Monday Randomness: The Truth About Our Juice Fast (we ate BBQ)


So today was(supposed to be) the last day of our juice fast.

After the first 36 hours, I took another expensive trip to the grocery store for more produce.

And during that trip, I almost passed out while pushing my buggy around the aisles.

At that point I decided that juice fasting may not be for me.

So I caved and had some salmon and kale for dinner.

And then the next day I had some delicious blueberry peach cobbler that someone in our church group made.

And then the day after that I had a Chickfila sandwich….and Icedream.

And then I had a burrito bowl on Wednesday for lunch.

And Friday I had BBQ for lunch with my sister and niece.

But I did drink juice.

Mostly for breakfast and/or lunch.

And I never passed out, and I even lost 3 lbs (probably water weight, but who’s counting).

But I will say that I have no idea how my husband juice fasted for 60 days.

I have a much greater respect for his discipline (and lack of passing out).

Happy Monday!

PS. My favorite juicing combo is 3 sweet potatoes, 2 nectarines, and 1/2 a bag of spinach.

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Recipe Review: The Only Creamed Spinach Recipe You Need

I have always been a huge fan of creamed spinach.

I will also admit that my first experience tasting it was at a Boston Market.

…but the last time I ate it was at a Ruth’s Chris which keeps my foodie image intact.

I have experimented with 5+ recipes with sad results.

But I came across this recipe from Huffington Post last week, so I decided to give it one more try.

My verdict is that it’s perfection. So simple and tasty! And just dying to be included in your next steak dinner…

Or chicken dinner, or whatever floats your boat.

But I adapted a few things for ease.


Simple Creamed Spinach

Simple Creamed Spinach

adapted from The Only Creamed Spinach Recipe You’ll Ever Need

serves 4

  • 1 package frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbs all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • dash of salt

Once the spinach is defrosted, squeeze out the excess water from the leaves. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a medium skillet (I used a cast iron skillet). Add the garlic and onion, and cook until just soft. Add in the flour, stirring it together to form a paste. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thickened. Stir in the parmesan, spinach, pepper and salt.

Once the spinach is heated through, serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. This recipe can be made 1 day in advance. Reheat uncovered for 30 minutes at 325°F.

Click here for the printable recipe.


Monday Randomness: Juice Fasting and I Might Punch Someone in the Face

So yes.

We are juice fasting for 10 days.

And I don’t think I will punch anyone.

But don’t cross me.

Apparently I like food too much, especially sugar and bread.

And not having it causes me to want to harm anyone that annoys me.

Annoying me could simply involve breathing too loud while being in the same room with me.

So yes, my husband’s life could be in danger.

But since the rest of you are eating like normal sane people I though I would post a few recipes I have tried out in the last couple weeks.

(click on the photo for the full recipe)


Roasted Corn Salad




Original Recipe: Thai Chicken Salad


Thai Chicken Salad-

This is the kind of lunch I would like some one to serve to me while I am at the pool.

Cool, light, refreshing, savory, sweet and so tasty.

Thai Chicken Salad

Serves 2-3

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 package broccoli slaw mix
  • 1/3 cup peanut vinaigrette (or Asian sesame dressing)
  • 1/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower or sesame seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

Place chicken breast in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with s/p. Bake for 40 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once cool, chop into bit size pieces.

Place broccoli slaw mix in a large serving bowl, add the chicken and all the remaining ingredients except for the seeds. Then toss, cover and place in the refrigerator for an hour.

When ready to serve, garnish with the seeds. Enjoy!

*This recipe keeps up to 3 days in the refrigerator.


Click here for the printable version of the recipe.








Recipe Review: Blueberry Almond Crisp From Bon Appetit




Blueberries are definitely my favorite food. I eat them like candy.

So I am always trying to incorporate them into recipes.

And this blueberry crisp I tried out recently is just so good I had to share it.

Go here for the super simple recipe. I reduced the amount of sugar and ate it for breakfast. YUM.


Retail Therapy: Wedges, Maxis, and Earrings

While I have not been doing much shopping in the last few months, I have purchased a few things to get me through the summer.

I found this dress online through Target and I can’t get over how cute it is.

Mossimo® Women’s Strapless Maxi – Black/White Stripe

It definitely runs large so size down, and if you are short like me you will have to hem it.

I also love this dress which I also should have purchased but didn’t.

Merona® Women’s Knit Striped Henley Dress

Dangle Earrings – Gold/Coral $7.99

Earrings Cluster Drop – Gold/Blue $7.99

I bought both of these pairs of earrings. They dress up any sun dress, and I love the color combos.


I kept reading about these JCrew chino shorts online, but didn’t believe the hype. Well that and the fact that I have not purchased shorts since 2007.

But I took the plunge and tried them out in the 7″ inseam. I LOVE them. And they actually fit. I went up a size so that they would be a little roomy.

Tight shorts + thunder thighs = not a good look

Right now they have all the colors in all the inseams in stock on the JCrew Factory Outlet site. Totally worth $21!

And last but not least I purchased these fun wedge sandals that should also be a good transition shoe into the Fall.

Minnetonka Ashley

Have a happy 4th of July!



Monday Randomness: Nothing Exciting Happened

Hello, I can’t say I am glad it’s Monday, but I am glad that we survived the weekend without any major home catastrophes (see last week’s post).

