April 17, 2015

The Birthday Boy!

This handsome guys turns 3 years old today.  Like with kids, time sure does fly.  It seems like he was just a "tiny" puppy!


For his birthday, he's getting a gift too ... a baby sister to play with!

Yes, we're crazy.

Yes, another German Shepherd.

Yes, that means double the shedding.

Stay tuned!

April 10, 2015

3+ Weeks and Counting

I haven't had a Diet Coke in over three weeks. I feel like I deserve some kind of medal because it hasn't been easy to resist, especially when I walk into Wawa and know a fountain soda can be mine in a matter of seconds.

The first week was rough. I had a terrible, awful, pounding headache every morning for a week. I'm here to tell you Diet Coke withdrawal is real, people.

But I'm doing this. No more diet coke!

If I'm tempted, I just need to remind myself about the awful headaches ...


April 9, 2015

Easter Yummies

I made two desserts for Easter Sunday. I wanted something that reminded us of spring and summer because the weather has been very uncooperative as of late ... it's still cold and rain seems to come just about every other day.

Enter this delicious Strawberry Trifle.  A trifle dessert is very forgiving and there are a million ways to put one together. I went back and forth on whether to whip up some fresh whipped cream but ultimately decided against it because I wasn't sure how well it would hold up since I was assembling this about 10 hours before it would be served. So yes, I used Cool Whip. People seem to love it or hate it - I happen to love it - so I happily used it as part of this dessert.  I also used a white cake baked in 2 8-inch round pans, 2 boxes of french vanilla instant pudding, and 2 containers of fresh strawberries, washed and sliced.



I simply plopped 1 cake layer in at a time. You can certainly cube the cake if you prefer but honestly, it layers better by plopping the entire thing in there, as you can see.  This was a perfect "light" dessert. Everyone loved it!

Because my heart belongs to chocolate, I had to have a dessert with chocolate in it.  I found these Mint Ice Cream Cookie Cups on Pinterest and followed the recipe exactly. You can view the recipe here:

http://www.edys.com/inspiration/recipe/mint-ice-cream-cookie-cups

 

It was a like a mini ice cream cake all to myself!  Delicious!!  I used Mint Oreos as my cookie base, FYI. They worked out perfectly.  What I liked most about this idea was that I assembled them 4 days in advance and they were already portion sized - no cutting or scooping. You could very easily change up the flavors to suit your tastes too.  You could even leave off the top layer of chocolate!  

Enjoy!

April 8, 2015

Easter Table

Family dinners in our home are pretty informal. I love my house but I don't have a place to set up a big family dinner table. My house is "open" but it isn't all at the same time (if that makes any sense!)  I think that's the only thing that's missing from our family gatherings - a more formal place to eat and interact.

But I do have fun setting up a little theme for each dinner that we do have. Pinterest is a great help for that!

My apologies for the dark pictures ... I should have edited the pictures a little better but you get the idea.  Easter is my excuse to bring some pink into my home! I loved the bunny dip platter. I was perfect for the occasion and very simple to put together. And you can't go wrong with chocolate dipped peeps with added mini marshmallow tails.

A dessert post to follow!