National Cuddle Up Day



Hello Everyone!

I hope this beautiful Saturday finds you all well. It feels like so long since I have posted and for that all I can say is life is crazy, as you well know, and life during the holiday’s is absolutely hectic. So for the beginning of this post I’m going to do a recap of what’s been going on with me. At the end, I’m going to share a recipe for AMAZING Hot Chocolate. This is in honor of today being National Cuddle Up Day! I don’t know if you’re like me, but I love being cozy, anything with sweatpants, fuzzy jacket/robe, fuzzy socks, cup of amazing hot chocolate and a good book or movie, sign me up, haha!

So where to begin….. The last post that I shared was the Rod Works blog event review(which if you haven’t checked them out, they have really cute holiday decorations) which was in September, so I guess I will go month to month, if that works for you J

October: In October, I got promoted to supervisor at my job, which was pretty cool at the time. Now not so much, haha! My bake shoppe was at the local’s farmer’s market, which we did pretty well. I went to the last concert apart of the country megaticket, which I gifted to my younger sister for her birthday. The last concert was Luke Bryan with Lindsey Ell andBrett Eldredge, which was amazing. If you follow Brett Eldredge on Instagram you would have seen his adorable dog Edgar Boogie, he brought Edgar out on stage with these adorable sound proof headphones! Halloween came and went way to fast in my opinion plus I had to work that day, which is never fun because nothing special happens at work.

November: November felt incredibly busy. It all started with my birthday/superheroes half marathon weekend. Which was not the best experience I’ve ever had. The night before we left, my dad’s father passed away, he was never a grandfather to me but I was very sad for my dad and all of the selfish family member’s only there for what they thought they deserved. It was awful and sadly still going on. I knew that my dad would not be joining on the first or second day but we hoped that he would join us on that Saturday. I had never spent my birthday without my dad, which for 28 years, I know I’m very lucky. It was really sad to be at a place that we all share together without him. I kept talking to him throughout the day, showed him the stuff from the expo in pictures. I spent a lot of money there, but it was special. Later in the day, he called and sang me happy birthday, I cried, like ugly cried, but it was really nice. I got my birthday dinner and cake, which the chocolate cake from plaza inn is so incredibly decadent, it made my teeth hurt, haha! Then it was time to call it a night, to prepare for the 5K the following morning. It went smoothly, finished in a great time, I’m not a runner so I’m happy with what I got. We went into the parks once we were all freshened up, no real soreness, just tired. The following day was the Thor 10K, which I completed again in pretty good time. That was my first time for that distance and I loved it. I even got emotional towards the end. There was a lot of stuff going on during that time, that I was worried I wouldn’t finish it but I did. Then the next day, the superheroes half marathon, was hard to get up for, those 3:30AM wake up calls SUCK! This one started out rocky, I was exhausted, emotionally and physically, I felt really fainty(thanks vasovagal syncope) and on top of all that, mother nature thought it would be a great weekend to rip out all of my insides. Needless to say, I didn’t finish but damn did I try. I felt really disappointed in myself for a few weeks after. When I got medically swept, I was taken on the sad wagon, to the bus with my mom and given my pity medal. I didn’t wear any of my marathon weekend stuff, not even my other medals. After al of that, I really just wanted to go home.

We came home that Monday, celebrated my birthday, with my dad, that Friday. Then that Saturday, the 18th, my older sister and I went to Las Vegas with our best friends who also happen to be sisters, for a quick overnight trip. We left around 9, got to our hotel around 1, which we stayed at the Bellagio, which was absolutely gorgeus. One bummer though, when we arrived our room wasn’t ready but they were in such a rush to valet our car, we took out all our stuff and were basically standing in the lobby with al of our stuff getting weird looks, apparently we’re the ONLY ones ever to travel with our pillows. Luckily, they were able to hold our stuff, then we went to walk around, get some food and then go back to get ready for dinner and our show. We went to dinner at Margaritaville, as a sort of joint birthday dinner for all 4 of us. We use to have a Margaritaville in Glendale, AZ but they left a few years ago and it was good as we rememebered. Then the show we went to was, Criss Angel:Mindfreak, which was all of ours first magic show. It was……interesting, the illusions were great but their aren’t many words to describe it. The following morning, we had the buffett at our hotel, which was expensive but delicious, big selection and very filling.

I do find it really funny that whenever we vacation with our best friends, that when we get home we don’t talk for a few weeks. Like one night we spend in the same room and we need weeks to recover but perhaps that is the secret to such a long friendship (26 years and counting) have a lot of fun, then don’t speak for a few weeks.