And just to inform you of how traumatic our plumbing problem was I dreamed that we woke up Thursday morning and it was all clogged again. And then Joe and I just cried. And then I woke up and was so happy to hear my dishwasher still working.

I may never recover from the trauma.

I am happy to report that I am really enjoying my Saturday morning pool time, probably more that I should.


But most Saturday mornings, it’s quiet and calm.

On Thursday, I ran by Lowes on my way home from work and scored two patio trees at 70% off. I am hoping these will survive the heat because my last one got fried.



On Friday I made a big batch of slow cooker Honey Sesame Chicken and this new-to-me rice recipe (I used less butter and replaced the beef stock with chicken stock).

It was tasty!

Saturday, I woke up with a migraine that didn’t go away until sometime late on Sunday afternoon.
Oh and randomly a tree guy stopped by our house in the afternoon and offered to take down the dead tree in our backyard. We agreed because every time we have a bad storm we are sure its going to fall on our house.

So that’s one less house project that we have to do.
I will be impressed if anyone actually read this far down in this incredibly riveting post.
Happy Monday!

Original Recipe: The Best Baked Spaghetti


I made this simple dish for my husband’s out of town family while they were here for my stepson’s graduation.

And my father-in-law made me promise that I would post the recipe.

So Will, this post is all for you (and Marsha).

It’s actually a recipe that my mom has made for years, but with my own tweaks.

This dish can definitely be frozen for up to a month. I like to make one batch divided in two smaller baking dishes so I can freeze one for a busy weeknight.

I think it tastes best if you make it a day in advance and then bake it right before you plan to serve it.









The Best Baked Spaghetti

serves 8

  • 1 lb whole wheat angel hair pasta
  • ½ lb Italian pork sausage (removed from the casing)
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 jar marinara
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt

Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Set aside.

In a large dutch oven over medium high heat, brown the sausage, drain and then set aside. Add the ground beef, brown and then drain. Add the marinara to the Dutch oven along with the pork and beef. Set the stove-top to low and allow the sauce to simmer.

In a mixing bowl combine the cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, garlic, egg, Italian seasoning and s/p. Set aside.

In a large stock pot, bring salted water to a boil. Follow the directions for cooking the pasta. Drain and had half of the pasta to the baking dish. Layer half of the cottage cheese mixture and half of the sauce over the pasta (similar to lasagna). Add the remaining pasta, and repeat the layering. Top with 1/2 cup of cheese.

At this point you can cover the dish and freeze for later or bake it for 30-45 min at 350° or until bubbly.

Click here for the printable version of the recipe.



Home Improvement: The Plumbing Saga and It’s Spiritual Qualities


Well I know you all were on pins and needles about our plumbing saga yesterday. I’m happy to inform you that as a 715 on Monday evening we now have free flowing kitchen sink.


Unfortunately my kitchen rug did not survive the ordeal and will be going in the garbage.It looks okay but I can’t handle the fact that it was doused with raw kitchen sewage water multiple times on Saturday.


But I would like to report that the paint finish on my cabinets can survive large splashes of nasty water.


Joe got stuck doing the 50ft worth of snaking the drains and pipes involved in this incident. While my job was to listen to the water in the pipe in the basement. This is just as glamorous as it sounds. I kind of think it might have been a made-up job. But we survived after 3 trips to home depot. And I heard Joe yell “praise God” when we heard the water running because nothing will bring you closer to God than a serious plumbing issue.
And in the midst of the chaos I lit a candle to help me find my serenity now. And the smell from the burning match lead Joe to yell “is house on fire now too?”
Happy Tuesday.

Monday Randomness: Slacking, Meal Planning, and Popcorn for Dinner

After weeks of being basically a complete slacker in regards to domestic duties I actually made a meal plan last week and then executed it.

The executing it is sometimes the hard part because by 6 pm on a work day all I want to do it put on my pjs and watch Wheel of Fortune.

No, I am not 78, what do you ask?

And let’s be honest, popcorn and diet coke seem like a perfectly acceptable dinner option to me.

My husband thinks otherwise.

But two weeks ago there was a day that we ate at Chick-fila two times, and I thought to myself, “You really need to get with the program.”

So during the week I whipped up a Tex-Mex casserole, breakfast for dinner, and a chipotle steak salad and felt like I had never been more productive, which was good for my morale.

And then to top it off, I actually did a bunch of ironing. After which I promptly sat down to watch some TV because I didn’t want to overdue my productivity. My body may have gone into shock with all the non-slacker activities.

And before I get ahead of myself I should add that I still have piles of laundry to fold, and I need to go grocery shopping.

And then by Friday evening after work, I desperately needed some girl time because I felt that my testosterone levels were frighteningly high; so I went shopping by myself and spent a grand total of $17 because lately we have been bleeding money so I have cut any shopping funds drastically.

Then Saturday Joe spent most of the day trying to fix a clogged sink. And unfortunately its still not fixed. So instead of installing the porch columns we had a very frustrating weekend.

And last but not least I have had an ongoing saga with the dog. Since I got married he likes to wake me up between 2-4am most nights to let him out and to get water.

It’s incredibly annoying, and I know it causes me to not get good sleep. And I know he can make it through the night because until I got married he never had this “problem.”

So Tuesday I finally listened to my husband and put Poppi in his kennel at night.

So let me tell you. I have slept like a champion ever since.  Blissful sleep.

I can’t believe I didn’t listen to him sooner.

Happy Monday!