Top Pins of the Week (7/19-7/25)

I know from experience that most “pinners” (those who use Pinterest on more than a regular basis…) are female. My followers are both male and female, but I’m sure some of these “pins” I am listing will spike anyone’s interest. Pinterest really is amazing. I have used many recipes and craft ideas! So without further adieu, here are my top pins of the week, July 19, 2015-July 25,2015. **Note, not any any particular order.**

Lemon Crinkle Cookies @ Tasty Kitchen

Ok, these things are the bomb diggity. No other words can explain how AMAZING these things taste. I have never had lemon cookies before (at least not that I can remember). This recipe was SO easy to make. Below is a picture of what I made…I didn’t get the crinkle affect (which is what I’ve been working on the past few days), but they tasted so dang good! Perfect for Spring and Summers! You can find the pin, here.

Lemon Cookies

Crochet Fish Scrubbie Washcloths @ One Dog Woof

Ok, so crocheting is pretty dang easy, entertaining, and you get great stuff out of it! I personally LOVE crochet face scrubbies, washcloths, and dish scrubbies. The difference is all in the type of yarn you use (but you can figure that out by reading around). These fish scrubbies are ADORABLE. Seriously. I am going to try them this weekend. Pictures to come. This pin can be found here.

Easy Cheesy Garlic and Herb Breadsticks @ Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch

I have been making homemade breadsticks for years. I have ALWAYS complained about how doughie and thick they become. Never once did I think, “Hey, how about you slice the dough really thin, dip it in some oil/butter, then in a cheesy her mixture?” Pure genius right here, folks! This pin can be found here.

Fried Macaroni & Cheese Bites @ Mommy Musings

We still have a whole week left in July. I don’t know about anywhere else, but down here in the South, the first two weeks of August are usually the hottest of the year, and from Aug 1-Oct 1 people will be grilling out every chance they get before our colder weather hits. These easily “popable” sized bites of oohey gooey cheesy goodness are just what you need at a BBQ or party. Find the pin, here.

Oh! For fox sake! Mug found at CoralBel 

Ok, so this isn’t a recipe or craft, but I have been collecting unique mugs over the past year and I LOVE this one. The seller has quite a huge selection and her prices aren’t too bad! Find this pin here.

Well, these were my top pins of the week! From recipes to cute mugs, Pinterest has allowed me to expand my culinary skills, collections, and crafting ideas. I hope you all have a great weekend!


Daily Inspiration ~ 7.25.2015

A caricature of my husband and I at a wedding recently lol ❤

Yet again, I find myself going a long time without checking in. I apologize, but you all should know I am going at my own pace nowadays. I may not post every single day, and I may go a couple weeks without a word, but during those times, I’m living my life and making new experiences, and trying new things!

This is my daily inspiration. When YOU finally take control of YOUR own life, things will begin to change.

I believe there are different levels of consciousness we all have and go through. I have always been opinionated and quick to retaliate. However, as I am nearing the age of 29 years young, I have begun to view the world differently. I have more patience. I am more observant, and I truly “feel” like I am heading in the right direction.

I have only recently (I’d say I stated noticing a difference about 1 year ago) been able to take control of my life…and it has been wonderful. And it is possible to do this without coming across as a snoot or bunghole.

Just agree to disagree. Seriously. All sides of all arguments have valid points. If we can sit here and say that each person has unique moral and ethical insights and that no two people are the same, then you also have to acknowledge that every opinion is governed by these different insights. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs. As long as they don’t harm others, just agree to disagree!

It may sound stupid but I’ve avoided a lot of arguments and I’ve been part of many eye-opening conversations because of this new outlook on life…or because of my new level of consciousness. This is part of my enlightening. It’s truly amazing how we, as individuals and as neighbors, can intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually grow as we experience new things.

Don’t fear change, embrace it!

(I know I've used this one before, but I love it.)

On that note, today I charge you all with saying “I respect your opinion. Please respect mine. Let’s agree to disagree on this one and move on.”

Once you say that, the ball is in the other person(s) court. You have absolved yourself of all potential guilt and you have risen above the conflict to move forward. THAT is what we need. And THAT is what YOU all should be trying to do. 😉



Daily Inspiration ~ 7.11.2015

Today’s daily inspiration is veering in a different direction. Usually I post a quote and then explain my reasoning behind it. But today, this is all me…and it’s about love.

