Yesterday, after a VERY stressful final, I decided to go on a picnic with the boyfriend at the Botanic Gardens. With a cooler full of food, a blanket, and my camera in hand, we headed out. If you're ever in the Fort Worth area, I would definitely recommend checking the gardens out. It's a good place to go if you want to be surrounded by nature in the middle of a city.

Nothing fancy on the food side of things. Just normal picnic fare.
Sandwiches, chips, cookies (Turkey, Spinach, Tomato, and Mustard/Ranch for me):

And of course, Bluebell mint chocolate chip icecream:

We picked out a nice spot by the pond (half shade for him, half sunny for me) and settled in.

 It was a great improvement to an otherwise not so great day. A reminder to all of you college kids: Take a break every once in a while during finals week. You'll go crazy otherwise. Happy studying!


breakfast of champions

I just thought of putting chocolate chips in my oatmeal along with the normal brown sugar. Why didn't I think of this before??? 
Add my chocolate brown sugar oatmeal to a glass of coconut milk (which is officially my new favorite drink) and I've got a breakfast that will help me own my final that's in less than an hour. Wish me luck!


Bad Blogger....

 It's been almost a week since I posted last. Sorry for slacking... But this week was the last week of class, and I had about a KAZILLION and one things to do. Now class is over and I'm preparing for finals, but I'll have much more time to whip up some yummy treats to post. Be on the look out for new goodies! :)

Until then...enjoy this:

My adorable little baby Louie. :)


Fantastic Finds Friday

Easter is just around the corner...this Sunday to be exact. So what would Fantastic Friday be without a little bit of Eastery-influence? 

From top left: carrot cake squares, peep s'more, fancy easter egg cupcakes, baby chick cake pops, mini iced sugar cookies, bunny macaroons, rice krispy & jellybean nests



Tonight I felt like making cookies. After a quick run to Target after dinner for chocolate chips (among other things...I can never leave with just what I went in for), I made MONSTER COOKIES! *insert scary growl here* Except I didn't have many MM's (forgot them at Target...boo) so they're really just giant chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies. But since they're ginormous, I will continue to call them Monster Cookies.

I kind of just threw the ingredients together, which I think is kind of the point with these cookies. Some people add coconut, others dried cranberries, ect. But I kept it simple.

I creamed 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter with 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar.

To that I added 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 medium egg, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, and 1/2 cup of almond butter. Then I mixed in 2 cups of quick oats (you can use the old fashioned kind if you want) and 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour.

Then I folded in 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I rolled the cookies into 1 1/2 inch balls and pressed a pretzel MM into each one. Then I set 8 of them on a baking pan and baked them for about 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Quick and easy Monster cookies for monster-sized cravings. RAWR! ^_^


Fantastic Finds Friday

I'm taking a break from the sweet with this week's Fantastic Finds Friday to showcase one of my favorite food groups. I am currently stuck in my dorm room with a pretty nasty cold. Now I don't know about you, but when I'm sick I crave every comfort food under the sun. Mashed potatoes, icecream, you name it. But my absolute go-to when I'm sick is....Cheese. Yes, cheese. So in honor of my sickies, this week's set focuses on cheesy products (all of which I would gladly eat at the moment)

From Top Left: Cheese Fries, Fried Mozzarella Sticks, Lobster Mac'n Cheese, Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza, Cheddar Cheese Cubes, Mini Bacon Cheeseburgers, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, and Cheese-Its. <3


Snack Attack

When the horned frogs went to the Rose Bowl in January, my mom made all of these snacks for us to eat while watching the game. One of them were these seasoned crackers. I call them CRACK-ers, because they're addictive. Seriously. They're yummy. I'm making them again so that I'll have something to snack on while studying. Because I've got LOTS of studying to do. :P

When I looked online for these, I found this recipe on AllRecipes.com. The only changes I made were substituting the dill weed for Italian seasoning, and using half olive oil/half veg oil. Oh yeah, I also added 1/2 tbsp of crushed red pepper flakes. The seasoning didn't stick to the crackers very well and I'm not sure why...I'll just have to make them again to figure it out. ;)


  • 1 (12 ounce) package oyster crackers
  • 1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the oil and seasonings; add crackers and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Spread evenly on large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Stir after 10 minutes and continue baking 10 minutes more.



Like momma would make...if she was Italian that is.

The boyfriend and I have been together for 5 months this past Saturday *insert party horn here* I know that's not a big deal for some of y'all, but hey you gotta start somewhere right? So for our "month-i-versary" (yes, it's a word), I decided to cook us dinner. I've been craving good Italian comfort food lately, so I decided to make spaghetti and meatballs.

