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Finally ready for October!

love decorating for any holiday! Last year I was pretty busy with wedding planning (and realistically, no room to bring one more box out of storage) so I didn’t do a whole lot of decorating.

Well – wedding is over, time is all I have (haha) and I got in the decorating spirit!! (which translates to: I have a lot of work to do and this is an awesome way to procrastinate). 

So – here’s some pictures of how we are celebrating this October – fall and Halloween!

Fall wreath! Love it!
Fall wreath! Love it!
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Just a little fun 🙂

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Porch close up!

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front window

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kitchen table
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kitchen table 2

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This picture really isn’t the best – but there’s a surprise Stella!

Anyone else think it’s weird I was able to up-cycle a ton of my wedding decorations as Halloween decorations?? 


Finished off the night with some warm soup, beer bread, and a Woodchuck Pumpkin cider. Delicious!

2013-10-07 19.38.02-1Soup:

Started with a soup mix, then added more!

  • Bear Creek Cheddar Potato Soup
  • 3 potatoes, diced small
  • 1 can white kidney beans
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 package bacon bits
  • shredded cheddar cheese

Sat in the crockpot for about 7 hours! So easy to manipulate and make yours!


Started from this recipe, very easy!

  • 3 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder (make sure it’s fresh!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt – (as I wrote this up, I realized I forgot this – makes a lot of sense…)
  • Garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning (no, I didn’t measure any of these)

Bake in oven at 375 for 45 minutes, let cool for 10!



Yummy lunch!

It’s no surprise that I will do just about anything to avoid actually doing my work.  I mean, people can’t be productive all day, right???

While perusing the internet, I inspired (and my stomach started grumbling) as soon as I saw the amazing pasta salad posted by the Fitnessista! I love pasta salad in the summer but don’t necessarily think about making it a whole lot when it comes to fall/winter.  But, like typical Indiana – our temperatures have been in the 80s, which I think is hotter than it was all summer.

So, I made my own little delicious lunch! I didn’t follow the Fitnessista’s recipe, but made do with what I had! The best part about pasta salad is that it’s delicious right after it’s made, and it’s even better after it has sat for a day in the fridge!

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Here’s what I added:

  • a mix of noodles to finish off what was already opened…
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • half of a GIANT green pepper
  • a can of chickpeas (drained and delicious)
  • 2 pieces of chicken breast (leftovers)
  • 1 T of ranch dressing
  • 3 T of italian dressing
  • Bragg’s organic sprinkle seasoning (no measurement, spread til I was done)
  • Fresh basil off my plant

So easy, delicious, and [relatively] healthy! The unhealthy part is that it’s so delicious I can’t stop eating it. Everything in moderation, right? Ha! 🙂

Have a great rest of your day and weekend! Try out some pasta salad and let me know how it goes!

Lots o’ Blueberries

We went on a shopping trip this weekend…and I just COULD NOT pass this up….

2013-07-27 20.41.06That’s right, 5 pounds of delicious, plump, healthy blueberries. 

Now, let’s be serious. There’s no way I could eat 5 pounds of blueberries before they went bad.  Well, I guess I could, but it just wouldn’t be a good situation.  Soooo I froze the majority of them and kept some fresh.

My goal for this week (and probably next) is to try out some new recipes with all my blueberries! 

I started by making a lovely dessert.

My friend Kim is a dessert expert.  She has her PhD, and it might as well be in baking.

So, of course I asked her for a quick and easy dessert recipe and she sends this one my way.  Because I trust her oh so much, I literately just started reading the recipe and not even looking ahead.  Well, to my surprise (not), we have different definitions of quick and easy.  This recipe had a lot of steps to it, took more ingredients than I had, but ended up being delicious.  So, in the end, Kim really didn’t fail me.  However, I am sure she will be happy to know that I think I measured about 2 things and eyeballed the rest…. Perhaps this is why I am not a really good baker?

Blueberry/Peach/Strawberry Cobbler

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2013-07-28 20.06.59Would have been much better if I had some vanilla bean ice cream to serve with it, but the dessert wine will do 🙂 I’m definitely going to post about this wine on Wednesday, so be on the lookout for it!

