Wednesday, February 19, 2014


We got fancy and moved here...

Please change your bookmarks :)

See ya at the new address!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Chicken Fried Steak (Recipe)

I've waited a long time to share this recipe... it's that secret.

My husbands favorite meal is Chicken Fried Steak. It's my go to "I'm sorry" meal, or my "I know you've had a rough week" meal or even just an "I love you" meal.

I HATE to make it. Really, I do. It's horrid and time consuming and you'd have to;

a.) reeeeaallly love chicken fried steak, or
b.) have some serious sucking up to do

to even want to attempt it.

I made it once after I broke our 55" 3D TV, on accident (I cannot stress this enough) and I literally saw Charlie's heart ripped from his chest, kinda like the Queen does in Once Upon A Time... it was pretty similar. It was the ultimate "I'm-sorry-I-know-you've-had-a-rough-week-I-love-you" meal. I should also add there was a bit of "please-don't-divorce-me-over-this" in there too. Hehe, OK maybe not.

If making ridiculously amazing food is my love language, than this was the ultimate sign of submission.

He doesn't get it as often as he likes, because I'm rarely wrong (heh) but Charlie's birthday warrants it, and as you know, it was his birthday on Monday.

Tutorial Tuesday: Cheap Valentine's Day Decor on the fly!

So, I have decided that I need to really really get with it when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Even the minor ones.

For Christmas, our house transforms into a winter wonderland of festive awesomeness. In short, it looks like the holiday barfed all over our living room. I've got probably 10 boxes of decorations just for Christmas alone.

Halloween, I have about 3, and one consists of costume parts and accessories.

Easter I've got a box or 2 with eggs, most missing their soul mate counterparts, and a few baskets we've collected over the years.

Valentine's day I've got a garland from last year.

4th of July I make red white and blue Jello shots...

Saint Patrick's day can suck it, I guess...

Like it said, I need to get with it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel (Recipe)

Today is my husbands birthday. Shh... he's 33.

I try to make birthdays sort of a big deal around here, because, HELLO!, birthday! If it's not a "big one" we tend to just make a day of it, favorite meals, nagging immunity, getting to do what you want with no repercussions of your actions (kinda, but not really...) and you get to pick dessert. Cake, pie, easy, elaborate, ice cream, toppings, sprinkles, it's all on the table for you to choose from.

There have been some pretty labor intensive birthday cakes around here from years past, Elmo and Cookie monster cupcakes, Princess dress ice cream cake, Hello Kitty, Snickerdoodle, 6 layer rainbow cake, key lime pie, the list goes on and on. I've mentioned how spoiled my family is, right?

So when I asked Charlie what he wanted for his birthday dinner and dessert, I was hoping for a very simple "Oh, you know, just a frozen Key Lime Pie that is only $14 and doesn't make you spend 4 hours in the kitchen because I know how busy you are and I want to help you out."


He asked for "Oh! That chocolate cake you made that one time with the caramel on the inside with the chocolate frosting. I want that." Thanks, pal.

Via Martha Stewart

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Audrey Reviews The Nut Job (Guest Post)

My 8 year old step daughter Audrey went and saw The Nut Job with her mom last weekend. She was super excited about all the swag bags we got. Make sure you enter the GIVEAWAY so you can grab one for yourself and your kids too!

I told her I wanted her to write a review for the blog, and so she's going to sit and tell me about it, and I'm going to type it up for her, interview style... she's very excited to be a "guest blogger". She's so dang cute!

MLW: So I heard you went and saw The Nut Job last weekend?

Audrey: MmmHmm...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

That's It. fruit bars (REVIEW)

I LOVE these fruit bars! I wish they weren't so costly because I'd eat them everyday! And I wish my grocery store carried them, but I can wait until they do.... they always eventually get the stuff I ask for.

Anyway, it's a delicious and healthy snack, great for on the go and I love it cuz it's raw, vegan, and everything free... plus it's got fiber and it makes me not feel guilty about handing one to my kid.

IN FACT! We posted our review on YouTube, if you'd like to mosy over there and SUBSCRIBE! and watch us as we try the Apricot flavor for the first time.



Friday, January 24, 2014

Prayers for Kylie

We live in a small town. I'm talking like 15,000 people. That may be large for a "small town" but we're just outside of San Diego which has a population of almost 1.5 million, so not so big in comparison.