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Two Scoops are Better Than One.


If you’ve ever read this blog in your life, you know that I am constantly surrounded by pregnant women.  My girlfriends are now at the point of considering babies, not preventing babies, or frantically preparing for the arrival of their babies.  And when it comes to work, there isn’t but one male on our entire list of employees.  But there’s a whole host of fertile Mrytles walking around up there on my unit, that’s for sure.  And even if you’re like me, shaking your head fiercely back and forth and making a stank face when someone points to you and makes the ‘you’re next’ comment, you can’t help but get excited for all these little blessings about to enter the world.  I’m definitely excited to meet all these babies and happy for all the expectant parents too.

And when you’re happy, you must party.  You just have to.  But throwing showers for five girls can be hard.  But if your mothers-to-be are two peas in a pod, take that opportunity to honor them together. And if it’s North Carolina hot (and it is) then have an ice cream social.  And call it “Two Scoops are Better than One” since you’ve got two babes to celebrate and run with it!


So there’s a picture of our spread.  We found those cute ice cream cones online for $4 each on Amazon (steal!)  And we made a simple paper doily banner with pink and blue letters that spelled out the name of our theme. 



What’s an ice cream sundae without toppings galore?  We used mason jars to store them all, and put them in an old beverage crate to keep them contained.  And just so there’s no confusion, we made little tags to identify them ;).

DSC_0995One of the coolest things  we found for this party were these awesome printables online.  It had pinks and blues and some more unisex colors and they were absolutely perfect for this party.  And they were free!



We had a great beverage bar too, complete with sweet tea, Orange Fizz Punch, Cheerwine Punch and water.  And of course, the ever popular stripey straws.  Of course I believe a good spread and good decorations are necessary, but that takes a real backseat to the good company.  And these girls always bring their A-Game.


 Congratulations Mamas!


Adventures in Healthy Pt. 3


Well it’s Monday and we all know how that goes.  Maybe a good dinner can turn this day around?  This is a “skinny” chicken fajita and it is delicious.  I made this as part of my “freezer meal” endeavor with my workout buddy and it was so simple.  I think you could definitely add more peppers if you like things spicy.  I’ll be doing that the next time I make these.



2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 peppers ( I chose 1 red and 1 green), chopped

1 white onion, chopped

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 taco seasoning packet

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt


Combine all ingredients into a 1 gallon freezer bag and store until ready to cook. Thaw and put in crock pot for 3-4 hours on high or 5-6 hours on low. Serve warm with tortillas, sour cream, cheese, and the other fixings you and your family love. This recipe will serve 5-6.

Happy Monday yall!

Adventures in Healthy Pt. 2


Let’s keep it rolling with some healthy recipes I’ll actually eat.  And more importantly, a recipe that I will make again, a true sign of deliciousness.  Erin and I decided that if we were going to run a food prep marathon, we deserved a decent dinner during the process.  We got some fresh shrimp that day so that dictated which meal we were making that night.  We crossed our fingers and attempted to make Shrimp Scampi.  It was a shot in the dark, I’ve made shrimp once, and homemade sauces, like, never.



4 tsp olive oil

1/2 lb raw shrimp, deveined without tails

6-8 cloves minced garlic

1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup minced parsley

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper


Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet, then saute the shrimp for 3-5 minutes or until barely pink.  Add the garlic to the skillet and stir constantly for 30 seconds.  Remove the shrimp and keep warm.  In the skillet, add broth, wine, lemon juice, parsley, salt, pepper and bring to a boil.  Boil until the sauce is reduced to half the original amount.  Pour the sauce over the shrimp and serve on a bed of rice or with fettuccine noodles (we chose the latter).  Garnish with uncooked parsley if you wish.  This makes 2 servings.

I’m here to report it was fantastic.  It might sound crazy but I think this would be perfect for a summer dinner party because it’s so light.  Sangria, scampi, a fabulous dessert.  Yes, I said dessert…because everything in moderation.  If you know of any crowd-pleasing skinny recipes please send them over!  Have a great week yall!

Adventures in Healthy


Like I mentioned before, eating in doesn’t always sound so appealing.  When you compare it to the probable sabotage of eating out though, you might be like me and want to find a way to make it work.  Now,  I’m no foodie and I do not have a refined palate.  I’m good to eat a chicken sandwich for dinner from now until kingdom come.  But I figure if I’m going to try to cook some healthy options at home and expect my husband to eat, I’m going to have to venture out of my comfort zone.

So my workout partner, Erin, and I discussed “freezer meals” in an effort to have real food to eat while at work and attempting some healthier recipes in the process.  It was an all day marathon of selecting our recipes, making our list, shopping at 3 different stores, making our dinner, two snacks, and four freezer dinners.  It remains to be seen if all these recipes will be edible…I don’t have much hope for any kind of sauce made from cauliflower but we’ll see.

But right off the bat, we do know there are a couple of recipes that are winners.  Erin really wanted to try these no-bake energy bites.  They remind me of those no-bake cookies I have made in the past.  You know the ones….2 cups of sugar, a ton of butter, cocoa, oatmeal.  Yeah, they’re delicious.  Delicious and terrible for you.  Cue the energy bites.  I could certainly eat those and not feel like I cheated myself out of what I wanted.  And not in that, “I wanted something sweet so I settled for this thing instead, but now my craving really hasn’t subsided because my substitute was no real substitute” sort of way.  Like, it’s a real substitute and can satisfy whatever craving you’re having.



1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 mini chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla flavoring


Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Roll into bite-size balls and store in the refrigerator.

Eat in!


Sometimes, cooking in just will not do.  Either you’re tired or uninspired or craving something you cannot replicate in your kitchen.  I get it, I totally binged on Chinese food the other day.  But with all this gym going and the reintroduction of apps into my life that calculate my caloric intake and nutrition…eating out just isn’t looking all that great.

