Finding 50}Days 141-147

Finding 50

Despite the continuing rain here in Portland I found lots of pretty this week.  All our rain is helping the roses to go crazy in the garden!!  I found pretty in Portland and in Utah this week when I was there for a visit.  I’d love for you to leave me a comment and let me know what pretty you found in your week.  Send me a photo of your pretty and I’ll share it on Facebook!! May 24 – Day 141 I got tired of my ugly, inexpensive Ikea [Continue Reading…]

Ginger Steak Salad

steak salad

I made this recipe several months ago and we loved it. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to share it with you. I made this during my short lived low glycemic phase.  I have made lots of salads topped with chicken and even pork but I haven’t used red meat before but I loved it.  Even with red meat this salad was very light yet filling and satisfying.  Even my sweet tooth felt satisfied! I found this recipe while I was doing some looking around over at [Continue Reading…]

Double Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Frosting


Chocolate and Caramel – does it get any better than that?! These double chocolate brownies with caramel frosting are pure heaven. When I first saw this recipe in my mom’s new Southern Living Cookbook I knew I would be making them – soon! They did not disappoint!  The brownie is full of chocolate and topped with a creamy caramel frosting. They are a perfect addition to any upcoming summertime picnic or just because.  They are guaranteed to satisfy any chocolate craving you may have. You need a candy thermometer to [Continue Reading…]

Balsamic Black Bean Salsa

Balsamic Black Bean Salsa

I have lost track of how many times I have made this salsa.  It has been my go to appetizer for the last few months whenever I am asked to bring something to a potluck.  Every time I have made it I’ve been asked for the recipe – that’s a good sign it is definitely a keeper. This recipe comes from my friend Melanie over at My Kitchen Cafe –  my go to food blog for recipes that don’t disappoint! Not only is it delicious but the colors are so [Continue Reading…]

Finding 50}Days 134 -140

sweet peas

Well, I have to admit this last week was tough.  All it has done is rain and I mean RAIN.  I am not talking sprinkle or drizzle I am talking DOWNPOUR.  We have had short bursts of sun here and there but we have had so much rain!  We are talking gutter over flowing rain. Finding the pretty was a little more difficult this week.  I did manage to get my camera out in the garden in between downpours a few times and then I went to the Farmer’s Market [Continue Reading…]

BBQ Jalapeno Poppers:Ree & Leigh{Anne}

BBQ Jalapeno Poppers

When I decided I was going to cook my way through Pioneer Women’s cookbook there were a few recipes I was a little worried about. Recipes I knew I just would not like. Recipes I was not going to eat and someone else was just going to have to taste test it for me. Today’s recipe is one of those – BBQ Jalapeno Poppers.  I don’t like jalapeno peppers so I knew I wouldn’t like these. Our neighbor was having a graduation party for their niece/cousin and I volunteered to [Continue Reading…]

On TV and Giveaway Update


The response has been so great for the Eco-Cupcake Stand that Green Party Supplies has generously donated THREE of them to be given away. So your chances of winning just tripled! Yeah! I also have one more way you can receive an additional entry. Head on over to Green Party Goods Facebook Page and become a fan!  Then come on back to the original giveaway post and leave another comment letting us know you are a fan (Do not leave the comment on this post but go to the original [Continue Reading…]

Lemon Pancakes with Blueberry Compote


I’ve been on a pancake kick lately. There were these yummy and healthy Oatmeal Pancakes. And some lovely strawberry topped Swedish Pancakes. Tessa’s favorite pancake to make are her Yellow Pancakes. And remember Pioneer Women’s light and fluffy Sour Cream Pancakes But sometimes you just want a good old Buttermilk Pancake. Lately I have been playing around with flavored pancakes. Last week it was lemon. Yes, lovely lemon pancakes! I found the lemon pancake recipe over at Two Peas and their Pod. The recipe calls for whole wheat flour which [Continue Reading…]

Eco-Cupcake Stand Giveaway

cupcake stand

Party season is here…graduation parties, bridal showers, baby showers, wedding receptions.    All kinds of parties. What goes better with a party than cupcakes?!  You know how I feel about cupcakes. I’ll be helping host a baby shower in the next few months and you can bet there will be cupcakes at the party.  I can’t wait to serve the cupcakes on this – a Eco-Cupcake Stand from Green Party Supplies.  Isn’t it fun!! Eco-Cupcake Stands are a fun way to display your cupcakes at your party and create a table [Continue Reading…]