Friday Five: Five Fun Things

Friday Five: Five Fun Things

This week (thankfully) has gone by pretty quickly. I’m ready for a three day weekend! Can’t wait to sleep in tomorrow, do some crafting, cleaning, and resting!

Here’s five fun things from this week:

  1. My sweet friend Holly sent me flowers on Wednesday.  Tuesday was rough- when I had the migraine- and she sent these as a “have a better day” pick me up. So sweet!

2. This morning I was up early…so I took advantage of the fresh blueberries in the fridge and made my coworkers breakfast! It’s the Blueberry Buckle from Foodie Crush.

3. I was at Hobby Lobby and found some fleece that I like/that goes with our nursery (PS. girly stuff that’s NOT pink/purple is hard to find!).  Mom is going to make Remi a tie blanket with this. It’s SO cute!  

4. This shirt keeps popping up on my FB.  Sorry for the pic of the computer screen…but it says “You can’t fix stupid, but my husband can give it a court date” hahahahaha

5. These behind the scenes videos from of the Tony Awards prep are MY LIFE at the moment.  Since I made 2 New York trips this year and saw 8 musicals on Broadway, I’m living and breathing the Tony Awards this year.  They are usually my birthday weekend, but this year they aren’t until June 12.  2 weeks, people!


So that’s it for this week.  Just ready for a nice, long weekend.  What’s going on with you?

Cookbook Challenge: Twice Baked Potatoes from Duck Commander

Cookbook Challenge: Twice Baked Potatoes from Duck Commander

We had family over for dinner Monday night, and I decided to use my cookbooks for inspiration.

I used Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen.  I was given this cookbook, and I’ve made a couple things from it (Hummingbird cake and some cajun something).

I decided to make Missy’s Twice-Baked Potatoes.  I liked that they sounded easy- most twice-baked potatoes I’ve tried involved stuffing potatoes back into the skins and they always fall apart.  This was more of a casserole.


It had a unique method of cooking the potatoes that worked REALLY well.  Putting them in a ziploc bag and cooking them.  They were SO soft and fluffy!


To make this: You scrubbed and poked holes in the potatoes. Put them in a closed ziploc and cook for 20 minutes until soft.

Take potato flesh out of the skin, mix with 1 stick butter, 1 package ranch mix, 1 1/3 cups milk, 1 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese, 1/2 (4.3 ounce) package of real bacon bits, 1 tsp cajun seasoning, and 1/4 cup scallions (if desired).

Mash it all up well, spread it into a pan and top with 1 more cup cheese and the other 1/2 package of bacon bits, and 1/4 cup scallions (if desired).

I baked it at 350 for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Everyone LOVED it.  The top got crunchy and perfect. We hardly had any leftovers!

Cookbook success, for sure! I’ll be making this again.  Get out your cookbooks and get cooking!

Weekend Recap: Family, Naps, and Chocolate

Weekend Recap: Family, Naps, and Chocolate

We had a good weekend. My half-sister Paula was in town to spend the weekend with our dad (it was his 80th birthday!), so we had a little fun.

Friday evening, we went to ClueMasters, a local escape room. Oh my goodness, it was SO fun!  There were interesting puzzles to solve, twists and turns…and a fantastic finish.  We had a GREAT time.  Local friends, TRUST ME- go spend an evening there. 

After ClueMasters, we went to Bricktown Brewery for dinner.  We had a fun meal and enjoyed each other’s company.

Saturday, mom, me, and Paula spent the day together.  We did a little shopping downtown, visited with dad, and had lunch with Tyler.

I came home in the afternoon to nap, but I had a sweet treat first. I LOVE this Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate.  A square is the perfect indulgence.

Saturday night, we all had dinner at mom’s followed by a movie.  I brought over the ice cream maker and make wine and chocolate ice cream! I used the Josh Cellars Legacy wine and we shaved the Ghirardelli 72% to mix into it.  It was sweet and wonderful! I used this recipe if you want to try it.


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Sunday was church, grocery shopping, nap time, and watching Grease Live!  Did you watch it?  It was SO good.  The best of the live musicals so far, for sure.

So…that was the weekend. Like most of them, they are gone in a flash! Here’s to a great week!


Cookbook Challenge: Mesa Grill Cornbread

Cookbook Challenge: Mesa Grill Cornbread

When we were in Vegas, we ate at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill.  The entire meal was amazing, but one of the highlights was the bread basket.  Yes, that’s correct.  The bread basket.  There was the most amazing blue corn cornbread in the basket.  It was spicy, chunky, cheesy, and wonderful.

Well, after we got home, Tyler was STILL talking about that cornbread, so I ordered the Mesa Grill cookbook. I was thrilled to try the recipe for the cornbread.

I actually tried it over Thanksgiving.

This was a half-success.  We liked it, but it wasn’t the same as we had previously.  The ones we ate had cheese in them (or so we thought!)- this recipe does not.  I also thought they were quite salty- so next time I will cut the salt back.  And the recipe says you can use all yellow corn meal without changing the taste, but I disagree.  Next time, I will splurge for some blue corn meal.

The recipe I used can be found in the Mesa Grill Cookbook, but there’s another recipe on that differs quite a bit.  Next time I will try that one.  The salt is MUCH less (the cookbook called for 4 tsp salt!) and also includes some sugar (where the cookbook does not).

We had them at Thanksgiving and they were yummy with pepper jelly! I would suggest trying the Food Network recipe though- it seems to be a bit more on the balanced side. I also think next time I will throw in some shredded cheddar too, since Tyler thinks the muffins we ate were cheesy.

So not exactly a cookbook fail, but not a bulls-eye either. And neither was the blurry pic I captured before eating one. ha!

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I’m not finished with this cookbook.  I’ve got several more recipes marked to try- including the AMAZING steak we had for dinner and a green pea risotto. Stay tuned. 🙂