Summer Plans

I woke up this morning feeling really really good; and I can’t exactly pin point why… but really good. I threw on my running gear…..then Whiskey and I did 5 miles. I was sweaty…hot…. on this chilly Pittsburgh morning…and in dire need of a shower, but it was wonderful feeling.

On my run I started doing a lot of thinking about this upcoming summer and what I have planned, and with everything that is going on it’s really hard to “plan.” Typically Sophia and I spend a lot of nights at Kennywood (local amusement park), but I am unsure if Kennywood is even going to be open. Two summers ago we got Sandcastle passes, but quite honestly public pools kind of give me the heebies if I think about it too much; I think we only went down to Sandcastle a handful of times. So, we are not doing Sandcastle passes, even if it is open.

So if social distancing is still a “thing,” my summer plans are:

  1. There’s this strip along the parkway, that you see people roller blading..running…etc..I love to roller blade (haven’t done it in years) it would be so much fun to roller blade next to the river.
  2. Just get up and go. I love being spontaneous; I don’t like having every aspect of my life planned out. So it’s nothing out of the ordinary for me to go for late night drives. Just jump on the parkway…turnpike and go. With snacks of course, what is a late night drive without snacks.
  3. Hiking, but with tons and I mean tons of bug spray. There are plenty of spots around the Pittsburgh area that look very promising.
  4. The drive-in. I love going to the movies, I think it’s seriously one of my favorite things to do, but the drive-ins are just as awesome. You’re outside (with bug spray)..some people bring lawn chairs…blankets..etc.
  5. I really want to spend a lot of time outside and try to have as much fun as possible.

Now if things happen to go back to more a”normal” state:

  1. Kennywood with Sophia of course, but I am actually dying to go with another adult, because it’s been YEARS since I have rode anything that makes my heart race. I think it’s been about close to ten years. A weekend at Cedar Point would be pretty awesome, I have never been there.
  2. Maybe try to go camping aka “glamping,” I require a shower…bed….sleeping in a sleeping bag on dirt does nothing for me..to many mosquitos and other creepy crawlers..that can crawl in your mouth…all over your body….bite your ass. Oh the mental visual I have isn’t pretty.
  3. Bon Fire…this is my summer love language right here. Nothing gets better than sitting around a bon fire…few beers..and being around other people. It’s like summer magic. I can totally pass on the s’mores…and ust get me a burnt marshmallow.
  4. Basically have fun and laid-back summer, it’s been quite the year and I am craving “normalcy,” as much as possible. I think everyone is.

Dandelion Wishes & Links

I read a quote this week about Dandelion flowers “some will look at these flowers as a weed; and others will look at them as wishes.” At almost 32 years old I will still blow on these flowers and make a wish; it’s just who I am. The past week has been really hard; everything hit at once..last week my one tooth decided it wanted to flair up, so I made a call to my endodontist and he immediately slapped me on antibiotics and steroids. If you’re anything like me that combination is deadly, it makes me so moody and very sensitive; I cried watching The Office. Then while on a run I twisted my ankle chasing after Whiskey, that was chasing after a rabbit at the park, because me yelling her name wasn’t good enough..so lets twist our ankle and step in someone elses dog shit. If that wasn’t enough for one day, I walked around with a hole in my pants in a very unpleasant area, then dropped my berries at the grocery store parking lot. And I’m sorry to say, none of those things was the icing on cake for last week, it just continued to snowball and get worse.

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Angela’s No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

“Bomb..bomb…bomb….bomb..bomb..bomb……” the airport scene from Meet the Parents probably my favorite scene besides “I have nipples Greg can you milk me?” completely ran through my mind while making these No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars. Wait, not the nipples quote but the “bomb..bomb..bomb…” it was that good. I believe I died and went straight to heaven making these bars. They were soo easy to make, it can turn a non-baker…cooker…non kitchen person into a tastebud goddess…or god; and make you melt a thousand times over and over again.

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Friday Fives

It’s FRRRIIIIIIIDAAAAY (in the Feeny call voice…please tell me you know what I am talking about…Boy Meets World) ! We made it, another week, but my weeks are such a blur; I am desperate for normalcy as I suspect most people are at this point. But here we are, so lets just make the best of it.

It’s another Chrissy Teigen recipe I am throwing your way! Another good one….another one that made me say “yumm…” I believe is quite possibly the best and most easiest recipe I have made this week. But my god it was good….I want to share it with the world…come over and I will give you some! I share.

When I was making it I was quite apprehensive to as if I was actually going to like it…it had all the right ingredients, but Apple Cider Vinegar..ehh…I drink it, but I don’t drink it warmed up. It made the entire house stink; Sophia said “mom I need some fresh air…this is rank.”

Surprisingly three hour later, that stench that lingered in the air for hours turned itself into probably the best salad I have ever had.

Here is the recipe! You won’t be disappointed.

Now onto more links for Friday Fives:

I recently bought this nighty from Target about a week ago, I have yet to wear it; but it’s soft and so comfy. Definitely summer friendly.

This bralette in Lilac, is beautiful..so soft. No itchy lace here.

This shirt I recently bought because I am in dire need of shirts, it’s lightweight and kind of perfect.