My husband and I met, dated, got pregnant, and married…all within 6 months. We will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary next year!! It’s been a tough road, but every heartbreak, tear, and stressful moment was worth the love and protection I feel with my best friend/husband.


I bring this up because my husband and I are going to one of my high school friend’s wedding reception tonight. She did a “planned elopement” a few weeks ago in New Orleans and now she’s having a reception in her hometown (pretty neat idea!). So tonight, I’m seeing faces I haven’t laid eyes on since 2004 (with the exception of social media). The interesting point is that my friend and her new husband got married on their “dating” anniversary. They have been together 9 years too.

However, while my husband and I got married immediately, my friend and her husband waited 9 years. And yet we’ve been together the same amount of time.

So my question is: Do you think you should jump into marriage immediately or even after a few years of being with someone and hope for the best, or should you take your time, get to know the person, live with him/her, and then decide?

I know it’s against religious principles to live in sin with someone who is not your wife/husband (and remember, I’m not religious…just stating a fact), but with the extremely high rate of divorce around the world, you have to pause and think…my friend might have been on to something!

I can tell you that during my almost 10 years of marriage, both my husband and I completely changed. We were 19, young and naive. We “grew” up together! But in the end, the trials and tribulations we went through made us stronger.


This daily inspiration is about love. It seems to be getting lost in a sea of hate and pessimism.

Look at your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, friends, children, and family and take a moment to evaluate your feelings. Figure out how your feelings have evolved. You will be amazed at what you may discover.

You may realize your feelings have changed, for better or worse. Just like some people clean out their homes and get rid of stuff every once in a while, sometimes you need to do that with your relationships.

So take a few minutes to evaluate your life and relationships and you may just discover things you’ve been blind to.


Daily Inspiration ~ 7.10.2015


At first, I was a little offended by this quote. I am a very passionate and empathetic individual. My mom and dad always said I was born an adult. They always said I was wise beyond my years. As I’ve gotten older, I realize they are right. Maybe that is why I lack a large group of friends. I can’t stand ignorant, naive, and entitled individuals.

But that’s where my passion comes into play. And it is getting in the way.

What I mean is: while passion is a great quality that defines who you are, when it comes to calculating decisions for the greater good, it is a quality best left behind…or at least put on the back burner. Passion is derived from the heart. And what you may think is “true” or “just” in your heart, may not actually be true or just for someone else. This is why there should be a fine line, a black-white distinction in government and democracy.

We can love. We can be passionate. We can be empathetic. But when it comes to democratic decisions and representations, we must put reason above all else. We must be unbiased.

I bring this up because of the situations bombarding the United States. Most people are reacting to situations with opinions and passion, not reason. And if you haven’t noticed, it is ripping this country apart. So remember, when you are arguing a point, or trying to devise a solution, do it with REASON, not passion. Keep your passions in your private lives. But when it comes to societal discussions and confrontations, we need to stay unbiased and reasonable. And above all else, and I’ve said this before, PLEASE find it in your heart, mind, and soul to start making this world a better place.


Just Another Day in Paradise


Well, I haven’t posted in a few days. I had a wonderful 4th of July. We had a cookout and shot off fireworks. Hung out with some family and friends.

Then my mama’s dog, Misty, starting acting weird. My mom helped clean up after Hurricane Katrina and ended up adopting Misty when she was in New Orleans. She had a litter of puppies and was abused by her owner because of it. She suffered a pelvis break. Long story short, her back legs are getting weak. She’s about 9 or 10 years old. My mom is heartbroken. Misty can barely get up and she’s stopped eating. Her time is near…

Misty in her earlier years.

Then there’s all this negative news, situations, and heartache going on all over the world. I’m not even getting into it. There is just way too much going on!

I am currently watching Interstellar. It’s an amazing movie. One of my favorite “galactic” depictions. It feels so realistic. Especially when they dind out what’s in a black hole. That is man’s biggest galactic question. That knowledge could seriously open our eyes and knowledge to the universe.