This recipe was majorly adapted from Clean Eating Mag as I didn’t have almost any of the ingredients.  Additionally, I halved just about everything since it was just the two of use eating….but here’s what I used:


  • Olive oil
  • frozen fruit – peaches, blueberries, strawberries
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp honey (okay, I think I used 4 because I ended up putting in at the wrong time, and then the right time)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of skim milk
  • 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup flour (use it at a different time from above)
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder (I did measure this one)
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp of salt

Steps to make this delicious dish:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mist the dish you’re gonna cook it in – I used a 6 in round casserole dish
  • Combine fruit, the little bit of flour and honey in the baking dish together
  • Whisk together the rest of the flour and oats in a food processor (like my amazing, orange Kitchenaid mixer!).  Mix in the baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and milk.
  • Add scoops of the batter on top of the fruit (doesn’t have to cover the whole thing)
  • Pop that baby in the oven! I cooked for about 45 minutes and then let it cool for a little.

YUM YUM YUM! ((And relatively healthy too!))



Farmers Market Trip!

I just love the farmer’s market! I love shopping local and being able to support local farmers. I wish that we had more money to be able to spend at the market, but we didn’t go to the ATM before we went, so we had just $3 to spend!

We are lucky enough that we have the town’s farmer’s market just 2 blocks away from our house!

We didn’t have much time to head in on Saturday because I had to work, but I told Mike I wanted to find something different to make with our “special dinner” – yes, we celebrated one month of being married. We’re those people.

So for $3, we got 2 zucchinis and 2 summer squash.

2013-07-28 08.32.54Yummmmm 🙂

I was going to keep it simple and just make chicken breasts and slice up the veggies and bake them.  But, lucky for us, the dogs got up early on Sunday and so I was able to enjoy coffee and Pinterest.  The perfect early Sunday morning, really.

I decided to make halved, scooped, baked zucchini.  I found the recipe on the Kayotic Kitchen and adapted it for what I wanted!

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 zucchini (we had one big and one little one)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • cheese – I used extra sharp cheddar and parmesean
  • Parsley (snipped outta my little garden)
  • bacon bits (or regular bacon, I was just lazy)
  • Ranch seasoning packet
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

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I scooped out the zucchini, cut up the guts plus the tomato and onion, and then mixed all the rest of the ingredients together!

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I’m showing off this amazing cutting board – we got it for our wedding and it’s THE BEST.  It fits right over the sink and has the strainer attached that I like to use for my little garbage bucket as I’m cooking.  The little things in life are so amazing, aren’t they?

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This is what the zucchini looked like after I had scooped, chopped, and filled! Looking back, the only thing that I would have done differently is cut the bottoms of the zucchini so that they laid flat on the tray.  They were slip sliding all over the place. I baked them in the oven for about 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  I added a little extra cheese, some snippets of parsley, and…

2013-07-28 19.01.14voila! DELICIOUS!

I gotta figure out how I am going to cook the summer squash now that I didn’t use it for this meal! Hellloooo Pinterest! 🙂




Scrumptious Energy Bars

I’m a crazy freak.  

A while ago my lovely fiance bought tickets to two Dave Matthews Band shows this weekend. As in, the weekend before our wedding.  I told him when he bought the tickets (in December?!?) that I could not guarantee my presence… as it was the weekend before the wedding.

Well, not everything is done for the wedding, but I need to get the heck away from it before my head explodes.

So, I gave in. And agreed to go.

I’m incredibly excited… we saw the band at Noblesville last year and it was amazing. The shows were killer, the sun was hot, the beer was cold, and the coolest thing was that we could camp right on site.

Knowing we will be camping again this time — and it’s the weekend before our wedding — I can’t eat like I did last year. So, I decided to trust Pinterest to find some delicious snacks I could make to avoid eating Doritos, Cheetos, Lays and all the other crap I ate last year. I am camping with two guys… they are most excited about the crap food.  This recipe is so good that I probably won’t have to even tell them it’s healthy!

I found this link for protein bars. I’ve always heard of making protein bars, but I just haven’t done it. I have NO CLUE why! They are DELICIOUS! and will be able to fill me up for breakfast this weekend and for when I want to snack!

