November 12, 2011

Beard Watch Day 11

Day 11:

Farmer's Market Saturday

Occasionally, Josh and I will stroll through our local farmers market and I'll marvel at all of the fresh goodness while Josh attempts to drag me away from it all. Today, however, we stopped at a very lovely cheese stand & were fed sample upon sample of some of the finest cheese I've ever had. We finally decided on a smoked cheddar (for josh) and lemon quark (for me). Let me just say, quark is the most amazing discovery since Nutella. It's a homemade (!) German cream cheese with lemon curd. It's delicious. I'm eating three slices of toast topped with the Quark right now. Plus, it's super fun to say. Quark. The really nice stand was for Spring Hill Farms, and I feel really great supporting the local dairies & they had homemade Butter! We also bought homemade ciabatta bread & these beautiful berries!! Gonna make some delicious muffins for work on Monday :)

November 08, 2011

Beard Watch Day 7

Day 7:
(yessss! I got him making a funny face)


My friend made these great pins to celebrate Movember & they are decorated with a blue ribbon to bring awareness for Prostate & Colon Cancer.

Aren't they cute?

November 06, 2011

Happy Movember!

So, a friend of mine showed me this really great website for an organization that brings awareness to men's health. I'm usually a supporter of ALS and Breast Cancer awareness, but very recently, two men in my immediate family have been diagnosed with colon and prostate cancer.
Since being told this tragic news by my family, I have been brainstorming ways to support men around the world & their struggle with fighting cancer.
Until I can do more, I will become a Mo sista.

Josh is currently growing a beard for his job, so for the month of November, we will be doing a Beard Watch.

Please visit to donate or read more about men's health awareness & please, encourage the men ( & women) in your lives to schedule regular screenings with their doctor.

Beard Watch day 5:

November 01, 2011

Starbucks secrets!!

Drinks not on the menu, but can be ordered:

* Penguin/Zebra/Tuxedo: This is a mocha (with caffeine) or hot chocolate (no caffeine) that is half white chocolate and half regular chocolate. It's tastier than the regular hot chocolate and less sweet than a white mocha.

* Hot Chocolate with a shot of vanilla: Once you try it this way, you'll never drink regular hot chocolates again.

* Strawberry Lemonades: A lemonade concentrate is mixed with a strawberry puree. Can be blended!

* Gummi Bear: some fruit punch based drink

* Steamer: Half regular coffee with half steamed milk. For those who like lots of milk in their coffee but don't like it cooling when they add creamer.

* Red Eye: Regular coffee with an add shot.

Killer Alfredo Sauce

The biggest problem we run into when attempting to eat healthy & buy fresh groceries, is using our resources before they expire. This week I had:

1. 1/2 tub of sour cream
2. Half and half
3. 1/2 brick Monterey Jack Cheese
4. 1/2 tub Parmesan cheese

After searching online for 5 minutes I came across instructions for making a killer Alfredo sauce. Luckily, I had chicken breasts in the freezer & fettuccine pasta in my pantry. After adding a few spices, I have to admit that this homemade Alfredo sauce was the best I've ever had.

October 23, 2011

Tips for a good life

1. Memorize something everyday.
Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.
2. Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions.
Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.
3. Develop an endless curiosity about this world.
Become an explorer and view the world as your jungle. Stop and observe all of the little things as completely unique events. Try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and try to experience as many different environments and sensations as possible. This world has so much to offer, so why not take advantage of it?

October 22, 2011

Sayonara Starbucks!

I am one of a million Starbucks lovers who waits around 9 months for the heavenly Pumpkin Spice Latte. While Stumbling the other night, I came across the holy grail of homemade coffee drinks:

The only changes I made were, I added the ingredients to my regularly brewed cup of coffee & whisked them together, and I used easy pumpkin pie purée (pumpkin pie purée & spices in a can) Deliciousness!