I had training all day (and I mean ALL DAY) Saturday, I pre-made the marinara sauce Thursday night and simmered it a while longer the day of while I made the meatballs. I pretty much took a bunch of things and threw them together to make a basic marinara.

Finely dice 1/4 large yellow or white onion and add it to a medium pot with 2 tbs of olive oil, 2 tsp chili-garlic paste, 1tsp white vinegar, and 4 tsp of honey. Simmer until the onions are translucent. Then add 2 heaping tbs of tomato PASTE and a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes. Heat and stir. Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt to taste. Then pull off of stove and allow to cool down. Put in blender and pulse a couple of times until you get the consistency you want. I like mine a little thinner but you may want a more chunky sauce. The longer you blend, the runnier it will be. Pretty simple huh?

Looking on the Internet, I found a wide variety of recipes. Some with turkey, some with ketchup, and some stuffed with mozzarella. But none were what I really wanted. So for the first time I decided to do things my way (well 2nd if you count the marinara above). And I have to say it turned out better than I expected.

Makes 23 meatballs (medium-sized)

1lb ground beef
1lb ground pork
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
1 egg
1tbsp tomato paste
3/4 cup butter milk
3 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Place the meat in a large bowl. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, then add the tomato paste, buttermilk, olive oil, and beaten egg. Stir together and let it sit so that the breadcrumbs can soak up the mixture.

Slowly pour the ingredients into the meat, gently incorporating everything together with your fingers or a fork. Every place I looked said not to mix the beef up too much because that will result in tough meatballs. And although Matt loves hockey, I don't think he'd like to eat hockey pucks for dinner.
Then I placed the meatballs in a glass baking dish and baked them at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Check the inside of one to see if they're cooked. Now put the meatballs in the pot with your simmering marinara and continue to cook them for about 15 more minutes while you prepare the spaghetti.

And that's it. Warm, homemade Italian food for you and your loved one. And you don't even have to go to Italy. :)


Fantastic Finds Friday

After a week off, Fantastic Finds Friday is back and ready to give you some yummy eye candy!

From top left: cheesecake brownies, Oreo brownies, rocky road brownies, mint chip brownies, heart-shaped caramel brownies, and finally, white chocolate coconut blondies (not technically a brownie but a close cousin so I'll count it). 

Have a great Friday! :)


Gadgets & Gifts: Williams-Sonoma

I went on another Internet search for cool kitchen tools, and found myself at the Williams-Sonoma website this time. Here are some of the cool things they have to offer.

Includes 1 cup, 2 cup, and 4 cup sizes and perfect for pouring liquids into small spaces. I definitely want these because I spill a lot and this way I wouldn't even need a funnel to help me out!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE (and I mean LOVE) stuffed jalepenos. They just scream outdoor bbq. With this little roaster, you can stuff those peppers, stick them in the holes, and put the roaster on your grill. You'll end up with perfectly yummy jalepenos and be everyone's favorite person. Or at least my favorite person.

Euro Oven Mitt ($18.00)

I know I know y'all are thinking "$18 for an oven mitt is she CRAZY?". But this mitt is water resistant, can be put in the dishwasher, AND is resistent to temps up to 500 degrees. This would be perfect 
considering I always graze the hot oven somehow when I'm pulling out my food. No really, ALWAYS.

 Molcajete ($49.00)

This one's a little bit more expensive, but totally adorable. Cut from lava rock (or so they say), this unique mortar and pestle set can be used for anything from crushing spices to serving a salad. But I would prefer to follow the picture above and use it for my guacamole. Yum.

The day I found out poptarts were sugar/calorie filled and definitely NOT a good breakfast option, I was crushed. But now I can make my own healthy poptarts with this poptart press. Cute right? And think of all the flavor options...

Princess Cupcake Decorating Kit (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

When I went back to the website this morning to see this cupcake kit again, I found that it was sold out and they aren't going to offer it anymore. How sad...But I decided to show y'all anyway because I still think it would make for some ADORABLE cupcakes. I mean I'm almost a grown-up and I would definitely want one of these. But I guess it just wasn't meant to be.*sigh*

Ok well there are my Gadgets and Gifts for the day. I've gotta run to class now...I'm gonna be late! eep.
Have a terrific Tuesday!


Values and Ventures (pt. 2)

So the day is here...I give my presentation to the judges at 2:30 this afternoon. I'm so nervous! But I have great ideas, I'm dressed for success, aaaannnnd I have these:

Gluten free chocolate cupcakes with purple cream cheese icing

And horned frog cookies with purple glaze

If this (along with my fabulous business idea) doesn't impress them, nothin' will.

Wish me luck! :)