vinegar along about a kilo of meat into your slow cooker, or in my case, my oven.  I cooked it for about 7 hours at about 275 degrees F ( though I did crank it up at the end.) until a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat hit 170 degrees F.   So yummy!