Staying Fueled


This is my latest easy, go-to snack, that I’m somewhat obsessed with. It’s simple because most of it is already made for me. All I add is a drizzle of olive oil and rice wine vinegar with herbs. It’s packed full of protein and vegetables, it’s filling, and it makes for a delicious snack or lunch salad.

It amazes me that Trader Joe’s is such a tiny, little store, yet almost every time I go, I find something new! Before I found the ingredients for this salad, it was the to-die-for buffalo mozzarella. I love Trader Joe’s. And I didn’t think I would because it’s so small. Now I’ve discovered that I’m a bit spoiled because it’s only 20 minutes from my house. When we move to New Hampshire, I will have to drive 45 minutes to find the nearest Trader Joe’s. But believe me, that certainly won’t stop me!

All this lovely salad takes to make is Trader Joe’s Healthy 8 Chopped Veg Mix and their Balela  salad, a drizzle of olive oil and a drizzle of rice wine vinegar with herbs. That’s it. The chopped veggie mix is pretty much self-explanatory and the Balela salad has chickpeas, black beans, tomatoes, olive oil, and herbs. Mixed together, they create a little bowl of heaven.

My Corner Of The World


This is our son’s kitten, “Kitty-Kitty”. She’s only a few months old and was never given a proper name. She’s longing to get herself outside…or crawl up the screen door. She’s quite naughty, good thing she’s cute.

A welcome home greeting for my mom. She just returned from 3 wonderful weeks in England.

She spoiled me with lovely and tasty gifts!

Our upcoming move and major life change has me thinking. A lot. Remembering cherished things, looking forward to new adventures, “cleaning house” and purging things that probably should have been gotten rid of ages ago. 

The dogs are spoiled at Grandma’s house too. 

The two men in my life. I love them far beyond words…I won’t even try to spell it out.

I made this pizza on one of the 9 straight, blissful, days my husband was home for a “break”. You can find a similar recipe here. This one has buffalo mozzarella from Trader Joe’s. 

And I made these cookie dough truffles…recipe coming soon.

Remember the post where I told you about the heart rocks our son has collected for me over the years? Oddly enough, a few weeks ago we were at the dog park and there was a rock wedged in a picnic table. He dug it out and said, “Hey mom, look at this…a heart rock.” That was one of those blubbering, crying, mom moments, but I contained myself. 

My husband is trying to turn me into a redneck. Not really. We needed something bigger to tow our camping trailer across the US. Now we can tow a house if we wanted. When I drive it, I still have to convince myself that it really does fit in a normal car lane.

This is my morning ritual. It’s chilly now and tea hits the spot. I wish it were heavy cream giving it that light look…almond milk isn’t quite the same. I do a bible study every morning and journal. My day is not the same if I miss that time. Those are my new, stronger, reading glasses. For some reason my arms aren’t long enough anymore.

With my husband traveling so much, I usually just make a quick breakfast of almond milk yogurt or peanut butter toast. I made this breakfast while he was home. It was wonderful to sit down and enjoy a proper breakfast together! You can find the recipe here. And bacon…we eat a lot of bacon when he’s home. Somehow I’ve lost 6 pounds without even thinking about it. Must be the bacon…

This is “us” celebrating my 44th birthday and our 21st wedding anniversary.

Ahhh…the dog park. Dusty and sometimes even smelly, but such fun for the pups. We do love and cherish our furry family members, don’t we?

Best Friends Forever.

Well, I’m off to walk the dogs and get on with the chores of the day. Don’t forget your “REAL” to-do list today…