I had made some easy decisions at the beginning of the year that would impact me at work: I was absolutely not going to eat from the cafeteria unless I had to since everything served to nightshifters is deep-fried and fabulous, I was not going to partake in the fresh doughnut train as it made its way through my unit (which is just about every other day), I was going to pay attention to my fluid intake since I hardly drink anything while working, and I wasn’t going to eat any vending machine treats (a dang Air Head takes more than a 1/2 mile on the elliptical to work off!).  All that was great but then there’s the other battle: if you don’t put any thought into your meals for work you end up packing your lunch and eating for convenience.  That’s almost as bad as all the rest of the things I was trying to avoid.

Truthfully, I would like to attempt some “skinny recipes” too.  But for now, I’m just focusing on increasing cooking and preparing food at home.  Now I’m not about to suggest that this recipe is a healthy option…but it’s certainly not the worst thing for you if you compare it to what you might consume outside your kitchen.  It’s simple and quick and has very few ingredients and that’s perfect.

Rosemary and Dijon Chicken          



4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1/2 cup dijon mustard

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

salt and pepper to taste



Mix mustard, syrup and vinegar together.  In a greased dish, place chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper (minimal salt, lots of pepper).  Pour the mustard mixture over the top of the chicken, coating each piece.  Bake for 35 minutes at 425 degrees.  Add chopped rosemary ( I only used 1/8 of a cup) over the top of each piece of chicken and bake an additional 10 minutes.  Serve warm!

This recipe was husband approved, and that doesn’t happen often with these internet-Pinterest recipes.  I will say though, to use the rosemary sparingly…it’s potent.  Happy cooking yall!

What did you call that?


In the spirit of the Super Bowl and all the glorious food there is to eat at those parties, I’m going to share a little comfort food recipe with you that’s sure to please the masses.  Every holiday, we visit D’s family and I know two things are going to happen: we’re going to have belly laughs with a handful of sweet people and I’m going to eat my weight in Booger Pudding.  Might not sound appetizing, but it is.  In fact, if it’s my holiday to work I always beg D to bring me Booger Pudding so as not to miss out on all the fun.  More than likely, you’ve had a variation of this dessert at some point in your life.  This is like a better version of the oreo & pudding layered dirt cake.  D’s Aunt Lisa makes it all the time, and even if we’ve run the holiday family gamut and I’m stuffed to my gills, there’s always room for Booger Pudding.  So here’s how ya make it!



1 box fudge brownie mix (prepared per directions on box, I like Ghirardelli Double Chocolate)

8 crushed Heath Bars

1 large tub of whipped topping

1 large box of instant Chocolate pudding (prepared per directions on box)


After preparing the brownies, let cool completely and crush them into pieces.  Put a layer of brownie crumbs in the trifle dish, topped with a layer of chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and Heath bits.  Continue to add layers in trifle dish until all ingredients are used, it should make 2-3 layers.  Serve chilled and enjoy.  So easy!


Put on your Party Pants!


Well, I’m posting to tell you I have survived our annual Christmas party.  D and I have parties on a pretty regular basis, but our Christmas party is my favorite…even over our birthdays.  Everyone seems to be in such a good mood and ready to celebrate with their friend-family, and our house is done up for the holiday.  Years ago, D and I committed to throwing a party at least once a year that was different than our other house parties.  It seemed liked the perfect time to give back so we decided to charge an “admission” to our holiday party.  We’ve chosen a different charity every year, and asked our friends to help us make a donation worth talking about.  While I know all donations are important no matter how big or small, it feels really great to all work towards something together.

Our first year we chose Operation Christmas Child and our friends put together 22 boxes full of goodies and all the checks it required to mail them across the world.  The next year, we donated to Toys for Tots.  Our friends were so generous that I had to have someone’s help getting everything out of my car and into a donation center.  It gives me warm fuzzies to think a child somewhere could be loving on the dolls and teddies we collected.  It’s important mentally and emotionally for a child to have something of comfort they want in what may be an unstable living environment.  But having what they need is critical too, so we chose the Second Harvest Food Bank as our charity for 2013.  Considering that 1/6 adults and 1/4 children in North Carolina face hunger and malnutrition, we knew we should help out.  And again, our friends came through in a major way.  My gosh, I love these people like family.


So there it is.  Together with our friends we collected: 92 cans, a box of macaroni, a box of cereal, peanut butter, oatmeal…and one Barbie.  As good as I try to be about communication, I led one of our guests to believe that we were collecting for toys in addition canned goods.  Not to be unprepared, he brought both.  Oops.  Thanks JOHN!  John plays guitar in the same band as D, and is an avid reader of the DLHW (can I do that?).  He has been telling me he wanted to contribute to the blog.  I didn’t know how serious he was or if he was joking but you gotta do something housewifey to be on this blog.  And if this ain’t housewifey, I don’t know what is!


John makes this awesome bean dip and he agreed to share it here with all of you.  It’s so dang good and he informed me that if I used Staci to mix my ingredients, my attempt at the dip would be perfect.  That’s right folks, this metal band guitarist knows all about Staci and discussed her by name without prompting.  HA!

I also decided to make hot chocolate for this little party.  My friend Michael asked, “How many packets of Swiss Miss did you have to open to make all this hot chocolate?”  The answer was zero because it was homemade…and delightful.  And not to ignore my theme this year, I picked up some navy and white paper straws to sip from.


I’ll take our donations today and turn them in and I hope it really helps somebody, somewhere.   As simple as it was, I have never collected or donated a canned good ever.  What was I thinking?! I hope everyone has fun this holiday with your friends and family, and if you can, try to remember people who are not as blessed as you.  Merry Christmas!