What Makes You Sparkle?


This post was brought to you by Dansani. All opinions expressed are my own. What makes you sparkle?  When Dasani asked me this question I had to think about it for a few minutes. What makes each and every one of us happy and sparkle is going to be unique to our life.  Maybe it’s your kids that make you sparkle, or your favorite hobby or perhaps it’s your career! 

  I decided there were lots of things that made me sparkle or brought me joy and happiness in my life.  Today [Continue Reading...]

Fresh Fruit Flavored Milk

Fresh fruit flavored milkl

Today we have our third installment of Kids Can Cook!  I’ve got my little helper Addy in the kitchen with me this week. I asked Addy’s mom to get me a list of things she would like to learn how to make.  One of the things on her list was Strawberry Milk.   Not only did we make strawberry milk but we made banana and orange too! We started with strawberry milk since that is what Addy had requested.  The first thing we had to do was hull the strawberries. [Continue Reading...]

Atlantic Beach Lemon Cream Pie

Atlantic Beach Lemon Pie

Ocassionally I get an email from my good friend Sherra and it begins with the words  - Must Make!  Then there is a link to a recipe.  I know if it comes from Sherra and it starts with those two words I can pretty much be guaranteed it’s going to be a good one.  So I usually do just what she says and I make it! Pretty much right then and there! This recipe came with a fun story.  My friend found the recipe in the Our State: North Carolina online [Continue Reading...]

Orange Creamsicles

orange creamsicles

We’re having an unseasonably hot summer here in Portland.  We’ve had multiple days over 90 degrees – that just doesn’t happen that often.  I’m not complaining but as a result I’ve needed a lot of ice cream and frosty treats to keep cool. We’ve even had a few days in triple digits!  We had a couple of those days last week and wouldn’t you know it – my air conditioner wouldn’t work!  I was glad I had a batch of these orange creamsicles in the freezer to help me keep [Continue Reading...]

Hazelnut Balsamic Green Beans

Hazelnut Balsamic  Green Beana

Last week I posted this picture on Instagram. The beginning of our green bean harvest.  This year we got smart and decided to stagger the planting of our beans and not plant them all at the same time so we end up over run with green beans.  Hoping to stretch those fresh green beans out over the whole summer! With the picture I asked what your favorite way to prepare fresh green beans was and I got some great ideas I’ll be trying out so hopefully we’ll have lots of [Continue Reading...]

Dirty Coke Slushie

Dirty Coke Slushie

Friday was 7-11, July 11th.  It is also the day that the 7-11 stores give away free Slurpees!  My husband called me from work to ask me if I was going.  I decided to make my own slushie at home with my beverage of choice.  A Dirty Coke.  Now if you aren’t from Utah you might not know what a “Dirty” coke is!  It  is a mixture of coke, coconut syrup and a squeeze of lime.  A truly wonderful way to enjoy a coke!  It also works great in Dr. Pepper. [Continue Reading...]

Inspiration Monday Linky Party


Hey, friends! We’re so happy you’re here. It’s the place to come for inspiration and leave some of your own! #InspirationMonday All six hostesses simultaneously host this party at the same time. Link up on one and be seen on all! During the week, we love to feature lots of your links on our social media outlets, using the hashtag #InspirationMonday. Feel free to follow us on social media below to check out all of the ongoing  #InspirationMonday fun>>>  I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Redhead Can Decorate | Refresh Restyle  Scattered Thoughts [Continue Reading...]

Marinated Skirt Steak with Tomato Relish

Marinated Skirt Steak with Tomato Relish

It’s been a hot week here in Portland.  We’re in the 90′s and that is 10 degrees higher than our average temperature for this time of year.  I’m not complaining but when the temperatures get that high my desire to turn on the stove or oven go way down.  To almost non-existent!  Thank goodness for our grill.  Keep that heat outside! Today’s recipe uses skirt steak.  Skirt steak is a nice inexpensive cut of meat but it definitely needs to marinate.  I marinated it over night.  I would give it [Continue Reading...]

Salt & Pepper Red Potatoes

Salt & Pepper Potatoes

Because I believe every blog posts deserves pretty pictures today is a Recipe Redo. Although these potatoes might not be the prettiest potatoes you ever make but they are delicious. They are simple and delicious! Note:  In the past few years since the post originated here on the blog I have learned to eat a few more potato dishes!  I even ate some of these potatoes when I remade them for this redo post! If you know me at all you know I don’t eat a lot of potatoes.  But because I am married [Continue Reading...]