Once we returned home it was ready to prepare for my older sister, Lindsey’s, birthday and Thanksgiving, which happened to be on the same day. It was nice, as always, went shopping after dinner. Which I know some people are really against, but it’s something my family and I do together, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

The next day, I had to open the store at 6AM, which totally sucked but then I was off the rest of the weekend.

December: The first weekend of December was spent in Disneyland, celebrating my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary. Saturday night was the Candlelight Processional, which we had never stopped to watch before and we were curious as to who was the special celebrity guest. We had asked a few castmembers, and they told us it was very hush hush, but the president of Disney had personally asked the person to read the story of the first Christmas. The special guest was………..Christ Hemsworth!!! Thor himself!!!

My little sister, is obsessed with Marvel movies, and once she heard who it was, we had to stay and watch. I’ll share pictures soon!

Once we returned home, my bake shoppe was at the local’s farmers market for the 3 weekends leading up to Christmas, which were awesome! We even debuted a new “Chewy” Gingerbread cookie which is a gingerbread cookie decorated like Chewbacca. They were a huge hit! All of our cookies did incredibly well and I got quite a few orders and some repeat customers, which makes me really happy. Not to get emotional about it but I hope these people know that when they buy my cookies and tell others, they’re really supporting my dream and the career I’m truly passionate about and I can’t express how much that means to me.

Christmas Eve was spent with good people that we don’t see often.

Christmas Day is always a little sad but it was really great.

New Year’s Eve was also spent with good people that we are lucky to see every so often. Went for a boat ride to see the remaining Christmas lights, nice dinner and the toasting of martinelli’s at midnight. Then it was bed time for me, I had to open New Year’s Day, which was a bummer but now it’s in the past.

On Monday, January 8th, 2018 I’m embarking on a new weightloss journey. I will be following the points plus system from Weight Watcher’s and in the coming weeks, joining a gym and riding my new bike that I got for Christmas and really making a commitment to bettering my life. I cannot be making the same resolution every year and continue not to do anything about it.

I believe that this has now caught us all up and now you can FINALLY get to the thing you truly wanted, the hot cocoa recipe, haha!


This recipe I found on Pinterest and it comes from

  • 3 cups Cane granulated sugar, organic pure
  • 2 cups Cane light brown sugar, organic pure
  • 3 cups Cocoa, fine quality unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp Kosher or natural sea salt

Just mix all of these ingredients together, I put them in my Ninja blender to make a really fine powder. It lasts for such a long time, depending on the level of chocolatey goodness you require. With making so much you can extend all of your cozy/cuddly days, does it get much better?


I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday, I’m off to the Arizona Coyotes game against the New York Rangers. Go Yotes!


Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!


Hello Everyone and Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!!


I love pizza and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. Whether it’s delivered, pick-up or homemade, I love it. Today, I thought I would share with you a recipe for homemade pizza. If you don’t want to take the time to make it, I encourage you to order some, what’s the point of a National Holiday if no one celebrates it?

To Start, Thick Crust Pizza Dough:

  • 1 ½ Cups to 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 1 Pkg. Active Dry Yeast
  • ¾ Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Oil

In large bowl, combine ¾ cup flour, salt, sugar, and yeast; blend well. In small saucepan, heat water and oil until very warm; add to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Stir in ½ to ¾ cup flour to form stiff dough.

On floured surface, knead in ¼ to ½ cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 3 to 5 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. Set aside.


Pizza Sauce:

  • ½ Cup Chopped Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
  • 8-oz. can (1 Cup) Tomato Sauce
  • 6-oz. Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Oregano Leaves
  • 2 tsp Basil Leaves
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper

In large skillet, sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Pizza Deluxe:

  • 1 Recipe Thick Crust Pizza Dough
  • ¾ Cup Pizza Sauce
  • 3 1/2 oz. Pkg. Sliced Pepperoni
  • 5-oz. Jar Sliced Mushrooms, drained (Optional)
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Green Pepper
  • 6 oz. (1 ½ Cups) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 oz. (1 Cup) Shredded Provolone Cheese

Grease 12-inch pizza pan. With greased fingers, press dough into prepared pan, forming ½-inch rim. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 15 to 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 400 Degrees F. Bake crust 8 to 10 minutes or until set and very light golden brown. Spread sauce over partially baked crust. Arrange pepperoni, mushrooms and green pepper over pasta sauce. Combine mozzarella and provolone cheeses; sprinkle over pizza. Bake at 400 Degrees F. for an additional 18 to 25 minutes or until crust is a deep golden brown.



National Graham Cracker Day


Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great day yesterday and had all the S’mores you could stomach! The funny thing about S’mores, is that for all the build up and anticipation, most times you only enjoy them once. From then on, you enjoy all the components separately. It’s usually the chocolate that goes first, then the marshmallows and the graham crackers seem to stick around until you come across them again and realize they expired.

