Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cookies for Crohn’s Disease!


It’s that time of year again!! A bunch of awesome blogging ladies have decided to bake up some goodies to raise money for Crohn’s Disease…..

Check out Country Cleaver’s preview to get a heads up as to what is coming this weekend…..

Through Megan, we’ve all fallen in love with her best friend Beka.

Beka is a great cook, and REALLY funny! #soclever
While Beka is afflicted by Crohn’s Disease, she has shown us that her determination and positive attitude can overcome anything.

Last year, Megan and Beka came up with the idea to have an online bake sale, and raise money for the Crohn’s foundation, and it was such a huge success, we’re doing it again!

For our bake sale, there is some awesome, awesome food stuffs and other goodies up for auction.

As for what I’m making?

You’ll see!

Here are the deets from Megan:

All the Details:

How to Bid: Send your bids to me, Megan, via e-mail at with the subject line of your e-mail being the name of the item you are bidding on.

All bids will be updated as soon as I get them. So – make sure you check back OFTEN to see the most current bids – and Bid again and again to make sure you get the loot that you want! It’s all tasty.

Bids: Bids on all items are in $5 incrementsIE – All bids must end in a “0″ or “5″. Bid often! The bidding wars is what makes this FUN!

Hours of Bake Sale: June 22-23, 2013 -> 7am PST – 8pm PST

Shipping Limitations: Unfortunately, all items will be limited to residents of the US. International friends who still want to contribute may do so at their direct donation site here!

How to Pay for your Item: After the auction/bake sale is over, the winning participants will be e-mailed and given the details on where to pay. After payment for the baked goods or items has been received, you will be shipped your baked good or product by the appropriate blogger or company. Easy peasy!

Keep up on Social Media: Check Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for our hashtags#Cookies4Crohns and #BakeSale4Beka


~Peace, Love, and Gambling for a Good Cause Y’all!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Yankee Snickers Salad

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You read right. Yankee Salad. I call it that because my good friend from Iowa, well, she’s a Yankee.

Bless her heart.

Luckily, some good sense kicked in and she married a Texan, and got down here just as fast as she could.

Now, she makes hers with Butterscotch pudding, but I was having a hankerin’ for pistachio, so I switched it up a bit.


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There are millions of variations of this on the inter webs, so feel free to experiment and let me know what you like.

Vanilla pudding, cheesecake pudding, butterscotch pudding, banana pudding, snickers, payday, milky way, apples, pineapple, cherries, nuts, no nuts…

Did I Forrest Gump you yet?


One final word:

It seriously serves a million.

Ok, not a million, but at least 546,789.2

Most people are not like me, who eat it for breakfast, then as a snack, then a scoop before bed for good measure. If it’s one little scoop on the plate at your next picnic which already has 23 competing sides, it’s going to go a long way.

But, my friends, it will be the favorite.

And GOOD night!

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~ Peace, Love, and Jell-O Salad Y’all

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Yankee Snickers Salad

Yield: serves 10


1 - 3 oz. box of Jell-O pistachio flavored instant pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
1 - 8 oz. tub of Cool Whip, defrosted
3 or 4 Snicker's bars, chopped
3 medium Granny Smith apples, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mini marshmallows


In a large bowl, whisk Jell-O mix with milk. Allow to set up 3-5 minutes. First, fold in Cool Whip, then carefully fold in the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate one hour, then serve.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Stompin’ Grounds… Part 2

This weekend has been a whirlwind trip! Yesterday, we began with a trip to the local farmers market.


The market is held every weekend, year round, rain or shine. It’s a great use of space for Sacramento, they hold it in empty lots under the freeway.

And it was CROWDED!

Vegetables bigger than my hand, and enough vendors to fill up three blocks of lots.
I loved the fresh bread and pastries, of course.

And the cherries, all those cherries.


There were so many plants too! Have you seen those air plants?
Crazy, prehistoric plants that look like they came from the dinosaur age?


Then the flowers. No market is complete without flowers.


Next, we went to my friend’s brother’s house for Father’s Day Brunch.

There was way more food than table space.
Ribs, pastries, cake, sausage, fritatta, yogurt parfaits…. oh my goodness, did I forget anything?

Maybe I’m trying to forget all the sugar, grains, and dairy I’ve consumed this weekend.

OH, THE MERINGUES! My friend makes these delicious meringues!
She likes to eat hers plain, and I like mine with some fresh fruit on top.

Like puffy little clouds of happiness. Of course I didn’t get pictures of the meringues.
I was too busy stuffing them into my face.


What else?

Oh! Zebra striped tomatoes!

She has the best green thumb I know.


Then this morning, she took me for breakfast.

It’s called the Fox and Goose Pub. Right in the heart of downtown Sacramento.

Check this out: Eggs Benedict Arnold.
Eggs Benedict served on an English Muffin with bacon and tomato, and a side of cheesy rarebit sauce.

Rarebit sauce is like a fondue. It’s like a hollandaise, but has stout beer and cheese.


Then this.
She really wanted to fill me up and roll me outta there.

Ollalieberry scones with Devonshire Cream y’all.

Devonshire cream is like a whipped cream with powdered sugar added.
I was down for the count.

True definition of FOOD COMA.

In fact, it’s 5:30, and I’m still not hungry.
That’s a good meal right there.


Did some more crazy window shopping.
Found this crazy huge spatula that would be perfect for pancakes.

Didn’t get it.
Don’t worry, I spent plenty of impulse money at Trader Joe’s later.


Found some new furniture I just HAVE to have.


And finally, for the piece de resistance, Trader Joe’s.
They don’t have ANY in Texas y’all. Don’t you feel bad for me?

So I tried all this cool stuff.
I had been reading about goat’s milk for awhile and was really curious. It was good!
Tasted just like milk, no strange aftertaste at all.

Also splurged on some plantain chips, natural beef jerky, and coconut chips.
OHHH, and the cookie spread. Their version of Biscoff.

I have to say, I like Trader Joe’s version better, because it has just the right amount of crunch.

That’s all our activities for the past two days, y’all!
One more dinner party tonight, then back to the great state O’ Texas tomorrow!!

Love to you all!

~Peace, Love, and Sunny California…