Cheers To You Summer

I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day!

Here is the start to the best summer yet!!

Here are some photos with what I have been up to the last couple of months. Enjoy!

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Everyone Needs to Eat

The post is a day late . . . what?

Okay, so I realized that I hadn’t yet published my post for Friday until right before midnight last night. But you have to understand what was going on.

I prepared for interviews and had one in Seattle yesterday evening. 🙂


I had a baby to take care of and even resorted to driving him around between the 11 and midnight hour so he would finally stop fighting the urge to just fall asleep. 😦

So how was everyone’s 4th of July weekend? We had a lot of fun just hanging out as a family and doing nothing in particular. I even had my 7 year old niece help me with taking pictures at the firework show we went to at Thanksgiving Point. I thought she did an excellent job!

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What I did do was a lot of cooking. So here are 5 of the things that I made. I have attached the links to the original recipes that I worked from but below are pictures and helpful hints on how I made it.


Pretzel S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Line your pan with foil . . . really . . . it make cutting them a lot easier
  • Don’t try cutting them 2 minutes after you take them out of the oven they are very gooey at first but will setup


California Breakfast Casserole

  • Make sure you really thaw your frozen hash browns and place them between paper towel to try and get the excess moisture out of them
  • I used turkey sausage links that I cut in half length-wise


Three-Cheese Potato & Rosemary Tarts

  • I only used two cheeses because I couldn’t find bocconcini in a store close to me
  • Make sure you use a mandolin to cut the potatoes so they are consistently the same width. The thinner the better.
  • We had extra after dinner so the next morning we scrambled eggs, reheated the tarts, topped them with the eggs and salsa and it was a very hearty breakfast dish.
  • Side note: To my American friends; don’t be afraid of the metric measurements. Consult the internet or your Betty Crocker Cookbook to see the conversions.


Baby Kale & Blackberry Salad

  • I have a person living with me that has a sulfur allergy so we couldn’t use the kale. I substituted with red leaf  and romaine lettuce.
  • I also substituted goat cheese for the ricotta salata
  • I made extra of the Rosemary Honeyed Almonds at the request of my mother. She has been snacking on them for a week but they need to be stored in an air tight container and when you have just finished coating them and they are soft, spread them out on a piece of parchment paper to cool so they won’t stick to your pan.


Watermelon Soda

  • Keep in mind that the sweeter the watermelon the less sugar you need to add and vice versa.
  • We used sparkling water and the adults loved it but the kids wanted it sweeter and we could have used ginger ale for them.

And the Award Goes To . . .


Happy Independence Day to all my USA Friends!!


I just thought that I would get that out early so I don’t forget. 🙂

Now on to the post . . .


Do you know those weeks where you aren’t quite sure how you got to Friday but you are positive that time still traveled in the exact same manner as all subsequent weeks? I know we had a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc. but for some reason all the exact days seem to be a slight blur.


I am sure it had to do with the fact that I have been sick all week, that my sister and her fiancé came into town unexpectedly, and that I had a lot more action in the job department this week.


So now that we are to Friday I can say that; my cold is getting better (thank heavens), my sister will now be getting married in Wisconsin (fabulous), and I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed with employment opportunities (Seattle anyone?).


So I now have to share a little bit about my family and also what happens when I am sick and cannot get any sleep. Does your family ever speak in movie lines? Mine does and they start to get more ridiculous as the conversation goes on especially late at night and when I am sick and lacking sleep, EVERYTHING gets really funny.


So in honor of my family’s craziness late at night, I have decided to share with you 5 of our favorite movie lines. They are not in order of favorites nor is this list ANYWHERE near complete. We will just have to visit this post again, and again, and again . . .


What are some of your favorite movie lines? Please share them with us! 🙂


  1. Movie: One Fine Day (1996)

Line: “Rosa, if you speak English say okay.”

“Okay. Gracias. Bye-bye.”

  1. Movie: Good Morning Vietnam (1987)

Line: “Excuse me sir. Seeing how the VP is such a VIP shouldn’t we keep the PC on the QT cause if it leaks to the VC we could all end up MIA and then we would all be put on KP.”

  1. Movie: The Three Amigos (1986)

Line: “Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?”

“A what?”

“A plethora.”

“Oh yes, you have a plethora.”

“Jefe, what is a plethora?” (and it goes on) 🙂

  1. Movie: Tommy Boy (1995)

Line: “It’s called reading. Top to bottom, left to right. Groups words together to make sentences. Take Tylenol for any headaches, Midol for any cramps.”

  1. Movie: Oscar (1991)

Line: “I can’t I’m smokin’ a salmon!”