Now, I don’t know if you’re like me, but I hate when stuff goes to waste, so I decided to share with you a recipe for Doggie Grahams. My German shepherd mix, Indiana, has been a total wreck since the ever wonderful firework shows began on Saturday night. I figured that making some dog treats for her would help her get over her fear of going outside. Plus the treats can be cut into cute shapes or just simply using a pizza cutter, after rolling out thin, to cut the dough into small training treats.

So here we go:

  •    2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Oil
  • 1 Cup Milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 Degrees F. Grease Cookie Sheets.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, or measuring cup, mix oil and milk and stir into flour mixture.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until soft and well mixed. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Place on prepared baking sheets 1″ apart. Bake 10 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 5 minutes. Cool completely. Store cooled biscuits in fridge or freezer.


Happy 4th Of July!!

Hello Everyone! 

 Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday. If you would like a few suggestions for 4th of July treats, check out the new adventure I’ve started with my sister’s, . There you will find not only my favorite treat but also both of my sister’s treats! 
 Have a great day!

National Stay Out Of The Sun Day


Hello Everyone and Happy National Stay Out of the Sun Day!


Now I know that with tomorrow being the 4th of July, we all probably will be outside most of the day. If you were one of the lucky ones to have today off, myself included, you might start the outside activities today.

I live in AZ, and if you have ever heard one thing about AZ it’s probably that it is hot, like really hot. The most important things to remember here is water, water, water,sunscreen, water, water, hat, water and oh yeah, water. Nearly everyday, there is a news story about someone being hospitalized due to heat related illness, and it’s a total bummer. Below I shared a few ways to help beat the heat. Keep in mind, that I am not a medical professional, these are merely tips for keeping cool in the dead of summer.

  • Always keep water with you. Even if you’re only going out for a few minutes, take a cooler full of water and if you’re taking your dog(s) with you, take a water bowl.
  • Wear thick bottomed shoes, nothing feels as bad as the melting asphalt coming through the bottom of your shoes. *Also, if it’s too hot for your feet, it is way yo hot for your dogs feet!*
  • Don’t wear dark clothing.
  • Wear light colored airy clothes, if there is a light breeze, it will offer some relief.
  • Never EVER leave children or pets in an enclosed vehicle or near a pool, or body of water unattended. Every year there are drownings that are completely avoidable.
  • Slow down, Avoid strenuous activities taking place outside. EX: Hiking at the hottest point of the day, use common sense. When you have to be rescued, you are putting other people at risk, don’t be that person….that person sucks.
  • If you work outside or have to go outside for any reason, I would suggest investing in a cooling neck wrap. Some people use them for marathons, they are light weight and just have to moistened to offer a lot of relief. *You can find these at Walmart, Target or any sporting goods store.
  • If you want to stay cool by lounging in the pool, Otter Pops will be your best friend, they offer a variety of flavors and their frozen.
  • Wear Sunglasses: The lighter your eyes are, the more sensitive they are to sunlight.
  • Wear a hat. Nobody likes a peeling sunburned scalp. 1. It hurts to brush your head and 2. it looks like dandruff.

That’s all I can think of for now but if you have any tips or techniques for keeping cool, please share!!

Have a ‘cool’ day!

Pick Your Poison…



I hope you all have been doing well so far this week. It has been crazy busy for me, so much so, I can’t remember what I did Monday, haha! On Tuesday we celebrated my little sister’s 17th birthday. We went to Top  Golf for the first in Scottsdale, we weren’t really sure what to expect but we had a really great time. We can’t wait to go back!

Anyways, today is National Pick Your Poison Day, not literal poison. Most of the time it’s referring to alcohol but that’s not what I’m talking about today. It is open to any interpretation when it comes to making decisions.  Below you will find two of my favorite guilty pleasure recipes, my poison if you will. And you will, you guessed it, pick your poison.


Cookies ‘n’ Crème Krispies

  • 1/4 Cup (1/2 Stick) Unsalted Butter
  • One 10 oz. Package Marshmallows
  • 5 Cups Puffed Rice Cereal
  • 2 1/2 Cups Crème Filled Chocolate cookies, cut into quarters
  1. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Heat the butter in a large nonstick saucepan over low heat until melted. Add the marshmallows and continue cooking, stirring until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, add the cereal and cookies and stir gently just until mixed to avoid breaking up the cookies any further.
  4. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Cool completely until set, about 20 minutes, before cutting into 3×3 1/4 inch bars.


