Life. What other excuses could there be for the silence? 
2017 was a year of change for my family. I received a promotion at work and spent the summer selling our first home and buying our forever home.  
Now that the holidays are over and things are starting to settle down, I'm beginning to look at the things in my life that I've neglected. From my knitting to my weight (dang baby weight) to my blog, I realize it's time to make some goals and start focusing on some of the things I enjoy. 
This version of my blog is over 10 years old now (ouch).  When I started this version of my blog I was a LOST college student. I was in a long distant (failing) relationship and I was just really beginning to explore what would become my career.
I've not been good about blogging recently, one reason is that I have a full-time job and a three-year-old, but if I really think about the reason it's because I don't relate to this version of myself anymore. 
iEllie was a personali…

Pokémon Go Walmart Thief!

I had to go to Walmart after work last week and decided to try and play Pokémon Go before I left. This happened.

***I am fully aware that you cannot actually steal a Pokémon. This video was just for fun. The interaction did actually happen though. Dude did catch the Pokémon and I was left empty handed. :( ***

Wild Rice & Sausage Casserole

This is a favorite of Logan's. 
Wild Rice Casserole

Servings: 10
Prep time: 0:20
Total time: 0:50
Categories: Dinner, Main Dish


• 2 boxes of uncle bens wild rice cooked ( cook by directions on box)
• 1 can of water chestnuts (drained)
• 1 onion diced
• 1lb sausage


Cook wild rice as directed on box. 

Brown sausage and drain. Put back on medium high heat and add onion and water chestnuts. Sauté until onions are translucent. Water chestnuts should be crunchy still. 

Combine sausage and wild rice mixture in oven safe dish. Bake on low for 30 minutes. 

Shepherds Pie

Shepherds Pie
Servings: 8 Prep time: 0:30 Total time: 1:00 Categories: Main Course
• 1 Pillsbury pie crust (cooked by directions on box) • 2 bags of green giant frozen mixed veggies (cooked as directed) • 6 servings instant mashed potatoes (cooked as directed on box) • 1 lb ground beef • 1 onion diced • 1 clove garlic diced. (I use the pre diced garlic in a jar. Use 1 tablespoon). • 2/3 cup beef broth • Salt & Pepper (i do this to taste) • Pam/spray butter
Bake pie crust as directed on box, cool. Cook both bags of vegetables in microwave as directed on container. Make 6 servings of instant mashed potatoes as directed on container. 
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 
Brown ground beef, drain. On medium/high heat, add ground beef and onion to pan. Cook stirring occasionally until onions are translucent. Add garlic, veggies, beef broth, salt and pepper. Cook for five minutes stirring until broth is absorbed. 
Fill pie crust with beef and veggie mixture*. Spread a layer of mas…

Salmon Topped With Salsa

It's a new year and time to make some resolutions. One of my resolutions this year is to cook more and eat better.
I decided to check out some recipes on Food Network today. I came across this really easy salmon recipe. We usually don't eat much fish so I thought this would be a good thing to try. 
It was very easy to make and it turned out delicious! I'm definitely adding this to my recipe box. 
Visit the link below, there is a great video to show you how to make it. Logan kept watching it on repeat. 
Salmon Baked In Foil:

S'mores Dip

If you haven't seen the video on how to make S'mores dip, then you've been living under a rock. I've seen multiple friends attempt this recipe this summer. Some with success, others, well... 
I decided I had to try this! I did make this without a cast iron skillet. I used square glass Pyrex dish lined with aluminum foil (easy clean-up). Also, this makes a lot so be prepared to share with a group.
S'mores Dip:  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips,   • 1 bag Marshmallows,   • 1 box Graham Crackers,   • 1 baking dish lined with aluminum foil.
Directions: Pre-heat PAN in the oven to 450 degrees. Take pan out of oven and pour chocolate evenly on the bottom. Place 1 layer marshmallows on the top. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until marshmallows have turned golden brown. (You need to watch it because it can easily over cook)  Take out of oven, serve with graham crackers.
Try it yourself and tell me how it turned out! I heard this was also good with peanut butter cups :)

Meerkat or Periscope?

Live video streaming on the Internet is nothing new. Over the years we have seen tons of services come and go including,, Ustream.TV, Qik... Even YouTube joined the game and introduced a live video service.
So, what makes Meerkat and Periscope so special? They are both mobile focused, simple, interactive and integrate with Twitter. They are perfect options for those folks that may want to do a quick live shot from an event, or maybe a quick Q&A. News outlets have definitely jumped on the bandwagon. They are using the services to share exclusive live footage while gathering news stories. This truly gives a social option when it comes to LIVE breaking news. 
So, which one should you use? 

Both services have a chat option. With Meerkat, the chat actually puts your interaction into a tweet to the person you are watching. On Periscope, the chat is seprate from your Twitter feed. 
Both services allow you to save your video. Periscope gives you the option to share your video with y…