I adapted this recipe from this website…


– 2 scoops dry whole grain oatmeal

– 4 scoops vanilla whey protein powder

– 1/2 natural peanut butter

– 1/3 cup skim milk

– 2 mashed bananas

– handful of blueberries

– 1/4 cup coconut

– 2 Tbspoon Flaxseed

– 1/2 tspoon honey

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Add ingredients together in a large bowl. The recipe didn’t call for a mixer, but I wanted to use mine!

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Yummy – mix till it’s all blended together.  It will be thick and seem clumpy.

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Spray your pan down and spread evenly.

((I probably could have used a bigger pan, but didn’t))

Put the pan into the fridge for 30 minutes to let it cool and stick all together.

2013-06-17 13.56.40Cut and enjoy!  So, so, so easy. 

I sliced mine up and individually wrapped them so more people can enjoy them!

Celebrating my dad

On Wednesday I posted a little tribute about my dad…I was a little busy yesterday to post this, but on Wednesday I was able to take a little lunch break and headed over to target for lunch.

I capped off my lunch with a bag of popcorn – and thought of my dad with every bite.

Dad would always, and I mean always, get popcorn whenever we went to a store that sold it. Mostly just Target, but sometimes Lowes and Home Depot.  He loved getting popcorn and would eat it by giant handfuls.  Get at me some time, I’ll demonstrate 🙂

The craziest thing was that I wanted to get the popcorn as my meal but knew it wouldn’t fill me up for my 9 hour day… so it ended up being a complete afterthought of: “I never carry cash, if I have enough change, I’ll buy it…”

Boom. Exact change of $1.38. It was meant to be.

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Here’s to you daddy 🙂

((And yes, I also had a Bud Light in his honor on Wednesday))

May Foodie Pen Pals

As with every month – I teamed up with Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean to get food goodies from a pen pal!

For May I was paired up with Colleen at Secrets from the Cookie Princess…. please check out her blog, the stuff she makes looks AMAZING and I can’t wait to try some recipes!!!!!

She did an awesome job and got me so much delicious stuff! My favorite (so far) is the roasted plantain chips…. I was really hesitant at first, but they were incredible.  I won’t tell you how quickly I ate them because I am quite embarrassed.

The chocolate was gone within 2 days. I am a sucker for any kind of carmel/chocolate/coconut mix…. I have told most of my FPPs that I love gummies, but Colleen was the first one that actually got me some – local ones too!! DELICIOUS! We made a road trip down to Virginia for a wedding and you bet these suckers were along for the ride!

I cannot wait to try the hamburger sprinkle – we haven’t grilled out yet, but I know we will be soon! Also, the “raspberry enlightenment” is gonna be delicious. It says you can put it on anything, including chicken! I haven’t used it yet, but will be sure to let you know when I do!

Also included in the box was Annie’s snack mix (amazing) and mango black tea (perfect because I love black tea!)

Thank you Colleen for doing such an amazing job! This was an AWESOME month to be a Foodie Pen Pal! 

If you are interested in joining up with Lindsay and all of us FPPs (you don’t have to have a blog!!!) jump on over to her site and fill out the necessary form! It’s so much fun and has led to me trying all kinds of new things that I wouldn’t normally find! It’s an easy $20 to spend a month, but you get so many goodies in return!

The Lean Green Bean

April Foodie Pen Pals

Check out all my goodies!
Check out all my goodies!

I was totally spoiled this month by Cynthia! Sometimes I think that I am super vague with what I tell my Foodie Pen Pals because I pretty much like anything.  And yes, I am trying to eat healthy however I love my sweets and I’m not ashamed to say it! Cynthia did such an awesome job of figuring out what I like and sent me a mix of goodies…. all of which is incredible.

My absolute favorite is the coconut chia granola.  I’ve added this to my yogurt and eaten it as cereal, either way it’s phenom.

I have yet to have the biscotti but I can’t wait to dip it in my coffee and have it with the oatmeal!

What a great month to be a Foodie Pen Pal! Love it!

If you’d like to join up and be a Foodie Pen Pal, sign up soon on Lindsay’s blog! You won’t regret it! Such a great experience sharing with other people (blogs or no blogs!)

The Lean Green Bean