Grapefruit-Rosemary Mule

February 2, 2015
Rosemary Grapefruit Mule

2 Ounces Vodka
1/2 Grapefruit (Squeezed)
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
4 Ounces Ginger Beer
1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary

Preparation Instructions
Fill a shaker with ice, add vodka, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and ginger beer – shake to combine. Pour over ice in a copper mug. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and grapefruit slices.

Grapefruit Rosemary Mule Cocktail
Photo Credit: Rylan Fitz

Sides, Snacks


February 2, 2015

1 1/2 Pounds Tomatoes (Ripened & Diced)
1/2 Medium Onion (Diced)
3 Cloves Garlic (Diced)
6 Fresh Basil Leaves (Chopped)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
* Salt & Pepper to taste.

2 Tablespoons Butter (Melted)
1 Baguette (Sliced)
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Bruschetta Ingredients

Preparation Instructions

Stir together tomatoes, garlic, onion, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil – set aside (or refrigerate) for 30-45 minutes.

Brush olive oil and melted butter onto one side of each baguette slice. Evenly space the bread on a cookie sheet, and top lightly with grated parmesan cheese. Set oven to broil on ‘HI’ and place the cookie sheet onto one of the top-racks. Toast the baguette slices – and watch it carefully, because it will happen quick!

Once the baguette slices begin to cool, top each one with the Bruschetta mixture and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Serve immediately.

Bruschetta Recipe
Photo Credit: Rylan Fitz

Main Courses

Chicken Vesuvio

February 2, 2015
Chicken Vesuvio

Chicken Vesuvio is without a doubt, one of my favorite main dishes. It’s relatively quick and easy to make, but it certainly doesn’t taste like it!
– It’s also an excellent excuse to uncork a bottle of wine and indulge a little bit!

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter
4 Chicken Thighs
1 Onion (Chopped)
4 Potatoes (Cut into bite-sized pieces.)
3 Carrots (Cut into bite-sized pieces.)
1 Cup Broccoli Florets
3/4 Cup Chicken Broth
3/4 Cup White Wine
10-12 Quartered Artichoke Hearts (Canned)
1 Teaspoon Fresh Thyme
4 Cloves Garlic (Diced)
*Salt & Pepper to taste.

Chicken Vesuvio Ingredients

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Heat the butter and olive oil (on medium-high heat) in a large, oven-proof skillet.

Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt & pepper, and begin cooking – browning the chicken on all sides for approximately 10 minutes (you might need to work in two batches, depending upon the size of the skillet). Remove the browned chicken thighs from the skillet and set aside.

Add the diced garlic, onions, carrots, and potatoes to the same pan – stirring occasionally, for approximately 10 minutes.

Pour in the white wine, scraping any caramelized goodness from the bottom of the pan, and stir in the chicken broth, thyme, and broccoli. Once the vegetables are evenly mixed, add the chicken thighs back into the pan – nestling them into the vegetables. Bring to a boil over high heat.

Once the skillet has come to a boil, remove it from the heat and place it into the oven until the chicken is cooked through (about 20-25 minutes). With five minutes left, remove the skillet from the oven, and nestle in the quartered artichoke hearts.

Place the skillet back into the oven for the remaining five minutes.

Yields: 4 Servings

Chicken Vesuvio Recipe
Photo Credit: Rylan Fitz


Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

February 2, 2015
Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Oven-roasted brussels sprouts are one of my favorite side-dishes! They’re healthy, flavorful, and pair well with almost anything!

1 Pound Brussels Sprouts (approximately 4 cups)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Clove Garlic (Diced)
1 Teaspoon Cavender’s All-Purpose Greek Seasoning
* Salt & Pepper to taste.

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Gently wash brussels sprouts – removing browning or torn leaves, and slicing each sprout into halves.

Toss sprouts in olive oil until thoroughly coated, mix in diced garlic, and pour into a shallow pan or cookie sheet (so that the brussels sprouts are spread evenly across the cooking surface). Drop a dollop of butter (approximately 1 tablespoon) into the pan, and season evenly with Cavender’s All-Purpose Greek Seasoning (approximately 1 teaspoon), salt, and pepper to taste.

Roast for 35-40 minutes (gently stirring once or twice to mix in the melting butter), until outer leaves are crisp and caramelized.

