• Green Drink Recipe

    Hello everyone and happy Tuesday.  Last week I posted a picture of my green drink on Facebook and Instagram and got a lot of questions about what was in it, why I drink it, and how to make it.  I thought I would take the opportunity to share what it is with you! There are recipes all over the internet for this green drink and that green drink but the recipe I use is a combination of a couple different recipes I had found online.  What is great about a green drink is that you can substitute different fruits and vegetables into the drink based on your own preferences.  I warn you that it may not look pretty…

  • This Week’s Top 5

    Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying your summer as I am!  I wanted to share my top 5 things I am crushing on this week.  Each week I like to cover some of the things that have caught my eye over the past couple of days and am absolutely dreaming about.  Remember to keep your goals and dreams in front of you and I encourage you to go through magazines, Pinterest, and blogs to find things that you love. In no particular order: 1.  The Watch  Michael Kors Chain Bracelet Chronograph Watch, 38mm $225.00 You know when you put together an outfit and are ready to accessorize, then realize you cannot decide between wearing…

  • Easy Korean Beef Bowl

    Growing up with a Korean mom exposed me to some amazing cultural food that I think a lot of people would love if they tried it.  I know I converted my husband to loving Korean food!  The great thing about Korean food such as this easy Korean Beef Bowl is that it is typically healthy and especially yummy.  In addition most of the ingredients used are often found at your local grocery store. This Korean Beef Bowl is a play on bibimbap (rice and veggie mix) and bulgogi, a flash-grilled meat dish. What is great is that if you are short on time and/or money this dish keeps it pretty fast and cost…

  • Watermelon, Feta, and Cucumber Salad

    I LOVE FARMERS MARKETS.  There, I said it.  Who out there relates?!  There is something about the fresh fruits and vegetables at my fingertips, the energy in the air, and the hustle and bustle of people and vendors that always excites me about the farmers market.  This past weekend my family and I went to the Minneapolis Farmers Market and I came home with a bag full of fruits and veggies ready to be eaten. Here are some yummy produce waiting to be bought. I also love that there is so much more than just food at the market, such as flowers, meat, popcorn, and other things. My mom caught my baby girl Gianna…

  • This Week’s Top 5

    Hello everyone and happy Thursday!  As I peeked through the internet this week there were some really great things that I absolutely love.  In no particular order here are the top 5 things that I have been obsessing over this past week. 1. The Maxi Dress: Printed Maxi Dress $78.00 Love that this dress is simple yet so pretty.  Great for summer days out shopping or lunch with the kids. 2. The Tote: Halogen Graphic Tote $78.00 During the summer I always default to a tote because I find myself carrying more things such as sunscreen, camera, sunglasses, and my iPad.  This tote is great because since it is neutral it will go with…

  • Summer Black Bean Salad

    Are you all feeling the heat and humidity like I am? Here in Minnesota the storms have been hitting hard which means the humidity is high and also my hair is CRAZY a bit frizzy.  Which all (except the hair) leads me to put together quick, simple, and refreshing meals and snacks.  Enter my favorite side dish, black bean salad.  A roommate of mine in college introduced me to this dish many years ago and have loved it ever since .   The beauty of this dish is it is low cost (which is how I managed to eat it in college) and extremely healthy as well with ingredients like black beans, corn, and cilantro.  In fact, just this morning I read…

  • Red, White, and Blue Drink

    Need a last minute drink for your 4th of July party today?  I was looking for a recipe for the big holiday bash that would be easy to put together the day of the party and would be pretty inexpensive as well.  I had already baked the Firecracker Cookies but knew I needed to add something else that was quick and easy to prepare. Scrolling through some ideas online I saw a picture of a tri-colored drink.  Hmm, something I don’t have to bake or cook?  Let’s check this out!     Everything I read said it was as easy as pouring together three drinks with different sugar contents because the drink with the most sugar…

  • Red, White, and Blue Layered Cake

    Today I wanted to share the cake we baked and decorated for last year’s Independence Day celebration.  From the outside it looked like a typical cake.  My oldest frosted it himself with a homemade caramel frosting from a recipe his grandma gave to us and was delicious. Hence the light brown color. Inside the cake, however, was the surprise.  When you cut into the cake you could see the layers of the cake were red, white, and blue.  Fun!  The cake was a hit at the party, it tasted great, and was pretty simple to make. The Cake: Batter: We used a box of regular store-bought white cake mix.  We mixed the ingredients and…

  • Firecracker Cookies

    Hello there and happy Thursday!  Are you all ready for the 4th of July holiday that is coming up in little more than a week? I have been tracking down recipes and ideas that are simple, tasty, and fun.  Next week I’ll be showing the cake we made last year that had red, white, and blue layers inside but for today I am excited to share some easy cookies that look great and are fun to eat with an added surprise on top.  Can you tell from the picture below what that surprise is?  Read on to find out! We started with a box of Pillsbury Stars & Stripes Funfetti Cake Mix to make the cookies.…

  • Iced Chai Latte

    Hi everyone, hope you had a great start to the week!  The warm weather is finally starting to set in here meaning hot coffee drinks will be replaced with cold beverages.  A favorite refreshing summer drink for me is an iced chai latte which is cool, creamy, and light with hints of spices. As easy as it is to order iced chai from a Starbucks or Caribou coffee shop and feed my addiction love of iced chai, it most certainly also feeds a growing hole in my wallet with a large iced chai easily costing around $4.  So, my solution to this craving? Make them at home! Iced chai lattes are very easy and quick to…