Meatball Sub Cupcakes


We had a small neighborhood Halloween gathering on Saturday and as we were deciding what to make, I found the below winning recipe on Pinterest and my son-in-law, Luke, whipped them up in no time. Well, he did say it was a bit tricky patching up the crust pieces in the cupcake pan, but otherwise he flew through it.

They were delicious and easy to snack on for a party. The only trick is keeping them warm as you don’t want to smash them. You will want to make sure your attendees are hungry when you bust them out of the oven! [Read more…]

Words of wisdom


Have you ever came upon many neat quotes that you wish it could stay in your mind forever?  I see them and wish there was a good manner to collect them. I thought I would share a few of my favorites below:

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Fall Decorating Ideas


You all should know that decorating is not my strength. I try to be creative, but it does not always work out the best for me. This year, between moving and packing, I did not have much time to find my fall decorations, so I tried to make due with the few that were readily available. With little time before hosting a party, I wanted my decor to be simple, yet make it festive for everyone to enjoy.

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Book Reading Apps


There are a  lot of reading apps you can download to your computer, tablet, and phone.  I’ve tried several and find it really difficult to actually pay to read a book….I come from the old school, where books are free to read, especially if you go to your local library.  As our society and technology continues to move at a very fast pace, I have been reading much more on my devices, and even more with the amount of international travel I have been doing recently.  When you are on an 8-12 hour flight you need some great reading material!

Technology means less paper versions, and ultimately the demise of the library systems.  At least that’s my belief…just a matter of time.  This causes me a lot of consternation because I wonder what the world will be like when libraries stop existing….not a good thought.

I like several apps that help me review books, know what books may be in a series by my favorite author, find out the reading order for a series, find free books, and some apps even help you connect to your local library’s ebook selections. [Read more…]

Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal

Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal CCTNT

Oatmeal is the ideal breakfast food.  Most of our family likes to have oats, especially when it’s beginning to get cold out.  We used to eat the instant Quaker Oat packets, but over the recent years once you actually look at the nutritional information it really makes you go ‘WOW”….way too  many calories and sugar.  No wonder my kids loved this version of oatmeal.  You can make oatmeal in just about the same amount of time it takes to make a toasted bagel, and it is much better for you and it will keep your hunger away much longer too.

I was looking at a cookbook this weekend and there were a lot of oatmeal recipes.  One had peanut butter in it and one had maple syrup and bananas…wow, what if you put it all together?  Every time I see any recipe with peanut butter and bananas I always think of one of my favorite singers….yes, The King of Rock and Roll — Elvis!  Growing up everyone knew that peanut butter and banana sandwiches were an Elvis favorite.

This oatmeal is very rich and sweet, so everyone in your family should love it!

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Halloween Cookies

Halloween cookies with CCTNT

Halloween will be here before we know it….and one of the traditions I look forward to the most is my friend Kristi running over a batch of her Halloween cookies.  It all started many, many years ago when she made these cookies for the first time and had me try them.  I fell in LOVE.  Ever since, she runs some over on Halloween night. Over the years, while my kids were knee deep in there candy, I was elbow deep into these cookies. I look forward to them every year.  I thought I would share the recipe with you. [Read more…]

Chocolate Caramel Brownies

Chocolate Caramel Brownies


A few years ago, I made some chocolate caramel brownies that my sister Kari went crazy over.  She recently requested that I make them again for her birthday. I did…and she went crazy over them again.  Good times! [Read more…]

Thai Pork Larb Lettuce Wraps


Mike and I love Thai food and have recently been trying all kinds of new recipes.  When I saw the word “larb” in the name I was a bit puzzled as to what it meant.  Turns out it really just means meat salad.  Hey – that’s my kind of salad!!  The mango in this recipe gives this dish a great kick and goes nicely with all the other flavors.  It was definitely one of our favorites and one we’ll be repeating in the future.

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ACUTE CARE–Results Update


Set of ACUTE CARE strips

This post is a follow-up from a previous post on the Rodan + Fields ACUTE CARE product. It has been about five weeks and I am here to share my results. Here is a link my previous post and below, excerpts from the original post:

So what is Acute Care? Per an email article from Rodan + Fields’ President and CEO, Lori Bush, this is how she describes it: “ACUTE CARE™™ is so effective for addressing the appearance of wrinkles…because it’s so different from any other wrinkle product on the market today. Imagine using semi-conductor manufacturing precision to produce a patch holding 125 tiny liquid cones made of hydrating hyaluronic acid that melt into a wrinkle to bathe it in skin-nurturing peptides while you sleep. For many people, ACUTE CARE is a welcome alternative to a painful visit to the dermatology clinic…no appointment or needle required.”

Here is how you use ACUTE CARE: Apply the ACUTE CARE “strips”(see picture above) 10 times over four weeks (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Monday). Set a calendar reminder to keep you on track. Hop in bed and let it do the work! Wake up and [Read more…]

Fitbit–Is it Worth the Hype?

simple.b-cssdisabled-png.h197954f3b59a58819354ee267800446d.packFor Mother’s Day this year, my husband bought me a Fitbit. At first I wasn’t exactly thrilled as it wasn’t something that I had really expressed an interest in other than I had seen others with them and wondered what all the hype was about.

Well I went from that level of interest to really liking it and, what I really didn’t anticipate, it really changed my behavior. I honestly didn’t expect that the auto-tracking of my steps [Read more…]