Serve immediately.

Yields: 3-4 Servings

Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Photo Credit: Rylan Fitz

Blog, Gift Ideas, Lifestyle

♥ The Pure Soap Shop’s Almond Oatmeal Bar Soap ♥

January 15, 2015

I didn’t realize that I liked bar soap, until SadieBess talked me into trying out The Soap And Paper Factory’s, beloved Roland Pine a few months ago. – I’ve always associated it with that creepy residual tacky feeling that many name-brand bars leave you with.

Now that I’ve tried out a few hand-made and more natural options, I’ve found that soap bars can actually be pretty luxurious!

Which brings me to my point: The Pure Soap Shop’s Almond Oatmeal bar is the best thing that’s happened to me since I realized I could order wine and have it shipped directly TO MY HOUSE.

The Almond Oatmeal bar is sweet and pleasing to the senses without smelling too feminine – or like it could potentially be your breakfast. Though the fragrance creates a pleasant aromatherapeutic experience in the shower, it doesn’t linger – which I actually appreciate, as it doesn’t compete or conflict with any perfumes that you may be wearing afterwards.

It’s very gentle, creates a rich lather, and leaves your skin feeling both clean (not even remotely tacky) and moisturized!

Pure Soap Shop’s soaps are handmade from scratch in small batches, 100% Vegan, free from chemical dies, parabens, SLS, and alcohol – making them ideal for sensitive skin!

Additionally, their soap bars are super affordable – $6 per bar or $15 to mix and match 3 bars (other available fragrances include: Tea Tree, Citrus Verbena, Sandalwood, and Anise Orange). – I gifted a Tea Tree bar to my mom, and the Citrus Verbena to my brother in a deployment care package – both smelled amazing as well!

Find the Pure Soap Shop on Etsy!


Homemade Lemon-Lime Popsicles

October 9, 2014

These are definitely not healthy – there is absolutely no fruit involved, and the amount of sugar involved in this process is alarming; but these are the best popsicles I’ve ever had!

My Grandma used to make them for my little brother and I all the time growing up!
– So I always think of summers in Nebraska with both of them while I’m enjoying this sweet treat!

– All you need are popsicle molds and a freezer! (I found mine at IKEA for $1.99 each.)

1 Package Lime Jello
1 Pouch Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid
1 Cup Sugar
4 Cups Water (2 Cups Boiling, 2 Cups Cold)
* Orange & grape are also also tried-and-true flavors! 

Preparation Instructions
Heat 2 cups of water to boiling, and thoroughly mix Jello, Kool-Aid, and sugar until completely dissolved. Mix in 2 cups of cold water, and pour mixture into popsicle molds. Top-off the molds with popsicle sticks, and place in the freezer for 3 hours (or until frozen solid).

Yields: Approximately 24 Popsicles (or 4 trays of 6 molds).

Photo Credit: Kelly DeLay


Hello, Dearest Internet!

October 8, 2014

After coming to the harsh realization (over, and over again) – that I’d been dedicating far too much of my personal life to work, I decided that it was time to make some changes.

Since that small epiphany, I’ve been determined to achieve a better work-life balance.

I’m (trying) to step away from the monitor at five, spending more time with loved ones, eating healthier, meal planning, exercising more (Just ran my first 5K and began a membership at a new gym!), and attempting to live more simply!

Great Pumpkin Run
I’ll be the first to admit that I may have gone a little overboard on the reset I’ve decided to embark upon: Purging over half of my wardrobe in pursuit of a highly functional (albeit, slow-growing) ‘capsule wardrobe’ may not have been entirely necessary. – But my kid sister made out like a bandit in the hand-me-down department, and I was able to donate a large amount of quality clothing to Goodwill as well!

This shift felt like it might provide me with the perfect opportunity to start (and brand) a blog project that I’ve been wanting to accomplish for a number of years! – Blogging is something I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve never been able to narrow my interests down to a specific topic…

But hey, what the heck?! – They say that variety is the spice of life!

Cooking, healthy eating, clean living, and fitness all go hand-in-hand, right? – Lifestyle it is!

Here ‘goes nothing! – Cheers! Thanks for reading!

Photo Credit: Isaac Wedin