My favorite summer sandal. I wear my birks almost everyday in the summer; you’ll hardly ever catch me in flip-flips. I don’t find them to be very comfortable. The Birkenstock sandals mold to your foot once they are broken in; which makes them the best, I’ve had mine for two years and never looked back.

Hope you have a great and safe weekend!

Blueberry Thrill Muffins

“I found my thrill on blueberry hill….on blueberry hill when I found you….” originally sung by Fats Domino but more importantly sung by me in the kitchen anytime I bake something that contains blueberries. It brings back memories of being down in West Virginia as child at my grandparents house. I would immediately rummage through their vinyls and play a few select records every visit; Blueberry Hill was among the few selected.

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My Running Journey

I embarked on this journey of running about a year ago when my friend Janeen lived close by. We used to meet up the road at a local park and run a few miles; at the time I was so new to it that I used to think to myself “I can’t believe people do this for fun.” Nonetheless when we were done, the runners high would hit and I would feel great. At the time we didn’t really have any goals; until I texted her one late night and told her to sign up for the Great Pumpkin Run 5K. We had time to train, but nothing could have ever prepared us for that day; honestly speaking we had no clue what was coming our way.

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Willy Chicken

You may be asking yourself what is willy chicken; if chicken is not cooked properly it will give me major willies. Last week at dinner my mom decided to make breaded chicken for dinner, even though I told her it hasn’t been in buttermilk overnight. She still made it.

So I grinned and bared it.

I made Sophia’s plate up; tested the non-buttermilk chicken and to my surprise it was really good; at this point of the day I was parrished. Everyone was sitting around eating, and I am always the last one to sit down and the last one to finish…but this time I was the first to finish.

Maybe not in the way you are thinking.

Flip Your Wig Pancake

Remember that movie Practical Magic the scene where they flip pancakes in the air? One of my favorite scenes, but we are not flipping pancakes because I don’t know how to do that; but this recipe can make you flip your wig. I mean I don’t wear a wig, but it is wig flippin’ good! And oh so easy to make; which is major brownie points in my book!!

Lets just hop right into it. You can find the recipe here!

The recipe calls for you to use a blender, at 8am in the morning I was not going to bring that bad boy out…morning coffee has not kicked in and if you’re anything like me…I love my mornings quiet and easy.

For my dry ingredients I just put them through a very fine strainer; then added my wet ingredients into the dry.

Then whisked my ingredients into submission, until they were all combined and ready to go.

Melt that butter baby…did you really think we were going to get through a recipe without butter. I’m afraid not, I mean I know I have mentioned on here before..there are not such thing as calories. Butter is very equivalent to garlic in my cooking….if I can add it I will.

Although I will openly admit…I added waaaaay….waaaaay to much butter. I really don’t measure…I definitely eye ball it up and down.

Once the bottom was nicely coated with the butter I added some of the batter…..

Then placed it in the oven for about 5 to 7 minutes

Then this happened….

Where the hell did my cast iron skillet go? I definitely added way to much batter, you can’t even see my cast iron skillet. Whose to judge…no one is to see it (as I share mine with millions)…

This one is my fourth one, each one became increasingly smaller…more ideal. But is smaller really better even with food? Does size really matter? Unless it’s a chicken wing (bar food)…nothing and I mean NOTHING can justify those parakeet wings, but we are not here to yet discuss my strange ways with certain food. Parakeet wings make me cringe…you could probably chase me around the room with one…and have the same reaction if you were chasing me with a lady bug….yeah I don’t like those either.

I just dug into that bad boy; I wasn’t waiting…it just sort of happened between the slight sugar and caffein rush. Yet I am finding myself saying once again…another recipe added to my favorites. What I think I like most about this recipe is that fact that it wasn’t heavy like a normal pancake; I felt like I could still go running after and not feel like you can roll me down the street.

One another note, anyone watch 90 Day Fiance? I have it recording right now and all I can think about is Ed and Rosemarie. My mom got me hooked onto it last weekend, I don’t typically watch reality tv, but Ed puts me in tears laughing. I just can’t with those two; I know I couldn’t do what Ed does. Last week I shot wine across the room laughing….

Have a great Sunday night!

John Legends Breakfast Sandwich

John Legends Breakfast Sandwich

“Mmmmm…” …..”yeah so good…” ……..”where have you been all my life”…and quite possibly make your toes curl..because of you John Legend and your breakfast sandwich. If you read any of previous posts I may have mentioned that I am not much a breakfast eater….coffee please! These days I am finding myself with more time on my hands than I have ever anticipated; so I figured why not cook my way through Chrissy Teigens cookbook “Cravings.”

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Our Hawaii Trip

Our Hawaii Trip

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I am unsure if you remember me mentioning back in April of this year that my family and I went to Hawaii for two weeks (the Big Island)…well I never did an official post on our trip. I really wanted too, but when I uploaded my photos from our trip I had a total of 1200 photos.

Needless to say I was overwhelmed.

This past weekend between going to the mall with my mom while she Black Friday shopped and being in a induced comatose Turkey state, I browsed 1200 photo…and came up with select few…

Okay…okay…more than a few photos to share with you.

Get ready for an overload of photos!!!! 

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