Death By Chocolate Brownies

  • 1/2 Cup Salted Butter
  • 8 oz. Coarsely Chopped Semisweet Chocolate
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, Cold
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  •  1 1/2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks or Chocolate Chips
  1. Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, pour into a large bowl, and allow to slightly cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Line bottom of an 11×7-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  3. Stir sugar into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add in the eggs one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour and salt, then the chocolate chunks until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 37-45 minutes, or until the brownies begin to pull away from the edges of the pan.
  4. Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack. Lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides, and cut into squares. The brownies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temp for 1 week














The Only Bake Sale Cookbook You’ll Ever Need

Wolf, Goldrich, Laurie and Brams, Pam. The Only Bake Sale Cookbook You’ll Ever Need. New York, NY. 2008. Print


Sally’s Baking Addiction

McKenney, Sally. Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes & Desserts For Your Sweet Tooth Fix. New York, NY: Race Point. 2014. Print.

Donut Worry, Be Happy


Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! I have some exciting news…..On Wednesday evening, I made the jump and signed up for the 2017 Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, which includes:

  • The Spider-Man 5K: Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Infinity Gauntlet Challenge:
  • Thor 10K: Saturday, November 11, 2017
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon: Sunday, November 12, 2017

So all of that equals to 22.4 miles over the span of 3 days. I’ll be arriving in Anaheim on my 28th birthday, November 9, and going to packet pick-up and the expo where I will most likely spend way too much money. The following day I will be getting up really freaking early and doing a 5k, I’ve done quite a few so I’m not really worried about it. Once that’s completed, I’ll probably try to nap, go get some breakfast and then go to Disneyland and California Adventure. After a few hours I’ll need to go to bed, to wake up really freaking early again to do the Thor 10k, which will be my first 10k ever. After that, nap, breakfast and beach. Then sleep to get up for the last time on this trip, you guessed it, really freaking early and do my first runDisney half marathon but second overall half marathon. From all of that, I will receive 4 medals, I’m excited but nervous but a good nervous.

I think because of this we should all celebrate by having a doughnut. And if you don’t want to celebrate with me, have a doughnut anyway for National Doughnut Day!

As a sweet deal, you can go to Dunkin Donuts and receive a free doughnut when you purchase any beverage. If you would rather work for your reward, below you will find one of my favorite recipes for cake doughnuts.

  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 Cup Margarine or Butter, Melted or 1/4 Cup Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs, Slightly Beaten
  • Oil for Deep Frying

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir in remaining ingredients except oil for frying, just until dry ingredients are moistened. If desired, refrigerate dough for easier handling.

Fill large saucepan or electric skillet 2/3 full with oil. Heat to 375 Degrees F. On a well floured surface, knead dough 1 to 2 minutes or until dough is no longer sticky. Roll half the dough at a time to 1/2 inch thickness; cut with floured doughnut cutter. With pancake turner, slip doughnuts and holes into hot oil. Fry doughnuts and holes 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown. Drain on paper towel. If desired, roll doughnuts and holes in powdered or granulated sugar, cinnamon-sugar mixture or drizzle with glaze Makes about 30 doughnuts.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!!!

Do You Know What Today Is?

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead- your next stop…..”



Today is National Twilight Zone Day. There is no real explanation behind who created or why this day exists, it’s not about or because of the show, it was just made popular by it.

The show aired in 1959 and ended in 1964, it had 5 seasons and 156 episodes. Every year on New Year’s and the Fourth of July SyFy does a marathon. I knew of the show, not just because of the Tower of Terror but because one of my old friends loves it. Anyways, our families used to spend Christmas Eve and New Year’s and the occasional Independence Day, going out to dinner and fireworks. Before going to dinner we would hang out at one of our houses. And, you guessed it, we would watch the Twilight Zone. I don’t remember a lot of episodes but one in particular has stuck with me for years.

The episode is called “The Eye Of The Beholder”, it aired for the first time on November 11, 1960. Basically, the story is about a woman that keeps having surgery to improve her looks because she is unhappy with her appearance. After her last legally allowed surgery, she begs her doctor to remove the bandages early, to which he finally gives in. When they are removed it reveals that the surgery did nothing but it finally shows the faces of the nurses and doctors, that up until that part had been hidden in the shadows, that they have for lack of a better term, pig faces. So, she freaks out, which who wouldn’t? I’m not going to give away the ending but she gets exiled. I encourage you to watch it.

Perhaps it will give you nightmares like it did to my 10 year old self, I couldn’t sleep for days. I can’t even watch it today because of those nightmares…but I hope you like it!


Have a wonderful day!





Picture from Neatorama from Pinterest. Quote by Rod Serling.