We also have a new kitty! A woman found him on the side of a road, but her pets didn’t like him so we took him! We estimate he’s only 5 weeks old. He’s been eating soft food and goats milk. He has a cold but he’s playful and hungry! We are taking him to the vet next Friday!

Mushu (named after the dragon in Mulan)

And that about sums it up! I hope everyone had a fun, safe weekend. And remember, PLEASE, try not to be so offended by trivial things. Look at the world with wonder and be what we are supposed to be. Human. Forgive, be compassionate and understanding, and love with all your human soul.


The Versatile Blogger Award!

Wow, what can I say?! I’ve only had this blog for a couple of weeks and I’ve been absent for a few days. Then I come back and find out I’ve been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks a bunch to How to $tuff Your Pig for this nomination! I’m honored!!! If you’re looking for financial advice, frugal tips, or budget recipes, head on over to How to $tuff Your Pig and take a look around. I’ve found many postings that are helpful and full of valuable information!

These are the copy/pasted rules for the Versatile Blogger Award-

1.  Acknowledge the person who nominated you by thanking them and posting a link to their blog.

2.  Share 10 interesting things about yourself.

3.  Nominate 10 more bloggers.

Interesting Things

  • My favorite color is green. It’s been that way since the 6th grade!
  • My favorite subjects are Math, Astronomy, and Psychology. I wanted to be an Astrophysicist in high school. (That didn’t work out, HAHA)
  • I am starting my Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling next year. I want to work with wounded veterans.
  • My hobbies are reading, writing, playing video games, baking fresh bread, and crocheting.
  • I secretly ADORE cats…but they’re still a**holes😉
  • I’ve been to Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. To this day, Lucerne Switzerland is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen!
  • I have only visited 10 US states: South Carolina (home state & current residence), North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. I’ve been stuck in the South lol
  • My favorite novel of all time is The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas. My favorite author is currently Jennifer Armentrout. (Extra Fact: I read, on average, 3-4 books a week.)
  • My favorite bands include: Korn, In This Moment, Incubus (old stuff), Queen, Pink Floyd, and I LOVE Lindsey Stirling.
  • My ultimate dream is to one day publish a book. It’s not about the fame or money. It’s about leaving a small legacy behind.

Now for my nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award:

And there you go! My 10 nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award!!!


Pepperoni and Cheese Crescent Rolls

Main Picture

My family has a BIG problem when it comes to carbs. We LOVE bread, pasta, and anything with unhealthy carbs. However, we only eat these meals when we have very active or busy weeks, or if we are short on time (this is STILL better than fast food).

These Pepperoni & Cheese Crescent Rolls are pretty dang good! Filled with pizza sauce, mini pepperonis, and shredded cheese, they are tasty on their own or dipped in ranch or melted garlic butter! We have eaten this on movie nights with a salad, or as a mid-afternoon snack after a day at the lake or pool. The kids (and husband) gobble this stuff up!!

Unfortunately, I do not have any recent pictures of this creation. But the recipe is very straightforward and easy!

Filled and topped with melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, italian seasoning.
Filled and topped with melted butter, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, italian seasoning.

Pepperoni and Cheese Crescent Rolls


  • 1 regular size can of crescent rolls (not the “mini” ones)
  • pizza sauce or marinara
  • mini pepperonis
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • garlic powder
  • parmesan cheese
  • italian seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 375 deg. Line baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. On a LIGHTLY floured surface roll out crescent rolls into triangles.
  3. Spread pizza sauce or marinara across all triangles.
  4. Top with mini pepperonis, mozzarella cheese, and cheddar cheese.
  5. Roll each triangle into a crescent (start in the middle on the wide, flat side and roll toward the point of the triangle. Make sure it is rolled up tight enough not to let the toppings fall out.
  6. Place on parchment lined pan. Spread melted butter over crescent rolls, then top with garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and italian seasoning.
  7. Bake in a 375 deg oven for 11-13 min, or until golden brown. Serve with Ranch or more pizza sauce!

I actually just found a recipe for homemade crescent roll dough and it looks pretty good. I’m going to try that recipe out in a few days and then I will update this post after I try it with the homemade and compare the two. Like I said, this is a very quick, easy, simple recipe to whip up for snacks or a very quick dinner.